Press Releases

DUI / 20002 VC

Release Date/Time: 12/23/2016 12:55 AM

Incident: DUI / 20002 VC

Report #: 16 121206 & 16 121207

Date: Friday, 12/23/2016

Time: 9:58 PM

Location: Chaparal St. & Rainier Drive

Officers responded to a report of a vehicle collision on Rainier Drive and contacted Javier Gonzalez (30). Gonzalez had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath and person and had collided with a parked car. As officers were conducting their investigation they were approached by citizens informing them that there were additional vehicles struck on Chaparral Street. Gonzalez had been driving eastbound on Chaparral when he struck three parked vehicles one of which was forced into the wall of a home on the 300 block of Chaparral Street. Three of the four vehicles Gonzalez collided with sustained major damage. Gonzalez stated he had one beer. Gonzalez was booked in County Jail on four counts of hit and run and DUI.

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: 12/22/2016 11:06 PM

Incident: Robbery

Report #: 16 12 1200

Date: Thursday, 12/22/2016

Time: 7:57 PM

Location: Jack In The Box - 1225 De La Torre

 A solo male suspect entered a restaurant on the 1200 block of De La Torre and robbed the manager at gunpoint. The suspect was armed with a semi-automatic handgun and took the cash from the register. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his 20's, and was wearing a black hoodie, black pants, red bandana, and red gloves. The suspect fled toward Hwy 101.

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: 12/22/2016 10:51 PM

Incident: Robbery

Report #: 16 12 1199

Date: Thursday, 12/22/2016

Time: 7:37 PM

Location: 800 Block of N. Main St.

 

Two white males wearing all black and black bandanas over their faces walked into a restaurant on the 800 block of South Main Street and demanded money from the cash registers. One of the males pointed a black semi-auto handgun at the manager while demanding the money. The suspects took the cash from the register and left westbound on Oak Street. A white sedan was seen driving westbound on Oak just prior to the robbery, however, it is unknown if the vehicle was involved.

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: 12/22/2016 9:55 PM

Incident: 211

Report #: 16 12 1198

Date: Thursday, 12/22/2016

Time: 7:12 PM

Location: 1900 block of Natividad

Two men robbed a convenience store on the 1900 block of Natividad Road. One suspect was armed with a grey semi-automatic handgun and demanded the money from the clerk. The suspects took an undisclosed amount of cash from the register and fled southbound through the shopping center. Suspect #1 was described as possibly a HMA, 5'6”, 180 lbs, brown eyes, wearing a black hoodie, with a black bandana over his face, and was armed with a grey semi-automatic handgun. Suspect #2 was described as possibly a HMA, wearing a black hoodie, and black bandana over his face.

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

664-187 PC - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 12/22/2016 4:50 AM

Incident: 664-187 PC - Shooting

Report #: 16-121145

Date: Thursday, 12/22/2016

Time: 12:28 AM

Location: 900 Block Rider Ave

ShotSpotter system reported 7 shots in the area of the 900 block of Rider Ave. and almost immediately we received a call of a victim of a shooting at a residence nearby. The 21-year-old victim was seated in his vehicle on Rider Avenue when he was approached by two unknown males. The suspects asked the victim where he was from and then opened fire striking the victim twice in the torso. The victim was transported to the hospital by a family member and was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

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: Dana Cornelison

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery Business

Release Date/Time: 12/20/2016 8:28 AM

Incident: Armed Robbery Business

Report #: 16-121017

Date: Monday, 12/19/2016

Time: 7:01 PM

Location: 2165 North Main Street - La Vina Market

Two suspects robbed the above business and its patrons at gunpoint. Both were 20-30 years of age. Suspect #1 was described as a Hispanic male, thin, 5'-2" wearing a black snowboard jacket, black bandana, blue jeans, white shoes with a black semi-auto handgun in his left hand. Suspect #2 was described as a Hispanic Male, thin, 5'-5" wearing a black hooded jacket with a green and yellow Reebok logo, light blue pants, Nike Cortez shoes and black revolver. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken from the business and wallets and phones were taken from 8 patrons that were in the store at the time. One of the suspects had a "south American / Puerto Rican accent." One of the suspects was carrying a police scanner with the volume loud enough for the victims to hear it. No vehicle was seen but officers will determine if cameras installed in the area recorded images of the suspects.

Release Authorized by: Commander Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Unlawful Sexual Intercourse with a minor under 18 years old

Release Date/Time: 12/17/2016 3:04 PM

Incident: Unlawful Sexual Intercource with a minor under 18 years old

Report #: 16-120787

Date: Thursday, 12/15/2016

Time: 10:19 AM

Location: 27 Willow St.

