Press Releases

Robbery

Release Date/Time: 8/21/2016 12:53 AM

Incident: Robbery

Report #: 16 08 1127

Date: Sunday, 8/21/2016

Time: 8:46 PM

Location: 1200 Block of N. Main St.

A 47-year-old man was preparing to close a store on the 1200 block of N. Main Street when two hooded customers came into the store. The clerk approached them and one of the two men pulled out a silver semi-automatic handgun, and demanded the money. In addition to an undisclosed amount of money they also helped themselves to various items from the store. The suspects where in the store approximately 5 minutes and fled westbound through the parking lot. Suspect #1 was described as a white male adult, 6', thin build, 135 – 140lbs, wearing a black hoodie, black jeans, a black mask, and white gloves. Suspect #2 was described as an unknown race male, thin build, 5'11”, black hoodie, tan mask, and grey gloves.

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

Robbery

Release Date/Time: 8/20/2016 1:00 AM

Incident: Robbery

Report #: 16 08 1091

Date: Saturday, 8/20/2016

Time: 10:18 PM

Location: 800 block of Park Row

A 60-year-old woman was leaving a business on the 800 block of Park Row. As she was walking through the parking lot a vehicle sped up and the passenger jumped out. The suspect pointed a black semi-auto at the victim and demanded her money. The victim handed over her purse. The suspects fled in a white 4 door Honda type sedan. The victim could only describe the suspect as a male wearing a black hoodie, with light blue jeans and armed with a 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

Brandishing/ Fight

Release Date/Time: 8/20/2016 12:30 AM

Incident: Brandishing/ Fight

Report #: 16 08 1086

Date: Saturday, 8/20/2016

Time: 8:51 PM

Two brothers, age 13 and 16, were attending the high school Jamboree at Rabo Bank stadium. The brothers were walking behind the DMV on E. Laurel when two teenage males approached the 13-year-old from behind and grabbed him. The boy initially thought it was his friends, but when he turned around he did not recognize them. After the suspects grabbed the 13-year-old, his brother jumped in and fought with the suspects trying to defend his brother.

The 16-year-old was punched two times in the face by one suspect, described as a Hispanic male, young, light complexion, with acne and a black mustache. The suspect pulled out an airsoft type replica firearm and pointed it at the 16 year-old and they began fighting for the gun. While they were wrestling, the suspect dropped the gun. An off duty CDC officer approached and told them to stop, and the suspect ran towards E. Laurel.

The airsoft gun was recovered at the scene by the CDC officer and turned over to Salinas PD officers.  

The victims were not able to provide a description of the other suspect, other than he was young and had a light complexion. Both suspects spoke English with a Spanish accent.

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".

Location: DMV Parking lot - 260 E. Laurel Dr.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Shooting / Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 8/19/2016 11:45 PM

Incident: Shooting / Attempted Murder

Report #: 16 08 1089

Date: Friday, 8/19/2016

Time: 9:47 PM

A 41-year-old man was shot in front of his house located on the 800 block of Amarillo Way. A car rolled up and the passenger opened fire shooting multiple rounds and struck the victim 3 times in the leg and lower torso. The suspect vehicle was described as possibly a white BMW and was last seen westbound on Amarillo. The victim was transported to NMC with non-life threatening wounds.

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

Multijurisdictional DUI checkpoint

Release Date/Time: 5/27/2016 12:46 PM

Incident: Multijurisdictional DUI checkpoint

Report #: Several

Date: Friday, 5/27/2016

Time: 10:25 AM

Location: 260 East Laurel Drive, DMV

On May 26th, starting at about 6 pm, the AVOID the 20 coalition conducted a multijurisdictional DUI/Driver's License checkpoint at the DMV at 260 East Laurel Drive in Salinas. The checkpoint was led by Salinas PD along with officers from Marina PD and King City PD.

1,482 vehicles passed through the checkpoint and 915 drivers were contacted. No drivers were arrested for DUI. One driver was investigated for being under the influence but he passed field sobriety tests and was released. Eight drivers were cited for driving on a suspended license and 18 were cited for driving unlicensed. Motorcycle officers working the area of the checkpoint stopped 52 drivers and issued citations to 27. One driver was arrested for an outstanding warrant.

