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Homicide

Release Date/Time: 10/2/2015 3:16 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 15-100056

Date: Thursday, 10/1/2015

Time: 9:56 PM

Location: North Hebbron Ave and East St.

On Thursday, October 1st at approximately 9:56 pm Officers responded to a report of a victim of a shooting near the intersection North Hebron and East St. On arrival they Cesareo Meza Ruiz (47) suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Meza-Ruiz was transported to a local hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries. Two suspects dressed in dark clothing were seen running from the area, but there is no other suspect information available at this time.

Salinas Police Detectives are looking for witnesses or anyone who may information regarding this incident. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Cameron Murphy at 831-758-7322. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can also call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222 or the We-Tip-Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Release Authorized by: James Arensdorf

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Threats to Salinas High School

Release Date/Time: 9/30/2015 6:08 PM

Incident: Threats to Salinas High School

Date: Wednesday, 9/30/2015

Time: 9:48 AM

Location: Salinas High School

Several students from Salinas High brought to the attention of school staff a "Tweet" by a 14 year old Salinas High Student that alluded to shooting up the school.  The posted threat was a photo of graffitti in one of the schools bathrooms.  When officers arrived, school administrators had the juvenile identified and held in the office.  A search of the students property and home turned up no additional evidence and he claimed to have not been responsible for the graffitti.  After an extensive investigation, and interviews of staff and students, it was determined that there was no further threat to the saftey of the school. The juvenile was later lodged on one count of Terrorist Threats at Mo Co Juvenile Hall.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Cdr.

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 9/30/2015 4:46 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery - Business

Report #: 15-091696

Date: Wednesday, 9/30/2015

Time: 2:24 PM

Location: 1212 South Main Street #101 - Shermans Apothecary Pharmacy

A citizen in the area of the pharmacy observed a Hispanic male suspect enter the business wearing a dark hooded jacket with a mask covering his face.  The initial citizen was joined by another as the suspect left the business carrying stolen controlled substance.  The citizens followed the suspect as he fled westbound on Nissan Road to the rear of the business.  An off duty law enforcement officer joined in the pursuit.  The suspect fired one round from a small caliber firearm.  The citizens and law enforcement officer rushed the suspect and held him on the ground.  Another called 911 to request law enforcement.  They were joined by a couple more citizens and an off duty federal police officer.  Salinas Police Detectives and Officers arrived on scene and took the suspect into custody, recovered the firearm and the stolen controlled substance.  The suspect's (Hispanic male, 28 years of age) identity is known but is not being released at this time.  Detectives are investigating similar robberies.  The citizens and off duty law enforcement did an outstanding job and are to be commended for their actions.  The suspect will be booked into the Monterey County Jail.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide suspect Brad "Nicholas" Azcona WANTED

WANTED----Brad "Nicholas" Azcona

The Salinas Police Department is looking for Brad 'Nicholas” Azcona for his involvement in several violent crimes in Salinas.  Azcona is the suspected shooter in the death of Ramon Herrera (44) that took place at Market Way and Soledad St. in Salinas on September 23, 2015.  Azcona is also suspected of committing an attempted armed robbery in North Salinas with a handgun on September 23, 2015 as well.  

Azcona has a lengthy arrest history in Salinas and has been involved in a number of violent crimes in Salinas related to robberies, domestic violence and assaults.   Azcona is currently on CDC Parole and is wanted by State Parole.

Azcona should be considered armed and dangerous and a person who has a history of violent tendencies.  The public is urged to not confront Azcona if he is spotted but instead immediately call 911 to report his whereabouts. 

Azcona is described as a white male 6'0" tall and weighing 215 lbs.  Azcona has a fair completion, short blond hair and blue eyes.  He may have an unshaven look and/or possibly a goatee.

The Salinas Police Department is urging those in the community who may have other related information about Azcona or the crimes he is suspected of committing to contact the Salinas Police Department Investigations Division at 831-758-7226.  Information can also be left anonymously on the crime tip line at 758-7133 or 775-4222.  

 

Release Date/Time: 9/30/2015 11:34 AM

Incident: WANTED PERSON--Brad "Nicholas" Azcona

Date: Wednesday, 9/30/2015

Time: 11:34 AM

Location:

Release Authorized by: Commander Vincent Maiorana

Telephone: 831-758-7350

UPDATE---Triple Homicide victims names released

Update:

The Salinas Police Department is released the names of the victims involved in the triple homicide that occurred last night—September 28, 2015.

Brando Lerma (22)

Brianna Gossett (20)

Bryan Hernandez (17)

This case is currently under investigation.  Anyone who may have information that may aid in this investigation is urged to contact the Salinas Police Department.

 

See below press release for reference:

Release Date/Time: 9/29/2015 3:05 AM

Incident: Triple Homicide

Report #: 15-091596

Date: Monday, 9/28/2015

Time: 9:30 PM

Location: P/L 726 Elkington Ave.

Officers were dispatched to a shots fired call with three victims at 726 Elkington Ave.  When they arrived on scene, they found two deceased victims (one male and one female) in a car in the parking lot.  A third victim was found in the lot ouside of the car.  That victim was transported to Natividad Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased shortly after arrival.  All of the victims had been shot multiple times.  

