Press Releases

Homicide Arrest

Release Date/Time: 4/2/2014 2:12 PM

Incident: Homicide Arrest

Report #: 12-090577

Date: Tuesday, 4/1/2014

Time: 7:10 PM

Location: Capital Motel

Salinas Police Department Investigators arrested Luis Fernando Garcia Espinoza (29) for the September 12, 2012 murder of Richard Pimentel who was twenty four year old at the time of his death.  The homicide occurred on North Main St at Menke St. after Pimentel was involved in a physical altercation with another individual at a local convenience store.  Investigators followed several leads since Pimentel's death and identified Espinoza as the suspect in the shooting death of Pimentel.  Yesterday, (4/1/14), Espinoza was contacted and arrested a local motel without incident.  Espinoza was later booked at the Monterey County Jail for homicide.  His bail is currently set at over a million dollars.


Salinas Police Investigators are still seeking out those who may have information about the homicide of Richard Pimentel.  Those who have information that may aid in the investigation are urged to call the Salinas Police Department Investigations Division at (831) 758-7226.

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeffery Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Residential Burglary, Conspiracy, Possession of Marijuana, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor

Release Date/Time: 4/2/2014 2:09 PM

Incident: Residential Burglary, Conspiracy, Possession of Marijuana, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor

Report #: 14-040061

Date: Wednesday, 4/2/2014

Time: 10:33 AM

Location: 1100-block of Loyola Dr.

Officers were dispatched to the 1100-block of Loyola Dr. for a report of a possible burglary which had just occurred. A vehicle with three males was seen stop in front of a residence. Two of the occupants went to the rear, while a third went to the front door. A few moments later, all three subjects exited the house and left. Before officers could arrive, one of the subjects got out of the vehicle and fled on foot. Officers stopped the vehicle in the area of Montecito and Kentfield. The passenger, Victore Fiero (18) was found in possession of property from the residence in question. The driver, a 17 year old male, was in possession of property as well. Fiero was booked into the county jail, and the juvenile went to Juvenile Hall.  They were both booked for the burglary, conspiracy, and marijuana found inside the vehicle. Fiero had the additional charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Release Date/Time: 3/31/2014 11:18 PM

Incident: Shooting

Report #: 14-031627

Date: Monday, 3/31/2014

Time: 1:45 PM

Location: 400 block of Cabrillo Street

Officers responded to the area of Tampico and Cabrillo regarding a report of shots being fired. Witnesses described a black male adult wearing all dark clothing as the shooter.  Several casings were located in the street.  A residence and a vehicle parked on the street were hit by gunfire.  The intended target is believed to be the occupants of newer white colored sedan.  No one was injured and the investigation is continuing.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Stolen Vehicle, Burglary, Pursuit

Release Date/Time: 3/31/2014 2:08 PM

Incident: Stolen Vehicle, Burglary, Pursuit

Report #: 14-040071

Date: Monday, 3/31/2014

Time: 12:03 PM

Location: Bolero / E. Laurel Dr.

A Salinas Police officer spotted a stolen car at Bolero St. and E. Laurel Dr. The car was reported stolen out of the city of San Jose. The driver sped away leading the officer on a short pursuit but based on the suspect's erratic driving and traffic conditions, the officer determined that the driver posed too great a danger to the public and cancelled the pursuit after the suspect entered a shopping center parking lot at a high rate of speed. Shortly after cancelling the pursuit, dispatch received a call that the suspect car had sturck a curb at Rosarita Dr. and St. Francis Wy. and two subjects were seen running from the car. A lengthy search was conducted and eventually, Orlando Gonzales Perez (20) was found and arrested. While hiding from police, Perez broke into a residence in the 30 block of St. Francis Wy. He stole clothes from the home in order to conceal his identity and tried to flee out the back before being caught. His passenger was also located eventually released. A small amount of narcotics was found in the suspect vehicle.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 3/28/2014 1:24 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery - Business

Report #: 14-031471

Date: Friday, 3/28/2014

Time: 12:19 PM

Location: 606 E. Alisal St. - Cork & Bottle

A male entered the Cork & Bottle on E. Alisal St., pointed a handgun at the victim, and demanded money.  After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect fled on foot and was last seen running southbound on S. Wood St. He was described as a Hispanic male in his 20s with a thin mustache and goatee. He wore a black hoodie, black cap, and sunglasses.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Child Molestation Arrest--Adam Frogel

Release Date/Time: 3/26/2014 11:12 AM

Incident: Child Molest Arrest--Adan Frogel

Date: Wednesday, 3/26/2014

Time: 11:12 AM

Location: Salinas Police Department

On March 25th, 2014, Adam Frogel (57) turned himself in to the Salinas Police Department after being identified and contacted as the suspect in alleged child molestation.

