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Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 7/14/2016 12:10 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 16-07

Date: Wednesday, 7/13/2016

Time: 9:23 PM

Location: 300 block of North Main Street

Officers responded to a victim of a shooting in the 300 block of North Main Street.  A 35 year old Hispanic male was found on the sidewalk with several gunshot wounds. He was transported to Natividad Medical Center were he was treated and stabilized.  He is expected to survive the injuries.  The suspect, described as a Black male adult, 5-7, wearing all black with a black hooded jacket approached the victim and shot him multiple times.  The suspect was last seen running southbound on North Main Street toward Rossi Street.  The motive at this point is unclear. 

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide/Homicide Arrest

Release Date/Time: 7/12/2016 7:22 PM

Incident: Homicide/Homicide Arrest

Report #: 16-070223

Date: Tuesday, 7/12/2016

Time: 4:00 PM

Location: Lower Soledad St.

On Tuesday, July 5th, police and medical personnel were called to the under 100 block of Soledad St. for a man down on the sidewalk. Medical personnel arrived first and found Brian Carlton Todd, age 49, unconscious. He was suffering from what appeared to be a minor head injury but it was unknown how the injury occurred. Todd was transported to Natividad Medical Center for treatment.

Officers contacted a few people in the area to include Ben Udo Mboso, age 45. He and Todd are both homeless and frequent the lower Soledad St. area. He said he had a brief verbal argument with Todd about an old debt prior to Todd falling onto the sidewalk. Mboso said he did not physically assault Todd but he (Todd) was intoxicated, a fact that was also mentioned by another, unassociated person contacted by officers that day. Because there were no witnesses to Todd falling to the ground, Mboso was released.

On July 11th, Salinas Police Department Investigations Bureau was contacted by Todd's family. We were advised Todd was in very critical condition with a serious brain injury and could possible die very soon. Detectives were assigned to the case at that time.

Unfortunately, Brian Todd was declared brain dead by medical personnel on July 12th. Detectives were able to retrieve video footage from a camera in the area of the incident. In reviewing the video, it was determined Mboso was responsible for Todd falling to the ground from an assault. Detectives, with the assistance of Patrol officers, found Mboso in a tent in the lower Soledad St. area and he was arrested without incident.

Mboso was transported to the Monterey County Jail and booked for homicide and a probation violation.

This is the 17th homicide in the city this year. It is not considered gang related and appears to be the result of dispute among acquaintances.

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Shooting / Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 7/10/2016 10:22 PM

Incident: Shooting / Attempted Murder

Report #: 16 07 0515

Date: Monday, 7/11/2016

Time: 1:09 AM

Location: 500 Block of Sunrise St.

A 28-year-old man was shot while standing in front of his home on the 500 block of Sunrise Street. The suspect fired multiple rounds and struck the man once in the abdomen. The victim was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening wounds.  A grey pickup truck, possibly a Toyota Tacoma, was seen driving out of the area.

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

Vehicle vs. Bicyclist Injury Collision

Release Date/Time: 7/10/2016 8:12 PM

Incident: Vehicle vs. Bicyclist Injury Collision

Report #: 16-070505

Date: Sunday, 7/10/2016

Time: 4:15 PM

Location: Las Casitas Dr. & Ranchero Dr.

A Honda Accord driven by a 21 year old female was traveling at approximately 20-25 mph east on Las Casitas Dr. approaching the intersection of Ranchero Dr. Suddenly, a northbound 15 year old male bicyclist attempted to cross Las Casitas from Ranchero Dr. and was broadsided by the Honda. The bicyclist, who was not wearing a bicycle helmet, rolled up onto the front hood of the Honda and his head struck the windshield. The teenaged bicyclist suffered head injuries and was transported to Natividad Medical Center. The driver of the Honda remained on scene and cooperated with the investigation which is on going.

