Press Releases


Release Date/Time: 8/26/2015 9:22 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 15-181313

Date: Tuesday, 8/25/2015

Time: 6:00 AM

Location: 200 Blk Douglas Ave.

On August 25, 2015 just after 6:00 PM, Monterey County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the Prune-Tree Shopping center in Prunedale after suspicious circumstances were reported alleging there was possibly a deceased body in a trunk of a vehicle parked at that location. Monterey County Deputies arrived confirming there was a homicide victim in the trunk of a vehicle parked there and the driver, identified as Erick DeAnda (24), had admitted that he had killed his mother and concealed her body in the trunk of her car. The investigation revealed that Erick DeAnda resides with his family on Douglas Ave in Salinas to include his mother identified as Lilia DeAnda (53). During an argument at the residence on Douglass Ave., Erick strangled his mother (Lilia) to death and then concealed her body  in the trunk of her car. With the intent of driving the vehicle to an undetermined location to light the car on fire, Erick may have gone to a gas station to fill a gas can to use as an accelerant. Around that time, other family members arrived at home and started to become concerned about Lilia missing from the residence and started to call Lilia's cellphone to inquire her whereabouts. Erick coincidentally answered Lilia's phone and admitted to family members that he had killed mom and placed her body in the trunk of the car. Family members ultimately called police and Erick was contacted at the Prunedale shopping center. It is suspected that Erick may have driven his mothers car to a Monterey County gas station to fill a gas can. It is believed that he had driven to a Shell gas station in south Monterey County (possibly Gonzales or Soledad). The vehicle Erik was driving was a 2012 Dark Gray/Black Toyota Corolla with CA license plate 6WJP260. Salinas Police Investigators are asking anyone who may have seen this vehicle driving or at a gas station filling a gas can to call police to report this sighting. Erick DeAnda was booked at Monterey County Jail for murder. Anyone who may have information that could help with this investigation is urged to call the Salinas Police Department Investigations Division at (831) 758-7226.

Any Media Inquires should be directed to Commander Vincent Maiorana @ 831-758-7350.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr Vincent Maiorana

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Summer DUI Campaign for Avoid the 20 1st update

Release Date/Time: 8/24/2015 1:47 PM

Incident: Summer DUI Campaign for Avoid the 20 1st update

Report #: N/A

Date: Monday, 8/24/2015

Time: 1:46 PM

Location: Monterey and San Benito Counties

Monterey and San Benito Counties AVOID the 20 DUI Campaign Weekend Update #1

The end of summer DUI Mobilization has resulted in a number of DUI arrests from local routine traffic enforcement and special Avoid the 20 DUI deployments for the first weekend in Monterey and San Benito Counties. From 12:01 AM Friday August 21, 2015 through midnight Sunday August 23, 2015 officers countywide have arrested 43 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Over the weekend there were 6 injury DUI collisions in which 7 people were injured.

Friday night, August 21st, Officers from the Salinas Police Department with assistance from officers from Marina PD conducted a DUI / Driver's License Checkpoint on Williams Road near Wiren Street. 1,083 vehicles passed through the checkpoint and officers contacted 832 drivers. One driver was arrested for Driving Under the Influence of alcohol. Field Sobriety Tests were conducted on one other driver who was found not to be under the influence. Sixteen drivers were cited for driving without a license and four were cited for driving on a suspended license. Twenty seven other drivers were cited for committing Vehicle Code violations near the checkpoint. One driver was arrested when he lied to officers about his name and was found to be on felony probation.

Over the course of the next several days of the campaign several Saturation Patrols will be conducted in many of the cities within the two counties. All regularly scheduled traffic and patrol officers will focus efforts at stopping and arresting DUI drivers during their normal shifts. Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to help make your community safer: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Law Enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of drunk driving reminding everyone that all it takes is a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driver or call a cab. But whatever you do, don't drink and drive.

