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Homicide Victim Identified

Release Date/Time: 1/22/2021 3:53 PM
Incident: Homicide Victim Identified
Date: Friday, 1/22/2021
Time: 3:53 PM
Location: 100 Block of Russell Road

On 01/20/21, at approximately 11:47, officers responded to the 100 block of Russell Road for report of a stabbing.  Officers found the victim, Daniel Cruz Trevino (26), near a roadside memorial for a 2018 homicide victim.  Trevino was found unresponsive with multiple stab wounds. Fire and medics provided CPR but were unsuccessful and Trevino died at the scene.

Possible suspect was described as a male, early 20's, medium complexion, thin build, short hair, 5'6 – 5'10”, wearing a blue face covering, and last seen running toward N. Main Street.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Justin Heckman at (831) 758-7323, or email him at: [email protected]

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

Robbery, Hit and Run Arrest as a Result of Instagram Transaction

Release Date/Time: 1/22/2021 9:55 AM
Incident:Robbery, Hit and Run Arrest as a Result of Instagram Transaction
Date: Thursday, 1/21/2021
Time: 11:00 AM
Location:600 Block of Arcadia Way

REMINDER: Salinas PD recently established a Safe Sale and Safety Zone in the visitors parking lot in front of the Police Service of Salinas Headquarters at 312 E. Alisal St. The purpose of implementing this resource is to enhance the safety of residents who are meeting each other in person to complete internet sale transactions such as with popular websites like Instagram, Craigslist, eBay to name a few.

While most of these types of transactions are completed in a safe and legitimate manner. There have been several instances, like the one mentioned below, we have investigated in the past that have turned criminal and/or violent.

The robbery mentioned here is a perfect example as to why you should take advantage of the Safe Sale and Safety Zone to conduct transactions like this. This incident could have gone very bad. Avoid situations like this by using the Safe Zone, tell friends and family of this option when making transactions or exchanges.

With our surveillance cameras providing 24 hr. video surveillance, people will have an option to complete their transaction in a safe location in front of the Police Service of Salinas Headquarters 312 E. Alisal St. We encourage residents to use it as often as necessary.

Robbery, Hit and Run Arrest as a Result of Instagram Transaction

On 1-21-21 at 11:00 am, in the 600 block of Arcadia Way, a 19 year old victim agreed to sell two pairs of Nike Jordan shoes on Instagram. They decided to meet in the area of the school in the 600 block of Arcadia Way.

A price was agreed upon (several hundred dollars) and they met at the agreed location. As they were both standing outside their vehicles, the victim handed over the two pairs of Jordan's to the suspect who said he was going to get the money. Suspect walked towards his car and placed the shoes in his car.

Suddenly, the suspect got behind the wheel and put his car in drive and started to drive forward. The victim attempted to retrieve his property by reaching into the suspect vehicle. The suspect tried to get away driving forward and striking two parked vehicles then reversed striking two more vehicles. In the process the victim was able to retrieve his shoes from the within vehicle but was struck by the suspect vehicle as it moved back and forth. Victim suffered minor injury.

The suspect fled the scene with the victim and several friends entering their vehicle and followed the suspect. They located the suspect in the 1800 block of Pescadero Dr. and detained him for officers who arrived shortly after.

The suspect was identified as Leonardo Sotelo (20), he did not have any money with him to pay for the shoes intending to steal the shoes from the beginning. Sotelo was transported to county jail facing robbery, hit and run charges.

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

Homicide Investigation

Release Date/Time: 1/20/2021 2:55 PM
Incident: Homicide Investigation
Date: Wednesday, 1/20/2021
Time: 2:55 PM
Location: 100 Block of Russell Road

Salinas Police are investigating a homicide that occurred on Russell Road. Detectives are on 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

Shelter in Place Order Still in Effect- Refugio en Casa Sigue en Vigor (English and Spanish)

Release Date/Time: 1/14/2021 10:20 AM
Incident:Shelter In Place Still in Effect - Refugio en Casa Sigue en Vigor( English and Spanish)
Date: Thursday, 1/14/2021
Time: 10:20 AM
Location:City of Salinas

The Shelter in Place order has been in effect for approximately ten months and it requires everyone to stay home except for essential needs. The intent of the order is to ensure that we all follow the recommended guidelines to reduce the spread of the coronavirus in our community.

