Press Releases

Felony hit and run

Release Date/Time: 4/3/2015 5:38 PM

Incident: Felony hit and run

Report #: 15-040096

Date: Friday, 4/3/2015

Time: 6:16 AM

Location: North Main Street / Iris Drive

Joshua Verwolf, 39, was riding his bicycle s/b North Main Street. He made a left turn at Iris Drive toward the Rodeo Grounds. Vehicles in the #1 and #2 n/b lanes were stopped at the red light and yielded to Verwolf. A maroon Honda traveling n/b in the #3 lane did not yield. The Honda continued n/b through the intersection and struck Verwolf in the #3 lane. Verwolf went up onto the hood and broke the windshield before falling to the pavement.

Verwolf was rushed to Natividad Medical Center Trauma Unit. He suffered a dislocated shoulder, broken ribs, and a possible concusion. The Honda stopped briefly before fleeing northbound on North Main Street. Officers were unable to locate the suspect vehicle. Officers are still looking for a maroon Honda with a broken windshield. The investigation continues.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder Shooting

Release Date/Time: 4/2/2015 3:57 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder Shooting

Report #: 15-040057

Date: Thursday, 4/2/2015

Time: 12:57 AM

Location: 1700 block of Klamath Dr

The intended victim was in front of a residence when one of two suspects dressed in all black shot at him multiple times. An uninvolved 19-year-old female inside of the home was struck by a stray bullet. She received a non-life threatening wound was was taken to a local hospital. Anyone with information regarding this shooting is encouraged to call the listed phone number.

Release Authorized by: James Godwin

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Occupied Stolen Vehicle Arrest, Resist Arrest, Possession of Methamphetamine and Probation Violation

Release Date/Time: 3/31/2015 10:14 AM

Incident: Occupied Stolen Vehicle Arrest, Resist Arrest, Possession of Methamphetamine and Probation Violation

Report #: 15-031355

Date: Monday, 3/30/2015

Time: 1:31 PM

Location: Adams Street and West Laurel Drive

On March 26th, a 2007 Jeep Cherokee was stolen from an apartment complex on West Alvin Drive in North Salinas.  On Monday, March 30th, a friend of the victim observed the stolen vehicle driving southbound on North Main Street near Alvin Drive.  He called the Salinas Police Department and provided a description and direction of travel.  A patrol officer observed the vehicle traveling westbound on West Laurel Drive approaching US 101.  The driver, later identified as, Elizar Uribe, 26, upon seeing the patrol car turned onto Adams, abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. He was captured after a short foot pursuit. The passenger, Ismael Reymundo, 30, was chased over several fences and into the backyards of nearby residences.  A yard to yard search was conducted.  With the assistance of witnesses in the area, Reymundo was eventually located in a garage of a residence in the 1200 block of Polk Street. The owner of the residence did not know Reymundo but did not want to prosecute him for trespassing. Uribe was booked into the Monterey County Jail for driving a stolen vehicle, resisting arrest and violation of probation.  He is currently on probation for stealing vehicles.  Reymundo was booked for resisting arrest, possession of methamphetamine, and providing false information to a peace officer.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Traffic Collision

Release Date/Time: 3/30/2015 3:49 PM

Incident: Traffic Collision

Report #: 15-031508

Date: Sunday, 3/29/2015

Time: 11:42 PM

Location: E. Alvin Dr, 50 yards east of Christensen

Officers responded to a solo vehicle collision at E. Alvin in front of NSHS. A Dodge pick-up struck a PG&E utility pole and sheered it from the ground causing a black out in areas of North Salinas. The driver fled the scene on foot and the pick-up truck was disabled and over a downed, live power line. Officers had to wait several hours before PG&E could deactivate the power line before approaching the vehicle. Witness reported a heavy set 5'6' Hispanic Male Adult fled the scene. Officers were initially unable to contact the Registered Owner Javier Gonzalez, age 33. At approximately 3 am Gonzalez contacted the Police Department to report the car stolen. Officers contacted Gonzalez who matched the suspect description. Gonzalez said he had been home with family drinking. He had left his keys in the car to charge his cell phone and later discovered the vehicle missing. After speaking with officers he decided not to report the car stolen.

On today's date, Gonzalez returned to the Police Department to claim the vehicle from storage and again report it stolen. After speaking with the desk officer, Gonzalez admitted he had made a false report and that he had been the driver during the collision. He denied being intoxicated and said he crashed because he was sleepy. Gonzalez is not a licensed driver. Charges of hit and run, reporting a false emergency, and driving without a license are pending.

Release Authorized by: Gerard D Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7975

Distracted Driving Month

Release Date/Time: 3/30/2015 1:13 PM

Incident: Distracted Driving Month

Report #: N/A

Date: Monday, 3/30/2015

Time: 12:13 AM

Location: City of Salinas

Silence the Distractions. April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month – 'It's Not Worth It!” 

To save lives and educate all Californians, especially young drivers, about the dangers of distracted driving, the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), California Highway Patrol (CHP), Impact Teen Drivers, and more than 200 law enforcement agencies statewide are working together on increased education and enforcement efforts for National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April and California Teen Safe Driving Week, the first week of April.

'Any distraction can cause a driver to lose control of the two ton machine they are driving. Driving takes your full attention. It only takes an instant to lose control and send your car careening toward deadly, dangerous consequences,” said Sergeant Gerry Ross of the Salinas Police Department. 'The average time it takes to check a text message is about 5 seconds. At 60 mph your car will travel more than the length of a football field. This is like driving blindfolded for 5 seconds. The results can be devastating to those involved in the collision as well as their families.”

