Press Releases

Hit and Run Collision Involving Two Pedestrians

Salinas Police Officers were dispatched North Main Street and Lamar Street regarding a report of a hit and run vehicle collision, involving two pedestrians. A 41-year-old mother and her 6-year-old daughter were crossing the intersection within the crosswalk. The suspect vehicle, a black Nissan passenger car (with probable windshield damage) and was traveling southbound on North Main Street last seen turning westbound on Boronda Road toward US 101. The force of the collision propelled both pedestrians over 70 feet. The 6 year old was flown to Valley Medical Center in San Jose with non-life threatening injuries. The mother was transported to Natividad Medical Center with extremely critical injuries. Traffic was diverted to allow officers to conduct the investigation. The investigation is ongoing.

Release Date/Time: 10/24/2017 10:45 PM
Incident:  Hit and Run Collision Involving Two Pedestrians
Date: Tuesday, 10/24/2017
Time: 7:38 PM
Location:  North Main Street and Lamar Street

Release Authorized by:  Commander Dave Crabill
Telephone:  831-758-7250

Daily Patrol Log Now Available on Salinas Police Website

Release Date/Time: 10/19/2017 12:52 PM
Incident: Daily Patrol Log now available on Salinas Police website
Date: Thursday, 10/18/2017
Time: 8:00 AM
Location: Salinas, CA

Release Authorized by: Spencer Critchley, Acting PIO
Telephone: (831) 998-3000

The Salinas Police Department has added a Daily Patrol Log to the Department website at The page went live yesterday (Oct. 18, 2017).

The new feature will make it easier for reporters and others to get current information on crimes and other incidents that have involved a police response. Each day's log will include incidents from the most recent seven days, compiled by police records clerks.

Visitors to the web page will find a Daily Patrol Log button. Clicking it will trigger the display or download of a PDF document containing the log.

"This is something we've wanted to provide for a long time, and I'm so glad we can now do that," said Chief Adele Fresé. "We hope this will be a help for reporters covering law enforcement, and it will help us, too, by freeing up a little more of officers' time."

The process for connecting the work of the record clerks to the website was designed by the City's IT Department.

Site visitors can find the new Daily Patrol Log page via the site's Resources menu item.

Homicide Victim Identification

Release Date/Time: 10/16/2017 2:31 PM
Incident: Homicide Victim Identification
Date: Monday, 10/16/2017
Time: 2:31 PM
Location: 100 Blk of Orchard Ave.

On September 6, 2017, at approximately 7:23 p.m., Salinas Police officers responded to the 100 block of Orchard Ave for a report of a person bleeding from the head. Upon arrival, they found a Hispanic male in his 20's suffering from blunt force trauma to his head. The victim was pronounced deceased at the scene. The investigation has revealed very little information about what led to the victim's death. 
Salinas Police detectives and the Monterey County Coroner have been trying to locate family members of the victim without success. The victim has been identified as Salinas resident, Francisco Aguilar, age 37. Mr. Aguilar is from Mexico and may, or may not, have family in the area. We are asking anyone with information regarding the homicide or information of Mr. Aguilar's family to please contact Detective Barboza at (831) 758-7145 or Detective Garibay at (831) 758-7971


Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant
Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Salinas PD receives OTS grant

Release Date/Time: 10/16/2017 10:17 AM
Date: Monday, 10/16/2017
Time: 10:17 AM
Location: City of Salinas




The Salinas Police Department Receives Grant For Special Traffic Enforcement And Crash Prevention


The Salinas Police Department has been awarded a $180,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries. The Salinas Police Department will use the funding as part of the city's ongoing commitment to keep our roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education.


'We received a significant increase in grand funds from last year's grant which will help tremendously,” said Traffic Sergeant Gerry Ross. 'We will be doing everything we can to enforce the DUI and drugged driving laws and educate the public to these dangers. Our goal is to substantially reduce injuries and get the fatality count down to zero.”


After falling to a ten year low in 2010, the number of persons killed on roadways has climbed nearly 17 percent across the state, with 3,429 fatalities in 2015. Particularly alarming is the rise in pedestrian and bicycle fatalities that now comprise nearly 25 percent of all traffic deaths, along with the growing dangers of distracting technologies and the emergence of drug-impaired driving. This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these and other devastating problems such as speeding and crashes at intersections.


'Unsafe behaviors account for 94 percent of traffic crashes,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. 'This grant emphasizes the two most effective ways to change behaviors – education and enforcement. The Salinas Police Department, with assistance from the Office of Traffic Safety, will use these tools to help keep Salinas streets safe.”

