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664-187 PC - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 12/22/2016 4:50 AM

Incident: 664-187 PC - Shooting

Report #: 16-121145

Date: Thursday, 12/22/2016

Time: 12:28 AM

Location: 900 Block Rider Ave

ShotSpotter system reported 7 shots in the area of the 900 block of Rider Ave. and almost immediately we received a call of a victim of a shooting at a residence nearby. The 21-year-old victim was seated in his vehicle on Rider Avenue when he was approached by two unknown males. The suspects asked the victim where he was from and then opened fire striking the victim twice in the torso. The victim was transported to the hospital by a family member and was treated for 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: Dana Cornelison

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery Business

Release Date/Time: 12/20/2016 8:28 AM

Incident: Armed Robbery Business

Report #: 16-121017

Date: Monday, 12/19/2016

Time: 7:01 PM

Location: 2165 North Main Street - La Vina Market

Two suspects robbed the above business and its patrons at gunpoint. Both were 20-30 years of age. Suspect #1 was described as a Hispanic male, thin, 5'-2" wearing a black snowboard jacket, black bandana, blue jeans, white shoes with a black semi-auto handgun in his left hand. Suspect #2 was described as a Hispanic Male, thin, 5'-5" wearing a black hooded jacket with a green and yellow Reebok logo, light blue pants, Nike Cortez shoes and black revolver. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken from the business and wallets and phones were taken from 8 patrons that were in the store at the time. One of the suspects had a "south American / Puerto Rican accent." One of the suspects was carrying a police scanner with the volume loud enough for the victims to hear it. No vehicle was seen but officers will determine if cameras installed in the area recorded images of the suspects.

Release Authorized by: Commander Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Unlawful Sexual Intercourse with a minor under 18 years old

Release Date/Time: 12/17/2016 3:04 PM

Incident: Unlawful Sexual Intercource with a minor under 18 years old

Report #: 16-120787

Date: Thursday, 12/15/2016

Time: 10:19 AM

Location: 27 Willow St.

On December 15th Salinas Police Investigators arrested Juan Govea (35) after it was reported to police that he had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a 17-year-old female who he met while employed as a teacher at Salinas High School. Investigation revealed that Govea's relationship with the 17-year-old occurred approximately six months after he was no longer employed by Salinas High School. It was also reported that the alleged unlawful sex occurred recently at the Govea's Salinas residence. According to Salinas Union High School district officials, Govea has not been employed by Salinas Union High School District for approximately 6 months. Govea was booked at Monterey County jail for Unlawful Sexual Intercourse with a minor and other related crimes.

Release Authorized by: Commander Vincent Maiorana

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Theft

Release Date/Time: 12/15/2016 11:49 AM

Incident: Theft

Date: November 5, 2016

Time: 4:01 PM

Location: Kohl's

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Brian Johnson

Telephone: 831-758-7128

The Salinas Police Department is seeking help in identifying the suspect in the photograph.  On November 5, 2016 the suspect stole several electronic items from the Kohl's in Salinas.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Byron Gansen at 831-758-7137 or email at [email protected].

Car Jacking / Kidnapping / Discharging Firearm

Release Date/Time: 12/15/2016 11:52 AM

Incident: Car Jacking / Kidnapping / Discharging Firearm

Report #: 16-120697, 16-120773

Date: Wednesday, 12/14/2016

Time: 11:21 PM

Location: 300 block Towt St.

ShotSpotter System activated Wednesday evening First Arrest made

On 12-14-16, members of the Salinas Police Department conducted live fire tests to help calibrate the sensors for our new ShotSpotter subscription service. Officers completed the tests by 11:00pm. The system was deemed ready and activated. While the officers were driving back to the station, an alert went out that 2 shots were recorded in the 300 block of Towt St.

A Salinas officer was following up on a previous car-jacking, kidnapping case and was already heading toward the 300 block of Towt St. The officer advised responding units of the case she was investigating and gave a suspect description. When officers arrived, they located a black truck in front of a residence in the 300 block of Towt St. occupied by a female in the drivers seat and male in the passenger seat. The male, Miguel Orozco Solano (30), matched the suspect description of the above case. Officers received permission to search the vehicle and located a black handgun behind the front passenger seat. They also located one casing nearby. Officers found out the gun belonged to Solano and he shot twice in the air, while they listening to music. Solano was booked into Monterey County Jail charged with Car jacking, kidnapping, and discharging a firearm in a negligent manner.

