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Homicide

Release Date/Time: 8/27/2016 4:47 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 16-081524

Date: Friday, 8/26/2016

Time: 11:27 PM

Location: 700 Block of Garner Ave.

On August 26, 2016, at 11:27 PM, officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 700 block of Garner Ave. While officers were in route to the area, the call was upgraded to a victim of a shooting in the same area. When officers arrived, they found a 37-year-old Hispanic male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The first arriving officers provided CPR to the victim but when medical personnel arrived, they pronounced the victim deceased at the scene.

The victim had been standing outside with a friend when he went to his car, which was parked on Garner Ave., to retrieve an item. As he was retrieving the item, he was approached by at least two suspects. For unknown reasons, the two male suspects pulled out handguns and fired multiple rounds at the victim. After the shooting, the two males may have fled in a vehicle or ran eastbound on Garner Ave.

The victim, a resident of Salinas, had a very limited history with the Salinas Police Department and was not a gang member. The victim appears to have been a labor worker and the motive for the shooting is unknown. The identity of the victim is being withheld to allow his family time to notify other relatives. Although the way this shooting occurred is consistent with a gang related shooting, it is too early in the investigation to determine why the victim was killed. This is the 25th homicide in the city this year.

The Salinas Police Department's Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information regarding this shooting incident to please contact Detective Rudy Roman at (831) 758-7913; or Detective Ken Schwener at (831) 758-7276. 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: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Pedestrian Sting

Release Date/Time: 8/26/2016 9:14 AM

Incident: Pedestrian Sting

Report #: N/A

Date: Friday, 8/26/2016

Time: 8:31 AM

Location: Natividad and Sorrentini / North Main Street and Chaparral

On August 25th, between 12:30 and 5:30 PM, 6 Salinas PD officers and one Community Service Officer conducted a pedestrian sting in Salinas. The first half of the operation was done at the crosswalk located at Natividad Road and Sorrentini Drive. The second half of the operation was done at the crosswalk at North Main Street and Chaparral Street. These crosswalks were chosen because of a history of vehicle/pedestrian traffic collisions at those locations. There has been a pedestrian killed at or near those crosswalks over the last few years.

The sting consisted of a plain clothes officer walking back and forth across the street, in the crosswalk, wearing a bright orange shirt. The other officers were in uniform on marked police motorcycles or in a marked patrol car waiting in the wings. When a vehicle would violate the pedestrian's right-of-way, the uniformed officers would stop the vehicle and issue a citation. On several occasions, citizens not involved in the operation crossed the street and vehicles violated their right-of-way leading to a citation.

In all, officers made 61 traffic stops and wrote 47 citations, 9 of which were for cell phone use while driving. Three of these drivers were also cited for driving while unlicensed and another person was cited for allowing an unlicensed person to drive. One driver was arrested for an outstanding warrant. Officers could have written even more tickets but there were times that all the officers were busy writing tickets at the same time.

"Crossing the street was actually a bit frightening at times," said Sergeant Gerry Ross. "There were a few times that cars zoomed by me within three to five feet at 45 to 55 mph. Hopefully this sting operation will teach drivers to slow down and stop for pedestrians."

Funding for this program was 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

DUI Warrant Service Operation

Release Date/Time: 8/23/2016 5:15 PM

Incident: DUI Warrant Service Operation

Report #: N/A

Date: Monday, 8/22/2016

Time: 5:09 PM

Location: City of Salinas

On August 22nd between 0730 hours and 1930 hours, 4 officers attempted to serve approximately 25 arrest warrants on suspects who had been arrested for Driving Under the Influence. Five of the suspects were located, arrested and booked into jail. Officers developed information on several of the other warrants suspects and will continue to be on the lookout for them. "If a person has an arrest warrant for a DUI, they should turn themselves in and take responsibility for their actions," said Sergeant Gerry Ross of Salinas PD. "We will find them eventually and it may not be at the most opportune time."

