Press Releases

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 5/7/2013 2:56 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Report #: 13-050275

Date: Monday, 5/6/2013

Time: 2:25 PM

Location: 400 block of S. Main St. - Chase Bank Parking Lot

Officers responded to an armed robbery in the Chase Bank parking lot located in the 400 block of S. Main St. The victim (29) pulled into the parking lot intending to make a deposit from the auto parts store where he is employed. As the victim exited his vehicle, two male suspects in a green Saturn drove up alongside of him. The passenger brandished a handgun and demanded money. The victim handed over an undisclosed amount of cash and they quickly fled in a northbound direction on Monterey St.

The suspects were described as Hispanic males in their 20's wearing black hoodies and black masks.

The investigation continues and the Salinas Police Department is asking anyone with information to call 758-7321 or to remain anonymous 775-4222

 

Release Authorized by: Officer Miguel Cabrera

Telephone: 758-07348

Distracted Driving Month Statistics

Release Date/Time: 5/6/2013 4:40 PM

Incident: Distracted Driving Month Statistics

Date: Monday, 5/6/2013

Time: 4:40 PM

Location: City of Salinas

During the month of April, Distracted Driving was the focus of Salinas Police Department officers along with other law enforcement agencies throughout the state. Salinas Police Department officers issued 287 citations for cell phone violations and 60 citations for texting violations for a total of 347 distracted driving citations for the month of April. 

April 16th was designated as Zero Tolerance day and on this day Salinas Police Department officers issued 96 citations for distracted driving. Much of the funding for this project was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

During the month of May, the Salinas Police Department will be participating  in the May 2013 National Click It or Ticket Seat Belt campaign. This campaign will run from May 20th through June 2nd.

Release Authorized by: Officer Miguel Cabrera

Telephone: 758-7348

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