Press Releases

Kidnapping, Armed Robbery, Lewd Acts on Minor

Release Date/Time: 11/7/2019 11:29 AM
Incident:Kidnapping, Armed Robbery, Lewd Acts on Minor
Date: Wednesday, 11/6/2019
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: 0-100 Block W. Market St.

On 11/5/19, officers began investigating a possible kidnapping and robbery case. The 14-year-old male victim reported he had met the suspect, later identified as Ramon Santos Velasco (23), on social media and they had been corresponding on social media for approximately one month. The investigation revealed that on 11/4/19 Velasco drove to the victim's home and offered him a ride to school. The victim reluctantly entered Velasco's vehicle. Velasco drove with the victim past his school and then drove to the county area.The victim told Velasco to take him back to school but when the victim realized they were going in a different direction; he exited the vehicle and ran away. The victim was eventually able to contact relatives who called the police.

During the investigation, it was revealed Velasco had also demanded money from the victim at knifepoint and Velasco had also touched the victim's genital area over his clothing. The victim was able to provide detailed suspect and vehicle description to officers.

On 11-6-19, at approximately 1:30 pm officers observed the suspect vehicle driving in the 0-100 block of W. Market St and conducted a traffic stop. Velasco was identified as the driver and suspect. He was taken into custody without incident. Velasco was transported to the county jail where he was booked on Kidnapping, Armed Robbery and Lewd Acts on a Minor charges.

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

Automated Red-Light Camera Program is Here

Release Date/Time: 10/31/2019 8:54 AM
Incident:     Automated Red-Light Camera Program is Here.
Date: Friday, 11/1/2019
Location: City of Salinas

                                                                                                                   Automated Red-Light Camera Program is Here.

Salinas Police Department would like to announce that the Automated Red-Light Camera Enforcement Program is ready and will begin issuing warning notices November 1, 2019. This program is designed to improve public safety through increased enforcement of red-light violations and increased public awareness of the dangers of running red lights.

November 1, 2019, the 30-day warning period begins. Warning notices will be issued for approximately thirty days. The projected date for the Automated Red-Light Camera Program to begin issuing citations is early December. For more information refer to the attached brochure.

The program is funded by money paid by red light violators and at no cost to the city. It is projected that the program will earn just enough to pay for the operation of the equipment, and the processing of the citations. It is anticipated that the City will generate little or no income from the program.

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

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 11/27/2019 4:30 PM
Incident: Homicide
Date: Tuesday, 10/29/19
Time:
Location: Salinas

On November 6, 2019, the Salinas Police Department Investigations Bureau was notified by the Monterey County Coroner's Office that Robert Darryl Mooring, age 58, had died due to complications from a possible assault that occurred days earlier.

The investigation has revealed Mooring, who listed himself as transient, had been assaulted on the morning of Tuesday, October 29th in the area of E. Lake St. and Soledad St. Although Mooring had been injured, he did not seek medical attention at that time. On November 1st, Mooring was taken to the emergency room at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital by a social worker who assists the homeless population in the lower Soledad St. area.  The social worker was concerned with Mooring's condition from the assault and convinced him he needed to go to the hospital. Mooring was admitted to the hospital where his condition worsened. Ultimately, the infection and complications that led to his death were a direct result of the injuries sustained in the assault. This case is being investigated as a homicide.

The Investigations Bureau is asking for information from anyone that may know what occurred to Mr. Mooring on October 29th. If you believe you have information, please contact Detective Gabriela Contreras at (831) 758- 7971; or at [email protected]. If you would like to remain anonymous you can call the Anonymous Tip Line at (831) 775-4222.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray
Telephone: (831)758-7350

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 11/8/2019 11:02 AM
Incident: Homicide
Date: Saturday, 10/26/2019
Time: 7:45 PM
Location: 1100 Block of John Street

On October 26, 2019, at approximately 7:45 pm, officers responded to the 1100 block of John Street for a report of a male being beaten by multiple subjects.  When officers arrived, they found 47-year-old Ventura Guzman Urias unconscious, with significant facial injuries.  Mr. Urias was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Medical staff worked diligently, but unfortunately on October 31, 2019, he died from his injuries. 

Detectives were able to determine Mr. Urias was followed by three males in hooded sweatshirts and blue jeans, possibly in their early 20's.  Eventually, the three males assaulted Mr. Urias and robbed him of his property.  The three suspects then ran westbound on John Street and entered a black BMW 3-Series with tinted windows.  The vehicle appeared to be a 2012 or newer model.  The investigation is ongoing.

