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Fatal Traffic Collision

Release Date/Time: 4/8/2016 9:59 AM

Incident: Fatal Traffic Collision

Report #: 16-040344

Date: Thursday, 4/7/2016

Time: 1:33 PM

Location: Maryal Drive and E. Bernal Drive

A 38-year-old woman was driving her white Honda minivan w/b in the #1 lane of E. Bernal approaching Maryal at about 30 to 35 mph. A 53-year-old male was riding his bicycle down the hill of Maryal toward Bernal. A witness saw the bicyclist ride through the stop sign without even slowing. He collided with the right/front of the minivan. The man suffered head trauma and a possible broken arm. He was transported to the Natividad Medical Center Trauma Unit and taken in immediately for surgery. The man was later pronounced deceased at the hospital. The driver was properly licensed and did not appear to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The case is still under investigation.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Homicide

Release Date/Time: 4/7/2016 5:42 PM

Incident: Attempted Homicide

Date: Wednesday, 4/6/2016

Time: 9:09 PM

Location: 500 Block of Mae Ave

A 35 year old male was outside near a vehicle when a vehicle pulled up to his location and began firing at the male.  The male was struck several times by the gunfire.  Officers and medical staff arrived and transported the subject to the hospital for treatment.  There are no witnesses and no further information regarding the shooting.

If anyone has information regarding this homicide, they are asked to contact Detective McKinley at (831) 758-7145 or Detective Craig at (831) 758-7929.  If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Polcie Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 Crime, or text information to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Release Authorized by: Brian Johnson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 4/6/2016 6:05 PM

Incident: Homicide

Date: Wednesday, 4/6/2016

Time: 11:20 AM

Location: P/L 912 Acosta Plaza

At approximately 1120 hours, we received 911 calls reporting shots fired in the area of 912 Acosta Plaza, followed by calls of a victim down. Officers arrived and found Felipe Rocha Sandoval (17) shot multiple times; Sandoval succumbed to his injuries on scene. Although it was in the middle of the day, very few leads or witnesses have come forth thus far. Sandoval is the 10th homicide victim of the year and this case is being investigated as gang related. If anyone has information regarding this homicide, they are asked to contact Detective McKinley at (831) 758-7145 or Detective Craig at (831) 758-7929. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7350

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 4/6/2016 6:04 PM

Incident: Homicide

Date: Wednesday, 4/6/2016

Time: 11:20 AM

Location: P/L 912 Acosta Plaza

At approximately 1120 hours, we received 911 calls reporting shots fired in the area of 912 Acosta Plaza, followed by calls of a victim down. Officers arrived and found Felipe Rocha Sandoval (17) shot multiple times; Sandoval succumbed to his injuries on scene. Although it was in the middle of the day, very few leads or witnesses have come forth thus far. Sandoval is the 10th homicide victim of the year and this case is being investigated as gang related. If anyone has information regarding this homicide, they are asked to contact Detective McKinley at (831) 758-7145 or Detective Craig at (831) 758-7929. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7350

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 4/6/2016 6:02 PM

Incident: Homicide

Date: Wednesday, 4/6/2016

Time: 11:20 AM

Location: P/L 912 Acosta Plaza

At approximately 1120 hours, we received 911 calls reporting shots fired in the area of 912 Acosta Plaza, followed by calls of a victim down. Officers arrived and found Felipe Rocha Sandoval (17) shot multiple times; Sandoval succumbed to his injuries on scene. Although it was in the middle of the day, very few leads or witnesses have come forth thus far. Sandoval is the 10th homicide victim of the year and this case is being investigated as gang related. If anyone has information regarding this homicide, they are asked to contact Detective McKinley at (831) 758-7145 or Detective Craig at (831) 758-7929. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide

At approximately 1120 hours, we received 911 calls reporting shots fired in the area of 912 Acosta Plaza, followed by calls of a victim down.  Officers arrived and found Felipe Rocha Sandoval (17) shot multiple times; Sandoval succumbed to his injuries on scene.  Although it was in the middle of the day, very few leads or witnesses have come forth thus far.  Sandoval is the 10th homicide victim of the year and this case is being investigated as gang related.  If anyone has information regarding this homicide, they are asked to contact Detective McKinley at (831) 758-7145 or Detective Craig at (831) 758-7929. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Homicide

At approximately 1120 hours, we received 911 calls reporting shots fired in the area of 912 Acosta Plaza, followed by calls of a victim down.  Officers arrived and found Felipe Rocha Sandoval (17) shot multiple times; Sandoval succumbed to his injuries on scene.  Although it was in the middle of the day, very few leads or witnesses have come forth thus far.  Sandoval is the 10th homicide victim of the year and this case is being investigated as gang related.  If anyone has information regarding this homicide, they are asked to contact Detective McKinley at (831) 758-7145 or Detective Craig at (831) 758-7929. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Mail/Package Theft

On March 26, 2016, between 4:30 and 6:00 pm, the photographed female walked up on the porch of a home and stole a package left for the homeowner. The Salinas Police Department is asking the public to help identify the thief. If you recognize her, please contact Detective Byron Gansen at 831-758-7137 or at his email address of [email protected]. . If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

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Homicide

Release Date/Time: 4/5/2016 4:55 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 16-040218

Date: Monday, 4/4/2016

Time: 9:38 PM

Location: F/O 850 Garner Ave.

On April 4, 2016, at approximately 9:40 pm, several people called 911 reporting a shooting, with a victim down, in the 800 blk of Garner Ave. When officers arrived they found 16-year-old Jose Luis Valdez, suffering from at least one gunshot wound. Medical attention was provided by bystanders and officers until medical personnel arrived. Valdez was taken by ambulance to Natividad Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased shortly after arrival.

The apartment complex located at 850 Garner Ave. was struck several times by gunfire. One of the rounds went through an exterior wall into an occupied apartment. One of the bullets traveled into the apartment, through a couch, a pillow and struck a 12-year-old boy in the hand. The bullet caused a minor wound that was treated by medical personnel at the scene. His wound did not necessitate any further medical attention.

Another bullet struck a water main for the apartment complex causing one apartment to flood, resulting in minor damage. At least one other apartment was struck with the bullets traveling into the interior causing minor damage.

The initial investigation found that Valdez had recently left a residence nearby and was walking to meet a friend or two. For unknown reasons, Valdez was confronted by at least two persons with handguns. They fired several rounds, striking the apartments and killing Valdez as he tried to run to safety from the suspects. It is not known if the suspects fled on foot or in a vehicle.

This homicide is the 9th homicide this year and is being investigated as gang related. If anyone has information regarding this homicide, they are asked to contact Detective Sivertson at (831) 758-7132 or Detective Gibson at (831) 758-7442. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Attempted Robbery and Stabbing

Release Date/Time: 4/5/2016 3:07 AM

Incident: Attempted Robbery and Stabbing

Report #: 16-040222

Date: Tuesday, 4/5/2016

Time: 12:02 AM

Location: Casentini St. and Rico St.

A 23-year-old Salinas man was walking near Rico St. and Casentini St. when he was approached from behind by a male with a knife. The male walked up behind the victim and stabbed him in the back. The suspect demanded money from the victim. The victim punched the male suspect in the face knocking him to the ground. After a brief struggle, the suspect ran away on Rico St. toward Rossi St. The suspect has not yet been identified. The investigation is continuing. The victim suffered a minor stab wound and a cut on his hand.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7321. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

 

 

Release Authorized by: Robert Hampson III

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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