Press Releases

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 4/1/2016 11:44 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Report #: 16 03 0060

Date: Friday, 4/1/2016

Time: 10:00 PM

Location: 600 Block of E. Laurel Dr.

Two men robbed a liquor store at gunpoint on the 600 block of E. Laurel Drive. Both suspects were wearing dark clothing and masks, and were armed with handguns. There were customers in the store at the time of the robbery. The store clerk was forced to empty the registers and at one point the suspect struck the clerk.

The suspects fled the business with an undisclosed amount of cash. They were last seen headed toward Natividad Road in an SUV.

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

National Distracted Driving Month

Release Date/Time: 3/30/2016 1:44 PM

Incident: National Distracted Driving Month

Report #: N/A

Date: Wednesday, 3/30/2016

Time: 12:43 AM

Location: Salinas

Distracted driving is such an important safety issue that April is recognized as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. In California, Police, Sheriff and CHP officials are joining the Office of Traffic Safety, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), as well as law enforcement throughout the country, working together to focus on education as well as enforcement. The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness about the dangers of distracted driving in an attempt to change behavior and save lives, not just in April but also year-round.

The Salinas Police Department will join statewide enforcement campaigns on April 7th and 20th, 'zero tolerance days,” when all agencies will be especially vigilant for distracted drivers. Although the purpose of the campaign is not to write as many citations as possible, sometimes citations are necessary for drivers to understand the importance of focusing on their driving.

Distracted driving continues to be a problem, especially as the use of Smartphones increase. Although such crashes are often difficult to prove, California had at least 84 fatal distracted driving collisions in 2013, 85 in 2014 and 67 in 2015, with the actual number of cases likely higher. The number of injury collisions for the same three-year period shows an increase: 10,078 in 2013; 10,463 in 2014, and 11,023 in 2015. NHTSA data for 2014 show nationwide, 3,179 people died in distracted driving collisions, which is 10 per cent of all crash fatalities. An additional 431,000 people, or 18 per cent, were injured in motor vehicle collisions involving distracted drivers. 'As we rely on our cell phones more and more in our everyday lives, we seem to be kidding ourselves in thinking that they don't affect our driving,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. 'Crashes are up. The scientific evidence is solid. The dangers are real, and they apply to all of us. We need to silence the distractions.”

The problem of distracted driving is significant, and no surprise to drivers day in and day out. The Department Of Transportation notes that at any given moment, during daylight hours, more than 660,000 vehicles are being driven by someone using a hand-held cellphone. NHTSA will conduct a television campaign in April with the message 'U Drive. U Text. U Pay.” OTS will produce public service announcements and conduct a social media campaign urging drivers to 'Silence the Distraction.”

WHAT IS DISTRACTED DRIVING? Distracted driving is any activity that could divert a person's attention away from the primary task of driving. All distractions endanger driver, passenger, and bystander safety. These types of distractions include:

• Texting

• Using a cellphone or smartphone

• Eating and drinking

• Talking to passengers

• Grooming

• Reading, including maps

• Using a navigation system

• Watching a video

• Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

But, because text messaging requires visual, manual, and cognitive attention from the driver, it is by far the most alarming distraction. The California Office of Traffic Safety, Police, Sheriff and the CHP reminds everyone that best way to end distracted driving is to educate all Americans about the danger it poses.

The Salinas Police Department will also be hiring extra officers on grant funded overtime to supplement the patrol officers already on the street focusing on Distracted Driving. 'We feel it is very important to stress the dangers of distracted driving to the drivers in Salinas,” said Sergeant Gerry Ross. 'Please turn you cell phone off before driving so you won't be tempted to answer.” This overtime enforcement is funded 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

Attempted Murder-Shooting

Release Date/Time: 3/28/2016 8:01 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder-Shooting

Report #: 16-031382

Date: Monday, 3/28/2016

Time: 5:10 PM

Location: E. Market / 1st St

A 32-year old Hispanic male was walking on E. Market toward Williams Rd when he sustained multiple gunshots to his lower extremities. The injuries appear to be non-life threatening. He ran around the corner and the suspect vehicle fled. Nothing was said before the shots and the attack appears to be unprovoked. The suspect vehicle is described as a white, late model SUV. The case is being investigated as gang related.

Release Authorized by: Commander Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Stabbing

Release Date/Time: 3/26/2016 11:52 PM

Incident: Stabbing

Report #: 16 03 1294

Date: Saturday, 3/26/2016

Time: 8:06 PM

Location: Soledad St.

A 47-year-old homeless man was stabbed in Chinatown. The man was walking to his tent on Soledad Street when he became involved in an argument with another male. They exchanged words, their dispute became physical, and the suspect stabbed the man one time resulting in a small laceration. The suspect fled the area, and the victim would provide no information. Despite a number of people on Soledad Street, there were no witnesses willing to discuss what had occurred, however, an anonymous 911 caller described the suspect as a HMA, approximately 19 years old, wearing a dark clothing.

