Press Releases

Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Accident

Release Date/Time: 9/27/2013 1:12 PM
Incident: Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Accident
Report #: 13-091329
Date: Friday, 9/27/2013
Time: 8:57 AM
Location: South Main Street and San Joaquin Street

A driver was traveling eastbound on San Joaquin Street to northbound South Main Street. He failed to see the 63 year old female in the crosswalk. The driver told the investigating officer that he was unable to the the pedestrian due to the bright sun.  The pedestrian complained of pain to her legs and was transported to the hospital.

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

Felony Hit & Run

Release Date/Time: 9/26/2013 8:14 PM

Incident: Felony Hit & Run

Report #: #13-091306

Date: Thursday, 9/26/2013

Time: 6:37 PM

Location: E. Market St. & Center St.

A 34 year-old woman, was with her two young daughters crossing E. Market St. at the intersection with Center St.  They were walking northbound and had almost reached the other side when a white Honda approached them traveling westbound.  The vehicle, driven by a female driver, struck the 6 year-old girl, causing her to bounce off the hood.  The vehicle did not slow down and continued traveling westbound on E. Market St.  The victim sustained a very large bump over her left eye and several scrapes throughout her upper body.  She was flown to a Bay Area trauma center for treatment.  At this time, there is no additional suspect or vehicle description.  The pedestrians were in the crosswalk at the time of the collision and it appears the driver never slowed down.  Drivers are reminded to remain alert for pedestrians and free of distractions in the roadway at all times.  Also, if anyone was a witness to this incident, they are asked to call the Salinas Police Department.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Robbery - Knife

Release Date/Time: 9/26/2013 7:51 PM

Incident: Robbery - Knife

Report #: 13-091299

Date: Thursday, 9/26/2013

Time: 4:30 PM

Location: 700 Block of E. Romie Ln.

A 41 year-old male was landscaping at an apartment complex in the 700 block of E. Romie Ln. and had several bags of mulch throughout the property. He observed a male pick up one of the bags and begin to walk away. The victim called out to he suspect and asked him to not take the $10 bag. The suspect, Jesus Contreras (18), put the bag down began walking towards the victim. As he did so, Contreras held a folding knife in his hand. Although the blade wasn't exposed, the suspect held the knife in a menacing manner in order to intimidate the victim. Contreras walked away when the victim said he was going to call the police. He was arrested a short time later in the complex. Contreras was booked for robbery.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Robbery/Officer Involved Shooting

Release Date/Time: 9/26/2013 4:48 PM

Incident: Officer Involved Shooting/Robbery

Report #: 13-090972

Date: Thursday, 9/26/2013

Time: 4:41 PM

Location: East Market St. & Pajaro St.

Charlene Hale was released from a bay are hospital to the custody of Salinas Police Departmet detectives. Hale is a suspect in the September 19th attempted armed robbery and armed robbery of customers at City Suds Laundromat on Pajaro St.. Following the attempted robbery and robbery, Hale was shot by a Salinas police officer when she ignored commands and reached for a weapon. Hale was questioned at the Salinas Police Department. She was then booked at the Monterey County Jail for robbery, attempted robbery and the brandishing of a weapon.

Any media inquiries should be directed to Commander Vince Maiorana at 758-7350.

Release Authorized by: Jeffery Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

DUI/CDL Checkpoint

Release Date/Time: 9/25/2013 11:07 PM

Incident: DUI/CDL Checkpoint

Report #: Several

Date: Wednesday, 9/25/2013

Time: 5:30 PM

Location: 1400 North Main Street (El Gabilan Library)

The Salinas Police Department conducted a DUI / Driver's License Checkpoint on Wednesday night. Officers conducted Field Sobriety Tests on one person but did not arrest anyone for DUI. However, officers cited 4 drivers for driving on a suspended license and 5 drivers for driving without a license. Motocycle officers working the event made 20 traffic stops and wrote citations for 10 hazzardous violations. Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Salinas PD by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Motorists are encouraged to report drunk drivers by calling 911.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Arrest of Fernando "Freddy" Valdez


On September 22, 2013, at approximately 10:30 AM, Fernando "Freddy" Valdez was arrested for attempted murder and gang crimes. Valdez and his legal representative contacted the Salinas Police Department and arranged a meeting in order to turn himself in for the warrant.

