Press Releases

Injury Traffic Collision

Release Date/Time: 3/15/2019 3:16 PM
Incident: Injury Traffic Collision
Date: Friday, 3/15/2019
Time: 3:16 PM
Location: Natividad Rd and Rogge Rd

Release Authorized by: Cdr Maldonado
Telephone:831-758-7250

Salinas Police Officers responded to the report of a vehicle collision on Natividad Road just south of Rogge Road. An Alisal Elementary School van , occupied by two adults and 4 children, was travelling northbound on Natividad Road approaching Rogge Road when the driver noticed a Honda traveling southbound in the northbound lane. As the Honda got closer, the driver of the van swerved into the southboud lane to avoid a collision. The driver of the Honda also swerved at the last second, colliding with the van. All occupants of both were injured. The driver of the Honda had major injuries and was transported to Natividad Medical Center. Two of the children in the van, both 10,  had moderate injuries and were air lifted to Santa Clara Medical Center. Officers are conducting an investigation into the possibility of the driver of the Honda being under the influence of marijuana.

Attempted Murder, Violation of Probation

Release Date/Time: 3/14/2019 9:26 AM
Incident:Attempted Murder
Date: Wednesday, 3/13/2019
Time: 5:32 PM
Location: 100 block of Soledad St.

Officers investigated a stabbing incident that resulted in the arrest of Mark Cruz (50) for attempted murder. Cruz was in an argument with an unidentified woman which included Cruz  kicking her dog. The male victim (20) attempted to verbally intervene from across the street. Cruz took exception and walked across the street to confront the victim. Cruz pulled out a pocket knife and proceeded to stab the victim to the left rib cage area. Officers identified and detained Cruz as the suspect and subsequently arrested him. The victim was transported to Natividad Medical Center in stable condition suffering non-life threatening injuries.

Cruz was transported to county jail and booked on attempted murder and violation of probation charges. 

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

CANCELED - Press Conference to Celebrate Salinas Police Department being Named the Recipient of the James Q. Wilson Award for Excellence in Community Policing

Release Date/Time: 3/8/2019 11:50 AM
Incident:CANCELED - Press Conference to Celebrate Salinas Police Department being Named the Recipient of the James Q. Wilson Award for Excellence in Community Policing
Date: Friday, 3/8/2019
Time: 11:50 AM
Location:401 Towt St. Closter Park

The press conference scheduled to take place today, Friday March 8, 2019, at 3:30 PM, at Closter Park 401 Towt Street has been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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

Press Conference to Celebrate Salinas Police Department being Named the Recipient of the James Q. Wilson Award for Excellence in Community Policing

Release Date/Time: 3/6/2019 1:01 PM
Incident:Press Conference to Celebrate Salinas Police Department being Named the Recipient of the James Q. Wilson Award for Excellence in Community Policing
Date: Friday, 3/8/2019
Time: 3:30 PM
Location: 401 Towt St. Closter Park

Press Conference to Celebrate Salinas Police Department being Named the Recipient of the James Q. Wilson Award for Excellence in Community Policing

Salinas Police Department has been named the recipient of the James Q. Wilson award for excellence in community policing. The Community Policing Institute of California will present the award to Salinas PD at the annual California Police Chiefs Association Conference on March 7. The award is given once a year to California law enforcement agencies that 'successfully institutionalized the Community Policing philosophy,” according to the RCPI-CA website. Judging is done by a panel of experts who have no affiliation with any of the nominated agencies. Over the past two years, the Salinas Police Department has dedicated resources and training to public outreach.

For Salinas Police Chief Fresé, 'community policing is not a project, is a philosophy”. It is a way of providing police services by partnering with the community to address those quality of life issues that affect Salinas. It encourages police and community to participate and communicate as partners. The J. Q. Wilson award, given to one California agency each year, is named for the social scientist credited with the 'broken windows” approach to policing, which concentrates on preserving order by concentrating on quality of life issues.

There will be a press conference held to discuss the details of the J. Q. Wilson award during a short celebration with community members.

