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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

Homicide/Attempted Homicide

Release Date/Time: 8/2/2019 8:31 AM
Incident: Homicide/Attempted Homicide
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.

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: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant
Telephone: (831) 758 7496

Rollover Collision

Release Date/Time: 7/27/2019 2:14 PM
Incident: Rollover Collision
Date: Saturday, 7/27/2019
Time: 2:14 PM
Location: South Main Near Blanco

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

The Salinas Police Department is working a rollover collision that occurred on South Main Street ending in the Nob Hill Shopping Center parking lot. It appears that a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed left the roadway resulting in injuries. We are still investigating the cause.

If you were a witness to the collision, and we did not have an opportunity to speak with you at the scene, please contact the non-emergency number for the police department at (831) 758-7321 so we can talk to you.

Salinas Police Department's K9 Keno to get donation of body armor

Release Date/Time: 7/24/2019 9:48 PM
Incident:   Salinas Police Department's K9 Keno to get donation of body armor
Date: Wednesday, 7/24/2019
Time: 9:48 PM

Salinas Police Department's K9 Keno to get donation of body armor

Salinas Police Department's K9 Keno will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. K9 Keno's vest is sponsored by a fundraiser hosted by Aubrey Eyer of Rancho Mirage, CA and will be embroidered with the sentiment 'Gifted by Denise and Aubrey”. Delivery is expected within eight to ten weeks.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. The non-profit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four-legged K9 officers. Since its inception, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 3,400 protective vests, in 50 states, through private and corporate donations, at a value of $5.7 million dollars.

 

The program is open to dogs actively employed in the U.S. with law enforcement or related agencies who are certified and at least 20 months of age. New K9 graduates, as well as K9s with expired vests, are eligible to participate.

 

The donation to provide one protective vest for a law enforcement K9 is $950.00. Each vest has a value between $1,744 – $2,283 and a five-year warranty, and an average weight of 4-5 lbs. There is an estimated 30,000 law enforcement K9s throughout the United States. For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provides information, lists events, and accepts tax-deductible donations of any denomination at www.vik9s.org or mailed to P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

Release Authorized by: Commander James Arensorf
Telephone: 831-758-7250

Elder Abuse Arrest

Release Date/Time: 7/24/2019 12:38 PM
Incident:Elder Abuse Arrrest
Date: Tuesday, 7/23/2019
Time: 12:38 PM
Location:1400 Block Bardin Way

On Friday, July 19, 2019, at approximately 8:40 am, the victim was walking home from church in the area of Williams Rd and Bardin Way when he was attacked. A male adult came out of a residence near the corner of the Williams Rd. and Bardin Way and punched the 89-year-old man in the face, knocking him to the ground. Once on the ground, the suspect continued to punch and kick the victim in the upper torso and head area. The suspect was pulled off the victim, possibly by a family member of the suspect, and they ran off, leaving the victim on the sidewalk. The same family member returned and helped the victim to his residence, where the police were called.

The victim was unable to provide a good description of the suspect because the attack was unprovoked and happened so quickly. The victim was taken to a local hospital by family members where it was found the victim suffered a fractured orbital bone and other bumps and bruises. He was treated at the hospital and released.

The case was turned over to the Salinas Police Department's Investigations Bureau for further follow-up. Detectives were able to identify a few witnesses and obtained video. The suspect was identified as Moses Hernandez, age 23, who lives in the area. Efforts to contact Moses were made difficult due to the lack of cooperation from his family. Patrol officers were given a 'Be on the Lookout” for Moses for his arrest for Assault with a Deadly Weapon (other than a firearm) and Elder Abuse.

On Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at approximately 9:00 pm, a Patrol officer attempted to stop a bicyclist for a vehicle code violation. The 15-year-old refused orders to stop and was chased to the 1400 block of Bardin Way. While officers were attempting to detain the juvenile, Moses Hernandez came out of a nearby house and attempted to interfere with the officers. The officers recognized Moses from the 'Be on the Lookout” and attempted to arrest him. Moses decided to fight with the officers and resist arrest. While this was happening, both of Moses' parents, Luis Hernandez (age 50) and Norma Hernandez (age 53), attempted to intervene and stop the arrest of Moses and the 15-year-old boy. All four individuals were taken into custody with no injuries to officers or the suspects.

