Press Releases

Burglary and Fraud Suspect

Release Date/Time: 10/27/2015 2:23 PM

Incident:  Burglary and Fraud Suspect

Date: Tuesday, 10/27/2015

Time: 2:23 PM

Location: 7Eleven  619 S, Main Street

Shortly after the vicitm's purse was stolen from a locked locker inside the In Shape Gym, her credit cards were used in two local businesses.  Jasmin Williamson was captured on surveillance video using the credit cards.  Williamson is an African American female, 30 years old, 5'3", 180 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes.  She is wanted for burglary and fraud.  Anyone with information related to Williamson's whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Byron Gansen at 831-758-7137 or email at [email protected].  

Release Authorized by:  Cdr. Dave Shaw

Telephone:  831-758-7271

Homicide (Shooting)

Release Date/Time: 10/21/2015 10:00 AM

Incident: Homicide

Date: Monday, 10/19/2015

Time: 3:00 PM

Location: 1400 Block Garner Ave.

On October 19, 2015 at approximately 3:00 PM, Officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 1400 Block of Garner Ave. Ernesto Ruiz Martinez, 35, was found down on the street suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. It was determined that Martinez had been on a bicycle and was chased by two Hispanic males in a dark colored 2 door vehicle. At least one of the suspects shot at Martinez striking him several times. Martinez was initially transported to the hospital for his injuries.  Salinas Police Investigators who arrived to investigate noticed that it is highly probable that there were many people present in the area at the time of the shooting based upon the location of the shooting and time of day. 

On October 20, 2015 Salinas Police Investigators were notified by the treating hospital that Martinez died as a result of his injuries. 

Those who may have information that may aid in this investigation are urged to call the Salinas Police Department Investigations Division at 831-758-7226.  Information can also be left anonymously at 831-775-4222 or at the WeTip line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Release Authorized by: Commander Vincent Maiorana

Telephone: 831-758-7350

Update on Fatal Hit and Run

Release Date/Time: 10/20/2015 5:11 PM

Incident: Update on Fatal Hit and Run

Report #: 15-100543

Date: Tuesday, 10/20/2015

Time: 5:09 PM

Location: 855 East Laurel Drive

On October 11th a 58-year-old male was crossing the road in the 800 block of East Laurel Drive (the Laurel Extension). He was struck by a blue vehicle traveling westbound. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The man has been identified as Ramiro Ortiz Zamora of Salinas. The right side mirror was knocked off of the suspect vehicle during the collision. Investigators found that the mirror comes from a blue Nissan 350Z. It appears as the though the car was red a some point and was painted blue after purchase. Anyone with any information is encourage to call Sergeant Gerry Ross at (831) 758-7975.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250



Release Date/Time: 10/17/2015 12:40 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 15-100832

Date: Friday, 10/16/2015

Time: 8:45 PM

Location: 1200 block of 1st Avenue

On Friday, 10/16 at approximately 7:45 pm officers responded to the 1200 block of 1St Ave on a report of a gunshot victim. On arrival they found Jesus Mendoza Ramirez (33) suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers attempted CPR, however Ramirez died at the scene. It appears as though Ramirez was washing his vehicle in his driveway when he was confronted by two unknown subjects dressed all in black. The suspects were last seen running northbound on Towt St. This homicide is being investigated as gang related.

Salinas Police Detectives are looking for additional witnesses or anyone who may information regarding this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Detective Byron Gansen at 831-758-7137.  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 Authorized by: Jim Arensdorf

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Serious Traffic Collision

Release Date/Time: 10/13/2015 4:53 PM

Incident: Serious Traffic Collision

Report #: 15-100414

Date: Friday, 10/9/2015

Time: 7:58 AM

Location: Harden Parkway and McKinnon Street

Corazon Galindo, 75, was e/b on Harden Parkway in the #2 lane. It appears she may have had a medical issue as she was approaching the intersection at 40 to 50 mph in her 91 Toyota Camry. Galindo did not slow down as she drove through the stop sign at McKinnon Street. When she entered the intersection she was struck broadside by a 06 Chrysler 300. This caused the Toyota to spin out and strike a Nissan van that was already in the intersection. The Camry then careened in a n/e direction where it struck the wooden sign for McKinnon Park and went head-on into a palm tree. Galindo suffered trauma to her chest and had serious internal injuries. She was transported to Natividad Medical Center where she was listed in critical condition. She was later transfered to a Bay Area hospital for additional treatment. Today Galindo died from her injuries.

