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Robbery Resulting from Gold Bar Scam

Release Date/Time: 6/17/2016 11:13 PM

Incident: Robbery Resulting from Gold Bar Scam

Report #: 16-060892

Date: Friday, 6/17/2016

Time: 5:09 PM

Location: Northridge Mall

A female adult victim was shopping at JC Penney when she was approached by an elderly male (Suspect #1).  They were engaged in miscellaneous conversation when they were approached by a second male who appeared to be in his 50s (Suspect #2).  The two men then began to talk, and the first suspect revealed he was selling a gold bar because his wife was in the hospital.  Suspect #2 said he would buy the supposed gold bar for $25,000, but the victim said she was not interested.  Suspect #2 told the victim to go to her bank with him in order to retrieve money.  He said he had a gun and threatened her, however, none was seen.  Fearing Suspect #2 did in fact have a gun, the victim walked with him to her bank at the mall and withdrew her savings.  They then walked back together to the food court, where Suspect #1 was waiting.  The victim then left the area and called police.  Suspect #1 was described as a Hispanic male, about 70 years old, 5 ft. tall with a thin build and gray hair.  Suspect #2, was also a Hispanic male, about 50 years old, 5 ft. 4 in. tall with a heavy build and black hair.  They were believed to get into a black Volvo driven by a third suspect.  

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Suspicous Activity

Release Date/Time: 6/16/2016 4:30 PM

Incident: Suspicous Activity

Date: Thursday, 6/16/2016

Time: 4:28 PM

Location:

Beginning in April and continuing into the month of May, the Salinas Police Department has received a series of calls regarding suspicious activity. There have been six different instances of a male attempting to lure teenagers into his vehicle. The incidents have occurred in the area of El Sausal Middle School and La Paz Middle School. The incidents have occurred on school days, in the early morning hours between 8:00 am and 12:45 pm.

The incidents occurred while the teenage, female victims were walking to or near the two middle schools. There have two constants in the way the victims have been approached. The suspect has driven past the victim, pulled his car over, and gets out of the car. He has asked the victims directions and tried to lure them into his vehicle. In the other incidents, the suspect has driven up next to the victims and, as he stays seated in the car, asks or threatens the victims to get in his car. In each case the victim has rejected the suspect's advances and he has driven away.

The suspect has been described as a white male or light skinned Hispanic, from his late 20's to 35 years of age. Further description has varied from being clean shaven to having a full beard and having a medium build. The most consistent description has been of the suspect vehicle; a light or faded, teal to green, 4 door sedan, possibly a Nissan. In one instance, the vehicle was described only as a red truck.

The Patrol Division and the Investigations Bureau have been conducted surveillance in marked, as well as, undercover vehicles in the affected areas. While several males have been contacted, no suspects have been identified. The Patrol Division has also been in weekly contact with the schools and provided the information to them as the incidents have occurred. The Salinas Police Department is asking anyone that has noticed suspicious activity around the area schools to contact us right away. If the situation is occurring or is an EMERGENCY, dial 911 immediately. If it is NOT an emergency situation, please call the non-emergency phone number, (831) 758-7321. 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: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Contact Minor w/ Intent to Offend, Violation Probation

Release Date/Time: 6/16/2016 2:55 PM

Incident: Contact Minor w/ Intent to Offend, Violation Probation

Report #: 16-060759

Date: Thursday, 6/16/2016

Time: 10:32 AM

Location: 400 Blk of Boeing Ave.

Salinas Police Department Investigations Bureau, in conjunction with Galt Police Department and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's CyberTip Unit served a search warrant regarding inappropriate communication between Jonathan Michael Busby (27) and a 15 yr-old female. Busby, who is a Sex Registrant and on probation, set up a account on MeetMe.com, posing as a 13-yr-old boy. He contacted the female and solicited photographs from her. It appears she may have sent some photographs to him over the Internet and Busby asked for more. The report eventually reached the Salinas Police Department Investigations Bureau and a search warrant was authored for Busby's residence. Busby was found at his home sleeping and he was taken into custody without incident. Electronics were seized and turned over to the Computer Forensic Unit. Busby was lodged for 288.3 PC, Contacting a Minor with the Intent to Offend and 1203.2(a) PC, Probation Violation.

