Press Releases

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 11/17/2014 11:50 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder

Date: Monday, 11/17/2014

Time: 6:49 PM

Location: 1600 Block of Atherton Way

Officers responded to a report of a victim of a head wound in the 1600 block of Atherton Wy. Steven Ferguson (45) was in a verbal argument with his 69 year old father, who lives in the home with him. During the argument, Steven pushed his father down and threatened to kill him before striking him in the head with a hatchet, causing a severe, but non-life threatening laceration. The father was able to get up and fled the home to a neighbor, who called police. Initial officers arrived on scene within minutes and were told that Steven was last known to be in the home alone.  A perimeter was set and hailing and attempted calls to Steven begun, but we had no response and it was becoming unknown if he was still in the home or if he had fled prior to our arrival. At approximately 2150 hours, while officers were still at the home, officers on scene with the father at Natividad Medial Center, determined Steven was  in the parking lot, As they attempted contact he was non-cooperative and tried to turn and walk away when he was TASED and taken into custody. He was later boked into Monterey County Jail for attempted murder. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Search Warrant

Release Date/Time: 11/13/2014 4:45 PM

Incident: Search Warrant

Report #: 14-110633

Date: Thursday, 11/13/2014

Time: 9:50 PM

Location: 200 block Williams Rd

Members of the Salinas Police Department's Violence Suppression Unit served a search warrant in the 200 block of Williams Rd.  Officers located methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana consistant with drug sales.  Two handguns were also found, one was reported stolen and the other was unregistered.  Felix Soto (56) was lodged in county jail for numerous charges related to illegal gun possession and drug sales.

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Gray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Salinas Police Introduce "Here to Hear / Aquí para escuchar" Meetings

Salinas Police Department Hear to Hear meetings: Learn moreRelease Date/Time: 11/12/2014 11:00 AM

Incident: Salinas Police Introduce "Here to Hear / Aquí para escuchar" Meetings

Date: Wednesday, 11/12/2014

Time: 11:00 AM

Location: Hebbron Family Center, Salinas

Release Authorized by: Spencer Critchley, Acting PIO

Telephone: (831) 998-3000

As part of a commitment to deepening connections between residents and the police who serve them, the Salinas Police Department is inviting members of the public to request small group meetings with Chief Kelly McMillin or other senior staff.

Any resident of Salinas will be able to request a "Here to Hear" or "Aquí para escuchar" meeting by filling out a short web form, by filling out a paper form at the police station or other locations around the City, or by making a phone call (details are below).

Here to Hear meetings will take place in an informal setting outside police headquarters. In order to encourage open dialog, the identities of the people attending the meeting will be kept confidential unless they choose otherwise. To ensure that each attendee has a chance to participate, groups will be limited to six or fewer people at a time. Meetings can be conducted in English or Spanish.

"I've had quite a few meetings like this already and I know they're valuable," said Chief McMillin. "We want to make sure people know this option is available for them and to make it as easy as possible."

The small group meetings complement the larger public meetings frequently attended by the Chief and other officers.

"The big, public meetings are important too," said Chief McMillin. "In these smaller ones there's time to go deeper, and people may feel more comfortable speaking frankly."

Here to Hear goes live on November 12, 2014, with the launch of the web request form at salinaspd.com/here-to-hear and in Spanish at salinaspd.com/aqui-para-escuchar. Paper forms will initially be available at the police station and City Hall, and will be offered to community organizations, churches and others. The phone number to call on or after November 12 will be (831) 758-7286.

# # #

Homicide/Attempted Homicide

Release Date/Time: 11/10/2014 12:04 AM

Incident: Homicide/Attempted Homicide

Report #: 14-110440

Date: Sunday, 11/9/2014

Time: 6:10 PM

Location: 169 Orchard Ave.

