Press Releases

Pursuit of Marina Burglary Suspect

Release Date/Time: 10/10/2016 7:23 PM

Incident: Pursuit of Marina Burglary Suspect

Report #: 16 10 0528

Date: Monday, 10/10/2016

Time: 4:32 PM

Location: Coleridge Dr./ Star Shopping Center

Officers assisted Marina PD this morning following a vehicle pursuit and foot chase that ended on Coleridge Drive. The pursuit originated in Marina when the suspect fled the scene of a vehicle burglary in a stolen truck. Salinas Officers, Marian PD, and Sheriff's Deputies established a perimeter in the Los Olivos neighborhood and conducted a search for the suspect, however, the suspect avoided capture.

At approximately 4:30 PM, officers responded to a call on Coleridge Drive from a resident who saw a man jumping over a neighbor's fence. The man matched the description of the suspect from earlier in the day. A second call came in from resident on Dickens Drive reporting a man jumped his fence and tried take a bicycle from the yard. As officers conducted a search of the area plain clothes detectives saw a man matching the description of the suspect walking near Star Shopping Center on S. Main Street. A uniform sergeant attempted to contact the man and a foot chase ensued. The suspect ran through the shopping center and in the back door and through an open beauty salon with the officer in pursuit. He then ran into O'Reilly Automotive and toward the back of the store where the officer unsuccessfully attempted to tase him. The suspect ran out of the back door and was confronted by additional officers. One of the officers successfully tased the suspect and he was taken into custody.

Evan Smith-Sweeney (07-08-85), was identified as the suspect from the Marina PD pursuit and was turned over to Marina officers. It appears he had been hiding in the area all day. Smith-Sweeney was later booked into County Jail.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

2nd Attempt at suicide by cop.

Release Date/Time: 10/10/2016 8:45 AM

Incident: 2nd Attempt at suicide by cop.

Report #: 16 10 0473

Date: Sunday, 10/9/2016

Time: 6:55 PM

Location: East Sub Station, N. Sanborn / Del Monte

On October 8, 2016, Roberto Torres Acosta (31), approached a Salinas Police officer and attempted to provoke the officer into shooting him by taking a shooting stance and pointing a cell phone at him simulating a firearm. He was placed on a mental health hold for treatment but he was released just hours later.


On October 9, 2016 at approximately 6:55PM, a different Salinas Police officer was sitting inside his parked patrol car outside the Eastside Police Substation. Roberto Acosta approached the officer, concealed his hand behind his back and took a crouched stance. The officer challenged him at gunpoint and Acosta placed his hand inside his jacket, moving it as if manipulating something while crouching in an aggressive stance and telling the officer to shoot him. Acosta did not heed commands and suddenly drew his hand from his jacket, took a shooting stance, and presented his hands toward the officer as if pointing a firearm. Fortunately, this occurred in a well-lit area because at the last second, the officer saw that Acosta was unarmed. Acosta continued to demand that he be shot. He was taken into custody and placed under arrest. Acosta was booked into County Jail for resisting arrest. Acosta told officers and jail staff that he will continue trying until an officer kills him.

Monterey County Behavioral Health was notified of the latest arrest and a plan is being developed for a long-term solution to this issue.

Release Authorized by: Commander Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

"Creepy Clown" Cyber Bullying

Release Date/Time: 10/8/2016 2:52 PM

Incident: "Creepy Clown" Cyber Bullying

Report #: 16-100358

Date: Saturday, 10/8/2016

Time: 10:37 PM

Location: Alisal Elementary School District

A few days ago, an Instagram account was created that depicted the picture of a scary clown. The Instagram user posted threats against schools within the Alisal Elementary School District. The posts created widespread fear and caused some parents to keep their children out of school. A Salinas Police detective spent hours writing a search warrant for the IP address of the user but before the warrant was complete, school officials at an elementary school within the Alisal district learned that an 11-year old student was talking about the posts on the playground and knew the identity of the Instagram user. The suspect was identified as an 11-year old student at a different elementary school. A Salinas police officer followed up today. He obtained a confession from the suspect who said he was trying to scare students and was copying the nationwide trend that is occurring. The suspect was cited for Cyber Bullying.

