Press Releases

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 7/24/2014 11:58 PM

Incident:Att. Murder

Report #: 14071177

Date: Thursday, 7/24/2014

Time: 9:09 PM

Location: 1300 block Las Cruces Ct

The victim was standing in his driveway when he observed a male in dark clothing standing across the street. The male pulled a gun from his waistband and began firing at the victim from across the street before running N/B to a dark colored SUV. Rounds struck the victims house and vehicle, however no one was injured. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 7/24/2014 11:58 PM

Incident:Att. Murder

Report #: 14071177

Date: Thursday, 7/24/2014

Time: 9:09 PM

Location: 1300 block Las Cruces Ct

The victim was standing in his driveway when he observed a male in dark clothing standing across the street. The male pulled a gun from his waistband and began firing at the victim from across the street before running N/B to a dark colored SUV. Rounds struck the victims house and vehicle, however no one was injured. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Release Date/Time: 7/23/2014 2:03 PM

Incident: Shooting

Report #:

Date: Monday, 7/21/2014

Time: 11:40 AM

Location: 1800 Blk. Cherokee Dr

On July 21st at 11:40 am Salinas Police responded to the 1800 block of Cherokee Dr.  regarding a victim of a shooting.  When officers arrived on scene they contacted a male victim (34) who was suffering from a single gunshot wound to his lower body.  Investigations revealed that during an argument and altercation between the victim and the suspect, a handgun was brandished and the victim was shot.  The victim in this case has been uncooperative and was treated and released from the hospital.   On July 22nd the shooter from the previous day's incident voluntarily came to the Salinas Police Department to provide a statement.  At this time the investigation is ongoing and we are in consultation with the District Attorney's Office to determine the appropriate charges.

Release Authorized by: Commander Vincent Maiorana

Telephone: (831) 758-7350

Salinas Police Department Annual Award Ceremony

Release Date/Time: 7/23/2014 1:47 PM

Incident:Salinas Police Department Annual Award Ceremony

Date: Wednesday, 7/23/2014

Time: 1:47 PM

Location: City Hall Rotunda  200 Lincoln Ave.

On July 23, 2014 at 3:00pm the Salinas Police Department will hold its annual award ceremony in the Salinas City Hall Rotunda at 200 Lincoln Avenue.  Several officers will be honored for their efforts during 2013.

Release Authorized by: Crd. Dave Shaw

Telephone: 831-758-7271

Search Warrant

Release Date/Time: 7/21/2014 6:29 PM

Incident: Search Warrant

Report #: 14-070880

Date: Friday, 7/18/2014

Time: 9:49 AM

Location: 200 Block of Central Avenue

On July 8th, Salinas Police Officers arrested Branden Morrison (32) for possession of illegal narcotics and possession of a loaded firearm. Salinas Police Department case investigation led to obtaining a signed search warrant for Morrison's apartment and Monterey County STING Task Force helped in serving the warrant on July 18th.  During the execution of the search warrant, a subject who resided with Morrison, Ricky Dinola (31), was seen leaving the apartment and was stopped and detained by STING agents. Dinola was found to be on Parole/Probation Release Community Supervision (PRCS) and had an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest. When STING agents entered the apartment to serve the search warrant, they found Morrison in his bedroom, a Michael Walraven (31) in the spare room, and Sierra Papageorgas (21) in the bathroom. It appeared that Pappageorgas was flushing or destroying evidence while in the bathroom. Papageorgas was searched by a female officer and she was found in possession of a small amount of heroin.

During the search of Morrison's bedroom, officers found methamphetamine packaged for sale, a digital scale, narcotics related indicia, .22 caliber ammunition, and a large amount of US currency. The quantity of methamphetamine and the packaging was consistent of illegal narcotics sales. Walraven who has been contacted and arrested several times over the past several months for narcotics sales and illegal weapons possession, was out on bail. A search of his back pack revealed a large quantity of heroin packaged for sales and a small amount of methamphetamine. Officers searched the room belonging to Dinola and found a loaded 9mm semi-auto handgun, a high capacity round magazine (not loaded), and some .38 special ammunition. A records check on the handgun showed that it was not properly registered. He was also in possession of small amount of concentrated THC (butane honey oil).

All the above subjects were transported, booked, and lodged at the Monterey County Jail for multiple narcotic related and weapon charges.

Release Authorized by: Eulalio Villegas Jr.

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Threatening a Peace Officer, Resisting Arrest, Vandalism

Release Date/Time: 7/21/2014 8:58 AM

Incident: Threatening a Peace Officer, Resisting Arrest, Felony Vandalism

Report #: 14-070973

Date: Monday, 7/21/2014

Time: 9:25 PM

Location: 1800 Blk of Cherokee Dr.

Officers were dispatched to a North Salinas apartment complex regarding Nicolas Vela, 21, who was calling 911 saying he was "crazy", he had a gun and that he is going to kill someone. Upon arrival, officers found him standing in the upstairs window, above the front door, yelling and threatening officers that he was going to shoot them. Throughout the incident, Vela appeared in the window with a several objects, which he repeatedly pointed at officers. Some of those objects included a shard of broken glass, a beer can and a glass bottle. Vela pointed these objects at the officers simulating them as firearms. Vela threw the glass bottle at officers but no injury or damage was sustained. An officer from the Hostage Negotiations Team spoke with Vela for an extended period of time. Vela broke out several windows and tossed various items to the ground below. An inner and outer perimeter was established and traffic was controlled in the area. A group of about 50 spectators lined the parking lot at the Olive Garden Restaurant. Some of the individuals yelled anti-police comments and profanities towards the officers that were dealing with Vela. Some were yelling directly at Vela in an effort to further incite him but the officers were eventually successful in discouraging their behavior. Emergency Medical Services staged with physician authorization to sedate Vela upon arrest, if necessary. After over 2-hours of negotiating, an officer deployed a 40-millimeter direct impact launcher. The projectile struck Vela in his abdomen as he exposed his upper torso in the window. An entry team entered and immediately engaged Vela, who was partially incapacitated by the impact of the 40mm projectile. A diversionary device or "flashbang" was deployed. Vela physically resisted but was quickly overcome by the entry team. Vela was transported to Natividad Medical Center for a jail check. His injuries were superficial and once he was medically cleared, Vela was booked into Monterey County Jail for the above charges. The stand-off lasted for 2 hours, 20 minutes (9:50pm to 12:10am). None of the bystanders were arrested.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Strong Armed Robbery Arrest, Vehicle Pursuit, Gang Enhancement, 182, etc...

