Press Releases

Attempted Murder - Stabbing and Child Endangerment

Release Date/Time: 1/21/2014 12:42 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Stabbing and Child Endangerment

Report #: 14-010886

Date: Monday, 1/20/2014

Time: 8:17 PM

Location: 400 Block of Circle Dr.

Officer responded to a victim of a stabbing after a domestic dispute in the 400 block area of Circle Dr.  The female victim sustained stab wounds to her breast and abdominal area. She was flown to a Bay Area trauma center and is expected to survive her injuries.  The suspect, Armando Ledesma, 33, fled before officers arrived.  The incident occurred in front of the victim's children.  Anyone with information on Ledesma's whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Michael Rivera at (831) 768-7971.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 1/21/2014 12:29 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery - Business

Report #: 14-010888

Date: Monday, 1/20/2014

Time: 9:51 PM

Location: 1160 S. Main St - Round Table Pizza

A suspect approached the locked entrance door at Round Table Pizza on S. Main St. and knocked for someone to open.  Expecting a late pizza pick up, an employee opened the door.  The suspect stepped aside and allowed an armed suspect to enter the business.  He robbed the employees of an undisclosed amount of cash. While the suspect with the gun robbed the business, the other fled the scene towards Padre Dr. After the robbery was completed, the suspect with the gun also fled to the area of Padre Dr.  They were described as follows:  Suspect 1 was a Hispanic male in his 20s, heavy set, wearing dark clothing.  Suspect 2 was a Hispanic male, 6'2", 180 lbs., with a black hoodie, black pants, a white hockey mask, and a handgun.  There is no further information at this time.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Home Invasion Robbery

Release Date/Time: 1/21/2014 12:12 PM

Incident: Home Invasion Robbery

Report #: 14-010904

Date: Tuesday, 1/21/2014

Time: 10:09 AM

Location: 1800 Block of London Way

The 20 year old victim, was at home and sitting on a couch in the garage with the door open.  He was approached and assaulted by two males who were wearing black hoodies. The suspects also rummaged through the garage, however, it is unknown if anything was taken.  They were described as either White or Hispanic males, 18-25 years old, and 5'7" to 6' tall.  The suspects wore black and white bandanas covering their faces.  The victim received injuries to his nose and eye area.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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