Press Releases

Saint Patrick's Day DUI enforcement

Release Date/Time: 3/14/2017 9:02 AM

Incident: Saint Patrick's Day DUI enforcement

Report #: N/A

Date: Tuesday, 3/14/2017

Time: 8:09 AM

Location: City of Salinas

This St. Patrick's Day, Plan Before You Party! Remember: Impaired Driving, Drugs and Alcohol can Kill

Saint Patrick's Day has become one of the nation's favorite holidays to celebrate and party. Unfortunately, too many people are taking to the roads after drinking, making the holiday one of our most dangerous. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 252 people lost their lives in drunk driving-related crashes during the St. Patrick's Day holiday period from 2011-2015. More than a fourth of them were killed in drunk driving crashes that occurred in the early morning, post-party hours (midnight to 5:59 a.m.). That's why the Salinas Police Department and the California Office of Traffic Safety are teaming up to reach all drivers with an important life-saving message and warning: Don't Drive Impaired by Drugs or Alcohol.

The Salinas Police Department will deploy additional officers on special DUI Saturation Patrols specifically to stop and arrest drivers showing signs of alcohol or drug impairment. In addition to this St Patrick's Day enforcement effort, all police, sheriff and the CHP will be on heightened alert ready to stop and arrest any impaired driver throughout the long weekend. 'All of these deaths can be prevented,” said Sergeant Gerry Ross of the Salinas Police Department. 'If you plan on drinking, also plan for a sober ride home. If you plan on throwing a party, plan for ways to get sober rides for your guests. Don't wait until the party has started to make transportation plans, it will be too late. Get a sober driver in advance and no matter what, never get behind the wheel if you've been drinking.”

If you plan to celebrate this St. Patrick's Day, follow these tips to stay safe:

  •  Before celebrating St. Patrick's Day this year, decide whether you'll drink or you'll drive. You can't do both. 'Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving”
  • If you're planning on driving, commit to staying sober. If you've been out drinking and then get behind the wheel, you run the risk of causing a crash or getting arrested for a DUI.
  • Drugs such as many prescription medications, marijuana or illicit drugs can also lead to impairment and unsafe driving, leading to a DUI. When mixed with even a small amount of alcohol the affects can be compounded.
  • If you have been drinking, call a taxi or sober friend or family member, use public transportation. You can download the Designated Driver VIP free mobile app, 'DDVIP,” for Android or iPhone. The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more. The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and even a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb.
  • Help those around you be responsible, too. Walking while impaired can also be deadly, as lack of attention could put you at risk of getting hit by a vehicle. If someone you know is impaired by alcohol or drugs, do not let them get behind the wheel and help them find a sober ride home.

This enforcement effort is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who reminds everyone to be alert and ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911' if you see a dangerous driver call immediately!

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder-Shooting

Release Date/Time: 3/3/2017 8:05 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder-Shooting

Report #: 17-030110

Date: Friday, 3/3/2017

Time: 3:03 PM

Location: Railroad Tracks, 300 blk W. Market

Dispatch received a call of a man down on the train tracks with a gunshot wound. Units arrived and found a 43-year old, Hispanic male suffering from a gunshot wound the chest. At that point, the victim was concious and alert. He was able to tell officers that he knew the shooter and identified him by his nickname while providing a detailed description. Officers found Paul Aledo (50) in the area and he matched the description. Aledo was taken into custody without incident and identified as having the moniker given by the victim. Witnesses said they heard an argument between the victim and Aledo and then the sound of a gunshot. Aledo was seen running from the area. The motive for the shooting is unknown and it is not yet clear why the two were arguing. Aledo was booked into Monterey County Jail for Attempted Murder and at the time of this press release, the victim was airlifted to a bay area trauma center with life-threatening injuries.

