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Shooting / Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 9/3/2016 5:09 PM

Incident: Shooting / Attempted Murder

Report #: 16 09 0119

Date: Saturday, 9/3/2016

Time: 1:56 PM

Location: 100 Block of Bardin Rd.

 An officer was in the area of Williams Road and heard approximately 10 gunshots. Calls began coming in of shots fired in the area of Bardin Road and Dennis Avenue. Three males were in the parking lot of the shopping center when they were confronted by two other males who came from a nearby Chevy Malibu. Gunfire was exchanged between the two groups. Fifteen casings were located in the parking lot and two casings were found in the street at Bardin Road and Dennis Avenue. Everyone involved fled the scene and at this point there are no report of injuries. One possible bullet strike was found on a home near Bardin and Toro Avenue. The suspect vehicle was described as possibly a dark grey Chevy Malibu, with tinted taillights, and black rims.

'It's a miracle no bystanders were hit on a busy Saturday afternoon on a holiday weekend.” – Cmdr. John C. Murray

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

DUI checkpoint

Release Date/Time: 9/2/2016 8:36 AM

Incident: DUI checkpoint

Report #: Various

Date: Thursday, 9/1/2016

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: Williams Road and Bardin Road

Fifteen Salinas Police Officers and 3 Community Service Officers conducted a DUI / Driver's License Checkpoint near the intersection of Williams Road and Barden Road in Salinas between the hours of 6pm and 1030pm. During that time period 983 vehicles went through the checkpoint and officers contacted 596 drivers. One driver was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. The 25-year-old female driver submitted to a breath test with results of .23 BAC; nearly three times the legal limit. Five other drivers were cited for driving on a suspended license and 24 drivers were cited for driving while unlicensed. Motorcycle officers working around the checkpoint wrote 17 traffic citations, mostly to drivers making illegal turns to avoid the checkpoint.

The checkpoint was part of the AVOID the 20 of Monterey and San Benito Counties. The Avoid the 20 coalition is in the midst of the Summer Campaign to fight drunk and drugged driving. The campaign will continue through midnight of Labor Day with addition DUI saturation patrols throughout both counties.

"More than anything else DUI checkpoints are designed to enhance public safety, deter impaired driving, and educate the public on the dangers of DUI," said Sergeant Gerry Ross. "Studies have shown that checkpoints reduce the number of DUI crashes and; therefore, reduce the number of people killed or injured from these crashes."

Funding for the AVOID the 20 coalition and for the Summer Campaign is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Animal Services seeking public's help to find 2 dogs stolen from animal shelter

Release Date/Time: 8/31/2016 11:41 AM

Incident: Animal Services seeking public's help to find 2 dogs stolen from animal shelter

Date: Sunday 8/28/2016

Time: 16:30

Location:144 Hitchcock Road, Salinas

On Sunday, August 28th between 4:30-5:30 pm, two dogs were stolen from the City of Salinas Animal Shelter on 144 Hitchcock Road (the 2nd shelter on Hitchcock Road).  While the Salinas Police Department is currently investigating all leads, Animal Services is seeking the public's immediate help to get these dogs returned to the shelter safely.  Anyone having information about these dogs is asked to contact the Salinas Police Department or Animal Services immediately. 

 'Cora” is a 4 month old white and black pitbull mix puppy that was up for adoption.  She was recently spayed so would have a visible surgery scar and she also has a microchip.  'Cora” is about 20 pounds and is very friendly.

 

 

'Mary Jane” is a 3 year old, female, brown brindle and white pitbull mix that was being held in the shelter's stray dog area with hopes that her owner would come reclaim her soon.  She is very friendly and about 65 pounds.

 

 

 

 

 

Release Authorized by: Cindy Burnham, Police Services Administrator/Animal Services Manager

Telephone: 831-758-7991

Summer Campaign update

Release Date/Time: 8/31/2016 9:22 AM

Incident: Summer Campaign update

Report #: N/A

Date: Wednesday, 8/31/2016

Time: 9:20 AM

Location: Monterey and San Benito Counties

The National Summer/Labor Day Anti-DUI crackdown arrest update: From 12:01 AM Friday August 19, 2016 through Midnight Tuesday August 30, 2016 officers representing 20 agencies from Monterey and San Benito Counties have arrested 104 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Last year during this same time period 94 drivers were arrested for DUI.

Tragically, there was a death attributed to a drugged driver in our area. Seventy-eight-year-old Sylvia Mullen was struck broadside by a suspect driving at an extremely high rate of speed and suspected to be under the influence of marijuana. Last year there were no alcohol or drugged related deaths during this same time period but there were 12 traffic collisions attributed to a drunk driver with 13 people suffering injuries. This year there have been only three reported traffic collisions attributed to a drunk driver with 5 people suffering injuries. (**NOTE: These numbers are only provisional with some agencies yet to report**)

For the second weekend of the National DUI Mobilization a DUI Checkpoint will be conducted in the city of Salinas on Thursday and extra DUI Saturation Patrols will be deployed throughout both counties. All regularly scheduled traffic and patrol officers will continue efforts to stop and arrest DUI drivers during their normal shifts.

