Press Releases

Homicide/Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 8/16/2014 2:01 AM

Incident: Homicide/Armed Robbery

Date: Friday, 8/15/2014

Time: 9:40 PM

Location: 11 Williams Road

At approximately 9:40 PM Officers responded to an armed robbery at the Hot Stop convenience store located at 11 Williams Rd.  Officers arrived on scene to find three shooting victims inside the store and who were employees of the business.  Two of the three employee victims were shot multiple times during the robbery resulting in one death and the other critically injured.   The third shooting victim was shot once with minor injuries.  Investigation revealed that two armed gunmen who were wearing masks entered the store with the intent of taking money from the cash register.  When the registers could not be opened one of the two suspects started to shoot at the employees.  Both suspects appear to be male and were last seen running from the store on Williams Rd. after the robbery/shooting.  This case is being actively investigating by Salinas Police Detectives. 

Salinas Police Detectives are looking for witnesses or anyone who may information regarding this incident. Witnesses are urged to contact Detective Ken Schwener at 831-758-7276 or Detective Gerry Magana at 831-758-7129.  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: 831-758-7226

Man with a gun, shot fired

Release Date/Time: 8/15/2014 12:43 PM

Incident: Man with a gun, shot fired

Report #: 14-080690

Date: Thursday, 8/14/2014

Time: 9:15 PM

Location: Mescal Ct / Saguro Dr

Officers were dispatched to a man with a gun call after a citizen saw a white male adult holding a rifle or shotgun in the area. He was said to be alone and not engaged in any type of disturbancve. Two Salinas Police detectives arrived and walked to the corner of Buckhorn Dr. and Chamise Dr. when they heard a male voice yell, "freeze!". The two detectives took cover and gained access to a home in order to scan the area from the second floor but nothing was seen. About 20 minutes later, an officer heard a shotgun blast nearby but nothing was seen. Eventually, a backpack containing live shotgun rounds and an empty rifle case was located at the corner of Buckhorn Dr. and Saguaro Dr. Officers worked in teams of 4 to conduct yard-to-yard searches and a CHP helicopter responded from San Luis Obispo to assist. Overall, units were on scene for 2 1/2 hours but the suspect was never located. The suspect was described as a white male adult, 20-30 years of age, short dark hair, medium build and medium height wearing a white t-shirt and blue or black pants.

Salinas Police are asking anyone with information about this incident to call the Watch Commander at 758-7250 or provide information anonymously using the crime tip line.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Gang member - Poss. drug for sales

Release Date/Time: 8/14/2014 4:32 PM

Incident: Gang member - Possession of drug for sales / firearms

Report #: 14-080653

Date: Thursday, 8/14/2014

Time: 10:02 AM

Location: 100 block of Clay St.

Members of Salinas Police Department's Violence Suppression Unit conducted a parole search on the residence of Gonzalo Ruiz in the 100 block of Clay St.  Gonzalo Ruiz is an active gang member and is on parole.  Officers located 4 guns, gang indicia and a large amount of methamphetamine.  2 of the guns were reported stolen.  Ruiz was lodged in the county jail for violation of parole, possession of methamphetamine for sale, felon in possession of firearms and gang enhancements.

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Gray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Robbery Suspect

Release Date/Time: 8/12/2014 2:06 PM
Incident: Robbery
Date: Saturday, 8/9/2014
Time: 3:00 PM
Location:  Walmart  1375 N. Davis Road

The Salinas Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in identifying a robbery suspect pictured below.  The suspect entered the Walmart store on N. Davis Road and concealed merchandise.  He exited the store making no effort to pay for the concealed items.  Once outside a loss prevention officer attempted to detain the suspect. The suspect assaulted the loss prevention officer and fled on foot to a waitng vehilce.  The suspect made good his escape in the vehilce.  The loss prevention officer was not injured during the assault. The suspect is described as a hispanic male adult in his 20's, 5'8", 170 lbs., black hair and brown eyes.  He was wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, red t-shirt and a black ballcap with a "P" on the front.  The vehicle was a red Suzuki  four door.  Anyone with information on the suspect's identity is asked to contact Detective Gabe Gonzalez at 831-758-7127 or at  

