Press Releases

Vehicle v. Pedestrian Collision

Release Date/Time: 2/4/2014 10:18 PM
Incident: Vehicle v. Pedestrian Collision
Report #: 14-020185
Date: Tuesday, 2/4/2014
Time: 7:14 PM
Location: East Laurel Drive east of St. Edwards Drive

Officers were dispatched to the above location regarding a vehicle v. pedestrian collision. The pedestrian, a Hispanic female adult, in her 20's, tried to cross the eastbound lanes of East Laurel Drive.  She stepped directly into the path of an eastbound passenger car.  The impact forced her into the windshield and was she thrown at least 25 feet.  The driver of the vehicle was very cooperative and did not appear to be not under the influence.  The pedestrian sustained major head trauma.  She was flown to a bay area hospital and is listed in very critical condition.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill
Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder Shooting - Gang Related

Release Date/Time: 2/4/2014 10:28 PM
Incident: Attempted Murder Shooting - Gang Related
Report #: 14-020184
Date: Tuesday, 2/4/2014
Time: 6:47 PM
Location: 500 block of Sunrise Street

A 21 year old victim was standing in front of his residence with friends when an unknown suspect shot at him three times.  The victim was not struck by gunfire but his house was hit twice and a vehicle in the driveway was hit once. This incident is being investigated as gang related.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill
Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Unexploded Ordinance

Unexploded military ordinance has been located at a residence in South Salinas.  It is unknown if the ordinance is live at this time. The Monterey County Bomb Squad is on-scene with the Salinas Police Department and will attempt to detonate the item in place within the backyard.  The subsequent detonation may result in a potentially loud report in the South Salinas area.

**UPDATE** The detonation is completed without damage or injury.

Arrest of Third Suspect from Alisal High School Incident

Release Date/Time: 1/27/2014 11:45 AM

Incident: Arrest of Third Suspect from Alisal High School Incident

Report #: 14-011109

Date: Saturday, 1/25/2014

Time: 8:30 pm

Location: 1000-block of Montana St.

On Friday, 1/24/14, three non-students went onto the campus at Alisal High School and started a fight with a student as well as school officials.  Two of the suspects, Juan Ortega (18) and a 16 year old, were arrested that day.  The third suspect fled the scene, but was later identified by officers.  On Saturday, 1/25/14, officers were dispatched to an unrelated call in the 1000-block of Montana St.  While there, they noticed the third suspect at the scene.  Justo Rivas, 19, was taken into custody and booked into the Monterey County Jail for several charges including battery against a school official, conspiracy, trespassing, and gang enhacements.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Battery on School Official, Gang Enhancements

Release Date/Time: 1/24/2014 9:59 PM

Incident: Battery on School Official, Gang Enhancements

Report #: 14-011109

Date: Friday, 1/24/2014

Time: 2:56 PM

Location: 777 Williams Rd.--Alisal High School

Juan Carlos Ortega, 18, Jesus Perez Rivas, 19 and a 16 year-old Hispanic male, who are gang members and not students at AHS, went to the school to pick a fight. They were confronted at the front by a school supervisor, but told him they were picking up some things from their art class. When they got inside the school grounds they went to the first person they saw that looked like a gang member, who happened to be an 18 year-old student. Once that fight had been broken up, Ortega, Rivas and the 16 year-old suspect, began yelling gang slogans. This caused another fight with another 16 year-old student, which was eventually broken up by school officials. During the fight, 2 school supervisors and an Assistant Principal received minor injuries. Ortega is on full gang terms and he was lodged for 676.8(a) PC, fighting on school grounds, 243.2(a) PC, battery on school official and several others. The 16 year-old juvenile suspect is also on full gang terms and was lodged at Juvenile hall for the above charges and several others. Jesus Rivas fled before officers arrived and is wanted on charges of fighting on school grounds, gang enhancments and violation of his probation. A booking photo of Rivas is attached.

Release Authorized by: Mike Groves, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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Burglary Arrest

Release Date/Time: 1/23/2014 12:22 AM
Incident: Burglary Arrest
Report #: 14-010977
Date: Wednesday, 1/22/2014
Time: 5:18 PM
Location: 575 North Sanborn Road - Walgreen's

Yesterday, Officer Gibson investigated two vehicle burglaries that occurred in the parking lot of the business.  Today, he and Officer Ruben Sanchez observed Manuel Alarcon, 54, riding his bicycle in the area of the 500 block of North Sanborn Road.  Alarcon resembled the suspect and upon contact resisted the officers efforts to arrest him.  A methamphetamine smoking pipe was located and he was identified by the victim as the burglary suspect.  Alarcon was booked into Monterey County Jail.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill
Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 1/23/2014 12:26 AM
Incident: Armed Robbery - Business
Report #: 14-011027
Date: Wednesday, 1/22/2014
Time: 8:03 PM
Location: 497 East Alisal Street - Corner Market

The suspect, a white male, 5-9, thin build, black jacket, black mask, entered the business and jumped the counter. He pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money. The suspect fled the business on foot toward Roosevelt. As the suspect was running away one gunshot was fired.  No one was injured.  An unknown amount of money was taken.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill
Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 1/23/2014 12:29 AM
Incident: Armed Robbery - Business
Report #: 14-011026
Date: Wednesday, 1/22/2014
Time: 7:41 PM
Location: 524 East Laurel Drive - Little Cesar's Pizza

The suspect, a unknown race male, 6-0, thin build dressed in dark clothing entered the business with a silver handgun and pointed it at the employees.  The suspect demanded money from the registers.  An unknown amount of money was obtained and the suspect was last scene fleeing on foot toward Granada Avenue.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill
Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 1/21/2014 10:53 PM
Incident: Armed Robbery - Business
Report #: 14-010978
Date: Tuesday, 1/21/2014
Time: 9:20 PM
Location: 640 East Laurel Drive - Winchell's Donuts

The suspect, a black male, 6-0, thin build wearing a black sweatshirt, blue mask, blue jeans with black gloves entered the business and demanded money from the employee while holding a black revolver. He obtained an unknown amount of money.  The suspect was last seen on foot toward Natividad Road.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill
Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery - Business - Kidnapping

Release Date/Time: 1/21/2014 10:40 PM
Incident: Armed Robbery - Business - Kidnapping
Report #: 14-010965
Date: Tuesday, 1/21/2014
Time: 6:26 PM
Location: 238 Abbott Street - La Pulguita

The employee closed the business and was in his car to leave the parking lot. The suspect, a Hispanic male adult, 5-9/190, black hat, black leather jacket and blue jeans ordered the victim out of his car and back into the business. The suspect, who was holding a large butcher knife, placed the knife in the victim's back and on his neck. While the suspect was struggling to open the cash register the victim ran to a nearby business to call 911. The suspect may be associated with a white 4 door sedan driven by a Hispanic female adult with a child in the back seat. No money was taken.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill
Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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