Press Releases

Driving Under the Influence

As previously released to inquiring media outlets, the Salinas Police Department arrested an off-duty Salinas Police Officer for driving under the influence during the afternoon hours of April 26th.  The officer was processed and eventually cited and released because the officer met the requirements for cite and release under the departmen's policy.  Many media organizations have inquired about the department's cite and release policy.  Those media organizations that have requested a copy of the Salinas Police Department's cite and release policy have been provided a copy of the policy.  Many of the questions and/or concerns have centered around whether the Salinas Police Department provided preferential treatment to the officer by citing and releasing the officer rather than booking the officer into the Monterey County Jail.  The Department reviewed driving under the influence arrest records since the beginning of the year.  Of the 76 persons arrested for driving under the influence by the Salinas Police Department, 17 people were cited and released and 59 were booked into the Monterey County Jail.  This means just over 22% of the people arrested for driving under the influence met the criteria per department policy and were cited and released after being arrested for driving under the influence.  Of the persons not cited and released, some of the following reasons were noted for not citing the person and releasing them:

  • Was on parole
  • Caused an injury accident
  • Were extremely intoxicated with a very high blood alcohol level
  • Had warrants from other criminal cases
  • Had prior driving under the influence convictions
  • Were arrested for felony charges in addition to driving under the influence
  • Drug possession
  • Was driving on a suspended license
  • Ran from the police (likely to flee from prosecution)
  • Was involved in a hit and run accident (likely to flee from prosecution)
  • No verifiable identification

Attempted Robbery - Commercial Business

Release Date/Time: 4/27/2013 11:15 AM

Incident: Attempted Robbery - Commercial Business

Report #: 13-041376

Date: Friday, 4/26/2013

Time: 7:33 PM

Location: 323 Williams Rd - El Rey Market

Two Hispanic males, each armed with dark colored handguns, entered to rob the business and demanded that everyone get on the floor.  Suspect #1 was described as approximately 5-7, wearing black pants, ski mask, beanie and a burgundy shift and suspect #2 was described as wearing all black colored clothing.  Suspect #2 pushed a 4 year old little girl to the floor and momentarily pointed his handgun in her direction.  One of the employees heard the suspect demands and recogniezed that the business was being robbed.  He also observed suspect #2 push the girl and point his handgun at her.  The employee was concered that suspect #2 was going to further hurt the child.  The employee retrieved his legally possessed personal handgun and fired two rounds into the ceiling of the business.  Upon hearing the gunshots both suspects immediately fled the business.  They were last seen running west on Grandhaven Street. 

Release Authorized by: Commander Dave Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder of Peace Officer/Weapons & Gang Charges UPDATE

4/25/2013 7:40 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder of Peace Officer/Weapons & Gang Charges UPDATE

Report #: 13-041175

Date: Thursday, 4/25/2013

Time: 7:11 PM

Location: 316 California St.

UPDATE

On April 25, 2013, Salinas Police Department Investigations Division, Violence Suppression Unit and the Salinas Police SWAT team arrested Alexander Padilla (27) for his involvement in the pursuit and attempted homicide of a Salinas Police Officer that took place on April 23, 2013. Padilla is the solo outstanding suspect in this case and was taken into custody without incident on California Street in Salinas. This case is still being investigated by Salinas Police Department investigators. Anyone who may have information that aid in this investigation is urged to contact the Salinas Police Department.  

 

 

Release Authorized by: Vincent Maiorana

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Evading, Felony Warrant, Possession of Counterfeit Currency, Probation Violation

Release Date/Time: 4/25/2013 9:24 AM

Incident: Evading, Felony Warrant, Possession of Counterfeit Currency, Probation Violation

Report #: 13-041247

Date: Wednesday, 4/24/2013

Time: 9:43 AM

Location: Oregon Ave. and N. Sanborn Rd. to Natividad Rd.

Officers attempted to effect a vehicle stop for traffic violations in the area of Oregon and N. Sanborn Rd. The vehicle refused to yield and a vehicle pursuit ensued, ending on Natividad Rd. A high risk stop was conducted and the driver, Javier Lopez Benitez (26) , was taken into custody without incident. Benitez was found to have an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest. In addition, Benitez was found in possession of counterfeit currency and he is also on probation.

Benitez was transported to county jail and booked on the listed charges.

Release Authorized by: Officer Miguel Cabrera

Telephone: (831) 758-7348

Attempted Murder of Peace Officer,Weapons Violations and Gang Enhancements- Update

Release Date/Time: 4/24/2013 2:30 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder of Peace Officer,Weapons Violations and Gang Enhancements

Report #: 13-041175

Date: Tuesday, 4/23/2013

Time: 3:09 PM

Location: Airport Blvd. to Natividad Creek Park

Salinas Police Department Detectives continue to investigate the attempted murder case which evolved from a vehicle pursuit where the occupants of the suspect vehicle fired a weapon several times at the pursuing officer. This incident occurred at approximately 5 minutes after midnight on 4-23-13, Tuesday morning.

