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Possession Of Methamphetamine For Sale, False Documents 114 PC

Release Date/Time: 7/9/2016 4:23 PM

Incident: Possession Of Methamphetamine For Sale, False Documents 114 PC

Report #: 16-070437

Date: Saturday, 7/9/2016

Time: 12:50 AM

Location: 1100 Block of Parkside Street

Directed enforcement officers went to the 1100 block of  Parkside Street to attempt contact with Jose Perez (33).  A Salinas Police officer had arrested Perez in May of 2016 for possession of methamphetamine for sales. Perez failed to appear for his court date and had an arrest warrant was in the system. Officers found Perez at the apartment complex and was taken into custody without incident. Approximately 1 oz. of methamphetamine, new identification with a false name and $850.00 was located inside of his vehicle. Perez was lodged at MCSO.

Release Authorized by: George Lauricella

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 7/8/2016 11:08 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 16 07 0422

Date: Friday, 7/8/2016

Time: 20:23 PM

Location: 200 Block of Soledad St

Officers responded to shots fired on the 200 block of Soledad Street and located a 23-year-old victim. The male had been shot one time in the buttocks and was laying in an apartment complex carport. The victim could not provide any information on what occurred. Officers located multiple expended bullet casings in the street. A Burgundy Honda was seen speeding away from 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

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 7/4/2016 1:04 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder

Report #: 16 06 0144

Date: Monday, 7/4/2016

Time: 10:53 PM

Location: Bridge Street/ E. Lake Street

An officer observed a vehicle pulling out onto E. Rossi Street from Chinatown and watch the vehicle overshoot and strike the curb. The officer stopped the vehicle and discovered the 24-year-old male driver was the victim of a shooting that occurred in the area of Bridge St. and E. Lake Street in Chinatown. The victim suffered one non-life threatening gunshot wound to the leg. He was transported to a local hospital.

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: 7/2/2016 5:36 PM

Incident: Attempted murder shooting

Report #: 16-070079

Date: Saturday, 7/2/2016

Time: 11:58 AM

Location: 800 Blk Capistrano

Officer responded to the report of a shooting victim in the 800 block of Capistrano Dr. When they arrived, officers learned the victim had already left the scene. A short time later, the 16-year-old male victim arrived at a local hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the head. The investigation led officers to believe the shooting stemmed from a disturbance at a nearby residence on the 100 block of W. Acacia St.

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". For media inquiries, please contact Commander Stan Cooper at (831) 758-7350.

Release Authorized by: James Godwin

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Prostitution Sting

Officers conducted a prostitution sting in the area of E. Market Street and Kern Street. Two officers went undercover while enforcement officers were directed to conduct enforcement stops and arrest the subjects. Augustine Santos (35), Patricia Gaurigue (55), Sharon Campbell (21) and Wenona Lee (41) were arrested during the operation. Two of the suspects arrested were in possession of controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. One of the subjects had an arrest warrant for possession of controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. One was lodged at MCSO for the warrant and the others were cited and released.

Armed Robbery Arrests

Release Date/Time: 6/30/2016 2:40 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery Arrests

Date: Thursday, 6/30/2016

Time: 2:38 PM

Location:

On June 29, 2016, the Seaside Police investigated an armed robbery that had occurred at the Econo Lodge in their city. After ROPE was activated, Marina officers found the vehicle on Imjin Parkway and, with the assistance of the CSUMB Police, conducted a traffic stop. They eventually took Enrique Quinonez, 24, of Salinas and Anthony Sanchez-Contreras, 31, of Prunedale into custody for the robbery.

Knowing the City of Salinas had experienced a recent rash of armed robberies, Detectives with the Peninsula Regional Violence and Narcotics Team contacted Salinas Police Detectives. Based on the information gathered during the investigation, it was determined Quinonez and Sanchez-Contreras committed a series of robberies in Salinas over the last week. The duo will be charged with the following robberies:

June 25th:

Armed Robbery--11:32 pm—The Express Mart, 836 N. Main St.

Attempted Armed Robbery--12:50 am—The Quik Stop, 339 Williams Rd.

