Press Releases

Warrant Arrest - Manhunt Monday Profiled

Release Date/Time: 9/14/2013 1:22 AM

Incident: Warrant Arrest - Manhunt Monday Profiled

Date: Friday, 9/13/2013

Time: 6:30 PM

Location: 1000 Block of Tyler Street

An anonymous caller reported seeing Matthew Flores, 23, featured on Manhunt Monday, exit a white Ford Explorer and enter the residence in the 1000 Block of Tyler Street. Officers determined Flores had two outstanding felony warrants for his arrest. They made contact at the residence and took Flores into custody without incident. Flores claimed he knew he was wanted, but did not know he was featured on Manhunt Monday. He was booked into the Monterey County Jail.

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Mark Lazzarini

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 9/14/2013 1:16 AM

Incident: Attempted Armed Robbery

Report #: 13-090960

Date: Saturday, 9/14/2013

Time: 10:43 PM

Location: Holaday St. & E. Alisal St.

Two customers were approached by three males at the taco truck near the corner of Holaday St. and E. Alisal St. One of the individuals had a shotgun and attempted to rob the customers, who ran away on foot. The suspects then turned their attention to the taco truck and attempted to rob the owner. When they discovered he had no money, the suspects fled on foot towards Center St. All three were described as thin Hispanic males wearing black hooded sweatshirts and black pants. The suspect with the shotgun had a white cloth covering his face. There is no further information at this time.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Warrant Arrest - Manhunt Monday Profiled

Release Date/Time: 9/14/2013 12:39 AM

Incident: Warrant Arrest - Manhunt Monday Profiled

Report #: None

Date: Friday, 9/13/2013

Time: 6:30 PM

Location: 1000 block of Tyler Street

An anonymous caller reported seeing Matthew Flores, 23, featured on Manhunt Monday, exit a white Ford Explorer and enter the residence in the 1000 block of Tyler Street. Officers determined Flores had two outstanding felony warrants for his arrest. Officers made contact at the residence and took Flores into custody without incident. Flores claimed he knew he was wanted, but did not know he was featured on Manhunt Monday. He was booked into the Monterey County Jail.

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Mark Lazzarini

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Warrant Arrest - Manhunt Monday Profiled

Release Date/Time: 9/14/2013 12:39 AM

Incident: Warrant Arrest - Manhunt Monday Profiled

Report #: None

Date: Friday, 9/13/2013

Time: 6:30 PM

Location: 1000 block of Tyler Street

An anonymous caller reported seeing Matthew Flores, 23, featured on Manhunt Monday, exit a white Ford Explorer and enter the residence in the 1000 block of Tyler Street. Officers determined Flores had two outstanding felony warrants for his arrest. Officers made contact at the residence and took Flores into custody without incident. Flores claimed he knew he was wanted, but did not know he was featured on Manhunt Monday. He was booked into the Monterey County Jail.

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Mark Lazzarini

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Prostitution / Drug Buys

Release Date/Time: 9/14/2013 12:15 AM

Incident: Prostitution / Drug Buys

Report #: various

Date: Friday, 9/13/2013

Time: 12:09 AM

Location: China Town / Kern & Roosevelt

Salinas Police Officers conducted a prostitution sting and drug buys in various locations in the city.  The following people were arrested and booked into Monterey County Jail:

Juan Ignacio Rascon (41) - selling cocaine base

Andre Blake (24) - violation of parole and selling cocaine base

Robert Lee Sexton (48) - resisting arrest and violation of probation

The following women were arrested for prostitution after soliciting undercover officers:

Denisha Witfield (23) - from Victorville

Rayme Jackson (25) - from Berkley

Olivia Curran (20) - from Richmond

Carol Hernandez (49) - from Salinas / also on probation

Rhonda Farrell (29) - from Sacramento / also had a warrant

Alicia Clark (18) - from San Leandro / also had 2 warrants (including 1 no bail)

Reneljah Dorsey (18) - from Fresno

Terrie Wingo (25) - from Sacramento

Jordan Manning (23) - from Oakland

All were booked into jail.

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Gray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homecoming Parades to Go Ahead as Schools, Police Partner on Safety

Salinas police and school officials have solved event staffing challenges that at one point threatened cancellation of two high school homecoming parades.

At a meeting Thursday afternoon at Salinas Union High School District Offices, representatives from the Salinas Police Department, Salinas Union High School District, Alisal High School and Salinas High School decided to alter parade routes and share security and traffic control responsibilities among the police and the staff of the two schools.

For the September 27 Alisal High Homecoming Parade, the SPD will handle all security and traffic control for an alternate route that will require fewer police officers to manage.  Meanwhile Alisal High staff will provide increased supervision of students while they are on the parade route.

With more time to prepare, there will a higher level of collaboration for the October 18 Salinas High parade.

The route has been altered and shortened, which will reduce the number of police officers required. Salinas High will be responsible for providing increased student supervision, a traffic control plan, barricades at designated intersections along the parade route, and properly trained volunteers to staff all intersections.

The Salinas Police Department is very pleased that the parades can now proceed.  The Department is committed to facilitating as many positive youth activities as the City can host, but must do so understanding our primary responsibility is to provide basic police services to the entire City.   As originally planned, the homecoming parades would have required the presence of more police personnel than are on duty during a regular patrol shift.  Since the Police Department has lost more than 40 officers in the past three years due to budget cuts, SPD cannot commit that number of personnel to non-emergency events.

