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Homicide Victim Identification

Release Date/Time: 9/7/2016 4:46 PM

Incident: Homicide Victim Identification

Report #: 16-090182

Date: Wednesday, 9/7/2016

Time: 4:43 PM

Location: 13 E. Lake St.

*****Correction of Prior Press Release***** The correct date for the homicide that occurred at 13 E. Lake St. was September 5th, not September 3rd as stated earlier. Thank you for those that caught the error and let us know.

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Homicide Victim Identification

Release Date/Time: 9/7/2016 4:28 PM

Incident: Homicide Victim Identification

Report #: 16-090221

Date: Wednesday, 9/7/2016

Time: 4:27 PM

Location: 13 E. Lake St.

On September 3rd, a homicide occurred in the entryway of 13 E. Lake St. The victim of that homicide has been identified as 53-year-old Antonio Arredondo, a resident of Salinas. Arredondo's murder is the 28th homicide of 2016, in the City of Salinas.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone that may have heard or seen the shooting occur, please contact Detective Rudy Roman at (831) 758-7913 or Detective Dave Poulin at (831) 758-7270. 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 Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

AVOID the 20 DUI Summer Campaign

Release Date/Time: 9/6/2016 11:37 AM

Incident: AVOID the 20 DUI Summer Campaign

Report #: Several

Date: Tuesday, 9/6/2016

Time: 11:37 AM

Location: Monterey and San Benito Counties

Monterey and San Benito Counties AVOID The 20 DUI Campaign Weekend – Final Report

This past Labor Day holiday period, the Avoid the 20 partnered with law enforcement statewide in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over drunk-driving enforcement campaign. From August 19-September 5, local police, sheriff and CHP showed zero tolerance for impaired driving, arresting 145 offenders for the deadly crime. Last year during the same time period 136 drivers were arrested.

The Avoid the 20 ramped up its usual enforcement efforts, deploying 2 checkpoints and an additional 36 roving DUI saturation patrols. The Avoid the 20 said that by removing 145 drunk drivers from the roads, many lives were likely saved. 'For us, saving one life would make the campaign worthwhile,” said Sergeant Gerry Ross of the Salinas Police Department. 'We want everyone to know that these 20 law enforcement agencies and the great majority of our community do not tolerate drunk driving. Our officers were focusing on pulling over and arresting drivers who were under the influence. We wanted to get out the message: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” he said.

Through TV, radio, and social media the high-visibility enforcement campaign aimed to increase awareness about the dangers of drunk driving. According to NHTSA, this aggressive approach has proven effective in the past for enforcing other types of traffic safety laws, such as seat belt usage. 'The key is to plan a safe ride home before you take the first sip,” said Sergeant Ross. 'If everyone planned ahead, lives would be saved.”

'There is never a safe time to drink and drive,” said Sergeant Ross. 'In partnership with NHTSA, we ask everyone to please consider the deadly consequences of their actions. Remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, every day of the year.”

From August 19 to September 5, you probably noticed the ‘Avoid the 20 DUI Task Force was out in full force, targeting one of the deadliest killers on the road: drunk driving. The enforcement was part of the national 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, to save lives and make our roads safer. DUI enforcement resulted in far too many drunk driving arrests and citations countywide over the past 18 days. Law enforcement officials will be conducting more anti-DUI efforts throughout the region again during Halloween before planning for the December Winter DUI Mobilization.

Police, Sheriff and the CHP encourage all motorists to help make your community safer: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911! anytime you encounter a dangerous impaired driver. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Homicide

Release Date/Time: 9/6/2016 2:27 AM

Incident: Attempted Homicide

Report #: 16-090221

Date: Monday, 9/5/2016

Time: 9:10 PM

Location: 1300 Block of Las Cruces Ct.

