Press Releases

Commercial Burglary, Resisting Arrest and Warrant Arrest

Release Date/Time: 8/28/2013 1:10 PM
Incident: Commercial Burglary, Resisting Arrest and Warrant Arrest
Report #: 13-081324
Date: Wednesday, 8/28/2013
Time: 8:52 AM
Location: 156 East Laurel Drive - Straw Hat Pizza

Salinas Police Officers responded to a report that a business burglary had just occured.  A witness reported seeing a subject, later identified as Salvatore Barone, 22, running from the business with a cash register after kicking in the front doors.  Officers observed him on the grounds at the Salinas Sports Complex.  After a chase, Barone was taken into custody without incident.  He was found to possess a small amount of cash.  The register was located nearby.  Barone had an outstanding warrant for possession of drug paraphernalia.  Barone was booked into the Monterey County Jail for Commercial Burglary, resisting arrest and the outstanding warrant.

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

Update on Traffic Collision

Release Date/Time: 8/26/2013 9:15 AM

Incident: Update on Traffic Collision

Report #: 13-080221

Date: Monday, 8/26/2013

Time: 8:59 AM

Location: Schilling Place / Eden Street

On August 6, 2013 at about 0600 hours Juan Hernandez, age 57, was crossing Schilling Place after exiting his semi truck when he was struck by an oncoming vehicle. Hernandez was transported to the hospital where he had been listed in critical condition. On August 19th, Hernandez died of the injuries incurred in the traffic collision. This is the fourth fatal collision in Salinas this year. Since January of 2011 there have been 18 fatal collisions in Salinas. Half of those 18 deaths were the result of a vehicle / pedestrian collsion.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Update on Traffic Collision

Release Date/Time: 8/26/2013 9:15 AM

Incident: Update on Traffic Collision

Report #: 13-080221

Date: Monday, 8/26/2013

Time: 8:59 AM

Location: Schilling Place / Eden Street

On August 6, 2013 at about 0600 hours Juan Hernandez, age 57, was crossing Schilling Place after exiting his semi truck when he was struck by an oncoming vehicle. Hernandez was transported to the hospital where he had been listed in critical condition. On August 19th, Hernandez died of the injuries incurred in the traffic collision. This is the fourth fatal collision in Salinas this year. Since January of 2011 there have been 18 fatal collisions in Salinas. Half of those 18 deaths were the result of a vehicle / pedestrian collsion.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Stolen Bicycle

Release Date/Time: 8/22/2013 5:53 PM

Incident: Stolen Bicycle

Report #: 13-080881

Date: Thursday, 8/22/2013

Time: 12:00 PM

Location: F.O. Salinas Police Department

On 8-20-13, a resident rode his bicycle to the police department to report and incident. He left his bike unlocked at the front door to the department. While he was in the lobby, a pedestrian walked by on the sidewalk and noticed the bike was unlocked. The pedestrian walked into the police department and looked around the lobby, then walked back out and took the bike and rode away. This entire incident was captured on video. Today, an officer was in the area of 940 N. Main and recognized the suspect from the video. Natividad Saenz, 45, was detained and questioned. He admitted to stealing the bike and said he sold it for $50 to an acquaintance. Saenz directed officers to the person he sold the bike to and it was recovered and later returned to the very grateful owner. Saenz was booked for an outstanding felony warrant and the fresh theft charge.

Release Authorized by: Michael Groves

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Vehicle Crash

Release Date/Time: 8/22/2013 5:19 PM

Incident: Vehicle Crash

Report #: 13-081034

Date: Thursday, 8/22/2013

Time: 12:11 PM

Location: San Juan Grade/Van Buren Ave

A 34 year old female was driving East on San Juan Grade and drifted into the oncoming lane at Van Buren Ave. She crashed head on with a 37 year old female, who had 4 passengers in her car (3 Kids). Everyone involved were wearing seatbelts. The vehicles were so badly damaged that the Jaws of Life were needed to get one of the driver's out of her car. Both drivers, along with 1 passenger, were transported to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. All 3 kids were uninjured. It is unknown why the 34 year old driver drifted into oncoming traffic. Alcohol did not appear to be a factor.

Release Authorized by: Michael Groves

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Salinas High School students assisting a person in need of medical attention

On 8-22-13 at approx. 12:45 hours a female in her 60's was walking on the sidewalk in front of Salinas High School and stumbled and fell, striking her head on the concrete. She suffered a deep cut on her forehead, which heavily bled. Approximately ten Salinas High School students were returning to campus from lunch and saw the person fall. They immediately went to her aid. One student called 911, another used the victim's cell phone to call her friend, and several gave the victim napkins to help stop the bleeding and kept talking to her, keeping her calm. The students stayed with the victim until police and medical personnel arrived. Once we were there, they asked several times if there was anything else they could do. When we assured them there was not, they then left to go back to class.

The victim was very grateful to the students for taking the time to stop and help her. She did not know any of them and they left before we could get their names.

This news release is being generated to thank the unnamed students of Salinas High School for their assistance and willingness to help a stranger in need.

