Press Releases

Residential Burglary, Robbery and False Imprisonment

Release Date/Time: 5/15/2015 4:08 PM

Incident: Residential Burglary, Robbery and False Imprisonment

Report #: 15-050767

Date: Friday, 5/15/2015

Time: 6:52 AM

Location: 200 block of Kipling Drive

Salinas Police Officers were dispatched to an interrupted residential burglary.  An elderly female victim heard a loud sound coming from her backyard. She walked outside and confronted the suspect:  a Hispanic male adult in his 20's, approximately 5'-2" with a thin build, straight black hair, brown hooded sweatshirt, khaki colored pants and wearing white cotton gloves. The suspect, who was in possession of a knife, directed the victim back into her residence.  The suspect opened cabinets drawers in the living room and dining room.  The suspect forced the victim into the upstairs bedroom where he opened multiple dresser drawers.  The suspect demanded money from the victim.  He fled the house jumping over several fences in the immediate neighborhood.  The suspect was seen by neighbors running northbound on Primavera Street to Primavera Way.  An extensive neighborhood check was conducted by Salinas Police Officers and Detectives.  Two unlocked vehicles in the 1300 block of Byron Drive had items stolen from inside.  It is believed that these area thefts are related to the residential burglary and that the elderly victim was not specifically targeted.  Case is still under investigation.  If you have any information regarding this investigation you are asked to contact Detective Gerry Magana at 831-758-7129 and/or Detective Dale Fors at 831-758-7124.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Update: Missing Woman and Baby Located

Release Date/Time: 5/12/2015 8:13 PM
Incident: Update:  Missing Woman and Baby Located
Report #: 15-050598
Date: Tuesday, 5/12/2015
Time: 6:44 PM
Location: 200 block of East San Luis Street

As a result of a continuous investigation, Salinas Police Officers located missing woman, Monique Jimenez, 28, in the 200 block of East San Luis Street. The missing baby, Lexie, was found in good health.  She was left in the care of family. Jimenez was arrested for child concealment and child endangerment. Jimenez was booked into the Monterey County Jail.

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

Missing Woman and Baby

Release Date/Time: 5/12/2015 5:45 PM
Incident: Missing Woman and Baby
Date: Tuesday, 5/12/2015
Time: 5:45 PM
Location: Salinas

Release Authorized by: Spencer Critchley
Telephone: (831) 612-9200

Salinas Police are asking the public for help in finding a missing woman and her baby. Monique Jimenez and her infant daughter Lexie Cardenas were reported missing on May 12 by family members, who last spoke with Ms. Jimenez the previous day at about 3:00 pm.

Ms. Jimenez is 28 years old, 5 feet, 2 inches tall, 150 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes and a tattoo of "Jimenez" on her right foot. She is 6 months pregnant.

Lexie Cardenas is 9 months old, with blonde hair and hazel eyes.

Anyone with information on the location of Monique Jimenez or Lexie Cardenas is asked to call the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7321.

Missing: Monique Jimenez and Lexie Cardenas

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 5/11/2015 12:42 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 15-050533

Date: Sunday, 5/10/2015

Time: 10:26 PM

Location: 700 Block of Elkington Ave.

Salinas Police Officers responded to the 700-block area of Elkington Ave. for a reported victim of a shooting. A 27 year old male was found in the parking lot of the complex with multiple gunshot wounds. According to witnesses, a silver BMW was seen fleeing northbound on Elkington after the shooting. Before the vehicle reached N. Sanborn Rd., it stopped next to a white Civic heading the opposite way. A male exited the BMW and got into the Civic.  Both cars then fled in opposite directions. The person seen changing vehicles wore a red hoodie.  The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-lifethreatening wounds to his upper torso and face area.  He stated he was approached by three Hispanic males, who asked him what they claimed. When the victim denied gang involvement, two of the suspects shot him.  He has a history of gang-related contacts with the police department.  

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Injury Traffic Collision

Release Date/Time: 5/7/2015 12:22 PM

Incident: Injury Traffic Collision

Report #: 15050315

Date: Wednesday, 5/6/2015

Time: 4:13 PM

Location: Boronda/ N Main

Yolanda Villicana (49) was driving her Range Rover northbound on North Main Street approaching Boronda Road. Due to road construction, the left turn lanes were blocked off and a sign was posted prohibiting a left turn. A 66-year-old motorcyclist was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle southbound on N. Main Street.  He had a green light and rode into the intersection just as Villicana made the prohibited left turn in front of him causing him to impact the front, right side of her car. The motorcyclist was transported to the Natividad Medical Center Trauma Unit with life threatening injuries. Among other injuries he had a broken femur that damaged an artery, a ruptured spleen, a broken arm, and a possible concussion. At last update he is currently in the hospital in critical condition but is expected to survive.

The collision is still under investigation by the Salinas PD Traffic Unit.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7975

Burglary and Check Fraud

Release Date/Time: 5/6/2015 3:24 PM

Incident:  Burglary and Check Fraud

Date: Wednesday, 5/6/2015

Time: 3:24 PM

Location:  JC Penny (Northridge Mall)

The pictured couple have entered JC Penny at Northridge Mall several times over the last few months and attempted to pass fraudulent checks.  The Salinas Police Department is asking for assistance in identifying the couple.  The female suspect appears to be a light complected Hispanicfemale, possibly in her thirties, medium build with long black hair.  The male suspect appears to be Hispanic, possibly in his thirties or forties, with a large build, a mustache and close cropped black hair.  He also wears black framed prescription glasses.  Anyone recognizing the couple 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

