Press Releases

Possession of Gun on School Grounds

Release Date/Time: 4/25/2014 10:56 AM

Incident: Possession of Gun on School Grounds

Report #: 14-041134

Date: Thursday, 4/24/2014

Time: 10:58 AM

Location: Hartnell College - 411 Central Ave.

Hartnell College student, Ivan Fletes (19) was on campus when he was seen to have dropped a firearm from his clothing.  Fletes was captured by campus security cameras fleeing the campus.  After confirming his identity and residence, members of the Violence Suppression Unit set up surveillance and stopped Fletes as he was seen leaving his house.  He was taken into custody without incident.  A subsequent search revealed a loaded firearm in his vehicle in adddition to a small amount of marijuana.  Fletes was lodged at the Monterey County Jail on weapons violations, possession of marijuana, and violation of probation.

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 4/21/2014 8:46 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 14-040931

Date: Sunday, 4/20/2014

Time: 10:45 PM

Location: Mae Ave & D St.

Officers responded to a report of a victim of a gunshot wound in the area of Mae Ave. and D St. Upon arrival, they found a 35 year old male with a gunshot wound to his abdomen and leg. The victim, who is a known gang member, said he was confronted by a group of males about his gang affiliation before being shot. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, wearing a checkered shirt and dark pants.  The victim was flown to a Bay Area trauma center for treatment and is expected to recover.  There is no further suspect information available at this time.


Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Shooting-No Injuries

Release Date/Time: 4/17/2014 9:16 AM

Incident: Shooting-No Injuries

Report #: 14-040783

Date: Thursday, 4/17/2014

Time: 7:14 AM

Location: 199 W. Laurel

A 44-year old male was standing in front of a business in the 100 block of W. Laurel Dr. when a white, newer model Nissan Maxima or similar type sedan with tinted windows drove by traveling Eastbound on W. Laurel. Without saying a word, the passenger fired one round that impacted the business near the top of the entryway. A second victim was present but the male that was contacted did not know this subject and he had fled prior to our arrival. No injuries were sustained and one bullet casing was recovered. No suspect descriptions were provided but officers are actively searching for the vehicle.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Burglarly suspect shot by resident

On 4/14/14 at 4:20 A.M., Officers responded to the 700 block of Leese Dr. regarding a burglary suspect shot by a resident. When Officers arrived, Ray Espino (27) was contacted and determined to have a single gunshot wound. Investigation revealed while a lone Leese Dr. resident was sleeping in his home, he was awakened by suspicious noises coming from the front of his property. The resident also observed an unknown person walking across his property and towards his garage which is an attached garage to his home. In fear for his personal safety, the resident armed himself and went to his garage to investigate what he had seen and heard. When the resident entered his garage, he was frightened by Espino who had just entered his garage. In fear for his personal safety the resident shot Espino one time. Espino was transported to a bay area hospital and is currently in critical condition.

Anyone who may have information related to this investigation is urged to contact the Salinas Police Department Investigations Bureau at 831-758-7226.

All media inquiries should be directed to Commander Vincent Maiorana at 831-758-7350

Case still under investigation.

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 4/14/2014 1:03 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 14-040610

Date: Sunday, 4/13/2014

Time: 11:49 PM

Location: North Sanborn Road and Kimmel Street

Salinas Police Officers responded to the 600 block of North Sanborn regarding a shooting victim. Upon arrival we located a victim with a gunshot wound to his face. The shooting occurred in the area of North Sanborn and Kimmel. The victim was transported to Natividad Medical Center and later life-flighted to a bay area hospital. He is in stable condition. This case is being investigated as gang related.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery Arrest, Resisting Arrest and Probation Violation

Release Date/Time: 4/14/2014 12:32 AM

Incident: Armed Robbery Arrest, Resisting Arrest and Probation Violation

Report #: 14-040606

Date: Sunday, 4/13/2014

Time: 9:46 PM

Location: 99 Clay - Clay Street Liquors

Salinas Police Officer Lino Sanchez was on routine patrol in the area of Church Street at Clay Street.  He observed a subject wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, later identified as John Palacios, 28, running toward him.  Upon seeing the officer Palacios ran into a yard in the 400 block of Church Street.  He began jumping fences but was captured a short time later.  Cash from the robbery was recovered.  A black colored replica semi-automatic handgun was located in one of the yards.  Palacios was identifed as the robbery suspect from the Clay Street Liquors.  Palacios was booked into Monterey County Jail for Armed Robbery, Resisting Arrest and Probation Violation.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Train v. Pedestrian - Fatality