Release Authorized by: Mike Groves, Cmdr.

Telephone: (831) 758-7123

Car Jacking / Kidnapping / Discharging Firearm

Release Date/Time: 12/15/2016 11:52 AM

Incident: Car Jacking / Kidnapping / Discharging Firearm

Report #: 16-120697, 16-120773

Date: Wednesday, 12/14/2016

Time: 11:21 PM

Location: 300 block Towt St.

ShotSpotter System activated Wednesday evening First Arrest made

On 12-14-16, members of the Salinas Police Department conducted live fire tests to help calibrate the sensors for our new ShotSpotter subscription service. Officers completed the tests by 11:00pm. The system was deemed ready and activated. While the officers were driving back to the station, an alert went out that 2 shots were recorded in the 300 block of Towt St.

A Salinas officer was following up on a previous car-jacking, kidnapping case and was already heading toward the 300 block of Towt St. The officer advised responding units of the case she was investigating and gave a suspect description. When officers arrived, they located a black truck in front of a residence in the 300 block of Towt St. occupied by a female in the drivers seat and male in the passenger seat. The male, Miguel Orozco Solano (30), matched the suspect description of the above case. Officers received permission to search the vehicle and located a black handgun behind the front passenger seat. They also located one casing nearby. Officers found out the gun belonged to Solano and he shot twice in the air, while they listening to music. Solano was booked into Monterey County Jail charged with Car jacking, kidnapping, and discharging a firearm in a negligent manner.

Release Authorized by: Mike Groves, Cmdr.

Telephone: (831) 758-7123

Arrest of Wanted Subject

On December 11, 2016, officers responded to a domestic violence incident at a local Salinas motel. The victim told officers she had been threatened at gunpoint and held against her will by Luis Morales Alvarado (38). As officers were arriving, Alvarado cut a hole in the wall of the motel room, crawled into an adjacent room and then jumped from the second floor room to the parking lot before fleeing on foot while armed with a semi-automatic pistol. Officers searched the motel room and discovered over 140 grams of methamphetamine and determined that Alvarado was wanted on a felony warrant.

This morning at about 9:20am, officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance at an apartment complex in the 700 block of W. Acacia St. involving Alvarado. Officers were aware that he was armed with a gun on the previous case. Before officers could contact him, Alvarado jumped from the second-story bathroom window to the ground and ran toward a nearby elementary school. One officer fired three rounds from a 40mm, less lethal projectile device striking Alvarado twice. He fell to the ground but was able to get up and keep running. Alvarado ran onto the campus of the elementary school prompting police to order a lock-down of the campus. Another officer deployed a Taser, which struck Alvarado and safely ended the pursuit. He was not armed when arrested. Police and school staff conducted a search of the campus but no firearm was located. The campus lockdown was lifted after approximately 40 minutes and no students were harmed. Alvarado was booked into the Monterey County Jail on a variety of felony charges.   

Winter Campaign DUI enforcement

Release Date/Time: 12/13/2016 11:18 AM

Incident: Winter Campaign DUI enforcement

Report #: N/A

Date: Tuesday, 12/13/2016

Time: 11:17 AM

Location: City of Salinas

This Holiday Season, The Salinas Police Department Is Looking For Drunk Drivers.

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

This holiday season, Salinas Police will be out looking for drunk & drugged drivers as part of a special year-end Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobilization. 'December 16th through January 1st we will be sending out extra patrols with specially trained officers who are experts in DUI enforcement and recognition,” said Sergeant Gerry Ross, 'The dangers of drunk and drugged driving are well known. There is no excuse for driving intoxicated and the Salinas Police Department will do everything we can to catch, arrest, and prosecute DUI drivers. Our goal is to keep the roads safe so everyone can enjoy the holidays free of the tragedies that often accompany DUI driving.”

As part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign period, police, sheriff and the CHP will be deploying DUI Checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols during the upcoming 17-day DUI crackdown throughout the region. Salinas PD is conducting a DUI Checkpoint and several DUI saturation patrols. Drugs such as prescription medication, marijuana or illicit drugs can impair judgment and get you the same DUI arrest as alcohol.

