Press Releases

Attempted Robbery

Release Date/Time: 1/4/2014 11:45 AM

Incident: Attempted Robbery

Report #: 14010119

Date: Friday, 1/3/2014

Time: 11:10 PM

Location: 634 Sherwood Dr. - Rodeo Market

An officer on patrol interrupted an armed robbery in progress at the Rodeo Market on Sherwood Dr.  The suspect possibly discharged his weapon into the ground as he fled on foot.  An extensive search for the suspect was made, however, he was not located.  He was described as a Hispanic male, 5'7" and 150 lbs.  He wore a black hooded sweatshirt, black ski mask, and dark pants.  The type of weapon used was undetermined.  Fortunately, the suspect did not take any property.

 

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 1/4/2014 11:20 AM

Incident: Armed Robbery - Business

Report #: 14-010115

Date: Friday, 1/3/2014

Time: 9:25 PM

Location: 101 Auto Center Cir. - AmPm Mini Mart

An unknown suspect entered the AmPm Mini Mart and pointed a handgun at the store employee. He ordered her to open the cash register and fled with an unknown amount of cash. The suspect was described as a White male adult, 5'10" with a thin build. He wore a black hoodie, light blue jeans, black gloves, and a ski mask.  There is no further information at this time.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide (shooting) Boronda Rd. & Mckinnon St.

On Saturday December 28, 2013 at approximately 11:56 am, Salinas Police Officers responded to a report of a victim of a shooting on Boronda Road near Mckinnon Street.  Arriving Officers found Eduardo Guijosa (24) on the ground shot in apparent drive by shooting.  Guijosa was transported via ambulance to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

Investigation revealed that while Guijosa was riding his bicycle on Boronda Road he was confronted by suspects Antonio Lopez (22), Alejandro Saldana (22) and Richard Vasquez (22) who had observed Guijosa riding his bicycle in the area.  In an effort to confront Guijosa, Lopez, Saldana and Vasquez parked their vehicle nearby and waited for Guijosa to ride by on his bicycle.  When Guijosa rode his bicycle close to where the three were waiting, Saldana and Vasquez shot Guijosa while Lopez remained in the nearby awaiting vehicle.

After the shooting, all three suspects fled the area in the suspect vehicle driven by Lopez.  Immediately after the shooting a description of the suspect vehicle was broadcasted over the police radio to all Salinas Police Officers on duty.   A short time later a Salinas Police Officer spotted the suspect vehicle on W. Curtis Street occupied by all three suspects.  An enforcement stop was condcuted on the suspect vehicle and all three suspects (Lopez, Saldana & Vasquez) were taken into custody without incident. Lopez, Saldana and Vasquez were later booked into Monterey County Jail for Murder and participating in criminal street gang activity.

This case is still actively being investigated by the Salinas Police Department.  Members of the public who may have witnessed the incident are urged to contact the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7226.  You can also contact the Salinas Police Department crime tip line at 775-4222 and the "WeTip" line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

For all media related inquiries contact Commander Vincent Maiorana at (831) 758-7350.

Update on Vehicle v. Ped on 12-14-13

Release Date/Time: 12/26/2013 8:39 AM

Incident: Update on Vehicle v. Ped on 12-14-13

Report #: 13-120732

Date: Thursday, 12/26/2013

Time: 08:00 AM

Location: Main and Navajo

On December 14th, at approximately 1903 hours, Daisy Ramirez Martinez (19) was walking E/B across N. Main at Navajo in the crosswalk. She made it across the S/B lanes but as she stepped into the N/B #1 lane, Marie Arcega (46) struck her with her 2000 Toyota Camry. On December 25th Daisy died of her injuries. This was the 12th fatality from a traffic collision this year in Salinas, which is the most ever during a calendar year. Of the 12 collisions, 7 involved pedestrians.

Release Authorized by: Gerard D Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7975

Burglary with a shot fired by homeowner

Release Date/Time: 12/23/2013 4:32 PM

Incident: Burglary with a shot fired by homeowner

Report #: 13-121185

Date: Sunday, 12/22/2013

Time: 9:54 PM

Location: Under 100 block of St. Alban Cir

Officers received a call of a burglary in progress with a shot fired. Upon arrival, officers contacted the victim, a 78 year old male. He said that he was sleeping in his bed when he heard the garage door to his house being kicked in. He immediately reached for a revolver that he keeps next to his bed. As he sat up in his bed, he saw a flashlight shine into his room through the doorway. Fearing for his life, he fired one round at the flashlight. He then heard someone running from his house. The round went into the ceiling of the hallway just ouside of his bedroom and does not appear to have struck the suspect. Another witness saw two males in the area running very fast towards St. Edwards St. An area check was made with negative results.

