Press Releases


Release Date/Time: 11/3/2015 12:37 AM

Incident: Shooting

Report #: 15-110109

Date: Monday, 11/2/2015

Time: 5:56 PM

Location: 1300 block of Garner Avenue

The victim, a Hispanic male, 30, was followed home by a red or burgundy colored SUV occupied by two Hispanic male adults.  One of the suspects asked the victim about his gang affiliation.  The victim denied gang affiliation and ran away.  One of the suspects fired several shots toward the victim.  One round struck the victim in the leg.  He was transported to Natividad Medical Center for treatment. 

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide (Shooting)

Release Date/Time: 11/2/2015 2:20 PM

Incident: Homicide (Shooting)

Report #: 15-110044

Date: Sunday, 11/1/2015

Time: 8:56 PM

Location: Orchard Ave / Sieber St

Officers responded to a report of a victim of a shooting at the intersection of Orchard Ave. and Sieber St. Officers arrived within minutes of receiving the call to find Juan Angel Perez (16) laying in the roadway next to his bicycle.  Perez had been shot several times and died at the scene.  3 suspects were described as wearing dark clothing running on foot from the area. Perez has no contacts with the police and he was a student at Everett Alvarez High School.  Investigators are currently working on this case and based upon the amount of onlookers at the scene at the time of the shooting it is highly probable there are witnesses who still need to come forward.  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department at 831-758-7226. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can 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: Commander Vincent Maiorana

Telephone: (831) 758-7350

Wanted Person Arrest

Release Date/Time: 10/30/2015 8:03 PM

Incident: Wanted Person Arrest

Report #: 15-101450

Date: Friday, 10/30/2015

Time: 4:47 PM

Location: Under 100 Block of West Street

Salinas Police Detectives observed Steven Acosta, 29, at an address in the under 100 block of West Street.  Acosta was wanted for Torture, Kidnapping, Vehicle Theft and Battery related to an incident that occurred on 10/28/15 in the 400 block of West Market Street.  Additional officers arrived on scene where a perimeter was established around the residence that Acosta was last seen.  Officers and negotiators attempted to convince him to give up but he refused.  SWAT arrived and chemical agents were introduced into the residence.  Acosta immediately came out into the backyard.  There he fought with officers and was taken into custody.  Acosta was later booked into the Monterey County Jail on the charges listed above.

Release Authorized by: Commander Dave Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Arrest of Carjacking Suspect

Release Date/Time: 10/29/2015 7:17 PM

Incident: Arrest of Carjacking Suspect

Report #: 15-101210 / 15-101211

Date: Thursday, 10/29/2015

Time: 8:48 AM

Location: Central Park and 300 block of Central Avenue

Officer Oscar Dydasco was in the area of Central Park, 420 Central Avenue, when he observed two subjects walking westbound through the park toward Villa Street.  He recognized one as Jacob Salinas, 18.  Salinas was wanted for an armed carjacking that occurred on 10/24/15 in the area of Sanborn and McGowan.  Salinas is known to possess a handgun.  Both Salinas and the other subject fled on foot toward Homestead Avenue and Archer Street.  A perimeter was set up and an extensive yard to yard search was conducted. During the search, a citizen reported seeing Salinas running southbound on Archer Street toward Central Avenue. Officers arrested Salinas without incident in the 300 block of Central Avenue.  The second subject is still outstanding.  He was booked at Monterey County Jail for carjacking and an outstanding juvenile warrant.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Avoid the 20 Halloween operations

Release Date/Time: 10/29/2015 12:03 PM

Incident: Avoid the 20 Halloween operations

Report #: N/A

Date: Thursday, 10/29/2015

Time: 11:09 AM

Location: Monterey and San Benito Counties

On Halloween, and Every Day, Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving

The Avoid the 20 Reminds Halloween Partiers Against Drinking and Driving

Salinas, CA— This Halloween, Monterey and San Benito Counties' Avoid the 20 DUI Task Force is reminding Halloween partiers that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. If your Halloween party involves alcohol, then you have to make a plan to get home without getting behind the wheel. 'If you want to stay safe this Halloween then make a plan to get home without driving if you've been drinking,” said Sergeant Gerry Ross 'Even one drink impairs judgment, so plan to get home by taxi, ride share, mass transit, or designate a sober drive. Buzzed driving is drunk driving, so think ahead to stay safe.”

The Avoid the 20 DUI Task Force is deploying DUI Saturation Patrols with extra DUI officers in the several cities within both counties Halloween night to supplement routine patrol officers on one of the deadliest nights of the year. Officers will be looking for the tale-tell sign of alcohol and or drug impairment during each enforcement contact, all weekend long as many will be attending parties were alcohol is served. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 43 percent of all people killed in motor vehicle crashes on Halloween night (6 p.m. October 31st – 5:59 a.m. November 1st) from 2009 to 2013 were in crashes involving a drunk driver. On Halloween Night alone 119 people lost their lives over that same period nationwide. Children out trick-or-treating and the parents accompanying them are also at risk, as 19 percent of fatal pedestrian crashes on Halloween night (2009-2013) involved drunk drivers.

It is illegal everywhere in America to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. In 2013, 10,076 people were killed in drunk driving crashes with 867 of those in California alone along with 23,000 others seriously injured across the state. Even if you drive drunk and aren't killed or seriously injured you could end up paying as much $10,000 for a DUI. Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. Everyone should be mindful that if you're taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects. Law Enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of drunk driving reminding everyone that all it takes is a little planning ahead.

