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Salinas Police Enduro Program

Release Date/Time: 7/16/2019 5:05 PM
Incident: Salinas Police Enduro Program
Date: Tuesday, 7/16/2019
Time: 5:05 PM
Location: 222 Lincoln Ave

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Brian Johnson
Telephone: 831-758-7280

The Salinas Police Department is rolling out a team of police officers on Enduro Dual Purpose motorcycles this week. The initial and primary focus of the Enduro Unit is the Main Street corridor and the streets and alleys in the Chinatown neighborhood, but they can work anywhere in the city. These dual purpose motorcycles are more compact and can maneuver especially well in response to crimes where suspects flee into alleys or become quickly absorbed in crowds. Enduro Officers were selected from among existing Salinas detectives and patrol officers through a multi-phased, competitive process. The selected officers demonstrated an understanding of and commitment to community policing, and will operate under this philosophy while conducting enforcement or build relations with residents and businesses near downtown Salinas. This assignment is a collateral duty in which officers hold primary assignments in either Investigations or Patrol and will be deployed as staffing and overtime funds permit.

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 7/14/2019 2:01 PM
Incident: Attempted Murder
Date: Sunday, 7/14/2019
Time: 2:01 PM
Location: 800 Block Elkington Ave

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Brian Johnson
Telephone: 8317587280

Officers responded to 800 Block Elkington Ave regarding two victims of a shooting.  When Officers arrived on scene, they found two victims that had multiple gunshot wounds. Both victims were conscious and were transported to the hospital for treatment.  They both appeared to be in stable condition.  The victims were twenty eight and nineteen years old.  Witnesses reported that they heard rapid shots in front of the apartment complex and both victims were hit by gunfire. 

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.

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 7/11/2019 11:47 PM
Incident: Homicide
Date: Thursday, 7/11/2019
Time: 7:55 PM
Location: Market Way and Soledad St.

At approximately 7:55 PM, officers responded to a victim of a shooting in the area of Market Way and Soledad Street. The officers located the victim, a 37-year-old man, laying in the dirt area on the south side of Market Way near the railroad tracks suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper torso. Medical responders pronounced the victim deceased at the scene.

 

Detectives have identified the victim; however, his identity is being withheld pending family notification.

 

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.

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

Homicide Victim Identified

Release Date/Time: 7/12/2019 10:30 AM
Incident:
Date: Friday, 7/12/2019
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Market Way and Soledad Street

The family of the victim have been notified and detectives have identified the victim of yesterday's homicide as Alfonso Nevarez (37).

On 07/11/19, at approximately 7:55 PM, officers responded to a victim of a shooting in the area of Market Way and Soledad Street. The officers located the victim, Alfonso Nevarez (37), laying off the road on the south side of Market Way near the railroad tracks suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper torso. Medical responders pronounced the victim deceased at the scene.

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.

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

Negligent Discharge of a Firearm, other Weapon Charges

Release Date/Time: 7/8/2019 1:40 PM
Incident: Negligent Discharge of a Firearm, Other Weapon Charges
Date: Thursday, 7/4/2019
Time: 9:39 PM 
Location:1000 block of Jean Ave.

Officers responded to several calls of shots fired in the area of the 1000 block of Jean Ave.. Violence Suppression Task Force officers were nearby and also responded.  With the help of the community, officers were able to narrow down the possible location where they located evidence that led them to a residence in the 1000 block of Jean Ave.

Officers contacted Cesar Cano (23) and during the investigation evidence was located that resulted in Cano's arrest. VSTF recovered 3 handguns, 2 shotguns, an AR style rifle and multiple rounds of ammunition. Cano is facing charges of negligent discharge of a firearm and other weapon related violations.

Salinas PD would like to thank the community for their involvement in bringing this incident to a positive and safe conclusion.

Release Authorized by: Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:831 758-7289

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 7/3/2019 9:00 AM
Incident:Attempted Murder
Date: Tuesday, 7/2/2019
Time: 10:31 PM
Location:900 Block Machado Way

Officers responded to a Shot Spotter activation in the area of the 1000 block of Alma Ave. and located evidence that led them to a crime scene in the 900 block of  Machado Way. Officers secured the scene and attempted to locate  possible victims. A short time later, Salinas PD was notified of two possible victims who had arrived at the emergency room at Natividad Medical Center suffering non-life threatening gunshot wounds to their legs.

The two 18 year old male victims were contacted at the hospital and both were less than cooperative. They only told officers they were walking in the area when unknown suspects shot them. They did not provide any further details and there is no suspect information at this time.

Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7321. If you wish to remain anonymous you can call our Tip Line at (831) 775-4222

Release Authorized by:Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:831 758-7289

Hit an Run Fatal Collision

Shortly before 5:00 AM Thursday morning, 54 year-old Gretchen Knowles was struck by a vehicle in the 2200 block of N. Main St. in Salinas. Knowles was pronounced dead at the scene. The involved vehicle did not stop at the scene of the collision. This case is being investigated by the Salinas Police Traffic Unit and the Investigations Unit as a hit and run collision. If you have any information related to this collision, please contact the Salinas Police Department and 831-758-7321.

 

Release Date/Time: 6/20/2019 12:50 PM
Incident:Hit and Run Collision
Date: Thursday, 6/20/2019
Time: 12:50 PM
Location: 2200 Block of N. Main St.

Release Authorized by: Robert Hampson, Sergeant
Telephone:831-758-7321

Rooftop Standoff and Arrest

Salinas Police Officers responded to the 1500 block of Mazatlán on the report of a male acting erratically and refusing to leave the residence. The officers met with the suspects mother, who indicated that she wanted him to leave as he had been damaging property and was possibly under the influence or having a psychotic episode.

They contacted Michael Dorado (48) in a bedroom and found that he was noncommunicative with officers who were also crisis-trained by Monterey County Behavioral Health. As they continued to try to speak with him, he threw an object at one of the officers and lunged for both of them. They fired their Tasers at Dorado who was able to fight through the effects and refused to comply with officers' orders. He fought his way past them and onto the roof via a window.

Several more officers responded to the location. Officers spent the next several hours negotiating with Dorado who continued to be noncompliant and didn't want to communicate with hostage negotiation-trained officers. Instead, Dorado began breaking windows and tearing roof tiles up and throwing the items into the driveway and surrounding areas near where the officers were located. As he threw one such tile off of the roof, he lost his balance and rolled off the roof. He was then apprehended by a police canine and taken into custody before being transported to the hospital for treatment.

The entire incident lasted approximately 2.5 hours. Dorado will be taken to the Monterey County Jail for a variety of felony and misdemeanor charges after he is discharged from the hospital.

 

Release Date/Time: 6/18/2019 3:29 PM
Incident: Rooftop Standoff and Arrest
Date: Tuesday, 6/18/2019
Time: 3:29 PM
Location: 1500 Block of Mazatlán

Release Authorized by: Commander B. Cupak
Telephone: (831) 758-7250

State of the Salinas Police Department

Release Date/Time: 5/22/2019 10:07 AM
Incident: State of the Salinas Police Department
Date: Wednesday, 5/22/2019
Time: 10:07 AM
Location: 100 Howard Street

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Brian Johnson
Telephone: 831-758-7280

Chief Frese presents a bienniel overview of the Salinas Police Department sponsored by The Salinas Police Foundation.  The event will take place at the Salinas Armory Hall on Wednesday, May 22, at 12PM.  All media is invited to attend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community Members Involvement Leads to Burglar Arrests

Release Date/Time: 5/16/2019 12:25 PM
Incident:Community Members Involvement Leads to Burglar Arrests
Date: Tuesday, 5/14/2019 9:52 am and Thursday, 5/16/2019 at midnight. 
Location: Mc Kinnon St and Stratford Court

Community Members Involvement Leads to Burglar Arrests

On 5/14/2019 at 9:52 am, an alert neighbor observed a suspicious person in the area of Stratford Court who was putting on rubber gloves just prior to jumping a fence onto the victim's property. The vigilant neighbor called police right away with officers arriving quickly.

As officers arrived, the suspects attempted to flee by jumping fences away from the area. With the assistance of other neighbors who provided information on the suspects direction of travel, the two suspects were located. Romero Sanchez (27) and a seventeen-year-old juvenile were arrested. The stolen property was recovered and returned to the owner. The suspects were arrested and charged with burglary and conspiracy.

On 5/16/2019 at around midnight, Officers responded to an alarm activation from portable classrooms at Harden Middle School on Mc Kinnon St. When officers arrived, they observed three suspects fleeing the school grounds. Officers confirmed a burglary had taken place.

Dispatchers started receiving calls from neighbors reporting suspicious individuals in the area jumping fences and knocking on doors. With the information received, officers set up a perimeter and were able to locate two of the three persons involved in the burglary.

Two juveniles, 15 and 16 years of age, were arrested and charged with burglary, conspiracy and vandalism. They were transported to juvenile hall. A third suspect is still at large as the investigation continues. The stolen property was recovered and returned to the school.

These are just two examples of community members and officers working together to make our neighborhoods safer. Salinas Police Department thanks you!

Release Authorized by:Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:831 261-2924

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