Release Date/Time: 7/21/2014 1:52 AM

Incident: Strong Armed Robbery Arrest, Vehicle Pursuit, Gang Enhancement, Criminal Conspiracy, etc...

Report #: 14-070957

Date: Sunday, 7/20/2014

Time: 4:21 PM

Location: 400 block of Towt Street

The 51 year old male was walking home when for no reason two suspects, Manuel Chan, 19 and a 17 year old Hispanic male juvenile struck him on the back of his head causing him to fall to the ground. Both suspects repeatedly beat the victim as they robbed him of his identification, bank cards, ATM's etc from his pockets. The victim sustained abrasions as a result of the robbery but did not require medical treatment. After the robbery the two suspects, ran to their vehicle, a silver pickup with red lettering on the back and fled at a high rate of speed.  Officer Jacky Bohn happened to be driving in the area and observed the vehicle driving away from the scene.  She was also flagged down by victim who reported the robbery to her.  Officer Steve Hoyte was a block away and also observed the vehicle leaving the area.  Officer Hoyte attempted to stop the vehicle but Chan led the officers on a high speed pursuit.  The vehicle was stopped on the 1400 block of Tecopa and both suspects were arrested without incident.  All of the victims property was recovered.  Both suspects are gang members from Greenfield.  Both were booked; the 17 year old juvenile at Juvenile Hall and Chan at the Monterey County Jail.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Police Arrest Man Found Sleeping in Parking Lot With Weapon

Release Date/Time: 7/20/2014 12:42 PM

Incident: Police Arrest Man Found Sleeping in Parking Lot With Weapon

Report #: 14-070948

Date: Sunday, 7/20/2014

Time: 9:55 AM

Location: 341 Williams Rd. - OHS Laundromat

A Salinas Police Officer was flagged down by a concerned citizen who wanted to report a man with a gun. She told the officer, she noticed a green Oldsmobile parked in front of the laundromat at 341 Williams Rd. There was a male seated behind the wheel who appeared to be asleep. Her husband was about to wake him up when he noticed a handgun tucked inside the man's waistband. As Jose Duran (27) continued to sleep, several officers responded to stop nearby traffic and clear the crowded parking lot of bystanders. Duran awoke as officers were preparing to make contact with him. He complied with commands to surrender and to not reach for the weapon.  As a result, he was safely taken into custody without incident. Duran was found to be in possession of a BB gun that was virtually identical in appearance to a real handgun. He told officers he had recently found the gun, but offered no explanation to why it was in his waistband. Duran was booked in jail for three traffic warrants and the city code ordinance prohibiting possession of a dangerous weapon.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Vehicle Pursuit, SWAT Call-out

Release Date/Time: 7/20/2014 1:25 AM

Incident: Vehicle Pursuit, SWAT Call-out

Report #: 14-070930

Date: Sunday, 7/19/2014

Time: 3:13 PM

Location: 1500 Block of Antelope Drive

Officers were in the area of Freedom Parkway and Cougar when they observed a Silver 2009 Toyota Tundra. They attempted to conduct a traffic stop of the vehicle for minor vehicle code violations.  The driver, later identified as Luis Edgar Garcia (29), a gang member, did not yield and a vehicle pursuit was initiated. Garcia's vehicle stalled on Freedom Parkway and he would not obey the officers' commands to exit the vehicle. Garcia was eventually able to get his vehicle to start and the pursuit was re-initiated. The pursuit ended on Bobcat and Antelope Drive when Garcia exited his vehicle and immediately ran. A perimeter was established and Garcia was seen going into a relative's house on the 1500 block of Antelope Drive. Officers also believed Garcia was possibly armed with a handgun. The Salinas Police Department SWAT team was called to assist. For approximately 7 hours, Officers used a P.A. system to hail into the house to get  Garcia to come out and surrender.  After recieving no response from inside the house, SWAT entered and located Garcia hiding in the attic. He was taken into custody.

Garcia was booked into the Monterey County Jail for multiple charges.

Release Authorized by: Eulalio Villegas Jr.

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Release Date/Time: 7/19/2014 10:58 PM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 14-070927

Date: Saturday, 7/19/2014

Time: 6:53 PM

Location: 1036 N. Sanborn Rd.

Officers responded to a report of shots fired and a man down. The first officer on scene saw who he knew to be gang members attempt to drag the body of Heron Moran(34) into Moran's apartment. When the gang members saw the officer they dropped Moran's body and ran away. The officer made a medical assessment and it was apparent Moran's condition was grave.  He was transported to Natividad Medical Center where he died of his wounds. Over forty people tried to converge on the officers at the crime scene and had to be forced back before medical aid could be attempted.

Several people at  the scene, gave varying accounts of what occurred and suspect descriptions.  It is believed there may have been an arguement between several people before shots were fired and Moran was killed.  Numerous people were on scene to include friends of Moran but none have come forward with information.

We are asking for anyone with information to contact the Salinas Police Department's crime tip lines at 758-7133 or 775-4222.

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128