Burglary, Theft, Possession of Counterfeit Bills Suspect

Release Date/Time: 5/5/2015 4:21 PM

Incident:  Burglary, Theft, Possession of Counterfeit Bills

Date: Tuesday, 5/5/2015

Time: 4:21 PM

Location:  7-11 (619 S. Main Street)

The Salinas Police Department is asking for assistance in identifying the pictured suspect who entered the 7-11 on S. Main and passed several counterfeit $20 and $10 bills.  He is described as a wite or Hispanic male adult in his late twenties or thirties.  He has a goatee and several tattoos on his left forearm.  He was wearing a black ballcap with a red brim and multi-colored patch on the front, a black shirt and silver chain with a large cross.  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

Violation of Parole, Vehicle Pursuit, & Possession of Burglary Tools

Patrol officers responded to a disturbance with Ruben Pimental (22) in North Salinas. Pimental, who was a wanted parolee, fled in a van prior to officers arriving on scene. Because of the long standing partnership with Parole and the Violence Suppression Unit, Parole Officer Vigil and VSU Officer Juan Cruz Gonzalez were searching for Pimental. Officers observed Pimentel run from the apartment and get into the van. Pimental left the area and a traffic stop was conducted. Pimentel accelerated and a short pursuit began however Officer Cruz-Gonzalez was able stop the van using the pursuit intervention technique (PIT). Pimentel was taken into custody without further incident.

Burglary, ID Theft Suspect

Release Date/Time: 5/5/2015 4:05 PM

Incident:  Burglary, ID Theft

Date: Tuesday, 5/5/2015

Time: 4:05 PM

Location:  Sears (Northridge Center)

The Salinas Police Department is asking for assistance in identifying the pictured suspect who atempted to purchase items at Sears using another person's credit account and identification.  The clerk did not accept the purchase because the suspect could not provide matching personal information related to the charge account.  Even after being denied, the suspect attempted to leave the store with the merchandise but put the items down when he saw store employees waiting for him at the door.  The suspect appears to be a white male adult, possibly in his thirties.  He is unshaven with dark close cropped hair wearing a white t-shirt and black jacket.  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

Motorcycle Safety Month

Release Date/Time: 5/5/2015 11:50 AM

Incident: Motorcycle Safety Month

Report #: N/A

Date: Tuesday, 5/5/2015

Time: 11:49 AM

Location: Salinas


'Share the Road' Campaign Aims to Increase Motorcycle Safety Awareness for All Road Users

As motorcycle fatalities and injuries have increased in California, the law enforcement and the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) have stepped up their efforts to promote safety and education, highlighted by Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in May. Nationwide, motorcyclists made up 14 percent of all vehicle-related fatalities in 2013, up from about 9 percent in 2004. This was despite motorcycle registrations representing only 3 percent of all vehicles in the United States in 2013, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data. The fatality rate per miles traveled for motorcyclists is 16 times that of vehicle occupants. In 2013, California's motorcycle collisions resulted in 475 fatalities and 13,143 injured victims. In 2012, 467 people were killed and 12,617 were injured.

'We have the best weather in the nation in California this time of year. The weather conditions are perfect to enjoy a motorcycle ride and we see more and more motorcycles on the road, which is why May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness month,” said Sergeant Gerry Ross of the Salinas Police Department. 'But there has been an increase in motorcycle crashes and with that, more injuries and deaths. We all have a responsibility to see that motorcycle riders survive the ride.”

During Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month – and throughout the year – all road users are reminded to safely "share the road" with motorcyclists, and to be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe. That message is most important in California, which is home to more than 830,000 registered motorcycles – the most of any state – and more than 1.4 million motorcycle riders.

The Salinas Police Department Traffic Unit and Patrol Officers will be spending more time patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes occur. Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers and riders alike that can lead to motorcycle crashes.

'Californians increasingly get around by means other than cars and trucks. More are bicycling, walking, taking mass transit and motorcycling,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. 'That also means that everyone needs to be extra cautious and looking out for everyone else, no matter what their means of transportation.”

The California Motorcyclist Safety Program (CMSP) trains approximately 65,000 motorcyclists every year. As of July 2014, nearly 945,000 motorcycle riders have received training at one of the authorized CMSP training sites since the program began in 1987. For more information or to find a training site near you, go to

Salinas PD offers tips to drivers on how to prevent a fatal crash with a motorcycle:

Driver's safety reminders:

-Though a motorcycle is a small vehicle, its operator still has all the rights of the road as any other motorist

-Always signal when changing lanes or merging with traffic

-If you see a motorcycle with a signal on, be careful: motorcycle signals are often non-canceling and could have been forgotten

-Always ensure that the motorcycle is turning before proceeding

-Check all mirrors and blind spots for motorcycles before changing lanes or merging with traffic, especially at intersections -Lane Sharing is not illegal in California

-Always allow more follow distance – three to four seconds – when behind a motorcycle. This gives them more time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.

-Never drive distracted or impaired

Motorcyclists can increase their safety by following these steps:

-Wear the proper safety gear at all times, including a DOT-compliant helmet

-Obey all traffic laws and be properly licensed

-Slow down. Excessive speed is the most common rider-related factor in motorcycle related crashes

-Follow at a safe distance – three to four seconds -Ride within your own limits – don't be a victim of peer pressure

-Use turn signals at every lane change or turn and don't forget to turn them off.

-Wear brightly colored clothes and reflective tape to increase visibility.

-Never ride distracted or impaired

-Ride defensively - assume other drivers don't see you

'By following these basic safety rules, we can all prevent crashes,” concluded Sergeant Ross. 'Everyone needs to share the responsibility of keeping our roads safe—always share the road.”

For more information on motorcycle safety,

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


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