Press Releases

Homicide/Attempted Homicide Update

Release Date/Time: 8/20/2015 1:15 PM

Incident: Homicide/Attempted Homicide Update

Report #: 15-080787

Date: Sunday, 8/16/2015

Time: 1:19 AM

Location: 1400 Block N. Davis Rd

On Sunday, 8/16/15 Salinas Police officers responded to the parking lot in the 1400 block of N. Davis Road on a report of victims of a shooting. On arrival they found the twenty four year old victim conscious and breathing.  He was transported to Natividad Medical Center, but later died as a result of his injuries. The deceased victim has been identified as Juan Pablo Cisneros Lopez (24).  It was also discovered by responding officers that there was a second victim who was still in a vehicle at the scene. The second victim sustained multiple gunshots wounds, and he is in stable condition.

At this time, the motive for the shooting is still unknown. Both victims were shot in the parking lot, and there are no known gang connections. There were numerous people in the parking lot at the time of the shooting, and it is believed that there are additional witnesses that have not come forward. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Detective Sivertson at 831-758-7132 or Detective Gibson at 831-758-7442.  If you would like to remain anonymous, you can also 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: Jim Arensdorf

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide/Attempted Homicide

Release Date/Time: 8/16/2015 7:18 AM

Incident: Homicide/Attempted Homicide

Report #: 15-080787

Date: Sunday, 8/16/2015

Time: 1:19 AM

Location: Haciendas Grill - 1449 N. Davis Rd.

Officers responded to the Hacienda Grill at 1449 N. Davis Road to the victim(s) of a shooting.   They found the twenty four year old victim conscious and breathing.  He was transported to Natividad Medical Center.  Complications developed as a result of his wounds and he later died at the hospital.  It was also discovered by responding officers that there was a second victim who was still in a vehicle at the scene.  The second victim sustained multiple gunshots wounds.  The thirty two year old victim was tranported to the Natividad Medical center where surgery was performed.  He is expected to survive.

At this time, the motive for the shooting is unknown.  There are no known gang connections however, both victims are known to purchase and use narcotics.  There were numerous people in the parking lot at the time of the shooting.  Some of which described a dark colored or black Toyota or Mitsubishi sedan leave the lot at a high rate of speed just after the shooting.   Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department.       

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Vehicle Collision with Injuries

Release Date/Time: 8/13/2015 2:04 PM

Incident: Vehicle Collision with Injuries

Report #: 15-080635

Date: Thursday, 8/13/2015

Time: 8:02 AM

Location: John Street and South Hebbron Street

A 28 year old male was driving a full size pickup southbound on Hebbron Street at John Street.  It appears that he pulled onto John Street directly into the path of a westbound passenger vehicle.  The driver of the passenger vehicle was a 42 year old male who had two children passengers in the back seat.  One of the passengers was a 9 year old girl who suffered bruising and had a complaint of pain and the other was a 6 year old boy who complained of pain.  Both children were flown to a Santa Clara Hospital as a precaution. Both adult drivers were transported to a local hosptial were they were treated for complaint of pain. The girl is currently being treated and the boy was treated and released.  Neither alcohol nor drugs were suspected to be involved in this collision.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed-Robbery suspects arrested (Don Roberto Jewelry)


Since the below listed armed robberies at the Don Roberto jewelry stores, Salinas Police Department investigators have now solved both robberies and have arrested three suspects. See previous press releases for details of each armed robbery that occurred on July 3, 2015 and July 20, 2015.

Salinas Police Detectives working with concerned citizens and the staff of Don Roberto Jewelers were able to gather enough evidence leading to the arrests of the following:

Rigoberto Torres (22) Castroville resident

Freddy Robledo (22) Soledad resident

Emeli Soto (19) Salinas resident

Investigation revealed that both Torres and Robledo worked together to commit both robberies.  It was also found that Soto was in a relationship with Robledo and knew the robberies were going to take place and appeared to work in conjunction with them during the second robbery on July 20, 2015.