Designate a sober driver or call a cab. But whatever you do, don't drink and drive. The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched last year, the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to 'Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a 'List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their life saving role. They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb – all from one screen. Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving, so follow these simple tips to stay safe:

• Plan a safe way to get home before you attend the party. Alcohol impairs judgment, as well as reaction time. If you're drunk you're more like to choose to drive drunk.

• Designate a sober driver; take public transportation, a car service, or a call a sober friend of family member to get home.

• Walking while impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Designate a sober friend to walk you home.

• Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911.

• If you see someone you think is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them get home safely.

The Avoid the 20 campaign is partnering with officers from around the region as part of the national and statewide effort. Funding for these special operations are provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Warrant Suspect

Release Date/Time: 10/27/2015 2:32 PM

Incident:  Warrant Suspect

Date: Tuesday, 10/27/2015

Time: 2:32 PM

Location:222 Lincoln Avenue

The Salinas Police Department is asking for the community's assistance in locating warrant suspect Damien Huerta.  Huerta is a Hispanic male adult, 29 years old, 5'11", 200 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes.  Huerta has a mole on the left side of his nose.  He may still have pierced ears. Huerta has an outstanding no-bail warrant for fraud issued for his arrest.  Anyone with information concerning his whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Byron Gansen at 831-758-7137 or email at [email protected] or the tip-line at 831-775-4222.

Release Authorized by:  Cdr. Dave Shaw

Telephone:  831-758-7271

Burglary and Fraud Suspect

Release Date/Time: 10/27/2015 2:23 PM

Incident:  Burglary and Fraud Suspect

Date: Tuesday, 10/27/2015

Time: 2:23 PM

Location: 7Eleven  619 S, Main Street

Shortly after the vicitm's purse was stolen from a locked locker inside the In Shape Gym, her credit cards were used in two local businesses.  Jasmin Williamson was captured on surveillance video using the credit cards.  Williamson is an African American female, 30 years old, 5'3", 180 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes.  She is wanted for burglary and fraud.  Anyone with information related to Williamson's whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Byron Gansen at 831-758-7137 or email at [email protected].  

Release Authorized by:  Cdr. Dave Shaw

Telephone:  831-758-7271

Homicide (Shooting)

Release Date/Time: 10/21/2015 10:00 AM

Incident: Homicide

Date: Monday, 10/19/2015

Time: 3:00 PM

Location: 1400 Block Garner Ave.

On October 19, 2015 at approximately 3:00 PM, Officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 1400 Block of Garner Ave. Ernesto Ruiz Martinez, 35, was found down on the street suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. It was determined that Martinez had been on a bicycle and was chased by two Hispanic males in a dark colored 2 door vehicle. At least one of the suspects shot at Martinez striking him several times. Martinez was initially transported to the hospital for his injuries.  Salinas Police Investigators who arrived to investigate noticed that it is highly probable that there were many people present in the area at the time of the shooting based upon the location of the shooting and time of day. 

On October 20, 2015 Salinas Police Investigators were notified by the treating hospital that Martinez died as a result of his injuries. 

Those who may have information that may aid in this investigation are urged to call the Salinas Police Department Investigations Division at 831-758-7226.  Information can also be left anonymously at 831-775-4222 or at the WeTip line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Release Authorized by: Commander Vincent Maiorana

Telephone: 831-758-7350

Update on Fatal Hit and Run

Release Date/Time: 10/20/2015 5:11 PM

Incident: Update on Fatal Hit and Run

Report #: 15-100543

Date: Tuesday, 10/20/2015

Time: 5:09 PM

Location: 855 East Laurel Drive

On October 11th a 58-year-old male was crossing the road in the 800 block of East Laurel Drive (the Laurel Extension). He was struck by a blue vehicle traveling westbound. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The man has been identified as Ramiro Ortiz Zamora of Salinas. The right side mirror was knocked off of the suspect vehicle during the collision. Investigators found that the mirror comes from a blue Nissan 350Z. It appears as the though the car was red a some point and was painted blue after purchase. Anyone with any information is encourage to call Sergeant Gerry Ross at (831) 758-7975.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250



Release Date/Time: 10/17/2015 12:40 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 15-100832

Date: Friday, 10/16/2015

Time: 8:45 PM

Location: 1200 block of 1st Avenue

On Friday, 10/16 at approximately 7:45 pm officers responded to the 1200 block of 1St Ave on a report of a gunshot victim. On arrival they found Jesus Mendoza Ramirez (33) suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers attempted CPR, however Ramirez died at the scene. It appears as though Ramirez was washing his vehicle in his driveway when he was confronted by two unknown subjects dressed all in black. The suspects were last seen running northbound on Towt St. This homicide is being investigated as gang related.

Salinas Police Detectives are looking for additional witnesses or anyone who may information regarding this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Detective Byron Gansen at 831-758-7137.  If you would like to remain anonymous, you can 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: Jim Arensdorf

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Question of the Day

Can I drink alcohol while walking down a City street in Salinas?

No, it is illegal to drink any beverage that contains alcohol while on public property. The Salinas Municipal Code Section (21-2)  states that, "No person shall drink any beer, wine or other intoxicating beverage on any public street, sidewalk, alley, highway, plaza parkway, parking lot, airport terminal, or bus or train depot in the City...

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