Police, Sheriff and the CHP are requesting motorists to help make the community safer: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911. Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. DUI arrest data collection will continue through Labor Day midnight Monday, September 5, 2016. Avoid DUI programs, named for the number of police agencies in each county, will deploy Multiple/DUI Driver's License Checkpoints and local Roving DUI patrols region-wide during this 18-day Summer/Labor Day Campaign.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide Victims Identified

Release Date/Time: 8/30/2016 6:19 AM

Incident: Homicide Victims Identified

Date: Tuesday, 8/30/2016

Time: 6:17 AM

Location:

The victim that was killed on Friday, August 26, 2016, has been identified as Guillermo Prieto. Prieto was 37-years-old and a resident of Salinas. He was shot and killed while retrieving something from his car in the 700 block of Garner Ave.

On August 28, 2016, a homicide occurred in the 700 block of Elton Pl. The victim in that shooting has been identified as 29-year-old Jose Tacuba Cruz of Salinas. Cruz was shot and killed while in the front yard of a house, cleaning up after a child's party.

The Salinas Police Department's Investigations Bureau is asking anyone who may have information regarding either of these homicides to contact (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".

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 8/30/2016 4:05 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 16-0811681

Date: Tuesday, 8/30/2016

Time: 12:57 AM

Location: Parking Lot of 1 Bridge St.

On August 30, 2016, at approximately 12:57 am, Salinas Police received a call of a shooting victim somewhere in the under 100 block of Soledad St. When officers arrived they were unable to find a victim. Officers continued to look in the area and found a victim in the parking lot of 1 Bridge St. The victim had sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced deceased on scene.

The investigation has revealed the actual shooting may have occurred at least 15 minutes prior to the actual call to 911. There had been no calls to report any gunshots heard in the area. The victim, a 20-year-old male, was known to frequent the area and was transient. It is unknown why he was in the area where the shooting occurred and why he was targeted.

The identity of the victim is being withheld until proper notification to his family can be made. It is too early in the investigation to determine if this is a gang related shooting. The delay in contacting police and the nature of the call resulted in the area being deserted and no witnesses could be located. This is the 27th homicide of the year in Salinas and the ninth in the month of August.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone who may have information regarding this homicide or may have seen a vehicle fleeing the area, contact Detective Derek Gibson at (831) 758-7442 or Detective Jared Sivertson at (831) 758-7132. 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".

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Salinas PD Re-Institutes Violence Suppression Unit

In July of 2015 the Salinas Police Department was forced to flatten the organization due to staffing shortages.  The police department closed all units outside of patrol and investigations.  This left the department with no dedicated gang enforcement/gang investigation unit. 

The Salinas Police Department will be re-forming a small Violence Suppression Unit (VSU) to gather intelligence, coordinate and conduct counter-violence operations and to support our Detectives in their investigations.  The unit will consist of a supervisor and two officers supported by additional officers on an overtime basis, as well as by our law enforcement partners at the local, state and federal level as available.

VSU will be operational by early September.

Shooting - Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 8/29/2016 5:27 AM

Incident: Shooting - Attempted Murder

Report #: 16-081615

Date: Monday, 8/29/2016

Time: 1:09 AM

Location: Sanborn / Market

A passerby reported seeing a man walking on N. Sanborn Road bleeding from his neck. Officers located a 19 year old male walking in the 300 block of N. Sanborn Rd. The victim had been shot in upper body several times. The victim was uncooperative and would only say that he had been walking on E. Market Street when he was approached by an unknown male. A verbal confrontation ensued and the victim was shot. The victim was taken to NMC's trauma unit for treatment and his wounds were not immediately life threatening. The shooting does appear to be gang related.

Release Authorized by: Dana Cornelison

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 8/28/2016 6:10 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 16-081570

Date: Sunday, 8/28/2016

Time: 1:27 AM

Location: 700 Block of Elton Pl.

On August 28, 2016, at approximately 1:30 am, Salinas Police officers were dispatched to the 700 block of Elton Pl. on the report of a shooting victim. Officers arrived and found a 29-year-old Hispanic male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced deceased by medical personnel at the scene.

The victim had been at a child's birthday party in the area when he went to out of a residence to help clean up the front yard. He was outside for a short period of time when shots rang out. The victim was found in the front yard with no one else around. There is no description given of the suspect or suspects. A vehicle may have been heard leaving the area but it is unknown if the vehicle was actually involved in the shooting.

The victim was a resident of Salinas, worked as a laborer and had only one documented contact with the Salinas Police Department. The identity of the victim is being withheld until the family can be notified. As with the homicide on Friday night, the incident is consistent with a gang related shooting but the victim does not appear to be a gang member. This is the 26th homicide in Salinas this year.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone who may have information regarding this homicide or may have seen a vehicle fleeing the area, contact Detective Michael Rivera at (831) 758-7971 or Detective Schwener at (831) 758-7276. 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".

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Shooting/ Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 8/28/2016 2:46 AM

Incident: Shooting/ Attempted Murder

Report #: 16 08 1569

Date: Sunday, 8/28/2016

Time: 1:10 AM

Location: 1200 Block of Pacific Ave

Officers responded to the victim of a shooting on 1200 block of Pacific Ave. They found a 27-year-old male with multiple gunshot wounds to the legs and torso. The victim was conscious, breathing, and talking but uncooperative and would not provide much information about what happened. A red or burgundy Chevy Tahoe may have been involved.

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

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