Press Releases

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