Press Releases

Shooting into an Inhabited Dwelling

Release Date/Time: 3/11/2014 12:04 AM

Incident: Shooting into an Inhabited Dwelling

Report #: 14-030519

Date: Monday, 3/10/2014

Time: 10:09 PM

Location: 600 block of Dallas Avenue

An occupant of a gray colored 4 door with tinted windows fired three rounds from a handgun in the 600 block of Dallas Avenue.  One round penetrated a window and lodged inside of the residence.  No one was injured.  The occupants of the residence that was struck are not gang related.  Two juvenile females that were found by officers walking in the immediate area are gang related.  It is possible that they were the intended targets. Area check for the vehicle was negative.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 3/9/2014 2:20 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 14-030422

Date: Sunday, 3/9/2014

Time: 8:00 AM

Location: Monte Bella Blvd. & Palermo Dr.

An 18 year old male was walking near the park on Monte Bella Blvd. when he was approached by a male dressed in all black clothing.  The victim saw the subject had a gun in his hand and began to run away.  Several shots were fired and one struck the victim in the leg.  He was taken to a local hospital by private vehicle for treatment of his wounds, not considered to be life-threatening.  Officers onscene discovered a residence and a vehicle on Palermo Dr. were struck by stray rounds.  The suspect was last seen running to a silver Altima and fleeing on Monte Bella Blvd.  There is no further information.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Release Date/Time: 3/8/2014 10:52 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 14-030392

Date: Saturday, 3/8/2014

Time: 2:00 AM

Location: 238 Williams Rd.

Officers were dispatched to a call of a fight at the bar. When officers arrived on scene, they found several people standing around Isaias Edeza (36) who had been shot and was now deceased.  From statements received it is believed that Edeza may have been in a verbal altercation prior to being shot but no supect description was given.  It does not appear if the homicide is gang related.

With the numerous people who were present in the parking lot at the time of the homicide, the Salinas Police Department is asking for anyone who may have information to please contact our crime tip line at 775-4222 or the We-Tip line at 1-800-78-CRIME. 

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Search Warrant - gang/drug sales/guns

Release Date/Time: 3/7/2014 1:39 AM

Incident: Search Warrant - gang/drug sales/guns

Report #: 14-030327

Date: Thursday, 3/6/2014

Time: 6:10 PM

Location: 50 block Natividad Rd.

Salinas Police Department's Violence Suppression Unit arrested Regino Gonzalez (33) and Christina Smith (22) after conducting a traffic stop on them.  They both had several arrest warrants including no-bail felony warrants.  Gonzalez was in possession of methamphetamine for sales and cash.  A search warrant was written and served on their residence where more methamphetamine, 2 firearms, money and gang indicia was located.  Gonzalez is a convicted felon and gang member.  Both were lodged in county jail.

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Gray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Found Property

Release Date/Time: 3/6/2014 11:44 AM

Incident: Found Property

Date: Thursday, 3/6/2014

Time: 11:44 AM

Location: Salinas Police Department

During a recent search warrant service detectives located a framed autographed  photograph of Lynn Swan ( seen below).  The possessor could not provide proof of ownership.  It was believed this item may possibly be stolen property and was confiscated.  Anyone with information regarding this photograph is asked to contact Detective Byron Gansen at 831-758-7137 or


Release Authorized by: Cdr. Dave Shaw

Telephone: 831-758-7250

Robbery Search Warrant Service

Release Date/Time: 3/6/2014 10:20 AM

Incident: Robbery Search Warrant Service

Report #: 13-120035

Date: Thursday, 3/6/2014

Time: 10:09 AM

Location: 916 Acostas Plaza #22

Detectives of the Salinas Police Department authored a seach warrant for the residence of a 14 year old armed robbery suspect at 916 Acosta Plaza #22. The Violence Suppression Unit made entry and secured the residence for the search. Prior to the actual service of the warrant, the minor boy was taken into custody at school. During the service of the warrant, detectives recovered a pistol and numerous rounds of ammunition that may have been used during the commission of the robbery.  The minor was questioned and lodged at the Monterey County Juvenile Hall. The minor's father, Ruben Avalos Guerrero (38) admitted the gun belonged to him and and he knew that his son had acccess to the gun.  A criminal complaint has been filed with the Monterey County District Attorney's Office for Ruben Avalos Guerrero.

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Vehicle - Pedestrian Accident

Release Date/Time: 3/4/2014 9:35 AM

Incident: Vehicle - Pedestrian Accident

Report #: 14-030178

Date: Tuesday, 3/4/2014

Time: 4:49 AM

Location: W. Laurel Dr. & N. Davis Rd.

A 38 year old male driver, was traveling his Lincoln Navigator westbound on W. Laurel Dr.  As he drove into the left turn lane at the intersection with N. Davis Rd., he came across a male laying in the roadway directly in front of him. It appeared he had fallen off his bicycle, which was a short distance away. The driver was unable to avoid colliding with the 70 year old male. The victim, who sustained major injuries, was taken to the hospital for treatment.  There is no additional information at this time.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

2014 Spring Community Academy

We still have a few openings for the 2014 Spring Community Academy. We will be accepting applications until March 10, 2014.

The Salinas Police Department will present a Community Police Academy from March 20th through June 5th, 2014. 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 June 5, 2014.

Community Police 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 and 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 Monday March 10th, 2014. 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 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 Ave, Salinas, Ca, 93901. Applications can also be picked up and turned in at the Salinas Police Department front desk.

If you have any questions, feel free to email or call Sergeant Heath Johnson at 831-758-7247.

Suicidal Subject

Release Date/Time: 2/25/2014 10:39 PM

Incident: Suicidal Subject

Report #: 14-021992

Date: Tuesday, 2/25/2014

Time: 10:30 AM

Location: John Street @ US 101 overcrossing

A 40 year old male assumed that he was losing his parental rights and custody of his children. He became despondent as a result. He climbed on the outside of the cyclone fence on John Street @ US 101. Southbound traffic on the 101 was backed up to Prunedale. Traffic in the local area was diverted. Negotiations were on going for approximately 3 hours before the man was taken into custody and transported to Natividad Medical Center for evaluation. Salinas Police Officers trained in Crisis Intervention along with 2 crisis workers from Monterey County Behavioral Health spoke with the man for several hours.  Salinas Police was assisted by the California Highway Patrol, Salinas Fire Department and AMR.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery Arest

Release Date/Time: 2/24/2014 6:12 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery Arest

Report #: 14-020394 / 14-020395

Date: Monday, 2/24/2014

Time: 3:15 PM

Location: Laurel / St. Edwards

On February 20th two separate armed robberies occurred at the 7-11 on W. Curtis and the Quick Stop on Williams road. During the investigation Salinas Police Detectives identified David Hernandez (20), as the suspect. Today Hernandez, a known gang member was arrested without incident, and lodged at the Monterey County Jail with a $500,000 bail.





Release Authorized by: James Arensdorf

Telephone: (831) 758-7250