Press Releases

Arrest of a Wanted Subject

Release Date/Time: 6/5/2014 2:37 PM

Incident: Arrest of a Wanted Subject

Report #: 14-060250, 14-060258, 14-050517

Date: Thursday, 6/5/2014

Time: 11:09 AM

Location: Towt / Cooper

Officers were dispatched to a hit and run at Towt St and Cooper St. involving an Orange cab. Witnesses reported that the driver had struck a parked car and then fled on foot. Witnesses directed officers to the suspect's location and the officers located the suspect standing next to the open the door of a pick up being driven by an elderly man. The suspect was asking for a ride but the driver of the truck refused. Christian Amezcua (20) was arrested without incident. Amezcua had removed the meter from the cab and was in possession of a set of shaved keys along with the key to the cab. Amezcua was found to be DUI and was also wanted for violation of a restraining order from earlier this week. He was lodged at Monterey County Jail on numerous felony charges. Amezcua is not an employee of Orange Cab and it was later determined that Amezcua had stolen the cab from an apartment on Terrace Ave. The cab had been left unlocked with the keys in the center console. Both the cab and the parked car sustained moderate damages. Arresting officers praised the efforts of the citizens that helped direct them to Amezcua and said he might have escaped capture had it not been for all of the witness cooperation.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Vandalism-Tagging

Release Date/Time: 6/5/2014 2:09 PM

Incident: Vandalism-Tagging

Report #: 14-060209

Date: Thursday, 6/5/2014

Time: 9:14 AM

Location: 619 s. Main, 7-11

Yesterday, officers took a vandalism report of tagging to the south wall of the 7-11 at s. Main and Maple. The incident occurred at 0240 hrs and was captured on video. The owner of 7-11 called KSBW and they agreed to run the story. The video and still images were shown on last night's news broadcast. As a result, the investigating officer received a tip from the public with the name of the suspect. He was identified as Matthew Sanchez (19). While the officer was working on the case, Sanchez came to the police department to turn himself in. Sanchez said he saw himself on TV yesterday and knew he was wanted. Sanchez is on probation for a similar offense. He was cited and the case has been referred to the Monterey County District Attorney's Office for prosecution. This is a great example of how the media and the community can work together with the police department to solve crimes.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery, Elder Abuse

Release Date/Time: 6/2/2014 4:48 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery, Elder Abuse

Report #: 14-060067

Date: Monday, 6/2/2014

Time: 12:18 PM

Location: 1562 n Sanborn Rd., Los Alazanez Western Store

30 minutes after the El Guero Taqueria incident, a suspect with the same description entered the Los Alazanez Western Store armed with a handgun. He tried to force the 76-year old female victim to open the register but she didn't. He pulled a gold ring with a cross on it from her finger and then stole 3 pairs of various color cowboy boots and fled. This case is being investigated and is believed to be connected to the previous attempted robbery case.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Armed Robbery of a Business

Release Date/Time: 6/2/2014 1:24 PM

Incident: Attempted Armed Robbery of a Business

Report #: 14-060065

Date: Monday, 6/2/2014

Time: 11:50 AM

Location: 834 Williams Rd, El Guero Taqueria

A suspect entered the El Guero Taqueria armed with a black handgun. He grabbed a female clerk by the arm and pointed the gun to her head demanding money. A second clerk yelled and ran to the office, locking herself inside. The victim's scream distracted the suspect enough that the other victim was able to break free and run to a freezer, where she locked herself inside. The suspect fled without any money. Suspect described as a Hispanic male, 28-30 years old, 5'-7" tall with thin build, mustache, blue jeans, dark grey zippered hoodie with hood up and sunglasses. Suspect spoke Spanish. The case is being actively investigated and Salinas Police ask anyone any with information to call.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Suicidal Subject

Release Date/Time: 6/2/2014 1:04 PM

Incident: Suicidal Subject

Report #: 14-060052

Date: Monday, 6/2/2014

Time: 8:16 AM

Location: 2100 block of N. Main St

Stand-off with Suicidal Man Ends Peacefully June 2, 2014

 A 90-minute stand-off with a suicidal man armed with a knife ended peacefully this morning when the man surrendered to police.

 Police responded to the 2100 block of North Main Street at 8:16 AM after the girlfriend of a 23-year-old Hispanic male called 911 to say he planned to kill himself.

 Officers found him in a cemetery behind a small church, holding a roughly six-inch long knife to his throat. He pleaded with the officers to shoot him.

 On scene were members of the police department's Hostage Negotiation Team and its Crisis Intervention Team, which has special training in dealing with people suffering from mental illness or developmental disability.

 They were joined by a Crisis Team Supervisor from the Monterey County Behavioral Health Department.

 Meanwhile other officers secured the perimeter and managed traffic control.

 The man, whose name is not being released because he was not charged, has a long history of violent crime and weapons arrests, particularly involving knives.

 Throughout the standoff, he repeatedly threatened to hurt himself and asked police to shoot him, at times saying he would attack them to try to make them shoot. He also displayed other bizarre behavior, such as standing and bowing in four directions.

