Press Releases

Robbery

Release Date/Time: 12/5/2016 10:15 PM

Incident: Robbery

Report #: 16 12 0260

Date: Monday, 12/5/2016

Time: 7:42 PM

Location: 500 Block of E. Laurel Dr.

Suspect entered a bakery on the 500 block of E. Laurel Drive, approached the employee at the counter, and demanded the money.  The suspect made off with the cash from the register. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male adult, mid to late 20's, 6'1”, 180 – 190 lbs, wearing a black hoodie with it pulled up over his face. He was armed with some type of firearm. The witnesses thought the suspect had discharge the weapon as he was fleeing, however, officers were unable to confirm this. The Suspect fled southbound on Grenada.

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: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Woman Attacked

Release Date/Time: 11/28/2016 11:48 PM

Incident: 220(a)PC

Report #: 16 11 1551

Date: Monday, 11/28/2016

Time: 7:14 PM

Location: 600 Block of Hartnell St.

 A 21-year-old woman was walking from the Hartnell administration building to her parked car on College Drive. She was on the phone with a friend as she made her way from Central to Hartnell Street. As she was walking in the area of the 600 block of Hartnell St. a man jumped out of the bushes and tried to pull down her pants. The man pushed her to the ground but she was able to fight him off and ran away. As she ran away she looked back and saw him running toward Central Ave. The woman ran back to her car, called 911, and waited for police. She described the suspect as a HMA, 19, 5'7”, 175 lbs, wearing a brown hoodie, and glasses.

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: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Stabbing / Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 11/28/2016 4:24 PM

Incident: Stabbing / Attempted Murder Suspect Identified

Report #: 16 11 1495

Date: Monday, 11/27/2016

Time: 9:30 PM

Location: Ross Parking Lot 1520 N. Main St.

The suspect in last night's stabbing has been identified as 21-year-old Finees Ruiz (DOB 06/20/95). Ruiz has a home address in Prundale.

The stabbing occurred in the parking lot of Ross located on the 1500 block of N. Main Street on 11/27/16, at approximately 9:30 PM. A 19-year-old male victim was seated inside of his parked car and was stabbed numerous times by Ruiz in the upper body during a fight over the suspect's ex-girlfriend. The victim fought Ruiz off and Ruiz fled before officers arrived. The victim was transported to an area hospital and treated for serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Ruiz is described a Hispanic male adult, 6', 180 lbs, thin build, and was wearing dark clothing at the time of the attack. The knife used in the attack was recovered at the scene, however, Ruiz may have others. Ruiz may be driving a beige 2000 Honda Accord 4 door, CA license # 4K2A632.

If you know where Ruiz is, or have information that can help, please call the Salinas Police Department. If you are in contact with Ruiz, please encourage Ruiz to turn himself in.

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: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Update to Fatal Collision

Release Date/Time: 11/28/2016 11:37 AM

Incident: Update to Fatal Collision

Report #: 16-110956

Date: Monday, 11/28/2016

Time: 10:16 AM

Location: North Main Street / south of Laurel Drive

On 11/16/16, at 1720 hours, Samuel Clemente Alvarez (37) was crossing North Main Street on foot, south of Laurel Drive from west to east. Traffic was stopped in the #1 and #2 lanes when he stepped off the center median to cross the northbound lanes of traffic. Gaspar Soto (30) was driving his Kia Spectra northbound in the right turn lane when Alvarez ran in front of his vehicle. The Kia struck Alvarez who flew up onto the hood and against the windshield before being thrown onto the sidewalk. Alvarez suffered a serious head injury and was transported Natividad Medical Center and rushed into surgery in very serious condition.

Soto was found to be driving on a suspended license. He was evaluated for alcohol and drug impairment and it was determined that Soto was not impaired. Soto submitted a voluntary blood sample.

On November 21st at 1816 hours, Alvarez died of the injuries sustained in the traffic collision. The case is still under investigation and it has not yet been determined what charges may be filed against the driver. This is the 12th fatal collision in Salinas this year and the 6th collision that involved a pedestrian death.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Stabbing / Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 11/28/2016 12:37 AM

Incident: Stabbing / Attempted Murder

Report #: 16 11 1495

Date: Monday, 11/28/2016

Time: 9:30 PM

Location: Ross Parking Lot 1520 N. Main St.