Over the past several weeks Salinas PD has been responding to calls dealing with 'Non-Essential” businesses being open and many calls with large gatherings/parties in homes, city parks and people and/or businesses not adhering to the Shelter in Place Order.  

It has been Salinas Police Department's intent to educate and inform people of the Shelter in Place Order by giving them warnings, but there are times when warnings do not work, and we have had to take enforcement action.  Violation of the Order is a misdemeanor and is covered under the California Health and Safety Code 120295. A violation can result in a fine or jail time.

During the past several weeks including the holidays, we have seen a surge in Covid-19 cases that place Salinas as the city with the highest number of positive Covid-19 cases in the county. This increase in numbers is partly due to the large private gatherings and disregard for the Shelter in Place Order restrictions by some. We have learned that practicing social distancing and restricting people from gathering in groups is one of the best ways to fight the virus and save lives.

Although it is not our primary focus to cite or arrest people for violating the order, Salinas Police will increase our enforcement efforts of the Shelter in Place order while it is in effect which could result in issuing a citation or making an arrest when appropriate. 

Our goal is to stop the spread of COVID-19 and begin the road to normalcy. With the vaccine being administered as we speak, we hope we are headed in that direction.

Please do not let your guard down. Avoid large gatherings, continue to practice social distancing, wear your mask and wash your hands often.

Let's all be part of the solution and save lives.

Refugio en Casa Sigue en Vigor

La orden de Refugio en Casa ha estado en vigor durante aproximadamente diez meses y requiere que todos se queden en casa, excepto para las necesidades esenciales. La intención de la orden es asegurar que todos sigamos las pautas recomendadas para reducir la propagación del coronavirus en nuestra comunidad.

Durante las últimas semanas Salinas PD ha estado respondiendo a llamadas que tratan con negocios "no esenciales" que están abiertos y muchas llamadas con grandes reuniones/ fiestas en hogares, parques de la ciudad y personas y/o empresas que no se adhieren a la Orden de Refugio en Lugar.

La intención del Departamento de Policía de Salinas ha sido educar e informar a la gente sobre la orden de Refugio en Casa mediante advertencias, pero hay momentos en que las advertencias no funcionan, y hemos tenido que enforzar las violaciones.  La violación de la Orden es un delito menor y está cubierta por el Código de Salud y Seguridad de California 120295. Una violación puede resultar en una multa o tiempo en la cárcel.

Durante las últimas semanas incluyendo las vacaciones, hemos visto un aumento en los casos de Covid-19 que colocan a Salinas como la ciudad con el mayor número de casos positivos de Covid-19 en el condado. Este aumento en el número se debe en parte a las grandes reuniones privadas y el desprecio por las restricciones de Shelter in Place Order por parte de algunos. Hemos aprendido que practicar el distanciamiento social y restringir a las personas de reunirse en grupos es una de las mejores maneras de combatir el virus y salvar vidas.

Aunque no es nuestro objetivo principal multar o arrestar a personas por violar la orden, la Policía de Salinas aumentará nuestros esfuerzos de aplicación de la orden de Refugio en Casa mientras que está en efecto lo que podría resultar en emitir una multa o efectuar un arresto cuando sea apropiado.

Nuestro objetivo es detener la propagación de COVID-19 y comenzar el camino hacia la normalidad. Con la vacuna que se administra en este momento, esperamos que nos dirijamos en esa dirección.

Por favor, no baje la guardia. Evite grandes reuniones, continúe practicando distanciamiento social, use su máscara y lávese las manos con frecuencia.

