Press Releases

Triple Homicide

Release Date/Time: 9/29/2015 3:05 AM

Incident: Triple Homicide

Report #: 15-091596

Date: Monday, 9/28/2015

Time: 9:30 PM

Location: P/L 726 Elkington Ave.

Officers were dispatched to a shots fired call with three victims at 726 Elkington Ave.  When they arrived on scene, they found two deceased victims (one male and one female) in a car in the parking lot.  A third victim was found in the lot ouside of the car.  That victim was transported to Natividad Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased shortly after arrival.  All of the victims had been shot multiple times.  

The victims in the car appeared to be in their early twenties.  The third victim was 17 years old.  The names of the victims will not be released pending notification of family.

This case is being investigated as gang related.  Two males dressed in dark clothing were seen running from the scene.  If anyone has any information, it is asked that they contact Detective Mike Rivera at 758-7971 or Detective Dale Fors at 758-7124.  Information can be left anonymously at 758-7133 or 775-4222. 

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Child Abduction, Stolen Vehicle

This morning at 0540 hours, the Mother of twin 3-year old girls placed one of the daughters in her gold Honda Odyssey mini-van, started the engine to allow the vehicle to warm up and returned to the house to retrieve her other child. When she walked outside, she discovered that someone had stolen the van with her child still inside. Monterey County's Roadblock Observation Plan for Enforcement (R.O.P.E.) was immediately activated and an Amber Alert for surrounding counties was issued. Every law enforcement agency in Monterey County began assisting. The entire Salinas Police Department, including the Investigations Division was dedicated to the search and the FBI and California Department of Justice were notified. Numerous tips from the public began pouring in county-wide and each tip was acted upon.  

At approximately 0800 hours, a resident of an apartment complex in the 900 block of Heather Cir. was aware of the Amber alert, saw a similar vehicle in the complex and notified an apartment maintenance worker. The worker began driving through the complex and located the van abandoned with the child inside. Officers responded and determined the child was unharmed. She was reunited with her family and Salinas Police personnel are currently processing the van for evidence and conducting a search of the premises for the suspect as well as a door-to-door canvass for potential witnesses.  

At this point, there is no suspect information and the public is encouraged to call with any information leading to the identification of the person responsible for this crime.

The Salinas Police Department wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the citizens that called, the agencies that assisted and the media for their quick response.  


Release Date/Time: 9/23/2015 10:08 PM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 15-091289

Date: Wednesday, 9/23/2015

Time: 6:09 PM

Location: Market Way & Bridge St.

Officers responded to a call of shots fired with a man down. Officers arrived on scene and saw people rendering aid to Ramon Herrera (44). Herrera had been shot multiple times in the upper torso. Paramedics arrived on scene and determined Herrera was deceased.  Of the numerous people that witnessed the shooting, only one person came forward with their account of what they believed took place. Three hispanic males confront a white male on Market Way. There was a verbal argument that appeared to be escalating to a fight. The white male pulled out a gun, and began firing at the victim.  After shooting the victim, the suspect ran westbound on Market Way and jumped the fence onto the train tracks.  No clear description was given of the suspect.

It is believed numerous people witnessed this homicide.  Information can be left anonymously on the crime tip line at 758-7133 or 775-4222.   Anyone with information can also contact Detective Rivera at 758-7971, Detective Gonzalez at 758-7127, or Detective Magana at 758-7129. 

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Threats to Salinas High School

Release Date/Time: 9/20/2015 7:29 PM

Incident: Threats to Salinas High School

Report #: 15-091064

Date: Saturday, 9/19/2015

Time: 4:38 PM

Location: 726 South Main Street

A student from Salinas High School posted a threat against the school on social media.  Other students saw the post and notified their parents.  The parents of the students contacted the Salinas Police Department.  Salinas High School Administrators and District Officials assisted in the investigation.  The student was contacted at his residence and taken into custody for the threats.  A search of his residence did not reveal any weapons.  The student informed officers that he had no intention of going through with the threat.  He was transported and booked at Monterey County Juvenile Hall. 

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 9/18/2015 3:27 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Date: Friday, 9/18/2015

Time: 11:40 AM

Location: 323 N Sanborn Rd-Good Neighboor Pharmacy

The suspect walked into the pharmacy wearing a grey hoodie and something covering his face. He produced a grey semi-auto and demanded narcotics from the pharmacist. He was handed an undisclosed ammount and type before he fled toward Cedar St on foot. A witness believed the suspect went into a nearby residence which was surrounded and checked but it did not appear as though the suspect did in fact go inside.  An area check was conducted but the suspect was not located. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Cdr

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Release Date/Time: 9/13/2015 3:28 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 15-090679

Date: Saturday, 9/12/2015

Time: 10:56 PM

Location: 1200 Blk of First Ave.

Officers responded to a shots fired call in the 1200 block of First Ave. It was unknown if anyone was hit but a truck was left running in front a residence. When officers arrived they saw multiple gunshots through the driver's side window of an orange extended cab pick-up. Inside, seated in the driver's seat, was a 24 year old male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The male was pronounced deceased by medical personnel. The victim did not have any history with the Salinas Police Department and it is unknown why he was targeted. His name is being withheld until his next of kin can be notified.

