Press Releases

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 12/18/2013 9:39 AM
Incident: Armed Robbery - Business
Report #: 13-120897
Date: Wednesday, 12/18/2013
Time: 8:06 AM
Location: 347 East Alisal Street - CVS Pharmacy

The suspect, a Hispanic male, mid 20's, 5-8/190 dark sweatshirt, a black mask, entered the store with what is believed to be an assault rifle. He approached the manager and ordered her to open the safe. An unknown amount of money was taken. The suspect was last seen leaving on Griffin Street toward Market in a purple colored passenger car.  Investigation continues.

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

City unveils new Armored Rescue Vehicle.

The Salinas Police Department will be presenting the City's new SWAT Armored Rescue Vehicle (ARV) at today's City Council meeting, at the Rotunda, 5:00 p.m., December 17, 2013. The ARV will be parked on display in front of the Rotunda prior to the Council meeting from 2:30 p. m. to 5:00 p.m.

For the last ten years the Police Department's SWAT team has used a 1986 Ford money carrier (armored car), as the Department's rescue vehicle.  For some time the converted armored car has been in very poor condition; the roof leaks water and the vehicle has been in constant need of mechanical repair.  Due to its low ballistic rating the armored car never truly provided adequate protection.

Salinas Police personnel began exploring funding options for a replacement armored vehicle. The industry standard across the nation for SWAT Team armored vehicles has been the LENCO Bearcat or similar vehicle, typically costing over $250,000, clearly more money than the Police Department could afford.  For several years the Department explored various funding options including applying for grants; however this proved unsuccessful.  Based on the need for a replacement armored vehicle, the Department's SWAT team began exploring the option of acquiring a vehicle through the United States Government's 1033 Program.  It is through the 1033 Program that the Department acquired a used ARV.

The 1033 Program was established by the United States Government as a means of reallocating government equipment for use by law enforcement agencies.  The Salinas Police Department participated in the 1033 program for many years and has acquired equipment through this program in the past.  A request for an armored vehicle was made through the 1033 Program and after approximately one year the Salinas Police Department was awarded the first armored vehicle of its type in California. These vehicles have been awarded to law enforcement agencies throughout the nation, with six to eight more pending for California law enforcement agencies.  In researching the application of this vehicle for civilian use, officers found that several federal law enforcement agencies deploy ARV's throughout the nation.

In October of this year, an ARV acquired through this same program was deployed during a very violent and dangerous manhunt and standoff in Roseville, California.  In that incident three police officers were wounded by an armed gunman.  The armored vehicle was used to safely evacuate a number of civilians from the area during the prolonged manhunt for the suspect.

The ARV cost the United States Government $658,000 to manufacture and equip.  The Salinas Police Department acquired the vehicle at no charge.   The vehicle was used by the Army for training, had never been deployed abroad, and only had 7,600 miles of service.  The Salinas Police Department incurred transportation costs (approximately $1,350) to drive the vehicle from the state of Washington to Salinas.  Since the vehicle is a replacement vehicle, the Police Department's fleet size has not increased and maintenance costs will stay the same.  Currently the ARV can and will be maintained by the City of Salinas Fleet maintenance division and uses over the counter civilian parts for replacement.

In order to prepare the ARV for law enforcement service in Salinas, paint, decals and other lighting equipment were acquired at a cost of approximately $10,800.  The Salinas Police Department sought funding to paint the vehicle from the Office of Emergency Services.  The Office of Emergency Services provided $8,000 to complete the project, further minimizing costs to the Salinas Police Department and the City of Salinas.  The total cost to date incurred by the City of Salinas has been approximately $4,150.

The ARV weighs about 37,500 lbs., provides ballistic protection from handgun and rifle fire, and provides a high level of explosive blast protection.  The ARV can provide transportation for up to 8-10 SWAT personnel.   It has several storage boxes and areas of space for storage of tactical equipment and is equipped with run flat tires which will stay inflated if punctured.  It also has an 18,000 pound winch attached to the front providing many alternatives for the vehicle's use.  The ARV is fully equipped with emergency driving equipment and provides a platform to protect officers and the community from high-risk and potentially deadly situations.  Just this summer the SPD SWAT Team served a high-risk search warrant where an incendiary device with a timer was located inside a residence.  The ARV could have been used in this situation to provide blast protection to officers from the device.

The ARV will provide superior ballistic protection in high-risk situations.  It will also provide the capability to rescue wounded or downed officers and civilians from positions we may not otherwise safely approach, and protect community members if they are forced to evacuate their homes.

While an imposing vehicle, it is important to note that the ARV will be used to protect officers and civilians within the community and save lives.

Any questions please contact the Department's SWAT Team Leader, Sergeant John Murray, 758-7164.

Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine for Sale, Gang Enhancement

Release Date/Time: 12/16/2013 11:20 AM

Incident: Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Methamphetamine for Sale, Gang Enhancement

Report #: 13-120776

Date: Monday, 12/16/2013

Time: 9:22 AM

Location: Bolivar Street / Perez Street

While doing an area check for suspects for the robbery at Denny's, Officers saw two men matching the description on Bolivar Street. One of the men, Trinidad Lara, 25, was found to be in possession of several bindles of methamphetamine as well as methamphetamine packaging material. The meth weighed in at 2.7 grams. The victim of the robbery could not ID the suspects although they were not ruled out. Lara was booked into Monterey County Jail for the drug violations.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery - Person

Release Date/Time: 12/10/2013 12:56 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery - Person

