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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.  

Grand Theft

The Salinas Police Department is asking for assistance in locating these people.  They are 26-year-old Richard Neal and 25-year-old Jennifer Rubalcava.  On September 4, 2016 they both stole over $1600 worth of merchandise from Kohl's in Salinas.  Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Byron Gansen at 831-758-7137 or email at [email protected].

Threats to Schools

Salinas Police Department was made aware of a Facebook post that threatened Monterey County Schools. The post included a profile photo of a scary, maniacal looking clown. The post indicated that every school in Monterey County was going to be bombed and that the person had 'everything prepared.” A following post indicated that the person was going to engage in school shootings from Salinas to King City.

The investigation resulted in the identification of a residential address in Greenfield, Ca. Greenfield Police were notified and officers responded to the residence. They contacted a 17-year old male as well as his parents. Officers obtained permission to search and no weapons or explosive materials were located. The juvenile male was detained, transported to Greenfield Police Department and interviewed. The suspect admitted the post was a hoax and he thought it would be humorous. Greenfield PD's detective positively confirmed that the Facebook post originated from the juvenile's phone, which was confiscated as evidence. The suspect will be booked into Monterey County Juvenile Hall on a variety of threat-related felonies.

At this point, it is believed there is no credibility to the threats and that schools are in no danger as a result of this incident.  

Wanted Parolee / Felony with a Firearm / Possession of controlled substance for sales

VSU officers observed a parolee who was wanted and a second wanted subject exiting a vehicle in a north Salinas neighborhood. Officers knew the subjects from previous interactions as Norteno gang members. One of the suspects attempted to get into the residence but the front door was locked. Both wanted suspects fled from the front of the residence and VSU officers gave chase as the two suspects ran through the neighborhood.

One suspect jumped a small fence and threw a loaded XDM 9mm handgun but one of the officers was able to take him into custody without incident. The second VSU officer chased the wanted parolee and a loaded 38. Caliber revolver fell from his pants. The parolee began reaching into the waistband of his pants he was shot with the TASER.

The vehicle the suspects fled from contained of ¾ of a pound of heroin, approximately 2 pounds of methamphetamine and $14,126 in cash was located on the wanted parolee.


Question of the Day

Can I drink alcohol while walking down a City street in Salinas?

No, it is illegal to drink any beverage that contains alcohol while on public property. The Salinas Municipal Code Section (21-2)  states that, "No person shall drink any beer, wine or other intoxicating beverage on any public street, sidewalk, alley, highway, plaza parkway, parking lot, airport terminal, or bus or train depot in the City...

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