Seamos parte de la solución y salvemos vidas.

Servicio de Policía de Salinas

Release Authorized by:Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:758-7289

Arson and Burglary

Release Date/Time: 1/13/2021 5:37 PM
Incident: Arson, Burglary
Date: Wednesday, 1/13/2021
Time: 6:15 AM
Location: 700 Block of Elvee Dr.

Salinas Police Officers arrived on the 700 block of Elvee this morning to assist the Fire Department with a suspicious fire at that location. The reporting party, who worked at the business, opened a door and found the interior ablaze.

The Fire Department was able to fight the fire as we began an investigation and provided perimeter assistance. We also were able to use an unmanned aerial vehicle piloted by one of our officers to use a thermal camera to help locate hot spots in the building. The building sustained very significant damage due to the fire.

The California Highway Patrol located a suspicious person walking along the 101 Freeway who had soot on his clothing. One of our officers responded and confirmed soot and burns on him. Further investigation was developed, and Martin Gonzalez (48) was arrested for burglary, arson amongst some other more minor charges.

This investigation is ongoing. Please contact the fire department or police department with any additional information.

 

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

Shelter in Place Order Still in Effect

Release Date/Time: 1/13/2021 4:25 PM
Incident: Shelter in Place Order Still in Effect
Date: Wednesday, 1/13/2021
Time: 4:25 PM
Location: City of Salinas

Release Authorized by: Assistance Chief Filice
Telephone: 831-758-7321

 

The Shelter in Place order has been in effect for approximately ten months and it requires everyone to stay home except for essential needs. The intent of the order is to ensure that we all follow the recommended guidelines to reduce the spread of the coronavirus in our community.

Over the past several weeks Salinas PD has been responding to calls dealing with 'Non-Essential” businesses being open and many calls with large gatherings/parties in homes, city parks and people and/or businesses not adhering to the Shelter in Place Order.  

It has been Salinas Police Department's intent to educate and inform people of the Shelter in Place Order by giving them warnings, but there are times when warnings do not work, and we have had to take enforcement action.  Violation of the Order is a misdemeanor and is covered under the California Health and Safety Code 120295. A violation can result in a fine or jail time.

During the past several weeks including the holidays, we have seen a surge in Covid-19 cases that place Salinas as the city with the highest number of positive Covid-19 cases in the county. This increase in numbers is partly due to the large private gatherings and disregard for the Shelter in Place Order restrictions by some. We have learned that practicing social distancing and restricting people from gathering in groups is one of the best ways to fight the virus and save lives.

Although it is not our primary focus to cite or arrest people for violating the order, Salinas Police will increase our enforcement efforts of the Shelter in Place order while it is in effect which could result in issuing a citation or making an arrest when appropriate. 

Our goal is to stop the spread of COVID-19 and begin the road to normalcy. With the vaccine being administered as we speak, we hope we are headed in that direction.

Please do not let your guard down. Avoid large gatherings, continue to practice social distancing, wear your mask and wash your hands often.

Let's all be part of the solution and save lives.

 

Toy Drive Appreciation

Release Date/Time: 12/31/2020 4:29 PM
Incident: Toy Drive Appreciation
Date: Thursday, 12/31/2020
Time: 4:29 PM
Location: Salinas Police Service

Release Authorized by: Assistant Chief R. Filice
Telephone: (831) 758-7090

 

This year the Department intended to host a drive-thru Winter Wonderland event where gifts were going to be given to children aged twelve and under.  About a week prior to the event, and after toy donations had been solicited and were underway, the event had to be canceled due to a new COVID-19 shelter in place order.

Keeping our commitment to the donors and our community, and in an effort to spread Christmas cheer, the event was restructured as a toy delivery for those in need.  An online sign-up was initiated, and the information was released to the media.  The response was overwhelming and within the first twelve hours we received far more requests than we had toys; more than 1300 requests at the time.  The sign-up had to be closed.