If anyone has information that can help with this homicide investigation, please contact Detective Justin Heckman at (831) 758-7323; 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: Cmdr. John C. Murray
Telephone: (831) 758-7350

Salinas PD Asks Drivers to “Stop on Red” during National School Bus Safety Week

Release Date/Time: 10/23/2019 12:49 PM
Incident:Salinas PD Asks Drivers to 'Stop on Red” during National School Bus Safety Week
Date: Wednesday, 10/23/2019
Time: 12:49 PM
Location:City of Salinas

Salinas PD Asks Drivers to 'Stop on Red” during National School Bus Safety Week

 During National School Bus Safety Week Oct. 21-25, Salinas Police Department is supporting efforts across the state to make sure children are safe taking the bus to and from school.Held every year during the third week of October, National School Bus Safety Week is a way for parents, children, teachers, bus drivers, school officials and law enforcement to emphasize the importance of school bus safety. This year's theme is "My School Bus, The Safest Form of Student Transportation!"

While riding the bus is the safest way for children to get to and from school, an alarming number of drivers illegally pass school buses who have their red lights activated. According to a 2016 survey by the California Department of Education, more than 26,000 drivers failed to stop for a school bus that had students getting on or off. During National School Bus Safety Week, Salinas Police Department will have additional officers around schools looking for drivers who do not stop for a school bus with its flashing red lights on.

California law requires drivers to stop from either direction when a school bus flashes red lights. Drivers must remain stopped as long as the red lights are on. Drivers who fail to stop face up to a $1,000 fine and could have their license suspended for one year. If a bus is on the other side of a divided street or street with two or more lanes in each direction, drivers do not need to stop but should slow down and look for children.

'There is no excuse for passing a bus that is stopped with red lights,” Salinas Police Department, Public Information Officer, Miguel Cabrera said. 'Red means stop. All drivers should be alert around schools, especially before school starts and when classes are out.” School buses are the safest way for children to get to school. Teaching drivers and children to follow best safety practices will ensure that children are as safe as possible when traveling to and from school.

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

Press Conference on End of Summer Report on Violence Suppression Task Force Deployments

Release Date/Time: 10/18/2019 11:36 AM
Incident:Press Conference on End of Summer Report on Violence Suppression Task Force Deployments
Date: Tuesday 10/22/2019
Time: 10:30 AM
Location:200 Lincoln Ave, City Hall Rotunda

Press Conference on End of Summer Report on Violence Suppression Task Force Deployments

Press conference is for law enforcement only.  Press/Media is invited to attend.

A press conference will be held at City Hall Rotunda 200 Lincoln Ave. on Tuesday October 22, 2019 at 10:30 am. Salinas PD will present an end of summer report on the Violence Suppression Task Force (VSTF) deployments and discuss the continued violence suppression efforts in partnership with local, state and federal agencies.

Press/Media inquiries should be directed to Public Information Officer Miguel Cabrera at (831)758-7289 Or Sgt. Brian Johnson at (831) 758-7280

Release Authorized by:Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:758-7289

Live PD Break

Release Date/Time: 10/18/2019 1:42 PM
Incident: Live PD Break
Date: Friday, 10/18/2019
Time: 1:42 PM
Location: 222 Lincoln Ave

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

Live PD will take a break from the Salinas Police Department after the Saturday, October 19th broadcast.  Live PD will be rotating another law enforcement department onto the show after 13 months with Salinas PD.  

Chief Frese released this statement: "It has been an honor for the Salinas Police Department to have been asked to participate in the documentary TV series, Live PD. The series showcases policing across the country, and in that vein, the producers have notified the department that they will be taking a break from Salinas as of October 21st as part of the rotation of participating departments . We appreciate the opportunity to bring the public into our patrol cars and show them the reality of law enforcement. In so many ways, this program has strengthened our relationships with the public and the citizens we serve, without interfering with our daily operations. While we will not be featured on upcoming live episodes, we continue to maintain an excellent relationship with Live PD and we would look forward to future participation on the program. On behalf of everyone in the Salinas Police Department, I would like to thank our community for supporting the officers who participated in Live PD."

From A&E:  'Live PD” documents policing across America, showcasing urban and rural law enforcement agencies from different size cities, towns and counties. In keeping with the promise of the series, we switch out agencies periodically, and will be taking a break from the Salinas Department after the Saturday, October 19th broadcast. We want to thank Chief Fresé, the Salinas Police Department, and the city of Salinas for allowing us to ride with the officers. We hope to return to Salinas sometime in the future."

