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Update to Hit and Run collision

Release Date/Time: 6/26/2017 1:22 PM
Incident: Update to Hit and Run collision
Report #: 17-060816
Date: Monday, 6/26/2017
Time: 1:12 PM
Location: North Davis Road and Larkin Street

On June 17, 2017, at about 1246 hours, officers responded to a man in the roadway at North Davis Road and Larkin Street. Officer found a 17-year-old boy with serious injuries from a hit and run collision. The victim was later identified as William Vasquez Hernandez, a student at North Salinas High School. Hernandez is still in the hospital in intensive care. Sergeant Ross of the Salinas Police Department is asking for help from the public. If you have any information on this incident please call Sergeant Gerry Ross at (831) 758-7975 or call the Salinas Police Anonymous Tip Line at (831) 758-7273.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross
Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Shooting

Release Date/Time: 6/24/2017 10:21 PM
Incident: Shooting
Report #: 17-061212
Date: Saturday, 6/24/2017
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: 600 block of Roosevelt St.

Two men in their mid-30's were standing in the front yard of a house on the 600 block of Roosevelt St. when two suspects walked up to the front of the house and at least one of the men fired several shots from a handgun at both victims. Both were hit. The suspects then ran to a car, possibly a newer white Toyota, and drove away. The two victims were transported to a local hospital in critical condition. Officers are still attempting to locate witnesses. This appears to be a gang related shooting..

Release Authorized by: Michael Groves, Cmdr
Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Vehicle versus pedestrian collision, Injury hit & run

Release Date/Time: 6/21/2017 12:48 PM
Incident: Vehicle versus pedestrian collision, Injury hit & run
Report #: 17-060816
Date: Saturday, 6/17/2017
Time: 12:46 AM
Location: N. Davis Rd. & Larkin St.

Officers responded to a man down in the road next to the apartment complex at North Davis Rd and Larkin Street. Officers arrived and found a Hispanic male, that they believed to be in his 20's, down on the west side of the road. The victim was suffering from serious head injuries. He was transported to Natividad Medical Center where he was listed in critical condition. The victim was crossing outside of the crosswalk toward an apartment building in the area when he was struck by a vehicle. Evidence indicates he was struck by the front of the car and thrown up onto the windshield. The victim had no identification so officers attempted to identify him by fingerprints to no avail. The vehicle that stuck the vicitm fled the scene and has not yet been located.

A 17-year-old male was reported as a runaway shortly before the collision occured. On June 20th, the parents met with police officers at NMC and positively identified the hit and run victim as their son. He is still in critical condition at NMC. The case is still under investigation. Anyone with any information is asked to call Sergeant Gerry Ross at (831) 758-7975 or call the Salinas Police Anonymous Tip Line at (831) 758-7273.

Release Authorized by: Gerard D Ross
Telephone: (831) 758-7975

Fleeing Suspect Struck & Killed in Traffic on Hwy 101 N Near Laurel

Release Date/Time: 6/15/2017 8:53 PM
Incident: Fleeing Suspect Struck & Killed in Traffic on Hwy 101 N Near Laurel
Date: Thursday, 6/15/2017
Time: 6:29 PM
Location: Highway 101 Northbound near Laurel Dr.

Release Authorized by: Spencer Critchley
Telephone: 831-998-3000

A suspect fleeing police was struck and killed while trying to run across Highway 101 near Laurel Drive this evening. Salinas police officers had been pursuing the man and a companion, who had been occupants of a vehicle the officers recognized as stolen.

Police had spotted the stolen vehicle at 6:29 p.m. in the parking lot of the nearby 99 Cent Store. It fled, heading onto 101 northbound. Shortly after, the two occupants abandoned the vehicle in the tree line and ran, with the driver attempting to cross 101 towards the west side. He was hit by a pickup truck and died at the scene.

Officers chased the passenger on foot to the 100 block of Monroe St., where he was able to elude capture.

Northbound lanes of Highway 101 are closed in the area while the California Highway Patrol and Salinas Police investigate. Lanes are expected to be re-opened later this evening.

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 6/16/2017 12:28 AM
Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting
Report #: 17-060757
Date: Thursday, 6/15/2017
Time: 7:52 PM
Location: 700 block of Josephine

Officers were dispatched to a "Shot Spotter" activation on Josephine Street.  Upon arrival officers found a vehicle with bullet holes in it in front of a residence and casings nearby. The victim saw the officers outside looking at the bullet holes in his car and collecting the casings.  The victim was sitting in his vehicle when a tan Honda occupied by four people drove up. The rear left passenger of the Honda fired 3 rounds from a handgun at the victim.  The victim, who was armed with a legally possessed firearm and while protecting himself, returned fire.   Several minutes later officers were informed that two shooting victims arrived at Natividad Medical Center for treatment.  Both of these individuals sustained non-life threatening gun shot wounds.  It is believed that they had been occupants of the tan Honda.  Both of these individuals were unwilling to cooperate with the investigation.  The original victim was unable to identify the individuals.  The investigation is continuing.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill
Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Felony Hit and Run with Injury, DUI, Driving on a Suspended License and Probation Violation

