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DUI / Injury collision into building

Release Date/Time: 4/13/2015 8:42 AM

Incident: DUI / Injury collision into Roosevelt School

Report #: 15-040486

Date: Sunday, 4/12/2015

Time: 1:13 AM

Location: 120 Capitol St. (Roosevelt School)

Officers responded to a collision reported at Roosevelt Elementary School in which a vehicle crashed into the building. Officers arrived to find a 2015 Mustang had failed to stop for the westbound stop sign on Gabilan St. at Capitol St. The Mustang jumped the curb, went through the hedgerow and playground fence before striking one of the buildings. After colliding with the building the vehicle struck another fence and narrowly missed striking the gas main to the school. The vehicle was totaled and the driver was trapped inside. The driver, Andretty Ortiz (21) was unresponsive but breathing. Salinas Fire used their cutting tools to remove the vehicle's roof to extricate Ortiz. Based on the odor of alcohol emitting from Ortiz and his car, officers believed he was DUI. Ortiz was transported to the trauma center at Natividad Medical Center with a head injury. He is currently in ICU in critical condition. Just moments before this collision, Ortiz was involved in another crash at Alisal and Lincoln where he rear ended a vehicle and fled. This crash caused minor damage to the other vehicle. Ortiz was driving on a suspended license and has a prior conviction for Driving Under the Influence. The case will be forwarded to the Salinas Police Department Traffic Unit for additional investigation and then to the Monterey County District Attorney's Office. The Police Department will be requesting charges be filed for Driving Under the Influence, Hit and Run, and driving on a suspended license.

Release Authorized by: Gerard D Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7975

Police Officer Recruitment Orientation

Release Date/Time: 4/13/2015 8:40 AM

Incident:  Police Officer Recruitment Orientation

Date: Monday, 4/13/2015

Time: 8:40 AM

Location:  200 Lincoln Ave. (City hall Rotunda)

The Salinas Police Department, which is actively recruiting for entry-level police officer recruits, will hold a recruitment orientation session on Thursday April 16, 2015 at 6:00 pm in the City Hall Rotunda building, 200 Lincoln Avenue.

The police department is looking for several high quality candidates, preferably from Salinas or the surrounding region. The ability to speak more than one language is a strong plus.

Potential police officer candidates are invited to attend Thursday to learn about the application process from staff of the Police Department and the City of Salinas Human Resources Department. People with questions about Thursday's orientation session can contact Personnel and Training Sergeant John Murray at (831) 758-7164 or Human Resources Analyst Sylvia Enriquez at (831) 758-7259.

The current window to submit an application will close on Friday, April 30, 2015 at 5:00 pm.  

Release Authorized by:  Cdr. Dave Shaw

Telephone:  831-758-7271

Suicidal subject

Release Date/Time: 4/11/2015 4:44 PM

Incident: 5150

Date: Saturday, 4/11/2015

Time: 10:09 AM

Location: Greenbelt area of Sansome Drive

At about 1000 a citizen called in about a subject who saw a male walk across the greenbelt directly to an electrical tower and begin climbing. When officers arrived, the found a 47 year old male sitting on the crossbars about 3/4 the way up. Upon seeing the officer, he climber to the top and became very agitated yelling for police to shoot him.  PG&E, Salinas Fire, Salinas Police Hostage Negotiation Team adn Crisis Workers from Natividad Medical Center's Crisis Team all responded.  PG&E deactivated the powerline causing a temporary outage to the immediate area.  For the next 3 1/2 hours negotiators attempted to talk the man down, getting little to no responses from him.  Finaly, at aproxiamtely 1320 hours, the male complied with officers instructions to climb down.  Although a ladder had been positioned for the final portion of the decent, the subject chose to jump the last 12-15 feet from the tower.  when he landed his feet went out from under him causing him to fall onto his back, possibly causing a fractured tailbone.  He was taken intocustody wihout furthr indident and taken to Natividad Medical Center for evaluation by Mental Health Staff.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Reward: Up to $6,000 for Information on Food Bank Arsonist

Release Date/Time: 4/9/2015 12:15 PM

Incident: Reward: Up to $6,000 for Information on Food Bank Arsonist

Date: Thursday, 4/9/2015

Time: 12:55 PM

Location: Salinas

Release Authorized by: Spencer Critchley, Acting PIO

Telephone: (831) 998-3000

The Salinas Police Department and the anonymous crime tip service WeTip have posted a reward of up to $6,000 for information leading to the arrest of the Food Bank arsonist. The Police Department is offering $5,000 and WeTip is offering up to $1,000.

A March 21 fire at the Food Bank For Montery County disrupted a critically needed food supply relied upon by many of our neighbors, including children and seniors. Without the Food Bank, about 20 percent of the residents of Monterey County would face going hungry.

Anyone with information on the arson can share it anonymously by calling WeTip at 1-800-78-CRIME (1-800-782-7463). The service is open 24 hours a day and handles calls in English or Spanish.

A reward poster accompanies this release.

