Press Releases


Release Date/Time: 3/12/2015 3:24 PM

Incident: STOPP

Report #: Several

Date: Thursday, 3/12/2015

Time: 2:19 PM

Location: Salians

The STOPP Program (Strategic Traffic Observation and Prevention Program) was conducted in Salinas this morning. STOPP is a traffic enforcement program made up of traffic officers from 10 cities in the Monterey Bay Area. Each month available officers go to a different city and administer intense traffic enforcement for a four to five hour period. This morning eight motor officers from 5 cities including; Monterey, Seaside, Carmel, Marina, CHP, and Salinas, worked in Salinas and made a total of 92 traffic stops in four hours. They wrote 54 hazardous citations and 19 mechanical violations. Six of the citations were also for driver's license violations and those six cars were towed.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

St. Patrick's Day DUI enforcement

Release Date/Time: 3/12/2015 9:51 AM

Incident: St. Patrick's Day DUI enforcement

Report #: N/A

Date: Thursday, 3/12/2015

Time: 8:49 AM

Location: Monterey and San Benito County

Be a Saint. Drive Sober. St. Patrick's Day is one of the Deadliest Days of the Year Because Of Drunk Driving.

St. Patrick's Day brings to mind shamrocks, leprechauns, pots of gold, and good luck. But no amount of luck can save you from a drunk-driving crash. So whether you're buzzed or drunk on St. Patrick's Day, it doesn't matter. NHTSA wants to remind everyone that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving—drive sober.

The Avoid the 20 – Monterey and San Benito Counties DUI Task Force will be deploying several roving DUI patrols this St. Patrick's Day in several communities throughout the area looking to stop and arrest drivers who are impaired by alcohol or drugs. These DUI patrols are in addition to regularly scheduled patrol officers, all looking for the tell-tale signs of an impaired driver behind the wheel. In 2013, there were 31 people killed in drunk-driving crashes on St. Patrick's Day. All in all, during the St. Patty's Day period from 2009 to 2013, there have been 276 drunk-driving fatalities. Every one of those lives was lost because of bad decisions.

Unfortunately, March 17 has become a deadly day in the United States, with a dramatic spike in drunk-driving fatalities. And we're not just talking about a little bit too much to drink here; from 2009 to 2013, almost three-fourths of the drunk-driving fatalities on St. Patrick's Day involved drivers who were twice the legal limit. Sergeant Gerry Ross of the Salinas Police Department offered this advice to partygoers: 'Plan ahead. If you are celebrating St. Patrick's Day with alcohol, figure out a plan now for how you'll get home. Don't wait until you're too buzzed to decide; by then it could be too late to make the proper decision. Letting your friends drive drunk is not an option.” Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving, so if you have anything to drink, count on a sober friend, taxi, or public transportation to drive you home safely. Not drinking? Maybe this St. Patrick's Day, you'll be the saint who drives your friends sober.

Let's make 2015 different. Use this party-planning checklist to stay safe this St. Patrick's Day;

DDVIP: The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP 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 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.

NOW: Even if you don't have plans yet, plan to drive sober or designate someone else. Save the number of a taxi company in your phone so you always have a backup plan.

WHEN YOU MAKE PLANS: A sober driver is an essential part of any party plan. Once you know where you'll celebrate, decide whether you're drinking or driving. You can only choose one. 

ON ST. PATRICK'S DAY: Before you take your first sip of green beer, leave your keys at home or give them to a friend. If you're the designated driver, don't drink. Enjoy non-alcoholic beverages and brag about your VIP (very important partygoer) status online using the hash tag #designateddriver. Only drive sober or ride with a sober driver. 

EVERY DAY: If you're impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home safely. If you know people who are about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

DRUGS, MEDICATION & ALCOHOL= CRASHES: Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.

