Press Releases

664-187 PC - Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 12/8/2015 7:14 AM

Incident: 664-187 PC

Report #: 15-120446

Date: Monday, 12/7/2015

Time: 3:04 PM

Location: East Salinas

Two female cousins, ages 26 and 22,  were walking in the area of Dallas Avenue when they heard 3 gun shots. Both women started running and about one minute later the 26-year-old victim realized she had been shot in the right hip. A passerby stopped and took them to Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital. The bullet entered the front of right hip and lodged in her hip. The victim was treated and released. The shooting is still under investigation.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Animal Cruelty

Release Date/Time: 12/3/2015 8:49 PM

Incident: Animal Cruelty

Report #: 15-120215

Date: Thursday, 12/3/2015

Time: 4:21 PM

Location: 500 Block of Williams Rd

A Salinas resident came home to find one of his dogs in the front yard. The side gate to his home was open so he walked into the back and saw a large amount of blood in the back yard. The man discovered his pit bull had been severely beaten and the dog was down in the yard. The dog had two broken legs, lacerations to his jaw and a large amount of tissue torn from his mouth. The man rushed the dog to the vet but the injuries were so severe that the dog had to be euthanized. The motive for the attack is unknown but officers suspect the attacker entered the yard with the intention of burglarizing the home but was confronted by the dog. Salinas Police are asking for the public's help in identifying the person responsible for this heinous crime.

Release Authorized by: Commander Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Shooting - Attempted Murder and Felon in Possession of a Firearm

Release Date/Time: 11/24/2015 8:51 AM

Incident: Shooting - Attempted Murder

Report #: 15-111363

Date: Tuesday, 11/24/2015

Time: 1:54 AM

Location: 1149 North Main Street - Rodeo Inn

Salinas Police Officer Joseph Kinney was on routine patrol when he observed a vehicle speeding away from the Rodeo Inn southbound on North Main Street.  The Rodeo Inn is well known location for criminal activity.  A traffic stop was conducted on US 101 just north of the East Market Street off ramp.  While speaking with the driver, Calvin Harris, 28, who is from Vallejo, other officers were disptached to the Rodeo Inn regarding a victim of a shooting.  Officers arrived to find a 28 year old White Female Adult victim with a non life threatening gun shot wound to a lower leg.  She was transported to a local hosptial where she was treated and released.  A second victim, a 45 year old Hispanic Male Adult suffered a non life threatening grazing bullet wound to his hand.  He also was treated and released   Harris matched the description of the shooter and was postively identified.  A search of his vehicle revealed a semi automatic firearm matching the caliber of round used in the shooting.  Harris was found to be a previously convicted felon.  He was later booked into the Monterey County Jail for Attempted Homicide, Felon in Possession of a Firearm and Domestic Violence.  During the investigation officers searched a room belonging to Raymond Raygoza, 24, at the Rodeo Inn and recovered a rifle, large quantities of methamphetamine, marijuana and Xanax possessed for sale.  Raygoza was booked into the Monterey County Jail for several firearm and drug charges.

Release Authorized by: Commander Dave Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Release Date/Time: 11/23/2015 12:56 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 15-111268

Date: Sunday, 11/22/2015

Time: 9:13 PM

Location: F/O 703 Elton Place

Officers responded to the victim of a shooting. When officers arrived on scene they were contacted by an person who pointed out where the victim was. Officers found Juan Diego Morales Quiroz (21) in grave condition in the parking lot just off of the sidewalk. Quiroz had been shot multiple times. Paramedics arrived and shortly thereafter pronounced Quiroz deceased at the scene.  Officers canvassed the neighborhood and could not find anyone who could provide any suspect or suspect vehicle information. Numerous people heard the gunshots but could not provide any further information. It would appear that Quiroz was walking his dog as he normally does when the suspect(s) fired numerous rounds killing Quiroz. At this time, no motive has been determined. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department.