Shooting

Release Date/Time: 8/20/2013 12:30 PM

Incident:

Date: Tuesday, 8/20/2013

Time: 12:30 PM

Location: 1989 Gladstone Way

At 6:25 am Salinas Police Officers responded to 1989 Gladstone Way in Salinas regarding gunshots heard in the area.  When Officers arrived in the area, they found a male adult suffering from multiple gunshots.  The victim was transported to a local hospital where his condition is critical.  At this time there is little infomation known regarding the motive and/or description of the involved supect(s).   Salinas Police Detectives are still looking for additional witnesses to this shooting or anyone with information regarding this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Detective Dale Fors at 831-758-7124 or Detective Mike Rivera at 831-758-7971. 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.

As of the writing of this press release there is no further information.  Please direct any press relations to Salinas Police Department Investigations Commander Vincent Maiorana at (831) 758-7350.

Release Authorized by: Commander Vincent Maiorana

Telephone: 831.758.7350

Robbery

Release Date/Time: 8/18/2013 4:51 AM

Incident: Robbery

Report #: 13-080793

Date: Saturday, 8/17/2013

Time: 9:41 PM

Location: 1st Ave./ Alma Ave.

Four juveniles ages from 13 to 16 years old were riding their bikes on 1st Avenue near Alma Avenue when a vehicle drove passed then stopped near them. The vehicle was occupied Christian Luna (18) and 4 minors, ages from 16 to 17 years old. As the vehicle came to a stop the three rear passengers Christian Luna and 2 juvenile suspects jumped out while the driver and the front passenger waited in the running vehicle. Christian punched one of the victims in the face and took his bike. Two of the other suspects assaulted the other victims and took their bikes as well. The vehicle drove a couple of blocks away and waited for the three suspects who took the bikes. They loaded the bikes and fled in the vehicle. Shortly after the vehicle description was broadcast, an officer located the vehicle still occupied by the suspects with the stolen bicycles. All occupants were positively identified and taken into custody and the bikes were recovered. Christian Luna was booked into county jail for robbery and the juvenile suspects were booked into juvenile hall.

Release Authorized by: Richard Maldonado

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide Arrest Update

Release Date/Time: 8/12/2013 2:15 PM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 13-080449

Date: Saturday, 8/10/2013

Time: 4:17 PM

Location: Eucalyptus/ Parkway

On Saturday, August 10th at 4:17 pm Officers responded to a report of a victim of a shooting at the intersection of Eucalyptus and Parkway. On arrival they found Alfredo Velasco (18) suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to local hospital where he died as a result of his injuries.

Within minutes following the shooting Salinas Police Officers located a stolen vehicle matching the suspect vehicle description near the intersection of East Market and Ivy . When the Officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop the vehicle fled and a pursuit was initiated. After an extensive search, Officers located and arrested Kristopher Hargrove (18), Nathaniel Sparks-Musones (22) and a 17 year old male juvenile. All three subjects are known gang members, and were initially arrested and lodged on the charge of possession of a stolen vehicle pending further investigation. After further investigation, all three suspects who are currently in custody are being charged with Murder, along with a variety of gun and gang charges. This was the 6th homicide in the month of August in Salinas.

On August 1st, 2013 Richard Gutierrez was arrested for the homicide of Victor Sosa-Reyes.

On August 4th, 2013 Reuben Salceda was shot and killed in the 1100 block of Parkside. The case under investigation and no arrests have been made.

On August 6th, 2013 Giovanni Pacheco was arrested for the murder of Victor Ortiz, Edgar Garcia and Alejandro Hernandez following a shooting in the 600 block of Williams Road.

 

This is the 17th homicide of the year in Salinas and it is being investigated as gang related. Salinas Police Detectives are still looking for additional witnesses to this shooting or anyone with information regarding this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Detective Brian Johnson at 831-758-7147 or Detective Bryan McKinley at 831-758-7145.  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: James Arensdorf

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

 

 

 

 

 

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 8/12/2013 2:11 PM

Incident: Homicide Arrests

Report #: 13-080449

Date: Saturday, 8/10/2013

Time: 4:17 PM

Location: Eucalyptus/ Parkway

On Saturday, August 10th at 4:17 pm Officers responded to a report of a victim of a shooting at the intersection of Eucalyptus and Parkway. On arrival they found Alfredo Velasco (18) suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to local hospital where he died as a result of his injuries.

Within minutes following the shooting Salinas Police Officers located a stolen vehicle matching the suspect vehicle description near the intersection of East Market and Ivy . When the Officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop the vehicle fled and a pursuit was initiated. After an extensive search, Officers located and arrested Kristopher Hargrove (18), Nathaniel Sparks-Musones (22) and a 17 year old male juvenile. All three subjects are known gang members, and were initially arrested and lodged on the charge of possession of a stolen vehicle pending further investigation. After further investigation, all three suspects who are currently in custody are being charged with Murder, along with a variety of gun and gang charges. This was the 6th homicide in the month of August in Salinas.

On August 1st, 2013 Richard Gutierrez was arrested for the homicide of Victor Sosa-Reyes.

On August 4th, 2013 Reuben Salceda was shot and killed in the 1100 block of Parkside. The case under investigation and no arrests have been made.

On August 6th, 2013 Giovanni Pacheco was arrested for the murder of Victor Ortiz, Edgar Garcia and Alejandro Hernandez following a shooting in the 600 block of Williams Road.

This is the 17th homicide of the year in Salinas and it is being investigated as gang related. Salinas Police Detectives are still looking for additional witnesses to this shooting or anyone with information regarding this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Detective Brian Johnson at 831-758-7147 or Detective Bryan McKinley at 831-758-7145.  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: James Arensdorf

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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