Press Releases


Release Date/Time: 1/20/2015 10:18 PM

Incident: Shooting

Date: Tuesday, 1/20/2015

Time: 9:30PM

Location: 400 Block of Cabrillo St.

Three females were inside their residence when unknown suspects fired multiple rounds into the home. A 19-year old female suffered a grazing wound to her back but was not transported to the hospital. No suspect information at this time and no clear motive. The victims do not appear to be gang related. An unknown type car was heard leaving the scene but no witnesses could be located.

Release Authorized by: Commander Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: 831-758-7250

Attempted Homicide (Shooting)--Occurred Jan 17, 2015

On Saturday January 17, 2015 at approximately 7:00 pm Officers responded to Santa Rita St. regarding a victim of a shooting.   When Officers arrived, they contacted a 13 year old boy who was suffering from gunshot wounds in what was determined to be a gang related shooting.  The victim was transported to the hospital and will survive his injuries. 

Initial investigation revealed while the victim was walking with a friend on Santa Rita Street, a Hispanic male adult approached the victim on foot while holding a handgun.  The suspect challenged the victim with a gang related comment and quickly shot the victim.  The suspect fled from the area prior police arriving in the area.

As the investigation progressed, Investigators were able to identify Jose Christian Regalado (18) as the shooting suspect in this case.   Regalado was arrested at his residence at 323 Hayse St. and later booked into the Monterey County Jail for attempted murder,  Assault with a deadly weapon and gang enhancements.

Investigators are looking for witnesses or anyone who may have information regarding this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department Investigations Division at 831-758-7226.   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 Date/Time: 1/20/2015 9:53 AM

Incident: Attempted Homicide (Shooting)

Date: Tuesday, 1/17/2015

Time: 7.00 PM

Location: Santa Rita Street

Release Authorized by: Commander Vincent Maiorana

Telephone: 831-758-7350

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 1/18/2015 2:10 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Date: Sunday, 1/18/2015

Time: 9:45 AM

Location: 969 W. Alisal- Bagel Bakery

A lone gunman wearing black hoodie and mask entered the business and displayed a handgun while demanding money from the register. While there were a few patrons present, no attempt was made towards them. The suspect fled the business and was possibly seen entering a white SUV parked nearby.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 1/15/2015 12:15 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder

Report #: 15-010779

Date: Thursday, 1/15/2015

Time: 8:13 PM

Location: 600 Block of Terrace St.

A 34 year old man and 37 year old woman were in a parked vehicle in the 600 block of Terrace St.  They were contacted by two males, who approached on foot.  After briefly speaking to the male victim, one of the suspects produced a handgun and fired several times into the vehicle.  Both victims were struck and were transported to a local  hospital with serious injuries.  An older tan-colored minivan with rust or peeling paint was seen fleeing the area after the shooting.  There is no additional suspect information at this time. Both victims are expected to survive.  

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Salinas Police Department Spring of 2015 Community Academy


The Salinas Police Department will present a Community Academy from March 12th through May 28th, 2015. The Community Academy will run from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM each Thursday night for 12 consecutive weeks, with the final class to be held on May 28th, 2015.

Community Academy participants will have the opportunity to go on a ride-along with a patrol officer, observe what the Salinas Police SWAT team does, learn all about our Crime Scene Investigation Unit, participate in scenarios, watch a demonstration of the K9 program, learn about the hiring process of police officers and much more.

Each night features a new topic, with speakers, demonstrations, discussions and field trips. We will answer questions and give an in-depth, behind the scenes look at police operations.

To attend the Community Academy obtain an application and submit it to the Salinas Police Department, Community Services Unit by Friday, February 27th, 2015. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, live or work in Salinas or involved in a community-based organization that provides services to Salinas residents. Applicants must not be on probation or parole or have any recent felonies on their record.

Class size is limited to 25 students; so prospective applicants should not wait to submit their application. Applications may be obtained by sending an email request for a Community Academy application to [email protected] Applications can be returned by filling them out on your computer and returning them via email or by printing them out and returning the hard copy to Sergeant Heath Johnson / Community Services Unit, 222 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas, CA, 93901. Applications may also be picked up and turned in at the Salinas Police Department front desk.

