Press Releases

Possession of a gun, narcotics and gang enhancements

Release Date/Time: 1/29/2016 9:07 AM

Incident: Possession of a gun, narcotics

Report #: 16-011487

Date: Thursday, 1/28/2016

Time: 11:10 AM

Location: Griffin St / E. Alisal St (Arco Gas Station)

Officers were working traffic enforcement and stopped Joseph Cienega (30) for not wearing his seat belt. Cienega's license was suspended and when asked to exit his car, he became combative. A struggle ensued between Cienega and the officers, during which, the grip to a handgun was seen in Cienega's waistband. Cienega fought with officers and was eventually subdued after one of the officers deployed his Taser. The firearm Cienega possessed was recovered and determined to be an unregistered, semi-automatic 9mm that was fully loaded with a 14-round magazine. Cienega was not injured, nor were any of the officers. He was transported to the Monterey County Jail. During a search of his person, over 5 grams of tar heroin was found in his pocket. Cienega was charged with bringing narcotics into a custodial facility, being a felon in possession of a firearm and gang enhancements.

Release Authorized by: Commander Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Update to fatal traffic collision

Release Date/Time: 1/28/2016 8:26 AM

Incident: Update to fatal traffic collision

Report #: 16-011333

Date: Thursday, 1/28/2016

Time: 8:17 AM

Location: North Main Street / Harden Parkway

On January 25th, at about 9:15pm, a woman was struck and killed by a vehicle while crossing North Main Street near Harden Parkway. Initially the woman's identity was not known. She has been identified as Kathleen Risler, age 64 from Salinas.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Missing Person

The Salinas Police Department is asking for help locating a missing person with suspicious circumstances. Family members of Paulino Guzman III came to the Salinas Police Department to report him missing. It appears the last time Guzman was seen or heard from was on December 12, 2015. At the time, he was in good spirits with no known plans to leave town. Guzman is an 18-year-old Hispanic male, 5'10” tall and weighing approximately 180 lbs. He has the letters 'es” tattooed near his left eye and Aztec numerals tattooed near his right eye.

Anyone who may have seen or heard from Guzman, or may have information on his whereabouts, is asked to contact Detective Sivertson at 831-758-7132 or the Investigations Division at 831-758-7226. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME, or text information to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411". A photograph of Guzmanis available to media outlets upon request.


Release Date/Time: 1/27/2016 12:55 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 16-011398

Date: Tuesday, 1/26/2016

Time: 8:32 PM

Location: 1000 Block Nogal Dr

On January 26, 2016, at approximately 8:32 pm, officers responded to the 1000 block of Nogal Dr. for a victim of shooting. Upon arrival they found a male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Medical attention was provided by arriving officers and medical personnel. The male was transported to Natividad Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.

The male appears to have been walking on the sidewalk when several shots were fired and the victim was struck. No witnesses have come forward at this time. The motive for the shooting is unknown. We are trying to determine the identity of the victim. If anyone has information regarding this homicide, they are asked to contact Detective Schwener at (831) 758-7276. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Release Authorized by: Brian Johnson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

ID of victim of fatal collision

Release Date/Time: 1/26/2016 3:40 PM

Incident: ID of victim of fatal collision

Report #: 16-011137

Date: Tuesday, 1/26/2016

Time: 3:29 PM

Location: 222 Lincoln Ave

On January 21st a 44-year-old male was driving recklessly on North Sanborn Road when he struck another vehicle causing moderate damage. The man then appeared to be fleeing the scene of the collision westbound on the Laurel Extension at a very high rate of speed when he lost control of the vehicle. He drove off of the road and struck a retaining wall at Natividad Medical Center where he died from injuries from the collision. The driver has been identified as Armando Vega Vasquez of Salinas.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Vehicle Pedestrian Collision - Fatality

Release Date/Time: 1/26/2016 12:55 AM

Incident: Vehicle Pedestrian Fatality

Report #: 16-011333

Date: Monday, 1/25/2016

Time: 9:17 PM

Location: 1500 block of North Main Street

A 39 year old male was traveling northbound in the 1500 block of North Main Street in his passenger car when an unidentified, approximately 50 year old White Female Adult pedestrian attempted to cross eastbound across the lanes in front of him.  She was not in a crosswalk.  The male was unable to avoid colliding with the pedestrian.  As a result, she was launched approximately 35 feet off of the front windshield.  The driver immediately stopped.  Alcohol does not appear to have been involved.  The pedestrian appeared deceased at the scene.  Salinas Fire and AMR (American Medical Response) worked diligently to try and revive her.  She was transported to Natividad Medical Center.  The pedestrian had suffered significant internal and external trauma.  She was pronounced deceased shortly after midnight. 