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Ongoing sexual abuse of a minor (s)

Release Date/Time: 11/20/2015 8:42 PM

Incident: Ongoing sexual abuse of a minor (s)

Report #: 15-090440

Date: Friday, 11/20/2015

Time: 8:28 PM


Salinas Police Detectives had been investigating the ongoing sexual abuse of a child. Victim 1 was 11 years old when he/she was first victimized. Victim 1 is now 24 years old. Through disclosure and follow up interviews, it was determined that there were two additional victims that are still minors. Victim 2 is 17 years old and Victim 3 is11 years old. The two additional victims made independent disclosures of their abuse at the hand of Guadalupe Marin (39).  Detectives are following up on the possibility of a fourth victim. 

Tonight, Marin was taken into custody.  Following his arrest, he did not wish to provide a statement and requested an attorney.  He was taken to the Monterey County Jail and charged with multiple counts of child molestatation.  A $2,000,000.00 bail escalation was granted by the Monterey County Superior Court.

Release Authorized by: Sergeant J. Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 11/19/2015 11:07 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 15-111129

Date: Thursday, 11/19/2015

Time: 9:23 PM

Location: 300 Block of Cross Ave.

A 19 year old male and a 20 year old male, were standing outside of a residence in the 300 Block of Cross Ave. when a Hispanic male approached on foot.  The subject pointed a gun at the victims and fired several rounds as they ran away towards the nearby park.  The 19 year old sustained non-life threatening wounds to his legs. The 20 year old victim was not struck.  It is unclear if the suspect came from a vehicle which had been seen in the area before the shooting.  This incident is considered gang-related.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Shooting / Pursuit

Release Date/Time: 11/17/2015 11:18 PM

Incident: Shooting / Pursuit

Report #: 15-111009

Date: Tuesday, 11/17/2015

Time: 8:23 PM

Location: 1200 blk. of Granada Ave

A Salinas Police sergeant was patrolling E. Laurel Dr. near Natividad Rd. He heard multiple gunshots and saw a tan Buick LeSabre speed out of the neighborhood. A vehicle pursuit ensued, which ended in the parking lot of the Monterey County Jail. The suspects fled on foot toward the soccer park on Constitution Blvd. MCSO, CHP and an MCSO K-9 unit responded to help search for the suspects. Meanwhile, officers were dispatched to the victim of a shooting in the 1200 block of Granada Ave.

A 23-year old Hispanic male was sitting on his motorcycle in the driveway of a residence talking to his girlfriend while their 4-year old son played next to them. The suspect vehicle parked on Trazado St and the gunman walked up to the victim. The suspect opened fire from just a few feet away and the victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds to his lower abdomen before the gunman ran to the waiting car.

An exhaustive, 2-hour search was conducted but the suspects were able to elude capture. A semi-auto handgun was located inside the suspect vehicle, which matches the caliber used in the shooting. The motive for the shooting is unknown at this point and the victim does not appear to have any gang ties. At the time of this press release, the victim was still in surgery and his condition is unknown.  

Release Authorized by: Commander S. Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Located At-Risk Missing Person

Release Date/Time: 11/17/2015 9:13 AM

Incident: Located At-Risk Missing Person

Date: Tuesday, 11/17/2015

Time: 8:36 AM

Location: S. Main

At- Risk Missing person Nicholas Johnson was located this morning and reunited with his family after he called a relative to report his whereabouts.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Cdr

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Located At-Risk Missing Person

Release Date/Time: 11/17/2015 8:40 AM

Incident: Located At-Risk Missing Person

Date: Tuesday, 11/17/2015

Time: 8:36 AM

Location: S Main St

At- Risk Missing person Nicholas Johnson was located this morning and reunited with his family after he called a relative to report his whereabouts.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Cdr

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

At-Risk Missing Person


****UPDATE**** 11/17/15 0830

Nicholas Johnson was located this morning and reunited with his family after he called a relative to report his whereabouts.


Stan Cooper, Cdr




The Salinas Police Department is asking for the public's help in locating an at-risk missing person. Nicholas Johnson, age 30, was last seen walking in the area of Market St and Greenfield Alley. Nicholas has severe mental disability and requires medication for life-threatening medical issues. Nicholas was wearing a blue shirt, blue jeans, brown shoes, a light blue baseball cap with Nike logo and a beaded necklace with a cross around his neck. Anyone with information as to Nicholas' whereabouts is urged to call 831-758-7321, the SPD Watch Commander's office at 831-758-7250 or 9-1-1 immediately.


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