Press Releases

Attempted Homicide/ Drug possession / Sales

Release Date/Time: 11/9/2013 1:55 PM

Incident: Attempted Homicide/ Drug possession / Sales

Report #: 13-110407

Date: Saturday, 11/9/2013

Time: 8:42 AM

Location: Rear of 346 W. Market St

Officers were dispatched to a victim of a shooting. They met with a 48 year-old victim, who said he was on the railroad tracks behind 346 W. Market when he was approached by a male who demanded money the victim owed to him. The victim said he did not have the money, so the male pulled out a sawed off .22 caliber rifle and shot him once in his right arm. Officers were able to develop the name of the suspect as Ricardo Martinez, 50. A BOL was placed.

A short time later Officers Hendrickson and G. Gonzalez saw the suspect driving in the South Salinas area. A high-risk vehicle stop followed and Martinez and his passenger, Rudolfo Ontverio, 51, were arrested without incident. The gun was recovered along with a backpack containing meth and marijuana. This backpack was at the feet of the passenger, Ontverio.

Ricardo Martinez was booked in county jail for attempted homicide, transporting narcotics, possession of narcotics, being a felon in possession of a firearm and having a sawed off rifle. Rudolfo Ontverio was booked in Monterey County Jail for transporting narcotics, possession of narcotics and possession for sales.

Release Authorized by: Michael Groves

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery & Pursuit

Release Date/Time: 11/9/2013 12:00 AM

Date: Friday, 11/8/2013

Time: 9:10 PM

Location: 1140 S. Main St. (CVS)

Officers received a dispatch regarding an armed robbery in progress at CVS Pharmacy located at 1140 South Main St.  Information provided to responding Officers was that there was a white male robber with a large knife robbing the pharmacy inside of the store.  As Officers arrived in the area they observed the described robber inside of a vehicle as it pulled from the curb on West San Joaquin St.  When Officers tried to stop the vehicle the driver, who was later identified as Adam Venuti (34), sped away in an attempt to evade pursuing Officers.  Venuti drove for a short distance colliding with a nearby parked vehicle.  After Venuiti's vehicle stalled, Venuti then fled on foot and was captured by Officers in the area.  Venuti was arrested and will later be booked at the Monterey County jail for armed robbery and other associated crimes.

Release Authorized by: Commander Vincent Maiorana

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Release Date/Time: 11/7/2013 10:04 PM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 13-110328

Date: Thursday, 11/7/2013

Time: 5:39 PM

Location: 518 E. Alisal St. Exclusive Auto Body

Officers responded to a report of shots fired with a victim who had been shot. Officers arrived within two minutes of the initial dispatch and found Juan Carlos Rodriguez (35) deceased. He was shot multiple times.  Rodriguez was co-owner of the body shop and long time resident of Salinas.  At this time it is unclear what the motive may be for his murder.  No witnesses have come forward.  The Salinas Police Department is asking for anyone with information to contact Detective McKinley at 758-7145 or Detective Warner at 758-7129.  You can also contact the Salinas Police Department crime tip line at 775-4222 and the "WeTip" line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Release Authorized by: Jeffery Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128


Release Date/Time: 11/5/2013 10:40 AM

Incident: Shooting

Report #: 13-110182

Date: Monday, 11/4/2013

Time: 9:31 PM

Location: PL 980 Acosta Plaza

Officers responded to a past tense shooting in the PL of 980 Acosta Plaza. A 36 Hispanic male had just parked his car in the lot and heard a loud bang. He did not realize it was a shot gun blast fired at his driver's door. He continued to sit in the front seat of his car. Approx. 5 minutes later he heard another bang, this time his rear passenger window was shot out and he was hit with several shotgun pellets in his upper back. The wounds did not appear life-threatening. The victim did not see anybody prior, or after the shooting and claims no gang affiliation.  The victim agreed to go to the hospital to be checked out for his injuries.

Release Authorized by: Michael Groves

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Robbery - Knife

Release Date/Time: 10/31/2013 8:56 PM

Incident: Robbery - Knife

Report #: 13-101501

Date: Thursday, 10/31/2013

Time: 7:34 PM

Location: 7-11 - 1305 N. Main St.

The employee of the 7-11 located at 1305 N. Main St. was working in the store when a male walked inside.  The subject, who was wearing all black clothing, a black mask, and black gloves, jumped over the counter, put a knife to the victim's neck, and demanded all the money from the register.  The victim opened the register, allowing the suspect to grab an undisclosed amount of cash.  He fled on foot and was additionally described as being 5'10" tall and weighing 160 lbs.  There is no further information.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 10/30/2013 2:42 PM
Incident: Armed Robbery - Business
Report #: 13-101420
Date: Wednesday, 10/30/2013
Time: 9:47 AM
Location: 400 East Market Street - Carl's Jr.

The suspect, described as a male, 5-9/5-11, wearing black beanie, black mask with a skull print across the front, dark sunglasses, black hooded jacket/pants/shoes with a black semi-automatic handgun entered the business and ordered all employees and customers to the ground. The suspect forced one employee to open the safe.  The suspect took an unknown amount of cash and fled the business.  The suspect was last seen running toward the area of Neil Street and Merced.  It appears that this robbery and the earlier robbery at Taco Bell, 6 Maple Street, twenty minutes earlier, are related.  Investigation is continuing.

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

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 10/30/2013 2:38 PM
Incident: Armed Robbery - Business
Report #: 13-101417
Date: Wednesday, 10/30/2013
Time: 9:29 AM
Location: 6 Maple Street - Taco Bell

A suspect described as a White or Hispanic male wearing a black skull mask, black pullover sweatshirt, black pants/gloves, with a dark semi-automatic handgun entered the business. He ordered that the employees provide him money from the safe. An unknown amount of money was taken.  The suspect was last seen running eastbound on Chesnut Street.

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

Fatal Traffic Collision

Release Date/Time: 10/30/2013 2:31 PM

Incident: Fatal Traffic Collision

Report #: 13-101411

Date: Wednesday, 10/30/2013

Time: 5:49 AM

Location: Abbott Street and Harkins Road

A 53-year-old male was walking across Abbott Street e/b at a location approximately 1/2 mile south of Harkins Road. There is no crosswalk in that area. A Chevy p/u was n/b in the #2 lane when the driver saw the pedestrian directly in front of him. The driver swerved to the #1 lane in an attempt to miss the man but clipped him with the passenger side mirror. The man was still on his feet when a Toyota traveling at about 50 mph struck him on the legs, causing the man to strike his head on the windshield.  The pedestrian broke the windshield before he went over the Toyota landing in the middle of the #2 lane. A Freightliner semi truck then struck and dragged the pedestrian about fifty feet before he fell from the semi. The case is under investigation by the Salinas PD Traffic Unit. The name of the victim is being withheld at this time pending notification of family. The pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene. This is the eighth fatal collision of the year. The fourth pedestrian fatal.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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