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Stabbing & Vehicle pursuit

Release Date/Time: 3/4/2016 12:46 PM

Incident: Stabbing, Carjacking & Vehicle pursuit

Date: Thursday, 3/3/2016

Time: 10:54 PM

Location: 250 N. Madeira Ave (Cesar Chavez Park)

Officer Responded to Cesar Chavez Park on N. Madeira regarding a stabbing that took place.  When Officers arrived they contacted a 27-year-old male victim who had been stabbed in the lower torso.  Victim reported while seated in his vehicle near the park he was contacted by a male, identified as Isidro Diaz (24), who approached from the park asking, 'Where you from.”  When victim tried to moved away from Diaz, Diaz stabbed victim in the lower torso and then drove away with victim's vehicle.

Less than 10 minutes after police arrival, CHP spotted the victims vehicle driven/stolen by Diaz northbound on US101 at Vierra Canyon Road. When CHP attempted to stop the vehicle Diaz led CHP on a vehicle pursuit though north Monterey County and into San Benito County.  Diaz finally drove off the road and into a ditch where he was caught and arrested by CHP.

Victim was treated at a local hospital and later released.  Victims injuries do not appear to be life threatening.  Diaz was later booked at Monterey County Jail.

Release Authorized by: Commander Vincent Maiorana

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Salinas Police Officer Recruitment - Now Open

The Salinas Police Department will be conducting an informative orientation for individuals who are interested in becoming Salinas Police Officers.  This orientation will allow interested candidates an opportunity to learn about the department, recruitment, and the hiring process.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

City Hall, Rotunda

200 Lincoln Ave, Salinas, CA  93901

The Police Recruit position is now open and will close April 6, 2016.  Those interested are encouraged to apply through CalOpps at  Questions can be directed to Sgt. Kim Robinson at (831) 758-7120 or Salinas Human Resources at (831) 758-7254.



Release Date/Time: 3/1/2016 1:24 AM

Incident: Shooting

Report #: 16 - 02 1542

Date: Monday, 2/29/2016

Time: 9:16 PM

Location: 2100 Block of N. Main Street

A store clerk at a business on the 2100 block of N. Main Street reported someone shooting in the store parking lot. Officers responded to the area and found a stolen vehicle in the parking lot that had been struck by gun fire. The business had also been struck by rounds of gunfire, however, there were no injuries. The investigation revealed there had been some kind of dispute in the parking lot resulting in the shots fired. All of the suspects involved fled the area and abandoned the stolen vehicle. A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed indicia consistent with drug sales.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7321. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Homicide - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 2/26/2016 12:46 AM

Incident: Attempted Homicide - Shooting

Report #: 16-021299

Date: Thursday, 2/25/2016

Time: 8:30 PM

Location: 1300 block of Wiren Drive

Salinas Police Officers responded to the 1300 block of Wiren regarding a victim of a shooting. No victim was found but it was determined that a shooting did occur at a residence in the 1300 block of Wiren. About the same time a victim arrived at Natividad Medical Center with a gunshot wound. The victim sustained a non-life threatening wound and is expected to survive. Officers are still trying to determine the motive of the shooting. There has not been much cooperation from the victim or involved parties. 

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Unauthorized Use of Credit Card

The Salinas Police Department is looking for assistance in identifying a suspect who used a stolen credit card at several locations in Salinas.  The victim had a wallet stolen which had several credit cards inside.  After the wallet was taken a credit card from the wallet was used in Salinas.  One of the locations where the stolen credit card was used was the L'Amour Shoppe located at 323 E. Alisal St.  Surveillance video shows the subject making a purchase using the stolen credit card.   

Anyone with information on the subject pictured is encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department Investigations Division at (831) 758-7226; or Detective Gansen at (831) 758-7137 or [email protected]. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME, or text information to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".



Assistance in Mayhem Case

The Salinas Police Department is asking for assistance in identifying the suspect in an Mayhem (203 PC) case that occurred on November 21, 2015. The incident occurred in the parking lot of the Hacienda Mexican Grill on N. Davis Rd. The victims, a 44-year-old male and a 24-year-old male, were confronted in the parking lot by a group of individuals. The 24-year-old was sucker punched, causing him to fall to the ground, strike his head on the concrete, rendering him unconscious. The 44-year-old was able to stop the group from hitting the 24-year-old while he was down but someone slashed the 44-year-old with a knife, across the face causing significant injury. The group fled and the victims were transported to the hospital. During the investigation, a picture of the slashing suspect was captured from a surveillance video. The picture is very grainy and detectives have been unable to identify the male.

