Press Releases

Vehicle Pursuit, Stolen Vehicle, Resisting Arrest

Release Date/Time: 9/23/2013 11:00 PM

Incident: Vehicle Pursuit, Stolen Vehicle, Resisting Arrest

Report #: 13-091150

Date: Monday, 9/23/2013

Time: 8:14 PM

Location: California St & E. Lake St

A Salinas Police Officer was watching the stop sign at California St. and E. Lake St, when he observed a Silver Toyota with green paper plates run the stop sign. He went to make a traffic stop and the Toyota fled initiating a pursuit. The pursuit went throughout south Salinas and onto N/B US 101 where it reached speeds of 100 MPH. At about Best Buy, the Toyota lost control and flipped at least once, but probably more times as it rolled through the right shoulder fence and came to a stop. The three suspects suprisingly were not hurt and exited the vehicle and then fled on foot through the Best Buy Parking lot. They were able to jump the wall that borders the mall and the neigborhood just south of the mall. The Northridge Park apartments were searched with negative results. An anonymous person said they saw the suspects jump the wall towards Cuevas Circle, which is just west of the Northridge Park apartments. Salinas Police officers along with CHP and S.O. relocated to that area and set up another permiter. A Salinas K9 Officer and others started a yard to yard search and eventually flushed the three suspects out onto Cuevas Cir where several Salilnas Police officers were holding the perimeter. All three suspects were quickly taken into custody. They were identified as, parolee Jeremie Aguilera (20), probationer Joseph Garcia (20) and out on bail, Oswaldo Ruiz (20). All are Norteno gang members and all were booked into Monterey County Jail for multiple charges.

Release Authorized by: Heath Johnson

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Robbery - Knife

Release Date/Time: 9/20/2013 1:17 AM

Incident: Attempted Robbery - Knife

Report #: 13-090969

Date: Friday, 9/20/2013

Time: 5:09 PM

Location: 1100 Block of Rider Ave.

A 40 year old ice cream vendor was making a sale to a young old girl in the 1100 block of Rider Ave. Her back was turned to a male who approached. The subject grabbed the vendor from behind. He held a knife to her side and demanded all her money. When the girl screamed, the victim broke away and ran into a nearby house. The suspect started to flee on his bike, but fell and dropped his knife. He got back up and fled northbound on Rider Ave., making a right turn onto Del Monte Ave. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male juvenile, 17 years old with a medium build and light mustache. He wore a black hooded sweatshirt, white t-shirt, jeans, and ride a green mountain bike. There is no further information at this time.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 9/19/2013 11:46 AM
Incident: Armed Robbery
Report #: 13-090939
Date: Thursday, 9/19/2013
Time: 10:03 AM
Location: Super Cakes - 718 East Alisal Street

A Hispanic male, late 20's or early 30's, 5-7/8, wearing a black hooded jacket with a black handgun in his waistband entered the store. He ordered the clerk to open the cash register and give him an unknown amount of money. The suspect fled on foot from the business.  An area check for the suspect was negative.

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

Armed Robbery/Officer Involved Shooting

Officers responded to the area of East Market St and Pajaro St. regarding a disturbance where it was reported that a handgun had been brandished.  The suspect, who was first described as an adult Hispanic male with a shaved head, blue jean and white shirt, was later confirmed  to be a 44 year old female who had a male appearance.  At  this time, the 44 year females identity will not be released.

Initial reports of the crime described the suspect as being armed and to have a black handgun concealed inside the waistband.  Officers arrived shortly after receiving the emergency dispatch and noticed the described suspect to be on the sidewalk walking away from the scene.   When Officers verbally challenged the suspect, the suspect failed to follow the officers commands and reached towards the waistband where a dark metallic object was tucked and had the appearance of a handgun.  Despite being given stern warnings by the officer to comply the suspect made deliberate movements towards the waistband where the metallic object was tucked and  in plain view.  As a result, the officer responded to the threat and shot the female suspect.

Initial investigation revealed that while the female suspect was walking through the parking lot of City Suds Laundromat  located at 101 Pajaro St., she attempted to rob a adult male customer while gesturing to a dark metallic object tucked inside the front of her pants.  When the male refused to provide the suspect money the suspect then walked into the business  and similarly brandishing the weapon, described as a handgun,  at an adult female and her child.  The suspect then demanded money and was able to rob the victims of an undisclosed amount of money.  The suspect then fled the business onto E. Market St. where she was confronted by the involved officers.

The involved Officer was uninjured a result of the confrontation.   The described weapon used by the suspect was later found to be a large knife with a metallic handle.

 The suspect was transported to a bay area hospital for gunshot wounds and her condition is not known at this time. It was also reported that a white full size pick-up truck was nearby during the shooting and a passenger may have witnessed the incident.  This person is asked to contact Salinas Police Department.

Anyone with information that may aid in this investigation is urged to contact the Salinas Police Department @ (831) 758-7226.    All press related inquires should be directed to Investigations Commander Vincent Maiorana @ (831) 758-7350.

Robbery, Attempted Robbery, Officer Involved Shooting

Today Charlene Hale was released from a bay area hospital to the custody of Salinas police detectives.  Hale is the suspect of an armed robbery and attempted armed robbery of customers at the City Suds Laundromat on Pajaro Street.  Following the attempted robbery and robbery, Hale was shot by a Salinas police officer when she ignored the commands of the officer and brandished a weapon she had.

