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Felon in Possession of a Firearm/ Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sales

Release Date/Time: 5/24/2018 6:22 PM
Incident: Felon in Possession of a Firearm/ Possession of a Controlled Substance for Sales
Date: Thursday, 5/24/2018
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Chinatown

Salinas Police Patrol Officers and VSU, working with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), HSI, and ATF contacted Maurice Ellis (43), a convicted felon, in Chinatown. A search of Ellis' vehicle revealed Ellis was in possession of a Glock 10mm semi-automatic handgun, over 15 grams of heroin, 126 grams of marijuana, 33 prescription pills, packaging material, and over $3,000 in cash. Ellis was booked into County Jail on charges of Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Carrying a Concealed Firearm in a Vehicle, Felon in Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a High Capacity Magazine, Possession of a Controlled Substance for sales, and Possession of Marijuana for Sales.

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

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 5/23/2018 2:09 AM
Incident: Homicide
Date:Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Time: 8:37 PM
Location: Lake St. and Bridge Alley

On May 22, 2018, at approximately 8:37 PM, Salinas Police officers were dispatched to a disturbance in the area of Lake St. and Bridge Alley. The anonymous caller stated it appeared someone may have been stabbed. When officers arrived, they found 49-year-old Randy Edward Perry in the street with several bystanders attempting to help him. Perry was bleeding from at least one stab wound and was not conscious. Medical personnel arrived and immediately transported Perry to Natividad Medical Center for treatment. Unfortunately, Mr. Perry was pronounced deceased approximately an hour after arrival.

There were no witnesses to the altercation that led to the stabbing. Although several people were in the area, no one has come forward with any productive information. Mr. Perry was known to frequent the area, but it is unclear if he resided in Salinas.

The motive for this homicide is unknown at this time, therefore, it is unknown if this crime is gang related. This is the 5th homicide in the City of Salinas this year.

The Salinas Police Department's Investigations Bureau is asking anyone that witnessed the stabbing or may have information regarding what led up to the altercation, to contact Detective Gabriel Gonzalez at (831) 758-7127 or email him at [email protected]; or Detective Justin Heckman at (831) 758-7323 or email him 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

Gang Enforcement Sweep

Release Date/Time: 5/22/2018 2:07 PM
Incident: Gang Enforcement Sweep
Date: Monday, 5/21/2018
Time: 2:07 PM
Location: City of Salinas

On 05/21/18, the Salinas Police Department followed up the arrest of three shooting suspects with a collaborative gang sweep in conjunction with local, state, and federal law enforcement partners.

The Violence Suppression Unit will be working closely throughout the summer with local, State, and federal agencies including Monterey County Probation, State Parole, HSI, ATF, FBI, DEA, and US Marshals.

Monday's efforts resulted in 17 arrests (including the three attempted murder arrests from the morning search warrants).

The focus of the sweep is a directed enforcement effort including apprehension of wanted suspects, and parole/probation searches targeting priority individuals, influential gang members, and ensuring probation and parole compliance. The objective is to reduce violent gang related crimes in the City of Salinas as we enter the summer months and beyond.  

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

Attempted Murder Arrests

Release Date/Time: 5/21/2018 12:36 PM
Incident: Attempted Murder Arrests
Date: April 7, 2018
Time: 12:36 PM
Location:700 Block of Williams Road/ 2100 Block of N. Main St./ and location in Los Banos

On April 7, 2018, an Attempted Murder took place in the 600 block of Towt St. Two male suspects confronted the two victims while they talked in front of a residence. As the suspects approached, they both pulled out handguns and fired multiple rounds at the victims. The victims fled over fences and were not physically injured. The suspects fled to a waiting white, 4 door sedan that fled southbound on Towt St.

Detectives from the Salinas Police Department's Investigations Bureau were able to gather evidence that led to the issuance of arrest warrants for Mark Anthony Valenzuela, age 25; Miguel Angel Vargas Jimenez and Jimmy Aguirre (Corona), both age 19 for Attempted Murder, Conspiracy and Gang Enhancements.

This morning (May 21), search warrants were executed at three different locations. The first was served in the City of Los Banos, at the residence of Valenzuela. Members of the Los Banos Police Department and detectives from Salinas PD served the warrant at the residence, located in the 1200 block of Center Ln. Valenzuela was taken into custody without incident and, eventually, transported to Salinas.

Also contacted was Joseph Alexander Valenzuela, age 20. He was found to have an outstanding warrant and was transported by Los Banos PD to the Merced County Jail.

Two additional simultaneous warrants were served in Salinas at the residences of Aguirre and Jimenez. Members of the SWAT team, with the assistance of detectives and Patrol officers, executed the warrant on Aguirre on the 2100 block of N. Main St. and on Jimenez in the 700 block of Williams Rd. Although both subjects were taken into custody without incident, two additional people were arrested for Resisting/Delaying officers at the Williams Road address. Jose Vargas Gallaga, age 38, and a juvenile female, age 15, refused to come out of the residence and delayed officers for over 30 minutes. Officers contacted the two after making entry into the apartment.

During the search of Aguirre's residence on Williams Rd., a .22 caliber handgun was found in his room.

All three subjects, Mark Valenzuela, Miguel Jimenez and Jimmy Aguirre, were transported to the Monterey County Jail and booked for Attempted Murder, Conspiracy and Gang Enhancements.

Charges:

Mark Anthony Valenzuela (25): Attempted Murder, Conspiracy, and Gang Enhancement.

Miguel Jimenez (19): Attempted Murder, Conspiracy, and Gang Enhancement.

