Release Date/Time: 9/7/2018 9:48 AM
Incident: Homicide Investigation (Update-Arrest for destruction of evidence, accessory to a felony and conspiring together to commit a crime)
Date: Friday, 9/7/2018
Time: 9:48 AM
Location: 1200 Block of Polk Street
Release Authorized by: Sergeant Danny Warner
On September 3, 2018, at approximately 12:33 am, Daniel Martinez Jr. (37) was shot and killed in a home in the 1200 block of Polk Street. Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators examined the scene and noticed irregularities. Through investigation, it was determined that residents of the house, Ray Demetrio Espino (32) and Maria Benavides (54), worked together to tamper with the crime scene and destroy evidence. Both Espino and Benavides were booked at Monterey County Jail for destruction of evidence, accessory to a felony and conspiring together to commit a crime.
The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information on the shooting to call 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.