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Double Homicide Identification Update

Release Date/Time: 11/18/2016 5:34 PM

Incident: Double Homicide Identification Update

Date: Friday, 11/18/2016

Time: 5:34 PM

Location: Essex Court

Release Authorized by:  Sgt. Brian Johnson, Investigations

Telephone: 831-758-7128

**Update**

The Monterey County Coroner completed the autopsies of the victims today.  The victims have been identified as 71-year-old Ricardo Escamilla and 65-year-old Amalia Bayardo Escamilla.  The cause of death was determined to be blunt force trauma. 

 

 

Shooting / Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 11/17/2016 11:30 PM

Incident: Shooting / Attempted Murder

Report #: 16 11 1002

Date: Thursday, 11/17/2016

Time: 9:36 PM

Location: Sun St./ Calle Cebu

A 30-year-old man left his home on Sun Street and was driving southbound on Sun Street when he stopped for the stop sign at Calle Cebu. The suspect walked up to the right front passenger window and tapped on the window with a black semi-auto hand gun and asked the victim, 'Where you from?” The victim attempted to speed away and the suspect fired one shot into the right front passenger window. The bullet traveled through the cab and struck the driver side door. The suspect fled the area in an unknown direction. The suspect was described as a HMA in his 20's, 5-6, 135lbs, brown hair, and brown eyes. Suspect was wearing a light grey hoodie and khaki pants.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7321. 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: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Double Homicide Update

-Update to original post-

On 11/15/2016, a relative arrived at a family home on Essex Court.  Upon entry the relative found the home in disarray with obvious signs of a struggle apparent.  The relative walked out of the residence and called 911.  Responding officers located a deceased male and female inside the residence along with signs of a violent encounter.  The investigation has revealed that Ellin "Omar" Escamilla DOB 4/11/1991 lived at the home, and is the person responsible for the deaths of both victims. A felony "no-bail" warrant has been issued for his arrest charging 2 counts of Homicide.  The names of the victims are not being released at this time, pending confirmation of identity by the Monterey County Coroner.  It is expected this will occur sometime late tomorrow afternoon and a subsequent release will be completed at that time.  Detectives have received confirmed sightings of Omar Escamilla in the greater Los Angeles area and the vehicle he had been diving, a brown Lincoln MKX  CA: 6SMS157 has been located and recovered.  Based upon past work and family history, it is believed that Omar Escamilla may be in route to the El Centro, CA or Yuma, AZ area.  

If anyone sees Ellin Omar Escamilla, has contact with,  or knows of his whereabouts, they are asked to call 911 or the Salinas Police Department Watch Commander at 831-758-7250.  If you have other information regarding him, please call Detective Stephen Craig at 831-758-7929.  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".

 

Double Homicide-CORRECTION

***CORRECTION to initial release***

Last nights release inadvertently referred to the Person of Interest in this case as "Oscar" Escamillia.

THE CORRECT INFORMATION is attached to photo identifying him as Ellin OMAR Escamillia DOB 4/11/1991.  Omar has not been located as of this time and is still being sought as a person of interest in this case.  Additionally,  Crime Scene Investigators and Detectives are still processing the residence and conducting follow up investigation.  As of this time no additional information is available. 

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Double Homicide

Release Date/Time: 11/16/2016 12:53 AM

Incident: Double Homicide

Date: Tuesday, 11/15/2016

Time: 4:30 PM

Location: Under 100 block of Essex Court

At approximately 4:30 PM, Tuesday, November 15th, a relative of the homeowners on Essex Court stopped by and found the residence in disarray and called 911.  Officers arrived and made entry into the home, ultimately finding two deceased persons, a male and a female, inside.  While the identities of those discovered is not being released at this time pending identification/notification of family, it is believed they are related to the residence.  Once the scene was secured, a search warrant for the residence was obtained so that Crime Scene Investigators could begin processing the scene. 