The arrests made in this case are a great example of how working together with the police department can produce positive results.  As with most criminal investigations the Salinas Police Department urges those who may have witnessed a crime or may have information that may help solve a crime to call the Salinas Police Department.

Witnesses are encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department Investigations Division at 831-758-7226.   If you would like to remain anonymous, you can also call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222 or the We-Tip-Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

See below press relases:

Release Date/Time: 7/3/2015 2:38 PM

Incident: Robbery

Report #: 15-070132

Date: Friday, 7/3/2015

Time: 12:07 PM

Location: 1033 E. Alisal - Don Roberto's Jewelry

Officers were dispatched for a robbery at Don Roberto Jewelers. A white Escalade had backed into the handicapped stall right in front of the store. When a female with a 4 year old boy was buzzed into the business, the 2 suspects in the Escalade jumped out from the car and ran into the store. One male with a silver handgun grabbed the boy and threatened to shot him if the owners did not give them the keys to the jewelry. One of the owners handed the man with the handgun the keys. That suspect then handed the boy off to his accomplice, who was armed with a shotgun. He held the boy at gunpoint until the first suspect got the jewelry from the display. The suspect holding the boy released him and both ran back to their car. They drove away W/B on Alisal St. The suspects were masked with bandanas, spoke both English and Spanish and at one point told one told the other to 'check the scanner”. The young boy was not injured during this robbery, but was very upset.

Release Date/Time: 7/20/2015 4:54 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery - Business

Report #: 15-071131

Date: Monday, 7/20/2015

Time: 1:36 PM

Location: 1554 North Main Street #A - Don Roberto's Jewelry Store

Salinas Police Officers responded to an armed robbery at Don Roberto Jewelry Store, 1554 North Main Street #A. Two Hispanic male suspects entered the store: Suspect 1; 5-9/5-11 black hooded jacket with a California Bear logo on the back, black pants and black shoes with a blue bandana covering his face and Suspect 2; 5-3/5-6, gray hooded jacket, blue jeans, white tennis shoes, blue bandana covering his face carrying a chrome semi auto handgun.  Upon entering the store, Suspect 2 forced a customer, who was 8 months pregnant, to the back of the store. Suspect 2 opened several display cases and obtained various amounts of jewelry. Suspect 1 entered an area in the back of the store and did the same. The suspects fled in a white colored Chevrolet passenger vehicle.  Witnesses provided a vehicle description.  A Salinas Parole Agent, who was driving in the area, located the suspect vehicle abandoned in the neighborhood near Broadway and Manhattan.  It is unclear where the suspects went from there and there is no estimate of value on the stolen jewelry.  The 8 month pregnant victim was treated and released by medical personnel as a precaution.  The M.O. of this robbery is similar to the Don Roberto Jewelry Store, 1033 East Alisal, robbery that occurred on July 3rd. 



Avoid the 20 Summer Campaign

Release Date/Time: 8/10/2015 5:43 PM

Incident: Avoid the 20 Summer Campaign

Report #: N/A

Date: Monday, 8/10/2015

Time: 5:42 PM

Location: Monterey and San Benito Counties

The Avoid the 20 DUI Task Force Will Be Out in Full Force to Catch Drunk Drivers. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

As summer winds down, the Avoid the 20 of Monterey and San Benito Counties DUI Task Force is ramping up its enforcement efforts as part of a national crackdown on drunk driving. The 18-day, high-visibility campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, is a partnership with the California Office of Traffic Safety to curb impaired driving and save lives. August 21-September 7 (Labor Day), law enforcement partners in Monterey and San Benito Counties, across the state and nationwide will show zero tolerance for drunk driving. Increased state and national messaging about the dangers of driving drunk, coupled with checkpoints and increased officers on the road, aim to drastically reduce the toll of drunk driving. And what a toll it is. In 2013, there were 10,076 people killed in drunk–driving crashes, almost a third of all traffic fatalities according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In California 867 died in drunk driving collisions according to NHTSA. Thirty-eight percent of crash fatalities on Labor Day weekend that year involved drunk drivers with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .08 percent or higher. And we're not just talking about a little bit of alcohol, either. More than a quarter (27 percent) of the crash fatalities that occurred on Labor Day weekend involved drivers with BACs of .15 or higher – almost twice the illegal limit.