Avoid the 20 DUI Task Force funding is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that reminds everyone to ‘Report Drunk Drivers! Call 9-1-1.' Stay connected with OTS via:,!/OTS_CA, The Avoid the 20 DUI Coalition's next task force operation is set for Cinco de Mayo.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery Arrest

Release Date/Time: 3/11/2015 1:50 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery and False Imprisonment Arrest

Report #: 14-030519 and 14-021180

Date: Wednesday, 3/11/2015

Time: 4:03 AM

Location: 1345 North Main - Taco Bell

Salinas Police Officers were dispatched to an armed robbery at the Taco Bell.  The suspect drove up to the drive thru in a dark colored car and made an order.  Once the drive thru window was opened the suspect exited his vehicle, approached the window and pointed a black colored handgun at the employees.  He ordered an employee to open the register, obtained an unknown amount of money and fled in his vehicle.  A witness in the area provided a good description of the suspect vehicle.  Officers made an area check and within an hour located a similar vehicle driving in the area of North Main Street and Harden Parkway.  A traffic stop was conducted and the driver was identified as Mercurio Bose, 27, of Salinas.  He was identified as the armed robbery suspect.  Stolen cash and a replica firearm was located inside of his vehicle.  Once Bose was taken into custody officers recognized him as an armed robbery suspect from the Shell Gas Station, 417 North Main Street, that occured February 25, 2015.  An image of Bose had been captured on surveillance footage at the Shell Station.  Bose was booked into the Monterey County Jail for two counts of armed robbery and several counts of false imprisonment.

Release Authorized by: Commander Dave Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Salinas Police Department Invites Department of Justice to Advise on Community Policing



Spencer Critchley, Acting Public Information Officer

[email protected]

(831) 998-3000

Salinas Police Department Invites Department of Justice to Advise on Community Policing

Press conference scheduled for March 12 with the DOJ's COPS Office director, the US Attorney, and City officials

Salinas, CA, March 6, 2015 -- The US Department of Justice COPS Office (Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, has accepted a request from Salinas Police Chief Kelly McMillin to consult with the Police Department on advancing improvements in police-community relations.

A press conference about the project will be held Thursday, March 12 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm at Sherwood Hall, 940 North Main Street, Salinas. Washington, DC-based COPS Office Director Ronald Davis and staff will join US Attorney for the Northern District of California Melinda Haag, Salinas Mayor Joe Gunter, City Manager Ray Corpuz, Chief McMillin and consultants from the Institute of Intergovernmental Research (IIR,, a nonprofit based in Tallahassee, Florida that provides training and technical assistance on justice and homeland security topics.

The COPS Office will also be inviting a group of community members and leaders to meet from 3:30 to 4:30 pm on the same day at the same location.

The COPS Office provides funding for community policing-oriented consulting under a program called the Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance (CRI-TA).

According to a CRI-TA guide:

"Using subject-matter experts, interviews, and direct observation, technical assistance providers will assist law enforcement agencies with enhancing and improving their policies and procedures, systems, culture, and relationship with the communities they serve. If appropriate, technical assistance providers can issue a series of recommendations, and be instrumental in assisting agencies with the implementation of those recommendations or finding the right resources to do so." (COPS FY2014 Application Guide, page 2,

"I'm delighted that the COPS Office has accepted our request for Collaborative Reform support," said Chief McMillin. "The COPS and IIR staff are experts in smart, enlightened law enforcement techniques, such as Legitimacy and Procedural Justice, and we hope they'll help us accelerate our progress in deploying them."

The CRI-TA project is separate from and supplemental to consulting by the Justice Department's Community Relations Service. Last May, Chief McMillin requested the services of the CRS to assist with community dialogue about officer-involved shootings. Conciliation Specialist Marquez Equalibria has since been consulting with community members, city officials, and the police department.

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Gun, Gang, and Attempted Murder arrest

Release Date/Time: 2/28/2015 8:52 PM

Incident: Gun, Gang, and Attempted Murder arrest

Date: Saturday, 2/28/2015

Time: 4:10 PM

Location: Garner and Acosta Plaza

A Salinas Police Officer was patrolling the area near this mornings shooting of a 65 year old female on Sieber Ave.  She noticed a parked van that was similar to that described by witnesses as being used in the shooting.  While examining the vehicle, she was contacted by its owner who stated his son had been driving it earlier in the day.   A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a handgun, similar to the type used this morning.  The officer was able to make contact with the son, Alejandro Meneses (22) and develop enough probable cause to link him to the shooting.  Through the course of the investigation it was determined that the female was not the intended target. but instead a group of males who were walking in the immediate area.  Meneses was lodged into Monterey County Jail for Attempted Murder as well as associated gang and weapons charges.   

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Victim of a Shooting

Release Date/Time: 2/28/2015 3:43 PM

Incident: Victim of a Shooting

Date: Saturday, 2/28/2015

Time: 10:44 AM

Location: 1000 block Sieber St.

