Press Releases

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

Kidnapping, Robbery, Gang Enhancement

Release Date/Time: 5/6/2013 9:08 AM

Incident: Kidnapping, Robbery, Gang Enhancement

Report #: 13-05234

Date: Monday, 5/6/2013

Time: 1:44 AM

Location: 1600 block of Georgetown Way

Officers responded to a report of suspicious circumstances in the area of the 1600 block of Georgetown Way. It was reported by an anonymous person that a male individual was observed handcuffed in the garage of a residence and he appeared to be in distress. Officers arrived to investigate and heard a commotion inside the residence indicated. A female adult who came to the door stated there was a party taking place and that was the reason for the commotion. Officers conducted a welfare check. As they were checking the upstairs area, the victim (21) came towards officers and told them he had been kidnapped and assaulted  by several individuals who were still in the residence. Officers located and detained Michelle Hernandez (32), Juan Vargas (29) and Jason Jasso (32).

The investigation revealed Hernandez had called for a cab and the victim, taxi driver, arrived at the residence but Hernandez told the victim she was not ready. The victim was invited  to come inside to wait. Once inside, the victim was led into the garage by Hernandez where Vargas and Jasso proceeded to restrain the victim by handcuffing him. All three suspect then proceeded to assault the victim with a baseball bat with the victim possibly losing consciousness in the process.

The suspects then removed victim's belongings at gunpoint, including his ATM and credit cards, which they attempted to use several times at different locations while the victim was held at the residence. The suspects also ransacked the victim's taxi cab and stole property from it.

The victim exhibited obvious signs of injury which included  a broken arm, bruised ribs and a possible concussion. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of his serious injuries.

The suspects, who where uncooperative, are known gang members. All three were transported to county jail where they were booked on charges of kidnapping, robbery and gang enhancements.

The investigation is continuing. The Salinas Police Department is asking anyone with information related to this incident to call 758-7321  or to remain anonymous  775-4222

Release Authorized by: Officer Miguel Cabrera

Telephone: (831) 758-7348

20001 VC arrest.

Release Date/Time: 5/6/2013 9:47 AM

Incident: 20001 VC arrest.

Report #: 13-041479

Date: Monday, 5/6/2013

Time: 7:40 AM

Location: 403 West Acacia Street

On the morning of April 29th, a 16-year-old male Salinas High Student was riding his bike to School when he was struck by an older model Ford Bronco with a red passenger door. The student suffered a chipped tooth, lacerations to his face, complaints of pain to his right hip and left hand, and a puncture wound to his leg. The vehicle description was put out to the media and the Police Department recieved several tips. One caller said the driver had dropped off kids at Mission Park School on Friday, May 3rd. On Monday, May 6, officers parked at the school and saw the Bronco drive up. They contacted the driver, Brent Adams, 20, who confessed to the Hit and Run. Adams was arrested and booked into Monterey County Jail for 20001(a) VC - Hit and Run causing injury.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Driving Under the Influence , Vehicle Pedestrian Accident

Release Date/Time: 5/6/2013 11:48 AM

Incident: Driving Under the Influence , Vehicle Pedestrian Accident

Report #: 13050207

Date: Sunday, 5/5/2013

Time: 2:09 AM

Location: 1500 block of Duran Cir.

Officers responded to the 1500 block of Duran Circle as Jesus Castillo ( 34 ) was reporting he had accidentally run over his wife. Officers arrived and rendered aid to the victim and detained Castillo after obtaining initial statements. The victim was transported to a local hospital and later was life flighted to a Bay area hospital suffering from serious injuries including multiple skull fractures and internal injuries. Her condition is critical and her injuries are considered life threatening.

The investigation revealed Castillo and the victim had returned home from a party where they had been drinking. Castillo and the victim became involved in an argument and to avoid further problems he elected to leave the residence. Castillo entered his truck and was starting to drive away with the victim running towards the vehicle. Castillo suddenly felt an impact and stopped to find out he had run over the victim. Castillo remained on scene and contacted police.

Officers determined Castillo exhibited symptoms of intoxication and processed him for driving under the influence.

Several witnesses were contacted by officers and they provided statements. The investigation is continuing. If anyone has information related to this incident , you area encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department at 758-7321 or to remain anonymous you can call 775-4222

Release Authorized by: Officer Miguel Cabrera

Telephone: (831) 758-7348

Driving Under the Influence , Vehicle Pedestrian Accident- Correction

Release Date/Time: 5/9/2013 10:56 AM

Incident: Driving Under the Influence , Vehicle Pedestrian Accident- Correction

Report #: 13050207

Date: Sunday, 5/5/2013

Time: 2:09 AM

Location: 1500 block Duran Cir.

There is a correction on the identity of the suspect arrested for felony driving under the influence this past Sunday. The suspect, after an argument, was starting to drive away and ran over his spouse who was running towards the vehicle. The name of the person involved in the incident is Jesus Sierra Castro (34) of Salinas. The condition of the victim remains critical with life threatening injuries and is currently in the intensive care unit at a Bay area hospital.

Release Authorized by: Officer Miguel Cabrera

Telephone: (831) 758-7348

Attempted Homicide

Release Date/Time: 5/6/2013 11:16 AM

Incident: Attempted Homicide

Report #: 13050227

Date: Sunday, 5/5/2013

Time: 9:26 PM

Location: Williams Rd. & Freedom Parkway.

