Press Releases

Homicide Arrest

Release Date/Time: 09/03/18
Incident: Homicide Arrest
Date: Wednesday, 11/28/2018
Time: 3:50 PM
Location: 1200 Block of Polk Street

On September 3, 2018, at approximately 12:30 a.m. officers responded to a home in the 1200 block of Polk Street for a report of a gunshot victim. At the residence, officers found the victim, Daniel Martinez Jr. (37) lying on the floor, unconscious and not breathing. Officers provided CPR, but Mr. Martinez died at the scene. A dark colored car was seen leaving the area. Through investigation, detectives determined Christopher Montoya (32) shot and killed Martinez. Montoya was booked into Monterey County Jail for murder.

If you have additional information regarding this case, please contact Detective Robert Miller at (831) 758-7954 or email him at [email protected]; or Detective Pete Gomez at (831) 758-7236 or email him at [email protected] . If you would like to remain anonymous, call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Media inquiries, contact Miguel Cabrera: (831) 758-7289

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

Murder Victim Identification

Release Date/Time: 11/26/2018 11:57 AM
Incident: Update: Murder Victim Identification 
Date: Monday, 11/26/2018
Time: 11:57 AM
Location:100 Block of N. Hebbron St.

Update: The homicide victim from the November 3, 2018 shooting in the 100 block of N. Hebbron St. has been identified as Felix Alonso Francisco (43). Detectives were able to identify him earlier this month but so  far have not been able to locate his family or determine where he lived or worked. If anyone has information regarding Mr. Francisco or information regarding this case, you are encouraged to contact Detective Ruben Sanchez at 831 758-7927 or at [email protected]  If you would like to remain anonymous you can call the Salinas PD Tip Line at 831 775-4222

Previous Press Release:

Release Date/Time: 11/3/2018 10:58 AM
Incident: Murder
Date: Saturday, 11/3/2018
Time: 1:30 AM
Location: 100 Block of N.Hebbron Ave

On November 3, 2018, at approximately 1:30 am, officers responded to the under 100 block of North Hebbron Avenue to investigate calls from community members regarding gunshots, along with a ShotSpotter activation. Officers located a Hispanic male in his late 20's to early 30's, lying in the driveway of a complex, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim expired at the scene. We are looking into the possibility of a gang nexus, but at this time, the motive for the shooting is unknown. The investigation is ongoing, and updates will be provided when available.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information on the shooting to call Detective Ruben Sanchez at (831) 758-7927 or email him at [email protected]. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

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

Salinas Police Department Reminds You to Celebrate the Holiday Season Responsibly

Release Date/Time: 11/19/2018 11:20 AM
Incident:Salinas Police Department Reminds You to Celebrate the Holiday Season Responsibly
Date: Monday, 11/19/2018
Time: 11:20 AM
Location:222 Lincoln Ave.

Salinas Police Department Reminds You to Celebrate the Holiday Season Responsibly

With the holiday season fast approaching, Salinas Police Department wants to remind everyone to be responsible and not drive after drinking or take drugs that affect your ability to operate a vehicle.To help keep our roadways safe, Salinas Police Department will be conducting saturation patrols and DUI checkpoints beginning Nov. 23.The enforcement efforts coincide with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving campaign, which runs from Nov. 23 to Dec. 12.

'The holidays are a time to enjoy the company of family and friends, but also a time to be extra careful on the roads,” said Traffic Sgt. Robert Hampson. 'Sadly, the holiday season leads to an increase in drivers who shouldn't be driving. It's important for us to let people know that if you feel different, you drive different.” During the 2017 Thanksgiving (Nov. 22-26) and Christmas (Dec. 22-25) holidays, 99 people were killed and nearly 4,500 people were injured on California roads. Of those deadly crashes, nearly 35 percent involved alcohol.

With holiday parties taking place, it is important to plan ahead and make sure everyone has a sober ride home. Even if you have had only one drink, play it safe and designate a sober driver or use a ride-share service to get home. If you plan to drink, do not plan on driving.

Salinas Police Department also supports efforts by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to inform drivers that 'DUI Doesn't Just Mean Booze.” Prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI. 'Don't spoil the holiday and put yourself and others at risk by driving impaired,” said Sgt. Robert Hampson 'People need to understand that the only time they should be driving is when they are sober.”

Funding for holiday season enforcement operations are provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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

Salinas Police Department Reminds Drivers and Passengers to Wear a Seat Belt

Release Date/Time: 11/19/2018 11:05 AM
Incident:Salinas Police Department Reminds Drivers and Passengers to Wear a Seat Belt
Date: Monday, 11/19/2018
Time: 11:05 AM
Location:222 Lincoln Ave.