The County's DUI Task Force kicks off Friday night by deploying a DUI/Driver's License checkpoint during the first weekend along with several special DUI Saturation Patrols. DUI enforcement will continue through Monday, September 7th.The California Highway Patrol will deploy all available officers onto freeways and county roads as part of their Maximum Enforcement Period over the 3 day holiday weekend. NHTSA data shows that repeat offenders are an especially dangerous facet of the drunk-driving problem. In the month of August from 2009-2013, of the drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes, almost 1 out of 10 (8 percent) of them had already been convicted of at least one drunk-driving offense.

Law Enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of drunk driving reminding everyone that all it takes is a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driver or call a cab. But whatever you do, don't drink and drive. The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched last year, the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to 'Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a 'List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their life saving role. They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb – all from one screen.

Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol. Everyone should be mindful that if you're taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects. So this August and year-round, remember that there's no excuse for drunk or impaired driving. If you choose to break the law, police, sheriff and CHP official will see you before you see them. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Avoid the 20 DUI Task Force funding is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who reminds everyone; Report Drunk Drivers! – Call 9-1-1.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Still openings in the 2015 Fall Community Academy

Salinas Police Department 2015 Fall Community Academy


There are still several openings for the Salinas Police Department 2015 Fall Community Academy which starts on Thursday, 9-3-15. The Community Academy is a 12 week program that runs every Thursday night from 6 to 9 PM. This is a great opportunity to come see the internal workings of the Salinas Police Department. You will see first hand what it is like to be a Salinas Police Officer.

Applicants are selected by first come first serve. The only requirements are that you live, work or volunteer in the City of Salinas, be 18 years or older, no probation, parole or felonies.

To get an application, simply send an email to [email protected] and request a Community Academy application. I will email the application to you with instructions on how to get it back to me. If you already have an application, please get it in to me because the spots are going fast.

If you have any questions, please email or call Sgt. H. Johnson, 831-758-7247





Homicide and Attempted Homicide

Release Date/Time: 8/8/2015 2:49 PM

Incident: Homicide and Attempted Homicide

Report #: 15-080362

Date: Friday, 8/7/2015

Time: 10:02 PM

Location: 150 Sherwood Dr.

NMC contacted the police department for a gunshot victim who had arrived in the emergency room.  The victim, Eliot Cerna Guererro (22) was driven to the emergency room by family members.  Guererro died shortly after his arrival. It is believed at this point in the investigation, the shooting occurred at 150 Sherwood Drive.  The victims were confronted by several gang members who challenged the victims about their gang affiliation.  The surviving victim attempted to drive away to avoid a confrontation when the suspect(s) blindly fired upon the vehicle shooting and killing Guererro and narrowly missing a juvenile who was seated behind the victim.  This is being investigated as a gang related homicide although the victim had no apparent gang ties.  If anyone may have witnessed the homicide or can provide information, they are encouraged to contact Detective Derek Gibson at 758-7442.

