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Child Molest Suspect

The Salinas Police Department is requesting assistance in locating a subject wanted for Forcible Lewd Acts Upon a Child. A warrant has been issued by the Monterey County District Attorney's Office for Oscar Sandoval Avelino, age 38, with a bail amount of $1,000,000. The crime occurred several years ago and it is unknown where Avelino may be residing. There is information Avelino may have fled to Mexico but that information has not been confirmed. Anyone with information on Avelino's whereabouts is encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department Investigations Division at (831) 758-7226; or Detective Gansen at (831) 758-7137 or [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".

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UPDATE--Homicide/Attempted Homicide

The homicide victim from the shooting that occurred on February 16th, in the 600 blk of Mae Ave., has been identified as Luis Alberto Lucas, age 16. Lucas, a resident of Salinas, was one of three males shot while they sat in a vehicle in front of an address. An 18-year-old victim was treated at Natividad Medical Center, then transported to a Bay Area hospital for further treatment. He is listed in critical condition. The third victim was treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound at a local hospital.

All three victims have had gang contacts with the Salinas Police Department in the past. This is the 5th homicide in the City of Salinas this year and is being investigated as gang related. Anyone with information related to the crime or who may have been a witness is encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department Investigations Division at (831) 758-7226; Detective Gansen at (831) 758-7137 or [email protected]; or Detective Gonzalez at (831) 758-7127. 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".

Burglary-Robbery

Release Date/Time: 2/17/2016 3:28 AM

Incident: 211 PC

Report #: 16-020816

Date: Tuesday, 2/16/2016

Time: 11:42 PM

Location: 2000 Block of Sucre Ct.

A 24 year-old Salinas woman and her 6 year-old son were home in bed in the 2000 block of Sucre Ct. The woman heard a thump in the living room. When she went into the living room to check, she saw a male and female in the living room.  The female suspect attacked the victim and they fell to the floor fighting. After a brief struggle, the suspects fled out of the residence in an unknown direction. Cash and electronics were taken from the residence.

Release Authorized by: Robert Hampson III

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

211 PC Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 2/17/2016 3:15 AM

Incident: 211 PC

Report #: 16-020814

Date: Tuesday, 2/16/2016

Time: 10:36 PM

Location: 13000 blk of Jackson St.

An 83 year old Salinas resident returned home from a local bingo establishment. She drove home to the 13000  block of Jackson St. When she pulled into her garage, she was confronted by a male wearing dark clothing and a face mask. He pointed a gun at her and told her to roll down the window. He then smashed the driver's door window of her car with a black revolver. He put the gun to her head and demanded her purse. He opened the rear door and took her purse out of the back seat and fled. The victim received minor injuries from broken glass which did not require hospitalization. No suspects have been identified. Anyone with information related to this crime is urged to contact the Salinas Police Department or call the crime tip line at 831-775-4222

Release Authorized by: Robert Hampson III

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide/Attempted Homicide

On February 16, 2016, at approximately 8:08 PM, officers responded to the 600 blk of Mae Ave. on the report of several people shot. When officers arrived they found three victims near the driveway of the address, all suffering from gunshot wounds. One 18-year-old male victim had a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his upper body; he was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Another 18-year-old male suffered a more severe gunshot wound to his upper body; he was transported to Natividad Medical Center for treatment. He was later transported by medical helicopter to a Bay Area hospital for further treatment. His wounds are considered life threatening and he is in critical condition. The third victim, a 16-year-old male, suffered multiple gunshot wounds. He was treated by officers and medical personnel but he was pronounced deceased at the scene.

When officers arrived on scene, there were approximately 75-100 people on the street. Very few witnesses have come forward with any information. What information we did receive was that the victims were seated in a vehicle stopped in front of a residence when the suspect vehicle pulled up next to them. It is unknown if anything was said between the occupants of either vehicle before one or two suspects began firing at the victims. The description of the suspect vehicle varied from a dark colored, full size SUV to a white, full-sized pickup truck. The vehicle fled northbound on Mae Ave. toward Del Monte Ave.

All three victims have had gang contacts with the Salinas Police Department in the past. This is the 5th homicide in the City of Salinas this year and is being investigated as gang related. Anyone with information related to the crime or who may have been a witness is encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department Investigations Division at (831) 758-7226; Detective Gansen at (831) 758-7137 or [email protected]; or Detective Gonzalez at (831) 758-7127. 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".