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Possession / Possession for Sales of Meth., Felon in Possession of Firearm

Release Date/Time: 6/16/2016 10:35 AM

Incident: Possession / Possession for Sales of Meth., Felon in Possession of Firearm, etc..

Report #: 16-060779

Date: Wednesday, 6/15/2016

Time: 7:35 PM

Location: 400 Blk. of Riker Street

A traffic stop was conducted on a vehicle that had no license plates. The car was being driven by Raul Damien Tapia, age 38. Officers could smell the odor of marijuana inside the car and a small, clear plastic container containing narcotics was on the center console and in plain view. The vehicle was searched and 3 ounces of methamphetamine was located. Tapia had over $3000 in cash in his pocket. Based on this seizure, a search warrant was written and served at Tapia's home. During the search, officers located a rifle, a shotgun, a replica pistol that had real gun components installed, 6 grams of base cocaine and 44 grams of methamphetamine. Tapia was booked into Monterey County Jail on numerous felony charges including Possession of Narcotics, Possession of Narcotics with Intent to Sell and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.  

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

How to exchange info at collision scene

Release Date/Time: 6/9/2016 8:08 AM

Incident: How to exchange info at collision scene

Report #: N/A

Date: Thursday, 6/9/2016

Time: 8:09 AM

Location: 222 Lincoln Ave.

How to exchange information at the scene of a traffic collision.

Due to staffing concerns, many police departments (including the Salinas Police Department) will not be available to respond to non-injury traffic collisions where no crime has been committed. If you are involved in a non-injury traffic collision, it may be necessary to do an exchange of information. Below are instructions on how to properly do so.

Call for a police officer to respond if:

• You suspect the other driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

• There is an injury.

• The other driver does not have a driver's license or insurance.

• The other driver flees the scene.

• The other driver is not willing to exchange information.

• You feel that you are in danger.

If the other driver is not under the influence and has a driver's license and insurance, you should exchange information. Information you should obtain:

• The other driver's name, address, phone number, and driver's license number. (Make sure you read this off of the driver's license and compare the picture on the license to the person with whom you are speaking)

• Write down the other driver's insurance information to include the company name and the policy number. • Get a vehicle description of all involved vehicles to include; License plate number, Make, Model, and color. You can get this information from the vehicle registration.

• If you have a camera or a camera on your phone, take pictures of all involved vehicles. Pictures should include an overall shot of the car, a picture of the license plate, and pictures of all damage to each vehicle.

• Get name, phone number, and a statement from any uninvolved witnesses.

Instead of writing down the other driver's information, it might be easier to take photos of all of this information including driver's license, insurance card, etc. Call your insurance company and give them this information and explain what happened.

If your insurance company wants a police report, you can later make a traffic report online or make a desk report at the Police Department. For a desk report, come to the Salinas Police Department at 222 Lincoln Avenue. The desk officer will give you the form and instruct you on what to do. Advise your insurance company of the report number. To file a report online, go to salinaspd.com and click on the button that says 'make a report.” Follow the directions from there and add all of the information you collected at the scene. Advise your insurance company of the report number.

It often is not necessary or required by your insurance company to have a police report to file a claim for a non-injury collision.  

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Law Enforcement Torch Run

At 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2016, members of the Salinas Police Department along with members of Monterey County Probation, Parole, District Attorney's Office, Correctional Training Facility-Soledad and California Highway Patrol are slated to participate in the annual Special Olympics Torch Run.

The aim is to increase awareness nationally and raise funds for the Special Olympics movement. The Salinas Police Department and local partnering law enforcement agencies will carry the Special Olympics Torch from City Hall (200 Lincoln Ave.) throughout Oldtown Salinas and finish in front of Gino's Restaurant at 1410 S. Main Street.  The torch will then make its way through the Monterey Peninsula as it is carried by the Monterey County Sheriff's Department, California Highway Patrol, Seaside Police Department, CSUMB Police Department and Marina Police Department. 