Release Authorized by: Commander Dave Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Robbery/ Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Release Date/Time: 1/22/2016 12:16 AM

Incident: Attempted Robbery/ Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Report #: 16-01 1134

Date: Friday, 1/22/2016

Time: 6:18 PM

Location: P.L. Northridge Mall

A man and a woman were seated in their vehicle in the parking lot along the east side of Northridge Mall. A male armed with a handgun approached the passenger side of the vehicle. The suspect pointed the handgun at the male in the passenger seat and motioned with his hand for him to exit the vehicle. When the victim did not comply the suspect pulled the trigger but the weapon did not fire. The victims were able back out and drive out of harm's way.

Working with Mall security officers believed they located the suspect and a high-risk car stop was conducted in the Mall parking lot. The 17-year-old suspect was positively identified and was in possession of the firearm. He was booked into Juvenile Hall.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department at 758-7321 or the anonymous tip-line at 775-4222.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

DUI Fatality

Release Date/Time: 1/21/2016 11:39 PM

Incident: DUI Fatality

Report #: 16-011136 & 37

Date: Thursday, 1/21/2016

Time: 7:16 PM

Location: Constitution & Laurel

An adult male age 44 years was driving recklessly as the solo occupant south on N. Sanborn Rd. near Oregon St. when he struck another vehicle causing moderate damage. The suspect drove away from this collision ending up westbound on the Laurel Extension. Witnesses on Laurel estimated the suspect's speed in excess of 90-mph while he approached the intersection of Constitution Blvd. The suspect began to enter the right turn lane for northbound Constitution Blvd., as a result of his excessive speed he lost control and continued diagonally through the intersection striking several raised concrete medians. The suspect vehicle left the roadway and proceeded up the grass embankment striking a large retaining wall and sign for Natividad Medical Center. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt and police are investigating weather alcohol played a part in the collision. The driver was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Release Authorized by: Sergeant John Lynn

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Possession of Narcotics for sales, Felony vehicle pursuit, Assault with a deadly weapon against a peace officer

Release Date/Time: 1/21/2016 3:30 PM

Incident: Possession of Narcotics for sales, Felony vehicle pursuit, Assault with a deadly weapon against a peace officer

Date: Wednesday, 1/20/2016

Time: 3:41 PM

Location: 2200 Block N. Main St

Officers were conducting survielance on an apartment suspected of narcotics sales with potential gang involvement.  Two occupants exited the apartment and got into a SUV  and  a investigative traffic stop was attempted.  The vehicle immediately sped off when as the traffic stop was initiated and a pursuit ensued. The pursuit started on San Juan Grade to Boronda and North on Main St. heading into the county on Harrison Rd reaching speeds of 80mph.  One of the pursuing officers attempted a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) on Ralph Lane near HWY 101, but the SUV was able to maneuver out of it and then rammed into the side of the patrol car causing moderate damage (the officer was not injured). The SUV continued North on 101 reaching speeds over 100 mph.  The SUV exited the Crazy Horse overpass and rolled over on the overpass as it attempted to turn. The driver was Jesus Gamboa(30) and passenger was Chancy Montgomery(28). They were taken into custody without incident, and were also uninjured. During the pursuit a witness saw a bag thrown out of the vehicle. Located in the bag and the vehicle was a combination of narcotics (illegal and prescription).  Both were later lodged for narcotics charges and Gamboa for ADW on a peace officer.   After the pursuit, officers responded back to the apartment complex as Rene Brooks(33), Luis Fuentes(33), and another  30yr old female exited the apartment. They were taken into custody. Brooks and Fuentes were eventually booked on outstanding felony warrants, while the other female was released.  Due to the signifigant criminal histories of several persons associated to the apartment and the possibility of additional suspects on site, SPD SWAT was utilized to make entry into the apartment in order to serve a search warrant related to the incident where additional evidence of narcotics sales was located. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7350

Update on Homicide

On January 16, 2016, at approximately 9:12 pm, Ryan Christopher Contreras (age 23) was shot as he walked along the sidewalk in the 1000 block of Atlantic St. Contreras had left his residence less than 5 minutes prior to the shooting. He was struck multiple times and succumbed to his injuries at Natividad Medical Center.  The motive for the shooting is still unknown at this time.

Salinas Police Detectives are asking anyone with information to contact 831-758-7226 or Detective Roman at 831-758-7913. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME, or text information to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".


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