Release Authorized by: Sergeant John Lynn

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Possession Of Methamphetamine For Sale, False Documents 114 PC

Release Date/Time: 7/9/2016 4:23 PM

Incident: Possession Of Methamphetamine For Sale, False Documents 114 PC

Report #: 16-070437

Date: Saturday, 7/9/2016

Time: 12:50 AM

Location: 1100 Block of Parkside Street

Directed enforcement officers went to the 1100 block of  Parkside Street to attempt contact with Jose Perez (33).  A Salinas Police officer had arrested Perez in May of 2016 for possession of methamphetamine for sales. Perez failed to appear for his court date and had an arrest warrant was in the system. Officers found Perez at the apartment complex and was taken into custody without incident. Approximately 1 oz. of methamphetamine, new identification with a false name and $850.00 was located inside of his vehicle. Perez was lodged at MCSO.

Release Authorized by: George Lauricella

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 7/8/2016 11:08 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 16 07 0422

Date: Friday, 7/8/2016

Time: 20:23 PM

Location: 200 Block of Soledad St

Officers responded to shots fired on the 200 block of Soledad Street and located a 23-year-old victim. The male had been shot one time in the buttocks and was laying in an apartment complex carport. The victim could not provide any information on what occurred. Officers located multiple expended bullet casings in the street. A Burgundy Honda was seen speeding away from the area.

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

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 7/4/2016 1:04 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder

Report #: 16 06 0144

Date: Monday, 7/4/2016

Time: 10:53 PM

Location: Bridge Street/ E. Lake Street

An officer observed a vehicle pulling out onto E. Rossi Street from Chinatown and watch the vehicle overshoot and strike the curb. The officer stopped the vehicle and discovered the 24-year-old male driver was the victim of a shooting that occurred in the area of Bridge St. and E. Lake Street in Chinatown. The victim suffered one non-life threatening gunshot wound to the leg. He was transported to a local hospital.

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

Attempted murder shooting

Release Date/Time: 7/2/2016 5:36 PM

Incident: Attempted murder shooting

Report #: 16-070079

Date: Saturday, 7/2/2016

Time: 11:58 AM

Location: 800 Blk Capistrano

Officer responded to the report of a shooting victim in the 800 block of Capistrano Dr. When they arrived, officers learned the victim had already left the scene. A short time later, the 16-year-old male victim arrived at a local hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the head. The investigation led officers to believe the shooting stemmed from a disturbance at a nearby residence on the 100 block of W. Acacia St.

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". For media inquiries, please contact Commander Stan Cooper at (831) 758-7350.

Release Authorized by: James Godwin

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Prostitution Sting

Officers conducted a prostitution sting in the area of E. Market Street and Kern Street. Two officers went undercover while enforcement officers were directed to conduct enforcement stops and arrest the subjects. Augustine Santos (35), Patricia Gaurigue (55), Sharon Campbell (21) and Wenona Lee (41) were arrested during the operation. Two of the suspects arrested were in possession of controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. One of the subjects had an arrest warrant for possession of controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. One was lodged at MCSO for the warrant and the others were cited and released.

Armed Robbery Arrests

Release Date/Time: 6/30/2016 2:40 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery Arrests

Date: Thursday, 6/30/2016

Time: 2:38 PM

Location:

On June 29, 2016, the Seaside Police investigated an armed robbery that had occurred at the Econo Lodge in their city. After ROPE was activated, Marina officers found the vehicle on Imjin Parkway and, with the assistance of the CSUMB Police, conducted a traffic stop. They eventually took Enrique Quinonez, 24, of Salinas and Anthony Sanchez-Contreras, 31, of Prunedale into custody for the robbery.

Knowing the City of Salinas had experienced a recent rash of armed robberies, Detectives with the Peninsula Regional Violence and Narcotics Team contacted Salinas Police Detectives. Based on the information gathered during the investigation, it was determined Quinonez and Sanchez-Contreras committed a series of robberies in Salinas over the last week. The duo will be charged with the following robberies:

June 25th:

Armed Robbery--11:32 pm—The Express Mart, 836 N. Main St.

Attempted Armed Robbery--12:50 am—The Quik Stop, 339 Williams Rd.

June 26th:

Armed Robbery—10:31 pm—the Shop & Save, 2143 N. Main St.

Armed Robbery—10:46 pm—The Quik Stop, 339 Williams Rd.

Armed Robbery—10:51 pm—The Cork n Bottle, 1298 N. Main St.

The Salinas Police Department Investigations Bureau is still gathering evidence and more charges could be forthcoming.

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

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