Press Releases

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 12/8/2013 2:56 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder

Report #: 13-120357

Date: Sunday, 12/8/2013

Time: 1:35 AM

Location: St. Helen/ N. Madeira Ave.

Officers responded to 20 block of St. Michael Way regarding a male banging on the door saying he was shot and needed help. Officers arrived and contacted a 19 year-old Hispanic male who was suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his right arm. The victim was attending a party on the 200 block of N. Madeira Street when 4-5 uninvited gangsters showed up. The victim was in the garage of the residence when the suspects started fighting with him and his friends. After the fight, the suspects started walking back to their vehicle and the victim decided to follow them. Once they got to their vehicle, which was parked on St. Helen/N. Madiera, one suspect fired three rounds at the victim striking him once in the arm. He described the first suspect as a Hispanic males, approx. 5' 5" and heavy set, grey sweatshirt, blue jeans, and tattoos on his neck. The other suspect he described as HMA, 5' 11", 200 lbs. He said the suspect with the gun was yelling gang slogans while he was shooting. The suspects then got into a white Acura and fled.

Release Authorized by: Mike Groves

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Release Date/Time: 12/7/2013 4:35 PM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 13-120336

Date: Saturday, 12/7/2013

Time: 12:10 AM

Location: F/O 739 Elkington St.

Officers were dispatched to a report of shots fired with a man down. When they arrived on scene They found Netzahual Ruiz (23) suffering from gunshot wounds and unresponsive. He was immediately transported to Natividad Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased. Witnesses say Ruiz crossed path with a hispanic male in his early twenties wearing a grey hooded sheatshirt, dark jeans, and dark colored tennis shoes. They exchanged words and then got into a fist fight. During the fight the suspect pulled a handgun and fired several shots at Ruiz. At about the same time a gold 2004 Honda Accord four door drove up. The driver exited and he too began to shoot at Ruiz. Ruiz then collapsed. Ruiz was a King City Dukes sureno gang member with an extensive criminal history with the Salinas Police Department.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department crime tip line at 775-4222 or the We-Tip line at 1-800-78-CRIME.  They can also contact Sergeant Jeff Gibson at 758-7128

Release Authorized by: Jeffery Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Suspicious Death--Homicide UPDATE

This is an update to a previous press release.

Employees of the Laurel Inn called to report the death of a frequent customer, Bobby Dick Jr. (53) from Moro Bay.  Dick was a traveling mechanic who for the last several years would stay at the motel when he had work in the area.  On 12-5-13 while the motel maid was making her routine rounds, she came across Mr. Dick lying deceased in the motel room.  At first, due to the complexity of the crime scene, the cause of death was not known until a closer examination could be made of Mr. Dick at the Monterey County Sheriffs Coroner's office.  After a full autopsy of Mr. Dick, it was found that he had been stabbed several times and most likely died as a result of those wounds.  The Salinas Police Investigators are currently investigating this case as a homicide.   Anyone who may have information that may aid in this investigations is urged to contact the Salinas Police Department Investigations Division at (831) 758-7226 or Investigations Sergeant Jeff Gibson at (831) 758-7128.   All media inquiries should be directed to Investigations Commander Vincent Maiorana at (831) 758-7350.


Refer to the previous press release for further information.

Suspicious Death

Release Date/Time: 12/5/2013 10:25 PM

Incident: Suspicious Death

Report #: 13-120267

Date: Thursday, 12/5/2013

Time: 1:48 PM

Location: 801 W. Laurel Dr.

Officers were dispatched to the motel where the staff reported the death of a 53 year old, white male who was supposed to check out by noon today. A motel worker found his door ajar at 1:45 pm. and pushed the door completely open and discoverd the male deceased inside. At this time cause of death is unknown but this is being investigated as a suspicious death. Detectives were called to take over the investigation. An autopsy is scheduled for friday morning.

