Press Releases

Car Jacking/Robbery

Release Date/Time: 8/4/2015 4:48 PM

Incident: Car Jacking/Robbery

Date: Tuesday, 8/4/2015

Time: 9:23 AM

Location: 109 John and 31 Chestnut

A 31 year old male used an on-line prostitution site to arrange for a date, agreeing to meet at the Travelers Inn.  Upon arrival, he entered a room and was met by two females.  Immediately, a male armed with a shotgun entered the room and the three robbed the victim of his car keys, phone, and wallet.  The victim was able to escape the room and the male suspect took off in the victims car.  The Victim flagged down a passing motorist and they began to follow the victims stolen car to Chestnut, where they saw the suspect unload some of the victims property and walk towards a house.  Officers arrived on scene and set up a perimeter around the property, which consists of a front home along with 3 detached smaller residences.  Not knowing which home the armed suspect may have entered, officer began hailing for everyone to come out.  While some residents exited soon thereafter, others were delaying and/or  refusing to comply.  Eventually, officers determined they had everyone out of all 4 homes and made entry to clear them.. The original suspect was not located and it appears he had jumped the rear fence onto Maple Dr. before a perimeter was set. A witness stated he had discarded a sweatshirt on the property which was later recovered.  A 44 year old male who resided in one of the rear homes was arrested on an unrelated felony warrant.  The suspect in the original robbery was described as a Hispanic Male late 20's-30's, over 6'tall with a bald head. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Cdr

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Burglary Suspects ID Needed

Release Date/Time: 8/4/2015 8:40 AM

Incident:  Burglary Suspects ID Needed

Date: Tuesday, 8/4/2015

Time: 8:40 AM

Location:  Safeway/ Creekbridge Shopping Center

On July 29th three suspects entered the Safeway Store in the Creekbridge Shopping Center and went to the liquor aisle.  They filled a shopping cart and hand basket with liquor.  The three suspects walked directly to the exit and left the store without paying for the liquor and fled in a small black 4-door car.  The liquor was valued at $1,500.  Suspect 1 was a hispanic female adult in her twenties wearing a tan colored shirt.  She has long dark colored hair pulled back in a ponytail.  Suspect 2 is a hispanic female adult in her twenties in a red tank top and black sweatpants with writing on the left thigh.  She has dark hair pulled back in a ponytail. Suspect 3 is a hispanic male adult in his late twenties or early thirties wearing a light colored ball cap and white t-shirt.  He had a mustache and goatee.  Anyone recognizing the suspects is asked to contact Detective Byron Gansen at 831-758-7137 or by email at [email protected] or the tip-line at 831-775-4222 or We-Tip at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Release Authorized by:   Cdr. Dave Shaw

Telephone:  831-758-7271

Salinas Police Department 2015 Fall Community Academy

Salinas Police Department 2015 Fall Community Academy

The original announcement for the 2015 Fall Community Academy had the incorrect start date. The start date for this Community Academy is Thursday, September 3rd. The academy will run every Thursday night for 12 consecutive weeks. Please see the press release below for more information

 

The Salinas Police Department will present a Community Academy from September 3rd through November 19th, 2015.  The Community Academy will run from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM each Thursday night for 12 consecutive weeks, with the final class to be held on November 19th, 2015. 

Community Academy participants will have the opportunity to go on a ride-along with a patrol officer, observe what the Salinas Police SWAT team does, learn all about our Crime Scene Investigation Unit, participate in scenarios, watch a demonstration of the K9 program, learn about the hiring process of police officers and much more.

Each night features a new topic, with speakers, demonstrations, discussions and field trips. We will answer questions and give an in-depth, behind the scenes look at police operations. 

To attend the Community Academy obtain an application and submit it to the Salinas Police Department, Community Services Unit by Monday 17th 2015.  Applicants must be at least 18 years old, live or work in Salinas or involved in a community-based organization that provides services to Salinas residents. Applicants must not be on probation or parole or have any recent felonies on their record.

Class size is limited to 25 students; so prospective applicants should not wait to submit their application.  Applications may be obtained by sending an email request for a Community Academy application to [email protected] Applications can be returned by filling them out on your computer and returning them via email or by printing them out and returning the hard copy to Sergeant Heath Johnson/Community Services Unit, 222 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas, CA, 93901. Applications may also be picked up and turned in at the Salinas Police Department Front Desk. 

If you have questions feel free to email or call Sergeant Heath Johnson at 758-7247.

Homicide--Shooting UPDATE

See previous press release..

At approximately 9:47 PM Salinas Police Officers responded to 1100 Block of Pacific Ave regarding 2 gunshot victims. When Officers arrived they found Israel Guzman Ramirez (26) suffering from a gunshot wound.  Ramirez was transported to NMC where he later died. Officers on scene also located a second victim, a 22 year old male, suffering from a gunshot wound. The 22 year old victim was transported to the hospital where he is expected to survive and in stable condition. Both victims are field workers, and don't have any known gang ties. It was reported that a grey or silver 4 door sedan leaving the area at a high rate of speed may have been involved.  At this time there is little or no suspect information and anyone who may have information that may assist in this investigation is urged to contact the Salinas Police Department at 831-758-7226.

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 7/30/2015 1:47 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 15-071641

Date: Wednesday, 7/29/2015

Time: 9:47 PM

Location: 1100 block of Pacific Ave

On Wednesday, July 29th at approximately 9:45 pm officers from the Salinas Police Department responded to the 1100 block of Pacific Ave on a report of two victims of a shooting. When they arrived they found two adult males suffering from gunshot wounds. Both of the victims were transported a local hospital. One of the victims, age 26 died as a result of his injuries. His identity is being withheld at this time pending notification of the next of kin. The second victim is currently listed in stable condition. It is unknown at this time if this incident is gang related.