No other person was injured in the collision. The cause of the collision is still unknown and the investigation is continuing. This is the 7th traffic collision fatality in Salinas this year.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Fatal Hit and Run

Release Date/Time: 10/11/2015 8:53 PM

Incident: Fatal Hit and Run

Report #: 15-100543

Date: Sunday, 10/11/2015

Time: 8:11 PM

Location: 855 e. Laurel

A 58-year old male was crossing the road in the 800 block of E. Laurel Dr. He was struck by a vehicle that was traveling Westbound. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The vehicle fled and no witnesses were available. The right, side view mirror from a blue car was left behind and investigators will be trying to determine the make of the vehicle based on the evidence. The identity of the victim is being witheld pending notification of family. Investigators believe the victim may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Release Date/Time: 10/11/2015 10:55 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 15-100512

Date: Sunday, 10/11/2015

Time: 1:45 AM

Location: 29 Julia St.

 ******UPDATE****** After further investigation, Juan Carlos Rodriguez (43) was arrested for the homicide of Jose Sanchez.  He was identified as one of the two men who got into an altercation with Sanchez.  Rodriguez was booked into the county jail for the homicide and outstanding warrants for drug and gun charges. 

Release Authorized by: Sgt. J. Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128


Release Date/Time: 10/11/2015 5:43 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 15-100511

Date: Sunday, 10/11/2015

Time: 1:03 AM

Location: 327 Park St.

Officers responded to the victim of a shooting.  When they arrived they found Andrew Hyde (25) dead in front of the house.  Witnesses stated Hyde unknowingly entered the house and possibly confronted the homeowner with a knife.  The homeowner produced a firearm and fired at Hyde multiple times.  The reason for Hyde being at the home is unclear at this stage of the investigation.  The investigation is in the preliminary stages and continues.    

Release Authorized by: Sgt. J. Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128


Release Date/Time: 10/11/2015 5:17 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 15-100512

Date: Sunday, 10/11/2015

Time: 12:45 AM

Location: 29 Julia St.

Officers responded to a victim of a shooting in front of the house. When they arrived, they found Jose Sanchez (33) with a gunshot wound to the head. He was immediately transported to NMC. He was pronounced deceased several hours later. Sanchez was at a party at the house when he became involved in an arguement with two other men at the party.  The arguement carried over into the street when one of the two men pulled a handgun and shot Sanchez.  All of the occupants of the house were uncooperative.  They denied that Sanchez was even at the house.  Suspects have been identified in this case, one is currently outstanding.

Release Authorized by: Sgt. J. Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

187 arrest

Release Date/Time: 10/9/2015 9:29 AM

Incident: 187 arrest

Date: Thursday, 10/8/2015

Time: 11:30 PM

Location: 632 Seneca Place

Through their investigation, Salinas Police Department Detectives developed information that homicide and attempted robbery suspect, Brad Azcona was possibly at 632 Seneca Place.  After conducting surveillance, Azcona was positively identified at the house.  The house was immediately surrounded utilizing police officers and the SWAT team with additional assistance of air support from the California Highway Patrol.  Nearby residences were evacuated and officers began hailing the residence without a response from Azcona. The Hostage Negotiation Team was activated and spent several hours attempting direct contact with Azcona with no response.  After exhausting all efforts to directly communicate with Azcona, the SWAT team deployed gas into the house in an effort to get Azcona to surrender.  Azcona refused to come out of the house.  Once the SWAT team entered the house, Azcona was eventually found hiding in the crawl space under the house.  He then surrendered with incident.

Azcona was booked into the Monterey County Jail for the homicide and attempted robbery. 

Release Authorized by: Sergeant J. Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128


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