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