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187 arrest

Release Date/Time: 10/9/2015 9:29 AM

Incident: 187 arrest

Date: Thursday, 10/8/2015

Time: 11:30 PM

Location: 632 Seneca Place

Through their investigation, Salinas Police Department Detectives developed information that homicide and attempted robbery suspect, Brad Azcona was possibly at 632 Seneca Place.  After conducting surveillance, Azcona was positively identified at the house.  The house was immediately surrounded utilizing police officers and the SWAT team with additional assistance of air support from the California Highway Patrol.  Nearby residences were evacuated and officers began hailing the residence without a response from Azcona. The Hostage Negotiation Team was activated and spent several hours attempting direct contact with Azcona with no response.  After exhausting all efforts to directly communicate with Azcona, the SWAT team deployed gas into the house in an effort to get Azcona to surrender.  Azcona refused to come out of the house.  Once the SWAT team entered the house, Azcona was eventually found hiding in the crawl space under the house.  He then surrendered with incident.

Azcona was booked into the Monterey County Jail for the homicide and attempted robbery. 

Release Authorized by: Sergeant J. Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Armed Robbery Suspect Angel Perez arrested

Arrested: Armed Robbery Suspect Angel Perez (21)

While Salinas Police Detectives were following up on several armed robberies that took place in January and February of 2015 they spotted Angel Perez (21) driving in a vehicle in North Salinas.  Perez had been previously identified in five separate armed robberies that took place at the gas station and small restaurant located at 8 Williams Road in Salinas.  Perez was stopped and surrendered without incident.  Perez was booked into Monterey County Jail for felony warrants related to the below mentioned armed robberies.

Angel was identified in the following armed robberies:

Gas station armed robbery January 23, 2015.  8 Williams Road.

Gas station armed robbery January 30, 2015.  8 Williams Road.

Gas station armed robbery February 13, 2015.  8 Williams Road.

Restaurant armed robbery February 17, 2015.  8 Willilams Road.

Gas station armed robbery February 17, 2015.  8 Williams Road.

Driver allow handgun in a vehicle, Particiaption in Criminal Street Gang, Allow passenger to bring or carry firearm in vehicle, Violation of Probation.

Salinas Police Officers attempted to conduct an enforcement stop on a gray Nissan Altima for a vehicle code violation.  The driver, later identified as Antonio Zavala (25) failed to yield to police emergency equipment and after a short vehicle pursuit collided with a parked pick-up truck.  Zavala and the right front passenger Edgar Navarro (29) were quickly taken into custody.  A third occupant ran from the vehicle and was not located.  Inside of the Altima officers located a loaded firearm and also discovered both suspects were gang members and booked into Monterey County Jail for several charges.

STEP Grant Awarded to Salinas PD

Release Date/Time: 10/4/2015 11:45 AM

Incident: STEP Grant Awarded to Salinas PD

Report #: N/A

Date: Sunday, 10/4/2015

Time: 11:44 AM

Location: 222 Lincoln Avenue

The SALINAS POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES GRANT FOR SPECIAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT AND CRASH PREVENTION

The Salinas Police Department has been awarded a $112,400 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries. The Salinas Police Department will use the funding as part of the city's ongoing commitment to keep our roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education.

In 2014, 10 people were killed in traffic collisions in Salinas and 619 people were injured in 465 injury collisions. There were a total of 1249 collision reports taken by Salinas PD. 'This total is way too high,” said Sergeant Gerry Ross. 'Many of these people suffered very serious injuries. This grant will allow us to hire our best traffic officers on overtime to enforce the state's traffic laws and prevent some of these injuries and deaths.”

After falling dramatically between 2006 and 2010, the number of persons killed and injured in traffic collisions has been slowly rising. Particularly alarming are recent increases in pedestrian and bicycle fatalities, the growing dangers of distracting technologies, and the emergence of drug-impaired driving as a major problem. This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these and other devastating problems such as drunk driving, speeding and crashes at intersections.

'Overall, California's roadways are among the safest in the nation,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. 'But to meet future mobility, safety, and accessible transportation objectives, we have to reverse this recent trend in order to reach our common goal – zero deaths on our roadways. The Office of Traffic Safety and the Salinas Police Department want to work with everyone to create a culture of traffic safety across Salinas and the state.”