Throughout the month of April, Police, Sheriff and the CHP will focus on educating the public about the dangers of driving distracted through local media interviews, visits to schools, and traffic safety presentations. In addition, two dates, April 1 and April 15, have been earmarked for special statewide high visibility enforcement days for all law enforcement agencies that are participating in the national traffic safety campaign. The urge to read and answer an incoming message when we hear the text sound can be almost overwhelming. The Office of Traffic Safety is using a message of 'Silence the Distraction” in new public service announcements aimed at getting drivers to turn off their phones while driving so they won't be tempted.

'No text, call, or social media update is worth a crash,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. 'With an average of less than a second to react to an urgent situation, drivers need to have all their attention on the roadway.” While distracted driving can take on many forms and affects all road users, young drivers are at a greater risk.

During 'California Teen Safe Driving Week,” April1-7, Impact Teen Drivers will focus on educating teens that their number one killer – reckless and distracted driving – is 100% preventable. 'People are realizing that everyday behaviors, such as texting or reaching for a dropped item, can be lethal when done behind the wheel,” Kelly Browning, Ph.D., Executive Director of Impact Teen Drivers, said. 'Each of us must drive responsibly, keeping full attention to the task at hand - DRIVING. If you have teenagers in your family who are driving, make sure they understand the laws and what their responsibilities are as well,” Sergeant Ross added. 'The collective goal with this month-long campaign is to change the behavior of all drivers. That change begins with education.”

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Fatal Traffic Collision

Release Date/Time: 3/26/2015 4:44 PM

Incident: Fatal Traffic Collision

Report #: 15-031369

Date: Thursday, 3/26/2015

Time: 2:08 PM

Location: Shell Station, Kern St and E. Market Street.

Anthony Martinez was driving a service truck for Lamar Brothers eastbount in the #2 lane of E. Market Street. The 32-year-old male victim was riding his bicycle eastbound on the south sidewalk of East Market. They were side by side when they first started to cross Kern Street but Martinez began to pull slightly ahead of the bicyclist. Martinez then turned into the Shell gas station directly in front of victim. The bicycle struck the side of the truck and the victim fell to the pavement where he apparently was run over by the rear tires of the truck. This caused severe internal injuries to his torso. Fire paramedics began doing CPR on scene. The victim was transported to Natividad Medical Center where he died of his injuries. The victim's name is being kept confidential pending notification of the family. This was the first fatal traffic collision of the year.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Stolen Vehicle & Possession of Drugs Arrest

Release Date/Time: 3/21/2015 11:05 PM

Incident: Stolen Vehicle & Possession of Drugs Arrest

Report #: 15-031337

Date: Saturday, 3/21/2015

Time: 4:08 PM

Location: Del Monte Ave. & Williams Rd.

An officer stopped a 2015 Nissan Versa at Del Monte Ave. & Williams Rd. for a registration check since it did not have plates or a temporary registration on the windshield. He ran the Vehicle Identification Number and discovered it had been reported stolen. Juan Cordova, 28, was taken into custody. He was in possession of a small quantity of meth, meth pipes, and had a shaved key in the ignition. Cordova was also on probation for a vehicle theft he was convicted of two months ago.  He was booked into the Monterey County Jail on several charges.  


Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 3/21/2015 1:00 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 15-031069

Date: Friday, 3/20/2015

Time: 10:16 PM

Location: Del Monte Ave. & Elkington Ave.

An eighteen year old male was walking to a friend's house when he noticed an occupied vehicle parked on Elkington Ave. near Del Monte Ave. The occupants approached him and asked if he was involved in gangs.  The victim denied gang membership, however, was not successful in convincing the two individuals.  One of them pulled out a handgun and fired at him from a few short feet away.  The round struck the victim in the chin, and he managed to flee while avoiding being struck by the additional rounds fired in his direction.  He arrived at the hospital by private vehicle for treatment for his non-life threatening injuries.  The suspects were described as two thin Hispanic males in black hoodies.  They were approximately 5'8" to 5'9" tall and their vehicle was only described as dark in appearance.  Considering the close proximity between the parties when the shooting occurred, the victim is extremely fortunate to only have sustained the injury he did.  There is nothing further at this time.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery Business - Update to previous press release - photographs

In a previous press release dated 3-13-15 Commander Gomez reported:  A male suspect entered the Factory 2U at 1506 N. Main St. He brought some items to the cashier and put them on the counter, leading the cashier to believe he was going to purchase them.  As the items were being prepared for sale, the suspect lifted his shirt and displayed a handgun. He forced the cashier to hand over an undisclosed amount of money and fled out the front door.  The suspect was described as a white male, 30 years old, wearing a black hoodie and black Dickies shorts. He was about 5'11" tall and weighed 220 lbs. He was last seen fleeing the area in a white Toyota Camry.  ***Photographs of the suspect have been added to this press release***  If you recognized the suspect you are asked to call the following numbers:   831-758-7321 (non-emergency) or 831-758-7250.  If you would like to remain anonymous, you can also call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222 or the We-TipLine at 1-800-78-CRIME.



Credit Card Fraud and Burglary

Release Date/Time: 3/17/2015 2:40 PM

Incident:  Credit card fraud and Burglary

Date: Tuesday, 3/17/2015

Time: 2:40 PM

Location:  Shel Station/ N. Main St. and San Juan Grade Rd.

The pictured supect entered the Shell Station and used a stolen credit card to make a purchase. The Salinas Police Department is asking for assistance from the community in identifying the suspect.  He is a light complected, clean shaven male wearing a black ballcap and black jacket.  Anyone with information about the identity of the susepct is asked to contact Detective Byron Gansen at 831-758-7137 or email at [email protected]

Release Authorized by:  Cdr. Dave Shaw

Telephone:  831-758-7271


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