June 26th:

Armed Robbery—10:31 pm—the Shop & Save, 2143 N. Main St.

Armed Robbery—10:46 pm—The Quik Stop, 339 Williams Rd.

Armed Robbery—10:51 pm—The Cork n Bottle, 1298 N. Main St.

The Salinas Police Department Investigations Bureau is still gathering evidence and more charges could be forthcoming.

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 6/25/2016 12:25 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder

Report #: 16 06 1251

Date: Friday, 6/24/2016

Time: 11:30 PM

Location: 500 block of Inca Way

A 21-year-old male was shot at as he walked toward his home on the 500 block of Inca Way.  A gold Honda sedan pulled up across the street and at least one male climbed out of the back seat and fired at the victim striking his home multiple times. One round penetrated the house where his family members were located. The suspect vehicle fled the area in an unknown direction.

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

Gang member in possession of a firearm.

Release Date/Time: 6/24/2016 11:27 PM

Incident: Gang member in possession of a firearm.

Report #: 16 06 1248

Date: Friday, 6/24/2016

Time: 8:57 PM

Location: 900 Block of Acosta Plaza

Officers attempted to speak with a group of five teenagers in the area of the 900 block of the Acosta Plaza. Upon seeing the officers one of them grabbed his waistband and took off running. The officers chased the 17-year-old male throughout the complex, and as the officers rounded a corner the suspect pulled a loaded 9mm semi-auto pistol from his waistband. The suspect tossed the weapon onto the roof of a shed, and gave up when challenged at gunpoint. The weapon was loaded with one in the chamber, and had been stolen in Salinas. The male also had a misdemeanor truancy warrant for his arrest. He was booked into Juvenile Hall.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr.John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Salinas PAL Junior Giants Opening Day Ceremony

Release Date/Time: 6/23/2016 5:55 PM

Incident:Salinas PAL Junior Giants Opening Day Ceremony 

Date: Thursday, 6/23/2016

Time: 5:55 PM

Location: 1655 El Dorado Drive (El Dorado Park)

Release Authorized by: Officer Angel Gonzalez

Telephone: 831-970-7874

 

Salinas PAL Junior Giants Opening Day Ceremonies

Record number of participants

 

The Salinas Police Activities League announced that they will be holding their opening day celebration for the 23rd season of Junior Giants Baseball on Saturday June 25th

Supporting the PAL organization, Mayor Joe Gunter and Deputy Police Chief Dave Shaw will participate in the first pitch faceoff slated for 9:00 am. (Media photo-op available) Come see who throws the best pitch as they simultaneously throw out the honorary first pitch. 

Over 1000 participants are signed up this year, and are to be in attendance of the opening day celebration that is to take place at El Dorado Park.  'We are extremely thankful for the major donation made by Mann Packing of Salinas. For the fifth year in a row, they have provided new baseball gloves for distribution to the children in the program. We are also grateful to the many volunteers who help with the league”, said Salinas Police Officer and Executive Director of PAL, Officer Angel Gonzalez.  

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 6/18/2016 8:45 PM

Incident: Homicide

Date: Saturday, 6/18/2016

Time: 10:12 AM

Location: 700 Block of Elkington Ave

Officers responded to the 700 block of Elkington Avenue for a report of a shooting victim.  They located Jorge Tinoco Matias, age 20, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  Medical care was provided and he was transported to Natividad Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries. 

There were no witnesses to the shooting and there is very limited information on the incident.  This is being investigated as gang related and is the 16th homicide of the year. 

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone who may have seen the shooting occur or may have seen a vehicle fleeing the area, contact Detective Schwener at (831) 758-7276 or Detective Murphy at (831) 758-7322. 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: Sgt. Brian Johnson, Investigations

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

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Question of the Day

What can I do if I see a car parked in my neighborhood which I think may be abandoned?

The City of Salinas has people specifically designated to handle abandoned vehicles and long-term parking problems. These problems are generally handled on a complaint basis. The abandoned vehicle office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. The phone number, day or night, is (831) 758-7316.

The following information will help you determine whether or not a vehicle has been abandoned or is a long-term parking problem:

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