Press Releases

Homicide (shooting) Boronda Rd. & Mckinnon St.

On Saturday December 28, 2013 at approximately 11:56 am, Salinas Police Officers responded to a report of a victim of a shooting on Boronda Road near Mckinnon Street.  Arriving Officers found Eduardo Guijosa (24) on the ground shot in apparent drive by shooting.  Guijosa was transported via ambulance to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

Investigation revealed that while Guijosa was riding his bicycle on Boronda Road he was confronted by suspects Antonio Lopez (22), Alejandro Saldana (22) and Richard Vasquez (22) who had observed Guijosa riding his bicycle in the area.  In an effort to confront Guijosa, Lopez, Saldana and Vasquez parked their vehicle nearby and waited for Guijosa to ride by on his bicycle.  When Guijosa rode his bicycle close to where the three were waiting, Saldana and Vasquez shot Guijosa while Lopez remained in the nearby awaiting vehicle.

After the shooting, all three suspects fled the area in the suspect vehicle driven by Lopez.  Immediately after the shooting a description of the suspect vehicle was broadcasted over the police radio to all Salinas Police Officers on duty.   A short time later a Salinas Police Officer spotted the suspect vehicle on W. Curtis Street occupied by all three suspects.  An enforcement stop was condcuted on the suspect vehicle and all three suspects (Lopez, Saldana & Vasquez) were taken into custody without incident. Lopez, Saldana and Vasquez were later booked into Monterey County Jail for Murder and participating in criminal street gang activity.

This case is still actively being investigated by the Salinas Police Department.  Members of the public who may have witnessed the incident are urged to contact the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7226.  You can also contact the Salinas Police Department crime tip line at 775-4222 and the "WeTip" line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

For all media related inquiries contact Commander Vincent Maiorana at (831) 758-7350.

Update on Vehicle v. Ped on 12-14-13

Release Date/Time: 12/26/2013 8:39 AM

Incident: Update on Vehicle v. Ped on 12-14-13

Report #: 13-120732

Date: Thursday, 12/26/2013

Time: 08:00 AM

Location: Main and Navajo

On December 14th, at approximately 1903 hours, Daisy Ramirez Martinez (19) was walking E/B across N. Main at Navajo in the crosswalk. She made it across the S/B lanes but as she stepped into the N/B #1 lane, Marie Arcega (46) struck her with her 2000 Toyota Camry. On December 25th Daisy died of her injuries. This was the 12th fatality from a traffic collision this year in Salinas, which is the most ever during a calendar year. Of the 12 collisions, 7 involved pedestrians.

Release Authorized by: Gerard D Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7975

Burglary with a shot fired by homeowner

Release Date/Time: 12/23/2013 4:32 PM

Incident: Burglary with a shot fired by homeowner

Report #: 13-121185

Date: Sunday, 12/22/2013

Time: 9:54 PM

Location: Under 100 block of St. Alban Cir

Officers received a call of a burglary in progress with a shot fired. Upon arrival, officers contacted the victim, a 78 year old male. He said that he was sleeping in his bed when he heard the garage door to his house being kicked in. He immediately reached for a revolver that he keeps next to his bed. As he sat up in his bed, he saw a flashlight shine into his room through the doorway. Fearing for his life, he fired one round at the flashlight. He then heard someone running from his house. The round went into the ceiling of the hallway just ouside of his bedroom and does not appear to have struck the suspect. Another witness saw two males in the area running very fast towards St. Edwards St. An area check was made with negative results.

Release Authorized by: Mike Groves

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Robbery with shots fired

Release Date/Time: 12/23/2013 4:28 PM

Incident: Robbery with shots fired

Report #: 13-121191

Date: Monday, 12/23/2013

Time: 1:39 AM

Location: 339 Williams (Quick Stop)

The night clerk was working the register at the quick stop when the two suspects entered the store. #1 was described as an HM 5'8” chubby with black collar length hair and a tattoo on his cheek. He was wearing a blue plaid shirt, dark pants, and had something partially covering his face. #2was described as an HM 5'9” with a thin build wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt. The victim said that as the two entered the store #1 dropped his gun, picked it up, and then racked the slide causing a live round to eject. He then said to open the registers. #2 jumped over the counter and double checked the registers to make sure the victim was removing all of the money. #1 fired three rounds into the ceiling during the robbery and as the two left, he leveled the gun at the victim's head and hesitated long enough for him to move before firing the gun in the direction he was standing moments earlier.

