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Homicide Arrest

After nearly 3 months of exhaustive investigation, the Salinas Police Department, in conjunction with the Monterey County District Attorney's Office, have charged Fabian Alvarado (18), of Salinas, with the May 8, 2016 homicide that occurred in the 300 block of Block Ave.  Alvarado was already in custody at the Monterey County Jail for a probation violation and is expected to be arraigned on the homicide charge later this week.  While Alvarado has been arrested on this case, it is still considered an active and on-going investigation. 

The Salinas Police Investigations Bureau is asking for anyone who might have any information regarding the shooting to contact Detective G. Gonzalez at (831) 758-7127 or the Investigations Bureau's main telephone number at 831-758-7226. 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".

ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE

Date: Sunday, 5/8/2016  Time: 10:45 PM

Location: 300 blk of Block Ave.

On May 8, 2016, at approximately 10:45 pm, several people called 911 and reported hearing about 20 shots in the area of the 300 blk of Block Ave. At the time, it was unknown if someone had been hit. While officers were enroute to the area, the call was upgraded to a victim of a shooting. When officers arrived they found a 21-year-old male suffering from multiple wounds to his torso. Officers provided CPR until medical personnel arrived and pronounced the victim deceased. The victim was working on a vehicle when an unknown gunman approached and fired several times at the victim. It is unknown if anything was said prior to the shooting.  The suspect was described as a HMA wearing a light colored sweatshirt with the hood pulled up. After the shooting, the suspect may have fled in a dark colored mid-sized SUV. It was last seen westbound on Block Ave. toward Kip Dr.

This shooting is being investigated as gang related. This is the 13th homicide in the City of Salinas this year.

The Salinas Police Investigations Bureau is asking for anyone who might have any information regarding the shooting to contact Detective G. Gonzalez at (831) 758-7127 or the Investigations Bureau's main telephone number at 831-758-7226. 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".

Rodeo Week DUI enforcement

Release Date/Time: 7/20/2016 12:34 PM

Incident: Rodeo Week DUI enforcement

Report #: N/A

Date: Wednesday, 7/20/2016

Time: 12:33 AM

Location: Salinas

The AVOID the 20 DUI Task Force will be sending out additional officers this Rodeo Weekend for DUI enforcement. The California Rodeo Salinas is the biggest event in the area year in and year out and is a source of enjoyment for hundreds of families. People come from all over to enjoy the festivities. Many of the festivities include alcohol consumption which adds to the enjoyment for many. However, some partiers make the poor decision to drive after drinking and a DUI crash is not so much fun to those who are injured or killed, not to mention the devastation it can cause to entire families.

The County's DUI Task Force kicks off Wednesday night by deploying special DUI Saturation Patrols that will continue through Sunday. 'It is very important to plan ahead,” said Sergeant Gerry Ross of Salinas PD. 'It just seems too easy to take the chance and drive home when you've been drinking and haven't worked out a plan ahead of time.”

• Plan ahead. Arrange rides home for your friends, family, co-workers and yourself before the drinking begins. Call a taxi or get a ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb.

• If you see dangerous driving, Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1!

Remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving, and when you drive drunk, you run the risk of killing yourself or someone else. You will be looking at jail time, the loss of your driver license, higher insurance rates, plus dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car or motorcycle towing and repairs, and lost wages due to time off from work. The average DUI costs about $10,000. Wouldn't you rather pay for a ride home?

Funding for the Avoid DUI Task Force is a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Avoid Task Force will deploy checkpoints and DUI patrols next during the summer August/Labor Day DUI Mobilization.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder - Shooting /Pursuit

Release Date/Time: 7/19/2016 1:07 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting /Pursuit

Report #: 16 07 0927

Date: Tuesday, 7/19/2016

Time: 5:58 PM

Location: Under 100 Block of S. Hebbron Ave.

At around 6:00 PM, officers were patrolling in the area of Alisal and Sanborn when they heard what they believed were gunshots.  One of them saw a black Kia Sportage driving recklessly out of the area and the officer believed it might have been related to the gunshots. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle and the vehicle took off at high speed.

While this was happening we began receiving calls of a shooting on S. Hebbron Avenue, and officers responded to both the shooting and the vehicle pursuit. The pursuit continued and the Kia raced onto northbound Sanborn and took Circle into the Laurel Heights neighborhood. As the Kia was in the area of St. Edwards at St. Charles the rear passenger, Martin Hoyos (19), ran from the vehicle with a .45 caliber semi-auto in his hand. Officers chased him on foot and yelled at him to drop the gun. After a short distance Hoyos tossed the gun into a driveway and continued running. He was tased and was taken into custody.

The Kia was abandoned in on the 800 block of N. Madeira Avenue and the remaining occupants fled. Officers were in the area searching when one of the officers in an unmarked vehicle saw someone coming over a fence on the 500 block of St. Albans. Additional officers came into the area and searched some thick bushes near where the man had been seen jumping the fence. Jose Rocha (21), was hiding in the bushes and was found and apprehended by a police K9.  A search was made for the third suspect but he was not found.

Approximately 15 rounds had been fired at the scene of the shooting located on the 100 block of S. Hebbron Avenue. No one was injured in the shooting, however, one home and two vehicles were struck by bullets. Miraculously, there were three people in one of the vehicles struck by multiple bullets and no one was hurt.

