Press Releases

Avoid the 20 Winter Mobilization

Release Date/Time: 12/16/2015 10:09 AM

Incident: Avoid the 20 Winter Mobilization

Report #: N/A

Date: Wednesday, 12/16/2015

Time: 10:09 AM

Location: Monterey and San Benito Counties

Police Aim to Save Lives with ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' Crackdown

Salinas CA - If you're enjoying the holidays with a drink, law enforcement agencies from Monterey and San Benito Counties have a message for you: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Due to the increase in drunk-driving-related fatalities around the holidays each year, law enforcement agencies across America will be actively searching for and arresting drunk drivers from December 18 to January 3. As part of the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign period, police, sheriff and the CHP will be deploying DUI Checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols during the upcoming 17 day DUI Enforcement Campaign throughout the region.

Law enforcement in Monterey and San Benito Counties are conducting a DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint in Salinas along with numerous DUI saturation Patrols throughout both counties. The checkpoint will be conducted on Friday, December 18th, and will involve officers from several jurisdictions.

There are 10,000 reasons to crackdown: in 2013, 10,076 people were killed in crashes involving a drunk driver. In December 2013 alone there were 733 people killed in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. Twenty-three of those deaths occurred on Christmas Day. California was witnessed to 98 deaths and another 1,852 injured in alcohol involved collisions in December 2013. 'All drivers need to hear the message,” said Sergeant Gerry Ross of the Salinas Police Department who organizes the Avoid the 20 Campaign. 'It is up to each driver to make the right choice. Drunk driving is not the choice to make. When you make that choice, people get hurt or die. That's why we're involved in this nationwide campaign and trying to get the message out: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” 'Don't risk it.” Sergeant Ross said, 'The only way to make sure you get home safely is to drive sober or catch a ride with a sober designated driver.”

Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. Everyone should be mindful that if you're taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects. Law Enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of drunk driving reminding everyone that all it takes is a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driver or call a cab. But whatever you do, don't drink and drive.

The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched last year, the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to 'Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a 'List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their life saving role. They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb – all from one screen.

The Monterey and San Benito County DUI Coalition reminds everyone to follow these simple tips to stay safe:

• Plan a safe way to get home before you attend the party. Alcohol impairs judgment, as well as reaction time. If you're impaired you're more likely to choose to drive drunk.

• Designate a sober driver; take public transportation, a car service, or a call a sober friend of family member to get home.

• Walking while impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Designate a sober friend to walk you home.

• If you see someone you think is about to drive while impaired, take their keys and help them get home safely.

If you're caught drinking and driving you could face jail time, fines, loss of driver's license, towing fees, and other DUI expenses, totaling $10,000 on average. That's not a small price, and that doesn't even count the heftier price you could pay: the price of your life or someone else's. In addition to reminding all drivers to drive sober, Sergeant Ross is calling on everyone to be alert and ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911! If you see a dangerous driver call immediately! If someone you know is about to drive after drinking, take their keys and help them get home safely. "Everyone needs to work together to prevent drunk driving and prevent a holiday tragedy,” he said. "Remember, driving after drinking should never be an option." Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

The Avoid DUI Task Force holiday enforcement campaign is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Shots Fired

Release Date/Time: 12/15/2015 11:40 PM

Incident: Shots Fired

Report #: 15-120964

Date: Tuesday, 12/15/2015

Time: 10:09 PM

Location: Northridge Mall - East Main Entrance

Officers responded to Northridge Mall near the east main entrance for a report of a shooting. No victims were initially located, but witnesses told officers a white Honda with black stripes along the bottom was involved. It was last seen traveling eastbound on E. Boronda Rd. Police later contacted two males in their twenties, who said they had been walking outside near the main entrance when they were shot at. They were not hurt, but officers located evidence of shots having been fired. The victims described the suspect vehicle as a white Honda. There was no suspect information available and the motive for the shooting is not clear at this time.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Robbery / Robberies / Stolen Veh.

Release Date/Time: 12/15/2015 2:13 PM

Incident: Attempted Robbery / Robberies / Stolen Veh.

Report #: 15-120893, 0894, 0897, 0905

Date: Tuesday, 12/15/2015

Time: 8:39 PM

Location: Walmart N. Davis / Quickstop Clark / Valero W. Market St.