Salinas Police Department Reminds Drivers and Passengers to Wear a Seat Belt

This Thanksgiving, Salinas Police Department is joining the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to remind people how important it is to wear a seat belt, and the potentially deadly consequences of not buckling up. Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel times of the year. According to AAA, 48.5 million people will hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday, making it more critical than ever for drivers and passengers to wear a seat belt. With more cars on the road, the chances of being involved in a crash go up, and a seat belt is the best defense.

It is why during the Thanksgiving holiday, which runs from Nov. 22-26, Salinas Police Department will be looking for drivers and passengers who are not wearing a seat belt. As a primary seat belt law state, California law enforcement can issue tickets to people who fail to wear a seat belt. Violations are punishable by a $162 fine.

'Wearing a seat belt can literally be a life-saver,” said Traffic Sgt. Robert Hampson. 'It only takes a couple seconds to buckle up and buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash". Salinas Police Department is one of many agencies across the country participating in the national Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign aimed at saving lives by making sure all drivers and passengers get the message to buckle up.

During the 2016 Thanksgiving weekend, 341 people were killed in crashes nationwide. Of those killed, 49 percent were not wearing a seat belt.'Every day, we see the devastating effects of crashes involving people who don't wear a seat belt,” said Sgt. Robert Hampson. 'Whether you're on a cross-country road trip or driving one block, it's critical you buckle up every trip, every time.”

Funding for this seat belt enforcement operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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

Burglary, Resisting Arrest

Release Date/Time: 11/13/2018 12:56 PM
Incident:Burglary. Resisting Arrest
Date: Monday, 11/12/2018
Time: 11:49 PM
Location:400 Block of Fremont St

Officers responded to a call of a burglary to a business in progress in the 400 block of Fremont St. The owner reported he had just closed his business and was walking to his vehicle when he observed the suspect later identified as Roman Lopez Ambrocio (24) approach and kick in the front glass door to enter the business. Officers arrived and surrounded the business and observed Ambrocio still in the business. They ordered him to exit but he refused to comply the officer's orders instead he retreated further into the business. A canine officer arrived and his partner Avi was deployed. After a brief struggle Ambrocio was taken into custody suffering moderate injuries to his armpit as a result of  Avi's bite.

During the incident Avi was injured and was rushed to the animal hospital where Avi underwent surgery. Avi is recovering and is expected to return to duty soon. Ambrocio was arrested and transported to county jail and charged with burglary and resisting arrest.

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

Train vs Pedestrian collision

Release Date/Time: 11/13/2018 3:21 PM
Incident: Train vs Pedestrian collision
Date: Tuesday, 11/13/2018
Time: 3:21 PM
Location: Dead en of Sanborn Place on tracks

Release Authorized by: Commander Maldonado
Telephone: 831-758-7250

An Amtrak train was was travelling southbound through Salinas in the area of the dead end of Sanborn Place. The conductor spotted a man walking on the track in front of the train. The conductor sounded the train horn to alert the man of the trains presence, but saw no response. The conductor activated the emergemcy stop, however, the train could not stop in time. The man was struck by the train and was found deceased by officers that arrived on scene. The victim was a 34 year old man that has been identified. That information is being held pending the notification of family.

Attempted Murder, Kidnapping, Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Release Date/Time: 11/13/2018 11:47 AM
Incident: Attempted Murder, Kidnapping, Assault with a Deadly Weapon
Date: Monday, 11/12/2018
Time: 11:08 AM
Location:1800 Block of Truckee Way

Officers responded to a call  in the 1800 block of Truckee Way, the victim called to report her ex-boyfriend, Donavan Johnson (28) was at her residence causing a disturbance and was not welcome. Before officers could respond, Johnson had left the residence. The victim later called again to report the suspect had returned  and forced his way into the residence. A loud commotion could be heard in the background. Officers arrived as  the suspect sped away from the area. Officers attempted a traffic stop but Johnson did not yield and a pursuit was initiated but eventually ended when the suspect stopped at the emergency entrance to Natividad hospital. Officers discovered the victim was in the vehicle with the suspect. The victim (28) was suffering from numerous deep lacerations to her back, both legs, both arms and her face. The victim who was bleeding profusely was rushed into the  emergency room and immediately taken into surgery.

The cuts were caused by a knife that was recovered from the vehicle. The investigation revealed Johnson had entered the residence through a window, and attempted  to drag the victim from the residence. A victim's relative attempted to intervene and blocked his path. Johnson threw the victim to the ground, punched her in the face and then began slashing her with the knife. The suspect realized the vitim was seriously injured and proceeded to drive her to the hospital  as officers arrived on Truckee Way just prior to initiating the persuit. Johnson  was subsequently arrested and transported to county jail on charges of attempted murder, kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon.

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

Salinas Police Department Receives Traffic Education and Enforcement Grant

Release Date/Time: 11/13/2018 9:46 AM
Incident:Salinas Police Receives Traffic Education and Enforcement Grant
Date: Tuesday, 11/13/2018
Time: 9:46 AM
Location: 222 Lincoln Ave

Salinas Police Department Receives Traffic Education and Enforcement Grant

Salinas Police Department has been awarded a $175,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a yearlong enforcement and public awareness program. The traffic safety program is intended to educate the public on safe roadway habits and deter people from violating traffic laws or practicing other unsafe behaviors that lead to injuries and fatalities.

