Press Releases

Officer Involved Shooting--UPDATE-- Incident 05-09-14

This press release is an update to the Officer Involved Shooting that took place on May 9, 2014 at 7:22pm:

This investigation is still active and ongoing.  At this time, investigators are interviewing the involved officers and several witnesses who directly witnessed the incident.  As in all investigations a clear understanding of the facts pertaining to this case are being gathered.  As facts and circumstances develop appropriate notifications will be made to the media.  

The deceased has been identified as Osman Hernandez (26).   Hernandez has no arrest history in the City of Salinas.

Officer Involved Shooting

On May 9, 2014 at approximately 7:20 pm Salinas Police officers responded to the parking lot of 880 East Alisal Street regarding a man seen waving a knife and acting erratically .  Prior to officers arriving on scene, 911 communications center received several calls from different people reporting a man chasing people in the area and waving a large knife.   One witness who called 911 reported that the man with the knife was attacking people. 

When Officers arrived, they contacted the described suspect and quickly realized that he was not going to comply with simple commands based upon his behavior.  When it became apparent to the officers they were not going to get any cooperation from this individual they tried to subdue him with a taser.   While Officers were trying to apply handcuffs to the suspect, he pulled up his shirt clearly exposing a large knife that was tucked into the area of his waistband.  Quickly, the suspect grabbed the knife and pulled it out towards the officers who were in close proximity to him while attempting to restrain him.   At this time, two of the involved officers fired their service weapons at the suspect fearing that they were going to be stabbed.  The suspect died at the scene.

As it is common in any officer involved incident of this nature, the two officers involved in this shooting will be placed on routine administrative leave during the initial stages of the investigation.  The suspect identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. This is an active and ongoing investigation that will last for several weeks.  There will be no updates to this press release through the weekend.  All press related matters should be directed to Commander Vincent Maiorana at 831-758-7350.

Those who may have witnessed this incident, and who have not already spoken to police, are urged to contact Detective Roman or Detective Schwener of the Salina Police Department Investigations Bureau at (831) 758-7913 or (831) 758-7276.  Those who wish to remain anonymous can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222 or the We-Tip-Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Children's Exposure to Violence Educational Campaign

Children Exposed to Violence:  Salinas Police Commander Sheldon Bryan co-chairs the Prevention Sub-Committee of CASP ( The Community Alliance for Safety and Peace). For the past several months, the Prevention Sub-Committee has been working on an educational media campaign designed to limit children's exposure to violence. This campaign originated from discussions of seeing parents bringing their children to crime scenes and viewing the aftermath of violent incidents. The Sub-Committee coordinated with experts in child development, behavioral health and marketing to develop a handout card that can be distributed to SPD Officers to carry in their uniform pockets. They are designed to be given out to parents when officers notice that a child is being exposed to violence such as at crime scene perimeters, at domestic violence calls, accident scenes, et cetera. This is a 'grassroots” effort to help educate the community on the impact of violence in children, and to connect parents to educational and mental health resources.

 

The small card contains an abundance of important information. There is a phone number that rings directly to Monterey County Behavioral Health and there is a link to a website that provides additional resources to the families. It is printed in English and Spanish.

 

For more information about CASP, please visit the website at http://future-futuro.org/en/about-casp or for information regarding children's exposure to violence, please visit http://future-futuro.org/safechild

Pursuit / Wanted subject arrest

Release Date/Time: 5/8/2014 11:45 PM

Incident: Pursuit / Wanted subject arrest

Report #: 14-050409

Date: Thursday, 5/8/2014

Time: 7:27 PM

Location: 1600 block Stonybrook

An undercover officer observed Guadalupe Ramirez (34) driving a vehicle at N. Main St / Alvin Dr.  Ramirez had warrants for his arrest totaling $1,350,000 for gun, drug sales and gang enhancements.  Officers attempted to pull Ramirez over and a vehicle pursuit was initiated.  Ramirez lost control of his vehicle and collided with a curb disabling his vehicle.  Ramirez fled on foot and was taken into custody after a short struggle with officers.  He was booked in county jail for his warrants and new felony charges as a result of the vehicle pursuit.

