Press Releases

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 5/22/2014 2:27 AM

Incident: Armed Robbery - Business

Report #: 14-051087

Date: Wednesday, 5/21/2014

Time: 8:58 PM

Location: Panda Express - 1570 Constitution Blvd

A Hispanic male in his 30's wearing all black with his hood covering his face entered the business with a small black semi-automatic handgun. The suspect demanded money from the clerk.  An undetermined amount of money was obtained.  The suspect tried to go out the back door but it was locked. He left through the side and fled on foot either North or South on Constitution Blvd.  The investigation is continuing.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Inciting a Riot, Resisting Arrest, and Probation Violation

Release Date/Time: 5/22/2014 1:18 AM

Incident: Inciting a Riot, Resisting Arrest, and Probation Violation

Report #: 14051089

Date: Wednesday, 5/21/2014

Time: 11:00 PM

Location: Del Monte Avenue / Mae Avenue

Diego Garcia (26) was in a crowd of demonstrators near the shooting scene at Del Monte Avenue and Mae Avenue. He taunted Officers, antagonized a Police K9, and moved through the crowd gathering followers. He was seen looking back into the crowd several times and encouraging others to join him. Garcia eventually approached a group of officers and began challenging them while taking a fighting stance. A Seaside Police Officer who responded to the scene to assist, took him into custody with assistance from Salinas Officers. He was lodged at the Monterey County Jail for inciting a riot, resisting arrest, and probation violation.

Release Authorized by: James Godwin

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

UPDATE ***Press Conference***

Live streaming will not be allowed at the 3:00PM press conference on 5-22-2014 in regards to the Officer Involved Shooting of 5-20-2014.  Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Office of the Chief during business hours.  SPD apologizes for any inconvenience.

Officer Involved Shooting--Update--Press Conference notification

Press Conference Notification:

A press conference in regards to the recent officer involved shooting that took place on Tuesday May 20, 2014 will be held on Thursday May 22 at 3:00 pm in the Salinas Police Department Briefing Room.  The media is advised to check in at the front desk of the police department whereby you will be escorted to the briefing room.

This press conference is not open to the public and only for authorized personnel and credentialed press personnel.  Please have your press credentials visible when you arrive.

Officer Involved Shooting

On 05-20-14 at 12:14pm Officers responded to a 911 call from a resident living on Elkington Ave. regarding a man trying to break into a home and threatening to kill the victim.   Initial information provided by the victim was a man armed with scissors had entered the victim's home and was making threats. It was also reported that the suspect tried to kill the victim's dog and had exposed his genitals in a sexually explicit manner and made sexually explicit and suggestive comments.  Witnesses verified the victim's account of what had occurred.

When Officers arrived on scene, they identified the suspect who was walking on Elkington Ave.  As they tried to contact the suspect, they noted that he had a large pair of gardening shears protruding from his backpack.   Despite numerous orders to stop and get down on the ground, the suspect failed to comply and continued to ignore simple commands.  At one point one Officer tried to use his taser on the suspect but it was ineffective.  The suspect continued to walk away.  These actions were observed by and reported to investigators by independent witnesses.

As the suspect continued to ignore the orders of the officers, the suspect retrieved the gardening shears from his backpack.  In an aggressive fashion, the suspect swung the gardening shears at the officers who were standing in close proximity and in danger of being stabbed or slashed. In response to this threat, two officers fired their weapons at the suspect.  Emergency medical services arrived shortly after the shooting and pronounced the suspect dead at the scene. 

The involved Officers have been placed on paid administrative leave while the investigation continues. The suspect's name is being withheld pending notification of family.

The Salinas Police Department is well aware of the concerns raised by the community in regards to this and other officer-involved shootings.  We take the investigation of any act causing loss of life to be one of our most important responsibilities.  We ask the community to be patient and remain calm until enough facts are known so that a conclusion as to the appropriateness of the officers' actions can be determined. At this time evidence is being collected, video evidence is being evaluated, interviews are being conducted and a thorough investigation is underway.  Further information will be provided to the public as the investigation proceeds.

