Press Releases

Robbery Suspect

Release Date/Time: 8/12/2014 2:06 PM
Incident: Robbery
Date: Saturday, 8/9/2014
Time: 3:00 PM
Location:  Walmart  1375 N. Davis Road

The Salinas Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in identifying a robbery suspect pictured below.  The suspect entered the Walmart store on N. Davis Road and concealed merchandise.  He exited the store making no effort to pay for the concealed items.  Once outside a loss prevention officer attempted to detain the suspect. The suspect assaulted the loss prevention officer and fled on foot to a waitng vehilce.  The suspect made good his escape in the vehilce.  The loss prevention officer was not injured during the assault. The suspect is described as a hispanic male adult in his 20's, 5'8", 170 lbs., black hair and brown eyes.  He was wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, red t-shirt and a black ballcap with a "P" on the front.  The vehicle was a red Suzuki  four door.  Anyone with information on the suspect's identity is asked to contact Detective Gabe Gonzalez at 831-758-7127 or at [email protected].  

Wal-Mart Suspect

Salinas Wal-Mart Suspect

Release Authorized by:  Crd. Dave Shaw
Telephone:  831-758-7271


Release Date/Time: 8/10/2014 2:49 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 14-080415

Date: Saturday, 8/9/2014

Time: 9:09 PM

Location: Fairview Ave / Sharon Dr

On Saturday August 9th at approximately 9:03 pm Officers responded to a report of a victim of a shooting near the intersection Fairview Ave and Sharon Dr. On arrival they found two victims, ages 26 and 22 both suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. One of the victims died at the scene, and the second was transported to a local hospital where he died as a result of his injuries. A single male suspect was described as wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt. The identity of both victims is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin. At this point it is unknown if this incident is gang related.

Salinas Police Detectives are looking for witnesses or anyone who may information regarding this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Detective David Poulin at 831-758-7270 or Detective Robert Zuniga at 831-758-7276.  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: James Arensdorf

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Robbery

Release Date/Time: 8/7/2014 9:21 PM

Incident: Attempted Robbery

Date: Thursday, 8/7/2014

Time: 12:49 AM

Location: 1305 N Main 7-11

Adrian Chacon (28) entered the 7-11 and brandished a large knife at the clerk, telling him it was a robbery and call the police. The clerk did as instruced and Chacon remained in the store at the counter holding the knife.  Once he saw that units arrived, he dropped the knife and awaited instructions. He came out and complied with officers, being taken into custody without incident. A 8" kitchen knife was found  just inside the doors. Chacon was lodged into County Jail for attempted robbery.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Online Hoax Regarding Missing Person Julissa Romero

Since early this morning, the Salinas Police Department has received numerous calls and emails from concerned members of the public wanting to report information about Julissa Romero, a girl reported missing by our agency in May of this year.  On 8/5/14, an unknown person posted GPS coordinates on anonymous chat site Omegle, claiming he had buried her there.  This is a complete hoax.  Julissa has been contacted and accounted for. 

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 8/4/2014 11:12 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery - Business

Report #: 14-080155

Date: Monday, 8/4/2014

Time: 10:15 PM

Location: 605 North Sanborn Road - 7 Eleven Store

The suspect, a Hispanic male adult, early 20's, tall/thin wearing a black and red jacket, black pants, gloves and a black bandana covering his face entered the store with a handgun.  He ordered the clerk, at gunpoint, to open the register.  He obtained an unknown amount of money from the register. The suspect fled on foot westbound from the store to North Madiera.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 8/4/2014 1:32 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder

Report #: 14-080133

Date: Monday, 8/4/2014

Time: 12:05 PM

Location: 300 Block of Noice Dr.

A 27 year-old male was outside in the 300-block of Noice Dr. when a vehicle slowly approached.  The passenger fired several rounds at the victim, with at least one striking him in the upper torso.  He was flown to a Bay Area trauma center and it is believed his wounds were not life-threatening.  The suspect vehicle was last seeing fleeing southbound on Noice Dr.  It was described as a white older model, possible Toyota Camry with dark tinted windows.  It had a dent on the right front fender near the door and other miscellaneous scratches throughout the right side.  There is no additional information avaialble at this time, however, this incident is being investigated as gang-related. 


Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 8/3/2014 11:42 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery - Business

Report #: 14-080104

Date: Sunday, 8/3/2014

Time: 8:38 PM

Location: Little Caesars Pizza - 45 South Sanborn Road #A

2 Hispanic male suspects in their 20's entered the business armed with silver colored handguns.  One suspect was 5-6 medium build and the second was 6-0 thin build. Both were wearing painters masks, gray hooded jackets and blue jeans.  They obtained an unknown amount of money from the business.  They were last seen running toward the rear of the business on McGowan Drive. 

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 8/2/2014 8:41 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 14-080060

Date: Saturday, 8/2/2014

Time: 5:19 PM

Location: 1500 block of Cherokee Drive

Salinas Police Officers were dispatched to the above location regarding a victim of a shooting. They located a 21 year old male victim suffering from two gunshot wounds; one to his leg and one to his arm.  It appears the victim was inside of his garage when the suspect walked up the driveway and began shooting into the garage.  The suspect was described as an 18/19 year old Hispanic male, 5-6/170, bald, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and white shorts.  This was gang related and was not a random shooting.  The suspect was last seen running northbound Cherokee Drive from the scene.  If you have any information regarding this shooting contact Detective Gerry Magana at 831-758-7129.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide Suspect Angela Zuniga arrested for Homicide---Homicide occurred May 17, 2013



SALINAS, CA – U.S. Marshal Donald O'Keefe is proud to announce the arrest of Angela ZUNIGA, who was sought by the Salinas Police Department for her role in the stabbing death of, 14 year old, Ricardo Ruiz.  ZUNIGA was a featured fugitive on the Northern California's Most Wanted website.   

In May of 2013, ZUNIGA confronted Ruiz as he walked with friends at the intersection of East Alisal and North Madeira Ave. in Salinas.  It's alleged that ZUNIGA asked Ruiz what gang he was affiliated with.  When Ruiz confirmed he was in a gang, ZUNIGA immediately began stabbing Ruiz in the neck.  A Good Samaritan attempted to save Ruiz by transporting him to Natividad Medical Center, but later died after family decided to take him off life-support.    

Information was obtained that ZUNIGA had fled to Mexico immediately after the stabbing.  ZUNIGA believed that by fleeing to Mexico she would be untouchable.  The Salinas Police Department requested the assistance of the United States Marshals Service to assist in the investigation.    

On July 30, 2013, Mexican Authorities were able to locate and apprehend ZUNIGA in Tijuana, Mexico.  ZUNIGA, who is a United States citizen, was deported from Mexico and turned over to U.S. Marshals custody at the San Ysidro Port of Entry and booked into Las Colinas Detention Center, where she awaits extradition back to Monterey County.  

  Due to the relentless investigation of the Salinas Police Department, U.S. Marshals Service, Mexican Investigative Liaison (MIL) Units in San Jose and San Diego, ZUNIGA will be finally brought to Justice. 

                'This is example of how close cooperation between local, state, federal and foreign Law Enforcement are apprehending fugitive gang members who think they can operate with impunity in the Salinas community,” said US Marshal Donald O'Keefe. 

The U.S. Marshals Service is the primary federal agency charged with conducting fugitive investigations throughout the United States and abroad. The U.S. Marshals Service regularly works in concert with other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to seek out and arrest violent fugitives and sex offenders, and has established task forces throughout the nation to facilitate the apprehension of fugitives.


Release Date/Time: 7/31/2014 2:18 PM

Incident: 664/187pc

Report #: 14071431

Date: Wednesday, 7/30/2014

Time: 6:20 PM

Location: 1140 Pacific Ave Apt A

Officers were dispatched to a victim of a stabbing.  When they arrived, they found Jose Sanguino(27) lying in the driveway with a life threatening injury.  Sanguino had been stabbed with a lettuce knife and had been partially disemboweled.  The investigation has revealed that Sanguino had been drinking outside with several friends to include Bernardo Villareal Gonzalez(49).  Gonzalez and Sanguino got into a verbal argument that carried over into the house.   Once inside, the argument escalated into a physical fight which culminated in Gonzalez producing a lettuce knife and slashing Sanguino.  Gonzalez fled the scene with the lettuce knife.  Gonzalez' whereabouts are unknown and he is wanted for questioning.    Gonzalez is a 49 year old Hispanic male who stands five feet six inches tall.  He is currently clean shaven with short black hair.  Gonzalez was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, grey short sleeved shirt, green shorts with white flower pattern, and brown tennis shoes.  

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Gonzalez, they are encouraged to contact 911 or the Salinas Police Department at 758-7133 or 775-4222.  They can also contact Detective Roman at 758-7913.  

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128