Activities that the grant will fund include:

• DUI saturation patrols

• Motorcycle safety enforcement

• Distracted driving enforcement

• Bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement

• Speed, red light, and stop sign enforcement

• Warrant service operations targeting multiple DUI offenders

• Compilation of DUI 'Hot Sheets,” identifying worst-of-the-worst DUI offenders

• Specialized DUI and drugged driving training such as Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), and Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE)

• Court 'sting” operations to cite individuals driving from DUI court after ignoring their license suspension or revocation Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Avoid the 20 Grant Award

Release Date/Time: 10/4/2015 10:52 AM

Incident: Avoid the 20 Grant Award

Report #: N/A

Date: Sunday, 10/4/2015

Time: 10:51 AM

Location: 222 Lincoln Ave

THE SALINAS POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES GRANT FOR COUNTY-WIDE DUI ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN

Drunk and drugged driving remains the number one killer on our roadways, with 1,197 alcohol involved deaths and over 23,000 injuries reported statewide in 2013. The 'Avoid the 20” DUI Task Force will be combating this deadly problem through DUI enforcement efforts in Monterey and San Benito Counties. The Salinas Police Department will be administering a recent $257,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety for both counties. Salinas has received this grant for the last 15 years. The amount of the grant this year is over 28 percent more than last year's grant.

Chief of Police Kelly McMillin said, "While awareness of driving while intoxicated has increased over the years, we still suffer far too many injuries and fatalities as a result of impaired driving. To those who drink responsibly and use designated drivers, we thank you. To those who chose to drive while drunk or high, understand that the Avoid the 20 Team will be looking for you and will do everything necessary to ensure the safety of our motoring public. Please don't drink and drive."

The 'Avoid the 20” DUI Task Force is named to send the message that if you don't drink or use drugs and drive, you will avoid getting arrested by any of the 20 participating law enforcement agencies in the two counties. The grant activities will specifically target those who get behind the wheel after drinking too much or using drugs that impair driving. Officers from law enforcement agencies across both counties will jointly staff DUI/Driver License Checkpoints and roving DUI saturation patrols. Additionally, funding will target the ‘worst of the worst' repeat DUI offenders with Warrant/Probation Sweeps and Court Sting Enforcement Operations focusing on DUI offenders with suspend licenses who drive from court hearings after being ordered not to by a judge.

'Overall, California's roadways are among the safest in the nation,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. 'But to meet future mobility, safety, and accessible transportation objectives, we have to reverse this recent trend in order to reach our common goal – zero deaths on our roadways. The Office of Traffic Safety and the Avoid DUI Task Force want to work with everyone to create a culture of traffic safety across Monterey and San Benito Counties and throughout State.”

Motorists can expect to see special DUI campaigns during the winter and summer holiday periods as well as on Halloween, Super Bowl Sunday, St. Patrick's Day, Cinco de Mayo and during local special events with identified DUI Problems. Funding for the grant comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Agencies participating in the ‘Avoid the 20' taskforce include:

The Salinas Police Department

The Monterey County Sheriff's Office

The Monterey Office of the California Highway Patrol

The Gilroy Office of the California Highway Patrol

The Hollister Police Department

The San Benito County Sheriff's Office

The Marina Police Department The Monterey Police Department

The Seaside Police Department

The Carmel Police Department

The Pacific Grove Police Department

The Del Rey Oaks Police Department

The Sand City Police Department

The Monterey Airport Police

The California State University Police CSUMB

The King City Police Department

The Greenfield Police Department

The Soledad Police Department

The Gonzales Police Department

The Presidio of Monterey Police

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 10/4/2015 1:16 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 15-100142

Date: Saturday, 10/3/2015

Time: 9:49 PM

Location: Mendocino Dr and Colusa Pl

At approximately 9:50 pm Salinas Police responded to the area of Mendocino Dr and Colusa on a report of a victim of a shooting. When they arrived they found  29 year old Abelino Martinez Jr suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.Officers attempted life saving measures, however Martinez died at the scene.Witnesses reported seeing two males in dark clothing running from the scene, however there is no other suspect information at this time. This incident is being investigated as gang related.

Salinas Police Detectives are still looking for any witnesses to this incident. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Rudy Roman at 831-758-7913. 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

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 10/2/2015 3:16 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 15-100056

Date: Thursday, 10/1/2015

Time: 9:56 PM

Location: North Hebbron Ave and East St.

