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ID of victim of fatal collision

Release Date/Time: 1/26/2016 3:40 PM

Incident: ID of victim of fatal collision

Report #: 16-011137

Date: Tuesday, 1/26/2016

Time: 3:29 PM

Location: 222 Lincoln Ave

On January 21st a 44-year-old male was driving recklessly on North Sanborn Road when he struck another vehicle causing moderate damage. The man then appeared to be fleeing the scene of the collision westbound on the Laurel Extension at a very high rate of speed when he lost control of the vehicle. He drove off of the road and struck a retaining wall at Natividad Medical Center where he died from injuries from the collision. The driver has been identified as Armando Vega Vasquez of Salinas.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Vehicle Pedestrian Collision - Fatality

Release Date/Time: 1/26/2016 12:55 AM

Incident: Vehicle Pedestrian Fatality

Report #: 16-011333

Date: Monday, 1/25/2016

Time: 9:17 PM

Location: 1500 block of North Main Street

A 39 year old male was traveling northbound in the 1500 block of North Main Street in his passenger car when an unidentified, approximately 50 year old White Female Adult pedestrian attempted to cross eastbound across the lanes in front of him.  She was not in a crosswalk.  The male was unable to avoid colliding with the pedestrian.  As a result, she was launched approximately 35 feet off of the front windshield.  The driver immediately stopped.  Alcohol does not appear to have been involved.  The pedestrian appeared deceased at the scene.  Salinas Fire and AMR (American Medical Response) worked diligently to try and revive her.  She was transported to Natividad Medical Center.  The pedestrian had suffered significant internal and external trauma.  She was pronounced deceased shortly after midnight. 

Release Authorized by: Commander Dave Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Robbery/ Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Release Date/Time: 1/22/2016 12:16 AM

Incident: Attempted Robbery/ Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Report #: 16-01 1134

Date: Friday, 1/22/2016

Time: 6:18 PM

Location: P.L. Northridge Mall

A man and a woman were seated in their vehicle in the parking lot along the east side of Northridge Mall. A male armed with a handgun approached the passenger side of the vehicle. The suspect pointed the handgun at the male in the passenger seat and motioned with his hand for him to exit the vehicle. When the victim did not comply the suspect pulled the trigger but the weapon did not fire. The victims were able back out and drive out of harm's way.

Working with Mall security officers believed they located the suspect and a high-risk car stop was conducted in the Mall parking lot. The 17-year-old suspect was positively identified and was in possession of the firearm. He was booked into Juvenile Hall.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department at 758-7321 or the anonymous tip-line at 775-4222.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

DUI Fatality

Release Date/Time: 1/21/2016 11:39 PM

Incident: DUI Fatality

Report #: 16-011136 & 37

Date: Thursday, 1/21/2016

Time: 7:16 PM

Location: Constitution & Laurel

An adult male age 44 years was driving recklessly as the solo occupant south on N. Sanborn Rd. near Oregon St. when he struck another vehicle causing moderate damage. The suspect drove away from this collision ending up westbound on the Laurel Extension. Witnesses on Laurel estimated the suspect's speed in excess of 90-mph while he approached the intersection of Constitution Blvd. The suspect began to enter the right turn lane for northbound Constitution Blvd., as a result of his excessive speed he lost control and continued diagonally through the intersection striking several raised concrete medians. The suspect vehicle left the roadway and proceeded up the grass embankment striking a large retaining wall and sign for Natividad Medical Center. The driver was not wearing a seatbelt and police are investigating weather alcohol played a part in the collision. The driver was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Release Authorized by: Sergeant John Lynn

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Possession of Narcotics for sales, Felony vehicle pursuit, Assault with a deadly weapon against a peace officer

Release Date/Time: 1/21/2016 3:30 PM

Incident: Possession of Narcotics for sales, Felony vehicle pursuit, Assault with a deadly weapon against a peace officer

Date: Wednesday, 1/20/2016

Time: 3:41 PM

Location: 2200 Block N. Main St

Officers were conducting survielance on an apartment suspected of narcotics sales with potential gang involvement.  Two occupants exited the apartment and got into a SUV  and  a investigative traffic stop was attempted.  The vehicle immediately sped off when as the traffic stop was initiated and a pursuit ensued. The pursuit started on San Juan Grade to Boronda and North on Main St. heading into the county on Harrison Rd reaching speeds of 80mph.  One of the pursuing officers attempted a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) on Ralph Lane near HWY 101, but the SUV was able to maneuver out of it and then rammed into the side of the patrol car causing moderate damage (the officer was not injured). The SUV continued North on 101 reaching speeds over 100 mph.  The SUV exited the Crazy Horse overpass and rolled over on the overpass as it attempted to turn. The driver was Jesus Gamboa(30) and passenger was Chancy Montgomery(28). They were taken into custody without incident, and were also uninjured. During the pursuit a witness saw a bag thrown out of the vehicle. Located in the bag and the vehicle was a combination of narcotics (illegal and prescription).  Both were later lodged for narcotics charges and Gamboa for ADW on a peace officer.   After the pursuit, officers responded back to the apartment complex as Rene Brooks(33), Luis Fuentes(33), and another  30yr old female exited the apartment. They were taken into custody. Brooks and Fuentes were eventually booked on outstanding felony warrants, while the other female was released.  Due to the signifigant criminal histories of several persons associated to the apartment and the possibility of additional suspects on site, SPD SWAT was utilized to make entry into the apartment in order to serve a search warrant related to the incident where additional evidence of narcotics sales was located. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7350