 After about 90 minutes of negotiation with a Hostage Negotiation Team member, he agreed to surrender. He threw the knife to one side and was taken into custody.

 The man not did threaten any member of the public or carry out his threats on the officers, and no force was used in the incident.

 He was uninjured and was taken to a local Hospital for psychiatric evaluation.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

PAL Junior Giants Signups Top 700

Release Date/Time: 5/31/2014 2:15 PM

Incident: PAL Junior Giants Signups Top 700

Date: Saturday, 5/31/2014

Time: 2:21 PM

Location: Salinas PAL HQ

Release Authorized by: Spencer Critchley, Acting Public Information Officer

Telephone: (831) 998-3000

The last day for joining the 2014 Salinas Police Activities League Junior Giants saw signups surge past 700.

That number represents dramatic growth in the youth baseball league. Two years ago, signups totaled just under 300, while in 2013 there were more than 500, according to PAL executive director Officer Angel Gomez.

"I'm extremely excited that we're able to provide this program for these kids," said Officer Gomez, who is also the commissioner of the PAL baseball league. "It not only gives the kids the ability to play ball during the summer time, it strengthens the connection between police officers and the community."

Signups began May 10 and were held Saturdays through today. The league will try to accommodate players who apply even after today, depending on the availability of coaches, according to Officer Gonzalez. Those interested can reach him at (831) 970-7874.

Opening Day for the Junior Giants is June 28 at El Dorado Park, 1655 El Dorado Drive, near Harden Parkway. Games will be played all day.

Today's Rallies in Salinas

Release Date/Time: 5/31/2014 1:21 PM

Incident: Today's Rallies in Salinas

Date: Saturday, 5/31/2014

Time: 2:12 PM

Location: Lincoln and Alisal, Salinas

Release Authorized by: Spencer Critchley, Acting Public Information Officer

Telephone:

Our mission is to protect everyone in Salinas, including their right to demonstrate peacefully, no matter what their opinion about the police or any other subject. We hope all demonstrators will always exercise their rights responsibly, peacefully and with respect for differing opinions.

We're happy to see peaceful, respectful dialogue happening in many parts of the city. We hope it continues to grow, and we will support it however we can.

Seeking Public Donations

Release Date/Time: 5/29/2014 11:35 AM

Incident: Seeking Public Donations

Date: Thursday, 5/29/2014

Time: 12:30 PM

Location: Alvarez High School

To clarify a news story which was broadcast on local television yesterday, the Salinas Police Officers' Association is asking the public's assistance in raising money for the Alvarez High School Sober Grad Night trip.  Recently, $2,000 was stolen from the booster club.  The SPOA will match donations from the public up to $1,000.  People wishing to help can write a check to the SPOA or the Alvarez High Booster Club and drop off at the Salinas Police Department.  Contributions will be tax deductible.

 

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Salinas Police Chief Kelly McMillin Invites US DOJ Conciliation Specialist to City

Release Date/Time: 5/27/2014 4:22 PM

Incident: Police Chief Kelly McMillin Invites US DOJ Conciliation Specialist to City

Date: Tuesday, 5/27/2014

Time: 4:22 PM

Location: Salinas Police Department

Release Authorized by: Spencer Critchley

Telephone: (831) 998-3000

Salinas Police Chief Kelly McMillin today announced that he has asked the US Department of Justice to send a Conciliation Specialist to Salinas in order to facilitate community dialogue following the recent officer involved shootings.

Chief McMillin made contact with the DOJ's Community Relations Service last Friday, May 23. The Chief announced that he is arranging for Los Angeles-based Conciliation Specialist Marquez Equilibria to come to Salinas next week. The exact dates of the visit are still to be determined.

According to Mr. Equilibria, the Community Relations Service is "a federal conciliatory agency that assists with addressing community conflicts arising from differences of race, color, national origin and working with communities to help prevent and respond to alleged violent hate crimes committed on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or disabilities. We have no law enforcement powers (do not investigate, make arrests, or prosecute). We are impartial, confidential, and free [of charge]."

Mr. Equilibria will keep confidential all information about his discussions with community members. Any information about the discussions that is released will be at the discretion of participants.

Chief McMillin said, "This is going to be a very important conversation, one that will need time and attention, It will be good to have an expert, impartial third party to help with that."

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Carjacking

Release Date/Time: 5/25/2014 11:39 PM

Incident: Carjacking

Report #: 14-051236

Date: Sunday, 5/25/2014

Time: 9:29 PM

Location: 336 East Market Street - El Pollo Loco

The victim was sitting in his car eating his food in the parking lot when the suspect, a Hispanic Male, 25-30, 5-6/150 wearing black clothing, gloves, ski mask and had a black semi-auto handgun approached him on the drivers side. The suspect demanded the victims wallet and ordered him out of his car. The suspect drove off with the victims vehicle; a 2000 4 door Honda beige with yellow Amigo Auto Sales paper plates. The victim was not injured.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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