Press Releases

Homicide Investigation (Update-Arrest for destruction of evidence, accessory to a felony and conspiring together to commit a crime)

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
Telephone: 831-758-7128

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.

Vehicle Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation.

Release Date/Time: 9/6/2018 4:06 PM
Incident:Vehicle Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation.
Date: Thursday, 9/6/2018
Time: 4:06 PM
Location: City of Salinas

Release Authorized by: City of Salinas
Telephone: 831-758-7017

Officers from Salinas PD, Marina PD, California Highway Patrol, Monterey PD and Pacific Grove PD conducted a vehicle pedestrian safety enforcement operation in the City of Salinas. 2 teams conducted operations at 4 locations in the city.  103 drivers were cited and  6 cars were towed for driver's license violations.

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

Homicide Investigation (Update-Victim Identification)

Release Date/Time: 9/6/2018 12:11 PM
Incident: Homicide Investigation (Update-Victim Identification)
Date: Monday, 9/3/2018
Time: 12:33 AM
Location: 1200 Block of Polk Street

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Danny Warner
Telephone: 831-758-7128

Officers responded to a home in the 1200 block of Polk Street for a report of an adult male gunshot wound victim. At the residence, officers found Daniel Martinez Jr. (37) with a gunshot wound. Officers provided CPR, but Mr. Martinez was pronounced dead at the scene. A dark colored car was supposedly seen leaving the area. This is being investigated as gang-related.

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.

Homicide Investigation (Update-Victim Identification)

Release Date/Time: 9/6/2018 11:56 AM
Incident: Homicide Investigation (Update-Victim Identification)
Date: Monday, 9/3/2018
Time: 7:11 AM
Location:  900 Block of Acosta Plaza

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Danny Warner
Telephone:  831-758-7128

On September 3, 2018, at approximately 7:11 am, officers were dispatched to the 900 block of Acosta Plaza for report of a person lying on the ground, possibly deceased. When officers arrived, they located Scarlett Charmaine Bowman (29) suffering from at least one gunshot wound. She had obvious signs of death, so she was not transported to a local hospital. Detectives were called to investigate the case. At this point, we have no indications this is gang related, but we are not disregarding it as a motive.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information on the shooting to call Detective Gabby Garibay at (831) 758-7971 or email her at [email protected]; or Detective John McNeil at (831) 758-7277 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.

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 9/3/2018 3:10 PM
Incident:  Homicide
Date: Monday, 9/3/2018
Time: 3:10 PM
Location:  900 Block of Acosta Plaza

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Danny Warner
Telephone:  831-758-7128

On September 3, 2018, at approximately 7:11 am, officers were dispatched to the 900 block of Acosta Plaza for report of a person lying on the ground, possibly deceased. When officers arrived, they located a 29-year-old female suffering from at least one gunshot wound. She had obvious signs of death, so she was not transported to a local hospital. Detectives were called to investigate the case. At this point, we have no indications this is gang related, but we are not disregarding it as a motive. The victim's name is being withheld until the immediate family can be notified.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information on the shooting to call Detective Gabby Garibay at (831) 758-7971 or email her at [email protected]; or Detective John McNeil at (831) 758-7277 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.

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 9/3/2018 12:23 PM
Incident:Homicide
Date: Monday, 9/3/2018
Time: 12:30 AM
Location: 1200 Block of Polk Street

Officers responded to a home on the 1200 block of Polk Street to a report of an adult male gunshot wound victim. At the residence, officers found a 37-year-old male with a gunshot wound. Officers provided CPR, but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. There was possibly a dark colored car seen leaving the area.

This is being investigated as possibly a gang-related homicide.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7321. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME.

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

Shooting Investigation

Release Date/Time: 9/3/2018 2:12 AM
Incident: Shooting Investigation
Date: Monday, 9/3/2018
Time: 12:30 AM
Location: 1200 Block of Polk Street

Officers are investigating a shooting on the 1200 block of Polk Street. At approximately 12:30 AM officers responded to a call of a gunshot victim and located an adult male victim of a shooting.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7321. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME.

 

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

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 9/2/2018 10:53 AM
Incident:  Homicide
Date: Sunday, 9/2/2018
Time: 12:02 AM
Location:  Under 100 Block of West Street

Release Authorized by:  Sergeant Danny Warner
Telephone:  831-758-7128

On September 2, 2018, at approximately 12:02 am, officers responded to a victim of a shooting in the under 100 block of West Street. When officers arrived, they located Obed Orsonio (24) suffering from at least one gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Medical staff tried valiantly to save Mr. Orsonio, but he succumbed to his injuries. Through the course of the investigation, Abran Rubio (21) was found to be the suspect. Officers searched the area and located Mr. Rubio attempting to hide in front of a nearby residence. He was arrested, interviewed and booked into Monterey County Jail for murder. Detectives are looking into the motive for this crime, as well as any gang implications.

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.

Shooting Investigation

Release Date/Time: 9/2/2018 3:15 AM
Incident: Shooting Investigation
Date: Sunday, 9/2/2018
Time: 12:02 AM
Location: West Street and Archer Street

Detectives are on scene investigating a shooting on West Street at Archer Street. Just after midnight officers responded to a call of a gunshot victim located near 86 West Street. An adult male victim of a shooting was located and transported to a local hospital.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7321. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME.

 

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

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