On September 5, 2016, at approximately 9:10 PM, officers were dispatched to a report of shooting in the 1300 block of Las Cruces Ct. Before officers could arrive, a caller stated the victim of the shooting was being taken by personal vehicle to the hospital. Officers were flagged down on E. Romie Lane by the driver of the vehicle transporting the victim to Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital. The officers found a 29-year-old victim in the passenger seat suffering from at least one gunshot wound. An ambulance transported the victim to Natividad Medical Center, which was a more suitable hospital based on the victim's injuries. The victim is in very critical condition with life-threatening injuries.

The shooting took place in a driveway in the 1300 block of Las Cruces Ct. The victim was sitting as a passenger in a vehicle when he was approached by a male suspect. For unknown reasons, the male pulled a firearm and fired multiple times at the victim. The male fled to an awaiting vehicle which sped out of the area. There was no further description of the vehicle or the suspect. The motive for the shooting is unknown at this point of the investigation.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone who may have information regarding this shooting or may have seen a vehicle fleeing the area, contact Detective Byron Gansen at (831) 758-7137 or Detective Arlene Currier at (831) 758-7125. 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".

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Gang Member With Firearm/ Disturbing the Peace

Release Date/Time: 9/4/2016 12:22 AM

Incident: Gang Member With Firearm/ Disturbing the Peace

Report #: 16 08 0139

Date: Sunday, 9/4/2016

Time: 9:43 PM

Location: E. San Luis St./ Harmony Lane

Officers responded to a report of a fight brewing in the alleyway next to an Oldtown bar. Ervin Griffin (23), Jose Fregoso (22), Abraham Camacho (21), and Angel Casas (20), were about to fight. Upon seeing the officers they took off running toward Monterey Street. Officers caught up to Casas on Monterey Street and while he was being taken into custody a loaded .45 caliber Colt semi-auto with an extended magazine was found inside his pants. Camacho was captured a short distance away.  Fregoso and Griffen were taken into custody at the bar. Casas, Griffen, and Fregoso were lodged in County Jail, and Camacho was issued a citation. Casas was lodged on gang member in possession of a firearm, disturbing the peace, and resisting arrest. The others were charged with disturbing the peace, resisting arrest, and probation violations.

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

Carjacking/ Hit and Run/ Parole Violation

Release Date/Time: 9/3/2016 6:37 PM

Incident: Carjacking/ Hit and Run/ Parole Violation

Report #: 16 08 0113

Date: Saturday, 9/3/2016

Time: 9:47 AM

Location: W. Rossi/ Sansome Street.

Derrieon Deshawn Nora (30), was walking on West Rossi Street trying to stop vehicles. He was almost successful in stopping one car but the driver drove away. Nora managed to stop a vehicle occupied by a 52-year-old woman and her Pomeranian dog. Nora stepped up on the vehicle's side rail, leaned in the window, and opened the driver side door telling the driver, 'I need your car somebody is trying to kill me.” Nora pulled the 52-year-old woman out by the hair onto the street. Nora put the vehicle in reverse and backed up into a truck behind him and fled in the vehicle at a high rate of speed. An officer spotted the vehicle on West Market Street at Riker Street and Nora was taken into custody in a high-risk vehicle stop. The Pomeranian was reunited with the owner. Nora was booked into County Jail for carjacking, parole violation, hit and run, and a felony warrant.

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

Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Release Date/Time: 9/3/2016 5:30 PM

Incident: Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Report #: 16 09 0118

Date: Saturday, 9/3/2016

Time: 12:29 PM

Location: 800 block of N. Madiera Ave

A 40-year-old woman came out to her carport and found some clothing piled on top of her car. She did not know who they belonged to so she set them aside and went to run errands. When she returned she saw Annette Castillo (30), a transient female, upset and looking for the items she left on the car. The victim told Castillo she moved the items and Castillo became angry, grabbed a 30” long 3” thick tree branch, and tried to attack the victim. As she ran up the stairs to her apartment in an attempt get away Castillo threw the branch at her just missing her head. An officer recognized the suspect description as Castillo from a previous contact and check a nearby homeless encampment. The officer located Castillo who was subsequently identified by the victim. Castillo refused to make a statement. She was booked into County Jail for assault with a deadly weapon, trespassing, and probation violation.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Shooting / Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 9/3/2016 5:09 PM

Incident: Shooting / Attempted Murder

Report #: 16 09 0119

Date: Saturday, 9/3/2016

Time: 1:56 PM

Location: 100 Block of Bardin Rd.