Hale was questioned at the Salinas Police Department.  She was then booked at the Monterey County Jail for robbery, attempted robbery and the brandishing of the weapon.

Any inquiries from media should be directed to Commander Vince Maiorana at 758-7350.   

Armed Robbery/Officer Involved Shooting **UPDATE** Occurred 9/19

UPDATE/ARMED ROBBERY/OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

Refer to previous press release for futher information.

This is an update to the press release issued on September 19, 2013 regarding the Robbery and Officer Involved Shooting that occurred at E. Market St. & Pajaro St.

Since this incident took place Salinas Police Detectives have been working diligently gathering evidence.  What investigators have been able to determine thus far based upon credible witness accounts and evidence collected at the scene was the suspect in this case was in fact armed with a large knife and had reached for the weapon that was tucked in her waistband and in plain view of the officer.

The suspect in this case is identified as Charlene Hale (44) a Salinas resident.  Hale is still hospitalized at a bay area hospital receiving treatment for her injuries.

All media inquiries should be directed to Commander Vincent Maiorana @ 831.758.7350.

 

Attempted Murder, Gang Crime Suspect

Release Date/Time: 9/19/2013 10:34 AM

Incident:  Attempted Murder, Gang Crime Suspect

Date: Thursday, 9/19/2013

Time: 10:34 AM

Location:John Street at S. Sanborn Road

On September 10, 2013 the victim was in his vehicle at the listed intersection when the suspect fired several shots into the victim vehicle.  The victim was transported to a local hospital by private vehicle then flown to a bay area trauma center.  The victim was in critical condition with gunshot wounds to the torso.  The vicitm is still hospitalized in stable condition.  The suspect has been identified as 23 year-old Fernando "Freddy" Valdez.  Valdez is described as 6'1", 250 lbs., with brown eyes and black hair.  He has several tattoos to include "Salinas" on his chest, "SEM" on his abdomen, "Jesus" on his right forearm and "Valdez" on his back.  Valdez also has a scar above his right eye.  Valdez may be associated to a 2004-2006 silver Honda Accord 4-door in stock condition with unknown plates.

There is currently a $1,000,000 warrant for Valdez' arrest for attempted murder and gang crime.  Valdez is considered armed and dangerous.  Photographs of Valdez are attached.  Anyone with information about Valdez' whereabouts is asked to contact Det. Arlene Currier at 831-758-7125 or the tip-line at 831-775-4222 or We-Tip at 1-800-78-CRIME.

 

Release Authorized by:  Cmdr. Dave Shaw

Telephone:  831-758-7271

DUI Checkpoint

Release Date/Time: 9/17/2013 12:30 PM

Incident: DUI Checkpoint

Report #: Several

Date: Tuesday, 9/17/2013

Time: 10:00 AM

Location: 615 Williams Road, Cesar Chavez Library

On Monday the 16th Salinas PD conducted a DUI/Driver's Licnese checkpoint at Cesar Chavez Library, 615 Williams Road. Officers conducted Field Sobriety Tests on 4 drivers but none of them was found to have been driving under the influence. However, officers cited 58 drivers for driving without a license and two additional drivers for driving on a suspended licnese. There were 31 other citations for hazzardous violations for a total of 91 citations. Two additional drivers were arrested for outstanding warrants. 1163 cars drove through the checkpoint with 656 drivers contacted. Three motorcycle units conducted 44 traffic stops in the area of the checkpoint. The checkpoint lasted from approximately 630pm until 1030pm.

The checkpoint was funded with a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Hit & Run with injury

Release Date/Time: 9/16/2013 4:51 PM

Incident: Hit & Run with injury

Report #: 13-090777

Date: Monday, 9/16/2013

Time: 8:51 AM

Location: Bardin Rd/Scornberg Pky

A 22 year-old female exchange student from Australia, was riding her bicycle NB on Bardin Rd near Scornburg Pkwy when she was struck from behind from a Beige GMC, or Nissan type truck. After hitting the bicylist, the driver of the GMC fled NB on Bardin. The bicyclist was wearing a helmet but suffered a nearly severed left foot, a contusion to her left hip scrapes to her elbow. She was transported to NMC and later to a bay area hospital in an attempt to save her left foot.

The police department is asking any witnesses to contact Motor Officer Jeff Munoz at 758-7980.

Release Authorized by: Michael Groves

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 9/14/2013 1:16 AM

Incident: Attempted Armed Robbery

Report #: 13-090960

Date: Saturday, 9/14/2013

Time: 10:43 PM

Location: Holaday St. & E. Alisal St.

Two customers were approached by three males at the taco truck near the corner of Holaday St. and E. Alisal St. One of the individuals had a shotgun and attempted to rob the customers, who ran away on foot. The suspects then turned their attention to the taco truck and attempted to rob the owner. When they discovered he had no money, the suspects fled on foot towards Center St. All three were described as thin Hispanic males wearing black hooded sweatshirts and black pants. The suspect with the shotgun had a white cloth covering his face. There is no further information at this time.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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