The press conference will take place on Friday March 8, 2019 at Closter Park 401 Towt St. at

3:30 pm. The public is invited to attend

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

Officer Involved Shooting Update : Officers Names

Release Date/Time: 3/5/2019 1:55 PM
Incident:Officer Involved Shooting Update: Officers Names
Date: Tuesday, 3/5/2019
Time: 1:55 PM
Location:222 Lincoln Ave

Officer Involved Shooting Update: Names of Officers

On March 1, 2019, at approximately 10:45 am, Salinas Police officers were called to the 1000 block of E. Laurel Dr. on a report of a disturbance involving weapons. Officers arrived and contacted Brenda Rodriguez Mendoza (20) who had barricaded herself in a vehicle. She was the sole occupant in the vehicle. At 1:34 pm, officers were involved in an officer involved shooting. Mendoza was pronounced deceased at the scene.

As per established protocol, the Monterey County District Attorney's Office is conducting the officer involved shooting investigation.

Salinas PD Chief Adele Fresé has released the names of the officers involved:

Bryan McKinley 15-years law enforcement experience

Carlo Calupad 14-years law enforcement

Robert Miller 11-years law enforcement experience

Any questions or inquiries should be directed to the District Attorney's Office.

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

Officer Involved Shooting

Release Date/Time: 3/1/2019 8:51 PM
Incident: Officer Involved Shooting
Date: Friday, 3/1/2019
Time: 8:51 PM
Location: 1000 Blk of E. Laurel Dr.

On March 1, 2019, at approximately 10:45 am, Salinas Police officers were called to the 1000 blk of E. Laurel Dr. on the report of a disturbance involving weapons. Officers arrived and made contact with a 20 -year-old female who had barricaded herself in a vehicle. 
She was the sole occupant in the vehcile. At 1:34 pm, officers were involved in an officer involved shooting. The female suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene. No officers were injured.

As per established protocol, the Monterey County District Attorney's Office is conducting the officer involved shooting investigation. Any questions or inquiries should be made to the District Attorney's Office.

 

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant
Telephone: 831-758-7250

Sexual Battery Arrest

Release Date/Time: 2/28/2019 2:56 PM
Incident:Sexual Battery Arrest
Date: Thursday, 2/28/2019
Time: 2:56 PM
Location:743, S, Sanborn Rd

On February 28, 2019, Detectives from the Salinas Police Department's Investigations Bureau arrested Salvador Mondragon (44) for Sexual Battery after serving a search warrant at his place of business. An 18-year-old male victim contacted the police department stating Mondragon, the owner of Eagle Star Security, had committed sexual battery while Mondragon was 'training” him on searching techniques. Mondragon had the victim take off clothing to demonstrate the proper way to conduct a strip search. The victim stated while he was in his underwear, Mondragon groped him in a sexual manner. Mondragon was arrested by the Salinas Police Department for the same offense in 2014. He received a sentence of probation and must register as a sex offender.

Detectives are unsure if there are other potential victims of Mondragon. If someone has information regarding this case or any other actions of Mondragon, they are asked to contact Detective Kenny Schwener at (831) 758-7276 or at [email protected].

Release Authorized by:Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:758-7289

Warrant Arrest

On 2-10-19, MCSO investigated an assault with a deadly weapon that occurred at a residence in the county area off highway 68. An arrest warrant for Joziah Harris was issued on February 22nd. 2-25-19 Members of VSTF, SPD Patrol, State Parole and CHP located Harris in Marina where he was arrested. MCSO was notified and Harris was booked into the jail.

Release Date/Time: 2/25/2019 3:44 PM
Incident:
Date: Monday, 2/25/2019
Time: 3:44 PM
Location:Marina

Release Authorized by:Sgt. Lauricella
Telephone:831-758-7250

Warrant Arrest

Release Date/Time: 2/25/2019 3:44 PM
Incident:
Date: Monday, 2/25/2019
Time: 3:44 PM
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Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 2/24/2019 1:57 AM
Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting
Date: Saturday, 2/23/2019
Time: 10:00 PM
Location: 100 Block of Gardenia Drive

At approximately 10:00 PM, officers responded to a ShotSpotter activation and calls from community members reporting shots fired on the 100 block of Gardenia Drive. Officers arriving on scene learned a 31-year-old shooting victim had been transported by car to a local hospital. The victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds and is being treated for potentially life-threatening injuries.

Detectives are currently on scene and investigating.

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

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