At 0839 hours, officers were dispatched to Walmart at 1375 N. Davis on a call of an attempted robbery.  Two male suspects dressed in all black with their faces covered and one had a rifle exited a red Nissan Frontier and ran into the store. One male stayed in the vehicle.  They ran straight to the courtesy counter but fled the store before completing the robbery. At 0851 hours, the Quick Stop at 11 Clark St. was robbed by an Hispanic male adult wearing dark clothing with a rifle. The suspect fled in a red Nissan Frontier.  At 0853 hours the Valero at 633 W. Market was robbed. A White male adult armed with a black semi auto handgun with green eyes wearing a black mask and dark clothing robbed the business before getting into a waiting Nissan Frontier.  A Salinas Police officer responding to the area located the robbery vehicle unccupied in a nearby neighborhood. The vehicle was recently stolen from a residential burglary in Soledad.  At approximately 10:00 am, officers were sent to a car fire at Martella / W. Lake.  A witness saw a Black male adult in the vehicle and appeared to be working on the stereo. As soon and the male exited the car, it began rolling down the street and into the drainage ditch before bursting into flames. The car was a 2006 Toyota Camry that was reported stolen this morning from north Salinas.  It is unknown at this time whether the Camry is related to the robberies.  Detectives are investigating this case.

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Gray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide/Attempted Homicide Update

Release Date/Time: 8/20/2015 1:15 PM

Incident: Homicide/Attempted Homicide Update

Report #: 15-080787

Date: Sunday, 8/16/2015

Time: 1:19 AM

Location: 1400 Block N. Davis Rd

On Sunday, 8/16/15 Salinas Police officers responded to the parking lot in the 1400 block of N. Davis Road on a report of victims of a shooting. On arrival they found the twenty four year old victim conscious and breathing.  He was transported to Natividad Medical Center, but later died as a result of his injuries. The deceased victim has been identified as Juan Pablo Cisneros Lopez (24).  It was also discovered by responding officers that there was a second victim who was still in a vehicle at the scene. The second victim sustained multiple gunshots wounds, and he is in stable condition.

At this time, the motive for the shooting is still unknown. Both victims were shot in the parking lot, and there are no known gang connections. There were numerous people in the parking lot at the time of the shooting, and it is believed that there are additional witnesses that have not come forward. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Detective Sivertson at 831-758-7132 or Detective Gibson at 831-758-7442.  If you would like to remain anonymous, you can also call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222 or the We-Tip-Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Release Authorized by: Jim Arensdorf

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

DUI checkpoint

Release Date/Time: 8/20/2015 12:27 PM

Incident: DUI checkpoint

Report #: N/A

Date: Thursday, 8/20/2015

Time: 12:12 AM

Location: Undisclosed

The Salinas Police Department will be conducting a DUI checkpoint on Friday, August 21st. The checkpoint is part of the Avoid the 20 Task Force of Monterey and San Benito Counties. The checkpoint is part of the DUI Summer Campaign.

DUI checkpoints promote public safety, deter drunk drivers, and educate the public of the dangers associated with drinking and driving. "The checkpoint focus is not to arrest drunk drivers," said Sergeant Gerry Ross. "The focus of the checkpoint is to reduce collisions caused by drunk drivers and prevent the tragedy and devastation DUI crashes cause. Don't get me wrong. If someone is drinking and driving we will do everything in our power to arrest them and put them in jail, but our goal is to prevent people from drinking and driving in the first place."

The Avoid the 20 Task Force funding is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who reminds everyone; Report Drunk Drivers! - Call 911.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

suspicious device

Release Date/Time: 8/19/2015 11:40 AM

Incident: suspicious device

Date: Wednesday, 8/19/2015

Time: 9:21 AM

Location: 200 Block Commission St

Officers responded to a suspicious device on the lawn in front of a business in the 200 block of Commission St.  Upon inspection, the device appeared to potentially be an improvised explosive device.  The Monterey County Sheriff's Bomb Squad was called for technical expertise.  They determined that  externally it appeared to have explosive potential.  A closer inspection revealed what appears to be an inert substance filling the device, thus posing no threat to the public.  A safety zone was established during the evaluation period and the street was closed for about an hour. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Major Injury Collision