Officers responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Garner and Orchard. As we responded, County Communications received information that there was a shooting victim.  Officers located a 65 year old female suffering from two non-life threatening gunshot wounds to the hip and arm. The investigation determined that she was not the intended victim, and had actually been standing inside her apartment when the shots were fired..  Witnesses stated it appeared a blue van drove by and the passenger opened fire at an unknown male who was standing outside, and nearby, the victim's apartment.  It is unknown at this time whether this case is gang related, investigation is continuing. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Wanted Subject


Felony Arrest Warrant

Adrian Cardenas (19) is wanted on a no bail felony arrest warrant.  If you have information on his whereabouts,  please call Detective Currier at the Salinas Police Department at 831-758-7125.  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.




Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 2/24/2015 9:44 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder

Report #: 15-021172

Date: Tuesday, 2/24/2015

Time: 8:37 PM

Location: 700 Block of Elkington Ave.

A 26 year old male was on his cell phone in the front yard of a residence in the 700-block of Elkington Ave. when a vehicle drove up.  The front passenger opened the door and fired a handgun at the victim, striking him the left arm.  The vehicle then fled northbound on Elkington. It was described as a charcoal gray Nissan four door with paper plates.  There is no further suspect information. The victim was taken to a local hospital and is expected to recover.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Suspect ID Needed in Theft and Child Endangerment Case

Release Date/Time: 2/23/2015 4:39 PM

Incident: Theft and Child Endangerment

Date: Monday, 2/23/2015

Time: 4:39 PM

Location: 1091 S. Main Street

On February 9, 2015 at about 3:30 pm, the vicitm was in the yogurt shop when he left his Samsung GalaxyS-5 cellphone on the table while paying for his food.  While he was away from the table the suspect walked by and stole the phone.  The suspect went outside and placed the phone in a 90's model Honda Accord.  The suspect came back into the yogurt shop and finished his food.  During the theft the suspect was carrying an approximately 2-3 year-old female child which he still held when he returned.  The suspect left the shop prior to surveillance video being reviewed.  The suspect is described as a hispanic male adult with a mustache; wearing a black t-shirt, black shorts, white socks and sandals.  When he returned he was wearing a blue ballcap and sunglasses.  The Salinas Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in identifying the suspect.  Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact Officer Guadalupe Gonzalez at 831-758-7090.

Release Authorized by: Cdr. Dave Shaw

Telephone: 831-758-7271

Armed Robbery/Attempted Murder Suspect Identified **Wanted** Angel Perez



ANGEL PEREZ (20) Hispanic Male adult--approx 6' tall 180 lbs.  black hair brown eyes;

The Salinas Police Department is looking for Angel Perez (20) for armed robbery and attempted murder for his involvement in robbing two Salinas businesses on Tuesday February 17th.   While committing one of the robberies Perez fired his handgun at the clerk.  As a result of investigative leads obtained by officers at the scene, Perez was positively identified as the suspect in both cases.  Angel Perez has a distinctive tattoo on his neck of the letters 'Deimi.”  Perez also has a serious leg injury sustained while fleeing from the scene of the mentioned armed robberies.   Angel Perez should be considered armed and dangerous.  The Public is encouraged to call 911 if Perez is spotted. 

Below is the original press release issued prior to obtaining a positive identification on suspect Angel Perez:

Release Date/Time: 2/17/2015 1:46 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery / Attempted Armed Robbery Business - Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 15-020796 and 15-020800

Date: Tuesday, 2/17/2015

Time: 8:13 AM

Location: 8 Williams Road - Star 1 Gas & El Kiosko

A Hispanic Male, late 20's, wearing black hooded jacket and a bandana covering his face and blue jeans entered the businesses with a chrome colored handgun.  There are two businesses at this location.  The suspect entered and robbed the clerk from the gas station and after obtaining an undetermined amount of money confronted the clerk at the taqueria.  The 33 year old male victim (clerk) at the taqueria was preparing food at the time.  The suspect demanded that he opened the register.  Unable to do so, it appears that the suspect intentionally fired one round at the victim striking him on the top of his head.  The victim was treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound at a local hospital.  It is possible that a witness to the robbery chased the suspect and possibly struck him with his vehicle.  The suspect may have been injured as a result and may be limping.  If you have any information regarding this case please contact Officer Jacky Bohn at 831-758-7161 or 831-775-4201 extension 6405.





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