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National Night Out is August 6th

Release Date/Time: 7/18/2019 11:30 AM
Incident:National Night Out
Date: Tuesday, 8/6/2019
Time: Starting at 4pm
Location:Various Locations in Salinas

                                                                                                            Annual National Night Out Celebration

                                                                                     Salinas to Join Cities Nationwide August 6th for a Night Out Against Crime

Join over 38 million neighbors across thousands of communities around the nation for the annual National Night Out celebration, an annual community - building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out will take place on Tuesday evening, August 6, 2019 starting at 4pm in neighborhoods throughout the city of Salinas. National Night Out is a crime and drug prevention event sponsored nationally by the National Association of Town Watch.

The Focus of National Night Out is to:

  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness.
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts.
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships.
  • Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

National Night Out is a great crime prevention tool. It encourages you and your neighbors to get together and share ideas. When neighbors know each other and pay attention to their surroundings, it helps law enforcement when neighbors recognize and report suspicious activity. The more you know about your neighborhood the more you can do to keep it safe.

Participating neighborhoods nationwide are asked to turn on outside lights, lock their doors, and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. Neighborhoods will be hosting a variety of events ranging from small potlucks and BBQ's to large block parties. Some additional event ideas include, games, contests, discussing neighborhood issues or setting neighborhood goals, plan a clean-up day, beautify a common area, discuss or plan a Neighborhood Watch Program. It is up to each group to be creative, have fun and get to know your neighbors.

Register your neighborhood for this year's event today. Registration is free and gives police and other city representatives an opportunity to attend local events as time and circumstances permit. You do NOT have to be a current Neighborhood Watch neighborhood to participate. National Night Out is for everyone! Register now and begin planning your event as soon as possible.

If you would like to host a block party in your neighborhood, you can obtain more information by contacting Ana Ambriz Neighborhood Services Coordinator at [email protected] or (831)758-7166 or Sgt. Kendall Gray at [email protected] or (831)758-7224. You can also visit our web page www.salinaspd.com

Come out and join us on August 6th in making National Night Out 2019 the best one yet!

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

Cold Case Murder Arrest

Release Date/Time: 7/18/2019 9:43 AM
Incident:Cold Case Murder Arrest
Date: Thursday, 7/16/2019
Time: 6:45 pm
Location:1300 Block Las Cruces Court

Saturday, July 13th, a single male suspect approached two people in front of 807 Elkington Street and shot them with a fully automatic .40 caliber handgun. The two victims, ages 28 and 19, were transported to Natividad Medical Center with multiple injuries. Both victims are extremely lucky, and both were listed in stable condition. Patrol officers were able to collect video from the area and identified a possible suspect vehicle as a white cargo van. Detectives took over the case, canvassed for additional video and were able to further identify the van. The investigation led to the identification of the suspect, 28-year-old Andrew Alvarado, a Salinas Norteno gang member.

Alvarado was also tentatively identified as a suspect in a cold-case murder that had occurred in 2017. At the time of the Elkington shooting, investigative leads were being finalized resulting in sufficient probable cause to arrest Alvarado. Members from the Violence Suppression Task Force, to include Federal partners, and detectives conducted surveillance of Alvarado. While a search warrant was being written by detectives, and reviewed by a judge, undercover officers observed Alvarado entering a house in the 1300 block of Las Cruces Court.

On 07/16/19, at approximately 6:45 PM, Salinas Police Department SWAT team served the search warrant served at the Las Cruces Court address. The residence was surrounded, and following a 37 minute-stand-off, Alvarado emerged from the residence and was arrested. The search revealed three firearms (to include an assault rifle), illegal gun magazines, ammunition and gang indicia hidden in the residence.Alvarado was transported to the Monterey County Jail and booked for the 2017 Murder and Attempted Murder. The charges related to the Elkington shooting, the gun possession and gang enhancements will follow shortly.

Details on the 2017 homicide are as follows:

On 09-10-17, at approximately 1834 hours, officers responded to 255 E. Bolivar St. on the report of a shooting with two victims. When officers arrived, they located 49-year-old Martin Rocha and a 29-year-old male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Unfortunately, Mr. Rocha did not survive and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The second victim was transported to Natividad Medical Center and survived with permanent injuries.

The two men had been working on a vehicle in the driveway when they were approached by two males. The suspects pulled out handguns and shot both victims. After the shooting, the suspects ran to an awaiting vehicle and fled. Andrew Alvarado has been identified as one of the shooters.

Detectives believe Andrew Alvarado carried out heinous and cowardly attacks on unsuspecting victims, and he may have been involved in other violent crimes. The 2017 murder and this weekend's attempted murder are still under investigation. 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:Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:831 758-7289

Salinas Police Enduro Program

Release Date/Time: 7/16/2019 5:05 PM
Incident: Salinas Police Enduro Program
Date: Tuesday, 7/16/2019
Time: 5:05 PM
Location: 222 Lincoln Ave

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Brian Johnson
Telephone: 831-758-7280

The Salinas Police Department is rolling out a team of police officers on Enduro Dual Purpose motorcycles this week. The initial and primary focus of the Enduro Unit is the Main Street corridor and the streets and alleys in the Chinatown neighborhood, but they can work anywhere in the city. These dual purpose motorcycles are more compact and can maneuver especially well in response to crimes where suspects flee into alleys or become quickly absorbed in crowds. Enduro Officers were selected from among existing Salinas detectives and patrol officers through a multi-phased, competitive process. The selected officers demonstrated an understanding of and commitment to community policing, and will operate under this philosophy while conducting enforcement or build relations with residents and businesses near downtown Salinas. This assignment is a collateral duty in which officers hold primary assignments in either Investigations or Patrol and will be deployed as staffing and overtime funds permit.