If you have questions feel free to email or call Sergeant Heath Johnson at 758-7247.

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 1/14/2015 9:13 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder

Report #: 15-010715

Date: Wednesday, 1/14/2015

Time: 6:19 PM

Location: 1100 Block of E. Laurel Dr.

A group of five males, ranging in age from 27 to 60, were approached in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 1100 block of E. Laurel Dr.  The male suspect asked the victims what they claimed.  When the victims said they were not involved in gangs, the suspect fired a handgun at them several times.  Fortunately, no one was struck.  The suspect was described as a 20-30 year old Hispanic male, 5'9" tall, with a thin build.  He wore an orange and red hat and a gray sweatshirt.  He was last seen running to an awaiting white Honda Civic.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Release Date/Time: 1/13/2015 9:21 PM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 15-011070

Date: Tuesday, 1/13/2015

Time: 5:54 PM

Location: 627 E. Market St.

Officers responded to the victim of a shooting. They found 17 year old  Cesar Gonzalez deceased from a gunshot wound. Witnesses saw a gray van stop in front of the house.  Several shots were fired in the direction of the house before the van sped away.  The van was last seen westbound on East Market St. before it made a northbound turn onto Carr Ave.  It is the believed the van was occupied by three suspects who were all dressed in dark clothing.

This homicide occurred during peak traffic times and we believe that numerous people may have seen the van stopped in the roadway.  The Salinas Police Department is asking for anyone who may have seen the van to contact Detective Byron Gansen at 758-7137 or Detective Gabe Gonzalez at 758-7127.  

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Missing Person Located

On 1/10/15, Brenda Sedano (14) was reported missing. Salinas Police detectives coordinated with several law enforcement agencies and this afternoon, Brenda was located in Avenal, CA. She was uninjured and appeared to have been missing voluntarily. Brenda has been returned to her family.


Release Date/Time: 1/11/2015 2:39 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 15-010474

Date: Saturday, 1/10/2015

Time: 10:09 PM

Location: North Main and E. Lake St

On Saturday, January 10th at approximately 10:00 pm Officers responded to the intersection of North Main and E. Lake St. on a report of a gunshot victim. On arrival they found Dexter Barnett Sr. (42) suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers attempted CPR, however Barnett died at the scene.  

Salinas Police Detectives are looking for any witnesses or anyone who may information regarding this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Detective Gabe Gonzalez at 831-758-7127 or Detective Kristine Fairbanks at 831-758-7322.  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

Attempted Murder-Shooting

Release Date/Time: 1/10/2015 12:29 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder-Shooting

Report #: 15-010441

Date: Saturday, 1/10/2015

Time: 10:08 PM

Location: Bermuda St / Rider Ave

A 20-year old man was stopped at the intersection of Bermuda St at Rider Ave and saw a grey Mitsubishi Galant or Ford Focus parked nearby. The victim saw muzzle flashes coming from the grey car and his windshield began shattering. The victim ducked and sped away on Rider Ave as the suspect continued to fire. Ten large caliber casings were found at the scene and the victim's car sustained 10 strikes. 7 hit the windshield, 2 struck the side and one hit the rear tail light. Officers on-scene of the earlier homicide on Holly St  heard the gunshots at 2208 hours. The victim has no gang ties and the motive is unknown. The suspect car matches the one used in the attempted murder from last night. Officers are actively searching for the suspect car and Salinas Police are asking anyone with information to call.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Question of the Day

What can I do if I see a car parked in my neighborhood which I think may be abandoned?

The City of Salinas has people specifically designated to handle abandoned vehicles and long-term parking problems. These problems are generally handled on a complaint basis. The abandoned vehicle office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. The phone number, day or night, is (831) 758-7316.

The following information will help you determine whether or not a vehicle has been abandoned or is a long-term parking problem:


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