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Shooting Victim

Release Date/Time: 4/11/2016 12:09 AM

Incident: Shooting Victim

Report #: 16 04 0488

Date: Sunday, 4/10/2016

Time: 10:22 PM

Location: Sieber St./ Orchard Ave

A 20-year-old man was walking his bicycle on Sieber Street at Orchard Avenue. Several shots were fired by an unknown suspect striking the victim one time in the torso. The victim was very uncooperative, would not provide any information, and was transported to a local hospital. The man is expected to live. 911 callers reported an HMA in dark clothing, possibly wearing a dark gray Pendleton, and blue jeans, last seen running eastbound.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7321. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Criminal threats, Parole Violation

Release Date/Time: 4/10/2016 3:08 PM

Incident: Criminal threats, Parole Violation

Date: Sunday, 4/10/2016

Time: 3:18 AM

Location: 1400 Blk. Amador Cir.

Officers responded to the 1400 blk. Amador Circle after receiving a 911 call from residents about death threats being made by a suspect identified as Rodney Sablan (37). Investigation revealed that Sablan had made several death threats towards other people in the home and also held down a 66-year-old man preventing him from calling police. Officers who originally investigated the case said there was about a 15-minute delay time between the initial report and when they arrived on scene but it was suspected that Sablan was still in the home.  After officers arrived they hailed for well over an hour and ultimately requested Salinas Police SWAT to conduct a tactical entry. Sablan is a well know norteno gang member with a long criminal history of violence, gun possession and resisting arrest.  Also it was found that Sablan has absconded from parole and was wanted for not reporting to his parole officer for several months. Salinas Police SWAT later arrived ultimately making entry to the residence to find that Sablan was not there and had escaped during the 15 minutes prior to officer arrival.  A county wide BOL was place for Sablan.  Anyone having information on the whereabouts of Sablan are urged to contact the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7250 or the Salinas Police anonymous tip line.

Release Authorized by:  Commander Vincent Maiorana

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Fatal Traffic Collision

Release Date/Time: 4/8/2016 9:59 AM

Incident: Fatal Traffic Collision

Report #: 16-040344

Date: Thursday, 4/7/2016

Time: 1:33 PM

Location: Maryal Drive and E. Bernal Drive

A 38-year-old woman was driving her white Honda minivan w/b in the #1 lane of E. Bernal approaching Maryal at about 30 to 35 mph. A 53-year-old male was riding his bicycle down the hill of Maryal toward Bernal. A witness saw the bicyclist ride through the stop sign without even slowing. He collided with the right/front of the minivan. The man suffered head trauma and a possible broken arm. He was transported to the Natividad Medical Center Trauma Unit and taken in immediately for surgery. The man was later pronounced deceased at the hospital. The driver was properly licensed and did not appear to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The case is still under investigation.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Fatal Traffic Collision

Release Date/Time: 4/8/2016 9:59 AM

Incident: Fatal Traffic Collision

Report #: 16-040344

Date: Thursday, 4/7/2016

Time: 1:33 PM

Location: Maryal Drive and E. Bernal Drive

A 38-year-old woman was driving her white Honda minivan w/b in the #1 lane of E. Bernal approaching Maryal at about 30 to 35 mph. A 53-year-old male was riding his bicycle down the hill of Maryal toward Bernal. A witness saw the bicyclist ride through the stop sign without even slowing. He collided with the right/front of the minivan. The man suffered head trauma and a possible broken arm. He was transported to the Natividad Medical Center Trauma Unit and taken in immediately for surgery. The man was later pronounced deceased at the hospital. The driver was properly licensed and did not appear to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The case is still under investigation.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Homicide

Release Date/Time: 4/7/2016 5:42 PM

Incident: Attempted Homicide

Date: Wednesday, 4/6/2016

Time: 9:09 PM

Location: 500 Block of Mae Ave

A 35 year old male was outside near a vehicle when a vehicle pulled up to his location and began firing at the male.  The male was struck several times by the gunfire.  Officers and medical staff arrived and transported the subject to the hospital for treatment.  There are no witnesses and no further information regarding the shooting.

If anyone has information regarding this homicide, they are asked to contact Detective McKinley at (831) 758-7145 or Detective Craig at (831) 758-7929.  If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Polcie Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 Crime, or text information to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Release Authorized by: Brian Johnson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 4/6/2016 6:05 PM

Incident: Homicide

Date: Wednesday, 4/6/2016

Time: 11:20 AM

Location: P/L 912 Acosta Plaza

At approximately 1120 hours, we received 911 calls reporting shots fired in the area of 912 Acosta Plaza, followed by calls of a victim down. Officers arrived and found Felipe Rocha Sandoval (17) shot multiple times; Sandoval succumbed to his injuries on scene. Although it was in the middle of the day, very few leads or witnesses have come forth thus far. Sandoval is the 10th homicide victim of the year and this case is being investigated as gang related. If anyone has information regarding this homicide, they are asked to contact Detective McKinley at (831) 758-7145 or Detective Craig at (831) 758-7929. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7350

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 4/6/2016 6:04 PM

Incident: Homicide

Date: Wednesday, 4/6/2016

Time: 11:20 AM

Location: P/L 912 Acosta Plaza

At approximately 1120 hours, we received 911 calls reporting shots fired in the area of 912 Acosta Plaza, followed by calls of a victim down. Officers arrived and found Felipe Rocha Sandoval (17) shot multiple times; Sandoval succumbed to his injuries on scene. Although it was in the middle of the day, very few leads or witnesses have come forth thus far. Sandoval is the 10th homicide victim of the year and this case is being investigated as gang related. If anyone has information regarding this homicide, they are asked to contact Detective McKinley at (831) 758-7145 or Detective Craig at (831) 758-7929. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7350

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 4/6/2016 6:02 PM

Incident: Homicide

Date: Wednesday, 4/6/2016

Time: 11:20 AM

Location: P/L 912 Acosta Plaza

At approximately 1120 hours, we received 911 calls reporting shots fired in the area of 912 Acosta Plaza, followed by calls of a victim down. Officers arrived and found Felipe Rocha Sandoval (17) shot multiple times; Sandoval succumbed to his injuries on scene. Although it was in the middle of the day, very few leads or witnesses have come forth thus far. Sandoval is the 10th homicide victim of the year and this case is being investigated as gang related. If anyone has information regarding this homicide, they are asked to contact Detective McKinley at (831) 758-7145 or Detective Craig at (831) 758-7929. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide

At approximately 1120 hours, we received 911 calls reporting shots fired in the area of 912 Acosta Plaza, followed by calls of a victim down.  Officers arrived and found Felipe Rocha Sandoval (17) shot multiple times; Sandoval succumbed to his injuries on scene.  Although it was in the middle of the day, very few leads or witnesses have come forth thus far.  Sandoval is the 10th homicide victim of the year and this case is being investigated as gang related.  If anyone has information regarding this homicide, they are asked to contact Detective McKinley at (831) 758-7145 or Detective Craig at (831) 758-7929. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Homicide

At approximately 1120 hours, we received 911 calls reporting shots fired in the area of 912 Acosta Plaza, followed by calls of a victim down.  Officers arrived and found Felipe Rocha Sandoval (17) shot multiple times; Sandoval succumbed to his injuries on scene.  Although it was in the middle of the day, very few leads or witnesses have come forth thus far.  Sandoval is the 10th homicide victim of the year and this case is being investigated as gang related.  If anyone has information regarding this homicide, they are asked to contact Detective McKinley at (831) 758-7145 or Detective Craig at (831) 758-7929. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

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