'Our community has suffered great loss as a result of impaired driving, distracted driving, and reckless behaviors behind the wheel. Through education and enforcement, we can create change that will save lives. Let's work on this together.” stated Chief Adele Fresé.

The grant from OTS will fund various education and enforcement activities for the 2019 federal fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2018 to Sept. 30, 2019):

  • DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols to take suspected alcohol/drug-impaired drivers – and those unlicensed or with a revoked/suspended license – off the road.
  • Traffic safety education presentations for youth and community members on distracted, impaired and teen driving, and bicycle/pedestrian safety.
  • Patrols at intersections with increased incidents of pedestrian and bike collisions.
  • Checking for seat belt and child safety seat compliance.
  • Motorcycle safety operations in areas with high rider volume and where higher rate of motorcycle crashes occur.
  • Speeding, red light and stop sign enforcement.
  • Warrant service operations targeting multiple DUI offenders.
  • Compilation of DUI 'Hot Sheets” identifying repeat DUI offenders
  • Probation supervision for high-risk DUI offenders.
  • Specialized DUI and drugged driving training to identify and apprehend suspected impaired drivers.
  • Court 'stings” to cite individuals driving from DUI court after license suspension or revocation.

In 2016, 3,623 people were killed in crashes across the state, a 7 percent increase from 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Particularly alarming is the rise in pedestrian deaths, with 867 pedestrians killed on California roadways in 2016, a nearly 33 percent increase from 2012. Along with the growing dangers of distracting technologies like phones and drug-impaired driving, this grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these dangerous and illegal behaviors.

'Almost all crashes are preventable,” OTS director Rhonda Craft said. 'Education and enforcement go hand in hand helping change behaviors that cause devastating crashes.”

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Release Authorized by: Miguel Cabrera

Telephone: 831 758-7289

Murder

Release Date/Time: 11/3/2018 10:58 AM
Incident: Murder
Date: Saturday, 11/3/2018
Time: 1:30 AM
Location: 100 Block of N.Hebbron Ave

Release Authorized by: Commander M. Maldonado
Telephone: 831-758-7250

On November 3, 2018, at approximately 1:30 am, officers responded to the under 100 block of North Hebbron Avenue to investigate calls from community members regarding gunshots, along with a ShotSpotter activation. Officers located a Hispanic male in his late 20's to early 30's, lying in the driveway of a complex, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim expired at the scene. We are looking into the possibility of a gang nexus, but at this time, the motive for the shooting is unknown. The investigation is ongoing, and updates will be provided when available.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information on the shooting to call Detective Ruben Sanchez at (831) 758-7927 or email him at [email protected]. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Head on Collision, Driving Under the Influence X2

Release Date/Time: 10/29/2018 9:18 AM
Incident:Head on Collision, Driving Under the Influence X2
Date: Sunday, 10/28/2018
Time: 00:14 AM
Location:E. Boronda Rd. and Constitution Blvd.

Officers were dispatched to a head on collision at E. Boronda Rd and Constitution Boulevard involving a Ford F150 and a Honda Odyssey. It was quickly updated to the F-150 being on fire with people trapped inside and multiple people in the Odyssey.  A good samaritan in the area immediately went to render aid and broke a window to the F-150 and removed a female passanger from the burning F-150. The good samaritan suffered minor lacerations to his arms.

The driver of the F-150, Miguel Angel Diaz was standing by the rescued female who was lying on the ground and was in and out of consciousness. Diaz initially stated he was dropped off at the scene but a witness placed him exiting the driver side door. He also had injuries consistent as being the driver. Officers observed objective symptoms of intoxication and conducted the DUI Investigation on Diaz who was subsequently arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Diaz was later transported to county jail for DUI charges.  The female victim was transported to Natividad Medical Center for treatment. 

The Odyssey had a total of six occupants.  Four of the six occupants were mobile and the two youngest(13,15) were lying on the ground when officers arrived.  All of the occupants were eventually transported to Natividad Medical Center and Salinas Valley Memorial hospitals with minor to moderate injuries. A thirteen year old female passenger was flown out to Valley Medical Center, she had suffered a broken femur and was unconscious at one point. The occupants stated they were coming back from a party when the Silverado merged into their lane and collided with the Odyssey van.  Both vehicles had major front end damage.

The driver of the Odyssey, Arsenio Diaz-Garcia was also showing signs of being under the influence of alcoholic beverages. He was evaluated and  suspected of being under the influence . Diaz-Garcia was arrested and cited for DUI at the hospital.

It was later discovered several persons attending a Halloween party nearby heard the collision and went to assist the injured occupants of the vehicles involved.

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

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