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Summer Campaign update

Release Date/Time: 8/31/2016 9:22 AM

Incident: Summer Campaign update

Report #: N/A

Date: Wednesday, 8/31/2016

Time: 9:20 AM

Location: Monterey and San Benito Counties

The National Summer/Labor Day Anti-DUI crackdown arrest update: From 12:01 AM Friday August 19, 2016 through Midnight Tuesday August 30, 2016 officers representing 20 agencies from Monterey and San Benito Counties have arrested 104 individuals for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Last year during this same time period 94 drivers were arrested for DUI.

Tragically, there was a death attributed to a drugged driver in our area. Seventy-eight-year-old Sylvia Mullen was struck broadside by a suspect driving at an extremely high rate of speed and suspected to be under the influence of marijuana. Last year there were no alcohol or drugged related deaths during this same time period but there were 12 traffic collisions attributed to a drunk driver with 13 people suffering injuries. This year there have been only three reported traffic collisions attributed to a drunk driver with 5 people suffering injuries. (**NOTE: These numbers are only provisional with some agencies yet to report**)

For the second weekend of the National DUI Mobilization a DUI Checkpoint will be conducted in the city of Salinas on Thursday and extra DUI Saturation Patrols will be deployed throughout both counties. All regularly scheduled traffic and patrol officers will continue efforts to stop and arrest DUI drivers during their normal shifts.

Police, Sheriff and the CHP are requesting motorists to help make the community safer: Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911. Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. DUI arrest data collection will continue through Labor Day midnight Monday, September 5, 2016. Avoid DUI programs, named for the number of police agencies in each county, will deploy Multiple/DUI Driver's License Checkpoints and local Roving DUI patrols region-wide during this 18-day Summer/Labor Day Campaign.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide Victims Identified

Release Date/Time: 8/30/2016 6:19 AM

Incident: Homicide Victims Identified

Date: Tuesday, 8/30/2016

Time: 6:17 AM

Location:

The victim that was killed on Friday, August 26, 2016, has been identified as Guillermo Prieto. Prieto was 37-years-old and a resident of Salinas. He was shot and killed while retrieving something from his car in the 700 block of Garner Ave.

On August 28, 2016, a homicide occurred in the 700 block of Elton Pl. The victim in that shooting has been identified as 29-year-old Jose Tacuba Cruz of Salinas. Cruz was shot and killed while in the front yard of a house, cleaning up after a child's party.

The Salinas Police Department's Investigations Bureau is asking anyone who may have information regarding either of these homicides to contact (831) 758-7226. 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

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 8/30/2016 4:05 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 16-0811681

Date: Tuesday, 8/30/2016

Time: 12:57 AM

Location: Parking Lot of 1 Bridge St.

On August 30, 2016, at approximately 12:57 am, Salinas Police received a call of a shooting victim somewhere in the under 100 block of Soledad St. When officers arrived they were unable to find a victim. Officers continued to look in the area and found a victim in the parking lot of 1 Bridge St. The victim had sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced deceased on scene.

The investigation has revealed the actual shooting may have occurred at least 15 minutes prior to the actual call to 911. There had been no calls to report any gunshots heard in the area. The victim, a 20-year-old male, was known to frequent the area and was transient. It is unknown why he was in the area where the shooting occurred and why he was targeted.

The identity of the victim is being withheld until proper notification to his family can be made. It is too early in the investigation to determine if this is a gang related shooting. The delay in contacting police and the nature of the call resulted in the area being deserted and no witnesses could be located. This is the 27th homicide of the year in Salinas and the ninth in the month of August.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone who may have information regarding this homicide or may have seen a vehicle fleeing the area, contact Detective Derek Gibson at (831) 758-7442 or Detective Jared Sivertson at (831) 758-7132. 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

Salinas PD Re-Institutes Violence Suppression Unit

In July of 2015 the Salinas Police Department was forced to flatten the organization due to staffing shortages.  The police department closed all units outside of patrol and investigations.  This left the department with no dedicated gang enforcement/gang investigation unit. 

The Salinas Police Department will be re-forming a small Violence Suppression Unit (VSU) to gather intelligence, coordinate and conduct counter-violence operations and to support our Detectives in their investigations.  The unit will consist of a supervisor and two officers supported by additional officers on an overtime basis, as well as by our law enforcement partners at the local, state and federal level as available.

VSU will be operational by early September.

Shooting - Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 8/29/2016 5:27 AM

Incident: Shooting - Attempted Murder

Report #: 16-081615

Date: Monday, 8/29/2016

Time: 1:09 AM

Location: Sanborn / Market

A passerby reported seeing a man walking on N. Sanborn Road bleeding from his neck. Officers located a 19 year old male walking in the 300 block of N. Sanborn Rd. The victim had been shot in upper body several times. The victim was uncooperative and would only say that he had been walking on E. Market Street when he was approached by an unknown male. A verbal confrontation ensued and the victim was shot. The victim was taken to NMC's trauma unit for treatment and his wounds were not immediately life threatening. The shooting does appear to be gang related.

Release Authorized by: Dana Cornelison

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 8/28/2016 6:10 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 16-081570

Date: Sunday, 8/28/2016

Time: 1:27 AM

Location: 700 Block of Elton Pl.

On August 28, 2016, at approximately 1:30 am, Salinas Police officers were dispatched to the 700 block of Elton Pl. on the report of a shooting victim. Officers arrived and found a 29-year-old Hispanic male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced deceased by medical personnel at the scene.