Moses was arrested for the Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Battery causing Serious Bodily Injury, Elder Abuse, Resisting Arrest and Probation Violation. Luis and Norma were arrested for Resisting/Interfering with a Police Officer. All three adults were booked at the Monterey County Jail. The juvenile was cited for California Vehicle Code violation and Resisting Arrest. He was released to a relative.

If there is anyone that witnessed the attack on July 19th, the are encouraged to contact Detective Alex Rodriguez at (831) 758-7268 or email at [email protected].

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

Salinas Police Department Warns Public About Dangers of Leaving Children in Hot Cars

Release Date/Time: 7/23/2019 9:29 AM
Incident:Salinas Police Department Warns Public About Dangers of Leaving Children in Hot Cars
Date: 07/31/2019 
Time: 
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Salinas Police Department Warns Public About Dangers of Leaving Children in Hot Cars

July 31 is National Heatstroke Prevention Day

 

Salinas, Ca. – The inside of a vehicle is much warmer than it is outside, increasing the risk of heat stroke for children left inside for even short periods of time. Outside of crashes, vehicular heatstroke is the leading cause of vehicle-related deaths among children. It is why Salinas Police Department is reminding parents, babysitters and anyone who cares for children to avoid leaving them alone in a hot car.

Last year, 52 children were killed as a result of being left in a hot car, a 21% increase from 2017 and the highest number in more than 20 years. More than half of all vehicle-related heatstroke deaths in children are caused when a parent or caregiver forgets they are in the car. The temperature inside of a car can rise nearly 20 degrees in just 10 minutes and children are more prone to heatstroke because their body temperatures rise much faster than adults.

'Whether your child is fussy and doesn't want to leave the car or is sleeping, it is important that you take them with you,” Salinas Police Department, Public Information Officer, Miguel Cabrera said. 'Even in temperatures under 80 degrees, the inside of a car can reach triple digits in half an hour.”

To avoid tragedy and a lifetime of pain, Salinas Police Department is encouraging parents and others who care for children to take extra precautions to make sure a child is not left in the back seat or gets into a hot car:

  • Make it a habit to look before your leave and lock the car. Put a stuffed animal, purse, phone or wallet next to the car seat as a reminder.
  • Always lock your car and keep the keys out of the reach of children. Teach your child that a car is not a play area.

If you see a child in a hot vehicle that appears to be in pain or unresponsive, call 911 immediately. Try to find the parents or notify businesses in the area to use a PA system to alert the car owner.

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

BBQ Fundraiser for JT Borofka

Release Date/Time: 7/22/2019 8:48 AM
Incident:BBQ Fundraiser for JT Borofka 
Date: Sunday, 7/28/2019
Time: 11am-3pm
Location:Salinas PAL Youth Center (Armory Hall) 100 Howard St.

On July 28, 2019, the Salinas Police Department in partnership with the Salinas Police Officers Association will be hosting a BBQ fundraiser for JT Borofka. Single dinner plate is $15 and the family meal is $50. Tickets will be sold at Salinas Valley Pro Squad 221 Griffin Street and Salinas Police Department front lobby 222 Lincoln Ave. There will be a car show, kids zone, music, and raffle prizes.

On March 5th, 2019, JT Borofka was diagnosed with Triosephosphate Isomerase Deficiency (TPI). His estimated lifespan is probably 2 to 5 years. TPI is a genetic multisystem disorder that is life-threatening, complications such as respiratory and heart failure can occur during childhood. In addition to the TPI, JT has Hemolytic Anemia which is premature destruction of red blood cells in your body and is why he needs regular blood transfusions. As the disease progresses other symptoms include neurological damage that can lead to paralysis, and intellectual disability, tremors and dystonia.

JT is currently being treated at Stanford Children's Hospital and unfortunately at this time, there is no cure for the underlying issue. His team of doctors are doing what they can by treating the individual symptoms as they arise. Since there are less than 70 cases ever reported there is very little information found in medical literature. TPI Deficiency is so rare that JT is the first person in California to ever have it. As of right now, JT is one of five in the entire world with TPI.

All proceeds go to research and awareness for TPI.

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

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