Vehicle v. Pedestrian - Hit and Run

Release Date/Time: 6/11/2016 9:14 PM

Incident: Vehicle v. Pedestrian - Hit and Run

Report #: 16-060535

Date: Friday, 6/10/2016

Time: 9:05 PM

Location: Bardin Road and Williams Road

On Friday, June 10, 2016 at approximately 9:05 PM Salinas Police Officer's responded to a hit and run collision involving a gray van and a pedestrian.  Upon arrival officers located a 61-year-old victim in the middle of the intersection.  He had sustained several broken bones and sustained serious head trauma as a result of being struck by the front of the van.  Witnesses directed officers to the last known location of the suspect vehicle.  Another witness positioned his vehicle near the victim to protect him from oncoming traffic.  Officers located the suspect vehicle and the driver, Felipe Franco, 45, in the 1500 block of Del Monte Avenue.  He displayed objective symptoms of alcoholic intoxication.  Franco was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and felony hit and run.  He was booked into the Monterey County Jail.  The pedestrian is currently in ICU where he is listed as stable but critical condition. 

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Assault w/ a Deadly Weapon

Release Date/Time: 5/24/2016 9:19 PM

Incident: Assault w/ a Deadly Weapon

Report #: 16-051266

Date: Tuesday, 5/24/2016

Time: 1:13 PM

Location: 2300 blk. N. Main

An SPD community service's officer working parking control responded to a citizen's complaint of cars parked in a red zone. She cited a Chrysler 300 and began to drive away. The CSO saw a male walk to the car, remove the ticket and then run into the street toward her, obviously irate. She continued driving her scooter southbound so the male, Marco Suarez (22) got into his car and began to chase the officer at a high rate of speed. Suarez drove alongside the parking control scooter and started swerving into her lane as if he was trying to hit her. The officer had to take evasive action to avoid being struck. Suarez kept driving erratically but eventually turned off as they reached traffic at N. Main and Boronda Rd. A Salinas Police officer contacted Suarez and arrested him. Suarez was booked into the Monterey County Jail for felony Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

Release Authorized by: Commander S. Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Memorial Day Weekend DUI enforcement

Release Date/Time: 5/24/2016 4:25 AM

Incident: Memorial Day Weekend DUI enforcement

Report #: N/A

Date: Tuesday, 5/24/2016

Time: 4:23 AM

Location: Monterey and San Benito Counties

Memorial Day Holiday Weekend DUI Enforcement Blitz

The Avoid the 20 DUI Task Force is sending DUI officers out this holiday weekend for a DUI/driver's license checkpoint and DUI saturation patrols throughout both Monterey and San Benito Counties. Officers are targeting drunk or drugged drivers on this first holiday weekend of the summer driving season. This weekend traditionally finds travelers heading to local parks or waterways for outdoor activities, along with family and friends gathering for backyard barbeques. It's also the time for college and high school graduation celebrations.

The County's DUI Task Force kicks off Thursday night by deploying a DUI/Driver's License checkpoint in Salinas with special DUI Saturation Patrols deploying throughout Monterey and San Benito Counties starting Friday. More local DUI saturation patrols will be out throughout the weekend in both counties. The California Highway Patrol is deploying all available officers Memorial Day weekend onto freeways and county roads as part of their Maximum Enforcement Period.

Law enforcement is asking for everyone's support this holiday weekend and all summer long:

• Plan ahead. Arrange rides home for your friends, family, co-workers and yourself before the drinking begins. Call a taxi or get a ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb.

• Those hosting activities should limit drinks to your guests or patrons. Don't serve more than one or two over several hours.

• Cut back on the amount of drinks you plan to bring to the gathering – and provide plenty of food. • If you see dangerous driving, Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1!

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 impairment effects.

In addition to the Memorial Day DUI crackdown, law enforcement nationwide is looking to stop and ticket those who have failed to buckle up or secure young passengers. Remember Click It or Ticket!

Funding for the Avoid DUI Task Force is a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Avoid Task Force will deploy checkpoints and DUI patrols next during the Independence Day Holiday and for the summer August/Labor Day DUI Mobilization.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Warrants & Firearm

Release Date/Time: 5/21/2016 7:06 PM

Incident: Warrants & Firearm

Report #: 16-051104

Date: Saturday, 5/21/2016

Time: 10:26 AM

Location: 3 Bridge St.

Officers working gang enforcement rolled up on eight men next to a Mercedes in Chinatown. One of them tossed a loaded .22 caliber semi-automatic handgun. Two of them were arrested for warrants; Mariano Steeples (26), for parole violation, and Terrel Hill (31), for traffic violations. Fingerprints and DNA testing pending on the 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

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