The victims in the car appeared to be in their early twenties.  The third victim was 17 years old.  The names of the victims will not be released pending notification of family.

This case is being investigated as gang related.  Two males dressed in dark clothing were seen running from the scene.  If anyone has any information, it is asked that they contact Detective Mike Rivera at 758-7971 or Detective Dale Fors at 758-7124.  Information can be left anonymously at 758-7133 or 775-4222. 

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

 

Release Date/Time: 9/29/2015 10:08 AM

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Date: Tuesday, 9/29/2015

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Triple Homicide

Release Date/Time: 9/29/2015 3:05 AM

Incident: Triple Homicide

Report #: 15-091596

Date: Monday, 9/28/2015

Time: 9:30 PM

Location: P/L 726 Elkington Ave.

Officers were dispatched to a shots fired call with three victims at 726 Elkington Ave.  When they arrived on scene, they found two deceased victims (one male and one female) in a car in the parking lot.  A third victim was found in the lot ouside of the car.  That victim was transported to Natividad Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased shortly after arrival.  All of the victims had been shot multiple times.  

The victims in the car appeared to be in their early twenties.  The third victim was 17 years old.  The names of the victims will not be released pending notification of family.

This case is being investigated as gang related.  Two males dressed in dark clothing were seen running from the scene.  If anyone has any information, it is asked that they contact Detective Mike Rivera at 758-7971 or Detective Dale Fors at 758-7124.  Information can be left anonymously at 758-7133 or 775-4222. 

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Child Abduction, Stolen Vehicle

This morning at 0540 hours, the Mother of twin 3-year old girls placed one of the daughters in her gold Honda Odyssey mini-van, started the engine to allow the vehicle to warm up and returned to the house to retrieve her other child. When she walked outside, she discovered that someone had stolen the van with her child still inside. Monterey County's Roadblock Observation Plan for Enforcement (R.O.P.E.) was immediately activated and an Amber Alert for surrounding counties was issued. Every law enforcement agency in Monterey County began assisting. The entire Salinas Police Department, including the Investigations Division was dedicated to the search and the FBI and California Department of Justice were notified. Numerous tips from the public began pouring in county-wide and each tip was acted upon.  

At approximately 0800 hours, a resident of an apartment complex in the 900 block of Heather Cir. was aware of the Amber alert, saw a similar vehicle in the complex and notified an apartment maintenance worker. The worker began driving through the complex and located the van abandoned with the child inside. Officers responded and determined the child was unharmed. She was reunited with her family and Salinas Police personnel are currently processing the van for evidence and conducting a search of the premises for the suspect as well as a door-to-door canvass for potential witnesses.  

At this point, there is no suspect information and the public is encouraged to call with any information leading to the identification of the person responsible for this crime.

The Salinas Police Department wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the citizens that called, the agencies that assisted and the media for their quick response.  

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 9/23/2015 10:08 PM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 15-091289

Date: Wednesday, 9/23/2015

Time: 6:09 PM

Location: Market Way & Bridge St.

Officers responded to a call of shots fired with a man down. Officers arrived on scene and saw people rendering aid to Ramon Herrera (44). Herrera had been shot multiple times in the upper torso. Paramedics arrived on scene and determined Herrera was deceased.  Of the numerous people that witnessed the shooting, only one person came forward with their account of what they believed took place. Three hispanic males confront a white male on Market Way. There was a verbal argument that appeared to be escalating to a fight. The white male pulled out a gun, and began firing at the victim.  After shooting the victim, the suspect ran westbound on Market Way and jumped the fence onto the train tracks.  No clear description was given of the suspect.

It is believed numerous people witnessed this homicide.  Information can be left anonymously on the crime tip line at 758-7133 or 775-4222.   Anyone with information can also contact Detective Rivera at 758-7971, Detective Gonzalez at 758-7127, or Detective Magana at 758-7129. 

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Threats to Salinas High School

Release Date/Time: 9/20/2015 7:29 PM

Incident: Threats to Salinas High School

Report #: 15-091064

Date: Saturday, 9/19/2015

Time: 4:38 PM

Location: 726 South Main Street

A student from Salinas High School posted a threat against the school on social media.  Other students saw the post and notified their parents.  The parents of the students contacted the Salinas Police Department.  Salinas High School Administrators and District Officials assisted in the investigation.  The student was contacted at his residence and taken into custody for the threats.  A search of his residence did not reveal any weapons.  The student informed officers that he had no intention of going through with the threat.  He was transported and booked at Monterey County Juvenile Hall. 

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 9/18/2015 3:27 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Date: Friday, 9/18/2015

Time: 11:40 AM

Location: 323 N Sanborn Rd-Good Neighboor Pharmacy

The suspect walked into the pharmacy wearing a grey hoodie and something covering his face. He produced a grey semi-auto and demanded narcotics from the pharmacist. He was handed an undisclosed ammount and type before he fled toward Cedar St on foot. A witness believed the suspect went into a nearby residence which was surrounded and checked but it did not appear as though the suspect did in fact go inside.  An area check was conducted but the suspect was not located. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Cdr

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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