Press Releases

Robbery Arrest

Release Date/Time: 5/11/2013  6:49 PM

Incident: Robbery Arrest

Report #: 13-050519

Date: Saturday, 5/11/2013

Time: 10:48 AM

Location: S. Main St. & Hawthorne St.

A 39 year old woman was walking in the area of S. Main St. and Hawthorne St. when she was grabbed from behind by a male suspect and wrestled to the ground.  After grabbing the victim's wallet, Jacob Henry (36) fled on foot.  A passing motorist witnessed the robbery and offered to take the victim in her vehicle to follow the suspect.  They kept an eye on him until police arrived.  Responding officers were directed to the under 100 block of Pine St., where the suspect was last seen running.  After a yard to yard search, Henry was located hiding in the garage of a residence in the 800 block of Pajaro St. He was positively identified and arrested. The victim's wallet was recovered nearby.  This arrest was made possible by the quick actions of the witness who chose to help. 

 

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Brandishing a Firearm, Possession of a Firearm, Gang Enhancement

Release Date/Time: 5/13/2013 9:16 AM

Incident: Brandishing a Firearm, Possession of a Firearm, Gang Enhancement

Report #: 13-050469

Date: Friday, 5/10/2013

Time: 9:09 AM

Location: Towt St. at Garner Ave.

Officers responded to Towt St.at Garner Ave. to a brandishing of a weapon call. The victim (25) was walking in the area when a passenger in a black Dodge Charger brandished a firearm at the victim. Officers arrived and conducted an area check for the vehicle and a short time later located it in on Del Monte Ave. The vehicle was occupied by four individuals later identified as Jose Benitez (19), Edgar Gutierrez (19) and Tony Barrios and a juvenile (13). A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a loaded firearm and ammunition. All four suspects were arrested.All four are known to have gang affiliation.

The three adults were transported to county jail on weapon charges and gang enhancements the minor went to juvenile hall on similar charges.

Release Authorized by: Officer Miguel Cabrera

Telephone: (831) 758-7348

Operation Clean Sweep News Conference

Release Date/Time: 5/10/2013 7:31 AM

Incident: Operation Clean Sweep News Conference

Date: Friday, 5/10/2013

Time: 7:31 AM

Location: Monterey County Sheriff's Office 1414 Natividad Rd

The United States Marshal Service, in conjunction with other Federal. State and Local law enforcement agencies will be conducting a fugitive apprehension operation in Monterey County.

Participating agencies include, United States Marshal Service, DEA, FBI, HSI, Homeland Security, Secret Service, State Parole, Monterey County Probation, CTF, California Highway Patrol, Monterey Sheriff Department, Salinas PD, Marina PD, Soledad PD and Greenfield PD.

The overall goal is to utilize resources from multiple allied agencies to join forces to target and arrest wanted felons in Monterey County.

A press conference providing more details is scheduled to take place today, Friday May, 10th at 2:00 PM at the Monterey County Sheriff's Office located at 1414 Natividad Road in Salinas.

The media is invited to attend.

No further information at this time.

 

 

Release Authorized by: Officer Miguel Cabrera

Telephone:758-7348

Operation Clean Sweep News Conference

Release Date/Time: 5/10/2013 8:33 AM

Incident: Operation Clean Sweep News Conference

Date: Friday, 5/10/2013

Time: 8:33 AM

Location: Monterey County Sheriff's Office 1414 Natividad Rd. in Salinas

The United  States Marshal Service, in conjunction with other Federal, State and Local law enforcement agencies will be conducting a fugitive apprehension operation in Monterey County. Participating agencies include, United States Marshal Service, DEA, FBI, HSI, Homeland Security, Secret service, State Parole, Monterey County Probation, CTF, California Highway Patrol, Monterey County Sheriff Department, Salinas PD, Marina PD, Soledad PD and Greenfield PD.

The overall goal is to utilize resources from multiple allied agencies to join forces to target and arrest wanted felons in Monterey County.

A press conference providing more details on the operation is scheduled to take place today, Friday May 10th at 2:00 PM at the Monterey County Sheriff's Office located at 1414 Natividad Rd. in Salinas

The media is invited to attend.

Release Authorized by: Officer Miguel Cabrera

Telephone: 758-7348

PAL Boots and Bucks Dinner Dance

Release Date/Time: 5/8/2013 1:51 PM

Incident: PAL Boots and Bucks Dinner Dance and Live Auction

Date: Wednesday, 5/8/2013

Time: 1:51 PM

Location: PAL Armory 100 Howard St.

Salinas PAL presents

                                                                                                                                                       Boots and Bucks Dinner/Dance and Live Auction

 

(Salinas, CA)   The Salinas Police Activities League announced that they will be hosting the 2nd Annual Boots and Bucks Dinner/Dance and Live Auction to benefit Salinas PAL and the Armory Project.  Salinas PAL has been working on retrofitting the Salinas Armory building to make it the organization's headquarters.  This project will allow the organization to fulfill its mission of 'Filling Playgrounds, Not Prisons”.  The non-profit provides sports, social-educational, and cultural programs to as many as 2500 children each year.  These programs are free to all children ages 5-18.  The event will take place on May 11, 2013 at the Armory building at 100 Howard Street from 5:30 pm to Midnight.  The night will begin with a wonderful tri-tip dinner and conclude with a live auction and dancing the night away. 

