Press Releases

Stabbing & Robbery

Release Date/Time: 11/17/2013 11:34 PM

Incident: Stabbing & Robbery

Report #: 13-110777

Date: Sunday, 11/17/2013

Time: 9:51 PM

Location: Los Padres Apartments - John St. & N. Sanborn Rd.

A 19 year old male was walking through the Los Padres Apartments when he was approached by several males. One of the individuals brandished a knife and asked the victim what he claimed. When the victim said he was not involved in gangs, the suspect swung the knife and cut the victim on the left forearm. The suspect then demanded money, and the victim gave him $100 before running away. The victim sustained a deep laceration to his forearm.  He was treated and released at a local hospital. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his 20s wearing a red hat and a red shirt. There was no further description of the others.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Burglary, Providing False Information, & Violation of Probation

Release Date/Time: 11/17/2013 7:13 PM

Incident: Burglary, Providing False Information, & Violation of Probation

Report #: 13-110765

Date: Sunday, 11/17/2013

Time: 4:09 PM

Location: Jurassic Pets - 923 S. Main St.

Officers were called to the Park Row area on S. Main St. for a report of a male with a hammer acting suspiciously.  During the area check, Salvador Barone, 21, was seen running away on Hawthorne St.  Officers contacted Barone and learned from a witness he threw an item into some bushes before being spotted by officers.  A search revealed it was a donation box, containing money for the SPCA.  The donation box was later confirmed to have been inside Jurassic Pets on S. Main St.  Barone had been seen inside the business a few moments earlier.  In addition, the hammer Barone had was located in some nearby bushes.  He was arrested and booked into the County Jail for the burglary, providing false information about his identity, and violation of probation.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 11/16/2013 11:47 AM
Incident: Armed Robbery - Business
Report #: 13-110720
Date: Saturday, 11/16/2013
Time: 9:07 AM
Location: 101 Bardin - Gissill Salon

A suspect described as a Hispanic male adult, early 20's, black hooded jacket, with a bandana covering his face entered the business with a black, possibly a semi-automatic handgun. He ordered the victims to give him their money.  An undetermined amount of money was stolen.  He was last seen running on Bardin Road toward Cross Avenue. Investigation continues...

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

Shooting Into an Occupied Dwelling & Attempted Arson

Release Date/Time: 11/14/2013 11:57 PM

Incident: Shooting Into an Occupied Dwelling & Attempted Arson

Report #: 13-110676

Date: Thursday, 11/14/2013

Time: 9:05 PM

Location: 900-Block of Acosta Plaza

Salinas Police received a call of bottles being thrown at a residence in the 900-block of Acosta Plaza.  A few moments later, the call was updated as shots being fired. Arriving officers found several bullet casings outside the front door. Although no one inside the residence was seriously hurt, a 2 year old child was struck in the eye with debris of some kind.  He was taken to the hospital for treatment to his non-lifethreatening injuries.  Officers later determined that the bottles thrown were Molotov Cocktails that failed to ignite. At this time, the only suspect information police have is that two people were seen fleeing the area by jumping over a wall that leads to E. Laurel Dr. They were described as a Hispanic male in his 20s, wearing a black shirt and a Hispanic female in her 20s, wearing a brown jacket. There is no further information at this time.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 11/14/2013 11:15 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery - Business

Report #: 13-110677

Date: Thursday, 11/14/2013

Time: 11:54 PM

Location: 319 E. Market - Smart & Final

Two males wearing hoodies entered Smart & Final on E. Market St.  One of the subjects pointed a handgun and forced an employee to hand over an undisclosed amount of cash.  After receiving the money, the suspects fled the store in an unknown direction.  They were described as Hispanic males in their 20s, wearing black hoodies, and blue jeans. They were about 5'6" to 5'8" tall, with thin to medium builds. There is no further information at this time.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Vehicle v. Pedestrian Accident

Release Date/Time: 11/14/2013 5:18 PM

Incident: Vehicle v. Pedestrian Accident

Report #: 13-110654

Date: Thursday, 11/14/2013

Time: 3:02 PM

Location: Williams Rd. and Grandhaven Ave.