As originally planned, the parades would have called for more police support than the SPD would have been able to provide, given current staffing shortages.

While staffing shortages continue, the SPD is reviewing and revising its guidelines for securing future parades, large street closures and other special events. Collaboration with event organizers is expected to play a greater role.  Future events such as the Salinas High School Homecoming Parade and the October 6 Ciclovia bicycle event will require the use of citizen volunteers in order to reduce the need for police presence.

Among other changes, police will no longer conduct rolling road closures, which allows the free flow of traffic around parades.

Instead, police will secure the entire parade route from before the event begins until it ends.  The route will be closed and secured by properly trained volunteers.

This will place added responsibilities on event organizers. The Department encourages anyone wishing to host an event that will require road closures to contact City staff well ahead of time so we can work with them to help make their event a success.

Residents who would like to volunteer to help with events should contact organizers directly.

Thursday's discussion was held at the direction of the Salinas City Council after high school students spoke up for the parades at the September 10 Council meeting. The City Manager and staff were directed to seek alternatives to canceling the parades.

The Police Department is grateful for the participation of education leaders in designing a solution that both allows the parades to go on and helps us fulfill our duty to serve and protect.

The Alisal High Homecoming Parade route will begin at the intersection of Towt Street and Alisal Street, northbound on Towt Street, eastbound on Garner Avenue and northbound on Williams Road to end at the high school.

The Salinas High parade will begin at the rear of the school, proceed southbound on Capitol Street, eastbound on Geil Street, northbound on South Main Street, continue onto Main Street and will end at the intersection of Main and Salinas Streets.

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 9/7/2013 6:06 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder

Report #: 13-090360

Date: Saturday, 9/7/2013

Time: 10:32 AM

Location: 1300 block of Grandhaven

At approximately 10:30 am officers from the Salinas Police Department responded to the 1300 block of Grandhaven for a victim of a shooting. When they arrived they found the 26 year old male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a bay area hospital where he is listed in serious but stable condition. Two suspects were seen running from the area after the shots were fired. This incident is being investigated as gang related.

Salinas Police Detectives are still looking for additional witnesses to this incident. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Kenneth Schwener at 831-758-7276 or Detective Jim Knowlton at 831-758-7442.  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: Jim Arensdorf

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Weapon and drug arrest/ self inflicted gunshot

Release Date/Time: 9/6/2013 9:49 AM

Incident: Weapon and drug arrest/ self inflicted gunshot

Date: Wednesday, 9/4/2013

Time: 10:38 PM

Location: N. Felice / E. Market

Members of the Monterey County Joint Gang Task Force were driving on Felice St. near E. Market St. when they saw a suspicious vehicle parked along the curb. As they approached the vehicle, the two suspects attempted conceal their activities. When the officers contacted the driver, Gerardo Cerna (23), he appeared very nervous and the passenger, Oscar Resendiz (26) appeared to be tring to condeal something. When Resendiz was instructed to remain still and show his hands, he responded by opening the door in an appartent effort to flee. As he did so, Officers heard a muffled shot and, upon coming around to the passenger side of the vehicle, found Resendiz lying on the ground . Resendiz had accidently shot himself in the lower leg with a revolver he had concealed in his waistband. Resendiz and Cerna were taken into custody.  The firearm along with hash oil, marijuana, and prescription medication were recoveredfrom the interior of the car.  Resendiz was taken to NMC where he was treated for a through and through wound to the leg and released.  Both Resendiz and Cerna were booked into Monterey County Jail for various firearm, drug and probation related offenses.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Task Force Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7041

Armed Robbery - Person

Release Date/Time: 9/4/2013 9:06 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery - Person

Report #: 13-090221

Date: Wednesday, 9/4/2013

Time: 7:23 PM

Location: 411 Central Ave. - Hartnell College

Between classes, a 20 year old Hartnell College student decided to go to his vehicle in the parking garage to retrieve change for the vending machine. As he was at his vehicle, he was approached by two Hispanic males juveniles. One of the suspects told the victim to hand over his cell phone. The second suspect stood nearby holding an orange shoebox. When the victim refused to hand over his property, one of the suspects displayed a handgun and threatened him.  The victim complied and the suspects fled southbound through the campus. Both were described as being 17 years of age, 5'6", 120-130 lbs., with dark hoodies and jeans. The victim said he would be able to identify the suspects.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Assault with Deadly Weapon - Screwdriver

Release Date/Time: 9/4/2013 8:41 PM

Incident: Assault with Deadly Weapon - Screwdriver

Report #: 13-090220

Date: Wednesday, 9/4/2013

Time: 6:44 PM

Location: 700-Block of Kilbreth Ave.

Olegario Cavero, 32, went to his ex-girlfriend's residence in the 700-block of Kilbreth Ave. to visit his kids. Due to previous problems he has caused, Cavero was told he was not welcome. The new boyfriend was also present and told Cavero to leave. The two began to argue and then fight.  Cavero retrieved a screwdriver and stabbed the new boyfriend in the upper left chest area. Responding officers located the suspect at Del Monte Ave. and Kilbreth Ave. He was arrested and booked for assault with a deadly weapon.  The injuries were not considered to be life-threatening.

 

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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