Release Date/Time: 7/12/2016 7:22 PM
Incident: Homicide/Homicide Arrest
Report #: 16-070223
Date: Tuesday, 7/12/2016
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: Lower Soledad St.
On Tuesday, July 5th, police and medical personnel were called to the under 100 block of Soledad St. for a man down on the sidewalk. Medical personnel arrived first and found Brian Carlton Todd, age 49, unconscious. He was suffering from what appeared to be a minor head injury but it was unknown how the injury occurred. Todd was transported to Natividad Medical Center for treatment.
Officers contacted a few people in the area to include Ben Udo Mboso, age 45. He and Todd are both homeless and frequent the lower Soledad St. area. He said he had a brief verbal argument with Todd about an old debt prior to Todd falling onto the sidewalk. Mboso said he did not physically assault Todd but he (Todd) was intoxicated, a fact that was also mentioned by another, unassociated person contacted by officers that day. Because there were no witnesses to Todd falling to the ground, Mboso was released.
On July 11th, Salinas Police Department Investigations Bureau was contacted by Todd's family. We were advised Todd was in very critical condition with a serious brain injury and could possible die very soon. Detectives were assigned to the case at that time.
Unfortunately, Brian Todd was declared brain dead by medical personnel on July 12th. Detectives were able to retrieve video footage from a camera in the area of the incident. In reviewing the video, it was determined Mboso was responsible for Todd falling to the ground from an assault. Detectives, with the assistance of Patrol officers, found Mboso in a tent in the lower Soledad St. area and he was arrested without incident.
Mboso was transported to the Monterey County Jail and booked for homicide and a probation violation.
This is the 17th homicide in the city this year. It is not considered gang related and appears to be the result of dispute among acquaintances.
Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant
Telephone: (831) 758-7496