On November 14, 2013, at approximately 3:00 pm, a 32 yr. old mother and her 7 yr. old daughter were attempting to cross Williams Rd. at Grandhaven Ave. They were in the crosswalk and waited for southbound traffic to stop. The vehicles in the #2 lane (closest to the sidewalk) stopped, allowing the pedestrians to cross. The victims started to cross the street but did not notice a vehicle, going 35 mph, travelling in the #1 lane (closest to the center) was not going to stop. The driver, Mareo Viniegra (56), was unable to stop and struck both victims. The victims travelled approximately 45 ft. before landing in the center lane of Williams Rd. Both were transported to a local hospital and treated for unknown injuries. The injuries did not appear to be life threatening and at the time of this release, their conditions are unknown.  Viniegra was cited for a suspended license and released from the scene.

The accident was captured on video from a nearby store and is being released as a graphic example of the dangers of not paying attention while driving.  With the recent increase in vehicle/pedestrian accidents, the Salinas Police Department is asking drivers to be aware of your surroundings, especially when approaching crosswalks.  Pedestrains must also be aware that even if you are in a crosswalk, please be aware and look out for vehicles that may not see you.


Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Patrol Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 11/12/2013 1:51 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Report #: 13-110511

Date: Tuesday, 11/12/2013

Time: 10:00 AM

Location: 695 E. Alisal St. AY Market

A manager at the AY Market, was walking to her car with the weekend deposits from the store. Before she got to her car she was approached by a HM, 16-18 yrs, slight build, wearing a black hoody and bandana over his face. He put a gun to her head and demanded the money. The manager gave up the bag she was holding with an undisclosed amount of money and the suspect fled onto Hebbron to a waiting vehicle. There were no injuries. Investigation continues.

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Shooting into occupied vehicle

Release Date/Time: 11/10/2013 4:00 PM

Incident: Shooting into occupied vehicle

Report #: 13-110422

Date: Saturday, 11/9/2013

Time: 3:47 PM

Location: Boronda/El Dorado

A witness called in to report that the driver of a Maroon Chevy single cab pick-up, fired 3 shots from a handgun at an occupied gray VW. Both vehicles drove from the area. The victim never called in to report the crime and has not been located. The witness believed the vehicle was struck by the rounds.

Release Authorized by: Michael Groves

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Release Date/Time: 11/10/2013 3:56 PM

Incident: Shooting

Report #: 13-110440

Date: Sunday, 11/10/2013

Time: 12:33 AM

Location: 128 Orchard

The victim, a 25 year-old Hispanic male and two friends were standing in front of 128 Orchard drinking beer. A lone gunman walked up from the area of Sieber St wearing all black with a black ski mask covering his face. He walked up to the front yard and fired nine rounds from a handgun at the group, striking the victim twice in the upper back. Both rounds exited his upper chest and continued into the house. The victim was transported to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. No one else was injured and no one in the group had any obvious gang affiliation.

Release Authorized by: Michael Groves

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Release Date/Time: 11/9/2013 9:45 PM

Incident: DUI

Report #: 13-110432

Date: Saturday, 11/9/2013

Time: 7:51 PM

Location: 300 Blk. Front St

David Gomez Chaidez (55) is a cab driver for Green Cab and drives a new mini-van style vehicle designed to carry handicapped persons. The van is registered to MST. He took a disabled female to her apartment, lowered the ramp and assisted the lady into her home while leaving the car parked and open on the front side of the building. Chaidez exited the apartments and discovered his van was not there so he called 911 to report it stolen. Officers arrived and saw the van parked in front and undisturbed. The doors were open and they noticed an empty 24-ounce beer can under the driver seat and two full  beers between the front seats. Officers eventually found Chaidez and determined that he was intoxicated. Chaidez had exited the building to the rear rather than the front where he had left the van. The vehicle was returned to Green Cab employees. Chaidez's blood alcohol content was nearly 3 times the legal limit. Chaidez legally qualified for release with a notice to appear and was turned over to a responsible party.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250