Press Releases

Armed Robbery - Business - Arrest

Release Date/Time: 4/5/2014 1:26 AM

Incident: Armed Robbery - Business - Arrest

Report #: 14-040199

Date: Saturday, 4/5/2014

Time: 8:35 PM

Location: 19 East Romie Lane - Santa Cruz Market

Salinas Police Officers responded to an armed robbery at the Santa Cruz Market. The first officer arrived on scene and broadcast the suspect vehicle description.  A sergeant quickly located the vehicle driving in the area of John Street and Abbott Street.  The suspect vehicle turned onto Spring Street off of John Street and all of the occupants fled on foot.  The fixed wing California Highway Patrol Aircraft was in town and greatly assisted with locating the suspects.  Three suspects were taken into custody; the driver Miguel Martinez, 19, Sean Coffer, 20 and Michael Lopez, 19.  Two suspects entered the market with firearms and demanded money from the clerk.  Once they obtained the money they fled to an awaiting vehicle which was last seen eastbound on Hawthorne Street.  One firearm was recovered.  All three were booked into Monterey County Jail for Robbery, Conspiracy, Probation Violation and Gun Charges.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 4/4/2014 11:51 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery - Business

Report #: 14-040197

Date: Friday, 4/4/2014

Time: 8:13 PM

Location: 11 Clark Street - Quik Stop

2 suspects, both Hispanic males in their 20's, one dressed in all black and one with a brown hooded jacket and black pants entered the store with black handguns. One suspect ordered the clerk to open the cash register.  The suspect struck the clerk on the side of his head twice with the gun. The suspects obtained a small amount of money and fled on foot southbound on Clark Street. The clerk was transported to NMC for treatment.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Indroor Marijuana Grow, Weapons charges, Child Endangerment

Release Date/Time: 4/4/2014 10:52 PM

Incident: Indoor Marijuana Grow, Weapons charges, Child Endangerment

Date: Friday, 4/4/2014

Time: 7:00 AM

Location: Under 100 block N. Pearl and 900 block Circle Dr

The Monterey County Gang and Narcotics/Violent Crimes Task Force received information about a possible indoor marijuana grow on N. Pearl. St. in Salinas.  During surveillance, Candido Arroyo-Gonzales (35) was seen carrying items from the residence and was eventually tracked to the Circle Dr address. Through further investigation into the Pearl St. residence, it was discovered that a strong odor of marijuana was emitting from the residence and the entire house appeared to have blacked out windows.  A search warrant was authored for both locations. On Circle Dr, evidence of a prior grow was located in the garage along with a .45 ca pistol and a SKS assault rifle. On Pearl St, approximately 500 marijuana plants were located in several rooms outfitted with high power growing lights and a ventilation system.  In one room, the heat had become so intense at some point that the plastic mini-blinds had partially melted.  Arroyo-Gonzales was lodged for drug, weapon, and child endangerment charges.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Monterey County Joint Gang Task Force

Monterey County Narcotics/Violent Crimes Task Force

Telephone: (831) 758-7041

DMV Hotlist

Release Date/Time: 4/3/2014 11:17 AM

Incident: DMV Hotlist

Report #: N/A

Date: Thursday, 4/3/2014

Time: 10:11 AM

Location: City of Salinas

The Salinas Police Department has teamed up with the Department of Motor Vehicles to keep suspended drivers with prior DUI convictions off of the road. The program started on March 28th. Twice per month the DMV will send a 'Hot List” to Salinas PD. The hot list will include all people in the area who have at least two prior convictions for Driving Under the Influence and are currently suspended for one of those convictions. There are over 550 such drivers in the area. After receiving the list from DMV, Salinas PD will confirm the driver is suspended and put out a list of their own with 20 to 25 of the most likely to reoffend. The list will contain the name, address, and vehicle description of the offender. This list will then be issued to all officers in order that they are on the lookout. The Police Department may also use sting operations and stakeouts to catch the suspended drivers. Sergeant Gerry Ross said, 'These are the most dangerous drivers on the road. Our goal is to stop them from driving until their privilege has been reinstated. Hopefully many of them will hear of this program and decide not to drive. We will be out there trying to catch the rest.” The DUI driver in 24% of all fatal DUI crashes has at least one prior conviction as do 27% of drivers arrested for DUI. 75% of drivers convicted of DUI continue to drive despite being suspended or revoked. DMV started this program two years ago with about a dozen cities around the state. The program has recently been expanded to 35 cities including Salinas.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7975

