Press Releases

Homicide/Attempted Homicide

On February 16, 2016, at approximately 8:08 PM, officers responded to the 600 blk of Mae Ave. on the report of several people shot. When officers arrived they found three victims near the driveway of the address, all suffering from gunshot wounds. One 18-year-old male victim had a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his upper body; he was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Another 18-year-old male suffered a more severe gunshot wound to his upper body; he was transported to Natividad Medical Center for treatment. He was later transported by medical helicopter to a Bay Area hospital for further treatment. His wounds are considered life threatening and he is in critical condition. The third victim, a 16-year-old male, suffered multiple gunshot wounds. He was treated by officers and medical personnel but he was pronounced deceased at the scene.

When officers arrived on scene, there were approximately 75-100 people on the street. Very few witnesses have come forward with any information. What information we did receive was that the victims were seated in a vehicle stopped in front of a residence when the suspect vehicle pulled up next to them. It is unknown if anything was said between the occupants of either vehicle before one or two suspects began firing at the victims. The description of the suspect vehicle varied from a dark colored, full size SUV to a white, full-sized pickup truck. The vehicle fled northbound on Mae Ave. toward Del Monte Ave.

All three victims have had gang contacts with the Salinas Police Department in the past. This is the 5th homicide in the City of Salinas this year and is being investigated as gang related. Anyone with information related to the crime or who may have been a witness is encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department Investigations Division at (831) 758-7226; Detective Gansen at (831) 758-7137 or [email protected]; or Detective Gonzalez at (831) 758-7127. 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".

 

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 2/17/2016 12:13 AM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Report #: 16 02 0807

Date: Wednesday, 2/17/2016

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: McDonalds 1365 N. Main St

The McDonalds on N. Main Street was robbed by a man with a gun at 6:00 PM. There were approximately 30 customers in the business at the time. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male adult, light complexed, wearing blue jeans, white tennis shoes, and a dark gray sweatshirt pulled up over his face. The suspect was armed with an unknown type handgun and fled on foot with the cash from the register toward the rear parking lot. 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

Shooting - Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 2/16/2016 12:47 AM

Incident: Shooting - Attempted Murder

Report #: 16 02 - 0753

Date: Tuesday, 2/16/2016

Time: 9:49 PM

Location: Baldwin St. / W. Laurel Drive

A 36-year-old woman was shot while in a vehicle near the intersection of Baldwin Street and W. Laurel Drive. The victim had been warming up her car on the 1000 block of Baldwin Street and noticed a silver SUV drive by. A short time later she departed in her vehicle and stopped at the intersection of Baldwin and W. Laurel Drive where she heard gunshots and was shot from the passenger side of her vehicle. The victim quickly drove out of the area to make her escape before returning home. Family transported her to the hospital where she is being treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound to her upper back and shoulder. The victim described the suspect as an 18- 20-year-old Hispanic male adult, medium complexion, 5'7”, 140 lbs., wearing a black beanie and cut off shorts. The suspect may have fled the area in a silver SUV. A home on the 100 block of W. Laurel Drive was struck by a bullet from the shooting; there were no injuries at the home.

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

ATT Pebble Beach DUI patrols

Release Date/Time: 2/9/2016 10:14 AM

Incident: ATT Pebble Beach DUI patrols

Report #: N/A

Date: Tuesday, 2/9/2016

Time: 10:11 AM

Location: Salinas and Monterey Peninsula

The AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am – Drive Straight

The ATT Pebble Beach National Pro-Am is coming to the Monterey Bay this weekend. Large crowds will be staying throughout Monterey County enjoying the beautiful Central Coast. But along with the golf tournament comes a lot of socializing throughout the weekend that will include drinking alcohol. So if you plan on drinking this weekend, don't drive. Get a designated driver.

The Salinas Police Department and other agencies on the Monterey Peninsula will deploy additional officers on special DUI saturation patrols specifically to stop and arrest drivers showing signs of alcohol or drug impairment. If you plan on drinking this weekend, please make plans ahead of time that will prevent you from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking. Driving impaired could result in injury or death for you or others on the road. 'Everyone knows how dangerous it is to drink and drive, but a lot of people think, ‘It won't happen to me,'” said Sergeant Gerry Ross 'Don't take that chance. By making the wrong choice you could cause death or a lifetime of suffering.”

If you plan to drink, leave your keys at home. Designate a sober driver, whether it's a friend, relative, taxi, ride share or public transportation.

