Press Releases

Pursuit, Stolen Vehicle, Hit and Run Arrest

Release Date/Time: 9/15/2019 10:24 PM
Incident: Pursuit, Stolen Vehicle, Hit and Run Arrest
Date: Sunday, 9/15/2019
Time: 10:24 PM
Location: E. Market St. and N. Hebbron Ave

On Sunday, September 15th at 5:49 pm Salinas Police Officers attempted a traffic stop on a stolen vehicle on E. Market St. and N. Hebbron Ave. The driver fled and led the Officers on a short pursuit, that was cancelled as the driver crashed through the wooden barricades at N. Pearl St. and E. Alisal St, where the El Grito Festival had recently concluded. The driver continued westbound, dragging his rear bumper, striking a stroller with a child suffering only a minor cut. A second child suffered an injured foot and was transported to a local hospital in stable condition. The driver eventually stopped and fled on foot. Numerous concerned citizens chased the suspect, eventually catching up to him, and detaining him until officers arrived on scene and he was taken into custody.

The 15 year- old suspect was lodged in Juvenile Hall on charges of possession of a stolen vehicle, felony evading, hit and run causing injury, reckless driving and reckless driving causing injury.

The Salinas Police Department would like to thank all the citizens who assisted in the apprehension of the suspect.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. Jim Arensdorf
Telephone: (831)758-7250

9-11 Memorial and Police Inspection Ceremony

Release Date/Time: 9/4/2019 8:40 AM
Incident:9-11 Memorial and Police Inspection Ceremony
Date: Wednesday, 9/11/2019
Time: 6:59 AM
Location:Front of 200 Lincoln Ave.

                                                                                                                        We Will Never Forget Sept. 11

The Salinas Police Department and the Salinas Fire Department will hold a ceremony to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. The event will honor those who lost their lives that day, as well as those who responded. It will start at 6:59 a.m. in front of City Hall at 200 Lincoln Ave., Salinas, with a reception to follow at the nearby Police Activities League Youth Center at 100 Howard St. at 8:00am. The public is invited to attend. Breakfast reception will be provided by the Salinas Police Foundation.

Police Chief Adele Fresé made the following statement about the remembrance: "Each year people across our country, and abroad, gather to remember the tragic events of 9/11 and to honor the memory of the lost lives of fire fighters, police officers, citizens and visitors. "America was rocked, as were nations from around the globe, to learn that a great world power like the United States could be struck such a blow on its own land. As information surfaced about breakdowns in intelligence sharing among law enforcement agencies that might have helped prevent the attacks, we responded to our country's call to create better systems for information sharing, like regional fusion centers, in order to protect our citizens from similar threats in the future. 

"In addition, American law enforcement pledged to remain in a state of readiness to protect and defend our communities. Salinas Police Officers took an oath to support and defend our community because we believe in and hold dear freedom, service, peace, and the American way of life for our families and our community. On Sept. 11, Salinas Police and Fire Departments, will gather to remember the attack on our country, the lives lost, and the promise made to Never Forget. 

"We invite members of the community and local law enforcement agencies to join us as we demonstrate our state of readiness to protect our city from whatever threatens its people and our peace. We will stand proud, ready, and united."

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

Think Two Steps Ahead: September is Pedestrian Safety Month

Release Date/Time: 9/3/2019 9:14 AM
Incident: Think Two Steps Ahead: September is Pedestrian Safety Month
Date: Month of September
Time: 
Location:City of Salinas

                                                                                                     Think Two Steps Ahead: September is Pedestrian Safety Month

Salinas Police Department is working with law enforcement agencies across the state to promote safe behaviors that allow drivers and those on foot to get where they need to go safely. September is Pedestrian Safety Month, and California continues to see more and more pedestrians getting injured or killed on roads. In 2016, 867 pedestrians were killed and more than 14,000 injured in California alone. A report released earlier this year by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) projected that more than 6,200 pedestrians were killed in the United States last year, the highest number since 1990.

