Press Releases

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 6/2/2015 12:14 AM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Report #: 15-060088

Date: Monday, 6/1/2015

Time: 11:19 PM

Location: 20-Block of California St.

A 21 year old male was in his vehicle in the 20-block of California St. talking to a friend when a male approached.  He claimed to have a gun and demanded the victim's money.  When the victim stated he only had $20, the suspect sat down in the passenger's seat and grabbed the victim's wallet.  The suspect then had a short conversation with the victim before getting up to leave. As he exited, the suspect vomited and then walked southbound on California St. towards Market Way. He was described as a Hispanic male, 6'0" tall, 240 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes. He wore a gray hooded sweatshirt and black pants.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Release Date/Time: 5/30/2015 11:39 PM

Incident: Shooting

Report #: 15-051591

Date: Saturday, 5/30/2015

Time: 10:35 PM

Location: 1200 blk of Pacific Ave

A green Dodge Neon parked and the rear passenger exited. Without saying a word the suspect opened fire with a handgun at two brothers, ages 25 and 23. The younger brother was not hit but the 25-year old male was struck in the lower extremities. He was taken to a local trauma center with non-life threatening injuries. Just prior to the shooting, officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Williams Rd on the report of two males, 18-19 years old that were armed with a handgun. Witnesses said a green Dodge Neon and a white Lexus were involved. The suspects were gone prior to the arrival of the officers. This shooting is being investigated as gang related.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 5/30/2015 10:21 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Report #: 15-051587

Date: Saturday, 5/30/2015

Time: 8:13 PM

Location: 1562 N. Main-Subway Restaurant

Salinas Police are asking for the public's help in identifying and locating an armed robbery suspect that is depicted in these security camera photos. Tonight, this white male adult entered the Subway restaurant and ordered a sandwich. When it was time to pay, the suspect lifted his sweatshirt and displayed a handgun. He demanded money and was given an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect fled on foot and no employees were injured. This subject is believed to be responsible for multiple armed robberies over the last few months. Anyone with information regarding this person's identity or whereabouts is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department at 758-7250, the anonymous tip line or 9-1-1. He is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached or confronted by the public.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250




Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 5/28/2015 9:24 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 15-051497

Date: Thursday, 5/28/2015

Time: 8:20 PM

Location: 1100 block of Del Monte Ave

Two suspects confronted two males ages 20 and 21 in the parking lot of an apartment complex. Both suspects fired at the victims. The 20-year old suffered a grazing wound to his stomach and one round entered his abdomen. He was taken to a local trauma center but the injuries don't appear to be life threatening. The 21-year old was not struck. The suspects fled in a grey or blue Altima. They drove onto a nearby street and one suspect may have entered a white Chevrolet Suburban before both drove away. The motive for the shooting is unknown and investigators are still trying to determine if the shooting is gang related.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 5/28/2015 8:09 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Report #: 15-051463

Date: Thursday, 5/28/2015

Time: 12:03 PM

Location: 701 E. Market St.

Two males, both armed with handguns entered the store and demanded money from the clerk. They were given an undisclosed amount of cash and fled Northbound on Hebbron Ave. Both suspects are described as being medium hight, medium build wearing dark clothing. Salinas police are asking the public to call with any information that might lead to identifying these suspects.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Arrests for Multiple Armed Robberies

Release Date/Time: 5/28/2015 7:51 PM

Incident: Arrests for Multiple Armed Robberies

Report #: 15-051467, 1470, 1480

Date: Thursday, 5/28/2015

Time: 1:29 PM

Location: Lassen dr. / Modoc Ave and Shires Wy

Joey Valdez (18), Oscar Gutierrez (18), a 17-year old male and a 16-year old male were all arrested after they committed four armed robberies with a handgun at three locations. The suspects robbed 4 separate victims of their wallets, money and cell phones. All the victims were students from North Salinas High School and were confronted while walking home. Victims and witnesses described the suspect car as a black BMW with paper plates. Within 5 minutes of the last robbery, Detectives from the Salinas Police Department spotted the car at Northridge Mall. They followed the car but the suspects figured out they were being followed and began throwing stolen property from the car. A high-risk stop was made and all four suspects were arrested without incident. A loaded handgun and all of the stolen property except for one cell phone was located. The victims and witnesses positively ID'd all suspects. All four suspects are believed to be gang members and they were all booked for multiple felonies including gang enhancements. This case is a great example of what can be accomplished when citizens and victims notify police in a timely manner and provide accurate information to the responding officers. This is the second case in two days in which suspects were arrested for armed robberies by Salinas P.D.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery - Business ***Arrest***

