Press Releases

Arrest of Fernando "Freddy" Valdez


On September 22, 2013, at approximately 10:30 AM, Fernando "Freddy" Valdez was arrested for attempted murder and gang crimes. Valdez and his legal representative contacted the Salinas Police Department and arranged a meeting in order to turn himself in for the warrant.

Valdez was identified as the suspect of a shooting that occurred at the intersection of John St. and S. Sanborn Rd. on September 10, 2013.

The victim is still hospitalized and listed in critical condition.

Vehicle Pursuit, Stolen Vehicle, Resisting Arrest

Release Date/Time: 9/23/2013 11:00 PM

Incident: Vehicle Pursuit, Stolen Vehicle, Resisting Arrest

Report #: 13-091150

Date: Monday, 9/23/2013

Time: 8:14 PM

Location: California St & E. Lake St

A Salinas Police Officer was watching the stop sign at California St. and E. Lake St, when he observed a Silver Toyota with green paper plates run the stop sign. He went to make a traffic stop and the Toyota fled initiating a pursuit. The pursuit went throughout south Salinas and onto N/B US 101 where it reached speeds of 100 MPH. At about Best Buy, the Toyota lost control and flipped at least once, but probably more times as it rolled through the right shoulder fence and came to a stop. The three suspects suprisingly were not hurt and exited the vehicle and then fled on foot through the Best Buy Parking lot. They were able to jump the wall that borders the mall and the neigborhood just south of the mall. The Northridge Park apartments were searched with negative results. An anonymous person said they saw the suspects jump the wall towards Cuevas Circle, which is just west of the Northridge Park apartments. Salinas Police officers along with CHP and S.O. relocated to that area and set up another permiter. A Salinas K9 Officer and others started a yard to yard search and eventually flushed the three suspects out onto Cuevas Cir where several Salilnas Police officers were holding the perimeter. All three suspects were quickly taken into custody. They were identified as, parolee Jeremie Aguilera (20), probationer Joseph Garcia (20) and out on bail, Oswaldo Ruiz (20). All are Norteno gang members and all were booked into Monterey County Jail for multiple charges.

Release Authorized by: Heath Johnson

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery/Officer Involved Shooting **UPDATE** Occurred 9/19


Refer to previous press release for futher information.

This is an update to the press release issued on September 19, 2013 regarding the Robbery and Officer Involved Shooting that occurred at E. Market St. & Pajaro St.

Since this incident took place Salinas Police Detectives have been working diligently gathering evidence.  What investigators have been able to determine thus far based upon credible witness accounts and evidence collected at the scene was the suspect in this case was in fact armed with a large knife and had reached for the weapon that was tucked in her waistband and in plain view of the officer.

The suspect in this case is identified as Charlene Hale (44) a Salinas resident.  Hale is still hospitalized at a bay area hospital receiving treatment for her injuries.

All media inquiries should be directed to Commander Vincent Maiorana @ 831.758.7350.


Recognition of Salinas High Students who helped injured woman

Today at 10:00am in front of Salinas High School, Salinas Police Chief Kelly McMillin will present a letter of appreciation to the Salinas High students who came to the aid of a person who fell in front of the school. The press is invited to attend. The woman the students helped is planning on atteding



Details of the incident:


On 8-22-13 at approx. 12:45 hours a female in her 60's was walking on the sidewalk in front of Salinas High School and stumbled and fell, striking her head on the concrete. She suffered a deep cut on her forehead, which heavily bled. Approximately ten Salinas High School students were returning to campus from lunch and saw the person fall. They immediately went to her aid. One student called 911, another used the victim's cell phone to call her friend, one ran across the street and got a bag of ice and several gave the victim napkins to help stop the bleeding. They all kept talking to her, keeping her calm. The students stayed with the victim until police and medical personnel arrived. Once we were there, they asked several times if there was anything else they could do. When we assured them there was not, they then left to go back to class.


The victim was very grateful to the students for taking the time to stop and help her. She did not know any of them and they left before we could get their names.


With the help of the staff at Salinas High School we have learned the names of the students who stopped to help this person in need. They are;


Jack Hill, 16

Jake Fellom, 16

Brian Grace, 16

Ravyn Jeska, 17

Nathaniel Jones, 16

Bruce Leighton, 17

Zachary McDermott, 16

Joshua Olivarria, 16

Ronan Rippere, 16

Coleman Stewart, 16


The Salinas Police appreciates and would like to thanks the above students of Salinas High School for their assistance and willingness to help a stranger in need.

DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint

The Salinas Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint on Wednesday, September 25th at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 630PM and 130AM. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000. Officers will briefly contact drivers to check for a driver's license while at the same time checking for signs of alcohol and/or drug use. Sergeant Gerry Ross said that the goals of the checkpoint are to enhance public safety, deter impaired driving, and to educate the public on the dangers of DUI. Research has shown that DUI checkpoints are very effective at reducing the incidents of drunk and drugged driving collisions. Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Salinas PD by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Motorists are encouraged to report drunk drivers by calling 911.

Attempted Robbery - Knife

Release Date/Time: 9/20/2013 1:17 AM

Incident: Attempted Robbery - Knife

Report #: 13-090969

Date: Friday, 9/20/2013

Time: 5:09 PM

Location: 1100 Block of Rider Ave.

