Press Releases


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

Junior Giants Participate in Anti-Bullying Message

Release Date/Time: 8/1/2013 9:16 PM

Incident: Junior Giants to participate in Anti-Bullying presentation

Date: Thursday, 8/1/2013

Time: 9:16 PM

Location: 940 North Main Street (Sherwood Hall) - Not Open To Public

Release Authorized by: Officer Angel Gonzalez

Telephone: 831-970-7874



(Salinas, CA – August 1) The Salinas Police Activities League announced that they will be hosting an anti-bullying speaker for the children of their Junior Giants program.  For 20 years, the San Francisco Giants Community Fund and the 2012 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants have sponsored the Junior Giants Baseball program.  Every year, as part of the program, children are rewarded for reading, embracing the 4 Bases of Character Development, and pledging to uphold the anti-violence message of the year.  This year, the anti-violence message is 'Strike out Bullying”. This will not be open to the public.


At the beginning of the season, each child was asked to sign a pledge to 'Strike Out Bullying”.  The children have also been wearing wrist bands stating the same.  Friday August 2nd at 7pm, Salinas PAL will welcome Heroic Imagination to Salinas' Sherwood Hall to speak to the Junior Giants kids and deliver their message and teachings on how to best deal with Bullying. 


Nearly 500 children are signed up to play this year and are to be in attendance at Sherwood Hall.  'We are extremely thankful of the support we have received from the San Francisco Giants Community Fund.  This is definitely a message that everyone should hear but unfortunately we just don't have the space to invite the entire community.  I am glad that the children in our program are being given this great opportunity and will benefit greatly from hearing this speaker”, said Salinas Police Officer and Executive Director of PAL Angel Gonzalez. 


'Strike Out Bullying”- Sherwood Hall

940 North Main Street

Friday August 2, 2013, 7:00pm



For information or to donate, call (831) 970-7874 or visit”


About the program: This program is sponsored by the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants through the San Francisco Giants Community Fund and is a free program.  Salinas PAL is an original member of the San Francisco Junior Giants. 


The program has served over 200,000 children throughout Northern California.  Locally it has increased participation every year of its existence.  This year the participation has increased by over 120 boys and girls ages 5-13.  It is through the participation of community members and volunteers that Salinas PAL is able to serve the hundreds of children in this program.  Coaches, team parents, and other volunteers are made up of police officers and community members who see the importance of surrounding children with positive role models and mentors. 


About PAL: The Salinas Police Activities League is a non-profit organization that prides itself on providing FREE programs, events and activities for the youth of Salinas. PAL's primary focus is on social, cultural, recreational, educational, and sports programs, events and activities that will grow with your child. PAL strives to mentor and teach strong character skills such as teamwork, honesty and integrity. Most of the activities expose the Salinas youth to positive experiences that many have never encountered before. Many programs are coached and chaperoned by committed police officers. Officers who believe in the philosophy that to build a better future for Salinas, you have to start with the youth.


Junior Giants Participate in Anti-Bullying Message

Release Date/Time: 8/1/2013 9:16 PM


Date: Thursday, 8/1/2013

Time: 9:16 PM


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664/211, 187 PC

Release Date/Time: 8/1/2013 8:07 PM

Incident: 664/211, 187 PC

Report #: 13-080033

Date: Thursday, 8/1/2013

Time: 5:11 PM

Location: 102 E. Laurel Dr. 99 Cent Store

Officers were dispatched to the 99 Cent Store where it was reported an employee was being stabbed and the incident was still in progress. Officers arrived on scene as the suspect, Richard Gutierrez (22) ran out the front door. The officer challenged Gutierrez and he was taken into custody. Prior to the homicide, Gutierrez was seen coming and going from the store several times. After he last entered the store, he stood near one of the checkout isles. He then approached the employee who was standing near the front doors. Gutierrez grabbed the employee at which time, a struggle ensued  which resulted in the employee receiving multiple stab wounds. Patrons tried to render aid by throwing canned goods at Gutierrez.  Gutierrez got up and ran from the store. He was met at the door by an incoming officer who took him into custody.  The victim was immediately taken to the hospital where he died of his injuries.

Gutierrez was taken to the Monterey Countay Jail where he was booked for attempted robbery and homicide.

