Press Releases

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

Armed Robbery/Officer Involved Shooting

Officers responded to the area of East Market St and Pajaro St. regarding a disturbance where it was reported that a handgun had been brandished.  The suspect, who was first described as an adult Hispanic male with a shaved head, blue jean and white shirt, was later confirmed  to be a 44 year old female who had a male appearance.  At  this time, the 44 year females identity will not be released.

Initial reports of the crime described the suspect as being armed and to have a black handgun concealed inside the waistband.  Officers arrived shortly after receiving the emergency dispatch and noticed the described suspect to be on the sidewalk walking away from the scene.   When Officers verbally challenged the suspect, the suspect failed to follow the officers commands and reached towards the waistband where a dark metallic object was tucked and had the appearance of a handgun.  Despite being given stern warnings by the officer to comply the suspect made deliberate movements towards the waistband where the metallic object was tucked and  in plain view.  As a result, the officer responded to the threat and shot the female suspect.

Initial investigation revealed that while the female suspect was walking through the parking lot of City Suds Laundromat  located at 101 Pajaro St., she attempted to rob a adult male customer while gesturing to a dark metallic object tucked inside the front of her pants.  When the male refused to provide the suspect money the suspect then walked into the business  and similarly brandishing the weapon, described as a handgun,  at an adult female and her child.  The suspect then demanded money and was able to rob the victims of an undisclosed amount of money.  The suspect then fled the business onto E. Market St. where she was confronted by the involved officers.

The involved Officer was uninjured a result of the confrontation.   The described weapon used by the suspect was later found to be a large knife with a metallic handle.

 The suspect was transported to a bay area hospital for gunshot wounds and her condition is not known at this time. It was also reported that a white full size pick-up truck was nearby during the shooting and a passenger may have witnessed the incident.  This person is asked to contact Salinas Police Department.

Anyone with information that may aid in this investigation is urged to contact the Salinas Police Department @ (831) 758-7226.    All press related inquires should be directed to Investigations Commander Vincent Maiorana @ (831) 758-7350.

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 9/19/2013 11:46 AM
Incident: Armed Robbery
Report #: 13-090939
Date: Thursday, 9/19/2013
Time: 10:03 AM
Location: Super Cakes - 718 East Alisal Street

A Hispanic male, late 20's or early 30's, 5-7/8, wearing a black hooded jacket with a black handgun in his waistband entered the store. He ordered the clerk to open the cash register and give him an unknown amount of money. The suspect fled on foot from the business.  An area check for the suspect was negative.

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

Attempted Murder, Gang Crime Suspect

Release Date/Time: 9/19/2013 10:34 AM

Incident:  Attempted Murder, Gang Crime Suspect

Date: Thursday, 9/19/2013

Time: 10:34 AM

Location:John Street at S. Sanborn Road

On September 10, 2013 the victim was in his vehicle at the listed intersection when the suspect fired several shots into the victim vehicle.  The victim was transported to a local hospital by private vehicle then flown to a bay area trauma center.  The victim was in critical condition with gunshot wounds to the torso.  The vicitm is still hospitalized in stable condition.  The suspect has been identified as 23 year-old Fernando "Freddy" Valdez.  Valdez is described as 6'1", 250 lbs., with brown eyes and black hair.  He has several tattoos to include "Salinas" on his chest, "SEM" on his abdomen, "Jesus" on his right forearm and "Valdez" on his back.  Valdez also has a scar above his right eye.  Valdez may be associated to a 2004-2006 silver Honda Accord 4-door in stock condition with unknown plates.

There is currently a $1,000,000 warrant for Valdez' arrest for attempted murder and gang crime.  Valdez is considered armed and dangerous.  Photographs of Valdez are attached.  Anyone with information about Valdez' whereabouts is asked to contact Det. Arlene Currier at 831-758-7125 or the tip-line at 831-775-4222 or We-Tip at 1-800-78-CRIME.


Release Authorized by:  Cmdr. Dave Shaw

Telephone:  831-758-7271