"Being that this is graduation night in Salinas along with Memorial Day Weekend, I fully expected to arrest multiple drivers for being under the influence," said Salinas PD Sergeant Gerry Ross. "I'm hopeful this is a sign that the message is getting out there and that people are taking it to heart."

The AVOID the 20 coalition is made up of the 20 law enforcement agencies in Monterey and San Benito Counties. Both counties will continue to have extra DUI patrols out for the remainder of the Memorial Day Weekend. The next checkpoint is expected to come during the Independence Day holiday.

The Avoid DUI Task Force holiday enforcement campaigns are funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

AVOID the 20 DUI enforcement Summer Campaign

Release Date/Time: 8/16/2016 8:50 AM

Incident: AVOID the 20 DUI enforcement Summer Campaign

Report #: N/A

Date: Tuesday, 8/16/2016

Time: 8:48 AM

Location: Monterey and San Benito Counties

This Labor Day, Remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

The Avoid the 20 Monterey and San Benito Counties DUI Task Force Shows Zero Tolerance In Its Goal to End Drunk Driving

This Labor Day weekend, families and friends will be celebrating the end of the summer. Sadly, this festive time has also become a dangerous time for America's roads, as many drunk drivers get behind the wheel after celebrating. For this reason, the Monterey and San Benito Counties DUI Task Force is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to stop drunk drivers and help save lives. The high-visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs August 19-September 5, 2016. During this period, local law enforcement will show zero tolerance for drunk driving. Increased national messaging about the dangers of driving drunk, coupled with sobriety checkpoints and increased officers working DUI Saturation Patrols on the road, aim to drastically reduce drunk driving on our nation's roads.

The Avoid the 20 will deploy 2 DUI/Drivers License checkpoints and several DUI Saturation Patrols to stop and arrest alcohol and drug impaired drivers during the end of summer 18 day DUI campaign. Police, Sheriff and the California Highway Patrol's routine patrols will be on looking for the tale-tell sign of drunk driving in order to stop and arrest impaired drivers.

According to NHSTA, on average, over 10,000 people died each year (2010 to 2014) in drunk-driving crashes nationwide while California recorded 882 deaths. During the 2014 Labor Day holiday weekend (6 p.m. August 29 – 5:59 a.m. September 2), 40 percent of the fatalities in traffic crashes involved drunk drivers, which was the highest percentage over the five years 2010 to 2014. And nighttime proves to be the most dangerous time to be out on the roads: During the 2014 Labor Day holiday period, 83 percent of drunk-driving crash fatalities occurred between 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. – as compared to half of all drunk-driving crash fatalities throughout the rest of that year.

Additionally, 40 percent of crash fatalities on Labor Day weekend in 2014 involved drunk drivers (with blood alcohol concentrations [BACs] of .08 or higher), amounting to 162 lives lost nationwide and 20 in California. And we're not just talking about a little bit of alcohol, either. More than a quarter (28%) of the crash fatalities that occurred on Labor Day weekend involved drivers with BACs of .15 or higher—almost twice the illegal limit.

'Drunk driving is not only deadly, it is illegal,” said Sergeant Gerry Ross 'Drunk driving is a massive problem in the United States, with more than 10,000 people dying every year. Pay attention to your own driving, but also look out for others who could be driving drunk,” he added. 'It is your business. If you think you see a drunk driver, report them – call 911.”

The reality is that people aren't invincible. Of the 9,967 people who were killed in impaired-driving crashes in 2014, 64 percent were the drunk drivers themselves. Those 6,391 drunk drivers thought they would make it to their destinations, but they didn't.

'Keep in mind that you can't trust your own judgement when you've been drinking,” said Ross. 'You may not think you're drunk. You may think you can drive. But law enforcement will know you're intoxicated and know that your driving is impaired. Law enforcement officers get more training than ever in detecting and identifying drunk drivers. Officers will notice little things you do when driving that indicate you've been drinking. They will stop you and arrest you.”

The Avoid the 20 DUI Coalition reminds everyone:

• Plan a safe way home before the fun begins.

• Before drinking, designate a sober driver.

• Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or 'DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone. The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more. The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and even a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb.

• DRUGS, MEDICATION & ALCOHOL = CRASHES: Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.

• If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take your friend's keys and help your friend make other arrangements to get to where he or she is going safely.

