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Homicide

On March 20, 2016, at approximately 3:50 am, Monterey County Communications received a 911 call regarding a victim of a shooting at a residence in the 1100 block of Ranchero Dr.  The caller, who was not at the scene, said the shooting had occurred about 30 minutes prior to calling in but reported the male was dead in the living room of the residence.  Officers arrived, looked through a living room window and saw a male on the living room floor.  Officers forced entry into the residence and found 21-year-old Ruben Estrada suffering from gunshots wounds.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation has revealed there was a party at the residence during the evening, into the early morning hours.  For unknown reasons there obviously was some type of altercation, ending in the shooting of Estrada.  There was no call to 911 when the actual shooting occurred and, although there were several people at the party, no one was at the residence when officers arrived. 

Estrada is not a known gang member with the Salinas Police Department and the motive for this Murder is unknown.  This is the 8th homicide in Salinas this year.

If anyone has information regarding this homicide, they are asked to contact Detective Gansen at (831) 758-7137 or by email at [email protected]; or Detective Sivertson at (831) 758-7132. 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".

 

Shooting

Release Date/Time: 3/19/2016 2:50 AM

Incident:  Shooting

Date: Saturday, 3/19/2016

Time: 12:43 AM

Location:  1300 Block of N. Sanborn Rd.

An adult male was driving in the area of N. Sanborn and Del Monte.  A vehicle began following him and the occupant shot at the victim multiple times in the 1300 block on N. Sanborn Rd.  The victim was transported to a local hospital with, what appear to be, non-life threatening injuries.

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:  Sgt. Danny Warner

Telephone:  831-758-7250

Brandishing / Carrying a Concealed Firearm

Release Date/Time: 3/19/2016 1:15 AM

Incident: Brandishing / Carrying a Concealed Firearm

Report #: 16 03 0926

Date: Friday, 3/18/2016

Time: 9:32 PM

Location: 200 Block of Main Street

David Camel (44), was arrested for brandishing a firearm in the 200 block of Main Street.

Officers responded to a report of a man brandishing a firearm in front of an event taking place in Old Town. A citizen reported that David Camel lifted his shirt and exposed a pistol tucked in his waistband in order to threaten him and another group of men. The citizen provided a good description and Officers quickly located Camel in the immediate area. Despite being challenged at gunpoint by the officers, Camel hid behind a car, did not heed commands, and bobbed and weaved in and out of sight in an aggressive and threatening manner. 'This was a tense and volatile set of circumstances in a dark street. The officers acted on their training and kept this from being much worse.” – Cmdr. John Murray

Camel disappeared from view and when he stepped out from behind the vehicle he challenged officers, and continued to disregard their commands. Officers deployed their Tasers to no immediate effect, and had to physically take him into custody.

A loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol was located under the vehicle Camel used as cover to evade officers. Camel was booked into County Jail for brandishing, resisting arrest, felon in possession of a firearm, and other charges related to carrying a concealed firearm. A second subject, Devin Camel (26), was arrested nearby and booked on warrants.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Battery with Significant Injuries.

Release Date/Time: 3/16/2016 11:58 PM

Incident: Battery with Significant Injuries

Report #: 16 03 0792

Date: Wednesday, 3/16/2016

Time: 10:37 PM

Location: 1923 Natividad Rd

Two men suffering significant injuries and were transported to a local hospital following a fight on Wednesday evening.

Officers responded to a report of a fight in the parking lot of a business located on the 1900 block of Natividad Road. The officers arrived on scene to find a 26-year-old male, semi-conscious, with significant injuries, laying in the parking lot.  The victim was transported to an area hospital and was admitted with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

A second victim who appeared to have been involved in the fight, a 19-year-old male, was located near Klamath Drive and Calaveras Drive. The second victim was also transported to an area hospital where he was treated for significant injuries consistent with a fight.