We received generous monetary donations from our sponsors and many toy donations from members of our community, with the goal of fulfilling as many requests as possible.  In all, we were able to obtain over a thousand toys for children aged infant to twelve years old.  Department personnel not only assisted with purchasing toys with donated funds but also took on the monumental task of wrapping every single gift and sorting them by gender and age for distribution.

Deliveries were organized and accomplished thanks to the effort and hard work of those who volunteered.  It was an overwhelming challenge made possible only by flawless organization.  Officers and support personnel dressed up as the Grinch, Santa Claus and an elf while making toy deliveries in the SWAT vehicle.

 As the day progressed, patrol personnel volunteered to help deliver toys when they became available during their shift.  Deliveries ended at approximately 8:00 pm, and as a result of everyone's combined efforts, more than one thousand gifts were delivered to children throughout the City of Salinas.

The Chief would like to thank all personnel and volunteers involved for making this happen.  Personnel and volunteers donated a smile to those who needed it the most, our children.  Absolutely none of this would have been possible without the efforts of those listed below.

Police Personnel:

Matt Maldonado, Kim Robinson, Luis Bravo, Dana Cornelison, Gerry Magana, Steve Sparks, Danny Warner, Ruby Alvarez, Gabe Carvey, Zach Dunagan, Chayene Garcia, Justin Heckman, Ian Kile, Chris Neff, Anthony Parker, Dave Pritt, Ermelinda Reyes, Nic Reyes, Maria Morales, Gloria (Nathaly) Nunez, Juliane Sharpe, Tanya Crawford, Martha Guizar, Angelica (Yazmin) Gutierrez, & Kevin Low.

Donors: Dr. Rolando Cabrera and Salinas Police Foundation, Mr. Ollie Lowe, California Water Service, and Salinas Target.

Arrests - Multiple Shootings/Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 12/31/2020 11:50 AM
Incident: Attempted Murder Arrests
Date: Thursday, 12/31/2020
Time: 11:50 AM
Location: Arrest location: Spence Road/ Tulane Street

On 08/23/20, at 7:30 PM officers responded to a ShotSpotter activation and calls of shots fired in the area of Fremont St. and Carr Avenue. Several bullet casings were located at the scene but no victim. Witnesses described a newer model white Lexus stopping near the intersection of Fremont and Carr Ave and a male shooting at an unknown victim.

Approximately 30 minutes after the initial shooting call, a 20-year-old man arrived at a local hospital with a gunshot wound to the head. The victim survived the wound.

Detectives located grainy video near the shooting scene that showed both the suspect and victim vehicle. Crime Scene Investigators (CSI) examined the victim's vehicle and recovered blood swabs and other trace evidence. 

In the following months detectives, working closely with Patrol officers and VSTF, conducted an extensive investigation including forensic analysis, uniform enforcement efforts, and undercover operations resulting in the identification of two suspects in the August shooting: Noah Serrano (20), and Leonardo Luna (19). Additionally, during the investigation, detectives developed evidence implicating Serrano and Luna in four additional shooting/attempted murders:

  • 10/10/20 – Shooting – Fremont Street/ Carr Ave.

Approximately 4 – 6 rounds fired at an unknown victim.

  • 10/18/20 – 5:05 PM – Mae Ave/ Towt St.
    Approximately 9 rounds fired at unknown victim.
     
  • 10/18/20 – Shooting – Rider Ave/ Del Monte Ave.
    Approximately 9 rounds fired at victim.
     
  • 11/11/20 – Attempted Murder – 1200 block of Bellehaven St.
    Approximately 11 rounds fired. Two adult male victims were shot and survived their injuries.

The investigation led to a residence on Spence Road, south of Salinas, and a home on the 500 block of Tulane Street.

