Press Releases

Residential Burglary Interrupted

Release Date/Time: 5/1/2013 4:42 PM

Incident: Residential Burglary Interrupted

Report #: 13-040039

Date: Wednesday, 5/1/2013

Time: 1:30 PM

Location: 300 block of Hampton Ave.

Officers responded to another call of an interrupted residential burglary in the 300 block of Hampton Ave. The victim (58) was in her residence when she heard a knock on the front door. As she looked out the peephole, she saw an unknown male standing at the front porch. She did not answer the door but she observed a red pickup truck in her driveway with a second suspect on board. Both suspects started to pry the front door as the victim was calling police. The victim exited to the backyard of her house as she spoke with the 911 operator.

The suspects went upstairs and saw the victim in the back yard and ran down and out of the residence carrying away a purse and lap top computer in the process. Officers arrived and conducted an area check for the suspect vehicle but were unable to locate it.

The suspects were described as Hispanic males in their late twenties. One was about 5'10", 200 lbs and wearing a black shirt under a plaid shirt. The second suspect was approximately 5'6", 160 lbs. with black hair. The suspect vehicle was a red 2000 single cab pick up truck.

The investigation is continuing and anyone with information related to this case is asked to contact the Salinas Police Department at 758-7321 or to remain anonymous you may call 755-4222

Release Authorized by: Officer Miguel Cabrera

Telephone: (831) 758-7348

Attempted Homicide (Shooting)

Release Date/Time: 5/2/2013 8:46 AM

Incident: Attempted Homicide (Shooting)

Report #: 13-050063

Date: Wednesday, 5/1/2013

Time: 9:47 PM

Location: Roosevelt Ave and Madeira St.

An officer on patrol was contacted by a citizen in the area of Roosevelt and Madeira Ave. reporting a possible shooting  nearby after several gunshots were heard. Initially officers were unable to locate a victim or crime scene but a short time later, police were advised by hospital staff the a male victim of a gunshot had arrived via private vehicle to the hospital for treatment. The victim had suffered a gunshot wound to the face area. Although the victims' condition did not appear to be life threatening, the injuries prevented him from providing a statement.

Officers canvassed the neighborhood and were able to determine a dark colored Honda hatchback, seen leaving the area towards the highway, may have been involved. The investigation is continuing.

Salinas Police Department is asking anyone with information related to this incident contact detectives by calling 758-7321 or to remain anonymous 775-4222

 

Release Authorized by: Officer Miguel Cabrera

Telephone: (831) 758-7348

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

Parolee At Large Warrant, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Cocaine

Release Date/Time: 5/1/2013 3:01 PM

Incident: Parolee At Large Warrant, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Cocaine

Report #: 13-041613

Date: Tuesday, 4/30/2013

Time: 11:01 PM

Location: Motel 6 on De la Torre Blvd.

Violence Suppression Unit Officers contacted known parolee Ivan Zamora (23)  in the area of Motel 6 on De la Torre Blvd. and discovered he was a parolee at large and was wanted on a warrant, In addition, Zamora was found to be in possession of cocaine. Zamora was arrested and transported to county jail on the listed charges.

Release Authorized by: Officer Miguel Cabrera

Telephone: (831) 758-7348

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 5/1/2013 10:23 AM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Report #: 13-041607

Date: Tuesday, 4/30/2013

Time: 10:31 PM

Location: 900 block of N. Main Street

Officers responded to a call of an armed robbery at the Lotus Hair and Nails business located in the 900 block of N. Main St. A male suspect armed with a knife confronted an employee as she was closing the business and demanded money. The suspect ordered several people in the business to the ground as he took an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect exited the business and fled on foot in the direction of W. Bernal Dr.and then turned westbound to the rear of the shopping center.

The suspect was described as a Hispanic male approximately 25 years old, wearing a grey hoodie, black beanie cap and red/white/black Jordan style tennis shoes.

Investigation continues. Anyone who may have information related to this incident 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

Hit and Run Injury Collsion

Release Date/Time: 4/29/2013 10:16 AM

Incident: Hit and Run Injury Collsion

Report #: 13-041479

Date: Monday, 4/29/2013

Time: 7:40 AM

Location: Acacia Street and South Main Street

A 16-year-old male Salinas High School student was walking across South Main Street in the north crosswalk of South Main Street and Acacia Street. A dark gray, older model Ford Explorer with a white or tan stripe along the bottom and a red passenger door, made a left turn from e/b Acacia Street and struck the student, knocking him to the ground. The student suffered injuries to his mouth and had a complaint of pain and was transported to Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital by ambulance. The driver fled the scene. The vehicle was captured on video. Salinas PD is currently looking for the suspect. "The Explorer has a distictive appearance," said Sergeant Gerry Ross. "We are hoping someone will come forward with information to help us find it."

