Press Releases

Homicide Suspect Angela Zuniga arrested for Homicide---Homicide occurred May 17, 2013



SALINAS, CA – U.S. Marshal Donald O'Keefe is proud to announce the arrest of Angela ZUNIGA, who was sought by the Salinas Police Department for her role in the stabbing death of, 14 year old, Ricardo Ruiz.  ZUNIGA was a featured fugitive on the Northern California's Most Wanted website.   

In May of 2013, ZUNIGA confronted Ruiz as he walked with friends at the intersection of East Alisal and North Madeira Ave. in Salinas.  It's alleged that ZUNIGA asked Ruiz what gang he was affiliated with.  When Ruiz confirmed he was in a gang, ZUNIGA immediately began stabbing Ruiz in the neck.  A Good Samaritan attempted to save Ruiz by transporting him to Natividad Medical Center, but later died after family decided to take him off life-support.    

Information was obtained that ZUNIGA had fled to Mexico immediately after the stabbing.  ZUNIGA believed that by fleeing to Mexico she would be untouchable.  The Salinas Police Department requested the assistance of the United States Marshals Service to assist in the investigation.    

On July 30, 2013, Mexican Authorities were able to locate and apprehend ZUNIGA in Tijuana, Mexico.  ZUNIGA, who is a United States citizen, was deported from Mexico and turned over to U.S. Marshals custody at the San Ysidro Port of Entry and booked into Las Colinas Detention Center, where she awaits extradition back to Monterey County.  

  Due to the relentless investigation of the Salinas Police Department, U.S. Marshals Service, Mexican Investigative Liaison (MIL) Units in San Jose and San Diego, ZUNIGA will be finally brought to Justice. 

                'This is example of how close cooperation between local, state, federal and foreign Law Enforcement are apprehending fugitive gang members who think they can operate with impunity in the Salinas community,” said US Marshal Donald O'Keefe. 

The U.S. Marshals Service is the primary federal agency charged with conducting fugitive investigations throughout the United States and abroad. The U.S. Marshals Service regularly works in concert with other federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to seek out and arrest violent fugitives and sex offenders, and has established task forces throughout the nation to facilitate the apprehension of fugitives.


Release Date/Time: 7/31/2014 2:18 PM

Incident: 664/187pc

Report #: 14071431

Date: Wednesday, 7/30/2014

Time: 6:20 PM

Location: 1140 Pacific Ave Apt A

Officers were dispatched to a victim of a stabbing.  When they arrived, they found Jose Sanguino(27) lying in the driveway with a life threatening injury.  Sanguino had been stabbed with a lettuce knife and had been partially disemboweled.  The investigation has revealed that Sanguino had been drinking outside with several friends to include Bernardo Villareal Gonzalez(49).  Gonzalez and Sanguino got into a verbal argument that carried over into the house.   Once inside, the argument escalated into a physical fight which culminated in Gonzalez producing a lettuce knife and slashing Sanguino.  Gonzalez fled the scene with the lettuce knife.  Gonzalez' whereabouts are unknown and he is wanted for questioning.    Gonzalez is a 49 year old Hispanic male who stands five feet six inches tall.  He is currently clean shaven with short black hair.  Gonzalez was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, grey short sleeved shirt, green shorts with white flower pattern, and brown tennis shoes.  

If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Gonzalez, they are encouraged to contact 911 or the Salinas Police Department at 758-7133 or 775-4222.  They can also contact Detective Roman at 758-7913.  

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 7/30/2014 8:56 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder

Date: Wednesday, 7/30/2014

Time: 6:20 PM

Location: 1100 block of Pacific Ave

The 28 year old victim and the suspect are roomaates.  They, along with several other residents, were drinking in the back yard portion of the complex when the two began arguing about money. The suspect went inside the residece and the victim soon followed, with the argument continuing on.  The suspect pulled out a lettuce knife and stabbed the vicitm in the side, partially disemboweling him. The suspect had fled by the time police arrived and the investigation is working towards obtaining a positive identification on him and his current whereabouts. The victim was immediately life-flighted to a Bay Area trauma center for treatment   The suspect is described as a 40 yr old HMA 5'9", 150 lbs last seen wearing a gray shirt and green shorts with white flowers, similar to board shorts.  If anyone has information about this crime they are urged to contact the Salinas Police Department or the WeTip Hotline at 800-78-CRIME (27463)

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Fatal Hit and Run update

Release Date/Time: 7/28/2014 2:53 PM

Incident: Fatal Hit and Run update

Report #: 14-070208

Date: Monday, 7/28/2014

Time: 2:43 PM

Location: Natividad Road and Los Coches

On July 5th at approximately 3am, Adrian Garcia, 27, was riding his bicycle through the crosswalk at Natividad Road and Los Coches Avenue when he was struck by a car and killed. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene. The investigation by Salinas PD traffic investigators has found that the car involved in this fatal hit and run collsion is a 2010 or newer white Ford Mustang. Investigators are asking for the public's help. If anyone knows of a 2010 or newer white Ford Mustang that was damaged on or near July 5th, or if anyone has any other information about this tragic incident, please call Officer Lek Livingston at (831) 758-7980 or Sergeant Gerry Ross at (831) 758-7975.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder Shooting

Release Date/Time: 7/27/2014 12:20 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder Shooting

Report #: 14-071242

Date: Saturday, 7/26/2014

Time: 8:31 PM

Location: Atlantic Street and Cari Court

The two teenaged victims were driving southbound in a car on Atlantic St behind a light colored sedan. The sedan stopped in the roadway in front of the victims' vehicle and a male passenger exited the car with a handgun. He fired at them several times and rounds struck their car. The suspect then got back into the sedan, which fled onto Garner Avenue. One of the victims received minor injuries from flying glass caused by the gunfire.