Update on Homicide

On January 16, 2016, at approximately 9:12 pm, Ryan Christopher Contreras (age 23) was shot as he walked along the sidewalk in the 1000 block of Atlantic St. Contreras had left his residence less than 5 minutes prior to the shooting. He was struck multiple times and succumbed to his injuries at Natividad Medical Center.  The motive for the shooting is still unknown at this time.

Salinas Police Detectives are asking anyone with information to contact 831-758-7226 or Detective Roman at 831-758-7913. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME, or text information to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 1/17/2016 2:47 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 16-010881

Date: Saturday, 1/16/2016

Time: 9:10 PM

Location: 1000 Block Atlantic Street

On January 16, 2016, at approximately 9:10 pm, officers responded to the 1000 block of Atlantic St. for a victim of shooting. Upon arrival they found a 23 year old man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Medical attention was provided by arriving officers and medical personnel. The male was transported to Natividad Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased about an hour later.

The male, who lives in the area, appears to have been walking on the sidewalk when he was approached by unknown persons. Several shots were fired and the victim was struck. Although there were several people in the area, no witnesses have come forward at this time. The motive for the shooting is unknown. We are withholding the name of the victim until the family has time to notify other members of their family. If anyone has information regarding this homicide, they are asked to contact Detective Roman at (831) 758-7913. 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: Christopher Lane

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Structure Fire/ Burn Victim

Release Date/Time: 1/14/2016 10:55 PM

Incident: Structure Fire/ Burn Victim

Report #: 16 - 01 0779

Date: Thursday, 1/14/2016

Time: 6:23 PM

Location: 100 Block of Riker Street

Officers responded to a structure fire and burn victim on the 100 block of Riker Street. A 49-year-old male was working on a generator to the rear of the residence when gasoline vapors ignited causing a fire. Fire damage was limited to a small area to the exterior of the home, however, the male suffered burns to his face and arms. He was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening wounds.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Burglary, Conspiracy, Resisting Arrest

Release Date/Time: 1/12/2016 6:11 PM

Incident: Burglary, Conspiracy, Resisting Arrest

Report #: 16 01 0659

Date: Tuesday, 1/12/2016

Time: 2:17 PM

Location: 13000 Block of Jackson Street

Thanks to the involvement of a concerned community member three suspects were caught and arrested in the commission of a residential burglary.

The anonymous community member called the Salinas Police and reported seeing three male adults donning masks and sneaking up to a residence on the 13000 block of Jackson Street. Officers responded and were able to surround the home while the suspects were still inside. One of the suspects came out of the home and jumped the back fence where officers were waiting. When he did not heed commands and attempted to escape he was tased. While officers were taking the first suspect into custody a second suspect ran out of the home and began jumping fences in the area of nearby Santa Rita School with officers in pursuit. The school had already been locked down. During the foot pursuit, and while being challenged at gunpoint, the suspect pulled what was later determined to be an airsoft pistol from his clothes and tossed the weapon. The suspect was tased, and a K-9 was deployed when he continued to resist, and he was taken into custody. The last suspect changed clothes inside the residence, attempted to casually walk out and play off his role; he was identified as the third suspect and was taken into custody. Daniel Contreras (22), Jesus Nieto (23), were treated for minor injuries and booked into Monterey County Jail for burglary, conspiracy, and resisting arrest. Miguel Nieto (19), was booked into County Jail for burglary, conspiracy, and resisting arrest. All stolen property was recovered.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Man with replica gun on MST bus.

Release Date/Time: 1/12/2016 4:24 PM

Incident: Man with replica gun on MST bus.

Report #: 16-010650

Date: Tuesday, 1/12/2016

Time: 1:45 PM

Location: South Main and Avenue A

Officers received a report of a male urinating in front of kids near Clay Liquors Market. We received an additional call that the male reportedly had two guns. An officer on South Main Street was flagged down by an MST driver who reported a man with a gun on the bus; same suspect as the Clay Liquors call. Additional Officers arrived, secured the area, and locked down Salinas High. All of the passengers were safely directed off the bus and secured. The suspect, Vicente Vistal, 59, was uncooperative and once he came off of the bus he was apprehended by a K-9 Officer and his K-9 partner 'Avi”. Vistal sustained minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital. He was in possession of a replica firearm and was booked into Monterey County Jail for probation violation and resisting arrest.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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