Release Authorized by: Jeffery Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Attempted Burglary, Attempted Murder Of a Police Officer

Release Date/Time: 8/1/2013 3:12 AM

Incident: Attempted Burglary, Attempted Murder Of a Police Officer

Report #: 13-071675

Date: Wednesday, 7/31/2013

Time: 9:44 PM

Location: 300 Block of Kings Street

Officers responded to a call from the Kings Thrift Store about an intruder attempting to enter the business through a rear door. This area of the business is enclosed with a chain link fence. The initial Officer arrived and as he was walking to the corner of the building he shined his light on the enclosed side area. The Officer immeditately heard two shots fired very close to his location. The Officer backed away and called for additional cover officers. The store was evacuated and the employees were contacted outside. They confirmed seeing a suspect to the rear, who then tried to enter a door to the business. Our Officers, with the assistance of MCSO Deputies and CHP Officers, established a perimeter and the area was searched. We were unable to locate any suspects.

We did locate several shell casings and bullet strikes in the area where the suspect(s) fired at the Officer. It was clear based on the Officer's observations and the evidence found, that the suspect fired at the Officer. We were unable to locate any suspects. After finishing the search for possible suspects, we were contacted by an employee of a local business, located four businesses from the thrift store on Kings Street. He stated someone had been in the back of his business. An area check was conducted with negative results.  At this time, we have no suspect information.

Anyone with information related to the crime or who may have been a witness is encouraged to contact the Salinas Poice Department at (831) 758-7250. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME, or text information to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Release Authorized by: Eulalio Villegas Jr.

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 8/1/2013 1:12 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 13-071674

Date: Wednesday, 7/31/2013

Time: 8:39 PM

Location: 700-Block of Garner Dr.

A 26 year old male and his friend were standing in the 700-Block area of Garner Ave. when a Hispanic male teen wearing all black clothing approached them. The suspect pulled out a handgun and fired several times at the victim, striking him in the upper torso.  He was flown to a Bay Area hospital for treatment for his injuries, which did not appear life-threatening. The suspect was last seen running westbound towards the ravine adjacent to Garner Ave.  There is no further information at this time.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Release Date/Time: 7/29/2013 8:51 PM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 13-071547

Date: Monday, 7/29/2013

Time: 3:49 PM

Location: 200 block of Osage Dr.

A 60-year old man was shot multiple times inside a home on Osage Dr. just before 4:00PM. He was airlifted to a bay area trauma center but did not survive. A semi-auto rifle appears to have been used and the motive has not been established. The victim was a carpenter who was renovating the home but he was not the home owner. The identity of the victim is being witheld pending notification of family. Witnesses saw two Hispanic males running from the scene but detectives are currenly working on obtaining more specific descriptions. Anyone with information is urged to call the Salinas Police Department's Watch Commander at 758-7250 or the anonymous tip line, 775-4222.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Salinas Police Department 2013 Fall Community Academy

2013 Fall Session of the Salinas Police Community Academy


The Salinas Police Department will present a Community Academy from September 3rd, 2013 through November 19th, 2013. Each class is scheduled to last approximately 3 hours, beginning at 6:00 PM, each Tuesday night for 12 consecutive weeks.

Community Academy participants will have the opportunity to go on a ride-along with a patrol officer, observe what the Salinas Police SWAT team does, observe Crime Scene Investigators and learn what they do at a crime scene, participate in scenarios, watch a demonstration of the K9 program, learn about the hiring and training process of police officers and much more.

Each night features a new topic, with speakers, demonstrations, discussions and field trips. We will answer questions and give an in-depth, behind the scenes look at police operations.

Class size is limited to 20 students. The class will be filled by the first 20 applicants that meet the requirements. To qualify for the Community Academy, you must be at least 18 years of age, live or work in Salinas, or be involved in a community based organization that provides services to Salinas residence. You must not be a Felon or be on probation or parole. You must also be willing to commit to attending all 12 weeks.

To attend the Community Academy, request an application by emailing Sgt. Heath Johnson of the Salinas Police Department. Sgt. Johnson can be reached via email at    The application and instruction on how to fill it out and return it will be emailed to all those interested in participating in the Community Academy. If you have any questions you can also reach Sgt. Johnson by calling 831-758-7247.