A 40 year old ice cream vendor was making a sale to a young old girl in the 1100 block of Rider Ave. Her back was turned to a male who approached. The subject grabbed the vendor from behind. He held a knife to her side and demanded all her money. When the girl screamed, the victim broke away and ran into a nearby house. The suspect started to flee on his bike, but fell and dropped his knife. He got back up and fled northbound on Rider Ave., making a right turn onto Del Monte Ave. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male juvenile, 17 years old with a medium build and light mustache. He wore a black hooded sweatshirt, white t-shirt, jeans, and ride a green mountain bike. There is no further information at this time.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery/Officer Involved Shooting

Officers responded to the area of East Market St and Pajaro St. regarding a disturbance where it was reported that a handgun had been brandished.  The suspect, who was first described as an adult Hispanic male with a shaved head, blue jean and white shirt, was later confirmed  to be a 44 year old female who had a male appearance.  At  this time, the 44 year females identity will not be released.

Initial reports of the crime described the suspect as being armed and to have a black handgun concealed inside the waistband.  Officers arrived shortly after receiving the emergency dispatch and noticed the described suspect to be on the sidewalk walking away from the scene.   When Officers verbally challenged the suspect, the suspect failed to follow the officers commands and reached towards the waistband where a dark metallic object was tucked and had the appearance of a handgun.  Despite being given stern warnings by the officer to comply the suspect made deliberate movements towards the waistband where the metallic object was tucked and  in plain view.  As a result, the officer responded to the threat and shot the female suspect.

Initial investigation revealed that while the female suspect was walking through the parking lot of City Suds Laundromat  located at 101 Pajaro St., she attempted to rob a adult male customer while gesturing to a dark metallic object tucked inside the front of her pants.  When the male refused to provide the suspect money the suspect then walked into the business  and similarly brandishing the weapon, described as a handgun,  at an adult female and her child.  The suspect then demanded money and was able to rob the victims of an undisclosed amount of money.  The suspect then fled the business onto E. Market St. where she was confronted by the involved officers.

The involved Officer was uninjured a result of the confrontation.   The described weapon used by the suspect was later found to be a large knife with a metallic handle.

 The suspect was transported to a bay area hospital for gunshot wounds and her condition is not known at this time. It was also reported that a white full size pick-up truck was nearby during the shooting and a passenger may have witnessed the incident.  This person is asked to contact Salinas Police Department.

Anyone with information that may aid in this investigation is urged to contact the Salinas Police Department @ (831) 758-7226.    All press related inquires should be directed to Investigations Commander Vincent Maiorana @ (831) 758-7350.

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 9/19/2013 11:46 AM
Incident: Armed Robbery
Report #: 13-090939
Date: Thursday, 9/19/2013
Time: 10:03 AM
Location: Super Cakes - 718 East Alisal Street

A Hispanic male, late 20's or early 30's, 5-7/8, wearing a black hooded jacket with a black handgun in his waistband entered the store. He ordered the clerk to open the cash register and give him an unknown amount of money. The suspect fled on foot from the business.  An area check for the suspect was negative.

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

Attempted Murder, Gang Crime Suspect

Release Date/Time: 9/19/2013 10:34 AM

Incident:  Attempted Murder, Gang Crime Suspect

Date: Thursday, 9/19/2013

Time: 10:34 AM

Location:John Street at S. Sanborn Road

On September 10, 2013 the victim was in his vehicle at the listed intersection when the suspect fired several shots into the victim vehicle.  The victim was transported to a local hospital by private vehicle then flown to a bay area trauma center.  The victim was in critical condition with gunshot wounds to the torso.  The vicitm is still hospitalized in stable condition.  The suspect has been identified as 23 year-old Fernando "Freddy" Valdez.  Valdez is described as 6'1", 250 lbs., with brown eyes and black hair.  He has several tattoos to include "Salinas" on his chest, "SEM" on his abdomen, "Jesus" on his right forearm and "Valdez" on his back.  Valdez also has a scar above his right eye.  Valdez may be associated to a 2004-2006 silver Honda Accord 4-door in stock condition with unknown plates.

There is currently a $1,000,000 warrant for Valdez' arrest for attempted murder and gang crime.  Valdez is considered armed and dangerous.  Photographs of Valdez are attached.  Anyone with information about Valdez' whereabouts is asked to contact Det. Arlene Currier at 831-758-7125 or the tip-line at 831-775-4222 or We-Tip at 1-800-78-CRIME.


Release Authorized by:  Cmdr. Dave Shaw

Telephone:  831-758-7271

DUI Checkpoint

Release Date/Time: 9/17/2013 12:30 PM

Incident: DUI Checkpoint

Report #: Several

Date: Tuesday, 9/17/2013

Time: 10:00 AM

Location: 615 Williams Road, Cesar Chavez Library

On Monday the 16th Salinas PD conducted a DUI/Driver's Licnese checkpoint at Cesar Chavez Library, 615 Williams Road. Officers conducted Field Sobriety Tests on 4 drivers but none of them was found to have been driving under the influence. However, officers cited 58 drivers for driving without a license and two additional drivers for driving on a suspended licnese. There were 31 other citations for hazzardous violations for a total of 91 citations. Two additional drivers were arrested for outstanding warrants. 1163 cars drove through the checkpoint with 656 drivers contacted. Three motorcycle units conducted 44 traffic stops in the area of the checkpoint. The checkpoint lasted from approximately 630pm until 1030pm.

The checkpoint was funded with a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250