 

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 2/17/2016 12:13 AM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Report #: 16 02 0807

Date: Wednesday, 2/17/2016

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: McDonalds 1365 N. Main St

The McDonalds on N. Main Street was robbed by a man with a gun at 6:00 PM. There were approximately 30 customers in the business at the time. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male adult, light complexed, wearing blue jeans, white tennis shoes, and a dark gray sweatshirt pulled up over his face. The suspect was armed with an unknown type handgun and fled on foot with the cash from the register toward the rear parking lot. 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

Shooting - Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 2/16/2016 12:47 AM

Incident: Shooting - Attempted Murder

Report #: 16 02 - 0753

Date: Tuesday, 2/16/2016

Time: 9:49 PM

Location: Baldwin St. / W. Laurel Drive

A 36-year-old woman was shot while in a vehicle near the intersection of Baldwin Street and W. Laurel Drive. The victim had been warming up her car on the 1000 block of Baldwin Street and noticed a silver SUV drive by. A short time later she departed in her vehicle and stopped at the intersection of Baldwin and W. Laurel Drive where she heard gunshots and was shot from the passenger side of her vehicle. The victim quickly drove out of the area to make her escape before returning home. Family transported her to the hospital where she is being treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound to her upper back and shoulder. The victim described the suspect as an 18- 20-year-old Hispanic male adult, medium complexion, 5'7”, 140 lbs., wearing a black beanie and cut off shorts. The suspect may have fled the area in a silver SUV. A home on the 100 block of W. Laurel Drive was struck by a bullet from the shooting; there were no injuries at the home.

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

ATT Pebble Beach DUI patrols

Release Date/Time: 2/9/2016 10:14 AM

Incident: ATT Pebble Beach DUI patrols

Report #: N/A

Date: Tuesday, 2/9/2016

Time: 10:11 AM

Location: Salinas and Monterey Peninsula

The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am – Drive Straight

The ATT Pebble Beach National Pro-Am is coming to the Monterey Bay this weekend. Large crowds will be staying throughout Monterey County enjoying the beautiful Central Coast. But along with the golf tournament comes a lot of socializing throughout the weekend that will include drinking alcohol. So if you plan on drinking this weekend, don't drive. Get a designated driver.

The Salinas Police Department and other agencies on the Monterey Peninsula will deploy additional officers on special DUI saturation patrols specifically to stop and arrest drivers showing signs of alcohol or drug impairment. If you plan on drinking this weekend, please make plans ahead of time that will prevent you from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking. Driving impaired could result in injury or death for you or others on the road. 'Everyone knows how dangerous it is to drink and drive, but a lot of people think, ‘It won't happen to me,'” said Sergeant Gerry Ross 'Don't take that chance. By making the wrong choice you could cause death or a lifetime of suffering.”

If you plan to drink, leave your keys at home. Designate a sober driver, whether it's a friend, relative, taxi, ride share or public transportation.

These operations are funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who reminds everyone to be alert and ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911' if you see a dangerous driver call immediately!

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Burglary/Homicide

The deceased burglary suspect in the below mentioned case from 2/5/16 has been identified as Antonio Ramirez (20) of Salinas.  An autopsy confirmed that Ramirez died as a result of a struggle with the homeowner, who had interrupted a burglary being committed by Ramirez and an unidentified accomplice.  The investigation continues.

If anyone has information regarding this case, they are asked to contact Detective Schwener at (831) 758-7276, or Detective Roman at (831) 758-7913.  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".

**Original Press Release**

Release Date/Time: 2/5/2016 4:09 AM

Incident: Burglary/ Homicide

Date: Thursday, 2/4/2016

Time: 6:58 PM

Location: 1900 Block of Cabernet Wy

A 45 year old homeowner and his three children arrived home just prior to 7PM.  Upon entering the home they were confronted by two males who were in the process of burglarizing the home.  The males then physically attacked the victim and the fight spilled to just outside the front door.  While one of the subjects fled on foot to a small car parked nearby, the other continued to fight the victim attempting to strangle him.  The victim fought back in an effort to protect himself and the children and at some point during the fight, the suspect went limp, allowing the victim to retreat to back into then home and call 911.  The suspect on scene was unresponsive when officers arrived and CPR was initiated.  He was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced deceased; the cause of death is pending autopsy results.  After consultation with the Monterey County District Attorneys Office this case is currently being investigated as a case of potential self-defense and the homeowner was not taken into custody.  The name of the deceased is pending a positive identification and notice to next of kin.  We are currently investigating this case as a homicide as a death occurred during the commission of a felony crime. 

If anyone has information regarding this case, they are asked to contact Detective Schwener at (831) 758-7276, or Detective Roman at (831) 758-7913.  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: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7350

 

 

Man with a gun.

Release Date/Time: 2/7/2016 12:05 AM

Incident: Man with a gun.

Report #: 16-02 0313

Date: Sunday, 2/7/2016

Time: 10:28 PM

Location: 500 Block of E. Alisal St.

Officers responded to the 500 block of E. Alisal Street to a report of one subject chasing another in an area parking lot. A red Ford pickup was described as possibly involved. Officers drove into the area and observed Francisco Sanchez (44), standing in the open driver side door manipulating something at waist level. The officers made contact with Sanchez as he was walking away from the vehicle. He consented to a search of the vehicle, which revealed a .45 caliber semi-auto handgun and loaded magazine concealed under a pillow on the driver seat. 

 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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