Press Releases

Shooting

Release Date/Time: 9/3/2013 4:03 AM

Incident: Shooting

Report #: 12-090089

Date: Tuesday, 9/3/2013

Time: 2:12 AM

Location: 1700 block of Tahoe Drive

A 26 year old male victim was leaving his residence to go to work. While in his driveway, he heard two shots and ran back into his home. The victim then realized he was hit in the leg by one of the rounds. His injury did not appear life threatening and he was taken to a local hospital for treatment. A male suspect wearing a black ski mask and dark clothing was seen running Northbound on Tahoe Drive. The shooting is being investigated as gang-related.

Anyone with information related to the crime or who may have been a witness is encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department Detective 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.

Release Authorized by: Eulalio Villegas Jr.

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Shooting

Release Date/Time: 9/3/2013 4:03 AM

Incident: Shooting

Report #: 12-090089

Date: Tuesday, 9/3/2013

Time: 2:12 AM

Location: 1700 block of Tahoe Drive

A 26 year old male victim was leaving his residence to go to work. While in his driveway, he heard two shots and ran back into his home. The victim then realized he was hit in the leg by one of the rounds. His injury did not appear life threatening and he was taken to a local hospital for treatment. A male suspect wearing a black ski mask and dark clothing was seen running Northbound on Tahoe Drive. The shooting is being investigated as gang-related.

Anyone with information related to the crime or who may have been a witness is encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department Detective 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.

Release Authorized by: Eulalio Villegas Jr.

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide/Attempt Homicide

Release Date/Time: 8/31/2013 2:55 AM

Incident: Homicide/Attempt Homicide

Report #: 13-081468

Date: Saturday, 8/31/2013

Time: 10:42 AM

Location: 415 Williams Rd.

Officers responded to a report of shots fired. When they arrived on scene, they found Jose Maravilla-Ruiz (38) unconscious and suffering from a gunshot wound. After being transport to NMC, Ruiz was pronounced deceased. A second victim was found nearby.  The twenty one year old victim had a gunshot wound to the torso. He was life flighted to a San Jose hospital where he was treated and released.  The surviving victim stated that he and Ruiz were in the parking lot when they were approached by two males who asked what gang affiliation they claimed. When they told the suspects they were not gang members, one suspect began to open fire.  There were numerous people in the lot who could have witnessed this incident.  The Salinas Police Department is asking anyone with information on the suspects to please contact Detectives Fairbanks or Knowlton at 758-7322 or they can call the Tip Line at 775-4222 and 1-800-78-CRIME.

 

Release Authorized by: Jeffery Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Gang Member with Firearms

Release Date/Time: 8/31/2013 9:49 PM

Incident: Gang Member with Firearms

Report #: 13-081498

Date: Saturday, 8/31/2013

Time: 3:27 PM

Location: 600 block Surrey Wy

Salinas Police Officers with the Violence Suppression Unit arrested Bernard Chavarria (18) in the 600 block of Surrey Wy for an outstanding warrant for his arrest.  A probation search was conducted at his residence.  3 handguns, 2 rifles, ammunition and gang indicia were found in his residence.  Chavarria was booked into county jail for numerous charges related to the firearms and gang enhancements.  At least one of the firearms was reported stolen.

 

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Gray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide/Attempt Homicide

Release Date/Time: 8/31/2013 11:38 AM

Incident: Homicide/Attempt Homicide

Report #: 13-081468

Date: Friday, 8/30/2013

Time: 10:42 PM

Location: 415 Williams Rd.

Officers responded to a report of shots fired. When they arrived on scene, they found Jose Maravilla-Ruiz (38) unconscious and suffering from a gunshot wound. After being transport to NMC he was pronounced deceased. A second victim was found nearby. He is a twenty one year old male.  Not to be identified at this time.  He suffered a gunshot wound to the upper torso. He was life flighted to a San Jose hospital where he was treated and released.  The surviving victim stated that he and Ruiz were in the parking lot when they were approached by two males who asked what gang affiliation they claimed. When they told the suspects they were not gang members, one suspects began to open fire.  There were numerous people in the parking lot at the time of the incident.  The Salinas Police Department is asking anyone who may have information to please contact either Detective Fairbanks at 758-7322 of Detective Knowlton at 758-7442.  Anyone with information can also call the tip lin at 775-4222 and 1-800-78-CRIME.

Release Authorized by: Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Homicide Arrest

Release Date/Time: 8/29/2013 4:38 PM

Incident: Homicide Arrest

Report #: 13-011403

Date: Thursday, 8/29/2013

Time: 4:36 PM

Location: 52 La Posada

On January 27, 2013, in the city of Salinas, Julio Cesar Garcia was involved in the shooting death of Jorge Perez (17). Perez was found shot in the chest in the parking lot of an apartment complex at 52 La Posada. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital. Salinas Police Detectives identified Garcia as one of the suspects in this Homicide, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Salinas Police believe that the killing was gang related.