Release Authorized by: Commander Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted "Suicide By Cop"

Release Date/Time: 10/8/2016 1:17 PM

Incident: Attempted Suicide by Officer

Report #: 16-100405

Date: Saturday, 10/8/2016

Time: 10:13 AM

Location: 600 block of Abbott St

A Salinas Police officer was conducting an investigation at a local business in the 600 block of Abbott St. when he was confronted by Roberto Torres Acosta (31). Acosta had his hand concealed in his jacket and as he walked toward the officer, Acosta told the officer to draw his gun. The officer was concerned that Acosta was armed so drew his gun and Acosta quickly pulled his hand out of the jacket and was holding an object. He took a shooting stance pointing his hands toward the officer but fortunately, the officer identified the object as a cell phone. Acosta ran into the roadway, constantly yelling for the officers to shoot him. He kept reaching behind him and wouldn't show his hands. Acosta continued taking a shooting stance telling officers to kill him. A supervisor that had responded also saw the cell phone so he transitioned from his firearm to his Taser. Acosta saw the Taser and decided to comply. He was arrested peacefully. Acosta said he had taken narcotics and he was trying to get the officers to kill him. A friend of Acosta showed up at the scene and told officers that he had received a call from Acosta shortly before his arrest. Acosta told him that he that he wanted to die, had called 911 and wanted police to kill him. Acosta was taken to a local hospital where it was determined that he was not under the influence of narcotics but was suffering from a mental illness. Acosta was admitted into the hospital for treatment.

Release Authorized by: Commander Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

**UPDATE** Missing Juvenile

**** UPDATE ***

Jennifer Duque returned safely home tonight and has been in contact with the Salinas Police Department.


Jennifer Duque was last seen on October 3, 2016 as she walked to Alisal High School at 7:30am.  Duque did not go to school and has not been seen or heard from since.  She was last seen wearing a black t-shirt with blue jeans when she went to school.  If seen, contact the Salinas Police Department at 831-758-7321.


The Salinas Police Department is seeking help in identifying the suspect in the photographs.  He was stopped for shoplifting and when confronted outside the store by loss prevention, he challenged them to fight.  He is now facing robbery charges.   Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Byron Gansen at 831-758-7137 or email at [email protected].


Missing Juvenile

Jennifer Duque was last seen on October 3, 2016 as she walked to Alisal High School at 7:30am.  Duque did not go to school and has not been seen or heard from since.  She was last seen wearing a black t-shirt with blue jeans when she went to school.  If seen, contact the Salinas Police Department at 831-758-7321.

Attempted Murder-Shooting

A shooting victim was brought to the Natividad Medical Center emergency room at about 4:15am this morning. The 33-year old Hispanic male victim said he was driving and stopped at the intersection of E. Alisal and Griffin St when an undescribed suspect opened fire from a grey Honda Ridgeline SUV. The victim's vehicle sustained bullet holes and the victim suffered a non-life threatening injury to his arm. He drove himself  home and was taken to the hospital by a family member. Broken glass and bullet casings were found at the scene. The motive for the shooting is not clear but investigators are not ruling out gang affiliation as a contributing factor. Anyone with information about this shooting is encouraged to call Salinas Police.

Attempted Murder-Shooting

A 25-year old Hispanic male was shot multiple times in the abdomen at about 9:15am this morning. The victim was taken into surgery and listed as critical. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male adult wearing a black sweatshirt and grey sweatpants. He was last seen running Northbound on Brutus St. The motive for the shooting is unknown and officers are searching for any witnesses to the attack. The victim has gang affiliation from a city in the bay area but it is not known if this directly contributed to the crime. Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call Salinas Police Department.

Final Briefing for Chief Kelly McMillin

The Salinas Police Department would like to announce the retirement of Chief Kelly McMillin.  His final briefing will be Friday, September 30, 2016 at 7:30 a.m. in the Rotunda at City Hall.

Kelly McMillin began his law enforcement career in 1984 as a Deputy with the San Benito County Sheriff's Department.  In 1986, he transferred to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, then joined the Salinas Police Department in 1988.  As a Salinas Police Officer, Kelly worked patrol, several gang units, vice/narcotics, administration, and various assignments as a detective, including homicide.  He was a SWAT operator, team leader, and tactical commander.

Kelly has held the ranks of Officer, Corporal, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Commander, and Deputy Chief.  He was appointed Chief of the Salinas Police Department on June 11, 2012, and was the first Chief to be promoted from within the ranks since 1965.  

Since becoming a police officer, Kelly has earned his Associate's Degree from Hartnell College, his BA from Saint Mary's College of California, and his Master of Public Policy from the Panetta Institute at California State University, Monterey Bay.  He is a 2003 graduate of the 213th session of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia.  Kelly was recognized by the White House as a "Champion of Change" for his work in youth violence prevention in 2012.  

Kelly is married to his wife Teresa, a Physician Assistant who owns a cosmetic dermatology practice in Salinas.  Their son Liam is a Cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point.  


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