Press Releases

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 2/7/2015 11:44 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Report #: 15-020368

Date: Saturday, 2/7/2015

Time: 9:50 PM

Location: 1260 N. Main St. - The Crab Bucket

Two males entered the Crab Bucket Restaurant on N. Main St.  One of them had a gun and ordered the customers and employees to the ground.  The other suspect opened the register and took the contents. Both suspects then fled out the front door towards Noice Dr.  The suspect with the gun was described as 5'11" tall with a thin build, black hoodie, baseball cap, and a bandana over his face. The second suspect was 5'8" tall, with a heavy build, dark blue hoodie, and a bandana. There is no further information at this time.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Follow up to possesion firearm and pursuit

Release Date/Time: 2/4/2015 4:50 PM

Incident: Follow up to possesion firearm and pursuit

Report #: 15-020148

Date: Wednesday, 2/4/2015

Time: 4:36 PM

Location: Rianda Street and Prader Street

Yesterday afternoon a Salinas Police traffic officer had a pursuit in which the suspect vehicle crashed into an embankment after driving southbound onto northbound traffic on U.S. 101. This morning at 0828 hours, Salinas PD detectives spotted the subjects on foot in the area of Prader and Alisal. They were walking with the same two girls that were contacted yesterday and admitted to being in the pursued vehicle. An officer made contact with the suspects who were taken into custody. Officers found sufficient evidence to show that Brandon Earle, 20, had been the driver in the pursuit and Daniel White, 19, had been the passenger who threw out the gun. Both men are from Sacramento and were here with the two girls. Both men were booked into Monterey County Jail on several gun charges. Earle was also booked for felony evading. One of the two girls was only 16-years-old. She was placed with CPS.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Stolen Vehicle Recovery

Release Date/Time: 2/3/2015 8:52 PM

Incident: Stolen Vehicle Recovery

Report #: 15-020023

Date: Tuesday, 2/3/2015

Time: 4:38 PM

Location: N. Main St / Harden Pkwy

On 2/1/15, a 17-year old female took a family member's car without permission. That same day, a similar car was used in an armed robbery in the parking lot of a shopping center on E. Alisal St. In that case, two females asked to borrow a man's phone. When he agreed, the females took the phone and ran. The victim gave chase and a male suspect exited the suspect car and pointed a black semi auto handgun at the victim before all suspects drove away.

This afternoon, an officer spotted the stolen car on N. Main St. Knowing this vehicle matched the one used in an armed robbery, a high-risk traffic stop was made. The driver, Marcelino Quinonez (18) was arrested without incident and a black, replica semi auto pistol was found under the driver seat. He was eventually booked into Monterey County Jail. The original 17-year old female suspect was also arrested without incident. She is on probation and eventually booked into Juvenile Hall. A female adult passenger was arrested for outstanding warrants and another female adult was released without charges along with her 1 1/2 year old son.

Officers are continuing their investigation to determine if these individuals were responsible for the armed robbery.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Vehicle Pursuit, Possesion of firearm, etc.

Release Date/Time: 2/3/2015 6:02 PM

Incident: Vehicle Pursuit, Possesion of firearm, etc.

Report #: 15-020148

Date: Tuesday, 2/3/2015

Time: 3:56 PM

Location: North Main Street / Rossi Street

A Salinas PD motorcylce officer was working traffic enforcement. He saw a gray Chevy Cruise drive straight through the turn lane at Monterey Street and Market Street where the driver was required to turn. The motor officer attempted a traffic stop at N. Main and Rossi Street but the driver took off northbound.

As they crossed the highway overpass, the right/front passenger tossed a Ruger, .357 calibre handgun out of the window. It appears that as the passenger threw the gun out the window, he accidently discharged the firearm into the dash. The driver took U.S. 101 northbound from North Main Street. He drove between traffic and on the shoulder to get around freeway traffic.

He exited at West Laurel Drive before making a left turn on the overpass. He made a U-turn and drove back down the same off-ramp he had just used to exit. He entered the freeway going southbound in the northbound lanes. It wasn't long before the driver lost control while dodging northbound traffic and crashed into the vegetation and hillside east of the freeway.