These operations are funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who reminds everyone to be alert and ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911' if you see a dangerous driver call immediately!

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Burglary/Homicide

The deceased burglary suspect in the below mentioned case from 2/5/16 has been identified as Antonio Ramirez (20) of Salinas.  An autopsy confirmed that Ramirez died as a result of a struggle with the homeowner, who had interrupted a burglary being committed by Ramirez and an unidentified accomplice.  The investigation continues.

If anyone has information regarding this case, they are asked to contact Detective Schwener at (831) 758-7276, or Detective Roman at (831) 758-7913.  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".

**Original Press Release**

Release Date/Time: 2/5/2016 4:09 AM

Incident: Burglary/ Homicide

Date: Thursday, 2/4/2016

Time: 6:58 PM

Location: 1900 Block of Cabernet Wy

A 45 year old homeowner and his three children arrived home just prior to 7PM.  Upon entering the home they were confronted by two males who were in the process of burglarizing the home.  The males then physically attacked the victim and the fight spilled to just outside the front door.  While one of the subjects fled on foot to a small car parked nearby, the other continued to fight the victim attempting to strangle him.  The victim fought back in an effort to protect himself and the children and at some point during the fight, the suspect went limp, allowing the victim to retreat to back into then home and call 911.  The suspect on scene was unresponsive when officers arrived and CPR was initiated.  He was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced deceased; the cause of death is pending autopsy results.  After consultation with the Monterey County District Attorneys Office this case is currently being investigated as a case of potential self-defense and the homeowner was not taken into custody.  The name of the deceased is pending a positive identification and notice to next of kin.  We are currently investigating this case as a homicide as a death occurred during the commission of a felony crime. 

If anyone has information regarding this case, they are asked to contact Detective Schwener at (831) 758-7276, or Detective Roman at (831) 758-7913.  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: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7350

 

 

Man with a gun.

Release Date/Time: 2/7/2016 12:05 AM

Incident: Man with a gun.

Report #: 16-02 0313

Date: Sunday, 2/7/2016

Time: 10:28 PM

Location: 500 Block of E. Alisal St.

Officers responded to the 500 block of E. Alisal Street to a report of one subject chasing another in an area parking lot. A red Ford pickup was described as possibly involved. Officers drove into the area and observed Francisco Sanchez (44), standing in the open driver side door manipulating something at waist level. The officers made contact with Sanchez as he was walking away from the vehicle. He consented to a search of the vehicle, which revealed a .45 caliber semi-auto handgun and loaded magazine concealed under a pillow on the driver seat. 

 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

Burglary/ Homicide

Release Date/Time: 2/5/2016 4:09 AM

Incident: Burglary/ Homicide

Date: Thursday, 2/4/2016

Time: 6:58 PM

Location: 1900 Block of Cabernet Wy

A 45 year old homeowner and his three children arrived home just prior to 7PM.  Upon entering the home they were confronted by two males who were in the process of burglarizing the home.  The males then physically attacked the victim and the fight spilled to just outside the front door.  While one of the subjects fled on foot to a small car parked nearby, the other continued to fight the victim attempting to strangle him.  The victim fought back in an effort to protect himself and the children and at some point during the fight, the suspect went limp, allowing the victim to retreat to back into then home and call 911.  The suspect on scene was unresponsive when officers arrived and CPR was initiated.  He was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced deceased; the cause of death is pending autopsy results.  After consultation with the Monterey County District Attorneys Office this case is currently being investigated as a case of potential self-defense and the homeowner was not taken into custody.  The name of the deceased is pending a positive identification and notice to next of kin.  We are currently investigating this case as a homicide as a death occurred during the commission of a felony crime. 

If anyone has information regarding this homicide, they are asked to contact Detective Schwener at (831) 758-7276, or Detective Roman at (831) 758-7913.  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: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7350

Super Bowl extra patrols

Release Date/Time: 2/4/2016 3:06 PM

Incident: Super Bowl extra patrols

Report #: N/A

Date: Thursday, 2/4/2016

Time: 3:09 PM

Location: Monterey and San Benito Counties

Game Plan for Super Bowl 50: Are You Drinking or Are You Driving? This is NOT the Time for an Option Play

The Super Bowl is America's most watched national sporting event. On Super Bowl 50 Sunday, February 7, there will be lots of game day socializing that may include drinking. That's why the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the California Office of Traffic Safety and law enforcement officials statewide are urging football fans to call the play now: drinking OR driving. If you plan on drinking on Super Bowl Sunday, designate a sober driver to get you home safely.