Yesterday morning, 12/30/20, detectives conducted surveillance at the Spence Road and Tulane Street locations. Suspect Noah Serrano was arrested without incident away from the Tulane Street residence.  Shortly thereafter, Leonardo Luna was arrested on a traffic stop by VSTF as he left the Spence Road address. He was in the white Lexus.  Officers searched Luna's vehicle and he was found in possession of a .25 caliber semi-auto handgun. Detectives and VSTF served a follow-up warrant on the Spence Road residence and located various ammunition and gang indicia. 

At 3:00 PM, Salinas PD SWAT served a search warrant on the Tulane Street address with the assistance of a CHP K9 officer and CHP helicopter. Detectives located a Glock 9mm semi-auto, a loaded AK47 magazine, and .40 caliber ammunition in the home.

Detectives have evidence Serrano and Luna were hunting for victims they believed were rival gang members.

Serrano and Luna were booked for multiple counts of Attempted Murder, Gang Conspiracy, Gang Enhancement and gun possession.  This investigation is ongoing, and detectives would like to hear from anyone who may have information. If you have information please call Detective Robert Miller at: (831) 758-7954, or email him at: [email protected]. Or 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

Winter Wonderland Celebration

Release Date/Time: 12/3/2020 10:07 AM
Incident:Winter Wonderland Celebration
Date: Friday,12/18/2020
Time: 6-8 PM
Location: Police Service of Salinas 312 E. Alisal St.

The Salinas Police Department, in partnership with California Water Service, and in collaboration with Salinas PAL and the Salinas Police Foundation, are hosting a Winter Wonderland celebration.  This will be a safe, drive-thru holiday event for families and children from the Salinas community.  The event will be held at the Police Service Headquarters, located at 312 E. Alisal St. on Friday, December 18th from 6pm to 8pm.

Winter Wonderland will be a festive atmosphere for the entire family with holiday music and holiday characters in costume.  Vehicles will drive through several holiday-themed, decorated tents, ending with a greeting from Santa!  Children 12 and under will receive a surprise from Santa Claus, while supplies last.

This event is drive-thru only.  We will not be able to accommodate walk-ups.  Entry to the event will be through the vehicle gate located on Work St., from John St. only.  No access will be available from E. Alisal St.  We ask that you remember to wear your mask and follow distancing guidelines.  All attendees will remain in their vehicles for the entire event.

In an effort to bring holiday cheer to as many children as possible, Salinas Police Department is accepting donations of new toys in the front lobby of the Police Service Headquarters.

Release Authorized by:Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:758-7289

SALINAS POLICE BRINGS CHRISTMAS TO LOCAL FAMILIES

Release Date/Time: 12/16/2020 7:15 PM
Incident: SALINAS POLICE BRINGS CHRISTMAS TO LOCAL FAMILIES
Date: Wednesday, 12/16/2020
Time: 7:15 PM
Location:  312 E. Alisal Street

The Salinas Police Department regrettably announced last week that it's first ever family-friendly drive-thru Winter Wonderland event at the Police Service Headquarters had to be postponed.  This postponement did not come before we received several generous donations of toys from our event sponsors and giving community members.

Salinas Police Department employees will hit the streets next Wednesday, December 23rd, to deliver the donated toys to as many families within the community as possible.  If you are in need of Christmas help or cheer, you can register for a visit from the Salinas Police online at:  https://forms.gle/iVSxBfVWuWTFPgge8.  The registration page will close at 12pm on Tuesday, December 22nd.

Toys are for children 12 and under.  If there are multiple children in a household, the form must be completed for each.  You must be available to receive the delivery on December 23rd.  Toys WILL NOT be left on doorsteps or porches.  Toy deliveries will be made while supplies last and selection criteria may be primarily dependent on the order of applications received.

No one knows how long this pandemic will last, so we ask everyone to continue to wear their masks, practice social distancing, and stay at home when possible.  We wish everyone a safe, healthy, and happy holiday!

 

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. Lalo Villegas
Telephone: 831-758-7250

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