Collision Reporting Center Coming Soon

Release Date/Time: 10/9/2019 11:24 AM
Incident: Collision Reporting Center Coming Soon
Date: Thursday, 10/17/2019
Time: 11:24 AM
Location: City of Salinas

                                                                                                        Collision Reporting Center Coming Soon

The City of Salinas, the Salinas Police Department and Accident Support Services International Ltd. (ASSI), facilitators of Collision Reporting to Police and the Insurance Industry, are pleased to announce their partnership in the operation of the Salinas Collision Reporting Center (CRC).  On October 17, the Salinas CRC will be opening its doors to the public at 200 Lincoln Avenue, and will be the 2nd Collision Reporting Center in California. Media is invited to attend the opening of the CRC which will be held at City Hall.

Accident Support Services International Ltd. has provided superior customer service with Police since 1994. ASSI now operates 42 Collision Reporting Centers in partnership with over 60 local police forces.  In September 2016, they opened the 1st U.S. Collision Reporting Center in Roanoke, VA in partnership with the City of Roanoke, Roanoke County and Salem Police Departments. ASSI's goal is to facilitate an active partnership between police and insurers in post-accident care by providing knowledgeable advice and assistance to accident victims. This results in increased convenience for the public as well as greater road safety.  Supporting insurers fund the program; there is No Cost to the police or the public for these services.  

'Salinas Police Department is looking forward to implementing our new Collision Reporting Center in partnership with Accident Support Services International Ltd. The center will provide a safe and user-friendly format to Salinas community members wishing to document traffic collisions.  This new simplified reporting process will allow officers to be readily available to answer more urgent types of calls for service. In addition, officers will be able to interact with the community and be more proactive during daily patrol duties.”  Roberto Filice, Assistant Chief, Salinas PD

Participation in the Collision Reporting Center program allows participating Police Departments to reallocate officers from collision reporting to higher priority calls for service.  Collision reporting is moved from the side of the road to a safe and comfortable location for citizens, preventing possible secondary collisions and injuries.  Access to local collision data through ASSI's Microsoft and Insurance-Canada Technology award winning Collision Reporting and Occurrence Management System (CROMS) enables police to determine collision causes and hot-spots to create and deploy pro-active traffic safety campaigns to make roads safer for all.  In addition, Accident Support Services' employees complete the data entry for all official state collision reports, saving police administrative time and capturing the information for analysis and focused policing initiatives. 

Motorists involved in collisions not involving injuries or criminal conduct are directed to file a report at the CRC with ASSI personnel, reviewed and signed off by police and shared electronically by ASSI with police records and the insurance carrier. Upon arrival at the CRC, citizens are greeted by a staff member who helps them to complete the official police report, photographs their vehicle damage and applies the ‘Damage Reported to Police' sticker.  Drivers are offered an information handout on next steps from their insurance company and the opportunity to contact family, broker or insurance company directly from the Center.  The citizen is provided with a one-stop service opportunity for all of their reporting needs.

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

Automated Red-Light Camera Program Coming Soon

Release Date/Time: 10/8/2019 12:03 PM
Incident:Automated Red-Light Camera Program Coming Soon
Date: Tuesday, 10/8/2019
Time: 12:03 PM
Location:City of Salinas

Automated Red-Light Camera Program Coming Soon

Salinas Police Department would like to inform the public that the Automated Red-Light Camera Enforcement project is nearing completion and will soon be operational. This program hopes to improve public safety through increased enforcement of red-light laws and increased public awareness of the dangers of red light running.

Automated Red-Light Enforcement cameras are currently being installed at several locations in the City of Salinas. The sites are under construction and are not yet operational. Technicians are currently testing the equipment, including cameras and strobe flashes, at some of the sites. The cameras will be operational soon and a warning period will be the next step. Information will be released when the warning period begins.

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

Victim Advocate Grant

Release Date/Time: 10/4/2019 5:08 PM
Incident: Vicitm Advocate Grant
Date: Friday, 10/4/2019
Time: 5:08 PM
Location: Salinas Police Department

The Salinas Police Department is excited to announce the City of Salinas has been awarded the U.S. Department of Justice Victim Specialist Program grant. The Office of Justice Programs has approved the Salinas Police Department for funding for a Victim's Advocate position through the Law Enforcement-Based Victim Specialist Program in the amount of $276,000. The money for this award comes from the federal Crime Victims Fund, which is administered by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). It is derived not from tax dollars, but from fines, penalty assessments, and bond forfeitures of convicted federal criminal offenders. The grant was established to secure funds to benefit local crime victims' programs. This grant reflects the continuing commitment of the Salinas Police Department to work with local, state, and federal partners to improve service to crime victims, their families, and our community.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray
Telephone: (831)758-7350

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