 An officer was in the area of Williams Road and heard approximately 10 gunshots. Calls began coming in of shots fired in the area of Bardin Road and Dennis Avenue. Three males were in the parking lot of the shopping center when they were confronted by two other males who came from a nearby Chevy Malibu. Gunfire was exchanged between the two groups. Fifteen casings were located in the parking lot and two casings were found in the street at Bardin Road and Dennis Avenue. Everyone involved fled the scene and at this point there are no report of injuries. One possible bullet strike was found on a home near Bardin and Toro Avenue. The suspect vehicle was described as possibly a dark grey Chevy Malibu, with tinted taillights, and black rims.

'It's a miracle no bystanders were hit on a busy Saturday afternoon on a holiday weekend.” – Cmdr. John C. Murray

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

DUI checkpoint

Release Date/Time: 9/2/2016 8:36 AM

Incident: DUI checkpoint

Report #: Various

Date: Thursday, 9/1/2016

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: Williams Road and Bardin Road

Fifteen Salinas Police Officers and 3 Community Service Officers conducted a DUI / Driver's License Checkpoint near the intersection of Williams Road and Barden Road in Salinas between the hours of 6pm and 1030pm. During that time period 983 vehicles went through the checkpoint and officers contacted 596 drivers. One driver was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. The 25-year-old female driver submitted to a breath test with results of .23 BAC; nearly three times the legal limit. Five other drivers were cited for driving on a suspended license and 24 drivers were cited for driving while unlicensed. Motorcycle officers working around the checkpoint wrote 17 traffic citations, mostly to drivers making illegal turns to avoid the checkpoint.

The checkpoint was part of the AVOID the 20 of Monterey and San Benito Counties. The Avoid the 20 coalition is in the midst of the Summer Campaign to fight drunk and drugged driving. The campaign will continue through midnight of Labor Day with addition DUI saturation patrols throughout both counties.

"More than anything else DUI checkpoints are designed to enhance public safety, deter impaired driving, and educate the public on the dangers of DUI," said Sergeant Gerry Ross. "Studies have shown that checkpoints reduce the number of DUI crashes and; therefore, reduce the number of people killed or injured from these crashes."

Funding for the AVOID the 20 coalition and for the Summer Campaign is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Animal Services seeking public's help to find 2 dogs stolen from animal shelter

Release Date/Time: 8/31/2016 11:41 AM

Incident: Animal Services seeking public's help to find 2 dogs stolen from animal shelter

Date: Sunday 8/28/2016

Time: 16:30

Location:144 Hitchcock Road, Salinas

On Sunday, August 28th between 4:30-5:30 pm, two dogs were stolen from the City of Salinas Animal Shelter on 144 Hitchcock Road (the 2nd shelter on Hitchcock Road).  While the Salinas Police Department is currently investigating all leads, Animal Services is seeking the public's immediate help to get these dogs returned to the shelter safely.  Anyone having information about these dogs is asked to contact the Salinas Police Department or Animal Services immediately. 

 'Cora” is a 4 month old white and black pitbull mix puppy that was up for adoption.  She was recently spayed so would have a visible surgery scar and she also has a microchip.  'Cora” is about 20 pounds and is very friendly.

 

 

'Mary Jane” is a 3 year old, female, brown brindle and white pitbull mix that was being held in the shelter's stray dog area with hopes that her owner would come reclaim her soon.  She is very friendly and about 65 pounds.

 

 

 

 

 

Release Authorized by: Cindy Burnham, Police Services Administrator/Animal Services Manager

Telephone: 831-758-7991

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