Activities that the grant will fund include:

  • Educational presentations

  • DUI checkpoints

  • DUI saturation patrols

  • Court Stings

  • Warrant Service Operations

  • Bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement

  • Motorcycle safety enforcement

  • Distracted driving enforcement

  • Speed, red light, and stop sign enforcement

  • Specialized DUI and drugged driving training for police officers


While alcohol remains the worst offender for DUI crashes, Salinas PD supports the new effort from OTS that aims to drive awareness that 'DUI Doesn't Just Mean Booze.” Prescription medications and marijuana can also be impairing by themselves, or in combination with alcohol, and can result in a DUI arrest.

Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


Release Authorized by: Sergeant Gerry Ross
Telephone: (831) 758-7975

Suspicious Death

Release Date/Time: 10/12/2017 4:28 PM
Incident: Suspicious Death
Date: Thursday, 10/12/2017
Time: 4:28 PM

Today at approximately 0900 hours, Salinas Police Officers were detailed to the Motel 6 on Kern Street to conduct a welfare check on a female who had failed to respond to attempted contacts by a relative.  Upon arrival,  officers discovered a 30-year-old female deceased in the room.  While there was nothing indicating she was the victim of violent crime, her death is considered suspicious as she had no known prior medical conditions.  Salinas Police Detectives responded and, working with the CSI Unit, processed the scene in the event that it is later determined that a crime did, in fact, take place.  We are currently awaiting autopsy results to make that determination.  At this time,  no further information, to include identification, will be released. 

Homicide Victim Identification

Release Date/Time: 10/13/2017 7:03 PM
Incident: Homicide Victim Identification
Date: Friday, 10/13/2017
Time: 7:03 PM
Location: 1500 block of Del Monte Ave

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Brian Johnson, Investigations Bureau
Telephone: 831-758-1728

On October 12th, at approximately 6:43 p.m., officers responded to the 1500 block of Del Monte Ave for a report of a gunshot victim. The victim has been identified as 20-year-old Jaime Martinez, Jr.

This crime is being investigated as gang related. 
If anyone has information about this homicide, they are asked to contact Detective Richardson at (831) 758-7478 or [email protected]or Detective Schwener at (831) 758-7276 or [email protected].


Release Date/Time: 10/13/2017 1:27 AM
Incident: Homicide
Date: Thursday, 10/12/2017
Time: 6:43 PM
Location: 1500 block of Del Monte Ave

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Brian Johnson, Investigations Bureau
Telephone: 831-758-7128

On October 12th, at approximately 6:43 p.m., officers responded to the 1500 block of Del Monte Ave for a report of a gunshot victim. Upon arrival, they found a Hispanic male in his 20's suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a local hospital and eventually succumbed to his injury.  Another passenger in the vehicle was struck by a round and this person was transported to a local hospital for treatment.  This is the 25th Homicide of the year.

The victim's name is being withheld until proper notifications are made. This crime is being investigated as gang related. 
If anyone has information about this homicide, they are asked to contact Detective Richardson at (831) 758-7478 or Detective Schwener at (831) 758-7276.


Release Date/Time: 9/23/2017 4:22 PM
Incident: Robbery
Date: Saturday, 9/23/2017
Time: 4:22 PM
Location: 497 E. Alisal St. - The Corner Market

Two suspects parked outside the Corner Market and both got out of the car and went into the store. One suspect was armed with a handgun and stayed back, ordering the cashier to open the register. At this same time, the second suspect walked around the counter and stood next to the cashier. She opened the register and the second suspect removed all the money. He then jumped back over the counter. While that suspect was getting the money, the mask on the first suspect fell down and he looked toward the camera.

Both suspects ran out of the store and jumped in their car, a dark brown Nissan Altima without plates. They drove WB on Alisal St.

Several photos were captured at the time of the robbery. Please see our Facebook page to see all the photos, as we can only upload a single photo on this newsrelease at this time. We are asking anyone who may know this suspect to call Salinas Police. As always, we will keep you confidential.

Release Authorized by: Mike Groves, Cmdr

Vehicle pursuit & felon in possession of firearm

Release Date/Time: 9/20/2017 8:08 AM
Incident: Vehicle pursuit & felon in possession of firearm
Date: Wednesday, 9/19/2017
Time: 7:47 PM
Location: Market St. & Salinas St.

