Press Releases

Robbery Search Warrant Service

Release Date/Time: 3/6/2014 10:20 AM

Incident: Robbery Search Warrant Service

Report #: 13-120035

Date: Thursday, 3/6/2014

Time: 10:09 AM

Location: 916 Acostas Plaza #22

Detectives of the Salinas Police Department authored a seach warrant for the residence of a 14 year old armed robbery suspect at 916 Acosta Plaza #22. The Violence Suppression Unit made entry and secured the residence for the search. Prior to the actual service of the warrant, the minor boy was taken into custody at school. During the service of the warrant, detectives recovered a pistol and numerous rounds of ammunition that may have been used during the commission of the robbery.  The minor was questioned and lodged at the Monterey County Juvenile Hall. The minor's father, Ruben Avalos Guerrero (38) admitted the gun belonged to him and and he knew that his son had acccess to the gun.  A criminal complaint has been filed with the Monterey County District Attorney's Office for Ruben Avalos Guerrero.

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Vehicle - Pedestrian Accident

Release Date/Time: 3/4/2014 9:35 AM

Incident: Vehicle - Pedestrian Accident

Report #: 14-030178

Date: Tuesday, 3/4/2014

Time: 4:49 AM

Location: W. Laurel Dr. & N. Davis Rd.

A 38 year old male driver, was traveling his Lincoln Navigator westbound on W. Laurel Dr.  As he drove into the left turn lane at the intersection with N. Davis Rd., he came across a male laying in the roadway directly in front of him. It appeared he had fallen off his bicycle, which was a short distance away. The driver was unable to avoid colliding with the 70 year old male. The victim, who sustained major injuries, was taken to the hospital for treatment.  There is no additional information at this time.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

2014 Spring Community Academy

We still have a few openings for the 2014 Spring Community Academy. We will be accepting applications until March 10, 2014.

The Salinas Police Department will present a Community Police Academy from March 20th through June 5th, 2014. The Community Academy will run from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM each Thursday night for 12 consecutive weeks, with the final class to be held on June 5, 2014.

Community Police Academy participants will have the opportunity to go on a ride-along with a patrol officer, observe what the Salinas Police SWAT team does, learn all about our Crime Scene Investigation Unit, participate in scenarios, watch a demonstration of the K9 program, learn about the hiring process of police officers and much more.

Each night features a new topic, with speakers, demonstrations, discussions and field trips. We will answer questions and give and in-depth, behind the scenes look at police operations.

To attend the Community Academy obtain an application and submit it to the Salinas Police Department, Community Services Unit by Monday March 10th, 2014. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, live or work in Salinas or involved in a community-based organization that provides services to Salinas residents. Applicants must not be on probation or parole or have any recent felonies on their record.

Class size is limited to 25 students; so prospective applicants should not wait to submit their application. Applications may be obtained by sending an email request for a Community Academy application to Applications can be returned by filling them out on your computer and returning them via email or by printing them out and returning the hard copy to Sergeant Heath Johnson/Community Services Unit, 222 Lincoln Ave, Salinas, Ca, 93901. Applications can also be picked up and turned in at the Salinas Police Department front desk.

If you have any questions, feel free to email or call Sergeant Heath Johnson at 831-758-7247.

Suicidal Subject

Release Date/Time: 2/25/2014 10:39 PM

Incident: Suicidal Subject

Report #: 14-021992

Date: Tuesday, 2/25/2014

Time: 10:30 AM

Location: John Street @ US 101 overcrossing

A 40 year old male assumed that he was losing his parental rights and custody of his children. He became despondent as a result. He climbed on the outside of the cyclone fence on John Street @ US 101. Southbound traffic on the 101 was backed up to Prunedale. Traffic in the local area was diverted. Negotiations were on going for approximately 3 hours before the man was taken into custody and transported to Natividad Medical Center for evaluation. Salinas Police Officers trained in Crisis Intervention along with 2 crisis workers from Monterey County Behavioral Health spoke with the man for several hours.  Salinas Police was assisted by the California Highway Patrol, Salinas Fire Department and AMR.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery Arest

Release Date/Time: 2/24/2014 6:12 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery Arest

Report #: 14-020394 / 14-020395

Date: Monday, 2/24/2014

Time: 3:15 PM

Location: Laurel / St. Edwards

On February 20th two separate armed robberies occurred at the 7-11 on W. Curtis and the Quick Stop on Williams road. During the investigation Salinas Police Detectives identified David Hernandez (20), as the suspect. Today Hernandez, a known gang member was arrested without incident, and lodged at the Monterey County Jail with a $500,000 bail.