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. Ped Fatality, Hit & Run

Release Date/Time: 3/26/2016 9:22 AM

Incident: Vehicle vs. Ped Fatality, Hit & Run

Report #: 16-031271

Date: Saturday, 3/26/2016

Time: 4:27 AM

Location: E. Market Street / King Street

Officers responded to E. Market Street & Kings Street on a report of a vehicle vs. pedestrian traffic collision. The suspect vehicle was described as a small white pick-up truck, possibly a Toyota leaving the scene. On arrival, Officers found a 65-year old male in the roadway. He was unconscious and had no pulse. Emergencey medical personnel arrived on scene and pronounced the victim deceased at the scene. It appears the victim was crossing E. Market Street (northbound) when he was struck. It is unknown at this point if alcohol or drugs were a factor. The Monterey County Coroner was notified and an autopsy and toxicology screening will be conducted. Salinas Police Department asks anyone with information to contact the Watch Commander at 831-758-7250 or leave a message on the anonymous tip line.

Release Authorized by: Commander Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide

On March 20, 2016, at approximately 3:50 am, Monterey County Communications received a 911 call regarding a victim of a shooting at a residence in the 1100 block of Ranchero Dr.  The caller, who was not at the scene, said the shooting had occurred about 30 minutes prior to calling in but reported the male was dead in the living room of the residence.  Officers arrived, looked through a living room window and saw a male on the living room floor.  Officers forced entry into the residence and found 21-year-old Ruben Estrada suffering from gunshots wounds.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The investigation has revealed there was a party at the residence during the evening, into the early morning hours.  For unknown reasons there obviously was some type of altercation, ending in the shooting of Estrada.  There was no call to 911 when the actual shooting occurred and, although there were several people at the party, no one was at the residence when officers arrived. 

Estrada is not a known gang member with the Salinas Police Department and the motive for this Murder is unknown.  This is the 8th homicide in Salinas this year.

If anyone has information regarding this homicide, they are asked to contact Detective Gansen at (831) 758-7137 or by email at [email protected]; or Detective Sivertson at (831) 758-7132. 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".

 

Shooting

Release Date/Time: 3/19/2016 2:50 AM

Incident:  Shooting

Date: Saturday, 3/19/2016

Time: 12:43 AM

Location:  1300 Block of N. Sanborn Rd.

An adult male was driving in the area of N. Sanborn and Del Monte.  A vehicle began following him and the occupant shot at the victim multiple times in the 1300 block on N. Sanborn Rd.  The victim was transported to a local hospital with, what appear to be, non-life threatening injuries.

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:  Sgt. Danny Warner

Telephone:  831-758-7250

Brandishing / Carrying a Concealed Firearm

Release Date/Time: 3/19/2016 1:15 AM

Incident: Brandishing / Carrying a Concealed Firearm

Report #: 16 03 0926

Date: Friday, 3/18/2016

Time: 9:32 PM

Location: 200 Block of Main Street

David Camel (44), was arrested for brandishing a firearm in the 200 block of Main Street.

Officers responded to a report of a man brandishing a firearm in front of an event taking place in Old Town. A citizen reported that David Camel lifted his shirt and exposed a pistol tucked in his waistband in order to threaten him and another group of men. The citizen provided a good description and Officers quickly located Camel in the immediate area. Despite being challenged at gunpoint by the officers, Camel hid behind a car, did not heed commands, and bobbed and weaved in and out of sight in an aggressive and threatening manner. 'This was a tense and volatile set of circumstances in a dark street. The officers acted on their training and kept this from being much worse.” – Cmdr. John Murray

Camel disappeared from view and when he stepped out from behind the vehicle he challenged officers, and continued to disregard their commands. Officers deployed their Tasers to no immediate effect, and had to physically take him into custody.

A loaded .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol was located under the vehicle Camel used as cover to evade officers. Camel was booked into County Jail for brandishing, resisting arrest, felon in possession of a firearm, and other charges related to carrying a concealed firearm. A second subject, Devin Camel (26), was arrested nearby and booked on warrants.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Battery with Significant Injuries.

Release Date/Time: 3/16/2016 11:58 PM

Incident: Battery with Significant Injuries

Report #: 16 03 0792

Date: Wednesday, 3/16/2016

Time: 10:37 PM

Location: 1923 Natividad Rd

Two men suffering significant injuries and were transported to a local hospital following a fight on Wednesday evening.

Officers responded to a report of a fight in the parking lot of a business located on the 1900 block of Natividad Road. The officers arrived on scene to find a 26-year-old male, semi-conscious, with significant injuries, laying in the parking lot.  The victim was transported to an area hospital and was admitted with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

A second victim who appeared to have been involved in the fight, a 19-year-old male, was located near Klamath Drive and Calaveras Drive. The second victim was also transported to an area hospital where he was treated for significant injuries consistent with a fight.

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: John Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

UPDATE--Double Homicide

On March 13, 2016, at approximately 11:15 pm, officers responded to the 1000 blk of Ramona Ave. on the report of a shooting. The shooting incident resulted in the deaths of Luis Cardiel San Pablo (age 21) and, his brother, Adair Cardiel San Pablo (age 18). Luis and Adair were seated in their vehicle when a dark colored SUV pulled up and fired multiple gunshots into the vehicle. The dark colored SUV was last seen fleeing the scene southbound on Ramona Ave. toward Pacheco St. Both victims were struck several times. Luis was pronounced deceased at the scene while Adair was taken to Natividad Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased shortly after arrival.

This double homicide is being investigated as gang related. It is the 6th and 7th homicides in Salinas this year. If anyone has information regarding these murders, they are asked to contact Detective McKinley at (831) 758-7145 or Detective Sivertson at (831) 758-7124. 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".

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