Officers responded to a report of shots fired with victims down. When they arrived they found a twenty four year old victim with a gunshot wound.  They also found Jorge Mosqueda (23) suffering from a gunshot wound.  Preliminarily  it appears as there was only one suspect who was seen running from the area after the shots were fired.  Both victims were transported to Natividad Medical Center.  One victim was treated and released. Mosqueda was rushed into surgery where he later died . At this time, it is not clear what the motive is.  There were numerous people in and around the apartment complex at the time of the shooting.  Anyone who may have seen or heard anything is encouraged to contact Detective David Poulin at 758-7270 or Detective Arlene Currier at 758-7125.  Anonymous tip information can be left on the Salinas Police Department Crime Tip Line or the We-Tip Hotline.

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Attempted Kidnapping

Release Date/Time: 11/8/2014 5:13 PM

Incident: Attempted Kidnapping

Report #: 14-110380

Date: Saturday, 11/8/2014

Time: 1:29 PM

Location: 1714 Burlington Dr. - Steinbeck Elementary School

A 5 year old boy had attended a school-related function at Steinbeck Elementary.  As his mother was arriving at the school to pick him up, she noticed her son standing near the open door of a vehicle in the parking lot.  It appeared a woman was trying to push him inside.  The boy's mother yelled out to the woman to leave her son alone.  The temporary distraction allowed the victim to slip past the woman and safely get away.  The suspect, described only as a light-skinned female with blonde hair, quickly got into the vehicle. It sped off with the door still open, being driven by a second female. The vehicle was described as a silver Nissan Altima in stock condition and was last seen traveling towards New Salem Dr.  The was no further description on either suspect.  This case is being investigated as an attempted stranger abduction.  The Salinas Police Department is asking the public for help in trying to identify the people or vehicles involved in this incident.  

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Arrest of Burglary/Trespass Suspect

Release Date/Time: 11/6/2014 11:55 AM

Incident: Arrest of Burglary/Trespass Suspect

Report #: 14-110221, 0224 and 0232

Date: Wednesday, 11/5/2014

Time: 6:15 AM

Location: 400 blk. of Belmont Dr.

At 6:15a.m., Officers responded to a residence in the 400 block of Belmont Dr on the report of a burglary in-progress. A woman reported that she was home with her daughter when a man entered the home armed with a knife. The suspect fled while officers were responding and neither victim was injured. While officers were searching the area, an officer saw the suspect in the 800 block of Central Ave. The suspect fled into a back yard of a residence and officers set a perimeter but could not locate him. It was later determined that the suspect, Treyshaun Holmes (18) had entered the back yard of a home to hide from police and he discovered that he back door to the house was unlocked. Holmes entered the home while officers were searching for him and burglarized the house. The family that resides in that house were inside and sleeping while Holmes was inside.

Approximately 30 minutes later, callers began reporting that a suspect matching Holmes' description was walking in the area of Marion Dr. with his pants down, exposing himself. Officers continued their search. Eventually, Holmes was seen on the roof of a home. He jumped from the roof into the rear field of Washington Middle School. The school was immediately locked down as the search continued. Holmes was eventually captured in the back yard of a house on Clay St. and the school lockdown was lifted after about 15 minutes. Holmes was still in possession of the property he had stolen from the house on Central Ave. The victims from Central Ave were unaware their home had been burglarized and identified all their property, which was returned to them.

Holmes was interviewed and then booked into Monterey County Jail on multiple charges including residential burglary and trespassing.

 

 

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Stabbing

Release Date/Time: 11/2/2014 12:57 AM

Incident: Stabbing

Report #: 14-110033

Date: Saturday, 11/1/2014

Time: 9:46 PM

Location: 700 Block Elkington

Officers were at the Natividad Medical Center on an unrelated investigation when they heard screams for help in the parking lot. Family members brought in the 18-year-old victim with a stab wound to the chest. The investigation led offiers to a party on the 700 block of Elkington Ave with over 100 people in attendance. It appears someone attempted to conceal evidence on scene prior to police arrival. The partygoers were not cooperative and no witnesses were located. Anyone with information regarding this crime is encouraged to call.

