Press Releases

Injury Traffic Accident

Release Date/Time: 10/26/2013 8:12 PM

Incident: Injury Traffic Accident

Report #: 13-101267

Date: Saturday, 10/26/2013

Time: 5:31 PM

Location: Constitution Blvd. and Las Casitas Dr.

On October 26, 2013, at approximately 5:31 PM, a 22 year Salinas man was driving his 2001 Lincoln LS northbound on Constitution Blvd. when the driver of a 1999 Nissan Sentra attempted to make a left turn from Las Casitas Dr. onto southbound Constitution. The driver of the Lincoln was unable to stop in time and struck the Nissan on the driver door. The driver of the Nissan, a 49 year old Salinas man, was transported to Natividad Medical Center with a multitude of injuries. Medical personnel listed him in very critical condition with life threatening injuries. They indicated the injured man would eventually be transported by ground ambulance to a bay area hospital for further treatment.

The driver of the Lincoln was uninjured and neither vehicle had passengers at the time of the accident.

Northbound Constitution Blvd. was closed for a short time and the cause of the accident is under investigation.

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Patrol Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Release Date/Time: 10/21/2013 5:40 PM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 13-100982

Date: Monday, 10/21/2013

Time: 11:27 AM

Location: 1100 Block E. Laurel Dr.

At 1127 hours Officers were dispatched to a report of a victim of a shooting in the1100 block of 1146 E. Laurel Dr. On arrival they found Sergio Rodriguez (43) suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Rodriguez was transported to a local hospital where he dies as a result of his injuries.

Witnesses described an adult male in his early 20's running from the scene and getting into the passenger seat of a red sedan that fled the scene at a high rate of speed. This is the 21st Homicide of the year in Salinas and is being investigated as gang related.

Salinas Police Detectives are still looking for additional witnesses to this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Detective Kenneth Schwener at 831-758-7276 or Detective Arlene Currier 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: Vincent Maioraina

Telephone: (831) 758-7350

Traffic Collision Update

Release Date/Time: 10/21/2013 11:25 AM

Incident: Traffic Collision Update

Report #: 13-100800

Date: Monday, 10/21/2013

Time: 11:15 AM

Location: West Rossi Street & Sansome Street

On October 17th, at about 1345 hours, Richard Starner, 56, was seriously injured in a traffic collision while riding his motorcylce on West Rossi Street. Today at about 0400 hours, Starner passed away as a result of injuries sustained in the collision. This is the 7th fatal traffic collision in Salinas this year and the 2nd fatal motorcylce collsion. The case is still under investigation.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Search Warrant

Release Date/Time: 10/20/2013 12:58 PM

Incident: Search Warrant

Report #: 13-100932

Date: Sunday, 10/20/2013

Time: 9:12 AM

Location: 1700 block of Pescadero

Salinas Police Officers with the Violence Suppression Unit served a search warrant on a residence in the 1700 block of Pescadero.  The resident, Daniel Morales (23) was detained and the warrant was served.  Morales is an active gang member and convicted felon.  Inside the residence, a stolen handgun, ammunition, cash and a large amount of marijuana was located.  Morales was booked into county jail for felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition, possession of stolen property, marijuana sales and gang enhancements. His cash was taken for asset forfeiture.

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Gray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Arrest of Burglary Suspect

Release Date/Time: 10/18/2013 7:03 PM

Incident: Arrest of Burglary Suspect

Report #: 10-100770

Date: Friday, 10/18/2013

Time: 4:27 PM

Location: 20 block of Natividad Rd

Earlier this week, two vehicles were burglarized while parked in the Target and Big 5 parking lots in North Salinas. Personal property from each vehicle was stolen and the description of a suspect car that matched both crimes was provided to police. At approximately 4:30 PM this afternoon, an officers spotted the suspect vehicle as it parked at a residence along Natividad Rd. The driver, Jose Navarro (25) was contacted and his vehicle contained items taken from both thefts. Navarro was arrested and made incriminating statements. He was booked into Monterey County Jail. Additional property that is believed to be stolen was also located inside Navarro's car and officers are working on identifying those items.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Pursuit / Wanted Subject Arrest

Release Date/Time: 10/18/2013 4:42 PM

Incident: Pursuit / Wanted Subject Arrest

Report #: 13-100839

Date: Friday, 10/18/2013

Time: 12:34 PM

Location: Circle Dr / Myrtle St.