Based on our investigation we determined Hoyos, Rocha, and the third person in the vehicle were the suspects in the shooting and had just completed the shooting when officers came across them fleeing the scene of the crime.

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

Attempted Murder (Shooting)

Release Date/Time: 7/18/2016 5:55 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder (Shooting)

Report #: N/A

Date: Saturday, 7/16/2016

Time: 11:27 PM

Location: 600 block of Archer Street

Officers were called to a report of two victims of a shooting in the 600 blk. of Archer Street. Officers arrived and found a 38-year-old male and a 42-year-old female with multiple gunshot wounds. The victims were standing outside their vehicle when two subjects approached them and started shooting. The motive is unknonw at this time and whether this shooting is gang related. The victims were taken to a local hospital and were listed in stable condition.

Release Authorized by: Luis A. Bravo

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 7/16/2016 5:44 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 16-070804

Date: Saturday, 7/16/2016

Time: 1:13 AM

Location: Towt St. at Kentucky Ave.

Officers were called to a report of a victim of a shooting  at Towt St. and Kentucky Ave. Officers arrived and found a 29 year-old male on the sidewalk in the 200 block of Towt St. with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim said that he was on his way to work when someone started shooting at him. It is unknown if this shooting is gang related. The victim was taken to a local hospital and was listed in critical condition.

Release Authorized by: Robert Hampson III

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 7/14/2016 12:10 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 16-07

Date: Wednesday, 7/13/2016

Time: 9:23 PM

Location: 300 block of North Main Street

Officers responded to a victim of a shooting in the 300 block of North Main Street.  A 35 year old Hispanic male was found on the sidewalk with several gunshot wounds. He was transported to Natividad Medical Center were he was treated and stabilized.  He is expected to survive the injuries.  The suspect, described as a Black male adult, 5-7, wearing all black with a black hooded jacket approached the victim and shot him multiple times.  The suspect was last seen running southbound on North Main Street toward Rossi Street.  The motive at this point is unclear. 

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide/Homicide Arrest

Release Date/Time: 7/12/2016 7:22 PM

Incident: Homicide/Homicide Arrest

Report #: 16-070223

Date: Tuesday, 7/12/2016

Time: 4:00 PM

Location: Lower Soledad St.

On Tuesday, July 5th, police and medical personnel were called to the under 100 block of Soledad St. for a man down on the sidewalk. Medical personnel arrived first and found Brian Carlton Todd, age 49, unconscious. He was suffering from what appeared to be a minor head injury but it was unknown how the injury occurred. Todd was transported to Natividad Medical Center for treatment.

Officers contacted a few people in the area to include Ben Udo Mboso, age 45. He and Todd are both homeless and frequent the lower Soledad St. area. He said he had a brief verbal argument with Todd about an old debt prior to Todd falling onto the sidewalk. Mboso said he did not physically assault Todd but he (Todd) was intoxicated, a fact that was also mentioned by another, unassociated person contacted by officers that day. Because there were no witnesses to Todd falling to the ground, Mboso was released.

On July 11th, Salinas Police Department Investigations Bureau was contacted by Todd's family. We were advised Todd was in very critical condition with a serious brain injury and could possible die very soon. Detectives were assigned to the case at that time.

Unfortunately, Brian Todd was declared brain dead by medical personnel on July 12th. Detectives were able to retrieve video footage from a camera in the area of the incident. In reviewing the video, it was determined Mboso was responsible for Todd falling to the ground from an assault. Detectives, with the assistance of Patrol officers, found Mboso in a tent in the lower Soledad St. area and he was arrested without incident.

Mboso was transported to the Monterey County Jail and booked for homicide and a probation violation.

This is the 17th homicide in the city this year. It is not considered gang related and appears to be the result of dispute among acquaintances.

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Shooting / Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 7/10/2016 10:22 PM

Incident: Shooting / Attempted Murder

Report #: 16 07 0515

Date: Monday, 7/11/2016

Time: 1:09 AM

Location: 500 Block of Sunrise St.

A 28-year-old man was shot while standing in front of his home on the 500 block of Sunrise Street. The suspect fired multiple rounds and struck the man once in the abdomen. The victim was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening wounds.  A grey pickup truck, possibly a Toyota Tacoma, was seen driving out of the area.

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

Vehicle vs. Bicyclist Injury Collision

Release Date/Time: 7/10/2016 8:12 PM

Incident: Vehicle vs. Bicyclist Injury Collision

Report #: 16-070505

Date: Sunday, 7/10/2016

Time: 4:15 PM

Location: Las Casitas Dr. & Ranchero Dr.

A Honda Accord driven by a 21 year old female was traveling at approximately 20-25 mph east on Las Casitas Dr. approaching the intersection of Ranchero Dr. Suddenly, a northbound 15 year old male bicyclist attempted to cross Las Casitas from Ranchero Dr. and was broadsided by the Honda. The bicyclist, who was not wearing a bicycle helmet, rolled up onto the front hood of the Honda and his head struck the windshield. The teenaged bicyclist suffered head injuries and was transported to Natividad Medical Center. The driver of the Honda remained on scene and cooperated with the investigation which is on going.

Release Authorized by: Sergeant John Lynn

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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