Release Authorized by: James Godwin

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

STOPP

Release Date/Time: 12/20/2013 3:04 PM

Incident: STOPP

Report #: Various

Date: Friday, 12/20/2013

Time: 8:00 AM

Location: Salinas

This morning from 0800 hours to 1200 hours, officers from Salinas PD, CHP, and Marina PD participated in the STOPP program in Salinas. STOPP stands for the Strategic Traffic Operations and Prevention Program. Officers conducted 69 traffic stops, issued 51 hazardous citations,13 non-hazardous citations, and three unlicensed driver citations. Three of the vehicles were impounded for 30 days. Officers concentrated their efforts in the areas of Salinas that tend to show a high volume of traffic collisions and traffic violations. STOPP is made up of Monterey Peninsula law enforcement agencies, CHP, and the Salinas Police Department Traffic Unit. Each month a different agency is designated as the host agency. Participating agencies conduct saturated traffic enforcement in problem areas defined by the host agency.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Possesion of Replica Firearm

Release Date/Time: 12/19/2013 5:17 PM

Incident: Possesion of Replica Firearm

Report #: 13-121021

Date: Thursday, 12/19/2013

Time: 2:11 PM

Location: E. Market @ First Ave.

Officers were dispatched to the area of Fremont School in reference to two male juveniles with firearms. The officers located two thirteen year old male juveniles in the area.  The two juveniles matched the description supplied by the reporting party.  The two juveniles were detained and denied having any weapons. Ultimately both admitted they had replica firearms in the cooler area of the bicycle ice cream cart they were riding. The replicas firearms were confiscated and the suspects cited for city code violation of Possessing a Replica Firearm, then released to their parents.  The below image is a photo of the replica firearms confiscated in this case.

 

Release Authorized by:  Cmdr. Dave Shaw

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 12/18/2013 10:07 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder

Report #: 13-120938

Date: Wednesday, 12/18/2013

Time: 4:33 PM

Location: Calaveras/El Dorado

A 22 year-old, Hispanic male was sitting in a car with his cousin and another male in the area of Calaveras Drive and El Dorado, when a male walked up to them and stuck a handgun through an open car window. The suspect called the victim by a wrong name, accusing him of being a gang drop out. The suspect put the gun to the victim's chest and the victim batted it down with his hand. A shot was fired, which struck the victim in his upper thigh. The suspect ran away after firing the shot. The victim was ultimately driven to a local hospital and treated for what appeared to be a non-life threatening wound.

Release Authorized by: Michael Groves

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 12/18/2013 9:39 AM
Incident: Armed Robbery - Business
Report #: 13-120897
Date: Wednesday, 12/18/2013
Time: 8:06 AM
Location: 347 East Alisal Street - CVS Pharmacy

The suspect, a Hispanic male, mid 20's, 5-8/190 dark sweatshirt, a black mask, entered the store with what is believed to be an assault rifle. He approached the manager and ordered her to open the safe. An unknown amount of money was taken. The suspect was last seen leaving on Griffin Street toward Market in a purple colored passenger car.  Investigation continues.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill
Telephone: (831) 758-7250

City unveils new Armored Rescue Vehicle.

The Salinas Police Department will be presenting the City's new SWAT Armored Rescue Vehicle (ARV) at today's City Council meeting, at the Rotunda, 5:00 p.m., December 17, 2013. The ARV will be parked on display in front of the Rotunda prior to the Council meeting from 2:30 p. m. to 5:00 p.m.

For the last ten years the Police Department's SWAT team has used a 1986 Ford money carrier (armored car), as the Department's rescue vehicle.  For some time the converted armored car has been in very poor condition; the roof leaks water and the vehicle has been in constant need of mechanical repair.  Due to its low ballistic rating the armored car never truly provided adequate protection.