Members of the Salinas Police Department's Violence Suppression Unit (VSU) observed Joseph Perez (30) driving a vehicle near Towt St and Garner Ave.  Perez was a wanted parolee and was being investigated as a suspect in a recent gang fight.  When officers tried to stop him, Perez led them on a short vehicle pursuit.  Perez jumped out of his car and fled on foot.  Perez was apprehended by officers after a brief chase.  Perez was lodged in county jail for assault with a deadly weapon, gang enhancements, parolee at large, evading in a vehicle and resisting arrest.



Release Authorized by: Sgt. Gray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Injury Traffic Collision

Release Date/Time: 10/17/2013 5:12 PM

Incident: Injury Traffic Collision

Report #: 13-100800

Date: Thursday, 10/17/2013

Time: 1:46 PM

Location: West Rossi Street & Sonsome Street

The victim, a 56-year-old male, was riding his 1987 Harley Sportster motorcylce w/b on West Rossi Street approaching Sansome Street. The male driver, age 25, was stopped at the stop sign facing s/b on Sansome Street in his 2013 Hyundai. The driver of the Hyundai made a left turn onto Rossi directly in front of motocycle. The motorcylce rider struck the Hyundai broadside on the left/rear door. It appears the rider was launched over the Hyundai and landed on the pavement. When officers arrived the motorcycle rider was unconcious and unresponsive. He was transported to Natividad Medical Center where he was stabilized and later flown to a San Jose trauma center in critical condition. It did not appear that the driver of the Hyundai was under the influence of alcohol or any drug. He voluntarily gave a blood sample. The case is still under investigation.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Fatal Traffic Collision

Release Date/Time: 10/16/2013 4:00 PM

Incident: Fatal Traffic Collision

Report #: 13-091415

Date: Wednesday, 10/16/2013

Time: 3:44 PM

Location: 650 East Laurel Drive (East Laurel Shopping Center)

Hannibal Batistiana, age 30, was confined to an electric wheelchair for health reasons. He was driving his wheelchair through the parking lot of the East Laurel Shopping Center when a white pickup backed out of a parking spot and knocked him over. The white pickup fled the scene. Batistiana suffered a broken arm and a broken leg and was transported to SVMH. On October 4th, Batistiana died of complications brought about by the motor vehicle vs. wheelchair collision. Video of the collision was obtained from surrounding businesses. The investigation continues as investigators are examing the video. This is the 6th fatal collision in Salinas this year. The last three collisions have been vehicle vs. ped collisions.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7975 or (831) 758-7250

Planned Road Closure for Salinas High Homecoming Parade

There will be a road closure in effect this Friday, October 18th from 1:30 pm until 3:30 pm for the Salinas High School Homecoming Parade.  The closure will take place on S. Main St. beginning at E. Acacia St. and proceed north through Oldtown and end at E. Gabilan St.  No parking will be allowed along the parade route during these hours.

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 10/15/2013 4:26 PM
Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting
Report #: 13-100708
Date: Tuesday, 10/15/2013
Time: 1:09 PM
Location: 800 block of East Laurel Drive

A juvenile female was riding her bicyle westbound on the East Laurel Drive extension near Carr Lake when a 90's model "bluish gray" 4 door Honda drove alongside her. The right rear passenger, a light skin Hispanic Female, 17-20 years old, rolled down the rear window and fired two shots from a handgun.  The victim was not struck.  The victim claimed no gang affiliation.

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