In order to reduce the number of collisions involving pedestrians, Salinas Police Department will have additional officers on patrol throughout the month of September specifically focused on drivers and pedestrians who violate traffic laws that increase the risk of crashes. These violations include speeding, driving or walking distracted and/or impaired, failing to stop for signs and signals, and not yielding to drivers/pedestrians who have the right of way. 'Someone crossing the street should not have to fear for one's life, but they should also be mindful that drivers are going places too,” Salinas Police Department, Public Information Officer, Miguel Cabrera said. 'It goes both ways.”

Despite advancements in vehicle technology that increase the chance of survival for drivers and passengers in crashes, pedestrians face the same amount of risk of getting seriously injured or killed when struck by a vehicle. 'Sooner or later, a driver has to get out of their car and walk, so we are all pedestrians at some point,” Salinas Police Department PIO Miguel Cabrera said. 'Think about how you would want a driver to act when you are walking, and vice versa. Keep that in mind and follow the rules of the road so we can all arrive where we're headed safely, regardless of how we get there.”

Salinas Police Department offers steps drivers and pedestrians can take to keep everyone safe:

                For Pedestrians

  • Look left-right-left before crossing the street. Watch for cars turning and obey traffic signals.
  • Only cross the street in marked crosswalks, preferably crosswalks at stop signs or signals.
  • Avoid distractions. Stay off the phone while walking.
  • Make eye contact with drivers. Don't assume drivers can see you.
  • Be seen. Wear bright clothing during the day and use a flashlight at night.
  • Always walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the shoulder, facing traffic and as far away from cars as possible.
  • Do not walk near traffic after drinking or using drugs that affect judgment and coordination.

For Drivers

  • Follow the speed limit. The higher the speed, the longer it takes to stop.
  • Never drive distracted or under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
  • Look out for people walking, especially at night and in poorly lit areas.
  • Pedestrians have the right of way at crosswalks even if they are not at a stop sign or signal. Prepare to stop when a pedestrian enters a crosswalk.
  • Avoid blocking the crosswalk when attempting to make a right-hand turn.
  • Be careful backing up and leaving parking spaces in shopping centers with heavy foot traffic.

Funding for pedestrian safety enforcement is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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

CrossFit with a Cop

Release Date/Time: 8/19/2019 12:53 PM
Incident: CrossFit with a Cop
Date: Saturday, 8/24/2019  
Time: 9 am to 12 Noon
Location:329 Monterey St. at CrossFit Hyperactive

CrossFIt with a Cop

On August 24, 2019 from 9-11 a.m., the Salinas Police Department will team-up with CrossFit Hyperactive (329 Monterey St.) for a fun-filled recruitment event called "CrossFit with a Cop." Jesse Lopez, CrossFit Hyperactive owner, and his professionally certified staff will be in attendance. The event will provide applicants/attendees an opportunity to learn techniques on how to climb a 6-foot wall, effectively drag a 165 lbs. dummy which are part of the physical agility test for entry level recruits and to simply promote the importance of physical fitness & nutrition.

The Salinas Police Department is looking for applicants who are physically and mentally fit for a career in law enforcement. 'CrossFit With A Cop” gives the community an opportunity to meet their local officers and talk to them about police work. At the same time, participate in a morning of cardiovascular exercises similar to the entry/exit fitness exam required of law enforcement academy candidates.

If you are thinking about entering the rewarding career of law enforcement, this is an opportunity to test your physical abilities needed to pass this portion of the entry level test. Join us and find out if you have what it takes, CrossFit with a Cop on August 24th. From 9-11am. Wear comfortable/exercise clothing. Hope to see you there!

Release Authorized by:Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:758-7289

Attempted Homicide, Robbery- Updated Date and Time of Occurrence

Release Date/Time: 8/19/2019 9:54 AM
Incident:Attempted Homicide, Robbery
Date: Saturday, 8/17/2019
Time: 11:50 PM
Location:2000 Block Sucre Court

UPDATED: Date and Time of occurrence.

The correct time of occurrence of this incident should be  Saturday  8-17-2019 11:50 PM.

ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE:Release Date/Time: 8/18/2019 4:49 PM

Incident: Attempted Homicide, Robbery
Date: Sunday, 8/17/2019
Time: 11:50 PM
Location: 2000 Block Sucre Ct.