Release Authorized by: Commander Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Homicide Arrest

Release Date/Time: 2/24/2017 9:15 PM

Incident: Attempted Homicide Arrest

Date: Friday, 2/24/2017

Time: 9:15 PM

Location: Lake Street and Soledad Street

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Brian Johnson, Investigations Bureau

Telephone: 831-758-7128

On February 15, 2017, at approximately 8:19pm officers responded to a ShotSpotter activation on Soledad Street.  They located four victims in the area suffering from non-life threatening gunshot wounds.  The suspects were described as two Hispanic males in grey hooded sweatshirts running southbound on Soledad Street towards Market Street. 

Today, 20-year-old Noe Chavez was arrested for the attempted murder of the four victims.  The investigation revealed Chavez was one of the shooters on February 15th. 

The Salinas Police Mobile Command Center was parked at the intersection of Lake St. and Soledad St. due to the recent violence in the area.  Officers working in the command center recognized Chavez walking in the area and placed him into custody.

Chavez is currently being charged with four counts of Attempted Homicide.

Chinatown Homicide

Release Date/Time: 2/23/2017 5:55 PM

Incident: Homicide

Date: Thursday, 2/23/2017

Time: 12:21 PM

Location: Soledad St and Lake St

Shotspotter alerted to 2 shots fired in the area of Soledad St. and Lake St. Officers arrived in the area and found 52-year-old Robert Sanchez in a tent suffering from multiple gunsghot wounds. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.  This is the 9th homicide of the year.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone who may have information regarding this shooting to please contact Detective David Poulin at (831) 758-7270  or Detective Ken Hendrickson at (831) 758-7129. 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: Sgt. Brian Johnson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Robbery/Attempted Murder Arrest

Release Date/Time: 2/23/2017 4:37 PM

Incident: Robbery/Attempted Murder Arrest

Report #: 17-010112

Date: Thursday, 2/23/2017

Time: 4:27 PM

Location: 201 Williams Rd.-Quality Liquors

On January 3, 2017, at approximately 7:35 PM, Salinas Police officers responded to an armed robbery at the Quality Liquors store located at 201 Williams Rd. in Salinas. The suspect, described as a Hispanic male with a blue colored bandana over his face, entered with a handgun and demanded money. The clerk complied and provided the suspect with an unknown amount of money. The suspect left the business as the clerk followed. The suspect fired his handgun at the clerk and fled westbound on East Market Street. The clerk followed and the suspect fired again at the clerk. The clerk, fearing for his safety, fired several rounds from his personal firearm at the suspect. The suspect was last seen running northbound on Kenneth Ave. One of the last two rounds that the suspect fired at the clerk penetrated the exterior wall of a mobile home located in the 200 block of Williams Road. A 31-year-old male, who was watching television, was struck in the left shoulder by the bullet. The victim was treated at a local hospital and recovered from his injuries.

Today, the Investigations Bureau arrested Mark Philip Morris, age 25, for the robbery and shooting. Morris is a Salinas resident and was arrested at the Monterey County Jail where he was being held on a Violation of Probation charge.

The investigation revealed that when Morris fired at the clerk who was following him, he did not make it to his getaway vehicle. Officers found the vehicle the night of the robbery/shooting and towed it as evidence. Detectives secured a search warrant for the contents inside the vehicle and numerous items of evidence were recovered. The physical and biological evidence lead to Morris as the suspect.

Morris is being charged with Robbery, Attempted Murder, and firearm related charges to include Felon in Possession of a Firearm and others.

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Attepted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 2/22/2017 6:27 AM

Incident: Attepted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 17-020978

Date: Wednesday, 2/22/2017

Time: 12:20 AM

Location: 10 Blk Soledad St.

Shot spotter reported  shots in the area of the 10 Blk of Soledad St. Officers arrived and located a 22-year-old male sufffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital in serious but stable condition. This shooting is being investigated as possibly gang related. 

Release Authorized by: Robert Hampson III

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attepted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 2/22/2017 5:07 AM

Incident: Attepted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 17-020978

Date: Wednesday, 2/22/2017

Time: 12:20 AM

Location: 10 Blk Soledad St.