On December 15th Salinas Police Investigators arrested Juan Govea (35) after it was reported to police that he had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a 17-year-old female who he met while employed as a teacher at Salinas High School. Investigation revealed that Govea's relationship with the 17-year-old occurred approximately six months after he was no longer employed by Salinas High School. It was also reported that the alleged unlawful sex occurred recently at the Govea's Salinas residence. According to Salinas Union High School district officials, Govea has not been employed by Salinas Union High School District for approximately 6 months. Govea was booked at Monterey County jail for Unlawful Sexual Intercourse with a minor and other related crimes.

Release Authorized by: Commander Vincent Maiorana

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Car Jacking / Kidnapping / Discharging Firearm

Release Date/Time: 12/15/2016 11:52 AM

Incident: Car Jacking / Kidnapping / Discharging Firearm

Report #: 16-120697, 16-120773

Date: Wednesday, 12/14/2016

Time: 11:21 PM

Location: 300 block Towt St.

ShotSpotter System activated Wednesday evening First Arrest made

On 12-14-16, members of the Salinas Police Department conducted live fire tests to help calibrate the sensors for our new ShotSpotter subscription service. Officers completed the tests by 11:00pm. The system was deemed ready and activated. While the officers were driving back to the station, an alert went out that 2 shots were recorded in the 300 block of Towt St.

A Salinas officer was following up on a previous car-jacking, kidnapping case and was already heading toward the 300 block of Towt St. The officer advised responding units of the case she was investigating and gave a suspect description. When officers arrived, they located a black truck in front of a residence in the 300 block of Towt St. occupied by a female in the drivers seat and male in the passenger seat. The male, Miguel Orozco Solano (30), matched the suspect description of the above case. Officers received permission to search the vehicle and located a black handgun behind the front passenger seat. They also located one casing nearby. Officers found out the gun belonged to Solano and he shot twice in the air, while they listening to music. Solano was booked into Monterey County Jail charged with Car jacking, kidnapping, and discharging a firearm in a negligent manner.

Release Authorized by: Mike Groves, Cmdr.

Telephone: (831) 758-7123

Car Jacking / Kidnapping / Discharging Firearm

Release Date/Time: 12/15/2016 11:52 AM

Incident: Car Jacking / Kidnapping / Discharging Firearm

Report #: 16-120697, 16-120773

Date: Wednesday, 12/14/2016

Time: 11:21 PM

Location: 300 block Towt St.

ShotSpotter System activated Wednesday evening First Arrest made

On 12-14-16, members of the Salinas Police Department conducted live fire tests to help calibrate the sensors for our new ShotSpotter subscription service. Officers completed the tests by 11:00pm. The system was deemed ready and activated. While the officers were driving back to the station, an alert went out that 2 shots were recorded in the 300 block of Towt St.

A Salinas officer was following up on a previous car-jacking, kidnapping case and was already heading toward the 300 block of Towt St. The officer advised responding units of the case she was investigating and gave a suspect description. When officers arrived, they located a black truck in front of a residence in the 300 block of Towt St. occupied by a female in the drivers seat and male in the passenger seat. The male, Miguel Orozco Solano (30), matched the suspect description of the above case. Officers received permission to search the vehicle and located a black handgun behind the front passenger seat. They also located one casing nearby. Officers found out the gun belonged to Solano and he shot twice in the air, while they listening to music. Solano was booked into Monterey County Jail charged with Car jacking, kidnapping, and discharging a firearm in a negligent manner.

Release Authorized by: Mike Groves, Cmdr.

Telephone: (831) 758-7123

Arrest of Wanted Subject

On December 11, 2016, officers responded to a domestic violence incident at a local Salinas motel. The victim told officers she had been threatened at gunpoint and held against her will by Luis Morales Alvarado (38). As officers were arriving, Alvarado cut a hole in the wall of the motel room, crawled into an adjacent room and then jumped from the second floor room to the parking lot before fleeing on foot while armed with a semi-automatic pistol. Officers searched the motel room and discovered over 140 grams of methamphetamine and determined that Alvarado was wanted on a felony warrant.

This morning at about 9:20am, officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance at an apartment complex in the 700 block of W. Acacia St. involving Alvarado. Officers were aware that he was armed with a gun on the previous case. Before officers could contact him, Alvarado jumped from the second-story bathroom window to the ground and ran toward a nearby elementary school. One officer fired three rounds from a 40mm, less lethal projectile device striking Alvarado twice. He fell to the ground but was able to get up and keep running. Alvarado ran onto the campus of the elementary school prompting police to order a lock-down of the campus. Another officer deployed a Taser, which struck Alvarado and safely ended the pursuit. He was not armed when arrested. Police and school staff conducted a search of the campus but no firearm was located. The campus lockdown was lifted after approximately 40 minutes and no students were harmed. Alvarado was booked into the Monterey County Jail on a variety of felony charges.   

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