Release Date/Time: 6/15/2017 11:58 PM
Incident: Felony Hit and Run with Injury, DUI, Driving on a Suspended License and Probation Violation
Report #: 17-060755
Date: Thursday, 6/15/2017
Time: 6:46 PM
Location: Natividad Road and Alvin Drive

A 64 year old man was traveling southbound on Natividad Road when he collided with two vehicles near Alvin Drive.  As a result of the collision the suspect vehicle lost a front tire, but was still able to flee to Leslie Drive with the victims chasing him. He finally stopped his vehicle and the victims ran up, took his keys and detained him until officers arrived. One of the victims had been injured but refused medical treatment.  The man was booked into the Monterey County Jail.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill
Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Vehicle Pursuit, Fatality and Resisting Arrest

Release Date/Time: 6/15/2017 11:27 PM
Incident: Vehicle Pursuit, Fatality and Resisting Arrest
Report #: 17-060756
Date: Thursday, 6/15/2017
Time: 6:29 PM
Location: 100 block of East Laurel - Northbound US 101 north of West Laurel Drive

Salinas Police Officers observed a suspicious, occupied vehicle in front of the 99 Cent Store, 102 East Laurel Drive.  The vehicle also resembled a recently reported stolen vehicle from North Salinas.  When officers attempted to make contact, the Hispanic male suspect driver, approximately 30 years of age, drove away.  Officers initiated a vehicle pursuit that ultimately ended up going westbound on West Laurel Drive from the area of North Main Street.  The vehicle accelerated in the direction of the US 101 overcrossing at West Laurel Drive.  The suspect turned northbound onto the on ramp to US 101 at West Laurel Drive and lost control.  The suspect vehicle became disabled and stopped in the thick brush.  The suspect fled on foot through the brush toward US 101, north of West Laurel Drive.  The suspect tried to cross US 101.  He was struck and killed instantly by a mid size pickup truck traveling northbound on the freeway.  The passenger was chased to the apartment complex in the 1100 block of Monroe and was not captured.  He was described as a Hispanic male, 5-5/145.   The California Highway Patrol closed the northbound lanes of US 101 and diverted traffic.  The CHP investigated both the fatality and the original collision on the on ramp.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill
Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide Arrest

Release Date/Time: 6/15/2017 7:41 PM
Incident: Homicide Arrest
Report #: 17-060362
Date: Thursday, 6/15/2017
Time: 5:10 PM
Location: Salinas Police Department

On June 7, 2017, the homicide of Alexander Rene Durazo occurred at the Motel 6, located at 140 Kern St. in Salinas. Based on information from the Marina Police Department, Salinas Police detectives were able to develop enough evidence to arrest Seth Michael Faulkner, age 25, for Murder. Detectives arrested Faulkner at the Salinas Police Department without incident. He was transported to the Monterey County Jail and booked for First Degree Murder. Bail was set at $3.3 million.

At this time, no further information will be released. The investigation is ongoing.

The Salinas Police Department would like to thank the Marina Police Department and CSUMB Police for their assistance in this case. Salinas Police detectives are still asking for anyone with information on this homicide to contact Detective Gabby Garibay at (831) 758-7971 or email her at [email protected].

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant
Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Homicide Victim Identification

Release Date/Time: 6/14/2017 12:24 PM
Incident: Homicide Victim Identification
Report #: 17-060362
Date: Wednesday, 6/14/2017
Time: 12:10 PM
Location: 140 Kern St. , Motel 6

On June 6, 2017, at approximately 9:00 pm, a shooting occurred at the Motel 6 located at 140 Kern St. The victim was shoot several times and was pronounced deceased at Natividad Medical Center. The victim is identified as Alexander Rene Durazo, age 28. Mr. Durazo was a resident of Bakersfield, Ca.

The suspect was described as a male, dressed in a grey sweatshirt and dark pants. He was last seen running toward the drainage ditch just west of the Motel 6. It is unknown where he went from that location. The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone who may have seen the suspect, or may have information about the shooting, to contact Detective Gabby Garibay at (831) 758-7971 or email her at [email protected]. . 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.

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant
Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Special Olympics Northern California Law Enforcement Torch Run

On Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 10 am, the Salinas Police Department along with members of Monterey County Probation and Sheriff's Departments, Parole, District Attorney's Office, CTF-Soledad and CHP Officers will participate in the annual Special Olympics Torch Run. Our mission is to increase awareness and raise funds for the Special Olympics movement. The Salinas Police Department and local partnering law enforcement agencies will carry the torch from City Hall (200 Lincoln Ave.) throughout Old Town and finish in front of the Taylor Farms Building (150 Main St.) The torch will then make its way through the Monterey Peninsula as the Pacific Grove Police Department, Monterey Police Department, Airport Police Department, Seaside Police Department, C.S.U.M.B. Police Department and Marina Police Department will then carry it. There will approximately 100 runners from several law enforcement agencies participating in this event.

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