A stabbing occurred in the parking lot of Ross located on the 1500 block of N. Main Street. A 19-year-old male victim was stabbed multiple times in the upper body during a struggle with the suspect. The victim was transported to an area hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. The suspect is described as HMA, 6', thin build, and dark clothing. The knife was recovered at the scene.

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: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Gang Member with a Gun

Release Date/Time: 11/27/2016 9:59 PM

Incident: Gang Member with a Gun

Report #: 16 11 1488

Date: Sunday, 11/27/2016

Time: 8:09 PM

Location: Madeira/ Roosvelt

An officer made a stop on a vehicle with four aboard for a traffic violation in the area of N. Madeira and Roosevelt Street. The vehicle pulled into an apartment complex on Roosevelt and the right front passenger ran from the vehicle, tossed a .38 caliber revolver, and avoided capture. The driver, Heriberto Rodriguez (06/28/97), ran from the vehicle and was capture following a short foot pursuit. Rodriguez was in possession of a .45 semi-automatic handgun. There were two others in the backseat who fled before additional officers arrived. Rodriguez was booked in County Jail.

 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: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Brandishing

Release Date/Time: 11/26/2016 5:36 PM

Incident: Brandishing

Report #: 16 11 1432

Date: Saturday, 11/26/2016

Time: 9:15 AM

Location: El Gabilan Library 1400 N. Main St.

An employee of the El Gabilan Library, showed up at work this morning. As she walked from her car to the library a homeless man standing with a group of transients made an inappropriate comment directed at her. The homeless man's girlfriend, Sarah Dean (38), became angry, directed a comment at the employee, and pulled a black semiautomatic handgun from her purse. Dean manipulated the weapon as if cocking or loading it and the woman ran back to her car and drove away from the library. Approximately 30 minutes later, the employee returned to the library and as she was trying to access the library doors she saw Dean run toward her. The employee made it inside and her coworkers called the police. Officers arrived and found Dean working on her car parked on Noice Drive and she was taken into custody at gunpoint. A search of her vehicle revealed a black Berretta styled replica BB gun in her purse. Dean was on probation and was booked into County Jail.

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: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Update to fatal traffic collision

Release Date/Time: 11/21/2016 9:12 AM

Incident: Update to fatal traffic collision

Report #: 16-111143

Date: Monday, 11/21/2016

Time: 8:56 AM

Location: East Alisal Street near Front Street

On Sunday, November 20th, just after 3 AM, there was a double fatal traffic collision on East Alisal Street just east of Front Street. A 2016 Nissan 370Z had been traveling eastbound on East Alisal Street at a yet undetermined speed. The vehicle began fishtailing and struck the center median before sliding southbound across both lanes and striking the support pillar of the train bridge on the driver's side door.

The vehicle was occupied by the driver and right front passenger who were both pronounced dead at the scene. The driver has been identified as 20-year-old Osvaldo Garcia and the passenger as 24-year-old Daniella Perez both of whom are residents of Salinas.

There is no indication at this time that alcohol was involved. These are the ninth and tenth traffic fatalities in Salinas this year.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Fatal Vehicle Collision

Release Date/Time: 11/20/2016 7:33 PM

Incident: Fatal Vehicle Collision

Report #: 16-111143

Date: Sunday, 11/20/2016

Time: 3:07 AM

Location: E. Alisal Street east of Front Street.

Police and Fire responded to an unknown injury collision under the railroad overpass at East Alisal Street east of Front Street. The occupants of the car, a 20-year-old man and 24-year-old woman, were pronounced deceased at the scene, the result of what investigators believe was a solo vehicle collision.

The car had been travelling eastbound on E. Alisal Street at an undetermined high rate of speed when it lost control. The vehicle struck the support pillar of the railroad overpass on the south side of the street.

The identification of the victims is being withheld at this time pending notification of family.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 11/20/2016 1:53 AM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Report #: 16 11 1134

Date: Sunday, 11/20/2016

Time: 10:35 PM

Location: Smith St. / San Benito St.

A 23-year-old, and 22-year-old man were walking westbound on San Benito Street.  A man approached them and placed a gun to the back of one man's head and demanded his money and wallet. He then turned the gun on the other man. Both men turned over their wallets and the suspect fled eastbound on San Benito toward Smith Street. The suspect was described as a HMA, 20's, tall, thin build, wearing a white or cream colored shirt with a stripe on the front, blue jeans, and armed with a black handgun.

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: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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