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: John Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

UPDATE--Double Homicide

On March 13, 2016, at approximately 11:15 pm, officers responded to the 1000 blk of Ramona Ave. on the report of a shooting. The shooting incident resulted in the deaths of Luis Cardiel San Pablo (age 21) and, his brother, Adair Cardiel San Pablo (age 18). Luis and Adair were seated in their vehicle when a dark colored SUV pulled up and fired multiple gunshots into the vehicle. The dark colored SUV was last seen fleeing the scene southbound on Ramona Ave. toward Pacheco St. Both victims were struck several times. Luis was pronounced deceased at the scene while Adair was taken to Natividad Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased shortly after arrival.

This double homicide is being investigated as gang related. It is the 6th and 7th homicides in Salinas this year. If anyone has information regarding these murders, they are asked to contact Detective McKinley at (831) 758-7145 or Detective Sivertson at (831) 758-7124. 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".

Court Sting Operation

Release Date/Time: 3/16/2016 12:50 PM

Incident: Court Sting Operation

Report #: Several

Date: Wednesday, 3/16/2016

Time: 11:22 AM

Location: 240 Church Street

Today the Salinas Police Department conducted a court sting operation at the Monterey County Courthouse at 240 Church Street between the hours of 8 am through 12 pm. Undercover officers stationed themselves inside the courtroom as the court conducted arraignments. Several of the defendants were told by the judge that they could not drive until licensed and insured.

Officers would follow the defendants outside the courtroom. Most of the defendants made the right decision and either had someone else drive them home or walked from the courthouse. However, eight of the defendants, got into a car and drove away.

The undercover officers then gave a description and location to marked patrol units who would conduct traffic stops on the cars as the defendants drove from the courthouse. All eight of these drivers were cited for driving on a suspended license (a misdemeanor) and their cars were towed and impounded for 30 days. "A person's driving privilege can be suspended for many reasons," said Sergeant Gerry Ross. "It could be for a DUI arrest, driving recklessly, or for getting too many tickets, among other things. But we do know that suspended and unlicensed drivers cause a much higher percentage of injury traffic collisions than do licensed drivers."

Funding for this operation 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

Lewd Act Upon a Child

On Saturday, March 12, 2016, at approximately 6:30 pm, officers responded to the area of Woodside Drive and Greenwood Place on the report of a suspicious vehicle. When officers arrived they contacted a man and young girl inside the vehicle. The male, identified as Adolfo Castillo, age 23, was engaged in inappropriate conduct with a female minor. Castillo was arrested and taken to the Salinas Police Department. The investigation revealed Castillo is an assistant Junior Varsity wrestling coach at Salinas High School and a volunteer wrestling coach at Washington Middle School.

The Salinas Union High School District and both schools have been notified and are assisting with the investigation.  The Salinas Police Department Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information regarding past or present suspicious conduct by Castillo to contact Detective Byron Gansen at (831) 758-7137 or email him at [email protected]. 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".

St. Patrick's Day DUI patrols

Release Date/Time: 3/14/2016 10:02 AM

Incident: St. Patrick's Day DUI patrols

Report #: N/A

Date: Monday, 3/14/2016

Time: 9:09 AM

Location: Monterey and San Benito Counties

Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.

Keep the streets safe this St. Patrick's Day! Don't drink and drive.

As one of the country's most popular holidays, St. Patrick's Day has long celebrated the roots of 34.2 million Americans with Irish ancestry, and many more who just want to partake in the festivities. This year, if you'll be drinking alcohol, remember: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. Tragically, March 17 has become one of the nation's deadliest holidays. In fact, from 2010 to 2014, almost three-fourths of the drunk-driving fatalities during this holiday period involved drivers who had BACs well above the .08 limit, with 266 drunk-driving fatalities total nationwide, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

To help lower deaths and injuries, The Avoid the 20 of Monterey and San Benito Counties DUI Task Force will be deploying extra officers on overtime targeting problem areas with high numbers of DUI collisions and DUI arrests. These DUI patrols along with routine nightly patrols will be looking for the tell-tale signs of impaired driving to include weaving, crossing the center line, etc. And keep an eye out for pedestrians who have had too much to drink: Walking while intoxicated can also be deadly, as lack of attention could put you at risk of getting hit by a vehicle. So whether you've indulged a little or a lot, law enforcements wants to remind everyone to drink and drive is a crime —you put yourself at risk, as well as others. The consequences are often fatal.