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Car Jacking/Robbery

Release Date/Time: 8/4/2015 4:48 PM

Incident: Car Jacking/Robbery

Date: Tuesday, 8/4/2015

Time: 9:23 AM

Location: 109 John and 31 Chestnut

A 31 year old male used an on-line prostitution site to arrange for a date, agreeing to meet at the Travelers Inn.  Upon arrival, he entered a room and was met by two females.  Immediately, a male armed with a shotgun entered the room and the three robbed the victim of his car keys, phone, and wallet.  The victim was able to escape the room and the male suspect took off in the victims car.  The Victim flagged down a passing motorist and they began to follow the victims stolen car to Chestnut, where they saw the suspect unload some of the victims property and walk towards a house.  Officers arrived on scene and set up a perimeter around the property, which consists of a front home along with 3 detached smaller residences.  Not knowing which home the armed suspect may have entered, officer began hailing for everyone to come out.  While some residents exited soon thereafter, others were delaying and/or  refusing to comply.  Eventually, officers determined they had everyone out of all 4 homes and made entry to clear them.. The original suspect was not located and it appears he had jumped the rear fence onto Maple Dr. before a perimeter was set. A witness stated he had discarded a sweatshirt on the property which was later recovered.  A 44 year old male who resided in one of the rear homes was arrested on an unrelated felony warrant.  The suspect in the original robbery was described as a Hispanic Male late 20's-30's, over 6'tall with a bald head. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Cdr

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Salinas Police Department 2015 Fall Community Academy

Salinas Police Department 2015 Fall Community Academy

The original announcement for the 2015 Fall Community Academy had the incorrect start date. The start date for this Community Academy is Thursday, September 3rd. The academy will run every Thursday night for 12 consecutive weeks. Please see the press release below for more information


The Salinas Police Department will present a Community Academy from September 3rd through November 19th, 2015.  The Community Academy will run from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM each Thursday night for 12 consecutive weeks, with the final class to be held on November 19th, 2015. 

Community Academy participants will have the opportunity to go on a ride-along with a patrol officer, observe what the Salinas Police SWAT team does, learn all about our Crime Scene Investigation Unit, participate in scenarios, watch a demonstration of the K9 program, learn about the hiring process of police officers and much more.

Each night features a new topic, with speakers, demonstrations, discussions and field trips. We will answer questions and give an in-depth, behind the scenes look at police operations. 

To attend the Community Academy obtain an application and submit it to the Salinas Police Department, Community Services Unit by Monday 17th 2015.  Applicants must be at least 18 years old, live or work in Salinas or involved in a community-based organization that provides services to Salinas residents. Applicants must not be on probation or parole or have any recent felonies on their record.

Class size is limited to 25 students; so prospective applicants should not wait to submit their application.  Applications may be obtained by sending an email request for a Community Academy application to [email protected] Applications can be returned by filling them out on your computer and returning them via email or by printing them out and returning the hard copy to Sergeant Heath Johnson/Community Services Unit, 222 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas, CA, 93901. Applications may also be picked up and turned in at the Salinas Police Department Front Desk. 

If you have questions feel free to email or call Sergeant Heath Johnson at 758-7247.

Burglary Suspects ID Needed

Release Date/Time: 8/4/2015 8:40 AM

Incident:  Burglary Suspects ID Needed

Date: Tuesday, 8/4/2015

Time: 8:40 AM

Location:  Safeway/ Creekbridge Shopping Center

On July 29th three suspects entered the Safeway Store in the Creekbridge Shopping Center and went to the liquor aisle.  They filled a shopping cart and hand basket with liquor.  The three suspects walked directly to the exit and left the store without paying for the liquor and fled in a small black 4-door car.  The liquor was valued at $1,500.  Suspect 1 was a hispanic female adult in her twenties wearing a tan colored shirt.  She has long dark colored hair pulled back in a ponytail.  Suspect 2 is a hispanic female adult in her twenties in a red tank top and black sweatpants with writing on the left thigh.  She has dark hair pulled back in a ponytail. Suspect 3 is a hispanic male adult in his late twenties or early thirties wearing a light colored ball cap and white t-shirt.  He had a mustache and goatee.  Anyone recognizing the suspects is asked to contact Detective Byron Gansen at 831-758-7137 or by email at [email protected] or the tip-line at 831-775-4222 or We-Tip at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Release Authorized by:   Cdr. Dave Shaw

Telephone:  831-758-7271


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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