Press Releases

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

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 8/12/2013 8:49 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 13-080449

Date: Saturday, 8/10/2013

Time: 4:17 PM

Location: Eucalyptus/ Parkway

This is a follow-up press release to the investigation of the homicide that occurred on Saturday, August 10th at 4:17 pm on Eucalyptus Dr in the City of Salinas. A press conference will be held at 1:00 pm today at the Salinas Police Department to discuss the incident and announce the arrest of three suspects related to the incident. There will be no further information put out until that time. Thank you for your understanding.

See below Press Release issued August 10th regarding the same incident.

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 an adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to local hospital where he died as a result of his injuries. The victim's identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

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) 758-7496

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 8/11/2013 12:13 AM

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 an adult male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to local hospital where he died as a result of his injuries. The victim's identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.  

Anyone who may have witnessed this shooting or with information regarding this incident 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. This is the 17th homicide of the year in Salinas and it is being investigated as gang related.

Release Authorized by: James Arensdorf

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

459PC

Release Date/Time: 8/9/2013 10:32 AM

Incident: 459PC

Report #: 13-080309

Date: Wednesday, 8/7/2013

Time: 1:21 PM

Location: 1600 Blk of Marshfield Ct.

A 17 year-old female heard the doorbell ring at her family home and looked out from her 2nd floor window. She saw a car that was unfamiliar to her parked in front of the house and the subject who rang the doorbell walk to the car, get in and drive off.  A short time later, the resident saw two male subjects jump her fence into the backyard and break a window at the rear of her residence.  Being the lone occupant in the house at the time, she locked herself in her room and called 911. The two subjects entered the house through the broken window and began looking for items to steal.  When officers were in the area, the driver of the suspect vehicle, later identified as 18 year-old Eddie Oseguera, was able to alert the two inside the house of our arrival. Oseguera left on foot, leaving the car behind. The two subjects fled the victim residence, hopping fences through the neighborhood.  With assistance from Salinas Police detectives, Monterey County Sheriff's personnel and Monterey County Probation officers, we were able to find a 16 year-old suspect hiding in a nearby backyard and take him into custody.  During the lengthy search, Oseguera had made good on his getaway but returned in another vehicle to pick up his conspirators.  As he drove by officers, he was identified by a witness as being involved and officers were able to stop him in the area.  Oseguera was identified as being the subject that originally rang the doorbell to the victim residence and he was arrested. The search for the remaining suspect was negative but detectives are following up on leads to his identity.

Oseguera was booked into the Monterey County jail for burglary and conspiracy.  The juvenile was booked into Juvenile Hall for burglary and conspiracy charges, as well.

 

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder - Gang Member in Possession of a Firearm

Release Date/Time: 8/8/2013 9:15 PM
Incident: Attempted Murder - Gang Member in Possession of a Firearm
Report #: 13-080370
Date: Thursday, 8/8/2013
Time: 3:53 PM
Location: 700 block of East Market Street

A Monterey County Sheriff's Sergeant was flagged down by the victim of an attempted murder in the 700 block of East Market Street.   The victim was in his home when a neighbor, Leonardo Torres, 21, claimed he disrespected him.  Torres brought a .25 caliber Beretta and fired the gun fired once, narrowly missing the victim. After the shot was fired Torres went to the store to presumably buy more beer. It was at that time that the victim flagged down the Sheriff's Sergeant. Torres was arrested with the gun in his waistband. Torres was booked into Monterey County Jail for attempted murder with a firearm and being a gang member in possession of a firearm.

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

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