During the initial portion of the investigation, it was learned that another relative, Ellin OSCAR Escamillia (25) also lives at the residence but was not on scene and whose whereabouts are unknown at this time.  It is unknown whether Oscar Escamillia was absent during the crime, was directly involved, or may himself be harmed or under duress.  The Salinas Police Investigations Bureau is currently seeking Oscar Escamillia as a "person of interest".  He may be driving a Brown 2011 Lincoln MKX sport utility vehicle with a CA plate of 6SMS157.  If anyone sees Oscar Escamillia or knows of his whereabouts, they are asked to call 911 or the Salinas Police Department Watch Commander at 831-758-7250.  If you have other information regarding him, please call Detective Stephen Craig at 831-758-7929.  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: Stan Cooper, Investigations Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7350

Child Abuse, Conspiracy, Delaying an Officer

Release Date/Time: 11/10/2016 8:08 PM

Incident: Child Abuse, Conspiracy, Delaying an Officer

Report #: 16-110608

Date: Thursday, 11/10/2016

Time: 2:11 PM

Location: 2000 North Main St

On 11/7/2016, Monterey County Child Protective Services (CPS) requested help from Salinas Police to assist on a welfare check on a 10-month-old at the Adams Motel. The officers asked to see the possible victim but were told the baby was at another location. The officers made arrangements for the child to be brought to them by the babysitter. The Grandmother, Chin Guajardo (age 64) and two other relatives, Shayla Nukie (age 21) and Jamie Santos (age 24) arrived with the child. The child was found to be healthy and was not injured in any way but the incident was documented by both CPS and Salinas Police.

Today, 11/10/16, CPS again asked for our assistance in locating the 10-month-old. CPS had received another referral about injuries the child had sustained and were not being cared for. Salinas Police detectives were able to ascertain that the child originally shown to officers was not the correct child. Another family member of the same age had been shown to the officers on 11/7.

CPS, detectives and patrol officers went to the 2000 block of N. Main St. to find the potential victim and the family members who assisted in the concealing of the victim. Grandma, Chin Guajaro, was the first contacted at in an apartment and again, tried to pass off the infant family member as victim. Nukie and Santos were contacted in another apartment concealing the victim from the police. The victim had recent injuries to his lower extremeities and upper torso. Detectives learned Michaella Davis (age 19) had been the adult in charge of the victim at the time of the injuries. Davis was lodged in Monterey County Jail for Child Neglect and Conspiracy. Nukie, Guajaro, and Santos were all lodged for two counts each of delaying our investigation, Conspiracy and Child Neglect. A total of 5 kids were placed in protective custody. The cause of the injuries and the person that caused them is still under investigation.

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Shooting / Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 11/10/2016 12:41 AM

Incident: Shooting / Attempted Murder

Report #: 16 11 0569

Date: Thursday, 11/10/2016

Time: 7:20 PM

Location: 1000 Block of E. Laurel Drive

A 27-year-old man was shot multiple times while in the parking lot of an apartment complex on the 1000 block of East Laurel Drive. A witness described seeing two males in their teens jumping a fence into the complex. Moments later 13 shots were fired and a group loitering in the parking lot ran. The victim, who is confined to a wheelchair, was unable to escape and was shot multiple times. He was transported to a local hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7321. 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: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

***Victim Identified *** Homicide

Release Date/Time: 11/4/2016 4:49 AM

Incident: Victim Identification

Date: Friday, 11/4/2016

Time: 4:49 AM

Location:

Release Authorized by:  Sgt. Brian Johnson, Investigations Bureau

Telephone: 831-758-7128

The victim that was killed on Wednesday, November 2, 2016, has been identified as Giovanni Vargas. Vargas was 24-years-old and a resident of Salinas. He was shot and killed while working on his car at 2073 Santa Rita Street.

The Salinas Police Department's Investigations Bureau is asking anyone who may have information regarding either of these homicides to contact (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".

Abandoned Vehicle Operation

Members of the Salinas Police Department Abandoned Vehice unit conducted a City wide enforcement operation targeting abandoned vehicles. 

As a result of this operation, Community Service Officers towed 15 vehicles as abandoned vehicles, wrote 6 citations for expired registrations and also wrote 18 parking citations.  As time and resources permits future operations targeting abandoned vehicles will be conducted.

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