While several people heard the gunshots and heard a vehicle speeding away, no one has come forward

that actually witnessed the shooting. Anyone who may have witnessed the shooting, or has information regarding this incident is asked to call the Investigations Division at (831) 758-7226; or Detective Dave Poulin at (831) 758-7270.  If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous 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: Christopher Lane

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Final Update for Summer Mobilization DUI Operation

Release Date/Time: 9/9/2015 1:11 PM

Incident: Final Update for Summer Mobilization DUI Operation

Report #: N/A

Date: Wednesday, 9/9/2015

Time: 1:10 PM

Location: Monterey and San Benito Counties

Monterey and San Benito Counties AVOID the 20 DUI Campaign Weekend Final Report

From August 21 to September 7, you probably noticed the ‘Avoid the 20' DUI Task Force was out in full force, targeting one of the deadliest killers on the road: drunk driving. The enforcement was part of the national 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, to save lives and make our roads safer. DUI enforcement resulted in far too many drunk driving arrests and citations countywide over the past 18 days.

From 12:01 AM Friday August 21th, through Midnight Monday September 7, 2015 officers representing 20 county law enforcement agencies have arrested 136 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Fortunately there were no deaths associated with a drunk driving crash but 22 people were injured in 18 DUI collisions. There were several additional DUI collisions causing property damage.

If everyone would drive sober, thousands of lives could be saved each year. In 2013 alone, there were 10,076 people killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in the United States. California's DUI deaths stood at 867 that year. That's almost a third of all the traffic crash fatalities for the year according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The Monterey and San Benito Counties DUI Task Force and thousands of law enforcement agencies around the country teamed up with the NHTSA on the high-visibility enforcement campaign this year. The annual effort aims to reduce drunk driving year-round, not just on these few days at the end of summer. The campaign may be over, but the warning remains: ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” Law enforcement officials will be conducting more anti-DUI efforts throughout the county and region again during Halloween before planning for the December Winter DUI Mobilization. Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to help make your community safer: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911! anytime you encounter a dangerous impaired driver. Funding for this program was provided 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


Release Date/Time: 9/7/2015 8:55 PM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 15-090377

Date: Monday, 9/7/2015

Time: 4:32 PM

Location: Pacific Ave and Garner Ave

On Monday, 9/7/15 at approximately 4:30 PM officers were dispatched to a report of a victim of a shooting at the intersection of Pacific Ave and Garner Ave. On arrival they a Hispanic male adult (26) suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim died as a reult of his injuries, and his identity is being withheld at this time pending notification of the next of kin.

Witnesses described a hispanic male in his mid 20's, wearing a baggy white shirt and blue jeans running  from the scene. This is the 21st Homicide of the year in Salinas and at this time it is unknown if it is gang related. 

Salinas Police Detectives are still looking for additional witnesses to this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Detective Bryan McKinley at 831-758-7145 or Detective Gabe Gonzalez at 831-758-7127.  If you would like to remain anonymous, you can also call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222 or the We-Tip-Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

9/8/15---3:20 PM--UPDATE:   Shooting victim name released:  Emmanual Serrano (26)--Salinas resident.

Release Authorized by: Jim Arensdorf

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Release Date/Time: 9/9/2015 1:55 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 15-090455

Date: Tuesday, 9/8/2015

Time: 9:19 PM

Location: 1500 block of Duran St

On Tuesday, September 8th at approximately 9:20 pm Salinas Police responded to 1500 block of Duran St on a report of a victim of a shooting. On arrival they found a Carlos Robles (16)  suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers attempted CPR at the scene, however the victim died as a result of his injuries. A second victim, a male juvenile (17) who was driving with the Robles at the time of the incident suffered non life threatening gunshot wounds and is currently in stable condition. The suspect, who was riding a black bicycle at the time of the incident fired multiple rounds into the occupied vehicle and was last seen fleeing northbound on the bicycle. He was described as light skin male, in his 20's wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. This incident does not appear to be gang related.

Salinas Police Detectives need the publics help and are looking for witnesses or anyone who may information regarding this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Detective Ken Schwener at 831-758-7276.  If you would like to remain anonymous, you can also call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222 or the We-Tip-Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Release Authorized by: Jim Arensdorf

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder (Shooting) Occurred August 21, 2015

Release Date/Time: 9/8/2015 3:06 PM

Incident: Attempted Homicide (Shooting)

Date: August 21, 2015

Time: 11:40PM

Location: 238 Williams Road

On August 21st, 2015 Officers responded to 238 Williams Road on a report of a victim of a shooting in the parking lot.  When Officers arrived they found two adult victims-one of which had been shot multiple times.  It was reported that during an argument a male suspect fired a handgun at the victims striking one victim multiple times.   The shooting victim was transported to the hospital and has survived his injuries.  At the time of the shooting there was limited suspect information.  Since the shooting, Salinas Police Investigators have been working the case to identify suspects.

On September 8, 2015 at 7:00 AM Salinas Police Officers and Monterey County Sheriff Deputies served three search warrants related to the previous mentioned shooting investigation from August 21, 2015.  Warrants were served at 705 Elton Place Apt.  F, 945 Del Monte Avenue Apt. I  and 1033 Atlantic Street.  All addresses were located in the City of Salinas.  As a result, three suspects were arrested and later booked into Monterey County Jail for Attempted Homicide, gang enhancements and possession of illegal drugs.  The suspects involved were identified as Miguel  Fletes (20), Eduardo Ceja  (21) and Jesus Chuca (30).  

Salinas Police Investigators are looking for additional witnesses to this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Investigations Division at 831-758-7226. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can also call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222 or the We-Tip-Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Release Authorized by: Commander Vincent Maiorana

Telephone: 831-758-7350


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