Because of the joint investigative efforts of the Salinas Police Department, Deputy U.S. Marshals in the Northern District of California, and authorities in Mexico, Mexican Agents were able to locate and apprehend Garcia on August 26, 2013 at approximately 9 p.m., in Mexicali, Mexico. Garcia was apprehended and taken into custody without incident. Garcia, who is a United States citizen, was turned over to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Officers at the Calexico Port of Entry and booked into Imperial County Jail, El Centro, CA, where he will await extradition back to Monterey County.

Salinas Police Detectives are still looking for additional witnesses to this homicide or anyone with information regarding this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Detective Byron Gansen at 831-758-7137 or Detective Dale Fors at 831-758-7124. 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: James Arensdorf

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide Arrest

Release Date/Time: 8/29/2013 4:38 PM

Incident: Homicde Arrest

Report #: 13-011403

Date: Thursday, 8/29/2013

Time: 4:36 PM

Location: 52 La Posada

On January 27, 2013, in the city of Salinas, Julio Cesar Garcia was involved in the shooting death of Jorge Perez (17). Perez was found shot in the chest in the parking lot of an apartment complex at 52 La Posada. He was later pronounced dead at the hospital. Salinas Police Detectives identified Garcia as one of the suspects in this Homicide, and a warrant was issued for his arrest. Salinas Police believe that the killing was gang related.

Because of the joint investigative efforts of the Salinas Police Department, Deputy U.S. Marshals in the Northern District of California, and authorities in Mexico, Mexican Agents were able to locate and apprehend Garcia on August 26, 2013 at approximately 9 p.m., in Mexicali, Mexico. Garcia was apprehended and taken into custody without incident. Garcia, who is a United States citizen, was turned over to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Officers at the Calexico Port of Entry and booked into Imperial County Jail, El Centro, CA, where he will await extradition back to Monterey County.

Salinas Police Detectives are still looking for additional witnesses to this homicide or anyone with information regarding this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Detective Byron Gansen at 831-758-7137 or Detective Dale Fors at 831-758-7124. 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: James Arensdorf

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Commercial Burglary, Resisting Arrest and Warrant Arrest

Release Date/Time: 8/28/2013 1:10 PM
Incident: Commercial Burglary, Resisting Arrest and Warrant Arrest
Report #: 13-081324
Date: Wednesday, 8/28/2013
Time: 8:52 AM
Location: 156 East Laurel Drive - Straw Hat Pizza

Salinas Police Officers responded to a report that a business burglary had just occured.  A witness reported seeing a subject, later identified as Salvatore Barone, 22, running from the business with a cash register after kicking in the front doors.  Officers observed him on the grounds at the Salinas Sports Complex.  After a chase, Barone was taken into custody without incident.  He was found to possess a small amount of cash.  The register was located nearby.  Barone had an outstanding warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia.  Barone was booked into the Monterey County Jail for Commercial Burglary, resisting arrest and the outstanding warrant.

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

Update on Traffic Collision

Release Date/Time: 8/26/2013 9:15 AM

Incident: Update on Traffic Collision

Report #: 13-080221

Date: Monday, 8/26/2013

Time: 8:59 AM

Location: Schilling Place / Eden Street

On August 6, 2013 at about 0600 hours Juan Hernandez, age 57, was crossing Schilling Place after exiting his semi truck when he was struck by an oncoming vehicle. Hernandez was transported to the hospital where he had been listed in critical condition. On August 19th, Hernandez died of the injuries incurred in the traffic collision. This is the fourth fatal collision in Salinas this year. Since January of 2011 there have been 18 fatal collisions in Salinas. Half of those 18 deaths were the result of a vehicle / pedestrian collsion.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Update on Traffic Collision

Release Date/Time: 8/26/2013 9:15 AM

Incident: Update on Traffic Collision

Report #: 13-080221

Date: Monday, 8/26/2013

Time: 8:59 AM

Location: Schilling Place / Eden Street

On August 6, 2013 at about 0600 hours Juan Hernandez, age 57, was crossing Schilling Place after exiting his semi truck when he was struck by an oncoming vehicle. Hernandez was transported to the hospital where he had been listed in critical condition. On August 19th, Hernandez died of the injuries incurred in the traffic collision. This is the fourth fatal collision in Salinas this year. Since January of 2011 there have been 18 fatal collisions in Salinas. Half of those 18 deaths were the result of a vehicle / pedestrian collsion.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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