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 7/14/2019 2:01 PM
Incident: Attempted Murder
Date: Sunday, 7/14/2019
Time: 2:01 PM
Location: 800 Block Elkington Ave

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Brian Johnson
Telephone: 8317587280

Officers responded to 800 Block Elkington Ave regarding two victims of a shooting.  When Officers arrived on scene, they found two victims that had multiple gunshot wounds. Both victims were conscious and were transported to the hospital for treatment.  They both appeared to be in stable condition.  The victims were twenty eight and nineteen years old.  Witnesses reported that they heard rapid shots in front of the apartment complex and both victims were hit by gunfire. 

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.

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 7/11/2019 11:47 PM
Incident: Homicide
Date: Thursday, 7/11/2019
Time: 7:55 PM
Location: Market Way and Soledad St.

At approximately 7:55 PM, officers responded to a victim of a shooting in the area of Market Way and Soledad Street. The officers located the victim, a 37-year-old man, laying in the dirt area on the south side of Market Way near the railroad tracks suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper torso. Medical responders pronounced the victim deceased at the scene.

 

Detectives have identified the victim; however, his identity is being withheld pending family notification.

 

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

Homicide Victim Identified

Release Date/Time: 7/12/2019 10:30 AM
Incident:
Date: Friday, 7/12/2019
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Market Way and Soledad Street

The family of the victim have been notified and detectives have identified the victim of yesterday's homicide as Alfonso Nevarez (37).

On 07/11/19, at approximately 7:55 PM, officers responded to a victim of a shooting in the area of Market Way and Soledad Street. The officers located the victim, Alfonso Nevarez (37), laying off the road on the south side of Market Way near the railroad tracks suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper torso. Medical responders pronounced the victim deceased at the 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

Negligent Discharge of a Firearm, other Weapon Charges

Release Date/Time: 7/8/2019 1:40 PM
Incident: Negligent Discharge of a Firearm, Other Weapon Charges
Date: Thursday, 7/4/2019
Time: 9:39 PM 
Location:1000 block of Jean Ave.

Officers responded to several calls of shots fired in the area of the 1000 block of Jean Ave.. Violence Suppression Task Force officers were nearby and also responded.  With the help of the community, officers were able to narrow down the possible location where they located evidence that led them to a residence in the 1000 block of Jean Ave.

Officers contacted Cesar Cano (23) and during the investigation evidence was located that resulted in Cano's arrest. VSTF recovered 3 handguns, 2 shotguns, an AR style rifle and multiple rounds of ammunition. Cano is facing charges of negligent discharge of a firearm and other weapon related violations.

Salinas PD would like to thank the community for their involvement in bringing this incident to a positive and safe conclusion.

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

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 7/3/2019 9:00 AM
Incident:Attempted Murder
Date: Tuesday, 7/2/2019
Time: 10:31 PM
Location:900 Block Machado Way

Officers responded to a Shot Spotter activation in the area of the 1000 block of Alma Ave. and located evidence that led them to a crime scene in the 900 block of  Machado Way. Officers secured the scene and attempted to locate  possible victims. A short time later, Salinas PD was notified of two possible victims who had arrived at the emergency room at Natividad Medical Center suffering non-life threatening gunshot wounds to their legs.

The two 18 year old male victims were contacted at the hospital and both were less than cooperative. They only told officers they were walking in the area when unknown suspects shot them. They did not provide any further details and there is no suspect information at this time.

Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7321. If you wish to remain anonymous you can call our Tip Line at (831) 775-4222

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

Hit an Run Fatal Collision

Shortly before 5:00 AM Thursday morning, 54 year-old Gretchen Knowles was struck by a vehicle in the 2200 block of N. Main St. in Salinas. Knowles was pronounced dead at the scene. The involved vehicle did not stop at the scene of the collision. This case is being investigated by the Salinas Police Traffic Unit and the Investigations Unit as a hit and run collision. If you have any information related to this collision, please contact the Salinas Police Department and 831-758-7321.

 

Release Date/Time: 6/20/2019 12:50 PM
Incident:Hit and Run Collision
Date: Thursday, 6/20/2019
Time: 12:50 PM
Location: 2200 Block of N. Main St.

Release Authorized by: Robert Hampson, Sergeant
Telephone:831-758-7321

Rooftop Standoff and Arrest

Salinas Police Officers responded to the 1500 block of Mazatlán on the report of a male acting erratically and refusing to leave the residence. The officers met with the suspects mother, who indicated that she wanted him to leave as he had been damaging property and was possibly under the influence or having a psychotic episode.

They contacted Michael Dorado (48) in a bedroom and found that he was noncommunicative with officers who were also crisis-trained by Monterey County Behavioral Health. As they continued to try to speak with him, he threw an object at one of the officers and lunged for both of them. They fired their Tasers at Dorado who was able to fight through the effects and refused to comply with officers' orders. He fought his way past them and onto the roof via a window.

Several more officers responded to the location. Officers spent the next several hours negotiating with Dorado who continued to be noncompliant and didn't want to communicate with hostage negotiation-trained officers. Instead, Dorado began breaking windows and tearing roof tiles up and throwing the items into the driveway and surrounding areas near where the officers were located. As he threw one such tile off of the roof, he lost his balance and rolled off the roof. He was then apprehended by a police canine and taken into custody before being transported to the hospital for treatment.

The entire incident lasted approximately 2.5 hours. Dorado will be taken to the Monterey County Jail for a variety of felony and misdemeanor charges after he is discharged from the hospital.

 

Release Date/Time: 6/18/2019 3:29 PM
Incident: Rooftop Standoff and Arrest
Date: Tuesday, 6/18/2019
Time: 3:29 PM
Location: 1500 Block of Mazatlán

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

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