The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched last year, the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to 'Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a 'List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their life saving role. They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb – all from one screen. DUI arrest data collection will continue through Labor Day midnight Monday, September 7, 2015. Avoid programs, named for the number of police agencies in each county, are deploying Multiple/DUI Driver's License Checkpoints and local Roving DUI patrols region wide during 18 day Summer/Labor Day Campaign.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide/Attempted Homicide Update

Release Date/Time: 8/20/2015 1:15 PM

Incident: Homicide/Attempted Homicide Update

Report #: 15-080787

Date: Sunday, 8/16/2015

Time: 1:19 AM

Location: 1400 Block N. Davis Rd

On Sunday, 8/16/15 Salinas Police officers responded to the parking lot in the 1400 block of N. Davis Road on a report of victims of a shooting. On arrival they found the twenty four year old victim conscious and breathing.  He was transported to Natividad Medical Center, but later died as a result of his injuries. The deceased victim has been identified as Juan Pablo Cisneros Lopez (24).  It was also discovered by responding officers that there was a second victim who was still in a vehicle at the scene. The second victim sustained multiple gunshots wounds, and he is in stable condition.

At this time, the motive for the shooting is still unknown. Both victims were shot in the parking lot, and there are no known gang connections. There were numerous people in the parking lot at the time of the shooting, and it is believed that there are additional witnesses that have not come forward. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Detective Sivertson at 831-758-7132 or Detective Gibson at 831-758-7442.  If you would like to remain anonymous, you can also call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222 or the We-Tip-Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Release Authorized by: Jim Arensdorf

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

DUI checkpoint

Release Date/Time: 8/20/2015 12:27 PM

Incident: DUI checkpoint

Report #: N/A

Date: Thursday, 8/20/2015

Time: 12:12 AM

Location: Undisclosed

The Salinas Police Department will be conducting a DUI checkpoint on Friday, August 21st. The checkpoint is part of the Avoid the 20 Task Force of Monterey and San Benito Counties. The checkpoint is part of the DUI Summer Campaign.

DUI checkpoints promote public safety, deter drunk drivers, and educate the public of the dangers associated with drinking and driving. "The checkpoint focus is not to arrest drunk drivers," said Sergeant Gerry Ross. "The focus of the checkpoint is to reduce collisions caused by drunk drivers and prevent the tragedy and devastation DUI crashes cause. Don't get me wrong. If someone is drinking and driving we will do everything in our power to arrest them and put them in jail, but our goal is to prevent people from drinking and driving in the first place."

The Avoid the 20 Task Force funding is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who reminds everyone; Report Drunk Drivers! - Call 911.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

suspicious device

Release Date/Time: 8/19/2015 11:40 AM

Incident: suspicious device

Date: Wednesday, 8/19/2015

Time: 9:21 AM

Location: 200 Block Commission St

Officers responded to a suspicious device on the lawn in front of a business in the 200 block of Commission St.  Upon inspection, the device appeared to potentially be an improvised explosive device.  The Monterey County Sheriff's Bomb Squad was called for technical expertise.  They determined that  externally it appeared to have explosive potential.  A closer inspection revealed what appears to be an inert substance filling the device, thus posing no threat to the public.  A safety zone was established during the evaluation period and the street was closed for about an hour. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Major Injury Collision

Release Date/Time: 8/19/2015 12:25 AM

Incident: Major Injury Collision

Report #: 15-080962

Date: Tuesday, 8/18/2015

Time: 8:53 PM

Location: Harden Pkwy / Broadway Dr

Nicolas Guerrero (19) was driving his Ford Mustang with a 17-year old passenger. Ricardo Acuna (19) was driving his Acura Integra. He had two 17-year old females as passengers and Acuna's driver's license was suspended. When the light turned green, the two cars engaged in a street race,  Eastbound on Harden Pkwy from N. Main. A 34-year old female turned onto Harden Pkwy from Regency Cir directly in front of Acuna's Acura. Her Ford Explorer collided with the Acura causing the Explorer to become airborne, roll and strike a tree. The force of the impact caused all three occupants of the Acura to get pinned under the dashboard, including the rear passenger. All three had to be extricated from the mangled vehicle and the 17-year old girl in the front seat suffered life-threatening injuries. All four people were taken to a local trauma center with major injuries. The driver of the Mustang, Guerrero, left several hundred feet of locked wheel skid but stopped and waited with his car. Guerrero is on felony probation. He and his passenger were detained and brought to the PD for questioning. In the case of Guerrero, alcohol does not appear to be a factor and he volunteered to provide a blood sample. CHP officers with Advanced Accident Investigation training responded to the scene to assist in marking and collecting evidence and Salinas police detectives were called in to assist with interviews. At least two independent witnesses remained to help, including an off-duty law enforcement officer from a nearby jurisdiction. Guerrero was released pending the outcome of the investigation and once complete, investigators will determine whether he and/or Acuna will be charged with crimes.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Pursuit, Injury Collision, Violation of Probation

