Press Releases


Release Date/Time: 3/13/2014 11:26 PM

Incident: Robbery

Report #: 14-030688

Date: Thursday, 3/13/2014

Time: 6:43 PM

Location: FO 848 E. Alisal St

A 15 year-old juvenile male waited for the victim to leave her work at the above address. As soon as she exited, the juvenile grabbed her, knocked her to the ground and took her purse. During the course of the robbery the suspect was holding a 12” Buck knife. He punched and kicked the victim after she fell. Several people saw this and chased after the juvenile. Witnesses caught him and held him for police. The victim's property and the knife were both recovered. The Juvenile was booked in Juvenile Hall for Robbery.

Release Authorized by: Michael Groves, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Homicide

On 3-12-14 at approx. 9:34 pm, a 23 year-old Hispanic male was visiting his girlfriend in the parking lot of 918 Acosta Plaza. He was outside her apartment by himself when he was approached by a male wearing dark clothing. The male asked him what he claimed and then pulled out a handgun and fired several shots at him. He was struck in his buttocks, thigh, calf and ankle. He was treated at a local hospital with what appear to be non-life threatening injuries. The suspect was wearing a ski type mask when the shooting occurred.

Random Act of Kindness - Salinas Police Officers and Motel 6, 140 Kern Street

On March 12, 2014 at 2:54 am., Veteran Salinas Police Officers Ken Ellsworth and Tom Larkin were on foot in Sherwood Park looking for a wanted subject who was possibly living in one of the encampments in the park.  The officers encountered a woman smoking a cigarette outside of her tent.  She asked them to be quiet and said that she was finally able to get her 7 month old daughter to go to sleep.  The officers asked if she had any other children with her.  Her 8 year old son was asleep in the tent.  The woman told officers that she and her children had recently been kicked out of their residence without ample notice.  The officers made every effort to find shelter for this family but were unsuccessful.  It appeared that no other resource options were available.  They called the assistant manager at the Motel 6, 140 Kern Street, Vanessa Salinas, to see if she could help.  Vanessa offered to accommodate the family for one night for a reduced rate.  Both Officers Ellsworth and Larkin made sure that the family was safe for the evening, split the cost and paid for the motel room themselves.  Social service providers were contacted and additional follow up will be conducted.

This morning Officer Jacky Bohn followed up with Val Villapando, the manager of the Motel 6, 140 Kern Street.  Mr. Villapando graciously offered to provide one free night of lodging at his motel to this family.  Officer Bohn paid for an additional two nights of lodging at the motel.  This is a great example of how officers and the business community can come together to help a family in need.  We appreciate the effort from everyone involved.


Release Date/Time: 3/12/2014 8:41 PM

Incident: Robbery

Report #: 14-030600

Date: Wednesday, 3/12/2014

Time: 3:37 PM

Location: 122 W. Market - El Charrito Market

Two suspects, one waiving around a handgun, walked into the El Charrito and ordered the customers to the ground. The suspect without the gun started collecting money and bags from the customers, which he then put in a large back pack he brought with him. This same suspect then walked behind the store counter and took money from the register. Both suspects then fled the store and got into a BMW. The BMW drove west on Market St. and was found abandoned at Villa/Market. Witnesses said they saw 2 males running from the car. The vehicle was stolen and is being processed.

Release Authorized by: Michael Groves

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Release Date/Time: 3/12/2014 12:14 PM

Incident: Battery

Report #: 14-030475

Date: Monday, 3/10/2014

Time: 9:20 AM

Location: Alisal Community School

On Monday, 3/10/14, Salinas Police investigated a report of a teacher slapping an 8 year old student.  This is alleged to have occurred in the morning while class was in session.  The case was submitted to the District Attorney's Office for review.  It is still under investigation, therefore, no further details are available at this time.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Shooting into an Inhabited Dwelling

Release Date/Time: 3/11/2014 12:04 AM

Incident: Shooting into an Inhabited Dwelling

Report #: 14-030519

Date: Monday, 3/10/2014

Time: 10:09 PM

Location: 600 block of Dallas Avenue

An occupant of a gray colored 4 door with tinted windows fired three rounds from a handgun in the 600 block of Dallas Avenue.  One round penetrated a window and lodged inside of the residence.  No one was injured.  The occupants of the residence that was struck are not gang related.  Two juvenile females that were found by officers walking in the immediate area are gang related.  It is possible that they were the intended targets. Area check for the vehicle was negative.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 3/9/2014 2:20 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 14-030422

Date: Sunday, 3/9/2014

Time: 8:00 AM

Location: Monte Bella Blvd. & Palermo Dr.

An 18 year old male was walking near the park on Monte Bella Blvd. when he was approached by a male dressed in all black clothing.  The victim saw the subject had a gun in his hand and began to run away.  Several shots were fired and one struck the victim in the leg.  He was taken to a local hospital by private vehicle for treatment of his wounds, not considered to be life-threatening.  Officers onscene discovered a residence and a vehicle on Palermo Dr. were struck by stray rounds.  The suspect was last seen running to a silver Altima and fleeing on Monte Bella Blvd.  There is no further information.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Release Date/Time: 3/8/2014 10:52 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 14-030392

Date: Saturday, 3/8/2014

Time: 2:00 AM

Location: 238 Williams Rd.

Officers were dispatched to a call of a fight at the bar. When officers arrived on scene, they found several people standing around Isaias Edeza (36) who had been shot and was now deceased.  From statements received it is believed that Edeza may have been in a verbal altercation prior to being shot but no supect description was given.  It does not appear if the homicide is gang related.

With the numerous people who were present in the parking lot at the time of the homicide, the Salinas Police Department is asking for anyone who may have information to please contact our crime tip line at 775-4222 or the We-Tip line at 1-800-78-CRIME. 

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Search Warrant - gang/drug sales/guns

Release Date/Time: 3/7/2014 1:39 AM

Incident: Search Warrant - gang/drug sales/guns

Report #: 14-030327

Date: Thursday, 3/6/2014

Time: 6:10 PM

Location: 50 block Natividad Rd.

Salinas Police Department's Violence Suppression Unit arrested Regino Gonzalez (33) and Christina Smith (22) after conducting a traffic stop on them.  They both had several arrest warrants including no-bail felony warrants.  Gonzalez was in possession of methamphetamine for sales and cash.  A search warrant was written and served on their residence where more methamphetamine, 2 firearms, money and gang indicia was located.  Gonzalez is a convicted felon and gang member.  Both were lodged in county jail.

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Gray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Found Property

Release Date/Time: 3/6/2014 11:44 AM

Incident: Found Property

Date: Thursday, 3/6/2014

Time: 11:44 AM

Location: Salinas Police Department

During a recent search warrant service detectives located a framed autographed  photograph of Lynn Swan ( seen below).  The possessor could not provide proof of ownership.  It was believed this item may possibly be stolen property and was confiscated.  Anyone with information regarding this photograph is asked to contact Detective Byron Gansen at 831-758-7137 or


Release Authorized by: Cdr. Dave Shaw

Telephone: 831-758-7250