Press Releases


Release Date/Time: 2/21/2015 10:21 PM

Incident: Shooting

Report #: 15-021030

Date: Saturday, 2/21/2015

Time: 9:27 PM

Location: Gardenia / Lupin

A 33 year old male was in front of a residence when he was approached by two Hispanic males in their 20's. The suspects asked his gang affiliation and a fight ensued. The suspect pulled a handgun and fired, striking the victim in the lower extremities. He was taken to a local trauma center with survivable injuries. The primary suspect is described as 6'-0", 280 lbs wearing a red hooded sweatshirt. The other suspect is described as 6'-3", large build wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. The suspects may have fled in an unknown make/color pick-up truck. The Salinas Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in identifying these suspects. Anyone with information is urged to call the Watch Commander at 758-7250 or the anonymous tip line, 775-4222.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Att Murder

Release Date/Time: 2/19/2015 2:42 PM

Incident: ATT Murder

Date: Thursday, 2/19/2015

Time: 12:08 AM

Location: 600 Blk of Roosevelt St

Two men were sitting in a vehicle in the driveway of a residence in the 600 blk of Roosevelt St.  One of the subjects went to use the phone while the other went into a nearby residence.  One of them was in front of the complex when an unknown suspect shot at him several times, he was able to run a short distance before collapsing.  The other male, having heard the shots, came out and found his friend suffering from gunshot wounds to the leg.  The victim was transferred to NMC where he underwent surgery but is expected to survive. A mid-size SUV, similar to a Jeep Cherokee, was seen fleeing the area around the time of the shooting.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Cdr

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Salinas PAL - San Francisco Giants World Series Trophy Tour

Release Date/Time: 2/18/2015 7:33 PM


Date: Wednesday, 2/18/2015

Time: 7:33 PM

Location: 100 Howard Street (Salinas PAL Youth Center)

Release Authorized by: Officer Angel Gonzalez

Telephone: (831) 970-7874

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   CONTACT:    Officer Angel Gonzalez / [email protected]

February 18, 2015                                                                  831-970-7874


***Media Advisory***

Invitation to Cover



San Francisco Giants World Championship Trophy Tour presented by Bank of America

 visits Salinas PAL this week on February 20, 2015


Who: 2014, 2012 & 2010 Major League Baseball's Commissioner's Trophies, crafted by Tiffany & Co.


What/Why:         The San Francisco Giants World Championship Trophy Tour presented by Bank of America will continue its three-month public tour in Salinas this February 20th.  Fans will have the opportunity to have their photo taken with the trophies and to support their local Junior Giants Baseball League by making a contribution to view the trophy. 


This will be the third public trophy tour held in the past three years.  The focus of the San Francisco World Championship Trophy Tour presented by Bank of America is to share Major League Baseball's Commissioner's trophies, crafted by Tiffany & Co., with Giants fans in Junior Giants communities throughout northern California.


Junior Giants is the flagship program of the Giants Community Fund, which serves more than 20,000 boys and girls in over 80 underserved communities throughout northern and central California and southern Oregon.  It is a free and non-competitive baseball program that has served as a model for MLB youth initiatives.  Using baseball as the hook, Junior Giants provides opportunities for children to demonstrate confidence and leadership, to link with adult mentors and to develop a strong understanding of the importance of literacy and healthy living.  Locally, Salinas PAL has been running the Junior Giants program for 22 years and serves over 800 participants annually that would not normally have the opportunity or means to play baseball.


Salinas PAL has been providing FREE programs for children in our community since 1991 and is working to expand programs with the opening of our Salinas PAL Youth Center.  Our organization depends on the generous donations from the community and will be accepting donations at the trophy viewing.  Donations collected will help Salinas PAL continue our efforts, and keep kids off the streets and away from gangs and violence.


When/Where:   Friday, Feb. 20 - Salinas               

                                                      Salinas PAL Youth Center                            

                                                      100 Howard St. Salinas, CA 93901

                                                      5:00 – 7:00 p.m.                                      



Suspicious Circumstances

Release Date/Time: 2/18/2015 5:26 PM

Incident: Suspicious Circumstances

Report #: 15-020872

Date: Wednesday, 2/18/2015

Time: 9:49 AM

Location: North Salinas High School - 55 Kip Drive

Officers were dispatched North Salinas High School regarding a suspicious item that resembled a pipe bomb in the hallway.  Students were evacuated, a safety perimeter was established and the Monterey County Sheriff's bomb squad was requested.  The item was xrayed and found to be empty.  No indication of criminal intent.  The entire investigation took approximately 2 hours.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Brandishing of a Possible Firearm