Jimmy Aguirre (19): Attempted Murder, Conspiracy, and Gang Enhancement

Joseph Valenzuela (20): Juvenile Warrant – booked into Merced County Jail.

Jose Vargas Gallaga (38): Arrested and issued citation for Resisting Arrest.

Juvenile Female (15): Arrested and issued citation for Resisting Arrest.

 

 

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

Bank Robbery

Release Date/Time: 5/18/2018 5:03 PM
Incident:  Bank Robbery
Date: Friday, 5/18/2018
Time: 2:16 PM
Location:  1566 N. Main St.

At approximately 2:15 PM Salinas Police Officers were dispatched to a report of an armed robbery in progress at the Monterey Credit Union in Harden Ranch Plaza. Two males in baggy clothing with their faces covered, one brandishing a rifle, entered the Credit Union and ordered the employees and customers to the floor. They then ordered employees to enter the teller drawers, placed the money into a duffle bag and exited the bank. They fled the parking lot in an older model grey SUV that was parked directly in front of the business. This is an ongoing investigation, and anyone with information is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department at (831)758-7250.

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

Gang member/felon in possession of a firearm, parole violation

Release Date/Time: 5/16/2018 5:00 PM
Incident:  Gang member/felon in possession of a firearm, parole violation
Date: Wednesday, 5/16/2018
Time: 5:00 PM
Location:  1030 E. Alisal St.

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Salinas Police Detectives were in the area of FoodsCo on East Alisal St. when they recognized Miguel Sebastian (25) in a vehicle. Sebastian is a gang member on active parole status. The detectives contacted Sebastian, who was openly holding a methamphetamine smoking pipe and grasping a blue bag, which was on his lap. They searched the bag and found a loaded semi-automatic handgun. He was lodged in Monterey County Jail.

Warrant arrest, possession of narcotics

Release Date/Time: 5/16/2018 7:00 AM
Incident:  Warrant arrest, possession of narcotics
Date: Wednesday, 5/16/2018
Time: 11:38 AM
Location: East Bernal and Maryal

Release Authorized by:  Sergeant Danny Warner
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The Salinas Police Department served a search warrant in the area of East Bernal and Maryal. Detectives located a small quantity of narcotics, indicia of possible drug sales and gun paraphernalia. John Melendrez (42) was arrested for an outstanding warrant and Xocitl Lujan (23) for narcotics possession.

Threatening A Police Officer

Release Date/Time: 5/16/2018 9:34 AM
Incident: Theatening A Police Officer
Date: Tuesday, 5/15/2018
Time: 9:34 AM
Location: 1700 Block of Pescadero Drive

In September of 2017, an officer arrested 45-year-old Jason Marquez on charges of Assault with a Caustic Chemical following an incident in which he threw gasoline in his neighbor's face. Since that arrest, Marquez continually threaten the officer with injury and challenging him to fight on Facebook. The threats became more specific in nature and detectives became involved in the investigation. On May 9th, Marquez posted a series of posts about becoming a martyr, '…destroying you (the officer) even if it cost me my own life…”, and he referenced having a .45, a shovel, and further referred to the officer by his SPD personnel number. Detectives authored a search warrant based on the suspect's actions.

On 05/15/18, detectives arrested the Marquez for the threats against an officer. Detectives served the search warrant on the 1700 block of Pescadero Drive at his parent's residence where Marquez has a room.

Officers seized a .12 gauge shotgun .38 caliber handgun, and a Smith & Wesson .38 Special Airlite. He was booked into County Jail on $200,000 bail.

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

Bank Robbery Arrest

Release Date/Time: 5/8/2018 10:49 PM
Incident:
Date: Tuesday, 5/8/2018
Time: 3:50 PM
Location:  1903 Natividad Rd. - Wells Fargo Bank

Salinas Police Officers responded to the Wells Fargo Bank at 1903 Natividad Rd. for a report of an armed robbery that had just occurred.  According to the caller, a lone male suspect was last seen running on foot towards E. Boronda Rd. after committing the robbery.  Contact was made with a bank employee who said she was approached by a male who handed her a note, demanding money.  In the note, the suspect claimed he had a gun.  The suspect was described as an older, bald Hispanic male, wearing a gray hoodie with black writing, blue jeans, and white shoes.  Officers extensively checked the area and were not able to locate the suspect.

At around 6:00 pm, an off-duty Salinas Police Officer stopped by Ike's Love and Sandwiches on N. Main St. after getting off work.  He had been one of the officers involved in the search for the robbery suspect and noticed a male who matched the description.  The subject had a sandwich at a table and was counting a large sum of money.  The off-duty officer notified 911 of what he saw.  Several officers responded and detained Marcus Trujillo, 47, while they investigated further.  He was positively identified by witnesses to the robbery and taken into custody.  

Trujillo was booked into County Jail for the bank robbery.

 

Release Authorized by:  Commander Henry Gomez
Telephone:  (831) 758-7250

Bank Robbery

Release Date/Time: 4/20/2018 2:48 PM
Incident: Bank Robbery
Date: Friday, 4/20/2018
Time: 9:59 AM
Location: 1276 South Main ST.

At approximately 10 am Salinas Police Officers were flagged down about an armed robbery in progress at the Pinnacle Bank located at 1276 S. Main St. Two armed suspects entered the bank ordering tellers to empty the cash drawers. They put the cash into a bag, and fled the bank getting into a dark colored Honda Accord. They were able to leave the parking lot just moments before additional officers arrived on scene.

The Salinas Police Department is asking anyone who may have information regarding this robbery, or may have seen a vehicle fleeing the area, contact Detective John Richardson at  (831) 758-7971. 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: Jim Arensdorf, Cmdr.
Telephone: (831)758-7250

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