Press Releases

Possession of A Firearm/ Drug Sales

Release Date/Time: 10/15/2016 11:56 PM

Incident: Possession of A Firearm/ Drug Sales

Report #: 1610 0821

Date: Saturday, 10/15/2016

Time: 9:29 PM

Location: Market St. / Eucalyptus Dr.

An officer made a stop for a minor traffic violation at Market and Eucalyptus Drive that led to the seizure of a gun and drugs. The driver, Fausto Arellano (20), right front passenger Michael Serrano (20), and the back seat passenger a 17-year-old, were removed from the vehicle without incident. Officers conducted a search of the vehicle and located a .40 caliber semi-auto, ammunition, and approximately 2.4 grams of cocaine and 25 grams of methamphetamine. Arellano was booked into county jail for possession of the firearm and possession of a controlled substance for sales. Serrano was on probation with gang terms and was also booked into County Jail. The juvenile was released to his mother.

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: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Arrest - Armed Robbery, Felony evading, Conspiracy, Violent Ex-Felon with a firearm

A 25-year-old woman was robbed at gun point in her hotel room.  The woman, and a friend were staying in Salinas at a hotel on De La Torre. The woman was alone in the room when someone knocked on the door. She opened the door and a man with a semi-automatic handgun ordered her into the room. She was robbed at gun point of her phone, iPad, and a ring. The suspect told her he had killed a police officer before and he would kill her if she tried to follow him out. The victim later saw the suspect in another area of town and called the police. Officers attempted a traffic stop at northbound 101 at Sala Road.  The vehicle refused to stop and a vehicle pursuit ensued. The pursuit continued all the way into and through Hollister and was passed off to CHP units. The suspect vehicle driver lost control near Casa de Fruta and the pursuit ended in a solo vehicle collision. It was later determined there were two other occupants in the vehicle with the driver of the pursued vehicle. The suspects were taken into custody without further incident and returned to Salinas. No one was injured during the collision. The suspect driver was identified as Daniel Ramos, 24, of Gilroy was booked into Monterey County Jail for felony evading, robbery and conspiracy.  Richard Sanchez, 47, of San Jose was booked into Monterey County Jail for robbery, conspiracy, being a violent ex-felon in possession of a firearm and other weapons charges.  The third occupant of the vehicle was an adult female who was later released without charges.


Release Authorized by: Dana Cornelison

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Pursuit of Marina Burglary Suspect

Release Date/Time: 10/10/2016 7:23 PM

Incident: Pursuit of Marina Burglary Suspect

Report #: 16 10 0528

Date: Monday, 10/10/2016

Time: 4:32 PM

Location: Coleridge Dr./ Star Shopping Center

Officers assisted Marina PD this morning following a vehicle pursuit and foot chase that ended on Coleridge Drive. The pursuit originated in Marina when the suspect fled the scene of a vehicle burglary in a stolen truck. Salinas Officers, Marian PD, and Sheriff's Deputies established a perimeter in the Los Olivos neighborhood and conducted a search for the suspect, however, the suspect avoided capture.

At approximately 4:30 PM, officers responded to a call on Coleridge Drive from a resident who saw a man jumping over a neighbor's fence. The man matched the description of the suspect from earlier in the day. A second call came in from resident on Dickens Drive reporting a man jumped his fence and tried take a bicycle from the yard. As officers conducted a search of the area plain clothes detectives saw a man matching the description of the suspect walking near Star Shopping Center on S. Main Street. A uniform sergeant attempted to contact the man and a foot chase ensued. The suspect ran through the shopping center and in the back door and through an open beauty salon with the officer in pursuit. He then ran into O'Reilly Automotive and toward the back of the store where the officer unsuccessfully attempted to tase him. The suspect ran out of the back door and was confronted by additional officers. One of the officers successfully tased the suspect and he was taken into custody.

Evan Smith-Sweeney (07-08-85), was identified as the suspect from the Marina PD pursuit and was turned over to Marina officers. It appears he had been hiding in the area all day. Smith-Sweeney was later booked into County Jail.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

2nd Attempt at suicide by cop.

Release Date/Time: 10/10/2016 8:45 AM

Incident: 2nd Attempt at suicide by cop.

Report #: 16 10 0473

Date: Sunday, 10/9/2016

Time: 6:55 PM

Location: East Sub Station, N. Sanborn / Del Monte

On October 8, 2016, Roberto Torres Acosta (31), approached a Salinas Police officer and attempted to provoke the officer into shooting him by taking a shooting stance and pointing a cell phone at him simulating a firearm. He was placed on a mental health hold for treatment but he was released just hours later.


On October 9, 2016 at approximately 6:55PM, a different Salinas Police officer was sitting inside his parked patrol car outside the Eastside Police Substation. Roberto Acosta approached the officer, concealed his hand behind his back and took a crouched stance. The officer challenged him at gunpoint and Acosta placed his hand inside his jacket, moving it as if manipulating something while crouching in an aggressive stance and telling the officer to shoot him. Acosta did not heed commands and suddenly drew his hand from his jacket, took a shooting stance, and presented his hands toward the officer as if pointing a firearm. Fortunately, this occurred in a well-lit area because at the last second, the officer saw that Acosta was unarmed. Acosta continued to demand that he be shot. He was taken into custody and placed under arrest. Acosta was booked into County Jail for resisting arrest. Acosta told officers and jail staff that he will continue trying until an officer kills him.