Photograph without consent

Release Date/Time: 4/9/2015 9:18 AM

Incident: Photograph without consent

Report #: 15-040253

Date: Thursday, 4/9/2015

Time: 8:09 AM

Location: Victoria's Secret/Northridge Mall

Recently the media has posted photographs on behalf of the Salinas Police Department  of a man who was wanted in connection to an incident at Victoria's Secret in Northridge Mall.  This individual needed to be contacted for attempting to take photographs of a female store employee.  Thanks to the media coverage and numerous citizens calling the police depatment, detectives were able to identify the suspect, contact, and serve a search warrant at the suspect's residence.  The Salinas Police department would like the public to know that this appears to be an iosolated incident.  There is no indication at this time that the crime has been ongoing or there are any other victims.  The Salinas Police Department would like to thank the Northridge Mall Security.  The mall has numerous high quality cameras in the mall and covering the parking lot that easily captured images of the suspect in the mall and in his vehicle as he was leaving the parking lot.  At this time, the investigation is ongoing therefore the supect's name will not be released. 

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128


Release Date/Time: 4/8/2015 11:49 PM

Incident: Shooting

Report #: 15-040358

Date: Wednesday, 4/8/2015

Time: 10:46 PM

Location: Del Monte Ave / Sanborn Rd

 Witnesses called in after hearing gunshots fired in the area of Del Monte Ave and N. Sanborn Rd. Shortly afterward, a 20-year old male walked into a local emergency room with at least 2 bullet wounds. The victim is an admitted gang member and he refused to provide any statement to officers. He was taken to in to surgery and is expected to survive. Police are asking anyone with information to call the Watch Commander at 758-7250 or the anonymous tip line at 800-78-CRIME.

Release Authorized by: Commander Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 4/8/2015 12:05 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder

Report #: 15-040312

Date: Tuesday, 4/7/2015

Time: 8:08 PM

Location: 200 Block of W. San Luis St.

A 26 year old male was standing on the porch of a residence in the 200 block of W. San Luis St., when an unknown male approached on foot. He pointed a gun at the victim and fired several times. The rounds missed, but struck the house. The suspect was last seen running southbound on West St. He was described as a Hispanic male in his teens, wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans. Witnesses reported seeing either two males or a male and female running to a white or tan truck parked on West St. immediately after the shooting and fleeing at a high rate of speed. No one inside the residence was hit and there is no further information.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Using a Concealed Device to Record Another's Body

Release Date/Time: 4/7/2015 10:50 AM

Incident:  Using a Concealed Device to Record Another's Body

Date: Tuesday, 4/7/2015

Time: 10:50 AM

Location:  Victoria's Secret Store (Northridge Mall)

The Salinas Police Department is asking for assistance from the community in identifying the pictured suspect.  The suspect is suspected of using a concealed device to record another person's body.

On Aril 6, 2015 the suspect was browsing in the Vistoria's Secret store for a lengthy period when one of the female employees contacted him.  A short time later the same employee, who was wearing a dress, noticed the suspect drop something on the ground at her feet and saw a flash.  The suspect then retrieved a small camera from the ground. The manager confronted the suspect and he fled out of the mall.  He was seen fleeing the property in an unknown year orange Jeep Cherokee.  The suspect was described as a white male adult, about 30 years-old, 5'10" and 145 lbs.  He has short brown hair and is clean shaven except for a growth of hair under the bottom lip.  He was wearing prescription glasses and a silver colored watch on his left wrist.  He was wearing a gray and black shirt, black pants and black shoes.

Anyone recognizing the suspect is asked to contact Detective Byron Gansen at 831-758-7137 or by email at [email protected] or the tip-line at 831-775-4222 or We-Tip at 1-800-78-CRIME(27463).


Release Authorized by:  Cdr. Dave Shaw

Telephone:  831-758-7271

Felony hit and run

Release Date/Time: 4/3/2015 5:38 PM

Incident: Felony hit and run

Report #: 15-040096

Date: Friday, 4/3/2015

Time: 6:16 AM

Location: North Main Street / Iris Drive

Joshua Verwolf, 39, was riding his bicycle s/b North Main Street. He made a left turn at Iris Drive toward the Rodeo Grounds. Vehicles in the #1 and #2 n/b lanes were stopped at the red light and yielded to Verwolf. A maroon Honda traveling n/b in the #3 lane did not yield. The Honda continued n/b through the intersection and struck Verwolf in the #3 lane. Verwolf went up onto the hood and broke the windshield before falling to the pavement.

Verwolf was rushed to Natividad Medical Center Trauma Unit. He suffered a dislocated shoulder, broken ribs, and a possible concusion. The Honda stopped briefly before fleeing northbound on North Main Street. Officers were unable to locate the suspect vehicle. Officers are still looking for a maroon Honda with a broken windshield. The investigation continues.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder Shooting

Release Date/Time: 4/2/2015 3:57 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder Shooting

Report #: 15-040057

Date: Thursday, 4/2/2015

Time: 12:57 AM

Location: 1700 block of Klamath Dr

The intended victim was in front of a residence when one of two suspects dressed in all black shot at him multiple times. An uninvolved 19-year-old female inside of the home was struck by a stray bullet. She received a non-life threatening wound was was taken to a local hospital. Anyone with information regarding this shooting is encouraged to call the listed phone number.

Release Authorized by: James Godwin

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


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