Press Releases

Gang member with gun / drug sales

Release Date/Time: 7/29/2013 6:28 PM

Incident: Gang member with gun / drug sales

Report #: 13-071546

Date: Monday, 7/29/2013

Time: 3:09 PM

Location: P/L 888 E. Alisal

Members of the Salinas Police Department's Violence Suppression Unit observed a wanted subject, Ramon Mercado (30) in a vehicle.  Mercado is a known gang member with a lengthy and violent arrest history dating back to 1995.  Mercado had a $30,000 felony warrant for his arrest.


While attempting to take Mercado into custody, he put up resistance and officers had to use force to safely take him into custody.  Mercado was in possession of a loaded revolver, gang indicia, ammunition and methamphetamine.  The methamphetamine he possessed was consistent with drug sales.


Mercado was booked into the Monterey County Jail for possession of meth for sales, firearms charges, gang enhancements, resisting arrest, possession of burglary tools and his outstanding warrant.

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Gray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 7/29/2013 1:24 PM
Incident: Attempted Armed Robbery
Report #: 13-071528
Date: Monday, 7/29/2013
Time: 11:03 AM
Location: P/L 1200 block of South Main Street

The victim was working in a parking lot when he was approached by a Hispanic Male Adult in his 20's who demanded his money. The victim walked away but the suspect followed him. They physically fought.  When the victim pushed the suspect backwards, he took one shot at the victim with a pellet gun.  There was no injury to the victim. Suspect last seen getting into a green colored 4 door sedan, last seen northbound on South Main Street.

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

Press Conference/Update @ City of Salinas Rotunda @ 3:00 PM July 29th

Release Date/Time: 7/29/2013 10:50 AM

Incident: Press Conference/Update

Date: Monday, 7/29/2013

Time: 10:50 AM

Location:  CIty of Salinas Rotunda

A press conference will be held at the City of Salinas Rotunda today (July 29) at 3:00 PM. 

This press conference will provide an update to the Officer Involved Shooting that took place on Friday July 26th

This conference is for the press only and not open to the public.

See below press release issued on July 27th regarding the same incident.

At approximately 6:00 PM on Friday evening (July 26),  officers assigned to the Monterey County Joint Gang Task force observed an individual in the area of Kern St. and E. Market St. running down the sidewalk with a handgun.   As the suspect ran westbound on the sidewalk, officers challenged this individual to stop and drop the gun.  The suspect continued to run away from pursuing officers to a parking lot located near the intersection of Ivy St. and E. Market St.  At this location, the suspect confronted pursuing officers by shooting at one officer.  In response to the gunfire directed towards the involved officer in the chase,  officers returned fire striking the suspect several times.  The suspect died at the scene and is a known gang member and parolee who was wanted by state parole.  The involved officers were not injured during the incident.  There was no associated property damage or injuries to uninvolved citizens.

This investigation is being led by Salinas Police Department investigators and the investigation is expected to be ongoing for quite some time.   There will be no further press releases prior to Monday.  The Salinas Police Department urges anyone who may have information related to this case to contact the Salinas Police Department.

All press relations should be directed to Commander Vincent Maiorana at (831) 758-7350.


Release Authorized by: Commander Vincent Maiorana

Telephone: (831) 758-7350