Release Authorized by: Mike Groves

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Robbery with shots fired

Release Date/Time: 12/23/2013 4:28 PM

Incident: Robbery with shots fired

Report #: 13-121191

Date: Monday, 12/23/2013

Time: 1:39 AM

Location: 339 Williams (Quick Stop)

The night clerk was working the register at the quick stop when the two suspects entered the store. #1 was described as an HM 5'8” chubby with black collar length hair and a tattoo on his cheek. He was wearing a blue plaid shirt, dark pants, and had something partially covering his face. #2was described as an HM 5'9” with a thin build wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt. The victim said that as the two entered the store #1 dropped his gun, picked it up, and then racked the slide causing a live round to eject. He then said to open the registers. #2 jumped over the counter and double checked the registers to make sure the victim was removing all of the money. #1 fired three rounds into the ceiling during the robbery and as the two left, he leveled the gun at the victim's head and hesitated long enough for him to move before firing the gun in the direction he was standing moments earlier.

Release Authorized by: James Godwin

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

STOPP

Release Date/Time: 12/20/2013 3:04 PM

Incident: STOPP

Report #: Various

Date: Friday, 12/20/2013

Time: 8:00 AM

Location: Salinas

This morning from 0800 hours to 1200 hours, officers from Salinas PD, CHP, and Marina PD participated in the STOPP program in Salinas. STOPP stands for the Strategic Traffic Operations and Prevention Program. Officers conducted 69 traffic stops, issued 51 hazardous citations,13 non-hazardous citations, and three unlicensed driver citations. Three of the vehicles were impounded for 30 days. Officers concentrated their efforts in the areas of Salinas that tend to show a high volume of traffic collisions and traffic violations. STOPP is made up of Monterey Peninsula law enforcement agencies, CHP, and the Salinas Police Department Traffic Unit. Each month a different agency is designated as the host agency. Participating agencies conduct saturated traffic enforcement in problem areas defined by the host agency.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Possesion of Replica Firearm

Release Date/Time: 12/19/2013 5:17 PM

Incident: Possesion of Replica Firearm

Report #: 13-121021

Date: Thursday, 12/19/2013

Time: 2:11 PM

Location: E. Market @ First Ave.

Officers were dispatched to the area of Fremont School in reference to two male juveniles with firearms. The officers located two thirteen year old male juveniles in the area.  The two juveniles matched the description supplied by the reporting party.  The two juveniles were detained and denied having any weapons. Ultimately both admitted they had replica firearms in the cooler area of the bicycle ice cream cart they were riding. The replicas firearms were confiscated and the suspects cited for city code violation of Possessing a Replica Firearm, then released to their parents.  The below image is a photo of the replica firearms confiscated in this case.

 

Release Authorized by:  Cmdr. Dave Shaw

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 12/18/2013 10:07 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder

Report #: 13-120938

Date: Wednesday, 12/18/2013

Time: 4:33 PM

Location: Calaveras/El Dorado

A 22 year-old, Hispanic male was sitting in a car with his cousin and another male in the area of Calaveras Drive and El Dorado, when a male walked up to them and stuck a handgun through an open car window. The suspect called the victim by a wrong name, accusing him of being a gang drop out. The suspect put the gun to the victim's chest and the victim batted it down with his hand. A shot was fired, which struck the victim in his upper thigh. The suspect ran away after firing the shot. The victim was ultimately driven to a local hospital and treated for what appeared to be a non-life threatening wound.

Release Authorized by: Michael Groves

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 12/18/2013 9:39 AM
Incident: Armed Robbery - Business
Report #: 13-120897
Date: Wednesday, 12/18/2013
Time: 8:06 AM
Location: 347 East Alisal Street - CVS Pharmacy

The suspect, a Hispanic male, mid 20's, 5-8/190 dark sweatshirt, a black mask, entered the store with what is believed to be an assault rifle. He approached the manager and ordered her to open the safe. An unknown amount of money was taken. The suspect was last seen leaving on Griffin Street toward Market in a purple colored passenger car.  Investigation continues.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill
Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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