Press Releases

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 10/5/2013 2:13 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 13-100196

Date: Friday, 10/4/2013

Time: 10:07 PM

Location: Cortez St / Mae Ave

On Friday evening at approximately 10:05 pm Officers responded to a report of a victim of a shooting near the intersection of Cortez St. and Mae Ave. On arrival they found Alex Hernandez (27) suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Hernandez was transported to a local hospital where he died as a result of his injuries. Two suspects were seen running from the area after the shots were fired. This incident 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 Ken Schwener at 831-758-7276 or Detective Arlene Currier at 831-758-7442.  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

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 10/5/2013 1:33 AM

Incident:  Robbery

Report #: 13-100193

Date: Saturday, 10/5/2013

Time: 1:29 AM

Location: 900 Block of Sage Ct.

The 57-year old victim had just arrived home when he was approached by a Hispanic male suspect. The suspect demanded that the victim hand over his money and the victim handed over an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect fled the scene on foot. A witness to the robbery followed the suspect a safe distance away and told Officers he was walking in the area of Nogal and Freedom Parkway. Officers responded to the area and detained Luis Serrano, 29, who was positively identified as the robbery suspect. Serrano was lodged into County Jail for robbery.

Release Authorized by: Lalo Villegas

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 10/5/2013 1:33 AM

Incident:  Robbery

Report #: 13-100193

Date: Saturday, 10/5/2013

Time: 1:29 AM

Location: 900 Block of Sage Ct.

The 57-year old victim had just arrived home when he was approached by a Hispanic male suspect. The suspect demanded that the victim hand over his money and the victim handed over an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect fled the scene on foot. A witness to the robbery followed the suspect a safe distance away and told Officers he was walking in the area of Nogal and Freedom Parkway. Officers responded to the area and detained Luis Serrano, 29, who was positively identified as the robbery suspect. Serrano was lodged into County Jail for robbery.

Release Authorized by: Lalo Villegas

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Vehicle Pedestrian Accident

Release Date/Time: 10/4/2013 4:25 PM
Incident: Vehicle Pedestrian Accident
Report #: 13-100182
Date: Friday, 10/4/2013
Time: 2:36 PM
Location: 1200 block of East Market Street

A 17 year old unlicensed female driver was slowly backing from a driveway onto East Market Street. The driver did not see the 50 year old female or the four year old female walking on the sidewalk. Once the vehicle struck both pedestrians the older female tried to pull the younger one out of the way. Both lost their balance and the vehicle rolled over the four year old. Nearby pedestrians yelled for the driver to stop, which she did. She stopped just as the 4 year old was even with the rear axle. The four year old sustained second degree burns from the exhaust to both calves, her left hand and sustained minor abrasions to her face and abdomen. The older female sustained a minor scrape to her left ankle. She was treated and released. The four year old was transported to a local hospital where she is still being treated. The driver of the vehicle was issued a citation for being an unlicensed driver and her vehicle was towed from the scene.

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

Armed Robbery Suspect

Release Date/Time: 10/3/2013 8:22 AM

Incident: Armed Robbery Suspect

Date: Thursday, 10/3/2013

Time: 8:18 AM

Location:

On Wednesday, September 18th at 8:30 pm an armed robbery occurred at the Dollar City & More Store on Williams Rd. On Thursday, September 19th at approximately 10:00 am the Super Cakes Store on East Alisal St. was also robbed. A short time later, at about 12:43 pm, another armed robbery occurred at the Neighborhood Marked Store on East Market St.

Salinas Police Detectives believe these three robberies were perpetrated by the same individual and are asking for the public's help in identifying the suspect. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male adult about 25-30 years old with black hair and brown eyes, 5'-9” and approximately 170 pounds with acne and a dark thick mustache. The suspect vehicle is a dark colored 4-door import.

If you recognize this suspect, please call Detective Currier at the Salinas Police Department at 831-758-7125. 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

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Death Investigation ***UPDATE**

This is an update of a previous press release of a death investigation dated October 1, 2013.

The deceased is positively identified as Jeanne Weber 58 years old.

Cause of death is still under investigation and pending autopsy results.

Refer to previous press release for further information.

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 10/1/2013 9:21 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Report #: 13-100043

Date: Tuesday, 10/1/2013

Time: 7:58 PM

Location: 347 E.Alisal CVS Pharmacy

The victim clerk reported that an unknown race male suspect entered the store and brandished a large knife while demanding the money.  After the robbery the suspect fled on foot toward Griffin Street. The suspect was described as an unknown race male wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, gray sweatpants and a baseball cap with a yellow bill.  An undisclosed amount of cash was stolen.  Nobody was injured.

Anyone who may have witnessed the crime or has information about the crime is asked to contact the Salinas Police Department at 831-758-7321 or the tip-line at 831-775-4222 or We-Tip at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. Dave Shaw

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Death Investigation

Officers responded to a report of a person lying on top of a shopping cart on the sidewalk in front of 393 W. Market. When officers arrived, they found a 58 year old female lying face down on top of a shopping cart filled with recyclables.  The woman was found to be deceased and her death appeared to be recent. There was no obvious sign of trauma that would give indication of the cause of her death.



Video surveillance in the area shows an unidentified subject pushing the shopping cart with the woman lying on top eastbound on W. Market just minutes prior to the call.  This person is described as a White or Hispanic male wearing a white long sleeve shirt and blue pants.  The exact cause of the 58 year old woman's death is pending an autopsy.  The deceased identity is being withheld pending notification of family.

Anyone with information that may aid in this investigation is urged to contact the Salinas Police Department Investigations bureau at 831-758-7226.  You can also call anonymously at 831-775-4222 or via the WeTip line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

All media inquiries shuold be directed to Commander Vincent Maiorana at 831-758-7350

Death Investigation

Officers responded to a report of a person lying on top of a shopping cart on the sidewalk in front of 393 W. Market. When officers arrived, they found a 58 year old female lying face down on top of a shopping cart filled with recyclables.  The woman was found to be deceased and her death appeared to be recent. There was no obvious sign of trauma that would give indication of the cause of her death.



Video surveillance in the area shows an unidentified subject pushing the shopping cart with the woman lying on top eastbound on W. Market just minutes prior to the call.  This person is described as a White or Hispanic male wearing a white long sleeve shirt and blue pants.  The exact cause of the 58 year old woman's death is pending an autopsy.  The deceased identity is being withheld pending notification of family.

Anyone with information that may aid in this investigation is urged to contact the Salinas Police Department Investigations bureau at 831-758-7226.  You can also call anonymously at 831-775-4222 or via the WeTip line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

All media inquiries shuold be directed to Commander Vincent Maiorana at 831-758-7350

Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Accident

Release Date/Time: 9/27/2013 1:12 PM
Incident: Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Accident
Report #: 13-091329
Date: Friday, 9/27/2013
Time: 8:57 AM
Location: South Main Street and San Joaquin Street

A driver was traveling eastbound on San Joaquin Street to northbound South Main Street. He failed to see the 63 year old female in the crosswalk. The driver told the investigating officer that he was unable to the the pedestrian due to the bright sun.  The pedestrian complained of pain to her legs and was transported to the hospital.

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

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