Officers responded to a call of several shots heard in the area of Freedom Parkway and Williams Rd. Initially, officers were unable to locate any victims or evidence of a shooting but a short time later officers were notified of two persons arriving at a local hospital. One of the two had been wounded in the back by unknown assailants who shot at them from a vehicle. The investigation revealed the incident had taken place in the area reported earlier, Williams Rd. at Freedom Parkway.

The victim (30) told officers he and a passenger (17) in his vehicle were shot at several times by someone in a maroon colored compact vehicle similar to a Nissan Altima after a verbal confrontation at a nearby fast food restaurant. The victim was the only one struck by the gunfire and he was able to drive to the hospital for treatment. The victims injuries are not life threatening and he is expected to recover..

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Salinas Police Department at 758-7321 or to remain anonymous 775-4222

Release Authorized by: Officer Miguel Cabrera

Telephone: (831) 758-7348

Stolen Vehicle Arrest

Release Date/Time: 5/3/2013 5:28 PM

Incident: Stolen Vehicle Arrest

Report #: 13-050142

Date: Friday, 5/3/2013

Time: 3:01 PM

Location: F/O Alisal High School

Salinas Police took a report of a stolen Cadillac Escalade from the parking lot of Mi Pueblo on E. Alisal St. Less than an hour later, an officer spotted the vehicle traveling in the area of Towt St. & Garner Ave. He followed it to Williams Rd. in front of Alisal High School. The vehicle was preparing to turn into the parking lot of the school, so it was stopped in the left turn pocket. The driver, Aaron Jimenez (25) was taken into custody and eventually booked into jail. The passenger was determined to not be involved in the theft and was released from the scene.  The school was momentarily locked down while officers took the suspect into custody.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 5/3/2013 12:14 AM

Incident: Armed Robbery - Business

Report #: 13-050109

Date: Thursday, 5/2/2013

Time: 4:25 PM

Location: 349 Williams Rd. - Sal-Mex Bakery

Officers responded to the Sal-Mex Bakery at 349 Williams Rd. for a report of an armed robbery which had taken place.  A Hispanic male entered the business, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and a burgundy bandana over his face.  He pointed a handgun at the employee, which was visible through one of his sweatshirt sleeves.  The suspect took an undisclosed amount of cash and fled on foot, heading westbound on Bellhaven St.  The suspect was described as about 27 years old, 5'1", and with a slender build.  There is no further information at this time.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Residential Burglary, Pursuit - Hit and Run, Resist Arrest,Conspiracy, Parole Violation

Release Date/Time: 5/1/2013 2:23 PM

Incident: Residential Burglary, Pursuit - Hit and Run, Resist Arrest, Conspiracy, Parole Violation

Report #: 13-050013

Date: Wednesday, 5/1/2013

Time: 9:56 AM

Location: 1000 block of Mellville St. to 2073 Santa Rita St.

Officers responded to a call of an interrupted residential burglary in the 1000 block of Melville St. The homeowner arrived at his residence to find the intruders in his home. The suspects immediately fled out of the home and fled in a Honda vehicle which was later determined to be stolen out of Watsonville. Nearby residents also noticed what was happening and also provided police with important information, including the the fleeing vehicle license plate.

Officers arriving in the area located the suspect vehicle in the area of Natividad Rd and Boronda Rd. As officers attempted to effect a traffic stop on the vehicle , it fled at a high rate of speed and a vehicle pursuit ensued. The suspect vehicle finally came to a stop after striking a tree in front of an apartment complex located at 2073 Santa Rita. All three occupants in the vehicle fled the scene on foot . Two were immediately caught and detained. The third suspect was later located in a backyard and apprehended without incident. 

All three suspects were positively identified as the three suspects involved in the interrupted burglary. They are, the driver, Joseph Aguilera (19) form Soledad, Vincent Thomas (23) a parolee out of Salinas and Ezequiel Rosas (19) also from Soledad.

As a precaution nearby Santa Rita Elementary school was locked down for approximately 30 minutes. A replica handgun along with stolen property were located in the suspect vehicle.

Once again the information provided by alert citizens was extremely important in the arrest of all three suspects involved in this incident.

Aguilera , Thomas and Rosas were transported to the county jail were they were booked on the various listed charges.

Release Authorized by: Officer Miguel Cabrera

Telephone: (831) 758-7348

Shooting Into an Inhabited Dwelling

Release Date/Time: 5/2/2013 8:35 AM

Incident: Shooting Into an Inhabited Dwelling

Report #: 13-050065

Date: Wednesday, 5/1/2013

Time: 11:15 PM

Location: 0-100 block of Julia ST.

Officers responded to a call of gunshots fired into a residence in the 0-100 block of Julia St. Officers determined the residence had been struck by gunshots several times but no one inside the was injured. Officers located several casings in the area and were told a unknown type vehicle fled the area at a high rate of speed shorty after the shots were heard. At this point there is no motive as to why the residence was targeted.

Officers are continuing the investigation and ask that anyone with information contact the Salinas Police Department at 758-7321 or to remain anonymous 775-4222

Release Authorized by: Officer Miguel Cabrera

Telephone: (831) 758-7348

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