Salinas Police Detectives are looking for additional witnesses or anyone who may have information regarding this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Detective Jared Sivertson at 831-758-7132 or Detective David Poulin at 831-758-7270.  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

DUI Collision with Injuries, Hit and Run, Probation Violation, etc...

Release Date/Time: 7/28/2015 3:36 PM

Incident: DUI Collision with Injuries, Hit and Run, Probation Violation, etc...

Report #: 15-071564

Date: Tuesday, 7/28/2015

Time: 11:19 AM

Location: Market Way and Soledad Street

Salinas Police Officers were dispatched to the area of Market Way and Soledad Street regarding a hit and run collision involving a vehicle and several pedestrians.  Witnesses had provided officers with a description of the suspect (driver) and vehicle.  A responding police sergeant located the vehicle and its driver, Floribella Pahua, 34, on Market Way near Lake Alley.  Pahua had driven the wrong way on Market Way from Bridge Street and struck several encampments and shopping carts in the area.  At the intersection of Market Way and Soledad Street she collided with three pedestrians and fled the scene.  All three pedestrians received minor injuries.  Two refused medical treatment but one was transported to the hospital for treatment.  Pahua displayed signs of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and was arrested for driving under the influence and felony hit and run with injury.  Pahua was found to have 5 prior DUI convictions.  She lied about her name and was found to be driving on a suspended license.  She was also in violation of her felony probation terms.  Pahua was booked into the Monterey County Jail.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 7/25/2015 2:53 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Date: Saturday, 7/25/2015

Time: 11:56 AM

Location: Mountain Mikes 931 W Alisal

2 males entered Mountain Mikes, one armed with a handgun.  The masked men demanded money from from the register and took a wallet and cell phone from an employee.  They were last seen running from the business across Alisal St. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Cdr

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Salinas Police Department 2015 Fall Community Academy

2015 Fall Session of the Salinas Police Community Academy

 

The Salinas Police Department will present a Community Academy from September 9th through November 19th, 2015.  The Community Academy will run from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM each Thursday night for 12 consecutive weeks, with the final class to be held on November 19th, 2015. 

Community Academy participants will have the opportunity to go on a ride-along with a patrol officer, observe what the Salinas Police SWAT team does, learn all about our Crime Scene Investigation Unit, participate in scenarios, watch a demonstration of the K9 program, learn about the hiring process of police officers and much more.

Each night features a new topic, with speakers, demonstrations, discussions and field trips. We will answer questions and give an in-depth, behind the scenes look at police operations. 

To attend the Community Academy obtain an application and submit it to the Salinas Police Department, Community Services Unit by Monday 17th 2015.  Applicants must be at least 18 years old, live or work in Salinas or involved in a community-based organization that provides services to Salinas residents. Applicants must not be on probation or parole or have any recent felonies on their record.

Class size is limited to 25 students; so prospective applicants should not wait to submit their application.  Applications may be obtained by sending an email request for a Community Academy application to [email protected] Applications can be returned by filling them out on your computer and returning them via email or by printing them out and returning the hard copy to Sergeant Heath Johnson/Community Services Unit, 222 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas, CA, 93901. Applications may also be picked up and turned in at the Salinas Police Department Front Desk. 

If you have questions feel free to email ([email protected]) or call Sergeant Heath Johnson at 758-7247.

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 7/20/2015 4:54 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery - Business

Report #: 15-071131

Date: Monday, 7/20/2015

Time: 1:36 PM

Location: 1554 North Main Street #A - Don Roberto's Jewelry Store

Salinas Police Officers responded to an armed robbery at Don Roberto Jewelry Store, 1554 North Main Street #A. Two Hispanic male suspects entered the store: Suspect 1; 5-9/5-11 black hooded jacket with a California Bear logo on the back, black pants and black shoes with a blue bandana covering his face and Suspect 2; 5-3/5-6, gray hooded jacket, blue jeans, white tennis shoes, blue bandana covering his face carrying a chrome semi auto handgun.  Upon entering the store, Suspect 2 forced a customer, who was 8 months pregnant, to the back of the store. Suspect 2 opened several display cases and obtained various amounts of jewelry. Suspect 1 entered an area in the back of the store and did the same. The suspects fled in a white colored Chevrolet passenger vehicle.  Witnesses provided a vehicle description.  A Salinas Parole Agent, who was driving in the area, located the suspect vehicle abandoned in the neighborhood near Broadway and Manhattan.  It is unclear where the suspects went from there and there is no estimate of value on the stolen jewelry.  The 8 month pregnant victim was treated and released by medical personnel as a precaution.  The M.O. of this robbery is similar to the Don Roberto Jewelry Store, 1033 East Alisal, robbery that occurred on July 3rd. 

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

shooting

Release Date/Time: 7/19/2015 3:58 PM

Incident: shooting

Date: Sunday, 7/19/2015

Time: 3:45 PM

Location: Buckhorn area

A 19 year old male showed up at NMC with several non-lifethreatening gunshot wounds. He stated he was walking in the area of LaMancha and Buckhorn when he was shot at. No crime scene was located and no suspect information is available at this time.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Cdr

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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Does the law say what kind of noise can be made at different times and in different places?
 
The Salinas Municipal Code  contains noise ordinances that regulate certain kinds of noise.

Generally, noise is divided into four "classes".

• Class A Noise is defined as noise created by equipment operated in the public interest or for emergency or safety purposes. Such equipment includes sirens, street sweepers, garbage trucks, chipper machines, etc. Class A noise is allowed at anytime.

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