Frogel is a contract employee from the state of Florida and contracted through the Monterey County Office of Education to provide services to special needs children. Contrary to a prior news release, Frogel is not an employee of the Salinas Union High School District.

After school hours and at on off-site location, Frogel is alleged to have had inappropriate sexual relations with two minor victims.

Frogel was lodged at the Monterey County Jail for multiple counts of sexual crimes with a minor.  His bail was set at $500,000.00 dollars.

Release Authorized by: Commander Vincent Maiorana

Telephone: 831-758-7350

Officer Involved Shooting--Press Conference Notification-- March 25 @ 10:00AM

PRESS CONFERENCE  --Tuesday March 25 @ 10:00AM


A press conference regarding the Officer Involved Shooting that took place on Thursday (March 20th) will be held at the Salinas Police Department Conference room on Tuesday--March 25th at 10:00 AM.

This conference is for the press only and not open to the public.

Press credentials will be required to attend.

For any other inquires contact Commander Vincent Maiorana at (831) 758-7350.

Vehicle / Pedestrian Accident

Release Date/Time: 3/23/2014 8:27 PM

Incident: Vehicle / Pedestrian Accident

Report #: 14-031172

Date: Sunday, 3/23/2014

Time: 5:32 PM

Location: E. Alisal St / Madeira Ave

A mother and her 7-year-old daughter were walking in the crosswalk N/B on Madeira Ave. at E. Alisal St. Catalino Mendez, 58 was driving SB on Madeira and about to turn onto Alisal. The mother said she saw that Catalino saw them and she had the right of way, so she and her daughter continued to walk. Catalino said he saw the mother and her daughter walking in the crosswalk, but thought they were going to stop, so he made a right turn and ran them over at approx. 10mph. The mother was knocked to the ground but the vehicle ran over the daughter's pelvis area. The mother was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries and the daughter was flown to a bay area hospital with serious injuries that do not appear life threatening.

Catalino had a suspended license, no insurance and a warrant for driving with a suspended license. He was booked in county jail for the above charges.

Release Authorized by: Michael Groves, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Officer Involved Shooting

Release Date/Time: 3/21/2014 2:07 AM

Incident: Officer Involved Shooting

Date: Friday, 3/21/2014

Time: 2:07 AM

Location: P/L 1488 Constitution Blvd.

Salinas Police Officers responded to the Wing Stop restaurant located at 1488 Constitution Bl. regarding a report of a suspicious person in the parking lot seen with a handgun.  When Officers arrived on scene, they quickly identified and contacted the described suspect with a gun in the parking lot.  As the involved Officers challenged the suspect, the suspect lifted his sweatshirt brandishing a handgun at the officers.  Fearing that the suspect was going to shoot, the involved Officers shot the suspect resulting in the suspect's death at the scene.  Three Salinas Police Officers were involved in this incident and were not injured.   There were no injuries to uninvolved parties who were in the area.

Salinas Police Investigators are looking for additional witnesses or anyone who may have information regarding this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department at 831-758-7226.   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.

This investigation is currently ongoing and the identity of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. As in all Officer Involved Shooting Investigations the involved Officers will be on paid administrative leave while the initial investigation is being conducted.

All press relations should be directed to Commander Vincent Maiorana @ 831-758-7350.

Release Authorized by: Commander Vincent Maiorana

Telephone: 831-758-7350

UPDATE-Homicide/Shooting from 03-18-14

Release Date/Time: 3/21/2014 1:35 AM

Incident: Homicide UPDATE 3/18/14

Date: Friday, 3/21/2014

Time: 1:35 AM

Location: 700 Blk Towt St.

****Homicide Update ****

On Tuesday 3/18/14 at 7:12 PM, Salinas Police Officers responded to the 700 Block of Towt Street regarding a shooting victim.  At the scene, victim Juan Carlos Pedraza (47) was found deceased.  Refer to previous press release dated 3/19/14.

Since the shooting Salinas Police Department investigators have been diligently working on this case following  several leads.  On 3/20/14, investigators were able to identify Antonio Martinez (35) as the suspect responsible for the shooting death of Pedraza.  Investigators, aided by the Salinas Police Violence Suppression Unit and SWAT team, arrested Martinez after he was seen coming from 18495 Kennedy Street in Salinas.    Martinez was later booked at the Monterey County Jail for Murder.

Salinas Police Detectives are always looking for additional witnesses or anyone who may information regarding this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Detective Brian Johnson at 831-758-7143 or Detective Robert Zuniga at 831-7276. 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.

Although an arrest has been made in this case the investigation is still ongoing.  All press inquiries should be directed to Commander Vincent Maiorana @ (831) 758-7350.


Release Authorized by: Commander Vincent Maiorana