Anyone that can assist in identifying the suspect is asked to call the Salinas Police Department Investigations Bureau at (831)758-7226 or Detective McKinley at (831) 758-7145. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME, or text information to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".



Armed Robbery Arrests

In the first two months of 2016, Salinas saw several armed robberies of area businesses where the suspect was described as a black male adult wearing a 'burka” style mask over his face and armed with a semi-automatic handgun. The following list are the armed robberies detectives believed were related:

January 15th The Dollar Tree 1235 N. Davis Rd.

January 21st Wendy's 1339 N. Main St.

January 27th Subway 1562 N. Main St.

January 28th Valero 1201 N. Main St.

January 29th Subway 1403 N. Main St.

January 31th ACME Chevron 2047 N. Main St.

February 7th Arco Gas Station 131 N. Main St.


On February 17, 2016, the FBI, from an office located in Missouri, came to Salinas because they had information on a bank robbery suspect that may be in town. Agents were looking for Terry Jacobs, age 46, who had been indicted in Missouri on two bank robberies. The agents believed Jacobs could be at a house in the 1200 block of Polk St. While being briefed by the agents, Salinas Police detectives thought Jacobs fit the description of the suspect we were looking for in the local robberies. Agents from the FBI and the U.S. Marshalls contacted Jacobs and his girlfriend, Jayme Wilson, age 26, while they stood in front of their van on the 1200 block of Polk St. Both were taken into custody without incident. A handgun was found in the van.

During further investigation, it was determined Jacobs was the suspect responsible for the local armed robberies listed above. He was remanded into the custody of the FBI and the US Marshalls then transported to San Jose to appear in Federal court the bank robberies. The Monterey County District Attorney's Office was asked to review the reports and issue warrants for Jacobs' arrest on the local cases. This is because the federal charges take precedent over our local charges. Wilson, who was not named in the federal indictment, was found to have been the driver on all the robberies in Salinas. She was booked into Monterey County Jail on 7 counts of armed robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery.  

Arrest of Fugitive


SALINAS, CA – Leon-Palomares, age 30, was arrested by the US Marshals Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force along with the assistance of the Salinas Police Department and the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office, late Monday night in Salinas, CA and is currently in the Monterey County Jail.

Leon-Palomares had warrants out of Santa Cruz County and Monterey County for terroristic threats, felon in possession of a weapon, and other charges. Last week, US Marshals attempted to arrest Leon-Palomares in the 1300 block of Cherokee Dr. in Salinas, CA which led to a long standoff situation. A specialized team which consisted of US Marshals Task Force Members, Salinas Police Department, and the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office continued to work around the clock searching for Leon-Palomares. Leon-Palomares was located at the, Americas Best Value Inn, based off of tips provided by the community.

US Marshal Don O'Keefe said: "The US Marshals and their partners will not rest until they have their fugitive. This is a great example of perseverance and dedication from law enforcement and community alike. I'd like to thank the Salinas PD, Santa Cruz Sheriff's Office, and Monterey County for their support and ongoing collaboration."

The U.S. Marshals Service is the primary Federal agency charged with conducting fugitive investigations throughout the United States and abroad. The U.S. Marshals Service regularly works in concert with other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to seek out and arrest violent fugitives and sex offenders, and has established task forces throughout the nation to facilitate the apprehension of fugitives.

To find information on fugitive's currently being sought by the U.S. Marshals in Northern California, or to submit a tip on the wherebouts of a fugitive, please visit:

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Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 2/21/2016 11:05 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 16-021049

Date: Sunday, 2/21/2016

Time: 7:57 PM

Location: 1000 block of Lupin Drive

Salinas Police Officers responded to a victim of a shooting in the 1000 block of Lupin Drive.  They discovered a Hispanic male adult, 30, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  The victim had been standing outside of his vehicle talking with a female when he observed a dark colored 4 door sedan pull up.  The right front passenger fired numerous rounds striking the victim multiple times.  He was transported to a local trauma center where he was undergoing surgery.  He is in stable but critical condition.  This shooting is being investigated as gang related. 

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Child Molest Suspect

The Salinas Police Department is requesting assistance in locating a subject wanted for Forcible Lewd Acts Upon a Child. A warrant has been issued by the Monterey County District Attorney's Office for Oscar Sandoval Avelino, age 38, with a bail amount of $1,000,000. The crime occurred several years ago and it is unknown where Avelino may be residing. There is information Avelino may have fled to Mexico but that information has not been confirmed. Anyone with information on Avelino's whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department Investigations Division at (831) 758-7226; or Detective Gansen at (831) 758-7137 or [email protected]. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME, or text information to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".



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