Homicide Arrest

Release Date/Time: 09/03/18
Incident: Homicide Arrest
Date: Wednesday, 11/28/2018
Time: 3:50 PM
Location: 1200 Block of Polk Street

On September 3, 2018, at approximately 12:30 a.m. officers responded to a home in the 1200 block of Polk Street for a report of a gunshot victim. At the residence, officers found the victim, Daniel Martinez Jr. (37) lying on the floor, unconscious and not breathing. Officers provided CPR, but Mr. Martinez died at the scene. A dark colored car was seen leaving the area. Through investigation, detectives determined Christopher Montoya (32) shot and killed Martinez. Montoya was booked into Monterey County Jail for murder.

If you have additional information regarding this case, please contact Detective Robert Miller at (831) 758-7954 or email him at [email protected]; or Detective Pete Gomez at (831) 758-7236 or email him at [email protected] . If you would like to remain anonymous, call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Media inquiries, contact Miguel Cabrera: (831) 758-7289

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray
Telephone: (831) 758-7350

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