Press Releases

Gang Related Shooting

Release Date/Time: 1/20/2014 12:25 AM
Incident: Gang Related Shooting
Report #: 14-010852
Date: Sunday, 1/19/2014
Time: 8:09 PM
Location: Glendora Way and Redondo Way

Officers were dispatched to the above area regarding two shooting victims. Upon arrival two victims were located but had not been hit. A green or gray colored Honda product had arrived in the area and an occupant verbally challenged the pair.  The suspect, a Hispanic male, early 20's, 5-9/5-10, with a thin build fired multiple rounds at the victims striking their vehicle.  Shortly after arriving on scene at the above location a victim of a shooting arrived at Natividad Medical Center.  It is unknown at this time whether the two shootings are related.  The intial shooting is being investigated as gang related.

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


Release Date/Time: 1/16/2014 12:08 AM

Incident: Robbery

Report #: 14-010707

Date: Wednesday, 1/15/2014

Time: 9:40 PM

Location: 726 S. Main St. - Salinas HS

A Salinas High School teacher and student were closing up the observatory on campus when they were approached by 3 Hispanic males. The suspects demanded the student's cell phone and watch and grabbed a laptop from the teacher's hands. The teacher initially fought back and the suspects hit and kicked him several times before running away north on Lincoln Ave. The teacher had several cuts to his face, but declined medical attention. The student was not injured.

Release Authorized by: Michael Groves

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Gang Crimes and Shot fired during foot pursuit

Release Date/Time: 1/12/2014 7:47 PM
Incident: Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Gang Crimes and Shot fired during foot pursuit
Report #: 14-010441
Date: Friday, 1/10/2014
Time: 9:33 PM
Location: 1400 block of Del Monte Avenue

California Highway Patrol Officers attempted to stop a vehicle after it drove into their lane of travel. The vehicle failed to yield to their emergency lights for several blocks then drove to the rear of an apartment complex. The driver, later identified as Rudolfo Villa, 27, fled northeast on foot through the complex. During the foot pursuit a single gunshot was fired. Salinas Police Officers arrived to assist along with additional CHP Officers. Villa was found hiding on a nearby school campus. A gun was found in a nearby recycling bin. It appears that Villa may have inadvertently discharged the firearm while trying to discard it as he fled from officers. No one was injured in this incident. A passenger in Villa's vehicle was detained but later released without charges. Villa was lodged into the Monterey County Jail for numerous gun and gang crimes.

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


Release Date/Time: 1/11/2014 3:38 PM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 14-010455

Date: Saturday, 1/11/2014

Time: 7:26 AM

Location: 2300 block of North Main St

On Saturday, January 11th at approximately 7:30 am Salinas Police responded to the 2300 block of North Main St on a report of a victim of a shooting.  On arrival they found Jose Manuel Gonzales Solano (37) suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Responding officers and medical personnel performed CPR at the scene, however Gonzalez died at the scene as a result of his injuries.  Witnesses told Officers they heard 4-6 shots, and saw a male wearing a grey sweatshirt and jeans running south through the complex.

This homicide is being investigated as gang related.  Anyone with information related to the crime or who may have been a witness is encouraged to contact Detective Johnson at (831) 758-7147 or Detective Zuniga at (831) 758-7929. If you would like to remain anonymous, you call also call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at (831)775-4222 or the We-Tip-Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Release Authorized by: James Arensdorf

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide arrest

Release Date/Time: 1/10/2014 10:41 AM

Incident: Homicide arrest

Report #: 13-120267

Date: Thursday, 1/9/2014

Time: 0915 AM

Location: Monterey County Courthouse

On January 9, 2014 Detectives of the Salinas Police Department arrested Hector Martinez (31) for the stabbing death of Bobby Dean Dick . The homicide occured in the early morning hours of December 5th, 2013 at the Laurel Inn. Martinez was arrested at the Monterey County Courthouse following his appearance on an unrelated matter.  He was arrested without incident.

