Press Releases

Homicide/ Attempted Homicide

Release Date/Time: 7/17/2018 1:52 PM
Incident: Homicide/Attempted Homicide
Date: Tuesday, 7/17/2018
Time: 6:15 AM
Location: Dallas Ave. and Cortez St.

On July 17, 2018, at approximately 6:15 am, ShotSpotter detected several gunshots in the area of Dallas Ave. and Cortez St. While officers were in route to the area, we received calls from citizens of a victim of a gunshot. When they arrived, officers found a male lying in the roadway, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers provided first aid, to include CPR, until medical personnel arrived and declared the victim deceased. Other responding officers noticed a blood trail leading away from the scene. They followed the blood trail and found a second victim of the shooting at a nearby residence. That victim, a 47-year-old male, was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The victims live nearby and were at their car, preparing to go to work. At least one person approached and fired several rounds from a handgun. It doesn't appear any words were exchanged between the deceased victim, Israel Gallegos (age 35), and his assailant prior to the shooting. The second victim, the 47-year-old male, ran from the scene after being shot in the face. Neither victim appear to have any gang ties and the motive for the shooting is unknown, at this time.

The Salinas Police Department Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with any information about this Murder to contact Detective John McNeil at (831) 758-7277 or [email protected] or Detective Gabriela Garibay at (831) 758-7971 or [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

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 7/14/2018 12:38 AM
Incident:  Homicide
Date: Friday, 7/13/18
Time: 5:04 PC
Location:  Bridge St. and Lake St.

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

On 7/13/18, at approximately 5:04 PM, Officers responded to Bridge St. and E. Lake St. for to investigate a ShotSpotter activation.  When they arrived, they located a 61 year old male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  Officers and medical staff assessed the victim and pronounced him deceased at the scene.  At this time the victim's gang affiliation, if any, is undetermined and the motive for the shooting is unknown. The investigations is ongoing and updates will be provided when available.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information on the shooting to call Detective Ken Schwener at (831) 758-7276 or email him at [email protected]; or Detective Pete Gomez at (831) 758-7236 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.

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 7/11/2018 4:15 PM
Incident: Homicide
Date: Wednesday, 7/11/2018
Time: 11:20 PM
Location: 1100 Block of Fairview Ave.

On July 11, 2018, at approximately 11:20 am, Salinas Police officers were dispatched to the report of a disturbance, with a possible victim of a stabbing, at a residence in the 1100 block of Fairview Ave. When the officer arrived, he was met by a hysterical female telling him the victim was stabbed, and the suspect who stabbed him, were both inside the house. The officer entered and encountered a resident, Brayan Uriel Parra age 18, in a bedroom. The officer confronted Parra and was able to detain him without incident. In the hallway was Ramon Espinoza Ochoa, age 48, suffering from a single stab wound to the back. He was transported to Natividad Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased a short time later.

The investigation revealed the female, age 45, and Ochoa are caretakers for the property (which is owned by a local agricultural company). They had arrived to clean the residence, which they do every week. While she was cleaning another part of the house, she heard a commotion and saw Ochoa stumbling toward her. Ochoa fell to the floor and she saw that Ochoa had been stabbed. The female ran outside to get help but re-entered the residence to help Ochoa. At that time, Parra attacked her and started beating her with a cellphone about the face. Another resident pulled Parra off of the female and she fled out of the house to seek help.

Parra was brought to the Salinas Police Department and questioned by detectives. He was later transported to the Monterey County Jail and booked for one count of Murder and one count of Assault with a Deadly Weapon (for his attack on the female).

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

Attempted Robbery Arrests

Release Date/Time: 7/3/2018 2:59 PM
Incident: Attempted Robbery Arrest
Date: Friday, 6/22/2018
Time: 2:59 PM
Location: 600 Block of E. Alisal Street

On 06/22/18, at 9:03 AM hours, an attempted armed robbery occurred of a liquor store located on the 600 block of E. Alisal Street. During the failed robbery attempt, the suspect fired a shot in the business and ran out to a waiting vehicle. Officers were able to obtain a license plate of the getaway vehicle from nearby security cameras. The next day, on 06/23/18, Violence Suppression Unit officers located Luciano Ramirez (31), the registered owner of the suspect vehicle, at Northridge Mall. Officers detained Ramirez, a known gang member, and a search of his vehicle revealed a loaded Berretta 9mm handgun. The firearm used during the attempted robbery, however, was as a revolver.

 

On 06/23/18, at approximately 11:30 PM, VSU, Patrol officers, and HSI followed up the car stop and served a search warrant at a residence located on the 1300 block of Ramona Ave. During the search of the residence, officers located a loaded Colt 1911, and a Ruger .357 revolver determined to have been the weapon used during the attempted robbery. Rodney Perez (45), a known gang member was arrested for possession of the Colt 1911.

 

On 06/24/18, VSU conducted a parole search at a home on the 300 block of Hayes St. and arrested Orlando Perez (40), a known gang member. During the parole search of Perez' residence officers located clothing and other items of evidence related to the attempted robbery.

 

Ramirez, Rodney Perez, and Orlando Perez were booked into Monterey County Jail.

 

Luciano Ramirez was booked for Attempted Robbery, Probation Violation, Carry Loaded Firearm in Public Place, Participation in a Criminal Street Gang and other Gun Charges.

 

Orlando Perez was booked for Attempted Robbery, Parole Violation, Unlawful Discharge of a Firearm, Carry Concealed Stolen Weapon and other Gun Charges.

 

Rodney Perez was booked for Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Probation Violation.

 

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, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME.