All media contacts should be directed to Commander Vincent Maiorana at 831-758-7350

Those who may have witnessed this incident, and who have not already spoken to police, are urged to contact Detective Currier or Detective Poulin of the Salinas Police Department Investigations Bureau at (831) 758-7125 or (831) 758-7270.  Those who wish to remain anonymous can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222 or the We-Tip-Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Attempted Homicide

Release Date/Time: 5/18/2014 3:12 AM

Incident: Attempted Homicide

Report #: 14-050885

Date: Saturday, 5/17/2014

Time: 11:29 PM

Location: P/L of 1138 Pacific Ave.

Officers responed to a victim of a shooting.  They found Yoni Zavala Medina (32)  in the carport.  He was unconscious and suffering from multiple gunshots. Medina was with several friends and relatives, eating and drinking beer while listening to music. The group was approached by two hispanic males who each produced a handgun and began shooting and striking only Medina. Medina was initially transported to Natividad Medical Center where he was stabilized and then flown to a bay area hospital where his condition is critical.  It is unknown if the motivation for the shooting is gang related. 

The Salinas Police Department is asking that anyone who may have information in reference to this shooting to please call Detective Roman at 758-7913. 

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Attempted Homicide

Release Date/Time: 5/17/2014 12:43 AM

Incident: Attempted Homicide

Report #: 14-050845

Date: Friday, 5/16/2014

Time: 11:20 PM

Location: 1100 block of Cortez

Officers responded to a report of shots fired into a house at the above address. A group of 10-12 males and females were in front of the house when a HM in his 20's walked up to the group with a simi-auto gun in his hand. The suspect pointed it at the crowd and fired, but the gun misfired. The suspect racked a live round out and aimed back at the crowd and shot 1 round, missing everyone. He attempted to fire again, but had another misfire. The group ran into the house, followed by the suspect, who was attempting to shoot them. The suspect chased the group into a back room until they were all stuck in a corner. The suspect pointed his gun into the middle of them and pulled the trigger – another misfire. He racked another live round out of the gun, leveled it and began pulling the trigger - nothing but misfires. The suspect then ran out of the house and into a white Honda type car, which fled toward Mae. Nobody in the group was injured. Several live rounds were recovered and one spent casing. A BOL was placed.

Release Authorized by: Michael Groves, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Press Conference Notification--Re: Officer Involved Shooting (5-09-14)

Press Conference Notification:

A press conference in regards to a recent officer involved shooting that took place on May 9, 2014 will be held on Thursday May 15th at 11:00 am in the City of Salinas Rotunda.

This press conference is not open to the public and only for authorized personnel and credentialed press personnel.  Please have your press credentials visible when you arrive.

Armed Robbery - Business with a Shot Fired

Release Date/Time: 5/14/2014 12:52 AM

Incident: Armed Robbery - Business with a Shot Fired

Report #: 14-050653

Date: Tuesday, 5/13/2014

Time: 10:55 PM

Location: Holaday Street and East Alisal Street

Two suspects; both Hispanic males in their 20's, 5-8, with black colored handguns approached the front of the El Volcan Taco Truck and demanded money from the workers and patrons. One of the workers gave one of the suspects an undetermined amount of money. The worker slapped the gun away and one shot was fired. The round struck the countertop inside of the taco truck. No one was injured. The suspects fled to an awaiting vehicle of which there are conflicting descriptions.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Police Recruitment Orientation

City of Salinas

Police Orientation

The Police Department will be conducting an informative orientation for individuals who are interested in becoming Salinas Police Officers.  The orientation will allow you an opportunity to learn about the recruitment and hiring process.


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

City Hall, Rotunda

200 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas, CA 93901

(831) 758-7254

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