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Gray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Maintaining a House of Prostitution

Release Date/Time: 5/8/2014 8:51 AM

Incident: Maintaining a House of Prostitution

Report #: 14-050364

Date: Wednesday, 5/7/2014

Time: 8:09 PM

Location: 1149 North Main St. - Rodeo Inn/Star Motel

For the past several months, the Salinas Police Department has received numerous complaints of prostitution activity at the Rodeo Inn and Star Motel at 1149 N. Main St. (two separate motels occupying the same property).  During this time, officers have had not success in gaining the cooperation of the motels' owner to address the prostitution and other associated problems.  Recently, officers have been building a criminal case against Navneet "Nav" Maharaj, 34.  Not only had he been made aware of the problem, he allowed it to continue unabated.  Yesterday evening, an officer was parked nearby monitoring activity.  In that brief period of time, he noticed thirteen cars passing through the parking lot.  Occupants of several of vehicles confirmed to police they were there for the purpose of prostitution.  Maharaj was cited for maintaining a house of prostitution.

 

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Assault with a Deadly Weapon - Stabbing

Release Date/Time: 5/7/2014 7:46 PM

Incident: Assault with a Deadly Weapon - Stabbing

Report #: 14-050286

Date: Tuesday, 5/6/2014

Time: 3:47 PM

Location: Connely and Sanborn

Officers were dispatched to a victim of a stabbing. They contacted a 14 year old male who had sustained a 1" stab wound to the left side of his rib cage. He was flown out to San Jose Medical Center.  A  14 year old male was arrested a short time later at this house.  The 14 year old had been carrying a knife for protection as he had been previously threatened.  He was walking with a friend  when three individuals ran up and surrounded him.  One of the three individuals tried to punch the one 14 year old but missed.  In response, in fear to his safety, the 14 year old removed a knife and stabbed one of the individuals.  The case is still being investigated but at this time no one has been booked on any criminal charges.  The medical center later classifed the wound as superficial and the individual will survive. 

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Vehicle v. Pedestrian Collision

Release Date/Time: 5/7/2014 4:32 PM

Incident: Vehicle v. Pedestrian Collision

Report #: 14-050330

Date: Wednesday, 5/7/2014

Time: 11:08 AM

Location: West Rossi Street and North Main Street

A 29 year old male driver of a passenger vehicle was traveling eastbound on West Rossi Street.  As he approached North Main Street the light turned green and he preceded to make a right hand turn to southbound on North Main Street. Once the light turned green a 51 year old female pedestrian walked into the path of the oncoming vehicle.  The pedestrian was struck by the vehicle traveling at approximately 15 mph.  She was was thrown up onto the hood causing her to fall to the street striking her head on the pavement. She lost consciousness and had abrasions and lacerations to the left side of her head. She was life-flighted to San Jose but is expected to make a full recovery.

Release Authorized by: Commander Dave Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Missing Person

The Salinas Police Department is looking for Timothy Kurth who was last seen the morning of Aril 23rd at the Colonial Manor located at 645 Williams Road.  Mr. Kurth is 49 years old white male, 5'10” tall, 150 lbs with grey hair and brown eyes.  He was last seen wearing a blue jean jacket, blue jean pants and brown cowboy boots. Mr. Kurth wears a bracelet bearing the name "Colonial Manor" and has a medical condition that requires medication.   Mr. Kurth walked away from his residence on Wednesday April 23rd and has not been seen since.  Anyone who may know the whereabouts of Mr. Kurth is asked to call your local authorities and/or the Salinas Police Department Investigations Bureau at (831) 758-7226. 

PDF picture will be send via email or can be requested at (831) 758-7360

 

Possession of Gun on School Grounds

Release Date/Time: 4/25/2014 10:56 AM

Incident: Possession of Gun on School Grounds

Report #: 14-041134

Date: Thursday, 4/24/2014

Time: 10:58 AM

Location: Hartnell College - 411 Central Ave.

Hartnell College student, Ivan Fletes (19) was on campus when he was seen to have dropped a firearm from his clothing.  Fletes was captured by campus security cameras fleeing the campus.  After confirming his identity and residence, members of the Violence Suppression Unit set up surveillance and stopped Fletes as he was seen leaving his house.  He was taken into custody without incident.  A subsequent search revealed a loaded firearm in his vehicle in adddition to a small amount of marijuana.  Fletes was lodged at the Monterey County Jail on weapons violations, possession of marijuana, and violation of probation.

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 4/21/2014 8:46 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 14-040931

Date: Sunday, 4/20/2014

Time: 10:45 PM

Location: Mae Ave & D St.

Officers responded to a report of a victim of a gunshot wound in the area of Mae Ave. and D St. Upon arrival, they found a 35 year old male with a gunshot wound to his abdomen and leg. The victim, who is a known gang member, said he was confronted by a group of males about his gang affiliation before being shot. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, wearing a checkered shirt and dark pants.  The victim was flown to a Bay Area trauma center for treatment and is expected to recover.  There is no further suspect information available at this time.

 

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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