In January 2016, the Salinas Police Department released a request asking for help in finding missing person, Paulino Guzman III (see below). At the time of the release, it was strongly believed that Guzman had been murdered while attending a party in an apartment in the 2200 Block of N. Main St. Over the course the last year, Detectives have been tenaciously following up on information, and conducting numerous interviews and searches that ultimately led to the issuance of a $2.2 million dollar arrest warrant, charging one-count of homicide, for Tai Cruz (23) of Salinas. Cruz was located at his place of employment in Monterey on Friday evening (1/13/17) and arrested without incident. He was later booked into Monterey County Jail.
A press conference on this case will take place at the Salinas Police Department's Chief's Conference Room at 3PM today. All members of the press are invited, however, it is not open to the general public.
****Original Press Release from January 20, 2016****
The Salinas Police Department is asking for help locating a missing person with suspicious circumstances. Family members of Paulino Guzman III came to the Salinas Police Department to report him missing. It appears the last time Guzman was seen or heard from was on December 12, 2015. At the time, he was in good spirits with no known plans to leave town. Guzman is an 18-year-old Hispanic male, 5'10” tall and weighing approximately 180 lbs. He has the letters 'es” tattooed near his left eye and Aztec numerals tattooed near his right eye.
Anyone who may have seen or heard from Guzman, or may have information on his whereabouts, is asked to contact Detective Sivertson at 831-758-7132 or the Investigations Division at 831-758-7226. 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". A photograph of Guzman is available to media outlets upon request.