Press Releases

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

Attempted Murder, Drive by Shooting, Gang Enhancements and Weapons Charges

Release Date/Time: 4/29/2013 2:21 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder, Drive by Shooting, Gang Enhancements, Weapons Charges

Report #: 13-041473, 13-041474

Date: Sunday, 4/28/2013

Time: 11:23 PM

Location: 1351 N. Main St. El Dorado Motel

Officers responded to an attempted homicide call in the area of the El Dorado Motel. The investigation revealed the victim was standing near the El Dorado Motel in the 1300 block of N. Main St. when an occupant of a charcoal grey Mitsubishi Gallant, parked nearby, pointed a handgun at the female victim. At least one round was fired in the victim's direction. The female victim was not struck but was narrowly missed. Officers were continuing to work the initial call when other officers located a Gallant type vehicle matching in description.

Officers attempted to effect a traffic stop but the vehicle failed to yield and a vehicle pursuit ensued which ultimately ended at the dead end of Oak St. Both occupants in the vehicle fled on foot, they were apprehended a short distance away. The suspects were identified as Francisco Jimenez (26)  and Roger Pajimola (26).

Jimenez was later positively identified as being involved in the El Dorado Motel shooting earlier in the evening. A search of the vehicle subsequent to the arrests located a loaded firearm. Pajimola and Jimenez who are known gang members were later transported to the county jail were they were booked on the listed charges.


Release Authorized by: Officer Miguel Cabrera

Telephone: (831) 758-7348

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.


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