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

Salinas Police Officers responded to a report of a stabbing that occurred on the 2000 block of Sucre Ct. When officers arrived, they located a victim with stab wounds to his face and neck area. A second stabbing victim was also located. One of the victims stated a bald male wearing all black clothes, entered his taxi and demanded a ride. When he refused to give him a ride, the suspect began stabbing him. The suspect then proceeded to rob the victim of personal property. The second victim tried to intervene and was stabbed as well.

The suspect was reported to have fled the area on foot toward N. Main St.

Officers were able to locate several witnesses to the incident who provided additional details and possible location. Officers conducted an extensive area check and found a suspect matching the description in the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant bathroom. 39-year-old Joshua Guevara was detained and identified as the suspect in this case. Guevara was still in possession of some of the victim's belongings. He was later booked into Monterey County Jail for robbery and attempted murder.

The victims were transported to a local hospital to receive treatment for their injuries.

This case was brought to a speedy resolution because of the cooperation of the community and their willingness to come forward to assist us with our investigation into this senseless act of violence.

Release Authorized by:Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:758-7289

Attempted Homicide and Robbery

Release Date/Time: 8/18/2019 4:49 PM
Incident: Attempted Homicide, Robbery
Date: Sunday, 8/17/2019
Time: 11:50 PM
Location: 2000 Block Sucre Ct.

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

Salinas Police Officers responded to a report of a stabbing that occurred on the 2000 block of Sucre Ct. When officers arrived, they located a victim with stab wounds to his face and neck area. A second stabbing victim was also located. One of the victims stated a bald male wearing all black clothes, entered his taxi and demanded a ride. When he refused to give him a ride, the suspect began stabbing him. The suspect then proceeded to rob the victim of personal property. The second victim tried to intervene and was stabbed as well.

The suspect was reported to have fled the area on foot toward N. Main St.

Officers were able to locate several witnesses to the incident who provided additional details and possible location. Officers conducted an extensive area check and found a suspect matching the description in the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant bathroom. 39-year-old Joshua Guevara was detained and identified as the suspect in this case. Guevara was still in possession of some of the victim's belongings. He was later booked into Monterey County Jail for robbery and attempted murder.

The victims were transported to a local hospital to receive treatment for their injuries.

This case was brought to a speedy resolution because of the cooperation of the community and their willingness to come forward to assist us with our investigation into this senseless act of violence.

Salinas Police Department on LivePD Survey Results

Release Date/Time: 8/15/2019 7:23 AM
Incident: Salinas Police Department on LivePD Survey Results
Date: Thursday, 8/15/2019
Time: 7:23 AM
Location: 222 Lincoln Ave

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Brian Johnson
Telephone: 8317587280

Salinas Police Department continues to explore ways to increase our transparency with the community. We want our residents to have an up close look at what we do and how we work in protection of our community. To this end, the Department conducted a survey asking the public to share its opinion on LivePD in Salinas.

We would like to thank the community for participating in the LivePD survey and showing their support to the Department. We received 4,447 responses and the results were overwhelmingly positive! During our quest to build trust with the community by increased transparency through LivePD, we've seen that cities throughout the country face very similar challenges. Nearly all cities face challenges related to substance abuse and homelessness. Salinas is a wonderful city!

Below are the responses to each of the questions from the survey. You can watch Salinas Police Department on LivePD, Friday and Saturday nights on A&E.

 

 

Salinas Police Department on LivePD Survey Results

Release Date/Time: 8/14/2019 10:01 PM
Incident: Salinas Police Department on LivePD Survey Results
Date: Wednesday, 8/14/2019
Time: 10:01 PM
Location: 222 Lincoln Ave

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Brian Johnson
Telephone: 8317587280

Salinas Police Department continues to explore ways to increase our transparency with the community. We want our residents to have an up close look at what we do and how we work in protection of our community. To this end, the Department conducted a survey asking the public to share its opinion on LivePD in Salinas.