Report #: 13-120451

Date: Tuesday, 12/10/2013

Time: 11:12 AM

Location: 1395 Nogal Dr. - Natividad Creek Park

A 29 year old male was out for a walk in the trails north of Freedom Parkway at Natividad Creek Park. He was confronted by a male who came out of the bushes. The suspect, who wore a red bandana, pointed a handgun at the victim and robbed him of his cell phone. The suspect was last seen walking on the trail heading towards E. Boronda Rd. He was described as a Hispanic male, 20 years old, 5'8", 180 lbs. He wore a light green camouflage jacket and tan pants.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 12/8/2013 3:10 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Report #: 13-120359

Date: Sunday, 12/8/2013

Time: 3:41 AM

Location: 458 E. Market St (Shell Gas Station)

The suspect approached the window of the business and contacted the clerk who had locked the doors because of the recent 211's. The suspect begged the clerk to let him in because he needed coffee so she unlocked the door to let him in. Once inside, the suspect grabbed an 18 pack of Budweiser and told the clerk he also wanted all the money. The suspect, a Hispanic male, 5' 11", 230 lbs., approximately 20 yrs. old, pulled out a black handgun with a long barrel and pointed it at her. The clerk then handed over some money. The suspect ran out with the beer and cash and got into the front passenger seat of an awaiting white Ford Econoline van. The van was seen leaving North on Kern Street.

Release Authorized by: Mike Groves

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 12/8/2013 2:56 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder

Report #: 13-120357

Date: Sunday, 12/8/2013

Time: 1:35 AM

Location: St. Helen/ N. Madeira Ave.

Officers responded to 20 block of St. Michael Way regarding a male banging on the door saying he was shot and needed help. Officers arrived and contacted a 19 year-old Hispanic male who was suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his right arm. The victim was attending a party on the 200 block of N. Madeira Street when 4-5 uninvited gangsters showed up. The victim was in the garage of the residence when the suspects started fighting with him and his friends. After the fight, the suspects started walking back to their vehicle and the victim decided to follow them. Once they got to their vehicle, which was parked on St. Helen/N. Madiera, one suspect fired three rounds at the victim striking him once in the arm. He described the first suspect as a Hispanic males, approx. 5' 5" and heavy set, grey sweatshirt, blue jeans, and tattoos on his neck. The other suspect he described as HMA, 5' 11", 200 lbs. He said the suspect with the gun was yelling gang slogans while he was shooting. The suspects then got into a white Acura and fled.

Release Authorized by: Mike Groves

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Release Date/Time: 12/7/2013 4:35 PM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 13-120336

Date: Saturday, 12/7/2013

Time: 12:10 AM

Location: F/O 739 Elkington St.

Officers were dispatched to a report of shots fired with a man down. When they arrived on scene They found Netzahual Ruiz (23) suffering from gunshot wounds and unresponsive. He was immediately transported to Natividad Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased. Witnesses say Ruiz crossed path with a hispanic male in his early twenties wearing a grey hooded sheatshirt, dark jeans, and dark colored tennis shoes. They exchanged words and then got into a fist fight. During the fight the suspect pulled a handgun and fired several shots at Ruiz. At about the same time a gold 2004 Honda Accord four door drove up. The driver exited and he too began to shoot at Ruiz. Ruiz then collapsed. Ruiz was a King City Dukes sureno gang member with an extensive criminal history with the Salinas Police Department.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department crime tip line at 775-4222 or the We-Tip line at 1-800-78-CRIME.  They can also contact Sergeant Jeff Gibson at 758-7128

Release Authorized by: Jeffery Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Suspicious Death--Homicide UPDATE

This is an update to a previous press release.

Employees of the Laurel Inn called to report the death of a frequent customer, Bobby Dick Jr. (53) from Moro Bay.  Dick was a traveling mechanic who for the last several years would stay at the motel when he had work in the area.  On 12-5-13 while the motel maid was making her routine rounds, she came across Mr. Dick lying deceased in the motel room.  At first, due to the complexity of the crime scene, the cause of death was not known until a closer examination could be made of Mr. Dick at the Monterey County Sheriffs Coroner's office.  After a full autopsy of Mr. Dick, it was found that he had been stabbed several times and most likely died as a result of those wounds.  The Salinas Police Investigators are currently investigating this case as a homicide.   Anyone who may have information that may aid in this investigations is urged to contact the Salinas Police Department Investigations Division at (831) 758-7226 or Investigations Sergeant Jeff Gibson at (831) 758-7128.   All media inquiries should be directed to Investigations Commander Vincent Maiorana at (831) 758-7350.


Refer to the previous press release for further information.

Suspicious Death

Release Date/Time: 12/5/2013 10:25 PM

Incident: Suspicious Death

Report #: 13-120267

Date: Thursday, 12/5/2013

Time: 1:48 PM

Location: 801 W. Laurel Dr.

Officers were dispatched to the motel where the staff reported the death of a 53 year old, white male who was supposed to check out by noon today. A motel worker found his door ajar at 1:45 pm. and pushed the door completely open and discoverd the male deceased inside. At this time cause of death is unknown but this is being investigated as a suspicious death. Detectives were called to take over the investigation. An autopsy is scheduled for friday morning.

Release Authorized by: Mike Groves

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 12/3/2013 4:38 PM
Incident: Armed Robbery - Business
Report #: 13-120165
Date: Tuesday, 12/3/2013
Time: 1:02 PM
Location: 154 West Market Street - Quike Mart

The suspect, a Hispanic male adult approximately 23-24 years of age, 6'0" 150 lbs. wearing all black entered the store with a firearm and demanded money from the clerk.  Taken was an unknown about of money.  The suspect was last seen running to the rear of the business.  The investigation is continuing.

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