Salinas Police Department is releasing the names of the two suspects involved in this incident and captured near Natividad Creek Park, after they initially fled the scene. The vehicle, occupied by three suspects, had collided with a tree at the park.

The driver of the suspect vehicle has been identified as Daniel Sanchez (25), who was taken into custody a short distance from his vehicle. One of the passengers in the vehicle, Daniel Magdaleno (27), fled into the creek bed and hid in heavy brush. He was subsequently captured after an extensive search which was conducted with the assistance of canine officers. Both suspects are Salinas residents and are known gang members.

Monterey County Sheriffs deputies, CHP officers and Salinas Police Department's SWAT team assisted in the search and capture of the suspects. The third suspect was able to elude police and is still being sought.

There were two weapons located in the suspect vehicle. There were no injuries to the officers involved in this incident.

If anyone has  information related to this case, you are encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department at 758-7321 or to remain anonymous you can call 775-4222

The investigation is continuing and no further information is available at this time.

 

Release Authorized by: Officer Miguel Cabrera

Telephone: (831) 758-7348

Attempted Homicide on a Police Officer / Vehicle Pursuit

This is a follow-up press release to the investigation the Salinas Police Department is conducting into the attempted homicide of one of it's police officers during the early morning hours of April 23, 2013.  At the conclusion of the search for additional suspects at Natividad Creek Park, the Incident Commander announced that a press conference would be held at the Salinas Police Department at 10:30am this morning to discuss the incident.  That press conference has since been rescheduled until today at 1:00pm at the Salinas Police Department.  There will be no further information put out until that time.  Thank-you for your understanding.   

Gang Member Poss. Firearm / Drugs

Release Date/Time: 4/24/2013 1:00 PM

Incident: Gang Member Poss. Firearm / Drugs

Report #: 13-041232

Date: Tuesday, 4/23/2013

Time: 9:01 PM

Location: Independance / Boronda

Salinas Police conducted a traffic stop on Jaime Perez (30) for vehicle code violations.  Perez was on parole and officers located methamphetamine on his person.  A parole search was conducted at his residence.  A large amount of methamphetamine, cash and gang indicia was found in his room.  A stolen and loaded Glock handgun was also found in his bedroom.  Perez was booked in county jail for parole violation as well as firearm and drug charges.

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Gray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Kidnap / Annoy Child

Release Date/Time: 4/22/2013 4:54 PM

Incident: Attempted Kidnap / Annoy Child

Report #: 13-041148

Date: Monday, 4/22/2013

Time: 3:58 PM

Location: E. Alisal at S. Felice St.

The 14 year-old female victim was walking home from school.  As she reached the above location, a Hispanic male in his early 20's, approached her. She described him further as being 5'5" - 5'8", wearing a gray baseball cap with the letter "A" on it, black pants, a black short sleeve shirt over a gray short sleeve shirt, and white tennis shoes. The suspect told her to "come here."  He then grabbed the victim by the arm and pulled her toward him. She was able to break his grasp and get away. Her 17 year-old brother was in the immediate area and heard his sister yelling, and came to her aid.  The brother chased the suspect for several blocks before losing him. Officers searched the area for the suspect but were unable to find him. A "be-on-the-lookout" bulletin was placed and any witnesses are asked to please come forward and contact the Salinas Police.

Release Authorized by: Commander Dan Perez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Kidnap / Annoy Child

Release Date/Time: 4/22/2013 4:54 PM

Incident: Attempted Kidnap / Annoy Child

Report #: 13-041148

Date: Monday, 4/22/2013

Time: 3:58 PM

Location: E. Alisal at S. Felice St.

The 14 year-old female victim was walking home from school.  As she reached the above location, a Hispanic male in his early 20's, approached her. She described him further as being 5'5" - 5'8", wearing a gray baseball cap with the letter "A" on it, black pants, a black short sleeve shirt over a gray short sleeve shirt, and white tennis shoes. The suspect told her to "come here."  He then grabbed the victim by the arm and pulled her toward him. She was able to break his grasp and get away. Her 17 year-old brother was in the immediate area and heard his sister yelling, and came to her aid.  The brother chased the suspect for several blocks before losing him. Officers searched the area for the suspect but were unable to find him. A "be-on-the-lookout" bulletin was placed and any witnesses are asked to please come forward and contact the Salinas Police.

Release Authorized by: Commander Dan Perez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Carjacking Arrest / Gang Member Possession Firearm / Possession of Methamphetamine

Release Date/Time: 4/21/2013 12:05 AM

Incident: Carjacking Arrest / Gang Mem. Poss. Firearm

Report #: 13-041049 & 13-040671

Date: Saturday, 4/20/2013

Time: 10:09 PM

Location: Julia / Wheeler

Salinas Police Officers located a vehicle taken during a carjacking on Julia Dr.  As the officers approached, 3 people exited the vehicle.  The driver, a 17 year old male had a loaded handgun and meth concealed on his person.  He also had a felony warrant for possession of a firearm.  The other 2 passengers were later determined not to be involved.  The driver was booked for carjacking, gang member in possession of a firearm, possession of methamphetamine and a felony arrest warrant. 

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Gray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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