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 4/3/2014 8:33 AM

Incident: Armed Robbery - Business

Report #: 14-040108

Date: Wednesday, 4/2/2014

Time: 10:08 PM

Location: 99 Clay Street - Clay Street Liquors

An lone suspect entered Clay Street Liquors and pointed a gun at the clerk, demanding money.  When the clerk did not react fast enough, the suspect punched him in the face with his free hand.  He fled westbound on Clay St. with an undisclosed amount of money.  The suspect was described as a Hispanic male adult with a thin build, 5'8" tall and 145 lbs.  He wore a dark gray hoodie, black beanie with an orange emblem, blue jeans and carried a black bacpack.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide Arrest

Release Date/Time: 4/2/2014 2:12 PM

Incident: Homicide Arrest

Report #: 12-090577

Date: Tuesday, 4/1/2014

Time: 7:10 PM

Location: Capital Motel

Salinas Police Department Investigators arrested Luis Fernando Garcia Espinoza (29) for the September 12, 2012 murder of Richard Pimentel who was twenty four year old at the time of his death.  The homicide occurred on North Main St at Menke St. after Pimentel was involved in a physical altercation with another individual at a local convenience store.  Investigators followed several leads since Pimentel's death and identified Espinoza as the suspect in the shooting death of Pimentel.  Yesterday, (4/1/14), Espinoza was contacted and arrested a local motel without incident.  Espinoza was later booked at the Monterey County Jail for homicide.  His bail is currently set at over a million dollars.


Salinas Police Investigators are still seeking out those who may have information about the homicide of Richard Pimentel.  Those who have information that may aid in the investigation are urged to call the Salinas Police Department Investigations Division at (831) 758-7226.

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeffery Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Residential Burglary, Conspiracy, Possession of Marijuana, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor

Release Date/Time: 4/2/2014 2:09 PM

Incident: Residential Burglary, Conspiracy, Possession of Marijuana, Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor

Report #: 14-040061

Date: Wednesday, 4/2/2014

Time: 10:33 AM

Location: 1100-block of Loyola Dr.

Officers were dispatched to the 1100-block of Loyola Dr. for a report of a possible burglary which had just occurred. A vehicle with three males was seen stop in front of a residence. Two of the occupants went to the rear, while a third went to the front door. A few moments later, all three subjects exited the house and left. Before officers could arrive, one of the subjects got out of the vehicle and fled on foot. Officers stopped the vehicle in the area of Montecito and Kentfield. The passenger, Victore Fiero (18) was found in possession of property from the residence in question. The driver, a 17 year old male, was in possession of property as well. Fiero was booked into the county jail, and the juvenile went to Juvenile Hall.  They were both booked for the burglary, conspiracy, and marijuana found inside the vehicle. Fiero had the additional charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Release Date/Time: 3/31/2014 11:18 PM

Incident: Shooting

Report #: 14-031627

Date: Monday, 3/31/2014

Time: 1:45 PM

Location: 400 block of Cabrillo Street

Officers responded to the area of Tampico and Cabrillo regarding a report of shots being fired. Witnesses described a black male adult wearing all dark clothing as the shooter.  Several casings were located in the street.  A residence and a vehicle parked on the street were hit by gunfire.  The intended target is believed to be the occupants of newer white colored sedan.  No one was injured and the investigation is continuing.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Stolen Vehicle, Burglary, Pursuit

Release Date/Time: 3/31/2014 2:08 PM

Incident: Stolen Vehicle, Burglary, Pursuit

Report #: 14-040071

Date: Monday, 3/31/2014

Time: 12:03 PM

Location: Bolero / E. Laurel Dr.

A Salinas Police officer spotted a stolen car at Bolero St. and E. Laurel Dr. The car was reported stolen out of the city of San Jose. The driver sped away leading the officer on a short pursuit but based on the suspect's erratic driving and traffic conditions, the officer determined that the driver posed too great a danger to the public and cancelled the pursuit after the suspect entered a shopping center parking lot at a high rate of speed. Shortly after cancelling the pursuit, dispatch received a call that the suspect car had sturck a curb at Rosarita Dr. and St. Francis Wy. and two subjects were seen running from the car. A lengthy search was conducted and eventually, Orlando Gonzales Perez (20) was found and arrested. While hiding from police, Perez broke into a residence in the 30 block of St. Francis Wy. He stole clothes from the home in order to conceal his identity and tried to flee out the back before being caught. His passenger was also located eventually released. A small amount of narcotics was found in the suspect vehicle.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 3/28/2014 1:24 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery - Business

Report #: 14-031471

Date: Friday, 3/28/2014

Time: 12:19 PM

Location: 606 E. Alisal St. - Cork & Bottle

A male entered the Cork & Bottle on E. Alisal St., pointed a handgun at the victim, and demanded money.  After obtaining an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect fled on foot and was last seen running southbound on S. Wood St. He was described as a Hispanic male in his 20s with a thin mustache and goatee. He wore a black hoodie, black cap, and sunglasses.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250