Two males and two females ran from the vehicle. The two females were located and later released. The males were described by witnesses as two black male adutls, one with a black sweatshirt and jeans and one with a light sweatshirt and jeans. There was evidence inside the car that may lead to the identification of the two males. Investigation continuing.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Cellphone Theft Suspect Identity Needed

Release Date/Time: 2/3/2015 2:07 PM

Incident:  Theft of Cellphone

Date: Tuesday, 2/3/2015

Time: 2:07 PM

Location: 200 Block of Main Street

In November 2014 the victim's celphone was stolen from the above location.  The victim recently located the attached selfie in her icloud account.  The vicitm does not know the female depicted in the photo and did not give this person permission to have the phone.  The Salinas Police Department is asking anyone who recognizes the female to contact Detcetive Byron Gansen at 831-758-7137 or email at or the tip-line at 831-775-4222.

Release Authorized by:  Cdr. Dave Shaw

Telephone:  831-758-7271

Vehicle Pursuit, DUI, Hit & Run, and Resisting Arrest

Release Date/Time: 2/1/2015 1:04 AM

Incident: Vehicle Pursuit, DUI, Hit & Run, and Resisting Arrest

Report #: 15-011596

Date: Saturday, 1/31/2015

Time: 8:09 PM

Location: N. Main St. & Cassentini

A Salinas Police Officer observed a vehicle spinning its tires and driving recklessly on N. Main St. near Cassentini St.  He attempted to stop the vehicle, however, it sped away at a high rate of speed on Cassentini St.  The white Mercedes, driven by Ryan Hoyt (24), turned left on Rico St., continued on Hyde St. and struck a parked vehicle nearby.  He fled on foot through Montgomery St. and hid on a roof on Rico St.  After a search of the area, Hoyt was located in a back yard on Montgomery St. and briefly fought with officers before being taken into custody.  He was under the influence of alcohol and was booked into jail for evading arrest, DUI, hit and run, and resisting arrest.  


Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Super Bowl DUI enforcement

Release Date/Time: 1/27/2015 2:57 PM
Incident: Super Bowl DUI enforcement
Report #: N/A
Date: Tuesday, 1/27/2015
Time: 2:54 PM
Location: Monterey and San Benito Counties

The Super Bowl is America's most watched national sporting event. On Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, there will be lots of game day socializing that may include drinking. That's why the California Office of Traffic Safety and police, Sheriffs, the CHP are urging football fans to choose sides now: drinking OR driving. If you plan on drinking on Super Bowl Sunday, designate a sober driver to get you home safely.

The Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk campaign encourages people to make plans ahead of time that will prevent them from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking. Driving impaired could result in injury or death for you or others on the road. The ‘Avoid the 20 – Monterey and San Benito Counties DUI Task Force' will be deploying Roving DUI Saturation Patrols during and following Sunday's Super Bowl matchup. Officers will deploy into communities where collision data reveals high incidents of DUI crashes and arrests.

According to data from NHTSA, in 2013 there were 867 people killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in California –29 percent of all crash fatalities in the state. A driver is considered alcohol-impaired with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, the legal limit. This February 1, don't become another tragic Super Bowl stat. 'Drunk driving is completely preventable,” said Sergeant Gerry Ross with the Salinas Police Department. 'All it takes is a little planning. We want fans to remember that it's a choice. Drink or drive—but never do both. This might be the most important choice you ever make.”

For those who plan to drink, leave your keys at home. Designate a sober driver, whether it's a friend, relative, taxi, or public transportation. For those who plan to drive, refrain from any alcohol. Instead, enjoy the game with food and non-alcoholic drinks. Being a sober, designated driver is a key role on Super Bowl Sunday. You might just save a life.