This operation was part of the AVOID the 20 DUI Summer Campaign, which runs through September 5th. Funding for this program was 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

Fatal Vehicle Collison / Vehicular Manslaughter

Release Date/Time: 8/23/2016 4:53 PM

Incident: Fatal Vehicle Collison

Report #: 16-081260

Date: Tuesday, 8/23/2016

Time: 11:57 AM

Location: E. Laurel Dr. & St. Edwards

Officers responded to E. Laurel Dr. & St. Edwards Avenue regarding a major vehicle collision. When officers arrived on scene, it quickly became apparent that one driver was deceased. The Investigation revealed that as a 78-year-old woman pulled onto E. Laurel Dr. from St. Edwards she was broadsided by Jose Luis Aguilar (31) who was E/B on E. Laurel Dr. The impact of the collision was severe enough to cause the woman's death. Aguilar received moderate injuries to his jaw and chest. Aguilar is suspected of being under the influence marijuana and/or methamphetamine. Field Sobriety Tests were conducted at the hospital and a blood test was obtained from Aguilar. Witnesses at the scene indicted that Aguilar was driving extremely fast. This assertion was corroborated by the extensive damage to both vehicles. Agular was booked at the Monterey County Jail for vehicular manslaughter and DUI causing death. Case still under investigation.

Release Authorized by: Vincent Maiorana

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 8/22/2016 5:20 AM

Incident: Homicide

Date: Monday, 8/22/2016

Time: 12:01 AM

Location: East Lake and Bridge St.

An anonymous caller reported a gunshot on Bridge Street but gave nothing further. Officers responded to the area and located Eber Ruiz, age 27, in his vehicle suffering from a gunshot wound. He was unresponsive and was pronounced deceased at the scene. There are no witnesses and no further information on the inceident. 

This is the 24th Homicide of the year. If anyone has information regarding this homicide, they are asked to contact Detective Sivertson at (831) 758-7132 or Detective Hendrickson at (831) 758-7129. 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: Sgt. Brian Johnson, Investigations Bureau

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Robbery

Release Date/Time: 8/21/2016 12:53 AM

Incident: Robbery

Report #: 16 08 1127

Date: Sunday, 8/21/2016

Time: 8:46 PM

Location: 1200 Block of N. Main St.

A 47-year-old man was preparing to close a store on the 1200 block of N. Main Street when two hooded customers came into the store. The clerk approached them and one of the two men pulled out a silver semi-automatic handgun, and demanded the money. In addition to an undisclosed amount of money they also helped themselves to various items from the store. The suspects where in the store approximately 5 minutes and fled westbound through the parking lot. Suspect #1 was described as a white male adult, 6', thin build, 135 – 140lbs, wearing a black hoodie, black jeans, a black mask, and white gloves. Suspect #2 was described as an unknown race male, thin build, 5'11”, black hoodie, tan mask, and grey gloves.

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

Robbery

Release Date/Time: 8/20/2016 1:00 AM

Incident: Robbery

Report #: 16 08 1091

Date: Saturday, 8/20/2016

Time: 10:18 PM

Location: 800 block of Park Row

A 60-year-old woman was leaving a business on the 800 block of Park Row. As she was walking through the parking lot a vehicle sped up and the passenger jumped out. The suspect pointed a black semi-auto at the victim and demanded her money. The victim handed over her purse. The suspects fled in a white 4 door Honda type sedan. The victim could only describe the suspect as a male wearing a black hoodie, with light blue jeans and armed with a handgun.

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

Brandishing/ Fight

Release Date/Time: 8/20/2016 12:30 AM

Incident: Brandishing/ Fight

Report #: 16 08 1086

Date: Saturday, 8/20/2016

Time: 8:51 PM

Two brothers, age 13 and 16, were attending the high school Jamboree at Rabo Bank stadium. The brothers were walking behind the DMV on E. Laurel when two teenage males approached the 13-year-old from behind and grabbed him. The boy initially thought it was his friends, but when he turned around he did not recognize them. After the suspects grabbed the 13-year-old, his brother jumped in and fought with the suspects trying to defend his brother.

The 16-year-old was punched two times in the face by one suspect, described as a Hispanic male, young, light complexion, with acne and a black mustache. The suspect pulled out an airsoft type replica firearm and pointed it at the 16 year-old and they began fighting for the gun. While they were wrestling, the suspect dropped the gun. An off duty CDC officer approached and told them to stop, and the suspect ran towards E. Laurel.

The airsoft gun was recovered at the scene by the CDC officer and turned over to Salinas PD officers.  

The victims were not able to provide a description of the other suspect, other than he was young and had a light complexion. Both suspects spoke English with a Spanish accent.

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".

Location: DMV Parking lot - 260 E. Laurel Dr.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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