Press Releases

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

Search Warrant / Arrest

Release Date/Time: 8/7/2013 7:14 PM

Incident: Search Warrant / Arrest

Report #: 13-080311

Date: Wednesday, 8/7/2013

Time: 2:22 PM

Location: 1000 block Lupin Dr.

The Salinas Police Violence Suppression Unit served a search warrant in the 1000 block of Lupin Dr.  A quantity of marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine was located that is consistent with drug sales.  An indoor marijuana grow was also found.  Daniel Benitez (23) was arrested and booked for drug sales, felon in possession of ammunition, driving on a suspended driver's license and gang enhancements.  Benitez is a gang member.

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Gray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder Arrest

Release Date/Time: 8/7/2013 7:01 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder Arrest

Report #: 13-061061

Date: Monday, 8/5/2013

Time: 3:00 PM

Location: 300 Block of Hayes St.

On June 22nd, an unknown suspect tried to shoot 2 subjects standing on a balcony with a handgun.  This occurred in the 1100 block or Parkside St.  The suspect fled on foot and was not identified or arrested the night of the shooting.  Salinas Police have since received more information which led to the identification of the suspect.  On August 5th Salinas Police Officers arrested a 17 year old gang member in the 300 block of Hayes St.  He was booked in juvenile hall for attempted murder.

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Gray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Parolee at large, resist/delay arrest

Release Date/Time: 8/7/2013 5:42 PM

Incident: Parolee at large, resist/delay arrest

Date: Wednesday, 8/7/2013

Time: 12:30 PM

Location: 1200 block Granada Ave

On August 2, 2013, several allied agencies responded to the Salinas Police Department's request for assistance in conducting targeted enforcement efforts in light of the recent spike in violence.  While several searches and arrests were made at that time, there were individuals who were not able to be located.  On todays date, members of the United States Marshall's Service Fugitive Apprehension Team came back to Salinas in an effort to track down some of those people.  Working in conjunction with the Monterey County Joint Gang Task Force, wanted parolee Pedro Velasco (23) was located at a residence in the 1200 block of Granada Ave.  When Officers were approaching, a female apparently saw the team and advised Velasco of their presence as seconds later he tried to escape out a rear window.  Velasco was challenged by officers deployed to the rear of the house and ducked back inside.  Velasco was hailed for approximately 15 minutes before he exited the front door and surrendered without incident.  He was later booked into Monterey County Jail for Parole Violation and resisting/delaying arrest.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

                                         Monterey County Joint Gang Task Force

                                         Monterey County Narcotics/Violent Crimes Task Force



Telephone: (831) 758-7041

Vehicle / Pedestrian Collision

Release Date/Time: 8/6/2013 1:16 PM

Incident: Vehicle / Pedestrian Collision

Report #: 13-080221

Date: Tuesday, 8/6/2013

Time: 6:00 AM

Location: 1350 Schilling

Juan Hernandez, 58, parked his tractor trailer rig at the above location facing n/b. He exited the truck and began shouting to a person across the street. Hernandez suddenly began running across the street w/b toward the person with whom he was trying to communicate. He ran directly into the path of an oncoming Toyota Avalon driven s/b by a 47-year-old woman. The Toyota struck Hernandez throwing him up onto the car before he fell to the pavement. Hernandez was transported to Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital with life-threatening injuries. He is currently in ICU in critical condition. Motor units responded to investigate the collision. Officers checked the cell phone of the driver of the Toyota and found she was not texting or talking on the phone during or prior to the collision.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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