Avoid the 20 DUI Task Force funding is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that reminds everyone to ‘Report Drunk Drivers! Call 9-1-1.' OTS is offering a free mobile app – DDVIP – aimed at thanking the sober designated driver with perks and free offers at area bars and restaurants. Available for iPhone and Android. Never let friends drive if they have had too much to drink. Stay connected with OTS via:,!/OTS_CA,

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross
Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Car Jacking/ weapons arrest

Release Date/Time: 1/27/2015 1:36 PM
Incident: Car Jacking/ weapons arrest
Date: Monday, 1/26/2015
Time: 3:44 PM
Location: 700 Block of Elton Pl

At 0315 this morning,the victim) was carjacked at gunpoint by two suspects at E. Market and Pearl. He was forced to drive to into the unincorporated area just outside of town. The suspects let him out in the county and drove away in his vehicle.  A Salinas Police Officer spotted the stolen car parked in the 700 block of  Elton Place an began watching it.  Soon, two males approached and entered the vehicle and began to drive away.   The driver, Juan Rivera (25) saw the officer and immediately parked and ran holding a gun in his hand. The passenger, Ruben Martinez (19) stayed with the car. Multiple officers responded and eventually found Rivera hiding in a shed in the 100 block of N. Felice. He had discarded  the gun but it was later found. A small amount of narcotics and stolen property was found in the car.  The officers were able to determine both subjects were the same ones responsible for the carjacking the night before, both were lodged at MoCo Jail.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander
Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 1/27/2015 1:30 PM
Incident: Attempted Murder
Report #: 15-011311
Date: Monday, 1/26/2015
Time: 7:17 PM
Location: 1100 Block Delmonte Ave

Units responded to a report of a shooting victim and arrived to find the victim, a 20 year old male victim. The victim was working on a vehicle in the garage when he saw a  person near the garage door.  The suspect began to fire at him, with at least one round causing a non-life threatening injury.  The suspect fled on foot toward Towt St. It is unknown at this time if the shooting is associated with any gang.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander
Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Salinas Police Arrest Three for Cesar Gonzalez Homicide

Salinas Police Arrest Three for Cesar Gonzalez Homicide

Acting on crime tips, police have arrested three suspects in the fatal January 13 shooting of Cesar Gonzalez of Salinas.

Mr. Gonzalez was killed at his home at 627 Market Street late in the afternoon of the 13th. Witnesses described seeing a gray van with three occupants stop in front of the house. Shots were fired towards the house, whereupon the van sped away.

After receiving valuable leads, detectives have worked shifts of up to 20 hours with no days off, investigating the leads and associated physical evidence. Also on the case have been police Violence Suppression Officers, Monterey County Probation, State Parole and agents from the Monterey County STING Task Force.

On January 20, police arrested Jose Guadalupe Diaz, 18. On January 21, a 16-year-old juvenile was arrested, and today a 17-year-old juvenile was arrested.

All three suspects are Salinas residents. All were directly involved in the shooting and all three were booked for murder with gang enhancements. Diaz was booked into Monterey County Jail and the juveniles were booked into Monterey County Juvenile Hall.

The three suspects are involved in criminal street gang activities in Salinas and on the night of the shooting were driving through the neighborhood searching for rival gang members to shoot.

Salinas Police Investigators are still actively investigating this case and want to speak with anyone who may have information about it.

People with information can call Detective Gabe Gonzalez at 831-758-7127 or Detective Byron Gansen at 831-758-7137.  Those who want to remain anonymous can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip line at 831-775-4222 or the WeTip line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

People who call in anonymous tips are not asked for any identifying information and their calls cannot be traced.

These arrests follow the arrests of Figueroa Orlando Martinez (27) and Oscar Martin (20) on January 20, 2015 who are both criminal street gang members for possession of a loaded, sawed off, single shot shotgun in the area of North Sanborn Rd and E. Alisal St. Both suspects are known gang members and both were booked into Monterey County Jail on a variety of felonies and gang enhancements. Refer to press release dated January 20. Also the arrest of Jose Christian Regalado (18) on January 17th  for shooting a 13 year old boy on Santa Rita St.  Regalado was also a known gang member and booked at the Monterey County Jail for Attempted Murder and gang enhancements. Refer to press release dated January 21st

Media inquires should be directed to Commander Vincent Maiorana at 831-758-7350