Police Departments throughout Monterey and San Benito Counties will deploy additional officers on special DUI saturation patrol specifically to stop and arrest drivers showing signs of alcohol or drug impairment during and following the game. NHTSA's Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk campaign encourages people to make plans ahead of time that will prevent them from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking.

Driving impaired could result in injury or death for you or others on the road. According to 2014 data, 9,967 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in the United States – 31 percent of all vehicle crash fatalities in the nation, with crashes spiking on the weekends. California's 2014 data reveals that 882 individuals were killed in DUI crashes. A driver is legally considered alcohol-impaired with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. The use of drugs and other factors can lead to arrest or crashes at much lower alcohol levels. This February 7, don't become a tragic Super Bowl stat – Fans Don't Let fans Drive Drunk.

'People should not be dying and suffering injuries from drunk drivers,” said Sergeant Gerry Ross 'With a little planning it can all be prevented. Remember; it's a choice. Drink or drive. Don't do both.”

Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. Everyone should be mindful that if you're taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects. For those who plan to drink, leave your keys at home. Designate a sober driver, whether it's a friend, relative, taxi, ride share or public transportation.

The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched last year, the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to 'Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a 'List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their life saving role. They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb – all from one screen.

For those who plan to drive, refrain from any alcohol. Instead, enjoy the game with food and non-alcoholic drinks. Being a sober, designated driver is a key role on Super Bowl Sunday. You might just save a life. If you're hosting a Super Bowl 50 party, designate a responsible driver before the game begins. One way to thank your designated driver is by tweeting us their name during Super Bowl 50, which will appear on NHTSA's Wall of Fame. If you're the designated driver, be sure to tweet us your name during Super Bowl 50, and make NHTSA's Wall of Fame! These operations are funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who reminds everyone to be alert and ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911' if you see a dangerous driver call immediately!

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide

On February 3, 2016, at approximately 10:00 pm, Edgar Navarro, age 28, was standing in front of the Wash N' Dry Laundromat, located at 341 Williams Rd.  He was approached by an unknown Hispanic male, wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and dark pants. The suspect had walked from Grandhaven St., in a northerly direction, through the parking lot to Navarro's location. Without saying anything, the suspect raised a firearm and began shooting at Navarro. Navarro was struck several times and was gravely injured. The suspect fled back onto Grandhaven St. and ran westbound. It is unknown whether the suspect got into a vehicle or continued running to make his escape. Officers and medical personnel attempted first aid but Navarro was pronounced deceased at the scene.  

 

Navarro was a resident of Salinas and lived in the area of the shooting. Navarro was a documented gang member but had not had any contact with the Salinas Police Department for almost a year. He was known to hang out in the area of the laundromat and convenience store next door, on a regular basis. The motive for the shooting is unknown but it does appear to be gang related. This is the third homicide in Salinas this year.

 

If anyone has information regarding this homicide, they are asked to contact Detective Craig at (831) 758-7929 or Detective Murphy at (831) 758-7322. 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".

2016 Spring Session of the Salinas Police Community Academy

The Salinas Police Department will present a Community Academy from March 10th through May 26th, 2016. The Community Academy will run from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM each Thursday night for 12 consecutive weeks, with the final class to be held on May 26th, 2016.

Community Academy participants will have the opportunity to go on a ride-along with a patrol officer, observe what the Salinas Police SWAT team does, learn all about our Crime Scene Investigations Unit, participate in scenarios, watch a demonstration of the K9 program, learn about the hiring process of police officers and much more.

To attend the Community Academy obtain an application and submit it to the Salinas Police Department, Community Services Unit by Thursday, February 25th 2016. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, live or work in Salinas or invovled in a community-based organization that provides services to Salinas residents. Applicants must not be on probation or parole or have any recent felonies on their record.

Class size is limited to 25 - 30 students; so prospective applicants should not wait to submit their application. Applications may be obtained by sending an email request for a Community Academy application to [email protected] Applications can be returned by filling them out on your computer and returning them via email or by printing them out and returning the hard copy to Sergeant Heath Johnson/Community Services Unit, 222 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas, CA, 93901. Applications may also be picked up and turned in at the Salinas Police Department front desk.

If you have questions, feel free to email or call Sergeant Heath Johnson at 831-758-7247.

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