Press Releases

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

Homicide Update

Release Date/Time: 8/6/2013 8:04 AM

Incident: Homicide Update

Date: Tuesday, 8/6/2013

Time: 8:04 AM

Location: 1038 Seiber St.

On July 24, 2013 a fifteen year old male victim was shot and killed on Seiber Street.  The victim has been identified as Ernesto Chavez, a Salinas resident.

Anyone who may have witnessed this shooting or with information regarding this incident are encouraged to contact Detective Danny Warner at 831-758-7129 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: Cmdr. Dave Shaw

Telephone: 831-758-7271

Attempted Murder Arrest

Release Date/Time: 8/5/2013 6:11 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder Arrest

Report #: 13-061061

Date: Monday, 8/5/2013

Time: 3:00 PM

Location: 300 block Hayes St.

On June 22nd in the 1100 block of Parkside St an attempted murder shooting occurred.  During the shooting, an unknown suspect removed a handgun from his waistband and fired several rounds at 2 victims who were standing on a balcony.  The suspect fled on foot and was not located or identified after the shooting.


Salinas Police Officers have recently received additional suspect information.  The investigation led to the identification of a 17 year old gang member.  He was spotted and arrested on today's date near an apartment in the 300 block of Hayes St.  The suspect was booked into Juvenile Hall for attempted murder.

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Gray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide Update

Release Date/Time: 8/5/2013 5:08 PM

Incident: Homicide

Date: Monday, 8/5/2013

Time: 5:08 PM

Location: 608 Williams Road

At approximately 5:00 pm the Salinas Police Department was notified that the shooting victim that had been in critical condition died from his wounds.  This was the third victim to die and marks the 15th homicide in 2013.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. Dave Shaw

Telephone: 831-758-7271

Homicide Arrest

Release Date/Time: 8/5/2013 1:45 PM

Incident: Homicide

Date: Monday, 8/5/2013

Time: 1:45 PM

Location: 608 Williams Rd.  Tacos Choice

On August 5, 2013, officers responded to a multiple victim homicide outside the Tacos Choice restaurant on Williams Road.  During the investigation Giovanni Pacheco (21) was identified as the suspect.  At about 9:00 am, Officers observed a vehicle leaving his residence.  The vehicle was stopped on Del Monte Avenue and Pacheco was taken into custody without incident.  Pacheco was eventually booked for two counts of murder and five counts of attempted murder.


Release Authorized by: Cmdr. Dave Shaw

Telephone: 831-758-7271


Release Date/Time: 8/5/2013 8:48 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 13-080154

Date: Monday, 8/5/2013

Time: 1:38 AM

Location: 608 Williams Road

Officers responded to a report of multiple shooting victims at the Taco's Choice, 608 Williams Road. Upon arrival they found  a 22 year-old male victim deceased from multiple gunshot wounds. The also located a 28 year-old male victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  This victim was transported to a local hospital where he died as a result of his injuries. A 25 year-old male victim had suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to a local hospital where he remains in critical condition with life threatening injuries.  A 53 year-old female victim had suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to a local hospital where she remains, recovering from her injuries.  Two 25 year-old male victims and a 24 year-old male victim suffered a signle gunshot would each.  They were all transported to the hospital by either ambulance or private vehicle and treated for non-life threatening injuries. In total there were 7 shooting victims.

The investigation revealed that a fight began inside the restraunt and spilled out into the parking lot.  During the fight a male suspect produced a handgun and began firing into the crowd. This crime is being investigated as gang motivated.  Anybody with information related to this crime is asked to contact the Salinas Police Department at 831-758-7321 or the Tip-Line at 831-775-4222.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. Dave Shaw

Telephone: (831) 758-7271


Release Date/Time: 8/5/2013 2:56 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 13-080150

Date: Sunday, 8/4/2013

Time: 10:21 AM

Location: 1126 Parkside Dr.

Officers responded to a shots fired call. Shortly thereafter, the family called to report that their son was the victim of the shooting. Officers arrived and began CPR on the victim, Ruben Francisco (23). Francisco suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene. Family members said that Francisco had only been in Salinas for 15 days. They said he had no gang affiliation. People in the area said they heard multiple shots and believed the suspect fled in a dark colored compact.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department crime tip line or the We-Tip line.

Release Authorized by: Jeffery Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Attempted Murder-Shooting

Release Date/Time: 8/4/2013 4:56 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder-Shooting

Report #: 13-080140

Date: Sunday, 8/4/2013

Time: 3:56 PM

Location: 44 Natividad Rd

A 25-year old male was drinking with friends in front of his apartment when two suspects approached on foot and fired handguns. The victim was shot multiple times and was airlifted to a bay area trauma center in critical but stable condition. Witnesses said the suspects ran to a waiting white 4-door Honda Accord and fled toward the aparment complex on La Posada. Two different caliber casings were found at the scene. Suspects were described as Hispanic males wearing light colored shirts and dark pants. One suspect had a tattoo on his neck. The case is being investigated as gang related.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

City Wide Directed Enforcement

Release Date/Time: 8/3/2013 12:45 AM

Incident: City Wide Directed Enforcement

Date: Friday, 8/2/2013

Time: 12:00 PM

Location: Salinas

In response to the recent spike in violence in the City of Salinas, the Salinas Police Department (through its partnerships at the Law Enforcement Operations Center) requested assistance from allied agencies to assist in directed enforcement and messaging to individuals who may be likely to participate in ongoing violence.

Based on data and intelligence, a number of various law enforcement techniques were  utilized in order to maximize the efforts effectiveness.

Participating agencies paid their own costs in assisting the Salinas Police Department.  Led by members of the Monterey County Joint Gang Task Force, The Monterey County Narcotics/Violent Crimes Task Force, and the Salinas Police Department's Violence Suppression Unit, Approximately 70 officers from local, State and Federal law enforcement agencies participated.  We are grateful to the following agencies for their assistance and participation:

Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Federal Bureau of Investigations, Homeland Security Investigations, United States Marshall's Office, CA State Parole, Monterey County Probation, California Highway Patrol, Monterey County Sheriff's Office, Soledad Police Department, Greenfield Police Department, and the Peninsula Regional Violence and Narcotics Task Force,

In all, 10 residential Probation/Parole searches were conducted, over 70 traffic stops, and numerous pedestrian checks were conducted in areas known for gang activity or recent acts of violence. While not all names are available at this time, arrested were:

 Germain Jimenez, Misdemeanor warrants

Jose Guadalupe Castro, Felony Warrants

Jesse Martinez, Parole Violation

 Recia Esteban, Felony Warrants

 Jose Alvarado, Narcotics Possession

 Jesus Chiquito, Narcotics Possession

 Miguel Villa, Narcotics Possession

 Ruben Garcia,Narcotics Possession

Perez DeLa Torre, Probation Violation

 Jesus Toparedes, Narcotics Possession

 Angel Perez, Probation Violation

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Task Force Commander

                                         Monterey County Joint Gang Task Force

                                         Monterey County Narcotics/Violent Crimes Task Force

Telephone: (831) 758-7041