Let's make 2016 safer. Use this party-planning checklist to stay safe this St. Patrick's Day.

• PARTY PREPARATION: Designate a sober, reliable driver to get you home safely. Find the name of a taxi company (or two), and keep their numbers in your phone, or download the California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched in 20014, the DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to 'Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a 'List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their life saving role. They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb – all from one screen.

• ON ST. PATRICK'S DAY: Before you take your first sip of green beer, leave your keys at home or give them to a friend. Ensure your designated driver has committed to a sober evening. If you're the designated driver, do not drink. Your friends are relying on you, as are the people with whom you share the road. Enjoy non-alcoholic beverages and tweet your VIP (very important partygoer) status online using the hashtag #designateddriver.

• EVERY DAY: First, commit to driving sober today, St. Patrick's Day, and every day. Second, always keep the number of a taxi company in your phone or in your wallet so you have a backup plan if you find yourself in need of a sober driver. Last, if you're impaired, don't let pride get in the way of calling a sober friend or family member to get you home safely. Help spread the word about the dangers of drunk or buzzed driving, and the resources available to keep the streets safe.

• 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. Everyone should be mindful that if you're taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects. Remember, driving after drinking or impaired by drugs should never be an option. The Avoid DUI Task Force holiday enforcement campaign is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Next DUI campaign is set for Cinco de Mayo.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide

On March 13, 2016, at approximately 11:14 pm, officers responded to the 1000 block of Ramona Ave. for victims of shooting. Upon arrival they found two victims suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. One 21-year-old victim, seated in a vehicle, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  Another 18-year-old victim was located in the area and he was transported to Natividad Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.

A witness described a dark SUV had pulled up next to the victim vehicle before the suspect began shooting.  The vehicle continued south on Ramona Ave and turned East on Pacheco St. 

One of the victims has had gang contacts with the Salinas Police Department and this is being investigated as gang related.   This is the 6th and 7th Homicide of the year. We are withholding the name of the victim until the family has been notified. If anyone has information regarding this homicide, they are asked to contact Detective McKinley at (831) 758-7145 or Detective Sivertson at (831) 758-7124. 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".

Vehicle Pursuit - Felony DUI - Gang Case

Release Date/Time: 3/12/2016 12:48 AM

Incident: Vehicle Pursuit - Felony DUI - Gang Case

Report #: 16-03-0540

Date: Friday, 3/11/2016

Time: 9:21 PM

Location: Kern St / E. Market St.

A 26-year-old man, was driving on Kern St. when he was cut off by a Black Camaro and blew his horn. The Camaro began tailgating him as he drove to the dead end of Kern Street. The man pulled into the reception area of the Holiday Inn hoping the occupants of the Camaro would move on, but they remained in the dead end and began "spinning donuts" in an attempt to intimidate him. The Camaro eventually moved on and the man drove southbound on Kern. As he reached the McDonald the Camaro pulled out in front of him and blocked his path. The occupant exited the vehicle and approached his vehicle yelling and throwing gang signs. The man backed up and drove around them, called 911, and pulled into the Arco gas station. A nearby officer arrived on scene and attempted an enforcement stop on the suspect vehicle. The Camaro took off at a high rate of speed spinning its tires and drove southbound on Kern. The Camaro passed two cars on Kern and tried to make the left turn on to Market and lost control careening into the Shell gas station striking the concrete center pillar resulting is severe damage to the vehicle and airbag deployment. Three of the occupants fled on foot, the driver, Ramon Nunez (25), was taken into custody after having to be tased. The front passenger, a 17-year-old male, and rear passenger Jesus Lopez (18), also fled on foot but were captured shortly thereafter. The fourth occupant, Ivan Alcala (19), remained in the vehicle.

The driver, Nunez, was cited for felony DUI as a result of injuries sustained by one of his passengers, and was booked in County Jail with additional charges including evading arrest, challenging to fight, and gang enhancements. The remaining three were issued citations pending court appearance for charges including resisting arrest, challenging to fight, and gang enhancements.

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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