Nationally in 2014, 32,675 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes with 9,967 people killed in crashes involving an impaired driver. In California, total highway deaths were reported at 3,126 with 1,155 lives lost in alcohol and/or drug impaired collisions. If you're caught driving impaired by alcohol or drugs, you could face jail time, fines, loss of driver's license, towing fees, and other DUI expenses, totaling $10,000 on average.

'Driving under the influence is not only costly, but can ruin the holidays for you, your family or for someone else's family,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. 'Make the decision to drive sober or use our DDVIP app to help you find a safe ride home for yourself or your friends if you know they've been drinking.”

Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or 'DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone. The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more. The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and even a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb.

For more information on the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement campaign and all OTS efforts, visit www.ots.ca.gov. To learn more about the DDVIP app, please visit the OTS Facebook at www.facebook.com/CaliforniaOTS or follow OTS on Twitter @OTS_CA.

The Salinas Police Department wants everyone to have a safe and memorable holiday season, and is calling on everyone to be alert; ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911! Funding for this holiday enforcement campaign is 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

Salinas Police to Conduct Live Fire Test of ShotSpotter Technology Wednesday

Release Date/Time: 12/12/2016 12:14 PM

Subject: Salinas Police to Conduct Live Fire Test of ShotSpotter Technology Wednesday

Date: Monday, 12/12/2016

Time: 12:14 PM

Location: Salinas, CA

Release Authorized by: Commander Mike Groves

Telephone: (831) 758-7123

The Salinas Police Department has recently teamed with ShotSpotter Technologies to help detect gunshots fired within various locations throughout the City of Salinas. ShotSpotter uses a network of sensors to detect when a gun is fired and pinpoint the location. According to the manufacturer:



Within minutes, police are able to send officers to a potential shooting scene, even if no one calls 911. ShotSpotter picks up the sound from gunshots on multiple sensors and triangulates the location of the gunfire in live time. By quickly notifying police, ShotSpotter helps speed police response, has the potential to save lives, increases weapons-related arrests, and enhances the safety of our neighborhoods.



Even with ShotSpotter in place, the community is always encouraged to report sounds of gunfire.



A ShotSpotter employee along with members of the Salinas Police Department will be conducting live fire calibration testing on the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 14. In a few selected areas of the city, there will be controlled gunfire as part of the detection qualification validation. The testing will be completed by 11 p.m.



For security reasons the locations of the test fire shall not be disclosed. There will be no danger to the community.



This is expected to be the final test before the ShotSpotter system goes live. Salinas Police will evaluate the results of the testing and, once the system is approved, will advise the community when the system is in use.



Three years of use of the ShotSpotter system is being paid for by a $1.5 million portion of a $5.5 million State of California public safety grant received by the City in August. At the end of three years, the City will evaluate the success of the system and decide whether to continue using it.



For inquiries about ShotSpotter and this Wednesday's testing, contact:



Commander Mike Groves

831-758-7123

[email protected]

Felony Hit and Run Arrest

Release Date/Time: 12/12/2016 8:30 AM

Incident: Felony Hit and Run Arrest

Report #: 16-110961

Date: Sunday, 12/11/2016

Time: 7:25 AM

Location: W. Alisal / Capitol St

On 11/17/16, the 57-year-old victim was walking across W. Alisal St. in the crosswalk when she was struck by a red Dodge Neon. The victim suffered severe injuries. The driver of the Neon fled making no attempt to render aid. 

On 12/11/16, at about 7:25 am a Salinas Police Department officer spotted a red Neon speeding on East Market Street near Towt Street. The officer stopped the Neon and examined it to determine if it was the vehicle used in the hit and run. He noticed body damage to the hood and windshield consistant with the collision. The driver, Felipe Merino, age 19, had no driver's license or identification so he was arrested and brought to the Police Department.

Merino was interviewed and admitted to being the driver during the collision and admitted fleeing the scene. Merino's 9-year old step-son was with him at the time of the collision and confirmed his father had been driving. 

Merino was lodged into Monterey County Jail for 20001(a) CVC - Hit and Run Causing Injury and 12500(a) CVC - Unlicensed Driver.  

Release Authorized by: Gerard D Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7975

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