Press Releases

Gang Related Attempted Murder and Conspiracy

Release Date/Time: 12/1/2013 9:30 AM
Incident: Gang Related Attempted Murder and Conpiracy
Report #: 13-111343 and 13-120004
Date: Saturday, 11/30/2013
Time: 9:20 PM
Location: Under 100 Block of La Posada Drive

Salinas Police Officers responded to the above address on a report of several shots heard in the area. Upon arrival, officers contacted a 17 year old male victim. He had been walking in the area when a vehicle occupied by 4 Hispanic males began following him. The victim told recognized the occupants as rival gang members. The occupants fired several rounds at the victim. He was not hit but rounds were located in the exterior walls of nearby apartments. The investigation was concluded at that point.

December 1, 2013:  approximately 4 hours later, an anonymous person reported that the shooting suspects had returned. As Officers arrived in the area 4 suspects fled on foot. All four were eventually located after an extensive search. No firearms were located. A 17 year old Hispanic male was identified as the driver of the vehicle and Jesse Gomez, 18, was identified as the shooter. Both are gang members. Gomez was booked into the Monterey County Jail and the 17 year old was booked into the Monterey County Juvenile Hall for attempted murder, gang enhancements and conspiracy.

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

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 11/30/2013 8:02 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Report #: 13-111304

Date: Friday, 11/29/2013

Time: 8:43 PM

Location: 7-11 - 335 S Sanborn Rd.

The clerk was helping a customer at the register when the suspect entered the store, brandished a handgun, and ordered everyone to the ground. He then jumped over the counter and took money from the register.  He fled towards Fairview where he got into a waiting white 4 door sedan with a possible partial license plate of 533. The suspect is described as a thin Hispanic male, 5'8" tall, wearing a black hoodie and black bandana.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 11/30/2013 7:50 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Report #: 13-111301

Date: Friday, 11/29/2013

Time: 8:09 PM

Location: 7-11 - 2068 N Main St.

A lone suspect entered the 7-11 store with a handgun and demanded money from the clerk.  After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, he fled on foot.  The suspect was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black bandana over his face, dark pants, and black gloves with a white label.  There is no further information at this time.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

211 PC - Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 11/30/2013 7:45 PM

Incident: 211 PC - Armed Robbery

Report #: 13-111299

Date: Friday, 11/29/2013

Time: 7:20 PM

Location: Quik Stop - 615 W. Laurel Dr.

Two males with black hoodies, grey ski masks and dark jeans entered the Quik Stop on W. Laurel Dr. One suspect was armed with a handgun and robbed the clerk while the second suspect stood at the doors holding a large knife. The suspects fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. There was no suspect vehicle description given.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 11/29/2013 8:36 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Report #: 13-111298

Date: Friday, 11/29/2013

Time: 6:55 PM

Location: 11 Clark St.--Quik Stop

On November 29, 2013, at approximately 6:55 pm, a lone suspect entered the Quik Stop and brandished a handgun.  The suspect demanded money from the clerk and received an undisclosed amount of cash.  The suspect fled on Clark St. toward Nacional Court. A witness said the suspect got into a white, 4 door vehicle and was last seen westbound on W. Market St. toward the Castroville. The suspect was described as a HMA, early 20's, 5'6" with a thin build, wearing a black hoodie, dark jeans and a black ski mask.

If anyone has information regarding this incident, please contact the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7250.

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Patrol Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Death Report

Release Date/Time: 11/29/2013 4:04 PM

Incident: Death Report

Report #: 13-111288

Date: Friday, 11/29/2013

Time: 1:35 PM

Location: 1240 N.Main

Medical was dispatched to a report of a male sitting at the bus stop in front the Arrow gas station who was not responsive. On arrival they found a 42 year-old transient male deceased. The male was seated on the bus stop bench with his hooded sweatshirt pulled over his head and his head between his knees. There were no signs of trauma and the Coroner estimated that the male had been deceased from 4 to 12 hours before being discovered. Results of investigation will be pending the autopsy. The male's name will not be released at this point, pending contact with his family members.

Release Authorized by: James Arensdorf

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Battery on a Police Officer / Restisting Arrest / Vandalism

Release Date/Time: 11/27/2013 12:05 PM

Incident: Battery on a Police Officer / Restisting Arrest / Vandalism

Report #: 13-111218

Date: Wednesday, 11/27/2013

Time: 9:37 AM

Location: 700 block of St. Michael Way

A female called to report that Aaron Reyes, 31, was acting violent and had broken down her bedroom door while she was inside. The victim ran to a neighbor's house and called police. Aaron walked outside and continued arguing with her until officers arrived. Officers separated them and the female said she wanted Aaron arrested for breaking her door. While attempting to put handcuffs on Aaron, he started to pull away from officers. He was pushed to the ground and during the struggle he attempted to bite one of the officers They got Aaron up and while walking to the PD car he continued struggling. At one point, just prior to putting Aaron in the car, he was able to bite another officer on her finger.

Aaron Reyes was booked for 2 counts of battery on a police officer, 1 count of resisting arrest and vandalism.

Release Authorized by: Michael Groves

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 11/26/2013 12:53 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 13-111166

Date: Tuesday, 11/26/2013

Time: 10:14 PM

Location: Pacheco St. & Ramona Ave.

A 25 year old male was standing at the corner of Pacheco Dr. and Ramona Ave. talking to a female acquaintance who was in a vehicle. A white sedan with two males drove up. The passenger got out and fired several shots at the victim, with at least one round striking him in the lower torso. The suspect got back into the vehicle and fled westbound on Pacheco St.  The victim was flown to a Bay Area hospital for treatment.  At this time, he condition was not known. The suspect was described as a male wearing a black hoodie and black baseball cap. Although this shooting was possibly gang-motivated, the victim did not appear to be involved in gangs.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 11/25/2013 8:21 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 13-111109

Date: Monday, 11/25/2013

Time: 1:22 AM

Location: Perez Street and Prado Street

Salinas Police Officers were dispatched to the 2000 block of Sucre Court in North Salinas regarding the reports of shots being fired. Officers were conducting an area check when a 20 year old male called 911 to report that he had been shot.  The caller said that he would be laying on the ground at Perez Street and Prado Street. Officers contacted the victim who had sustained a single gunshot wound to his his back.  The victim had been walking in the area when he was shot.  He is not completely cooperating with the investigation.  The victim was flown to a Bay Area hospital and his injuries do not appear to be life threatening. This incident is being investigated as being gang related.

Release Authorized by: Commander Dave Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 11/24/2013 9:35 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery - Business

Report #: 13-111089

Date: Sunday, 11/24/2013

Time: 11:32 AM

Location: 524 East Laurel Drive - Little Cesars Pizza

Two suspects entered the Little Caesar's Pizza at 524 E. Laurel Dr. One of them had a handgun and demanded money.  They fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash and were last seen on Santa Teresa Way.  Both were described as Hispanic males, approximately 5'8" - 5'9", with heavy builds, wearing black hooded jackets,  One of the suspects had a green-colored bandana covering his face.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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