Salinas Police Officers observed a vehicle cut off a semi-truck near the intersection of Market Street and Salinas Street. The driver,  identified as Kailas Dahl, 27, sped away accelerating his vehicle through the intersection after observing a police car in the same area. Officers attempted to conduct a traffic enforcement stop on Dahl but he instead tried to evade officers leading them on a short vehicle pursuit near the Police Department on Lincoln Avenue and towards West Alisal Street. Dahl continued to flee on South Main Street and turned eastbound on Winham Street where he failed to stop for the stop sign causing a vehicle collision. The collision disabled both vehicles and Dahl fled on foot jumping over fences into backyards of nearby homes.  Dahl was quickly captured a short distsance away by respnding officers.  It was later determined that Dahl had a prohibited loaded firearm inside of his vehicle.  Dahl was also wanted for violating of his parole. Dahl was booked into Monterey County Jail for a variety of felony charges.

Release Authorized by: Commander Dave Crabill

National Child Passenger Safety Week

Release Date/Time: 9/18/2017 3:32 PM
Incident: National Child Passenger Safety Week
Date: Monday, 9/18/2017
Time: 3:32 PM
Location: City of Salinas


Salinas CA—Every day in America, too many children ride in car seats that have been installed incorrectly, or are riding in the wrong car seats for their ages and sizes. Even worse, many other children ride while completely unbuckled. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), two out of three car seats are improperly installed or misused. To help combat this issue, the Salinas PD and NHTSA is sponsoring Child Passenger Safety Week from September 17-23, 2017, a campaign dedicated to helping parents, grandparents and caregivers make sure their children ride as safely as possible - every trip, every time.


'Every 33 seconds in 2015, a child under 13 was involved in a crash,” said Sergeant Gerry Ross. 'It's extremely important to secure your child appropriately every time.”


According to NHTSA, motor vehicle crashes are a leading killer of children, and fatalities are on the rise. Car seats, booster seats, and seat belts can make all the difference. 'NHTSA determined that in 2015, there were 248 children under the age of 5 saved because they were riding in car seats,” Ross said. 'It's critical to have the right car seat properly installed and to use it properly.”


Too often, parents move their children to the front seat before they should, which increases the risk of injury and death. The safest place for all kids under 13 is in the back seat. Also, according to NHTSA in 2015, about 25.8 percent of children 4 to 7 who should be riding in booster seats were prematurely moved to seat belts, and 11.6 percent were unbuckled altogether.


'It's our job to keep our children safe,” Sergeant Ross said. 'Get your car seats checked. Make certain they're installed correctly, and that your kids are in the right seats and are buckled correctly. Even if you think your child is safe, check again, so you can be sure that your child is the safest he or she can be while traveling.”


NHTSA Trained Child Safety Seat Technicians are available by appointment with law enforcement agencies, health providers, insurance companies and many local businesses which can be found at the Safe Kids Worldwide website this and every week of the year.


California law requires:

  • Children under 2 years of age shall ride in a rear-facing car seat unless the child weighs 40 or more pounds OR is 40 or more inches tall. The child shall be secured in a manner that complies with the height and weight limits specified by the manufacturer of the car seat.
  • ?Children under the age of 8 must be secured in a car seat or booster seat in the back seat. Children who are 8 years of age OR have reached 4'9” in height may be secured by a booster seat, but at a minimum must be secured by a safety belt.

When can a child graduate to a booster seat?

  • California law does not address graduation time from a five-point harness to a booster seat. In the interest of safety, do not rush to move a child into a booster seat before they're ready. Each time you 'graduate” your child to the next seat, there's a reduction in the level of protection for your child. Keep your child in each stage for as long as possible.
  • A child is ready for a booster seat when they have outgrown the weight or height limit of their forward-facing harnesses, which is typically between 40 and 65 pounds. Read the forward-facing car seat's owner's manual to determine height and weight limits, and keep your child in a harnessed seat for as long as possible.
  • Children at this stage are not yet ready for adult safety belts and should use belt-positioning booster seats until they are at least 4'9″ and between 8 and 12 years old. Safety belts are designed for 165-pound male adults, so it's no wonder that research shows poorly fitting adult belts can injure children.

(California Vehicle Code Section 27360.) (California Vehicle Code Section 27363.)


Always remember to register your car seat and booster seat with the car seat manufacturer so you can be notified in the event of a recall. Parents and caregivers can view more information on car seat safety and locate a certified child passenger safety technician at


Release Authorized by: Sergeant Gerry Ross
Telephone: 831-758-7975


Question of the Day

Can I drink alcohol while walking down a City street in Salinas?

No, it is illegal to drink any beverage that contains alcohol while on public property. The Salinas Municipal Code Section (21-2)  states that, "No person shall drink any beer, wine or other intoxicating beverage on any public street, sidewalk, alley, highway, plaza parkway, parking lot, airport terminal, or bus or train depot in the City...

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