Release Date/Time: 8/18/2015 10:21 PM

Incident: Pursuit, Injury Collision, Violation of Probation

Report #: 15-080954

Date: Tuesday, 8/18/2015

Time: 4:49 PM

Location: Work St / S. Sanborn Rd

Officers stopped a black and grey Mustang driven by Leo Castro (36). Castro is on probation and was informed that his car was going to be searched. Castro started to get back into the car and close the door. One officer deployed his taser but it was not effective. Castro sped away from the stop and a short pursuit ensued until the officers lost sight of the car. The pursuit was terminated and officers began searching for Castro. Eventually, an officer came across a large collision scene involving Castro and his mustang at the intersection of John St and Front St. Castro had been driving at a high rate of speed, Northbound on Abbott St. As he approached John St, Castro collided with a car that was turning left in the intersection against a green light. He careened off the first car and struck a pick up that was stopped at a red light in the left turn pocket of Southbound Front St preparing to turn Eastbound onto John St. The truck was pushed backward about 40 feet. Castro careened off the truck and collided into a third car that was stopped for a red light in the Southbound #1 lane of Front St. The female driver of that car was pinned and had to be extricated. Castro was ejected from his mustang through the passenger side window and landed on the street. Even though he was injured, Castro tried to get up and run but was unable. The drivers of the two cars were transported by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the truck was not injured but all four vehicles suffered major damage. Castro was taken to a local trauma center and admitted for unspecified injuries. The intersection was closed for several hours while the collision was investigated and off-duty officers trained in Advanced Accident Investigation were called in from home to assist. Castro will be charged with several felonies, including Felony Evading Resulting in Injury and Violation of Probation.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Release Date/Time: 8/17/2015 9:35 PM

Incident: Shooting

Report #: 15-080886

Date: Monday, 8/17/2015

Time: 7:41 PM

Location: E. Bolivar St @ N. Main St

A 35-year old male was standing near the fire station when a tan SUV, possibly a Chevy Trailblazer, pulled up and engaged him in conversation. Several shots were fired and the victim was struck once in the upper leg. His wounds are not considered life-threatening. The victim was uncooperative with police and the case is being investigated as gang related. No motive or suspect information has been established and anyone with information is urged to call Salinas Police Department.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide/Attempted Homicide

Release Date/Time: 8/16/2015 7:18 AM

Incident: Homicide/Attempted Homicide

Report #: 15-080787

Date: Sunday, 8/16/2015

Time: 1:19 AM

Location: Haciendas Grill - 1449 N. Davis Rd.

Officers responded to the Hacienda Grill at 1449 N. Davis Road to the victim(s) of a shooting.   They found the twenty four year old victim conscious and breathing.  He was transported to Natividad Medical Center.  Complications developed as a result of his wounds and he later died at the hospital.  It was also discovered by responding officers that there was a second victim who was still in a vehicle at the scene.  The second victim sustained multiple gunshots wounds.  The thirty two year old victim was tranported to the Natividad Medical center where surgery was performed.  He is expected to survive.

At this time, the motive for the shooting is unknown.  There are no known gang connections however, both victims are known to purchase and use narcotics.  There were numerous people in the parking lot at the time of the shooting.  Some of which described a dark colored or black Toyota or Mitsubishi sedan leave the lot at a high rate of speed just after the shooting.   Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department.       

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Vehicle Collision with Injuries

Release Date/Time: 8/13/2015 2:04 PM

Incident: Vehicle Collision with Injuries

Report #: 15-080635

Date: Thursday, 8/13/2015

Time: 8:02 AM

Location: John Street and South Hebbron Street

A 28 year old male was driving a full size pickup southbound on Hebbron Street at John Street.  It appears that he pulled onto John Street directly into the path of a westbound passenger vehicle.  The driver of the passenger vehicle was a 42 year old male who had two children passengers in the back seat.  One of the passengers was a 9 year old girl who suffered bruising and had a complaint of pain and the other was a 6 year old boy who complained of pain.  Both children were flown to a Santa Clara Hospital as a precaution. Both adult drivers were transported to a local hosptial were they were treated for complaint of pain. The girl is currently being treated and the boy was treated and released.  Neither alcohol nor drugs were suspected to be involved in this collision.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


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