Wal-Mart Suspect

Salinas Wal-Mart Suspect

Release Authorized by:  Crd. Dave Shaw
Telephone:  831-758-7271


Release Date/Time: 8/10/2014 2:49 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 14-080415

Date: Saturday, 8/9/2014

Time: 9:09 PM

Location: Fairview Ave / Sharon Dr

On Saturday August 9th at approximately 9:03 pm Officers responded to a report of a victim of a shooting near the intersection Fairview Ave and Sharon Dr. On arrival they found two victims, ages 26 and 22 both suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. One of the victims died at the scene, and the second was transported to a local hospital where he died as a result of his injuries. A single male suspect was described as wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt. The identity of both victims is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin. At this point it is unknown if this incident is gang related.

Salinas Police Detectives are looking for witnesses or anyone who may information regarding this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Detective David Poulin at 831-758-7270 or Detective Robert Zuniga 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: James Arensdorf

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Robbery

Release Date/Time: 8/7/2014 9:21 PM

Incident: Attempted Robbery

Date: Thursday, 8/7/2014

Time: 12:49 AM

Location: 1305 N Main 7-11

Adrian Chacon (28) entered the 7-11 and brandished a large knife at the clerk, telling him it was a robbery and call the police. The clerk did as instruced and Chacon remained in the store at the counter holding the knife.  Once he saw that units arrived, he dropped the knife and awaited instructions. He came out and complied with officers, being taken into custody without incident. A 8" kitchen knife was found  just inside the doors. Chacon was lodged into County Jail for attempted robbery.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Online Hoax Regarding Missing Person Julissa Romero

Since early this morning, the Salinas Police Department has received numerous calls and emails from concerned members of the public wanting to report information about Julissa Romero, a girl reported missing by our agency in May of this year.  On 8/5/14, an unknown person posted GPS coordinates on anonymous chat site Omegle, claiming he had buried her there.  This is a complete hoax.  Julissa has been contacted and accounted for. 

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 8/4/2014 11:12 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery - Business

Report #: 14-080155

Date: Monday, 8/4/2014

Time: 10:15 PM

Location: 605 North Sanborn Road - 7 Eleven Store

The suspect, a Hispanic male adult, early 20's, tall/thin wearing a black and red jacket, black pants, gloves and a black bandana covering his face entered the store with a handgun.  He ordered the clerk, at gunpoint, to open the register.  He obtained an unknown amount of money from the register. The suspect fled on foot westbound from the store to North Madiera.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 8/4/2014 1:32 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder

Report #: 14-080133

Date: Monday, 8/4/2014

Time: 12:05 PM

Location: 300 Block of Noice Dr.

A 27 year-old male was outside in the 300-block of Noice Dr. when a vehicle slowly approached.  The passenger fired several rounds at the victim, with at least one striking him in the upper torso.  He was flown to a Bay Area trauma center and it is believed his wounds were not life-threatening.  The suspect vehicle was last seeing fleeing southbound on Noice Dr.  It was described as a white older model, possible Toyota Camry with dark tinted windows.  It had a dent on the right front fender near the door and other miscellaneous scratches throughout the right side.  There is no additional information avaialble at this time, however, this incident is being investigated as gang-related. 


Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 8/3/2014 11:42 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery - Business

Report #: 14-080104

Date: Sunday, 8/3/2014

Time: 8:38 PM

Location: Little Caesars Pizza - 45 South Sanborn Road #A

2 Hispanic male suspects in their 20's entered the business armed with silver colored handguns.  One suspect was 5-6 medium build and the second was 6-0 thin build. Both were wearing painters masks, gray hooded jackets and blue jeans.  They obtained an unknown amount of money from the business.  They were last seen running toward the rear of the business on McGowan Drive. 

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250