Monterey County Behavioral Health was notified of the latest arrest and a plan is being developed for a long-term solution to this issue.

Release Authorized by: Commander Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

"Creepy Clown" Cyber Bullying

Release Date/Time: 10/8/2016 2:52 PM

Incident: "Creepy Clown" Cyber Bullying

Report #: 16-100358

Date: Saturday, 10/8/2016

Time: 10:37 PM

Location: Alisal Elementary School District

A few days ago, an Instagram account was created that depicted the picture of a scary clown. The Instagram user posted threats against schools within the Alisal Elementary School District. The posts created widespread fear and caused some parents to keep their children out of school. A Salinas Police detective spent hours writing a search warrant for the IP address of the user but before the warrant was complete, school officials at an elementary school within the Alisal district learned that an 11-year old student was talking about the posts on the playground and knew the identity of the Instagram user. The suspect was identified as an 11-year old student at a different elementary school. A Salinas police officer followed up today. He obtained a confession from the suspect who said he was trying to scare students and was copying the nationwide trend that is occurring. The suspect was cited for Cyber Bullying.

Release Authorized by: Commander Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted "Suicide By Cop"

Release Date/Time: 10/8/2016 1:17 PM

Incident: Attempted Suicide by Officer

Report #: 16-100405

Date: Saturday, 10/8/2016

Time: 10:13 AM

Location: 600 block of Abbott St

A Salinas Police officer was conducting an investigation at a local business in the 600 block of Abbott St. when he was confronted by Roberto Torres Acosta (31). Acosta had his hand concealed in his jacket and as he walked toward the officer, Acosta told the officer to draw his gun. The officer was concerned that Acosta was armed so drew his gun and Acosta quickly pulled his hand out of the jacket and was holding an object. He took a shooting stance pointing his hands toward the officer but fortunately, the officer identified the object as a cell phone. Acosta ran into the roadway, constantly yelling for the officers to shoot him. He kept reaching behind him and wouldn't show his hands. Acosta continued taking a shooting stance telling officers to kill him. A supervisor that had responded also saw the cell phone so he transitioned from his firearm to his Taser. Acosta saw the Taser and decided to comply. He was arrested peacefully. Acosta said he had taken narcotics and he was trying to get the officers to kill him. A friend of Acosta showed up at the scene and told officers that he had received a call from Acosta shortly before his arrest. Acosta told him that he that he wanted to die, had called 911 and wanted police to kill him. Acosta was taken to a local hospital where it was determined that he was not under the influence of narcotics but was suffering from a mental illness. Acosta was admitted into the hospital for treatment.

Release Authorized by: Commander Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

**UPDATE** Missing Juvenile

**** UPDATE ***

Jennifer Duque returned safely home tonight and has been in contact with the Salinas Police Department.


Jennifer Duque was last seen on October 3, 2016 as she walked to Alisal High School at 7:30am.  Duque did not go to school and has not been seen or heard from since.  She was last seen wearing a black t-shirt with blue jeans when she went to school.  If seen, contact the Salinas Police Department at 831-758-7321.


The Salinas Police Department is seeking help in identifying the suspect in the photographs.  He was stopped for shoplifting and when confronted outside the store by loss prevention, he challenged them to fight.  He is now facing robbery charges.   Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Byron Gansen at 831-758-7137 or email at [email protected].


Missing Juvenile

Jennifer Duque was last seen on October 3, 2016 as she walked to Alisal High School at 7:30am.  Duque did not go to school and has not been seen or heard from since.  She was last seen wearing a black t-shirt with blue jeans when she went to school.  If seen, contact the Salinas Police Department at 831-758-7321.

Attempted Murder-Shooting

A shooting victim was brought to the Natividad Medical Center emergency room at about 4:15am this morning. The 33-year old Hispanic male victim said he was driving and stopped at the intersection of E. Alisal and Griffin St when an undescribed suspect opened fire from a grey Honda Ridgeline SUV. The victim's vehicle sustained bullet holes and the victim suffered a non-life threatening injury to his arm. He drove himself  home and was taken to the hospital by a family member. Broken glass and bullet casings were found at the scene. The motive for the shooting is not clear but investigators are not ruling out gang affiliation as a contributing factor. Anyone with information about this shooting is encouraged to call Salinas Police.


Question of the Day

My neighbors keep a rooster in their backyard. Is this legal?
No. The Salinas Municipal Code  prohibits any fowl or livestock to be kept as pets. This includes pigs, goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, etc. Roosters are especially bothersome because of the noise they create and the fact they are sometimes used for cockfights and gambling.
How many pets am I allowed to have at my house?
Salinas City residents are allowed to have four pets per household. This includes any combination, such...

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