Release Date/Time: 8/19/2015 12:25 AM

Incident: Major Injury Collision

Report #: 15-080962

Date: Tuesday, 8/18/2015

Time: 8:53 PM

Location: Harden Pkwy / Broadway Dr

Nicolas Guerrero (19) was driving his Ford Mustang with a 17-year old passenger. Ricardo Acuna (19) was driving his Acura Integra. He had two 17-year old females as passengers and Acuna's driver's license was suspended. When the light turned green, the two cars engaged in a street race,  Eastbound on Harden Pkwy from N. Main. A 34-year old female turned onto Harden Pkwy from Regency Cir directly in front of Acuna's Acura. Her Ford Explorer collided with the Acura causing the Explorer to become airborne, roll and strike a tree. The force of the impact caused all three occupants of the Acura to get pinned under the dashboard, including the rear passenger. All three had to be extricated from the mangled vehicle and the 17-year old girl in the front seat suffered life-threatening injuries. All four people were taken to a local trauma center with major injuries. The driver of the Mustang, Guerrero, left several hundred feet of locked wheel skid but stopped and waited with his car. Guerrero is on felony probation. He and his passenger were detained and brought to the PD for questioning. In the case of Guerrero, alcohol does not appear to be a factor and he volunteered to provide a blood sample. CHP officers with Advanced Accident Investigation training responded to the scene to assist in marking and collecting evidence and Salinas police detectives were called in to assist with interviews. At least two independent witnesses remained to help, including an off-duty law enforcement officer from a nearby jurisdiction. Guerrero was released pending the outcome of the investigation and once complete, investigators will determine whether he and/or Acuna will be charged with crimes.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Pursuit, Injury Collision, Violation of Probation

Release Date/Time: 8/18/2015 10:21 PM

Incident: Pursuit, Injury Collision, Violation of Probation

Report #: 15-080954

Date: Tuesday, 8/18/2015

Time: 4:49 PM

Location: Work St / S. Sanborn Rd

Officers stopped a black and grey Mustang driven by Leo Castro (36). Castro is on probation and was informed that his car was going to be searched. Castro started to get back into the car and close the door. One officer deployed his taser but it was not effective. Castro sped away from the stop and a short pursuit ensued until the officers lost sight of the car. The pursuit was terminated and officers began searching for Castro. Eventually, an officer came across a large collision scene involving Castro and his mustang at the intersection of John St and Front St. Castro had been driving at a high rate of speed, Northbound on Abbott St. As he approached John St, Castro collided with a car that was turning left in the intersection against a green light. He careened off the first car and struck a pick up that was stopped at a red light in the left turn pocket of Southbound Front St preparing to turn Eastbound onto John St. The truck was pushed backward about 40 feet. Castro careened off the truck and collided into a third car that was stopped for a red light in the Southbound #1 lane of Front St. The female driver of that car was pinned and had to be extricated. Castro was ejected from his mustang through the passenger side window and landed on the street. Even though he was injured, Castro tried to get up and run but was unable. The drivers of the two cars were transported by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the truck was not injured but all four vehicles suffered major damage. Castro was taken to a local trauma center and admitted for unspecified injuries. The intersection was closed for several hours while the collision was investigated and off-duty officers trained in Advanced Accident Investigation were called in from home to assist. Castro will be charged with several felonies, including Felony Evading Resulting in Injury and Violation of Probation.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Shooting

Release Date/Time: 8/17/2015 9:35 PM

Incident: Shooting

Report #: 15-080886

Date: Monday, 8/17/2015

Time: 7:41 PM

Location: E. Bolivar St @ N. Main St

A 35-year old male was standing near the fire station when a tan SUV, possibly a Chevy Trailblazer, pulled up and engaged him in conversation. Several shots were fired and the victim was struck once in the upper leg. His wounds are not considered life-threatening. The victim was uncooperative with police and the case is being investigated as gang related. No motive or suspect information has been established and anyone with information is urged to call Salinas Police Department.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide/Attempted Homicide

Release Date/Time: 8/16/2015 7:18 AM

Incident: Homicide/Attempted Homicide

Report #: 15-080787

Date: Sunday, 8/16/2015

Time: 1:19 AM

Location: Haciendas Grill - 1449 N. Davis Rd.

Officers responded to the Hacienda Grill at 1449 N. Davis Road to the victim(s) of a shooting.   They found the twenty four year old victim conscious and breathing.  He was transported to Natividad Medical Center.  Complications developed as a result of his wounds and he later died at the hospital.  It was also discovered by responding officers that there was a second victim who was still in a vehicle at the scene.  The second victim sustained multiple gunshots wounds.  The thirty two year old victim was tranported to the Natividad Medical center where surgery was performed.  He is expected to survive.

At this time, the motive for the shooting is unknown.  There are no known gang connections however, both victims are known to purchase and use narcotics.  There were numerous people in the parking lot at the time of the shooting.  Some of which described a dark colored or black Toyota or Mitsubishi sedan leave the lot at a high rate of speed just after the shooting.   Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department.       

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

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