Press Releases

Felony Hit and Run

Release Date/Time: 12/6/2016 4:20 PM

Incident: Felony Hit and Run

Report #: 16-110961

Date: Tuesday, 12/6/2016

Time: 4:09 PM

Location: West Alisal Street and Capitol Street

The Salinas Police Department is asking for your help in locating the suspect and suspect vehicle of a very serious hit and run collision. On 11/17/16, the 57-year-old female victim was walking across West Alisal Street in the crosswalk at Capitol Street. A red Dodge Neon traveling southbound on Capital Street made a left hand turn and struck the victim causing very serious injuries. The suspect did not even check on the victim but immediately fled the scene.

Nearby surveillance video shows the car driving by. The vehicle is described as a red Dodge Neon. A photograph of the vehicle as it drove from the scene as well as a photograph of a generic red 2005 Dodge Neon which is similar to the suspect vehicle, have been posted to the Department Facebook page. If you have any information as to the suspect or the suspect vehicle, please call Sergeant Gerry Ross at (831) 758-7975. You can also email Sergeant Ross at [email protected]

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Rape

Release Date/Time: 12/6/2016 12:12 PM

Incident: Attempted Rape

Report #: 16-111551

Date: Tuesday, 12/6/2016

Time: 12:00 PM

Location: 600 Blk of Hartnell St.

On 11-28-16, at approximately 7:10 pm, a 21-year-old female was walking on the 600 block of Hartnell St., along the fence line of the Hartnell College track. The victim was approached from behind and attacked by a male who appeared to have come out of the bushes that line the fence. The male was able to get the victim on the ground and tried to remove her clothing. The vicitm was able to defend the attack by kicking and punching the suspect. The attacker fled on Hartnell St. toward Central Ave. and out of sight. She described the attacker as a Hispanic male, 19-20 years old, 5-7, 175, heavy build, with no facial hair. She described him as wearing prescription glasses.

Attached is a composite sketch of the suspect. Also attached is a picture of similar vehicle the victim said the suspect was possibly associated with, as it was seen in the area before and right after the attack. The Salinas Police Department's Investigations Bureau is asking anyone who may recognize the person in the sketch to contact Detective Byron Gansen at (831) 758-7137 or 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, or text information to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

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Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Arrest - 459 PC (Burglary), 211 PC (Robbery) 594 PC (Vandalism), 466 PC (Possession of burglary tools) and 1203.2 PC (probation violation)

Release Date/Time: 12/6/2016 6:19 AM

Incident: Arrest - 459 PC, 211 PC, 594 PC, 466 PC, 1203.2 PC

Report #: 16-120266

Date: Tuesday, 12/6/2016

Time: 1:51 AM

Location: 1333 N. Main St

Officers responded to the Taco Bell restaurant in the 1300 block of N. Main St. for a report of a fight possibly involving a firearm. The first officer on scene determined this was a citizen's arrest with a fight between suspect and victim. James Armijo, 27, was arrested after it was determined he burglarized the China Garden Restaurant. While inside he stole cash and merchandise from the store. The merchandise included seven meat cleavers, food and laptop computer. The crime was interrupted by the business's owner who responded to an alarm on the building. The owner confronted Armijo and tried to detain him. The two fought briefly and Armijo was able to break away and run.  The owner captured Armijo again near Taco Bell and the two struggled again.  Armijo punched the business owner during struggle.  Neither man was injured in the incident. It was the arrest of Armijo which prompted the call to 911. No firearm was located during the investigation. Armijo was in possession of tools used to break into the business.  During the burglary he damaged a surveillance camera which monitors the business. He was booked for 459 PC (Burglary), 211 PC (Robbery) 594 PC (Vandalism), 466 PC (Possession of burglary tools) and 1203.2 PC (probation violation).

Release Authorized by: Dana Cornelison

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Shooting / Parolee In Possession of Firearm

Release Date/Time: 12/6/2016 12:12 AM

Incident: Shooting / Parolee In Possession of Firearm

Report #: 16 12 0262

Date: Tuesday, 12/6/2016

Time: 10:50 PM

Location: 300 Block of Chaparral St.

Armando Yslas (36), a parolee, was intoxicated, and went to a residence on Chaparral Street. He had an argument on the porch with a woman he knows and when she refused to talk to him anymore he walked out to the street and fired off four rounds from a semi-automatic pistol. Yslas inadvertently hit the magazine release and ejected the magazine before finishing his shooting. Officers responded to the area and Yslas attempted to hide in a nearby driveway. He was taken into custody and a firearm with removed serial numbers was located behind some trash cans in the driveway where he had been. Yslas also had a bag with an additional 40 rounds of ammunition. A witnesses said he had been firing the rounds in the air. No bullet strikes were located in the surrounding area. Yslas was book in County Jail on fresh charges and a parole hold.

