Press Releases

Assault with a Deadly Weapon - Stabbing

Release Date/Time: 5/7/2014 7:46 PM

Incident: Assault with a Deadly Weapon - Stabbing

Report #: 14-050286

Date: Tuesday, 5/6/2014

Time: 3:47 PM

Location: Connely and Sanborn

Officers were dispatched to a victim of a stabbing. They contacted a 14 year old male who had sustained a 1" stab wound to the left side of his rib cage. He was flown out to San Jose Medical Center.  A  14 year old male was arrested a short time later at this house.  The 14 year old had been carrying a knife for protection as he had been previously threatened.  He was walking with a friend  when three individuals ran up and surrounded him.  One of the three individuals tried to punch the one 14 year old but missed.  In response, in fear to his safety, the 14 year old removed a knife and stabbed one of the individuals.  The case is still being investigated but at this time no one has been booked on any criminal charges.  The medical center later classifed the wound as superficial and the individual will survive. 

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Vehicle v. Pedestrian Collision

Release Date/Time: 5/7/2014 4:32 PM

Incident: Vehicle v. Pedestrian Collision

Report #: 14-050330

Date: Wednesday, 5/7/2014

Time: 11:08 AM

Location: West Rossi Street and North Main Street

A 29 year old male driver of a passenger vehicle was traveling eastbound on West Rossi Street.  As he approached North Main Street the light turned green and he preceded to make a right hand turn to southbound on North Main Street. Once the light turned green a 51 year old female pedestrian walked into the path of the oncoming vehicle.  The pedestrian was struck by the vehicle traveling at approximately 15 mph.  She was was thrown up onto the hood causing her to fall to the street striking her head on the pavement. She lost consciousness and had abrasions and lacerations to the left side of her head. She was life-flighted to San Jose but is expected to make a full recovery.

Release Authorized by: Commander Dave Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Missing Person

The Salinas Police Department is looking for Timothy Kurth who was last seen the morning of Aril 23rd at the Colonial Manor located at 645 Williams Road.  Mr. Kurth is 49 years old white male, 5'10” tall, 150 lbs with grey hair and brown eyes.  He was last seen wearing a blue jean jacket, blue jean pants and brown cowboy boots. Mr. Kurth wears a bracelet bearing the name "Colonial Manor" and has a medical condition that requires medication.   Mr. Kurth walked away from his residence on Wednesday April 23rd and has not been seen since.  Anyone who may know the whereabouts of Mr. Kurth is asked to call your local authorities and/or the Salinas Police Department Investigations Bureau at (831) 758-7226. 

PDF picture will be send via email or can be requested at (831) 758-7360


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