Shot spotter reported 3 shots in the area of the 10 block of Soledad St. Officers arrived and located a 22-year-old male suffering from 2 gunshot wounds. The male was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries and is reported to be in stable condition. This shooting is being investigated as possibly gang related.

Release Authorized by: Robert Hampson III

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide Victim Identification

Release Date/Time: 2/21/2017 1:48 PM

Incident: Homicide Victim Identification

Report #: 17-020851

Date: Tuesday, 2/21/2017

Time: 2:00 PM

Location: 300 Blk of Cross Ave.

On February 18, 2017, at approximately 10:30 PM, Salinas Police officers responded to the 300 block of Cross Ave. on the report of a gunshot victim. Upon arrival, officers found Juan Carlos Guido Lopez, age 35, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers rendered CPR, but Lopez was pronounced dead at the scene. Lopez, who resided in the area, was alone and smoking a cigarette near his home prior to the shooting. Two suspects walked up to Lopez, pulled at least one handgun, and fired multiple times. the suspects were only described as males dressed in dark clothing. The suspects ran to an awaiting dark colored compact vehicle that fled southbound on Cross Ave. toward Miami St. 

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information about this homicide to contact Detective Ciro Barboza at (831) 758-7145 or cirob@ci.salinas.ca.us; or Detective Dave Poulin at (831) 758-7270. 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. You may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward.

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Attempted Murder-Shooting

Release Date/Time: 2/21/2017 1:03 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder-Shooting

Report #: 17-020806

Date: Friday, 2/17/2017

Time: 6:25 PM

Location: 1500 Cottonwood Dr.

On February 17, 2017, at approximately 6:25 PM, Salinas Police officers responded to a shooting in the 1500 blk of Cottonwood Dr. A few minutes later, we received a call of another victim of a shooting near the area of Bison Way and Buckhorn Dr. Officers arrived on Cottonwood and found a 23-year-old male suffering from a gunshot wound to his head. He was transported to Natividad Medical Center with a non-life-threatening injury. Officers also responded to Bison Way and Buckhorn Dr., where the found a 24-year-old female suffering from a gunshot wound to her arm. In the vehicle with the female was a 5-year-old child, who was not injured. The female was also transported to NMC where she was treated for her wounds.

Investigation revealed when the male victim left his home, a male with a handgun confronted him. For unknown reasons, the suspect shot at the male victim several times and struck him once in the head. The female victim was parked across the street and when she heard the gunshots, she started her car and began to drive out of the area. The suspect noticed her leaving and fired several rounds at her vehicle, striking the vehicle several times and, ultimately, injuring her. The female victim drove out of the area and called 911 when she felt it was safe to do so.

The only description of the shooter was a Hispanic male with long hair, wearing a baseball hat. The suspect fled on foot and it is unknown if he get into a vehicle or continued on foot. This shooting is considered gang related.

If anyone has any information regarding this shooting, please contact the Salinas Police Department Investigations Bureau at (831) 758-7226. 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. You may be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward.

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 2/19/2017 2:55 AM

Incident: Murder

Report #: 17-020851

Date: Saturday, 2/18/2017

Time: 10:32 PM

Location: 300 block of Cross Ave.

Officers responded to the 300 block of Cross Ave. for a call of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers found a 35-year-old male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds in the driveway of an apartment complex. Officers rendered CPR, but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.  An associated vehicle is possibly a dark colored compact vehicle.  

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone who may have information regarding this shooting to please contact Detective David Poulin at (831) 758-7270  or Detective Ciro Barboza at (831) 758-7145. 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: Kimberly Robinson

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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Question of the Day

What can I do if I see a car parked in my neighborhood which I think may be abandoned?

The City of Salinas has people specifically designated to handle abandoned vehicles and long-term parking problems. These problems are generally handled on a complaint basis. The abandoned vehicle office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. The phone number, day or night, is (831) 758-7316.

The following information will help you determine whether or not a vehicle has been abandoned or is a long-term parking problem:

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