Following an exhaustive investigation Martinez was identified as the suspect.  At this time the Salinas Police Department will not be releasing any further details related to the investigation as it is ongoing.  Martinez is currently lodged at the Monterey County Jail with a three million dollar bail.

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Arrest of Robbery Suspect

Release Date/Time: 1/9/2014 3:02 PM

Incident: Arrest of Robbery Suspect

Report #: 14-010358

Date: Thursday, 1/9/2014

Time: 8:33 AM

Location: Sanborn / Del Monte

A 13-year old middle school student was robbed of his cell phone while walking to school. No weapon was seen but the victim's life was threatened if he did not comply. While the officer was taking the report, three more victims reported the same type of robberies that had occurred earlier in the week. After taking the reports, the Salinas Police officer spotted a man that matched the description at the intersection of Del Monte and N. Sanborn Rd. Gerardo Chavez (20) was arrested on an outstanding warrant and was positively identified by victims as the robbery suspect. He was booked into Monterey County Jail on four counts of Robbery and a gang enhancement. Salinas Police believe there are more robbery victims that have not come forward and urge anyone experiencing a similar crime to contact the police department as soon as possible.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Wanted Subject Arrest

Release Date/Time: 1/8/2014 10:06 PM

Incident: Wanted Subject Arrest

Report #: 14-010330

Date: Wednesday, 1/8/2014

Time: 4:15 PM

Location: 545 E. Alisal St.

Members of the Salinas Police Department's Violence Suppression Unit contacted Pedro Velasco (23) and Aresdelsy Narez (19) in the parking lot of 545 E. Alisal.  Velasco was recognized as being a wanted subject by police officers.  Velasco had 3 outstanding warrants for his arrest including:  $1,200,000 - Domestic Violence, $90,000 - vehicle pursuit and a No-Bail parole hold.  Velasco was arrested and lodged in county jail.  Narez was issued a citation for possession of drug paraphernalia.  Both Narez and Velasco are known gang members.

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Gray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Identity Theft, Forgery, Mail Fraud - Multi-Juridictional

Release Date/Time: 1/6/2014 12:50 AM
Incident: Identity Theft, Forgery, Mail Fraud - Multi-Juridictional
Report #: 14-010170
Date: Sunday, 1/5/2014
Time: 11:25 AM
Location: 1200 block of East Market Street

A Salinas Police Officer observed an occupied suspicious vehicle and made contact with the a subject, later identified as Juan Solis, 30.  Solis was found to be in possession of a burglary tool and was arrested.  A search of Solis and his vehicle revealed hundreds of pieces of US Mail from several jurisdictions; the Monterey Peninsula, Prunedale, Lemoore and Hanford.  Multiple identification cards, personal and business checks, vehicle registration tags and credit cards were recovered.  Solis was found to have a computer and printer in his vehicle. Solis' bail was increased to $500,000.00.  Solis was lodged into the Monterey County Jail for a variety of charges. Investigation to continue.

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

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 1/6/2014 12:45 AM
Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting
Report #: 14-010180
Date: Sunday, 1/5/2014
Time: 7:55 PM
Location: 900 block of Acosta Plaza

A 36 year old male was sitting in his car when a suspect, no current description, shot him several times.  The victim was transported by a neighbor to Natividad Medical Center and later transported to a bay area hospital.  Unknown if this incident is gang related.  The case is still under investigation.

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

Attempted Murder - Stabbing

Release Date/Time: 1/5/2014 10:22 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Stabbing

Report #: 14-010146

Date: Saturday, 1/4/2014

Time: 7:13 PM

Location: 1165 North Main Street - Continental Motel

Officers were dispatched to the Continental Motel at 1165 N. Main St. for a report of a stabbing. They found a 46 year old male, suffering from a stab wound to his abdomen. He was flown to a Bay Area hospital for treatment.  Aldo Daniel Ramos, 18, was arrested at the scene.  Investigation revealed Ramos had been arguing with a family member in one of the rooms.  The victim, who was a neighbor, tried to intervene.  The two became involved in a fight, leading to the stabbing. Ramos was booked into the Monterey County Jail for attempted murder.  The victim is expected to survive his injuries.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250