As the summer winds to an end, remember that there's no excuse for drunk or impaired driving. If you choose to break the law, police sheriff and CHP official will see you before you see them. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

Avoid the 20 DUI Task Force funding is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Robbery

Release Date/Time: 8/13/2016 12:53 AM

Incident: Robbery

Report #: 16 08 0691

Date: Saturday, 8/13/2016

Time: 9:08 PM

Location: 600 Block of E. Alisal Street

A man with a grey beard entered the laundromat with a gun in each hand and robbed three people. The suspect approached a 22 year old male and a 22 year old female and demanded their money. The man handed over his wallet with a small amount of cash, and his cell phone. The suspect then turned to woman who was holding her one-year-old and attempted to rob her but she had nothing. The suspect then moved to a 35 year old man, and when the man showed him his empty wallet the suspect pistol whipped him across the face. The suspect took hiss empty wallet and cell phone and fled westbound on Alisal. Suspect was described as an HMA in his 40's with a grey beard, 5'7”, 170lbs, wearing a grey hoodie, black ski mask, and blue jeans. He was armed with two guns a black semi-auto  and a grey semi-auto in the other. A white PT cruiser may have been involved.

 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

Stand Off/ Stolen Vehicle

Release Date/Time: 8/13/2016 12:35 AM

Incident: Stand Off/ Stolen Vehicle

Report #: 16 08 0168

Date: Saturday, 8/13/2016

Time: 7:58 PM

A man saw his car that was stolen a week ago and thought he saw the person in it with a gun. Officers located the vehicle in the parking lot of a motel located on the 100 block of John Street and found 36-year-old Margaret LeLeua behind the wheel. Joseph Olvera (26), was seen going into room 106. The room was hailed and there was no response and a short standoff.  Officers prepared to force the door open and Olvera surrendered. Olvera is a parolee from Oakland and a hold was place on him by parole. A search of the room revealed an XDM replica airsoft gun. Olvera was booked on the parole hold and LeLeua for possession of a stolen vehicle.  

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Road Rage/ DUI/ Pursuit

Release Date/Time: 8/12/2016 11:56 PM

Incident: Road Rage/ DUI/ Pursuit

Report #: 16 08 0685

Date: Friday, 8/12/2016

Time: 6:20 PM

Location: Market / Williams

A caller reported a subject later identified as 29-year-old Aziz Ahmed, driving erratically and brandishing a gun. An officer located the vehicle at Williams and Market and tried to stop it but Ahmed failed to yield and continued to the rear of the La Princessa Market on Williams Road. During the high-risk stop Ahmed was uncooperative, yelled for the officers to kill him, and reached to his waist as if armed. He was tased but it proved ineffective. A police K9 was released and Ahmed was bitten on the upper right arm and taken into custody. A search of the vehicle revealed a pellet handgun. Ahmed was arrested for DUI, driving on a suspended license, and resisting arrest.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Vehicle Pursuit

Release Date/Time: 8/12/2016 12:36 AM

Incident: Vehicle Pursuit

Report #: 16 08 0643

Date: Friday, 8/12/2016

Time: 10:29 PM

Location: Del Monte / Pacific Ave. - to Castroville

Officers patrolling in the area of Del Monte and Pacific Avenue and observed a vehicle with four aboard committing a vehicle code violation. They activated their equipment to initiate a stop at Rider and Del Monte and a pursuit ensued. The pursuit traveled through East and North Salinas and out into the county along San Juan Grade Road, Bolsa Knolls, and back into Salinas. While on San Juan Grade Road the suspect vehicle turned back toward town and was heading southbound and swerved over the northbound lanes and into the shoulder narrowly missing two patrol cars. The pursuit then continued onto Espinosa Road to Castroville where the driver attempted a turn and crashed into a parked ice cream truck at Merritt and Preston Street. The four occupants fled on foot. The driver, 20-year-old Jose Martinez, began jumping fences but was caught by pursuing officers. The other three suspects avoided capture. Officers on scene were flagged down by a child attending services at a nearby church and were told by the child a man ran through the church yard and tossed something in the bushes. The officers located a loaded chrome .38 caliber revolver. Martinez was booked into County Jail. The investigation into the identity of the other three continues.

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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