On Thursday, October 1st at approximately 9:56 pm Officers responded to a report of a victim of a shooting near the intersection North Hebron and East St. On arrival they Cesareo Meza Ruiz (47) suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Meza-Ruiz was transported to a local hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries. Two suspects dressed in dark clothing were seen running from the area, but there is no other suspect information available at this time.

Salinas Police Detectives are looking for witnesses or anyone who may information regarding this incident. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Cameron Murphy at 831-758-7322. 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

Threats to Salinas High School

Release Date/Time: 9/30/2015 6:08 PM

Incident: Threats to Salinas High School

Date: Wednesday, 9/30/2015

Time: 9:48 AM

Location: Salinas High School

Several students from Salinas High brought to the attention of school staff a "Tweet" by a 14 year old Salinas High Student that alluded to shooting up the school.  The posted threat was a photo of graffitti in one of the schools bathrooms.  When officers arrived, school administrators had the juvenile identified and held in the office.  A search of the students property and home turned up no additional evidence and he claimed to have not been responsible for the graffitti.  After an extensive investigation, and interviews of staff and students, it was determined that there was no further threat to the saftey of the school. The juvenile was later lodged on one count of Terrorist Threats at Mo Co Juvenile Hall.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Cdr.

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 9/30/2015 4:46 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery - Business

Report #: 15-091696

Date: Wednesday, 9/30/2015

Time: 2:24 PM

Location: 1212 South Main Street #101 - Shermans Apothecary Pharmacy

A citizen in the area of the pharmacy observed a Hispanic male suspect enter the business wearing a dark hooded jacket with a mask covering his face.  The initial citizen was joined by another as the suspect left the business carrying stolen controlled substance.  The citizens followed the suspect as he fled westbound on Nissan Road to the rear of the business.  An off duty law enforcement officer joined in the pursuit.  The suspect fired one round from a small caliber firearm.  The citizens and law enforcement officer rushed the suspect and held him on the ground.  Another called 911 to request law enforcement.  They were joined by a couple more citizens and an off duty federal police officer.  Salinas Police Detectives and Officers arrived on scene and took the suspect into custody, recovered the firearm and the stolen controlled substance.  The suspect's (Hispanic male, 28 years of age) identity is known but is not being released at this time.  Detectives are investigating similar robberies.  The citizens and off duty law enforcement did an outstanding job and are to be commended for their actions.  The suspect will be booked into the Monterey County Jail.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide suspect Brad "Nicholas" Azcona WANTED

WANTED----Brad "Nicholas" Azcona

The Salinas Police Department is looking for Brad 'Nicholas” Azcona for his involvement in several violent crimes in Salinas.  Azcona is the suspected shooter in the death of Ramon Herrera (44) that took place at Market Way and Soledad St. in Salinas on September 23, 2015.  Azcona is also suspected of committing an attempted armed robbery in North Salinas with a handgun on September 23, 2015 as well.  

Azcona has a lengthy arrest history in Salinas and has been involved in a number of violent crimes in Salinas related to robberies, domestic violence and assaults.   Azcona is currently on CDC Parole and is wanted by State Parole.

Azcona should be considered armed and dangerous and a person who has a history of violent tendencies.  The public is urged to not confront Azcona if he is spotted but instead immediately call 911 to report his whereabouts. 

Azcona is described as a white male 6'0" tall and weighing 215 lbs.  Azcona has a fair completion, short blond hair and blue eyes.  He may have an unshaven look and/or possibly a goatee.

The Salinas Police Department is urging those in the community who may have other related information about Azcona or the crimes he is suspected of committing to contact the Salinas Police Department Investigations Division at 831-758-7226.  Information can also be left anonymously on the crime tip line at 758-7133 or 775-4222.  

 

Release Date/Time: 9/30/2015 11:34 AM

Incident: WANTED PERSON--Brad "Nicholas" Azcona

Date: Wednesday, 9/30/2015

Time: 11:34 AM

Location:

Release Authorized by: Commander Vincent Maiorana

Telephone: 831-758-7350

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The City of Salinas has people specifically designated to handle abandoned vehicles and long-term parking problems. These problems are generally handled on a complaint basis. The abandoned vehicle office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. The phone number, day or night, is (831) 758-7316.

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