Release Date/Time: 5/27/2015 4:38 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery - Business ***Arrest***

Report #: 15-051391

Date: Wednesday, 5/27/2015

Time: 11:44 AM

Location: 130 East Laurel Drive - Smoke Shop

Two suspects, a 16 year old Hispanic male, un-armed, and Xavier Reyes, 18, armed with a replica semi auto firearm, entered the business, approached the cashier and demanded money.  The cashier, while being threatened with what was believed to be a firearm, provided cash to the suspects after they demanded money. Prior to leaving, the suspects stole several glass smoking devices and t-shirts.  They ran to an awaiting vehicle driven by a Joseph Viloria, 18.  Several witnesses provided important vehicle and suspect description information to the police.  Officer Oscar Dydasco was on patrol in the area of Linwood Drive and Chapparal Street when the call came out.  Officer Dydasco observed the vehicle at the intersection and followed it until Viloria ended up pulling into a driveway in the 400 block of Modoc, directly across from Natividad School. The school was placed on lockdown and all three suspects were taken into custody without incident. All of the cash and products were recovered and returned to the business.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Injury Vehicle Collision

Release Date/Time: 5/26/2015 3:28 PM

Incident: Injury Vehicle Collision

Report #: 15-051311

Date: Tuesday, 5/26/2015

Time: 10:45 AM

Location: South Main Street / Blanco Road

A few minutes before this collision police received a report of a reckless vehicle on Blanco Road heading toward Salinas. The vehicle matched the description of the blue Chrysler Sebring involved in this collision. The car was reported to be passing others on the shoulder at 70 mph.

At the listed time we received a call of an injury collision at South Main Street and Blanco Road. Pablo Pomales, 23, was driving a blue Sebring e/b on Blanco Road and ran the red light at about 60 mph. He struck a 21-year-old man, broadside as the man drove n/b through the intersection on the green light. The collision caused major damage and the 21-year-old had to be removed from the car with the "jaws of life." Both drivers were transported to the Natividad Medical Center Trauma Unit with major injuries. Pomales suffered a broken femur amoung other injuries. The 21-year-old had multiple injuries including a broken collarbone. Both parties are expected to survive.

There was evidence of prescription drug use in the Sebring. A blood sample was taken from Pomales who was unconcious in the hospital. It is unknown at this time if Pomales was under the influence of drugs at the time of the collision.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery and Terrorist Threats

Release Date/Time: 5/26/2015 11:05 AM

Incident:  Armed Robbery and Terrorist Threats

Date: Tuesday, 5/26/2015

Time: 11:05 AM

Location:  Parking Lot 1017 N. Main Street

On April 28, 2015 the victim was sitting in his vehicle when he was approached by the pictured suspect.  While lifting his sweatshirt and brandishing a pistol, the suspect demanded the victim surrender his cell phone.  The suspect threatened to kill the victim if he did not surrender the cell phone.  The victim handed over the cell phone and the suspect left the area.  The victim did not report the robbery at the time of occurence.  About a week later the victim was in the parking lot again when he recognized the suspect approaching his vehicle.  AS the victim left the area he saw the suspect enter a nearby store where the suspect was captured on surveillance video.  The Salinas Police Department is asking for the community's assistance in identifying the suspect.  The suspect is a Hispanic male adult about 25 years old, 5'10", 170 lbs., bald with brown eyes and a light mustache.  He is reported to have a teardrop tattoo under his right eye and a scar under his left eye.  Anyone recognizing the suspect is asked to contact Detective Byron Gansen at 831-758-7137 or email at [email protected] or the tip line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Release Authorized by:  Cdr. Dave Shaw

Telephone:  831-758-7271

Attempted Murder - Stabbing

Release Date/Time: 5/24/2015 12:33 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Stabbing

Report #: 15-051214

Date: Saturday, 5/23/2015

Time: 8:41 PM

Location: 100 block of Orchard Avenue

Salinas Police Officers responded to a large fight at a party in the 100 block of Orchard Ave. There were several people involved in the fight. Officers arrived to find a 24 year old Hispanic male victim suffering from several stab wounds.  There were between 50-75 people present in the street when officers arrived.  The victim, with life threatening wounds, was transported to Natividad Medical Center where he was being prepared for surgery.  The motive is unknown and is unclear if this incident is gang related. 

Release Authorized by: Commander Dave Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


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