Release Date/Time: 2/23/2017 4:37 PM
Incident: Robbery/Attempted Murder Arrest
Report #: 17-010112
Date: Thursday, 2/23/2017
Time: 4:27 PM
Location: 201 Williams Rd.-Quality Liquors
On January 3, 2017, at approximately 7:35 PM, Salinas Police officers responded to an armed robbery at the Quality Liquors store located at 201 Williams Rd. in Salinas. The suspect, described as a Hispanic male with a blue colored bandana over his face, entered with a handgun and demanded money. The clerk complied and provided the suspect with an unknown amount of money. The suspect left the business as the clerk followed. The suspect fired his handgun at the clerk and fled westbound on East Market Street. The clerk followed and the suspect fired again at the clerk. The clerk, fearing for his safety, fired several rounds from his personal firearm at the suspect. The suspect was last seen running northbound on Kenneth Ave. One of the last two rounds that the suspect fired at the clerk penetrated the exterior wall of a mobile home located in the 200 block of Williams Road. A 31-year-old male, who was watching television, was struck in the left shoulder by the bullet. The victim was treated at a local hospital and recovered from his injuries.
Today, the Investigations Bureau arrested Mark Philip Morris, age 25, for the robbery and shooting. Morris is a Salinas resident and was arrested at the Monterey County Jail where he was being held on a Violation of Probation charge.
The investigation revealed that when Morris fired at the clerk who was following him, he did not make it to his getaway vehicle. Officers found the vehicle the night of the robbery/shooting and towed it as evidence. Detectives secured a search warrant for the contents inside the vehicle and numerous items of evidence were recovered. The physical and biological evidence lead to Morris as the suspect.
Morris is being charged with Robbery, Attempted Murder, and firearm related charges to include Felon in Possession of a Firearm and others.
Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant
Telephone: (831) 758-7496