The live and silent auction will include several items of signed sports memorabilia, 'fireman for a day”, and a Sergio Romo signed San Francisco Giants World Series baseball!  PAL plans to begin new programs at the center upon completion of construction.  'Preserving the past and building the future” is the motto of a building with rich Salinas history which will become the hub of the non-profit.  The Salinas PAL Board of Directors, led by Executive Director and Salinas Police Officer Angel Gonzalez is inviting the community to be a part of this wonderful night.  Tickets are $30/person and can be purchased from the Executive Director, online at www.salinaspal.brownpapertickets.com/ , or our website. For information, call (831) 970-7874 or visit www.SalinasPAL.org

 

 

Authorized By : Officer Miguel Cabrera

American Red Cross Recognizes SPD Officers as Law Enforcement Heroes 2013

Release Date/Time: 5/8/2013 2:44 PM

Incident: American Red Cross Recognizes Salinas Police Department Officers as Law Enforcement Heroes 2013

Date: Wednesday, 5/8/2013

Time: 2:44 PM

Location: Hyatt in Monterey

Salinas Police Officers Christopher Balaoro, Justin Heckman, Kevin Mead and Alejandro Zamora will be recognized as Law Enforcement Heroes for 2013 by the American Red Cross Monterey Area Chapter at an awards presentation dinner on May 18, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency in Monterey. The American Red Cross joins with Monterey and San Benito county civic leaders in recognizing those in our communities who have shown courage, dedication and character. In addition to law enforcement, the Red Cross recognizes an Animal Rescue Hero, a Good Samaritan Hero and a Philanthropic Hero. 

The Salinas Police Department officers are being recognized for taking immediate action when they found out that a family's vehicle had veered off the road on San Juan Grade Rd. earlier this year in February. Through their actions, they were able to save a mother and her two children from being trapped in the car wreckage, which was approximately 400' down a steep embankment.

Release Authorized by: Officer Miguel Cabrera

Telephone: 758-5321

Child Molestation, Lewd Acts on a Minor

Release Date/Time: 5/7/2013 12:19 PM

Incident: Child Molestation, Lewd Acts on a Minor

Date: Tuesday, 5/7/2013

Time: 12:19 PM

Location: 1300 block of Patch Ct., Marina 

Salinas Police Department is currently investigating allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor on the part of a suspect, identified as Billy Seabolt (26). Seabolt is a Marina youth soccer and baseball league coach and board member. Seabolt is also a volunteer at the Marina Youth Center. It is believed Seabolt has been associated with these programs for at least a year.

Two victims have currently come forward with allegations occurring in Salinas. Detectives investigating these incidents developed information identifying Seabolt as the suspect. Subsequently, Seabolt was contacted and arrested this past Sunday in Marina. Seabolt was transported to the Monterey County jail and booked on charges of child molestation and lewd acts on a minor.

This case continues to be an active investigation. The Salinas Police Department encourages anyone who may have information regarding allegations such as these to contact the appropriate local law enforcement agency.  No further information is available.

Release Authorized by: Officer Miguel Cabrera

Telephone: 758-7348

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 5/7/2013 3:35 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 13-050322

Date: Tuesday, 5/7/2013

Time: 11:00 AM

Location: Rider Ave. at Las Casitas

Officers responded to a call of a shooting in the area of Rider Ave. at Las Casitas. The investigation revealed the victim vehicle with three occupants was driving on Rider Ave. when a  black Dodge Charger, mid 2000's model, pulled up next to them and someone in the vehicle fired a single gunshot into the victim vehicle. Nobody in the vehicle was injured and at this time it is unknown why the victims were targeted. The round fired did strike the vehicle's rear fender.

The driver of the suspect vehicle is described as a Hispanic male approximately twenty years old, clean shaven, wearing a light colored Pendleton type shirt. Investigation continues.

Release Authorized by: Officer Miguel Cabrera

Telephone: (831) 758-7348

Scam Alert

Release Date/Time: 5/6/2013 4:59 PM

Incident: Scam Alert

Date: Monday, 5/6/2013

Time: 4:59 PM

Location: City of Salinas

Salinas Police Department has become aware of two different scams, in the city, that we want to make the community aware of.  The first one is targeting citizens by phone offering to sell an I phone, set up with discount calling plans to Mexico. The unsuspecting consumer is asked to send $400 for what is expected to be an I phone set up with "guaranteed " discount calling plans. Later, the consumer receives a cheap "tracfone" prepaid cellular phone with information regarding calling plans and calling cards to make international calls. The person calling and the company involved appear to be legitimate at first but its simply a scam targeting primarily Spanish sparking consumers.

The second scam to hit Salinas recently is the scam which usually take place in a parking lot. The suspect "salesman" stops a consumer in the lot and offers to sell an expensive MTS home theater system which normally sells for several thousand dollars but because of financial problems the suspect is willing to sell it cheaper. The scam artist even presents an invoice for the theater system "proving " that its the real thing. Once the victim falls for the scam and loses several hundred dollars, the scam artist retrieves an impressive looking boxed theater system that appears factory sealed. The consumer later finds a cheap, low quality substitution. Buyer Beware !

Release Authorized by: Officer Miguel Cabrera

Telephone: 758-7348

Rape, Robbery

Release Date/Time: 5/6/2013 10:43 AM

Incident: Rape, Robbery

Report #: 13-050235

Date: Monday, 5/6/2013

Time: 1:31 AM

Location: 2000 block of N. Main St.

Officers responded to a call of a rape and robbery in the area of N. Main St. north of Boronda Rd. The victim (53) was walking from a friend's apartment when she was confronted by an unknown African American male near Lamar St. The suspect began harassing the victim and groping her. As the victim attempted to get away to a nearby pay phone,  the suspect took the victim by force to the rear of a  business where he proceeded to sexually assault her. The suspect eventually fled on foot towards N. Main St. The suspect also stole the victims property. The victim was able to call police and report the incident. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment.  

The investigation is on going and Salinas Police Department detectives are asking anyone with information to call 758-7321 or to remain anonymous you may call 775-4222

Release Authorized by: Officer Miguel Cabrera

Telephone: (831) 758-7348

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