Release Authorized by: Mike Groves

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 12/3/2013 4:38 PM
Incident: Armed Robbery - Business
Report #: 13-120165
Date: Tuesday, 12/3/2013
Time: 1:02 PM
Location: 154 West Market Street - Quike Mart

The suspect, a Hispanic male adult approximately 23-24 years of age, 6'0" 150 lbs. wearing all black entered the store with a firearm and demanded money from the clerk.  Taken was an unknown about of money.  The suspect was last seen running to the rear of the business.  The investigation is continuing.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill
Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Gang Related Shooting

Release Date/Time: 12/3/2013 9:11 AM
Incident: Gang Related Shooting
Report #: 13-120115
Date: Monday, 12/2/2013
Time: 5:33 PM
Location: Bardin Road and Toro Avenue

Salinas Police Officers were dispatched to a victim of a shooting near Bardina and Toro.  The 18 year old male victim was walking with a friend when a two suspects approached. There was a verbal confrontation then several shots were fired. The victim indicated that he has had recent problems with rival gang members.  He was shot once in the lower leg.  His injury was non life threatening but was flown to a bay area hospital for treatment.  There is no specific suspect description.  The incident is being investigated as gang related.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill
Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Temporary Road Closure - Public Notification

Release Date/Time: 12/2/2013 4:31 PM
Incident: Temporary Road Closure - Public Notification
Report #: 13-110951
Date: Monday, 12/2/2013
Time: 4:18 PM
Location: East Laurel Drive between Natividad Road and Constitution Blvd

The Salinas Police Motor Officers will be conducting follow up investigation on the fatal traffic collision that occurred on November 20th near Natividad Medical Center. The road between Natividad Road and Constitution Blvd. will be completely closed between approximately 1000 hours and 1300 hours.  Traffic will be diverted and it is suggested that alternate routes are considered by motorists traveling in this area.  If there are any questions regarding this closure Motor Sergeant Gerry Ross can be contacted at 758-7975.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill
Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 12/1/2013 11:50 AM
Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting
Report #: 13-111331
Date: Saturday, 11/30/2013
Time: 2:31 PM
Location: 1500 block of Marin Avenue

Salinas Police Officers responded to the 1500 block of Marin Ave. on the report of shots being fired. Officers contacted a male and female victim who parked in the area when a white 4 door vehicle pulled up to them. The vehicle was occupied by four males. The victims heard someone in the car challenge the victims' gang affiliation. One of the occupants from the vehicle began to shoot at the victims. The victims described the suspect as being a male wearing a black colored hat. Neither victim was struck by gunfire. A bullet hole was located in a vehicle that had been parked on the street. This is being investigated as gang related.

Release Authorized by: Commander Dave Crabill
Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Gang Related Attempted Murder and Conspiracy

Release Date/Time: 12/1/2013 9:30 AM
Incident: Gang Related Attempted Murder and Conpiracy
Report #: 13-111343 and 13-120004
Date: Saturday, 11/30/2013
Time: 9:20 PM
Location: Under 100 Block of La Posada Drive

Salinas Police Officers responded to the above address on a report of several shots heard in the area. Upon arrival, officers contacted a 17 year old male victim. He had been walking in the area when a vehicle occupied by 4 Hispanic males began following him. The victim told recognized the occupants as rival gang members. The occupants fired several rounds at the victim. He was not hit but rounds were located in the exterior walls of nearby apartments. The investigation was concluded at that point.

December 1, 2013:  approximately 4 hours later, an anonymous person reported that the shooting suspects had returned. As Officers arrived in the area 4 suspects fled on foot. All four were eventually located after an extensive search. No firearms were located. A 17 year old Hispanic male was identified as the driver of the vehicle and Jesse Gomez, 18, was identified as the shooter. Both are gang members. Gomez was booked into the Monterey County Jail and the 17 year old was booked into the Monterey County Juvenile Hall for attempted murder, gang enhancements and conspiracy.

Release Authorized by: Commander Dave Crabill
Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 11/30/2013 8:02 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Report #: 13-111304

Date: Friday, 11/29/2013

Time: 8:43 PM

Location: 7-11 - 335 S Sanborn Rd.

The clerk was helping a customer at the register when the suspect entered the store, brandished a handgun, and ordered everyone to the ground. He then jumped over the counter and took money from the register.  He fled towards Fairview where he got into a waiting white 4 door sedan with a possible partial license plate of 533. The suspect is described as a thin Hispanic male, 5'8" tall, wearing a black hoodie and black bandana.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250