Release Authorized by: James Godwin

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Assult with Deadly Weapon--Spousal abuse--Drug Influence

On 10-31-14 at approximately 10:00 p.m. Salinas Police Officers responded to 416 N. Madeira Ave regarding a domestic disturbance at the residence.  According to the reporting party, a male resident was reported to be assaulting his spouse with a knife and a screwdriver and it was believed that he was going to kill her.  According to the reporting parties after being attacked by the Hispanic male, they had to evacuate the premises in fear for their safety and to call for help. It was also reported that the male at the residence had a history of cocaine abuse and the male was currently under the influence.   

Officers arrived within minutes after receiving the initial emergency call.  When the first Officers arrived on scene they contacted Jaime Garcia (35), who immediately became combative with responding officers.  During a struggle with Garcia one officer used his Taser on Garcia who continued to resist and not comply.  During the struggle with Officers it became readily apparent that Garcia was going into medical distress.  Paramedics, who were staged nearby, were immediately summoned to the scene where Garcia was quickly transported to a local hospital with CPR in progress. Efforts by paramedics to revive Garcia were not successful and he was pronounced deceased at the hospital.   A scheduled autopsy should determine exact cause of death. 

The five responding Officers who were involved in trying to subdue Garcia were put on routine administrative leave during the initial stages of the investigation.  Two officer sustained minor injuries during the struggle.

 

Gang Members Poss. Firearms

Release Date/Time: 10/31/2014 12:02 AM

Incident: Gang Members Poss. Firearms

Report #: 14-101605 / 1607 / 1621

Date: Thursday, 10/30/2014

Time: 4:15 PM

Location: 410 E. Alvin

Officers with the Salinas Police Department's Violence Suppression Unit conducted a traffic stop for vehicle code violations at Los Coches & Klamath.  During the traffic stop, officers observed a loaded firearm in the glove box.  Gang members Carlos Velasquez (18) and Diego Damien (18) were both arrested and lodged in county jail for numerous firearm and gang charges.

Several hours later, members of the Violence Suppression Unit served a search warrant at 410 E. Alvin Dr.  Inside the residence 2 additional handguns were located.  One was reported stolen and the other had obliterated serial numbers.  A dormant honey oil lab was also found in the same bedroom as the firearms.  Gang member Abraham Renteria (18) was lodged in county jail for numerous firearm, gang and drug manufacturing charges.

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Gray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Robbery / Shooting

Release Date/Time: 10/30/2014 12:12 AM

Incident: Attempted Robbery / Shooting

Date: Wednesday, 10/29/2014

Time: 8:26 PM

Location: 1222 Del Monte Ave/ el Michiocan Market

The Clerk and an elderly male employee were working the cash register at La Michoacana Market, and had just finished watching the end of the World Series, when two males wearing masks ran in while brandishing firearms. . Fearful of the recent Hot Stop market robbery/homicide, the clerk retrieved a handgun and fired, which scared the would-be robbers away.  As he went outside to see if he could determine a get away vehicle or direction the robbers fled, one of them turned towards him and pointed a gun in his direction. Again, being fearful for his life, the clerk again fired upon the robbers who fled down Towt St .  It is unknown if either were struck as a result.  At the conclusion of the initial investigation, the clerk was released without charges.  Upon  completion of the full investigation, it will be decided whether to submit the case to the DA's office for review. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Pages

Question of the Day

What should I do if I see a strange person or car loitering in my neighborhood?
 
Having residents report strange, suspicious or out of place activity their neighborhoods is essential to locating identifying and stopping criminal activity. There may be a reasonable and legal explanation for the person's presence and actions. However, if the person's actions are enough to raise your suspicion there is probably a good reason to take further action.

There are several things that you can do to help us in these cases. The most important thing to remember is to not put yourself at danger by...

Our Latest News via Twitter