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Salinas Police Arrest Three for Cesar Gonzalez Homicide

Salinas Police Arrest Three for Cesar Gonzalez Homicide

Acting on crime tips, police have arrested three suspects in the fatal January 13 shooting of Cesar Gonzalez of Salinas.

Mr. Gonzalez was killed at his home at 627 Market Street late in the afternoon of the 13th. Witnesses described seeing a gray van with three occupants stop in front of the house. Shots were fired towards the house, whereupon the van sped away.

After receiving valuable leads, detectives have worked shifts of up to 20 hours with no days off, investigating the leads and associated physical evidence. Also on the case have been police Violence Suppression Officers, Monterey County Probation, State Parole and agents from the Monterey County STING Task Force.

On January 20, police arrested Jose Guadalupe Diaz, 18. On January 21, a 16-year-old juvenile was arrested, and today a 17-year-old juvenile was arrested.

All three suspects are Salinas residents. All were directly involved in the shooting and all three were booked for murder with gang enhancements. Diaz was booked into Monterey County Jail and the juveniles were booked into Monterey County Juvenile Hall.

The three suspects are involved in criminal street gang activities in Salinas and on the night of the shooting were driving through the neighborhood searching for rival gang members to shoot.

Salinas Police Investigators are still actively investigating this case and want to speak with anyone who may have information about it.

People with information can call Detective Gabe Gonzalez at 831-758-7127 or Detective Byron Gansen at 831-758-7137.  Those who want to remain anonymous can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip line at 831-775-4222 or the WeTip line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

People who call in anonymous tips are not asked for any identifying information and their calls cannot be traced.

These arrests follow the arrests of Figueroa Orlando Martinez (27) and Oscar Martin (20) on January 20, 2015 who are both criminal street gang members for possession of a loaded, sawed off, single shot shotgun in the area of North Sanborn Rd and E. Alisal St. Both suspects are known gang members and both were booked into Monterey County Jail on a variety of felonies and gang enhancements. Refer to press release dated January 20. Also the arrest of Jose Christian Regalado (18) on January 17th  for shooting a 13 year old boy on Santa Rita St.  Regalado was also a known gang member and booked at the Monterey County Jail for Attempted Murder and gang enhancements. Refer to press release dated January 21st

Media inquires should be directed to Commander Vincent Maiorana at 831-758-7350

Return of At Risk Missing Adult

Lucy Santa Chacon, 79, had walked away from her residence last night.  She was found safe at a care providers residence nearby several hours later. 

Pursuit, Possession of Firearm, Gang Enhancement

Release Date/Time: 1/21/2015 12:09 AM

Incident: Pursuit, Possession of Firearm, Gang Enhancement

Report #: 15-011000

Date: Tuesday, 1/20/2015

Time: 10:06 PM

Location: Alisal St / N. Sanborn Rd

Officers from the Salinas Police Department's Violence Suppression Unit attempted to stop Figueroa Orlando Martinez (27) and Oscar Martin (20) for a vehicle code violation. The suspect vehicle accelerated and led officers on a pursuit through east Salinas. Martinez and Martin jumped from the vehicle mid-block of Pacific Ave and fled into back yards. A loaded, sawed off, single shot shotgun was dropped by one of the suspects in front of the vehicle as the two ran. Officers located Martinez sitting at the rear of a residence as if he lived there. He was taken into custody and found to have a live shotgun round in his pocket. Martin was captured as he attempted to scale a fence. Both suspects are known gang members and both were booked into Monterey County Jail on a variety of felonies and gang enhancements.


Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

At Risk Missing Person

UPDATE: Ms. Santa returned home and was found in good medical condition.


Salinas Police Deparment is asking the public for help in locating an at-risk missing adult, Lucy Chacon Santa, age 79. Ms. Santa walked away from her home in the 1300 block of Rhode Island this afternoon around 2pm. She has medical issues and walks with a limp. Ms. Santa took one-day's supply of medications and family are concerned. She left the home wearing purple sweat pants, a thick grey hoodie and black boots. Ms. Santa is said to have early on-set dementia and has walked away in the past. She was located near Foods Co. on E. Alisal and suffered a fall the last time this occurred. She also went missing in 2008 and was found in San Jose, which is where she is originally from. Family believes she may try to return to San Jose. If located, please contact the Salinas Police Department at 831-758-7321.



Release Date/Time: 1/20/2015 10:18 PM

Incident: Shooting

Date: Tuesday, 1/20/2015

Time: 9:30PM

Location: 400 Block of Cabrillo St.