The victim had been at a child's birthday party in the area when he went to out of a residence to help clean up the front yard. He was outside for a short period of time when shots rang out. The victim was found in the front yard with no one else around. There is no description given of the suspect or suspects. A vehicle may have been heard leaving the area but it is unknown if the vehicle was actually involved in the shooting.

The victim was a resident of Salinas, worked as a laborer and had only one documented contact with the Salinas Police Department. The identity of the victim is being withheld until the family can be notified. As with the homicide on Friday night, the incident is consistent with a gang related shooting but the victim does not appear to be a gang member. This is the 26th homicide in Salinas this year.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone who may have information regarding this homicide or may have seen a vehicle fleeing the area, contact Detective Michael Rivera at (831) 758-7971 or Detective Schwener at (831) 758-7276. 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

Shooting/ Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 8/28/2016 2:46 AM

Incident: Shooting/ Attempted Murder

Report #: 16 08 1569

Date: Sunday, 8/28/2016

Time: 1:10 AM

Location: 1200 Block of Pacific Ave

Officers responded to the victim of a shooting on 1200 block of Pacific Ave. They found a 27-year-old male with multiple gunshot wounds to the legs and torso. The victim was conscious, breathing, and talking but uncooperative and would not provide much information about what happened. A red or burgundy Chevy Tahoe may have been 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

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 8/27/2016 4:47 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 16-081524

Date: Friday, 8/26/2016

Time: 11:27 PM

Location: 700 Block of Garner Ave.

On August 26, 2016, at 11:27 PM, officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 700 block of Garner Ave. While officers were in route to the area, the call was upgraded to a victim of a shooting in the same area. When officers arrived, they found a 37-year-old Hispanic male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The first arriving officers provided CPR to the victim but when medical personnel arrived, they pronounced the victim deceased at the scene.

The victim had been standing outside with a friend when he went to his car, which was parked on Garner Ave., to retrieve an item. As he was retrieving the item, he was approached by at least two suspects. For unknown reasons, the two male suspects pulled out handguns and fired multiple rounds at the victim. After the shooting, the two males may have fled in a vehicle or ran eastbound on Garner Ave.

The victim, a resident of Salinas, had a very limited history with the Salinas Police Department and was not a gang member. The victim appears to have been a labor worker and the motive for the shooting is unknown. The identity of the victim is being withheld to allow his family time to notify other relatives. Although the way this shooting occurred is consistent with a gang related shooting, it is too early in the investigation to determine why the victim was killed. This is the 25th homicide in the city this year.

The Salinas Police Department's Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information regarding this shooting incident to please contact Detective Rudy Roman at (831) 758-7913; or Detective Ken Schwener at (831) 758-7276. 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: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Pedestrian Sting

Release Date/Time: 8/26/2016 9:14 AM

Incident: Pedestrian Sting

Report #: N/A

Date: Friday, 8/26/2016

Time: 8:31 AM

Location: Natividad and Sorrentini / North Main Street and Chaparral

On August 25th, between 12:30 and 5:30 PM, 6 Salinas PD officers and one Community Service Officer conducted a pedestrian sting in Salinas. The first half of the operation was done at the crosswalk located at Natividad Road and Sorrentini Drive. The second half of the operation was done at the crosswalk at North Main Street and Chaparral Street. These crosswalks were chosen because of a history of vehicle/pedestrian traffic collisions at those locations. There has been a pedestrian killed at or near those crosswalks over the last few years.

The sting consisted of a plain clothes officer walking back and forth across the street, in the crosswalk, wearing a bright orange shirt. The other officers were in uniform on marked police motorcycles or in a marked patrol car waiting in the wings. When a vehicle would violate the pedestrian's right-of-way, the uniformed officers would stop the vehicle and issue a citation. On several occasions, citizens not involved in the operation crossed the street and vehicles violated their right-of-way leading to a citation.

In all, officers made 61 traffic stops and wrote 47 citations, 9 of which were for cell phone use while driving. Three of these drivers were also cited for driving while unlicensed and another person was cited for allowing an unlicensed person to drive. One driver was arrested for an outstanding warrant. Officers could have written even more tickets but there were times that all the officers were busy writing tickets at the same time.

"Crossing the street was actually a bit frightening at times," said Sergeant Gerry Ross. "There were a few times that cars zoomed by me within three to five feet at 45 to 55 mph. Hopefully this sting operation will teach drivers to slow down and stop for pedestrians."

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

DUI Warrant Service Operation

Release Date/Time: 8/23/2016 5:15 PM

Incident: DUI Warrant Service Operation

Report #: N/A

Date: Monday, 8/22/2016

Time: 5:09 PM

Location: City of Salinas

On August 22nd between 0730 hours and 1930 hours, 4 officers attempted to serve approximately 25 arrest warrants on suspects who had been arrested for Driving Under the Influence. Five of the suspects were located, arrested and booked into jail. Officers developed information on several of the other warrants suspects and will continue to be on the lookout for them. "If a person has an arrest warrant for a DUI, they should turn themselves in and take responsibility for their actions," said Sergeant Gerry Ross of Salinas PD. "We will find them eventually and it may not be at the most opportune time."

This operation was part of the AVOID the 20 DUI Summer Campaign, which runs through September 5th. 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

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