Release Date/Time: 2/18/2015 3:41 PM

Incident: Brandishing of a Possible Firearm

Report #: 15-021230

Date: Wednesday, 2/18/2015

Time: 12:31 PM

Location: Palma High School - 919 Iverson Drive

5 students were standing in the student parking lot when a black colored Chrysler 300 pulled up next to them.  The driver, a Hispanic male, mid 20's with a thin moustache yelled at the group.  The suspect removed what appeared to be a chrome semi-auto handgun from his waistband. He never pointed it directly at the students.  The students immediately ran away.  The suspect accelerated out of the parking lot and was last seen westbound on West Acacia Drive.  No students were injured and this appears to be an isolated incident.  The investigation continues.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Welfare check/Homicide Arrest

Release Date/Time: 2/17/2015 4:28 PM

Incident: Welfare check/Homicide Arrest

Report #: 15-020779

Date: Monday, 2/16/2015

Time: 9:03 PM

Location: 700 Block Ingleewood Street

On Monday February 16th at approximately 9:00 PM Salinas Police Officers responded to 700 block of Inglewood Dr. in Salinas to conduct a welfare check on a resident who lives at that location.  When Officer arrived they found a 70 year old male resident deceased on the premises.    While investigating the case, Matthew Roberts (37) was arrested and later booked at the Monterey County Jail for homicide.  This case is actively being investigated by Salinas Police investigators and as information becomes available an updated press release will be issued.

Release Authorized by: Vincent Maiorana CMDR

Telephone: (831) 758-7350

Armed Robbery / Attempted Armed Robbery Business - Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 2/17/2015 1:46 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery / Attempted Armed Robbery Business - Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 15-020796 and 15-020800

Date: Tuesday, 2/17/2015

Time: 8:13 AM

Location: 8 Williams Road - Star 1 Gas & El Kiosko

A Hispanic Male, late 20's, wearing black hooded jacket and a bandana covering his face and blue jeans entered the businesses with a chrome colored handgun.  There are two businesses at this location.  The suspect entered and robbed the clerk from the gas station and after obtaining an undetermined amount of money confronted the clerk at the taqueria.  The 33 year old male victim (clerk) at the taqueria was preparing food at the time.  The suspect demanded that he opened the register.  Unable to do so, it appears that the suspect intentionally fired one round at the victim striking him on the top of his head.  The victim was treated for a non-life threatening gun shot wound at a local hospital.  It is possible that a witness to the robbery chased the suspect and possibly struck him with his vehicle.  The suspect may have been injured as a result and may be limping.  If you have any information regarding this case please contact Officer Jacky Bohn at 831-758-7161 or 831-775-4201 extension 6405.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Release Date/Time: 2/12/2015 10:48 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 15-020593

Date: Thursday, 2/12/2015

Time: 10:44 AM

Location: 1022 Del Monte Ave.

At 0300 hours this morning Francisco Solorio (37), a Salinas resident was pronounced deceased at the Natividad Medical Center trauma center. He was on a ventilator and had succumb to the injuries he received the previous evening.  This case is now being classified as a homicide.  

Release Authorized by: Sergeant J. Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Attempted Homicide

Release Date/Time: 2/11/2015 11:52 PM

Incident: Attempted Homicide

Report #: 15-020593

Date: Wednesday, 2/11/2015

Time: 7:55 PM

Location: P/L of 1022 Del Monte Avenue

Officers were dispatched to a shots fired call with a man down. In the parking lot, they found  the 37 year old male victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  The victim was rushed to the trauma center where his condition is critical and unknown if he will survive.  Witnesses in the area said two suspects approached and asked about gang affiliation.  The victim announced he was a sureno gang member at which time one of the suspects produced a handgun and shot the victim multiple times at close range.   The shooter was described as a young Hispanic male. He was short in stature, wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, and blue jeans. The second suspect is approximately 20 years old, stands approximately five feet ten inches tall and was wearing a black ball cap, black hooded sweatshirt and black pants.

The Salinas Police Depatment is asking for the public's assistance.  If anyone has any information, they are encouraged to contact Detective McKinley at 758-7145.

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Vehicle Injury Accident

Release Date/Time: 2/11/2015 10:23 AM

Incident: Vehicle Injury Accident

Report #: 15-020527

Date: Tuesday, 2/10/2015

Time: 5:50 PM

Location: Freedom Parkway & N. Sanborn Rd.

Hayde Santos, 23, was driving her Honda Civic westbound on Freedom Parkway and decided to make a left turn onto southbound N. Sanborn Rd. She turned into the path of another Civic traveling eastbound, which struck the passenger side of Santos' vehicle. Her husband, Ruben Perez, 25, received major injuries and had to be extricated from the vehicle. He sustained facial fractures and lacerations, a broken and dislocated left arm, a broken pelvis, and two broken legs. He is currently in the intensive care unit in serious but stable condition and is expected to survive. A 4-year-od male received a head laceration and other undetermined injuries. He was flown out to Oakland Children's Hospital. His 1-year-old brother was uninjured.  Santos was also uninjured and had been driving without a license. The 40-year-old male driver of the other vehicle was uninjured and had been driving on a suspended license for failure to pay child support. Charges are pending on both drivers. The collision is still under investigation and officers have not yet determine who was at fault.

Release Authorized by: Gerard D Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7975


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