Valdez was identified as the suspect of a shooting that occurred at the intersection of John St. and S. Sanborn Rd. on September 10, 2013.

The victim is still hospitalized and listed in critical condition.

Vehicle Pursuit, Stolen Vehicle, Resisting Arrest

Release Date/Time: 9/23/2013 11:00 PM

Incident: Vehicle Pursuit, Stolen Vehicle, Resisting Arrest

Report #: 13-091150

Date: Monday, 9/23/2013

Time: 8:14 PM

Location: California St & E. Lake St

A Salinas Police Officer was watching the stop sign at California St. and E. Lake St, when he observed a Silver Toyota with green paper plates run the stop sign. He went to make a traffic stop and the Toyota fled initiating a pursuit. The pursuit went throughout south Salinas and onto N/B US 101 where it reached speeds of 100 MPH. At about Best Buy, the Toyota lost control and flipped at least once, but probably more times as it rolled through the right shoulder fence and came to a stop. The three suspects suprisingly were not hurt and exited the vehicle and then fled on foot through the Best Buy Parking lot. They were able to jump the wall that borders the mall and the neigborhood just south of the mall. The Northridge Park apartments were searched with negative results. An anonymous person said they saw the suspects jump the wall towards Cuevas Circle, which is just west of the Northridge Park apartments. Salinas Police officers along with CHP and S.O. relocated to that area and set up another permiter. A Salinas K9 Officer and others started a yard to yard search and eventually flushed the three suspects out onto Cuevas Cir where several Salilnas Police officers were holding the perimeter. All three suspects were quickly taken into custody. They were identified as, parolee Jeremie Aguilera (20), probationer Joseph Garcia (20) and out on bail, Oswaldo Ruiz (20). All are Norteno gang members and all were booked into Monterey County Jail for multiple charges.

Release Authorized by: Heath Johnson

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Recognition of Salinas High Students who helped injured woman

Today at 10:00am in front of Salinas High School, Salinas Police Chief Kelly McMillin will present a letter of appreciation to the Salinas High students who came to the aid of a person who fell in front of the school. The press is invited to attend. The woman the students helped is planning on atteding



Details of the incident:


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, one ran across the street and got a bag of ice and several gave the victim napkins to help stop the bleeding. They all 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.


With the help of the staff at Salinas High School we have learned the names of the students who stopped to help this person in need. They are;


Jack Hill, 16

Jake Fellom, 16

Brian Grace, 16

Ravyn Jeska, 17

Nathaniel Jones, 16

Bruce Leighton, 17

Zachary McDermott, 16

Joshua Olivarria, 16

Ronan Rippere, 16

Coleman Stewart, 16


The Salinas Police appreciates and would like to thanks the above students of Salinas High School for their assistance and willingness to help a stranger in need.

DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint

The Salinas Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint on Wednesday, September 25th at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 630PM and 130AM. Drivers caught driving impaired can expect jail, license suspension and insurance increases, as well as fines, fees, DUI classes and other expenses that can exceed $10,000. Officers will briefly contact drivers to check for a driver's license while at the same time checking for signs of alcohol and/or drug use. Sergeant Gerry Ross said that the goals of the checkpoint are to enhance public safety, deter impaired driving, and to educate the public on the dangers of DUI. Research has shown that DUI checkpoints are very effective at reducing the incidents of drunk and drugged driving collisions. Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Salinas PD by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Motorists are encouraged to report drunk drivers by calling 911.

Attempted Robbery - Knife

Release Date/Time: 9/20/2013 1:17 AM

Incident: Attempted Robbery - Knife

Report #: 13-090969

Date: Friday, 9/20/2013

Time: 5:09 PM

Location: 1100 Block of Rider Ave.

A 40 year old ice cream vendor was making a sale to a young old girl in the 1100 block of Rider Ave. Her back was turned to a male who approached. The subject grabbed the vendor from behind. He held a knife to her side and demanded all her money. When the girl screamed, the victim broke away and ran into a nearby house. The suspect started to flee on his bike, but fell and dropped his knife. He got back up and fled northbound on Rider Ave., making a right turn onto Del Monte Ave. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male juvenile, 17 years old with a medium build and light mustache. He wore a black hooded sweatshirt, white t-shirt, jeans, and ride a green mountain bike. There is no further information at this time.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250