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 4/29/2013 12:43 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Report #: 13-041488

Date: Monday, 4/29/2013

Time: 9:32 AM

Location: Parking lot of 975 Blanco Cir. - Denny's

Officers responded to an armed robbery in the parking lot of Denny's Restaurant located in the 900 block of W. Blanco Dr. An employee of the restaurant was walking to his vehicle, as he intended to drive to the bank to make a business deposit. Two suspects accosted the victim and demanded he turn over the money. One of the two suspects brandished a handgun and threatened the victim (44) who complied with the assailants demands, turning over an undisclosed amount of cash.

Both suspects fled on foot towards the rear of the business. An extensive search of the area failed to locate the suspects, who were describe as white male adults. One was wearing sunglasses.

The investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information related to this incident is 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

Annoy or Molest a Child

Release Date/Time: 4/29/2013 1:00 PM

Incident: Annoy or Molest a Child

Report #: 13-041492

Date: Monday, 4/29/2013

Time: 9:26 AM

Location: Area of Clay St.and Lincoln Ave.

Officers responded to a call of a suspicious person attempting to lure a female student (13) into his vehicle as she walked to a nearby middle school. The suspect was driving a white Honda Civic, early 2000's model. The suspect drove along side of the victim and insisted she enter the vehicle. The student ignored the suspect and went straight to the school administrators who alerted police.

The Hispanic male suspect spoke in Spanish. The suspect was described as approximately 35 years of age, medium build, wearing a gray zip up sweatshirt. The vehicle fled in a northbound direction on Iverson St.

The investigation is continuing and the Salinas Police Department is asking anyone who may have witnesses the incident to contact police at 758-7321 or to remain anonymous 775-4222

 

Release Authorized by: Officer Miguel Cabrera

Telephone: (831) 758-7348

Evading, Possession of a Weapon, Possession of Controlled Substance for Sale

Release Date/Time: 4/29/2013 4:17 PM

Incident: Evading, Possession of a Weapon, Possession of Controlled Substance for Sale

Report #: 13-041430

Date: Sunday, 4/28/2013

Time: 12:05 AM

Location: Monterey St at E. Alisal St

 Salinas Police Department officers attempted to effect a traffic stop on a vehicle driving the wrong way on Monterey St.  The vehicle initially stopped and as the officer approached, a firearm was observed in the seat pocket. The vehicle suddenly sped away leading officers on a pursuit which lasted approximately one hour and led officers throughout Salinas and then south on Highway 101 to Greenfield.

 Monterey County Sheriff Department deputies used a spike strip to disable the fleeing vehicle and subsequently assisted in taking the driver , Jesus Rodriguez (39), into custody. The pursuit reached speeds between 85 and 100 MPH.

Rodriguez was found to be on parole. A search incident to arrest revealed evidence of controlled substances for sale, marijuana, methamphetamine and heroin. In addition, ammunition was also found in the vehicle but the firearm was not located.

Rodriguez was later transported to the Monterey County jail where he was booked on the listed charges.

Release Authorized by: Officer Miguel Cabrera

Telephone: (831) 758-7348

Stolen Vehicles, Grand Theft

Release Date/Time: 4/29/2013 3:46 PM

Incident: Stolen Vehicles Grand Theft

Report #: 13-041440

Date: Sunday, 4/28/2013

Time: 6:11 AM

Location: Dead end of Maryal at Chaparral Ave.

An alert anonymous citizen called police to report two suspicious persons stripping a vehicle in the street at the dead end of Maryal Dr. and Chaparral Ave. The male suspect was reportedly stripping the vehicle while a female suspect was acting as a lookout. As officers arrived , they were seen approaching by the female who did not stay and fled the area on foot.

Officers appeared to startle the male suspect identified as Michael Meza (32) who continued to strip a vehicle as the officers were standing next to him . Meza was arrested without incident next to two unreported stolen vehicles. One of the vehicles was up on cinder blocks and a second set of cinder blocks was located inside the second stolen vehicle.

Meza declined to provide information on the female suspect who was not located. Meza was later transported to county jail where he was booked on the listed charges.

Release Authorized by: Officer Miguel Cabrera

Telephone: (831) 758-7348

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