Press Releases

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 2/16/2014 11:33 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 14-020741

Date: Sunday, 2/16/2014

Time: 9:18 PM

Location: 700 Block of Elkington

Two men, one 25 and the other 22, were standing in front of apartment an apartment when 3-4 Hispanic males approached them. One victim saw that at least one of the suspects was holding a handgun, so he just turned and ran. Multiple shots were fired and one victim was hit several times in his pelvic area and the other was hit in both of his lower legs. No words were exchanged prior to the shooting.

All three of the suspects may have been armed with handguns and involved in the shooting.

Nobody was able to say where the suspects fled after the shooting as everyone was taking cover, or trying to get away.

The victim that was hit in the pelvic area was flown to a bay area hospital and the victim hit in the legs was treated locally. This is being investigated as gang related.

Release Authorized by: Michael Groves, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Felony Child Abuse, Battery

Release Date/Time: 2/16/2014 4:06 PM

Incident: Felony Child Abuse, Battery

Report #: 14-020725

Date: Sunday, 2/16/2014

Time: 1:10 PM

Location: N. Main St. / Boronda Rd

Deigo Edeza (23) was jogging Southbound on N. Main St. at Boronda Rd. A 19-year old male and his 5-year old brother were walking Northbound on N. Main St and began to pass Edeza. For unknown reasons, Edeza stopped and spit on the 19-year old. Words were exchanged so Edeza spit on the victim again and then kicked the 5-year old in the abdomen causing the child to fall backward into traffic. The child was able to get to his feet and get to the sidewalk before he was struck by passing cars. He was not injured and based on witness statements, it appears the attack was unprovoked. Edeza was booked into Monterey County Jail for felony Child Abuse and Battery.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Indecent Exposure, Lewd Acts in Public, Possession for Sales of Marijuana and Probation Violation

Release Date/Time: 2/13/2014 11:18 AM

Incident: Indecent Exposure, Lewd Acts in Public, Possession for Sales of Marijuana and Probation Violation

Report #: 14-020586

Date: Wednesday, 2/12/2014

Time: 6:55 PM

Location: Northridge Mall

Salinas Police offficers responded to Northridge Mall for a report of a completely naked male in a vehicle.  An off-duty mall security officer observed a naked subject, later identified as Francisco Moreno (32) in a green Honda.  The off-duty security officer saw Moreno driving throughout the northeast area of the parking lot.  Mall security monitored Moreno on surveillance cameras while awaiting for police to respond.  Moreno was observed commiting lewd acts upon himself while seated in his vehicle.  When contacted by officers in his vehicle, the suspect was still unclothed from the waist-down.  In addition, Moreno was on probation and in possession of marijuana for the purpose of sales.  He was taken into custody and booked at the Monterey County Jail.  This arrest was made possible by the vigilant mall security officers, who took note of unusual activity and maintained constant surveillance of the suspect prior to police arrival.  It does not appear Moreno approached anyone during this incident.


Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Robbery - Knife

Release Date/Time: 2/12/2014 5:14 PM

Incident: Robbery - Knife

Report #: 14-020576

Date: Wednesday, 2/12/2014

Time: 2:10 PM

Location: Sears - Northridge

Employees at Sears observed a customer inside the store acting suspiciously. Carl Lemos, 28, selected several socket trays from the Tools Department and placed them inside the packpack he was carrying. He then went to the Outdoor Lighting Department and set the backpack down on the ground near the door. Lemos proceeded to select several items of work clothing and paid for them at a register. On his way out, the suspect picked up the backpack and left the store. He was contacted by Loss Prevention employees, who attempted to arrest him. Lemos fought with employees and then pulled out a pocket knife. The knife was slapped out of his hand and Lemos was successfully placed under arrest. He was booked into the Monterey County Jail for robbery.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

2014 Spring Session of the Salinas Police Community Academy

2014 Spring Session of the Salinas Police Community Academy


The Salinas Police Department will present a Community Police Academy from March 20th through June 5th, 2014.  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 June 5, 2014. 

Community Police 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 Monday, March 10th 2014.  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 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 can 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.

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 2/6/2014 10:19 PM
Incident: Armed Robbery - Business
Report #: 14-020299
Date: Thursday, 2/6/2014
Time: 8:19 PM
Location: 606 East Alisal Street - Cork and Bottle

Two suspects, both Hispanic males in their mid 20's with dark clothing and masks entered the store.  One of the suspects had a large black framed revolver. One of the suspects demanded that the clerk open the register.  An unknown amount of money was taken.  The suspects were last seen running to the rear of the business.

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

Attempted Murder Shooting - Gang Related

Release Date/Time: 2/4/2014 10:28 PM
Incident: Attempted Murder Shooting - Gang Related
Report #: 14-020184
Date: Tuesday, 2/4/2014
Time: 6:47 PM
Location: 500 block of Sunrise Street

A 21 year old victim was standing in front of his residence with friends when an unknown suspect shot at him three times.  The victim was not struck by gunfire but his house was hit twice and a vehicle in the driveway was hit once. This incident is being investigated as gang related.

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

Vehicle v. Pedestrian Collision

Release Date/Time: 2/4/2014 10:18 PM
Incident: Vehicle v. Pedestrian Collision
Report #: 14-020185
Date: Tuesday, 2/4/2014
Time: 7:14 PM
Location: East Laurel Drive east of St. Edwards Drive

Officers were dispatched to the above location regarding a vehicle v. pedestrian collision. The pedestrian, a Hispanic female adult, in her 20's, tried to cross the eastbound lanes of East Laurel Drive.  She stepped directly into the path of an eastbound passenger car.  The impact forced her into the windshield and was she thrown at least 25 feet.  The driver of the vehicle was very cooperative and did not appear to be not under the influence.  The pedestrian sustained major head trauma.  She was flown to a bay area hospital and is listed in very critical condition.

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

Arrest of Third Suspect from Alisal High School Incident

Release Date/Time: 1/27/2014 11:45 AM

Incident: Arrest of Third Suspect from Alisal High School Incident

Report #: 14-011109

Date: Saturday, 1/25/2014

Time: 8:30 pm

Location: 1000-block of Montana St.

On Friday, 1/24/14, three non-students went onto the campus at Alisal High School and started a fight with a student as well as school officials.  Two of the suspects, Juan Ortega (18) and a 16 year old, were arrested that day.  The third suspect fled the scene, but was later identified by officers.  On Saturday, 1/25/14, officers were dispatched to an unrelated call in the 1000-block of Montana St.  While there, they noticed the third suspect at the scene.  Justo Rivas, 19, was taken into custody and booked into the Monterey County Jail for several charges including battery against a school official, conspiracy, trespassing, and gang enhacements.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Unexploded Ordinance

Unexploded military ordinance has been located at a residence in South Salinas.  It is unknown if the ordinance is live at this time. The Monterey County Bomb Squad is on-scene with the Salinas Police Department and will attempt to detonate the item in place within the backyard.  The subsequent detonation may result in a potentially loud report in the South Salinas area.

**UPDATE** The detonation is completed without damage or injury.