Three females were inside their residence when unknown suspects fired multiple rounds into the home. A 19-year old female suffered a grazing wound to her back but was not transported to the hospital. No suspect information at this time and no clear motive. The victims do not appear to be gang related. An unknown type car was heard leaving the scene but no witnesses could be located.

Release Authorized by: Commander Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: 831-758-7250

Attempted Homicide (Shooting)--Occurred Jan 17, 2015

On Saturday January 17, 2015 at approximately 7:00 pm Officers responded to Santa Rita St. regarding a victim of a shooting.   When Officers arrived, they contacted a 13 year old boy who was suffering from gunshot wounds in what was determined to be a gang related shooting.  The victim was transported to the hospital and will survive his injuries. 

Initial investigation revealed while the victim was walking with a friend on Santa Rita Street, a Hispanic male adult approached the victim on foot while holding a handgun.  The suspect challenged the victim with a gang related comment and quickly shot the victim.  The suspect fled from the area prior police arriving in the area.

As the investigation progressed, Investigators were able to identify Jose Christian Regalado (18) as the shooting suspect in this case.   Regalado was arrested at his residence at 323 Hayse St. and later booked into the Monterey County Jail for attempted murder,  Assault with a deadly weapon and gang enhancements.

Investigators are looking for witnesses or anyone who may have information regarding this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department Investigations Division at 831-758-7226.   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 Date/Time: 1/20/2015 9:53 AM

Incident: Attempted Homicide (Shooting)

Date: Tuesday, 1/17/2015

Time: 7.00 PM

Location: Santa Rita Street

Release Authorized by: Commander Vincent Maiorana

Telephone: 831-758-7350

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 1/18/2015 2:10 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Date: Sunday, 1/18/2015

Time: 9:45 AM

Location: 969 W. Alisal- Bagel Bakery

A lone gunman wearing black hoodie and mask entered the business and displayed a handgun while demanding money from the register. While there were a few patrons present, no attempt was made towards them. The suspect fled the business and was possibly seen entering a white SUV parked nearby.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 1/15/2015 12:15 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder

Report #: 15-010779

Date: Thursday, 1/15/2015

Time: 8:13 PM

Location: 600 Block of Terrace St.

A 34 year old man and 37 year old woman were in a parked vehicle in the 600 block of Terrace St.  They were contacted by two males, who approached on foot.  After briefly speaking to the male victim, one of the suspects produced a handgun and fired several times into the vehicle.  Both victims were struck and were transported to a local  hospital with serious injuries.  An older tan-colored minivan with rust or peeling paint was seen fleeing the area after the shooting.  There is no additional suspect information at this time. Both victims are expected to survive.  

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Salinas Police Department Spring of 2015 Community Academy


The Salinas Police Department will present a Community Academy from March 12th through May 28th, 2015. The Community Academy will run from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM each Thursday night for 12 consecutive weeks, with the final class to be held on May 28th, 2015.

Community Academy participants will have the opportunity to go on a ride-along with a patrol officer, observe what the Salinas Police SWAT team does, learn all about our Crime Scene Investigation Unit, participate in scenarios, watch a demonstration of the K9 program, learn about the hiring process of police officers and much more.

Each night features a new topic, with speakers, demonstrations, discussions and field trips. We will answer questions and give an in-depth, behind the scenes look at police operations.

To attend the Community Academy obtain an application and submit it to the Salinas Police Department, Community Services Unit by Friday, February 27th, 2015. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, live or work in Salinas or involved in a community-based organization that provides services to Salinas residents. Applicants must not be on probation or parole or have any recent felonies on their record.

Class size is limited to 25 students; so prospective applicants should not wait to submit their application. Applications may be obtained by sending an email request for a Community Academy application to [email protected] Applications can be returned by filling them out on your computer and returning them via email or by printing them out and returning the hard copy to Sergeant Heath Johnson / Community Services Unit, 222 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas, CA, 93901. Applications may also be picked up and turned in at the Salinas Police Department front desk.

If you have questions feel free to email or call Sergeant Heath Johnson at 758-7247.

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 1/14/2015 9:13 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder

Report #: 15-010715

Date: Wednesday, 1/14/2015

Time: 6:19 PM

Location: 1100 Block of E. Laurel Dr.

A group of five males, ranging in age from 27 to 60, were approached in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 1100 block of E. Laurel Dr.  The male suspect asked the victims what they claimed.  When the victims said they were not involved in gangs, the suspect fired a handgun at them several times.  Fortunately, no one was struck.  The suspect was described as a 20-30 year old Hispanic male, 5'9" tall, with a thin build.  He wore an orange and red hat and a gray sweatshirt.  He was last seen running to an awaiting white Honda Civic.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


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