 

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

Possession of Marijuana for Sales/ Firearms/ Illegal Fireworks

Release Date/Time: 7/3/2018 3:00 PM
Incident: Possession of Marijuana for Sales/ Firearms/ Illegal Fireworks
Date: Tuesday, 7/1/2018
Time: 8:36 PM
Location: 1200 Block of N. Main Street

Members of the Violence Suppression Unit contacted a subject acting suspiciously outside of a business located on the 1200 block of N. Main St.  An investigation determined there was illegal fireworks and large amount of marijuana in the business.  The business did not have a license to sell marijuana and officers authored a search warrant.

 

A search revealed 9 boxes of aerial fireworks, a colt .38 special revolver, a Springfield 9mm XD, over 100 pounds of marijuana, 187 ounces of concentrated cannabis, and over $12,000.00 of US Currency.

 

The business owner, Orel Rodriguez (32), was booked into County Jail for Possession of Marijuana for Sales, and Conspiracy.

 

Ray Padilla (29), a known gang member, was booked into County Jail for Possession of Marijuana for Sales, Conspiracy, and Resisting Arrest.

 

Padilla was currently out on bail for a previous arrest in the City of Watsonville. A judge granted a substantial bail escalation.

 

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

Warrant Arrest

Release Date/Time: 6/24/2018 7:58 PM
Incident:Warrant Arrest
Date: Sunday, 6/24/2018
Time: 5:12 PM
Location:Hemingway & Boronda

Release Authorized by: Sgt. G. Lauricella
Telephone:831-758-7361

On 6-24-16, members of the Violence Suppression Unit were conducting a surveillance when they observed Omar Ramirez. Ramirez had a felony no bail warrant for his arrest, which became active on 3-18-14 . Ramirez, a registered Salinas East Market St. Norteno, had an arrest warrant for a failure to appear for possession for sales of amphetamines, transport, sale, distribution of control substances and participation in a criminal street gang. VSU officers in marked patrol vehicles conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle Ramirez was in at approximately 17:12 hours. Ramirez was taken into custody without incident and was later booked into the Monterey County Jail.

Homicide Victim Identification

Release Date/Time: 6/22/2018 4:00 PM
Incident:  Homicide Victim Identification
Date: Friday, 6/22/2018
Time: 4:00 PM
Location:  Under 100 Block of Center St. and 400 Block of Carol Dr.

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

On 6/11/18, a shooting occurred on Center St., resulting in the death of 45-year-old Sergio Carcamo. There were no callers regarding the gunfire but when officers arrived they found Mr. Carcamo, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to Natividad Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.

On 6/15/18, a shooting occurred in the 400 Block of Carol Dr., resulting in the death of 21-year-old Jose Alberto Ramirez Lopez. It appeared, Mr. Lopez was inside a vehicle when he was approached by multiple subjects. There was a physical altercation and at least one subject shot the victim.

Currently, the victims' gang affiliation, if any, are undetermined and the motives for the shootings are unknown. These identifications were delayed to confirm the victims' identities and notify family members.

If you have information regarding these murders, please contact the Salinas Police Department's Investigations Bureau at (831) 758-7226. 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.

Narcotics Search Warrant - Arrests

Release Date/Time: 6/20/2018 12:10 PM
Incident: Narcotics Search Warrant - Arrests
Date: Wednesday, 6/20/2018
Time: 7:15 AM
Location: 500 Block of Victor Street

*Community involvement led to this case.

On 06/20/18, at 0715 hours, SPD SWAT, Patrol, Detectives, and CHP served a narcotics related search warrant at a home located on the 500 block of Victor Street. SWAT Officers forced entry into the home after one of the occupants who had been outside, Faustino Dorado (48), ran into the house when he saw the officers and locked the door. Officers removed 16 people form the residence and arrested seven on a variety of charges. A search of the suspects and residence revealed a small amount of heroin, methamphetamine, and evidence consistent with drug sales. Officers also located an illegal gambling machine containing cash in assorted bills. Salinas Code Enforcement assisted on scene, 'red tagged” the residence prior to officers leaving the location, and will be conducting follow up compliance verification.

The following people were arrested as a result of the search warrant service:

Faustino Dorado (48), Resisting Arrest and Probation Violation.

Johnny Camel (49), Possession of Controlled Substance for Sales - Heroin and Methamphetamine.

Ashley Ramirez (28), a search of Ramirez by a female at the station revealed she had concealed a small amount of heroin and methamphetamine in a body cavity. She was booked for Possession of Heroin and Methamphetamine.

Joseph Caldwell (27), felony arrest warrant.

Darrell Camel (21), felony arrest warrant, and four misdemeanor warrants.

Todd Blair (55), two misdemeanor warrants.

Andrea Johnson (27), five misdemeanor warrants.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is encouraged to contact Officer Evan Adams at 758-7321, or email him at [email protected]. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME.

 

 

 

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

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 6/16/2018 2:21 AM
Incident:  Homicide
Date: Saturday, 6/16/2018
Time: 2:21 AM
Location:  400 Block of Carol Dr.

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

On 6/15/18, a shooting occurred in the 400 block of Carol Dr. The shooting resulted in the death of a 21-year-old Hispanic male. It appears, the victim was inside a vehicle when he was approached by multiple subjects. There was a physical altercation and at least one of subjects shot the victim. At this time the victim's gang affiliation, if any, is undetermined and the motive for the shooting is unknown. The investigations is ongoing and updates will be provided when available.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information on the shooting to call Detective John Richardson at (831) 758-7478 or email him at [email protected]; or Detective Gabe Gonzalez at (831) 758-7127 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.

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