We would like to thank the community for participating in the LivePD survey and showing their support to the Department. We received 4,447 responses and the results were overwhelmingly positive! During our quest to build trust with the community by increased transparency through LivePD, we've seen that cities throughout the country face very similar challenges. Nearly all cities face challenges related to substance abuse and homelessness. Salinas is a wonderful city!

Below are the responses to each of the questions from the survey. You can watch Salinas Police Department on LivePD, Friday and Saturday nights on A&E.

 

 

 

 

2019 Fall Session of the Salinas Police Community Academy

Release Date/Time: 8/13/2019 8:28 AM
Incident: 2019 Fall Session of the Salinas Police Community Academy
Date: August 28 to November 13th
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Location:222 Lincoln Ave.

2019 Fall Session of the Salinas Police Community Academy

The Salinas Police Department will present the next Community Police Academy from August 28th through November 13th, 2019. The Community Police Academy will run from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM each Wednesday night for 12 consecutive weeks, with the final class to be held on November 13th, 2019.

Community Police Academy participants will have the opportunity to go on a ride-along with a patrol officer, observe what the Salinas Police SWAT team does, learn all about our Crime Scene Investigation Unit, participate in scenarios, watch a demonstration of the K9 program, learn about the hiring process of police officers and much more.

Each night features a new topic, with speakers, demonstrations and discussions. We will answer questions and give an in-depth, behind the scenes look at police operations.

To attend the Community Police Academy, obtain an application and submit it to the Salinas Police Department, Special Operations Unit by Tuesday August 19th, 2019. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, live or work in Salinas or be involved in a community-based organization that provides services to Salinas residents. Applicants must not be on probation or parole or have any recent felonies on their record.

Class size is limited to 25 - 30 students; so prospective applicants should not wait to submit their application.

Applications may be obtained by:

Applications can be returned by filling them out on your computer and returning them via email ([email protected]) or by printing them out and returning the hard copy to Sergeant Kendall Gray/Community Services Unit, 222 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas, CA, 93901. Applications may also be picked up and turned in at the Salinas Police Department Front Desk.

If you have questions, feel free to email or call Sergeant Kendall Gray at 831-758-7224.

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

Homicide/Attempted Homicide Arrest

Release Date/Time: 8/10/2019 4:45 PM
Incident: Homicide/Attempted Homicide Arrest

Date: Thursday 8/1/2019
Time: 10:53 PM
Location: 400 Block of Sonora Way

On August 1, 2019, at approximately 10:50 PM, Salinas Police officers responded to the report of a shooting victim in the 400 block of Sonora Way. When officers arrived, they found 38-year-old, Santos Emilio Barriga, suffering from a gunshot wound to his torso. Barriga was transported to the Trauma Unit at Natividad Medical Center where he was rushed into surgery. After a few hours, the medical staff pronounced Barriga deceased.

The investigation has revealed there was a knock at the front door of Barriga's residence. The victim, Barriga, answered the door and was confronted by the suspect. A verbal argument ensued, and the suspect subsequently pulled out a handgun and began firing, striking Barriga in the back. Residents provided medical aid until officers and medical personnel arrived and transported Barriga to NMC. A juvenile male was also shot at but was not injured. The suspects fled in a dark sedan and were last scene westbound on Chaparral St. toward N. Main St. The investigation is ongoing.

Salinas Police Detectives were able to identify the suspect in this shooting as 27-year-old Jose Escalante Lamas, who was arrested in a nearby city.  On 8/10/19, he was transported to the Monterey County Jail and booked for multiple charges, including murder and attempted murder.

This investigation is on-going, as we continue to collect information and follow-up on leads. If anyone has information regarding this shooting, please contact Detective Ruben Sanchez at (831) 758-7927; or email him at [email protected]. If you would like to remain anonymous, please call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at (831) 775-4222.

 

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Danny Warner
Telephone: 831-758-7128

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Question of the Day

What can I do if I see a car parked in my neighborhood which I think may be abandoned?

The City of Salinas has people specifically designated to handle abandoned vehicles and long-term parking problems. These problems are generally handled on a complaint basis. The abandoned vehicle office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. The phone number, day or night, is (831) 758-7316.

The following information will help you determine whether or not a vehicle has been abandoned or is a long-term parking problem:

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