 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, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Robbery

Release Date/Time: 12/5/2016 10:31 PM

Incident: Robbery

Report #: 16 12 0261

Date: Monday, 12/5/2016

Time: 8:56 PM

Location: 500 Block of E. Alisal Street

Suspect entered a bakery on the 500 block of Alisal Street, approached the employee at the counter, and demanded the money. The suspect made off with the money from the register. The suspect was described as a HMA, mid 20's, 5'10”, medium build, grey sweatshirt, with yellow rag over his face. He was armed with a double barreled shotgun. Two employees were present and one customer. Suspect fled across Alisal Street.

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, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Robbery

Release Date/Time: 12/5/2016 10:15 PM

Incident: Robbery

Report #: 16 12 0260

Date: Monday, 12/5/2016

Time: 7:42 PM

Location: 500 Block of E. Laurel Dr.

Suspect entered a bakery on the 500 block of E. Laurel Drive, approached the employee at the counter, and demanded the money.  The suspect made off with the cash from the register. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male adult, mid to late 20's, 6'1”, 180 – 190 lbs, wearing a black hoodie with it pulled up over his face. He was armed with some type of firearm. The witnesses thought the suspect had discharge the weapon as he was fleeing, however, officers were unable to confirm this. The Suspect fled southbound on Grenada.

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, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Woman Attacked

Release Date/Time: 11/28/2016 11:48 PM

Incident: 220(a)PC

Report #: 16 11 1551

Date: Monday, 11/28/2016

Time: 7:14 PM

Location: 600 Block of Hartnell St.

 A 21-year-old woman was walking from the Hartnell administration building to her parked car on College Drive. She was on the phone with a friend as she made her way from Central to Hartnell Street. As she was walking in the area of the 600 block of Hartnell St. a man jumped out of the bushes and tried to pull down her pants. The man pushed her to the ground but she was able to fight him off and ran away. As she ran away she looked back and saw him running toward Central Ave. The woman ran back to her car, called 911, and waited for police. She described the suspect as a HMA, 19, 5'7”, 175 lbs, wearing a brown hoodie, and glasses.

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, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Stabbing / Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 11/28/2016 4:24 PM

Incident: Stabbing / Attempted Murder Suspect Identified

Report #: 16 11 1495

Date: Monday, 11/27/2016

Time: 9:30 PM

Location: Ross Parking Lot 1520 N. Main St.

The suspect in last night's stabbing has been identified as 21-year-old Finees Ruiz (DOB 06/20/95). Ruiz has a home address in Prundale.

The stabbing occurred in the parking lot of Ross located on the 1500 block of N. Main Street on 11/27/16, at approximately 9:30 PM. A 19-year-old male victim was seated inside of his parked car and was stabbed numerous times by Ruiz in the upper body during a fight over the suspect's ex-girlfriend. The victim fought Ruiz off and Ruiz fled before officers arrived. The victim was transported to an area hospital and treated for serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Ruiz is described a Hispanic male adult, 6', 180 lbs, thin build, and was wearing dark clothing at the time of the attack. The knife used in the attack was recovered at the scene, however, Ruiz may have others. Ruiz may be driving a beige 2000 Honda Accord 4 door, CA license # 4K2A632.

If you know where Ruiz is, or have information that can help, please call the Salinas Police Department. If you are in contact with Ruiz, please encourage Ruiz to turn himself in.

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, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Update to Fatal Collision

Release Date/Time: 11/28/2016 11:37 AM

Incident: Update to Fatal Collision

Report #: 16-110956

Date: Monday, 11/28/2016

Time: 10:16 AM

Location: North Main Street / south of Laurel Drive

On 11/16/16, at 1720 hours, Samuel Clemente Alvarez (37) was crossing North Main Street on foot, south of Laurel Drive from west to east. Traffic was stopped in the #1 and #2 lanes when he stepped off the center median to cross the northbound lanes of traffic. Gaspar Soto (30) was driving his Kia Spectra northbound in the right turn lane when Alvarez ran in front of his vehicle. The Kia struck Alvarez who flew up onto the hood and against the windshield before being thrown onto the sidewalk. Alvarez suffered a serious head injury and was transported Natividad Medical Center and rushed into surgery in very serious condition.

Soto was found to be driving on a suspended license. He was evaluated for alcohol and drug impairment and it was determined that Soto was not impaired. Soto submitted a voluntary blood sample.

On November 21st at 1816 hours, Alvarez died of the injuries sustained in the traffic collision. The case is still under investigation and it has not yet been determined what charges may be filed against the driver. This is the 12th fatal collision in Salinas this year and the 6th collision that involved a pedestrian death.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Stabbing / Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 11/28/2016 12:37 AM

Incident: Stabbing / Attempted Murder

Report #: 16 11 1495

Date: Monday, 11/28/2016

Time: 9:30 PM

Location: Ross Parking Lot 1520 N. Main St.

A stabbing occurred in the parking lot of Ross located on the 1500 block of N. Main Street. A 19-year-old male victim was stabbed multiple times in the upper body during a struggle with the suspect. The victim was transported to an area hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. The suspect is described as HMA, 6', thin build, and dark clothing. The knife was recovered at the scene.

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, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray

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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