Release Authorized by: James Arensdorf

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 2/24/2014 2:36 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder

Report #: 14-021100

Date: Sunday, 2/23/2014

Time: 8:49 PM

Location: 1100 block of North Sanborn Rd

At approximately 8:50 pm Officers from the Salinas Police Department responded to the 1100 block of North Sanborn for a victim of a shooting. Upon arrival they found two 16 year old male victims suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Both were transported to local hospitals. A third 18 year old male victim was transported by private vehicle to a local hospital. All 3 victims are listed in serious but stable condition.  Two suspects were seen running from the area after the shots were fired, and this incident is being investigated as gang related.

Salinas Police Detectives are still looking for additional witnesses to this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Detective Mike Rivera at 831-758-7971 or Detective Dale Fors at 831-758-7124.  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

Attempted Homicide - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 2/23/2014 12:32 AM

Incident: Attempted Homicide - Shooting

Report #: 14-021053

Date: Saturday, 2/22/2014

Time: 8:42 PM

Location: Towt Street and Freedom Parkway

Officers were dispatched to the 1100 block of Oso Court regarding a victim of a shooting. Upon arrival officers contacted the victim who had sustained several gunshot wounds to his lower legs. The wound did not appear to be life threatening. The victim was walking by himself in the area of Towt Street and Freedom Parkway.  A blue 4 door car pulled up and two suspects shot multiple times at him.  The case is being investigated as gang related.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Possession of Marijuana on School Grounds & Possession of Marijuana for Sale

Release Date/Time: 2/21/2014  1:55 PM

Incident: Possession of Marijuana on School Grounds & Possession of Marijuana for Sale

Report #: 14-020961

Date: Thursday, 2/20/2014

Time: 1:36 PM

Location: North Salinas High School

In the past week, several students at North Salinas High School have displayed signs of being under the influence of marijuana while at school.  In the five cases, the students told school officials they had ingested cookies laced with marijuana.  On Thursday, February 20th, Salinas Police was notified of a student in the office who was in possession of a suspected marijuana-laced cookie.  Police investigation led to the arrest of three female students for possession of marijuana on school grounds and possession for sales.  It is believed the three students were selling marijuana-laced cookies to fellow students on campus.  Investigation is still continuing.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 2/20/2014 7:19 AM

Incident: Armed Robbery - Business

Report #: 14-020935

Date: Thursday, 2/20/2014

Time: 2:59 AM

Location: 339 Williams Rd / Quick Stop

The suspect HMA, confronted the clerk outside of the business and ordered him at gun point back into the business. Once inside, the suspect jumped over the counter and had the clerk open the register. While the clerk was trying to open the register, the suspect struck the him in the head with the gun. The clerk was able to open the register and the suspect took an unknown amount of money from the til. The suspect was last seen running into the alley behind the store.

Release Authorized by: Heath Johnson

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery- Business

Release Date/Time: 2/20/2014 4:29 AM

Incident: Robbery

Report #: 14-020935

Date: Thursday, 2/20/2014

Time: 2:42 AM

Location: 1305 N. Main St / 7-11

HMA suspect entered the 7-11 at Curts and N. Main and stood by the counter until the clerk walked behind then counter. As soon as the clerk reached the register, the suspect pulled a dark colored semi auto handgun from his sweatshirt pocket and jumped over the counter. The suspect said, "give me your money, fool." The clerk opened the register and then the suspect struck the clerk on the right side of his head with the gun causing a severe laceration and knocking the clerk out. The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money from the register and then fled the store running west on W. Curtis St. HMA described as, 20 to 21 year old, black hooded sweatshirt, blue pants. We are waiting for the video. Investigation continues.

Release Authorized by: Heath Johnson

Telephone: (831) 758-7250