Salinas Police personnel began exploring funding options for a replacement armored vehicle. The industry standard across the nation for SWAT Team armored vehicles has been the LENCO Bearcat or similar vehicle, typically costing over $250,000, clearly more money than the Police Department could afford.  For several years the Department explored various funding options including applying for grants; however this proved unsuccessful.  Based on the need for a replacement armored vehicle, the Department's SWAT team began exploring the option of acquiring a vehicle through the United States Government's 1033 Program.  It is through the 1033 Program that the Department acquired a used ARV.

The 1033 Program was established by the United States Government as a means of reallocating government equipment for use by law enforcement agencies.  The Salinas Police Department participated in the 1033 program for many years and has acquired equipment through this program in the past.  A request for an armored vehicle was made through the 1033 Program and after approximately one year the Salinas Police Department was awarded the first armored vehicle of its type in California. These vehicles have been awarded to law enforcement agencies throughout the nation, with six to eight more pending for California law enforcement agencies.  In researching the application of this vehicle for civilian use, officers found that several federal law enforcement agencies deploy ARV's throughout the nation.

In October of this year, an ARV acquired through this same program was deployed during a very violent and dangerous manhunt and standoff in Roseville, California.  In that incident three police officers were wounded by an armed gunman.  The armored vehicle was used to safely evacuate a number of civilians from the area during the prolonged manhunt for the suspect.

The ARV cost the United States Government $658,000 to manufacture and equip.  The Salinas Police Department acquired the vehicle at no charge.   The vehicle was used by the Army for training, had never been deployed abroad, and only had 7,600 miles of service.  The Salinas Police Department incurred transportation costs (approximately $1,350) to drive the vehicle from the state of Washington to Salinas.  Since the vehicle is a replacement vehicle, the Police Department's fleet size has not increased and maintenance costs will stay the same.  Currently the ARV can and will be maintained by the City of Salinas Fleet maintenance division and uses over the counter civilian parts for replacement.

In order to prepare the ARV for law enforcement service in Salinas, paint, decals and other lighting equipment were acquired at a cost of approximately $10,800.  The Salinas Police Department sought funding to paint the vehicle from the Office of Emergency Services.  The Office of Emergency Services provided $8,000 to complete the project, further minimizing costs to the Salinas Police Department and the City of Salinas.  The total cost to date incurred by the City of Salinas has been approximately $4,150.

The ARV weighs about 37,500 lbs., provides ballistic protection from handgun and rifle fire, and provides a high level of explosive blast protection.  The ARV can provide transportation for up to 8-10 SWAT personnel.   It has several storage boxes and areas of space for storage of tactical equipment and is equipped with run flat tires which will stay inflated if punctured.  It also has an 18,000 pound winch attached to the front providing many alternatives for the vehicle's use.  The ARV is fully equipped with emergency driving equipment and provides a platform to protect officers and the community from high-risk and potentially deadly situations.  Just this summer the SPD SWAT Team served a high-risk search warrant where an incendiary device with a timer was located inside a residence.  The ARV could have been used in this situation to provide blast protection to officers from the device.

The ARV will provide superior ballistic protection in high-risk situations.  It will also provide the capability to rescue wounded or downed officers and civilians from positions we may not otherwise safely approach, and protect community members if they are forced to evacuate their homes.

While an imposing vehicle, it is important to note that the ARV will be used to protect officers and civilians within the community and save lives.

Any questions please contact the Department's SWAT Team Leader, Sergeant John Murray, 758-7164.

Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine for Sale, Gang Enhancement

Release Date/Time: 12/16/2013 11:20 AM

Incident: Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine for Sale, Gang Enhancement

Report #: 13-120776

Date: Monday, 12/16/2013

Time: 9:22 AM

Location: Bolivar Street / Perez Street

While doing an area check for suspects for the robbery at Denny's, Officers saw two men matching the description on Bolivar Street. One of the men, Trinidad Lara, 25, was found to be in possession of several bindles of methamphetamine as well as methamphetamine packaging material. The meth weighed in at 2.7 grams. The victim of the robbery could not ID the suspects although they were not ruled out. Lara was booked into Monterey County Jail for the drug violations.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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