Release Authorized by: James Godwin

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 7/24/2014 11:58 PM

Incident:Att. Murder

Report #: 14071177

Date: Thursday, 7/24/2014

Time: 9:09 PM

Location: 1300 block Las Cruces Ct

The victim was standing in his driveway when he observed a male in dark clothing standing across the street. The male pulled a gun from his waistband and began firing at the victim from across the street before running N/B to a dark colored SUV. Rounds struck the victims house and vehicle, however no one was injured. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 7/24/2014 11:58 PM

Incident:Att. Murder

Report #: 14071177

Date: Thursday, 7/24/2014

Time: 9:09 PM

Location: 1300 block Las Cruces Ct

The victim was standing in his driveway when he observed a male in dark clothing standing across the street. The male pulled a gun from his waistband and began firing at the victim from across the street before running N/B to a dark colored SUV. Rounds struck the victims house and vehicle, however no one was injured. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Release Date/Time: 7/23/2014 2:03 PM

Incident: Shooting

Report #:

Date: Monday, 7/21/2014

Time: 11:40 AM

Location: 1800 Blk. Cherokee Dr

On July 21st at 11:40 am Salinas Police responded to the 1800 block of Cherokee Dr.  regarding a victim of a shooting.  When officers arrived on scene they contacted a male victim (34) who was suffering from a single gunshot wound to his lower body.  Investigations revealed that during an argument and altercation between the victim and the suspect, a handgun was brandished and the victim was shot.  The victim in this case has been uncooperative and was treated and released from the hospital.   On July 22nd the shooter from the previous day's incident voluntarily came to the Salinas Police Department to provide a statement.  At this time the investigation is ongoing and we are in consultation with the District Attorney's Office to determine the appropriate charges.

Release Authorized by: Commander Vincent Maiorana

Telephone: (831) 758-7350

Salinas Police Department Annual Award Ceremony

Release Date/Time: 7/23/2014 1:47 PM

Incident:Salinas Police Department Annual Award Ceremony

Date: Wednesday, 7/23/2014

Time: 1:47 PM

Location: City Hall Rotunda  200 Lincoln Ave.

On July 23, 2014 at 3:00pm the Salinas Police Department will hold its annual award ceremony in the Salinas City Hall Rotunda at 200 Lincoln Avenue.  Several officers will be honored for their efforts during 2013.

Release Authorized by: Crd. Dave Shaw

Telephone: 831-758-7271

Search Warrant

Release Date/Time: 7/21/2014 6:29 PM

Incident: Search Warrant

Report #: 14-070880

Date: Friday, 7/18/2014

Time: 9:49 AM

Location: 200 Block of Central Avenue

On July 8th, Salinas Police Officers arrested Branden Morrison (32) for possession of illegal narcotics and possession of a loaded firearm. Salinas Police Department case investigation led to obtaining a signed search warrant for Morrison's apartment and Monterey County STING Task Force helped in serving the warrant on July 18th.  During the execution of the search warrant, a subject who resided with Morrison, Ricky Dinola (31), was seen leaving the apartment and was stopped and detained by STING agents. Dinola was found to be on Parole/Probation Release Community Supervision (PRCS) and had an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest. When STING agents entered the apartment to serve the search warrant, they found Morrison in his bedroom, a Michael Walraven (31) in the spare room, and Sierra Papageorgas (21) in the bathroom. It appeared that Pappageorgas was flushing or destroying evidence while in the bathroom. Papageorgas was searched by a female officer and she was found in possession of a small amount of heroin.

During the search of Morrison's bedroom, officers found methamphetamine packaged for sale, a digital scale, narcotics related indicia, .22 caliber ammunition, and a large amount of US currency. The quantity of methamphetamine and the packaging was consistent of illegal narcotics sales. Walraven who has been contacted and arrested several times over the past several months for narcotics sales and illegal weapons possession, was out on bail. A search of his back pack revealed a large quantity of heroin packaged for sales and a small amount of methamphetamine. Officers searched the room belonging to Dinola and found a loaded 9mm semi-auto handgun, a high capacity round magazine (not loaded), and some .38 special ammunition. A records check on the handgun showed that it was not properly registered. He was also in possession of small amount of concentrated THC (butane honey oil).

All the above subjects were transported, booked, and lodged at the Monterey County Jail for multiple narcotic related and weapon charges.

Release Authorized by: Eulalio Villegas Jr.

Telephone: (831) 758-7250