Press Releases

Fatal Traffic Collision

Release Date/Time: 10/16/2013 4:00 PM

Incident: Fatal Traffic Collision

Report #: 13-091415

Date: Wednesday, 10/16/2013

Time: 3:44 PM

Location: 650 East Laurel Drive (East Laurel Shopping Center)

Hannibal Batistiana, age 30, was confined to an electric wheelchair for health reasons. He was driving his wheelchair through the parking lot of the East Laurel Shopping Center when a white pickup backed out of a parking spot and knocked him over. The white pickup fled the scene. Batistiana suffered a broken arm and a broken leg and was transported to SVMH. On October 4th, Batistiana died of complications brought about by the motor vehicle vs. wheelchair collision. Video of the collision was obtained from surrounding businesses. The investigation continues as investigators are examing the video. This is the 6th fatal collision in Salinas this year. The last three collisions have been vehicle vs. ped collisions.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7975 or (831) 758-7250

Planned Road Closure for Salinas High Homecoming Parade

There will be a road closure in effect this Friday, October 18th from 1:30 pm until 3:30 pm for the Salinas High School Homecoming Parade.  The closure will take place on S. Main St. beginning at E. Acacia St. and proceed north through Oldtown and end at E. Gabilan St.  No parking will be allowed along the parade route during these hours.

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 10/15/2013 4:26 PM
Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting
Report #: 13-100708
Date: Tuesday, 10/15/2013
Time: 1:09 PM
Location: 800 block of East Laurel Drive

A juvenile female was riding her bicyle westbound on the East Laurel Drive extension near Carr Lake when a 90's model "bluish gray" 4 door Honda drove alongside her. The right rear passenger, a light skin Hispanic Female, 17-20 years old, rolled down the rear window and fired two shots from a handgun.  The victim was not struck.  The victim claimed no gang affiliation.

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

Armed Robbery - Persons

Release Date/Time: 10/15/2013 2:45 AM

Incident: Armed Robbery - Persons

Report #: 13-100666

Date: Tuesday, 10/15/2013

Time: 1:27 AM

Location: 700 Block of E. Romie Ln.

An couple had just returned home to their apartment in the 700 block of E. Romie Lane and were walking from the parking lot to their residence when they were confronted by two males.  One of the individuals pointed a gun at the victims and demanded their money . When the 66 year-old male said he had no money, the second suspect punched him in the face several times and then kicked him after he fell. The first suspect then grabbed the purse the 69 year-old woman was carrying. Both suspects ran through the parking lot and continued westbound on E. Romie Lane. On their way out, the first suspect bumped into a parked vehicle and dropped his gun. It was later determined to not be a real firearm. The male victim was treated for minor injuries. Both suspects were described as Hispanic males in their late 20s, about 5'4" and 150-170 lbs. The suspect with the gun had a black bandana covering his face, while the other one did not. They both wore dark clothing and fled with an undetermined amount of cash.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 10/13/2013 1:08 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 13-100577

Date: Saturday, 10/12/2013

Time: 9:09 PM

Location: 1700 Block of Emerald Dr.

Several people were gathered in the garage of a residence in the 1700 block of Emerald Dr. watching the Marquez-Bradley fight.  The garage door was open and the guests had their backs to the driveway.  Without warning, several shots were fired into the group from someone standing outside.  A 53 year-old male was struck in the back.  The victim was clearly not gang-related.  He was transported to the hospital for treatment.  A green Honda Accord had been seen in the area before the shooting and may possibly be involved.  The individual who fired the shots wore a black hoodie with white sleeves.  He fled on foot after the shooting.  At the time of this entry, the victim was still being treated and his condition was not known. 

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

187(a) PC Homicide

Release Date/Time: 10/11/2013 5:34 PM

Incident: 187(a) PC Homicide

Report #: 13-100527

Date: Friday, 10/11/2013

Time: 2:36 PM

Location: Bellhaven St. & Second Ave.

Officers were dispatched to the area of a report of shots being fired and shortly thereafter the discovery of a victim of the shooting. When officers arrived on scene, they found Jaime Donato Rubio (35) slumped over the steering wheel of his vehicle.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene. Witnesses state that the driver of a purple Honda or Nissan product pulled along side of Rubio's parked car, exited and opened fire on Rubio. The suspect was described as a thirty year old hispanic male with short hair and gang appearance, wearing blue or black.  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department Crime Tip Line at 755-4222, or Detectives at 758-7127 or 758-7137.

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

72 Hour Hold for Evaluation and Treatment

Release Date/Time: 10/9/2013 9:22 AM

Incident: 72 Hour Hold for Evaluation and Treatment

Report #: 13-100388

Date: Wednesday, 10/9/2013

Time: 7:51 AM

Location: West Laurel Drive / U.S. 101

County Communications received several calls of a girl possibly contemplating jumping from the overpass at W. Laurel Drive and U.S. 101. Callers said that a female was sitting on the railing, crying. Upon arrival, an officer from the Salinas Police Department saw the 16-year-old victim sitting on the south railing of the bridge over the n/b lanes of the freeway. The girl had her hands over her face and was crying. As the officer pulled up, the girl began leaning forward as if to fall from the bridge. The officer quickly grabbed the girl and was able to pull her to safety. The girl was very despondent. She had left two suicide notes behind and the last call on her phone had been to Suicide Prevention. The girl was transported to Natividad Medical Center and placed on a hold for treatment and evaluation.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Retirement of Officer Miguel Cabrera

Release Date/Time: 10/8/2013 3:05 PM

Incident:  Retirement of Officer Miguel Cabrera

Date: Tuesday, 10/8/2013

Time: 3:05 PM

Location:  Salinas City Hall Rotunda

Officer Miguel Cabrera is retiring from the Salinas Police Department after 22 years of law enforcement service.  A final briefing ceremony will be held in the Salinas City Hall Rotunda on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm.  The media and public are invited to attend.

Release Authorized by:  Cmdr. Dave Shaw

Telephone:  831-758-7271

Residential Burglary, Conspiracy, Resisting Arrest

Release Date/Time: 10/7/2013 5:45 PM

Incident: Residential Burglary, Conspiracy, Resisting Arrest

Report #: 13-100287

Date: Monday, 10/7/2013

Time: 11:46 AM

Location: 1100 Block of Eagle Dr.

One 15-year old male and three 16-year old males entered a home through a 2nd-story window in the 1100 block of Eagle Dr. A neighbor called police and multiple officers established a perimeter around the residence. The suspects were challenged by officers as they exited the house but all four ran and began jumping fences in the neighborhood. Oscar Loya Elementary School was locked down for approximately one hour but eventually, all four suspects were captured. One suspect had the victim's property on his person and the remaining items were found in a nearby garbage can. None of the suspects were injured but an officer sustained a laceration to his hand while jumping a fence, which required stitches. All four suspects were booked into Monterey County Juvenile Hall on charges of Residential Burglary, Conspiracy and Resisting Arrest.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Vehicle Pedestrian Accident

Release Date/Time: 10/5/2013 8:49 AM
Incident: Vehicle Pedestrian Accident
Report #: 13-100189
Date: Friday, 10/4/2013
Time: 11:09 PM
Location: North Main Street and Iris Drive

A 53 year old Hispanic male pedestrian was originally in the Sherwood Gardens Shopping Center when he attempted to run eastbound across North Main Street near the intersection at Iris Drive. He nearly made it to the other side but was struck by a pickup truck traveling in the northbound #3 lane. The pedestrian sustained major injuries and was given CPR at the scene. He was pronounced deceased on the way to the hospital. The driver of the pickup truck remained at the scene.  He was properly licensed and did not appear to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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