Release Date/Time: 4/12/2014 9:45 PM

Incident: Train v. Pedestrian - Fatality

Report #: 14-040562

Date: Saturday, 4/12/2014

Time: 6:20 PM

Location: Railroad tracks @ 800 block of West Market Street

Salinas Police Officers were dispatched to the railroad tracks approximately 1/8th of a mile north of the train station regarding a pedestrian that had been hit by a train. Officers arrived on scene and located a Hispanic female in her early 40's deceased on the side of the tracks. It appears that this may have been an intentional act by the pedestrian.  The pedestrian has been identified but her identity is not being released until her family is notified.  The investigation was turned over to Union Pacific PD and the body was turned over to the Monterey County Coroner. 

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Possession of cocaine / Sales

Release Date/Time: 4/9/2014 9:15 PM

Incident: Possession of cocaine / Sales

Report #: 14-040434

Date: Wednesday, 4/9/2014

Time: 4:00 PM

Location: Parking lot of North Salians HS

Salinas Police Officers received a tip that a drug transaction had been taking place on a regular basis in the back parking lot of North Salinas High School and also in a nearby parking lot next to the school. Over the past several weeks, undercover officers conducted a surveillance of the area and confirmed the tip.


On 4-9-14 at approximately 4:00pm, officers were again in the area and watched as a car drove into the parking lot of the high school, near the baseball fields and parked. A male, later identified as Ronald Stevens, 55, walked to the car and made a drug buy. Stevens is an assistant baseball coach for the NSHS boys' team. Stevens walked back toward the baseball field and the car drove away.


The vehicle was stopped and the lone driver, Alberto Manriquez, 56, was contacted and arrested. Officers then contacted and arrested Ronald Stevens, who was near the baseball field. During a search of Stevens' car, officers found a small bindle of cocaine.


A search warrant was then served on Stevens and Manriquez's residences. Officers found approx. 1-ounce of cocaine and marijuana at Stevens house, which was under the control of his son, Shawn Stevens, 26. Shawn was arrested. All 3 men were taken to the police department for further investigation.


Alberto Manriquez was booked into Monterey County jail for possession of cocaine, possession for sales, transporting cocaine and false identification.


Ronald Stevens was booked for possession of cocaine.


Shawn Stevens was booked for possession of cocaine for sales, possession of cocaine and possession of marijuana for sale.

Release Authorized by: Commander Michael Groves

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Vehicle/Pedestrian Accident

Release Date/Time: 4/9/2014 12:32 AM

Incident: Vehicle/Pedestrian Accident

Report #: 14-040399

Date: Tuesday, 4/8/2014

Time: 8:41 PM

Location: Sanborn / Market

A 32-year-old male was standing on the west side of Sanborn Rd, just north of Market St. when he abruptly ran across Sanborn Rd directly in front of traffic. He was not in the crosswalk. The cars driving on Sanborn Rd had the right-away based on video footage. The male was struck by a vehicle driving in the south-bound lane and knocked into the intersection. The driver of the vehicle stopped and remained on scene until police arrived.


The pedestrian sustained head injuries and a road rash and was airlifted to a bay area hospital, where he is expected to recover. The driver had not been drinking, was licensed and insured and was not charged in this collision.

Release Authorized by: Commander Michael Groves

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Use of Fireworks

Release Date/Time: 4/8/2014 1:00 AM

Incident: Use of Fireworks

Report #: 14-040342

Date: Monday, 4/7/2014

Time: 8:38 PM

Location: 200 block W. Market

Over the past several days there have been 36 calls of fireworks in the area of W. Market / Riker. Tonight, we responded to another call. This time the officer arrived, parked away from the call and very slowly walked toward the area. He saw a few fireworks and snuck closer to the source. He began to zero-in on 200 block of W. Market. There he saw a male light off a bottle rocket and then disappear. The officer then heard radio traffic coming from the house and realized the residents of the suspect address were listening to a police scanner. As the officer approached the house, he saw a male light off a mortar firework. The officer confronted him and ordered him to stay where he was. George Mendoza, 18, was then arrested without incident. He had a mortar firework still in his pocket. Mendoza admitted that he and his friends were the ones setting off the fireworks for the past few days. At this point he was the only one we were able to contact. He was cited for various fireworks charges.

Release Authorized by: Commander Michael Groves

Telephone: (831) 758-7250