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Fatal Vehicle Collison / Vehicular Manslaughter

Release Date/Time: 8/23/2016 4:53 PM

Incident: Fatal Vehicle Collison

Report #: 16-081260

Date: Tuesday, 8/23/2016

Time: 11:57 AM

Location: E. Laurel Dr. & St. Edwards

Officers responded to E. Laurel Dr. & St. Edwards Avenue regarding a major vehicle collision. When officers arrived on scene, it quickly became apparent that one driver was deceased. The Investigation revealed that as a 78-year-old woman pulled onto E. Laurel Dr. from St. Edwards she was broadsided by Jose Luis Aguilar (31) who was E/B on E. Laurel Dr. The impact of the collision was severe enough to cause the woman's death. Aguilar received moderate injuries to his jaw and chest. Aguilar is suspected of being under the influence marijuana and/or methamphetamine. Field Sobriety Tests were conducted at the hospital and a blood test was obtained from Aguilar. Witnesses at the scene indicted that Aguilar was driving extremely fast. This assertion was corroborated by the extensive damage to both vehicles. Agular was booked at the Monterey County Jail for vehicular manslaughter and DUI causing death. Case still under investigation.

Release Authorized by: Vincent Maiorana

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 8/22/2016 5:20 AM

Incident: Homicide

Date: Monday, 8/22/2016

Time: 12:01 AM

Location: East Lake and Bridge St.

An anonymous caller reported a gunshot on Bridge Street but gave nothing further. Officers responded to the area and located Eber Ruiz, age 27, in his vehicle suffering from a gunshot wound. He was unresponsive and was pronounced deceased at the scene. There are no witnesses and no further information on the inceident. 

This is the 24th Homicide of the year. If anyone has information regarding this homicide, they are asked to contact Detective Sivertson at (831) 758-7132 or Detective Hendrickson at (831) 758-7129. 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: Sgt. Brian Johnson, Investigations Bureau

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Robbery

Release Date/Time: 8/21/2016 12:53 AM

Incident: Robbery

Report #: 16 08 1127

Date: Sunday, 8/21/2016

Time: 8:46 PM

Location: 1200 Block of N. Main St.

A 47-year-old man was preparing to close a store on the 1200 block of N. Main Street when two hooded customers came into the store. The clerk approached them and one of the two men pulled out a silver semi-automatic handgun, and demanded the money. In addition to an undisclosed amount of money they also helped themselves to various items from the store. The suspects where in the store approximately 5 minutes and fled westbound through the parking lot. Suspect #1 was described as a white male adult, 6', thin build, 135 – 140lbs, wearing a black hoodie, black jeans, a black mask, and white gloves. Suspect #2 was described as an unknown race male, thin build, 5'11”, black hoodie, tan mask, and grey gloves.

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: 8/20/2016 1:00 AM

Incident: Robbery

Report #: 16 08 1091

Date: Saturday, 8/20/2016

Time: 10:18 PM

Location: 800 block of Park Row

A 60-year-old woman was leaving a business on the 800 block of Park Row. As she was walking through the parking lot a vehicle sped up and the passenger jumped out. The suspect pointed a black semi-auto at the victim and demanded her money. The victim handed over her purse. The suspects fled in a white 4 door Honda type sedan. The victim could only describe the suspect as a male wearing a black hoodie, with light blue jeans and armed with a handgun.

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

Brandishing/ Fight

Release Date/Time: 8/20/2016 12:30 AM

Incident: Brandishing/ Fight

Report #: 16 08 1086

Date: Saturday, 8/20/2016

Time: 8:51 PM

Two brothers, age 13 and 16, were attending the high school Jamboree at Rabo Bank stadium. The brothers were walking behind the DMV on E. Laurel when two teenage males approached the 13-year-old from behind and grabbed him. The boy initially thought it was his friends, but when he turned around he did not recognize them. After the suspects grabbed the 13-year-old, his brother jumped in and fought with the suspects trying to defend his brother.

The 16-year-old was punched two times in the face by one suspect, described as a Hispanic male, young, light complexion, with acne and a black mustache. The suspect pulled out an airsoft type replica firearm and pointed it at the 16 year-old and they began fighting for the gun. While they were wrestling, the suspect dropped the gun. An off duty CDC officer approached and told them to stop, and the suspect ran towards E. Laurel.

The airsoft gun was recovered at the scene by the CDC officer and turned over to Salinas PD officers.  

The victims were not able to provide a description of the other suspect, other than he was young and had a light complexion. Both suspects spoke English with a Spanish accent.

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".

Location: DMV Parking lot - 260 E. Laurel Dr.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Shooting / Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 8/19/2016 11:45 PM

Incident: Shooting / Attempted Murder

Report #: 16 08 1089

Date: Friday, 8/19/2016

Time: 9:47 PM

A 41-year-old man was shot in front of his house located on the 800 block of Amarillo Way. A car rolled up and the passenger opened fire shooting multiple rounds and struck the victim 3 times in the leg and lower torso. The suspect vehicle was described as possibly a white BMW and was last seen westbound on Amarillo. The victim was transported to NMC with non-life threatening wounds.

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

AVOID the 20 DUI enforcement Summer Campaign

Release Date/Time: 8/16/2016 8:50 AM

Incident: AVOID the 20 DUI enforcement Summer Campaign

Report #: N/A

Date: Tuesday, 8/16/2016

Time: 8:48 AM

Location: Monterey and San Benito Counties

This Labor Day, Remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

The Avoid the 20 Monterey and San Benito Counties DUI Task Force Shows Zero Tolerance In Its Goal to End Drunk Driving

This Labor Day weekend, families and friends will be celebrating the end of the summer. Sadly, this festive time has also become a dangerous time for America's roads, as many drunk drivers get behind the wheel after celebrating. For this reason, the Monterey and San Benito Counties DUI Task Force is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to stop drunk drivers and help save lives. The high-visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs August 19-September 5, 2016. During this period, local law enforcement will show zero tolerance for drunk driving. Increased national messaging about the dangers of driving drunk, coupled with sobriety checkpoints and increased officers working DUI Saturation Patrols on the road, aim to drastically reduce drunk driving on our nation's roads.

The Avoid the 20 will deploy 2 DUI/Drivers License checkpoints and several DUI Saturation Patrols to stop and arrest alcohol and drug impaired drivers during the end of summer 18 day DUI campaign. Police, Sheriff and the California Highway Patrol's routine patrols will be on looking for the tale-tell sign of drunk driving in order to stop and arrest impaired drivers.

According to NHSTA, on average, over 10,000 people died each year (2010 to 2014) in drunk-driving crashes nationwide while California recorded 882 deaths. During the 2014 Labor Day holiday weekend (6 p.m. August 29 – 5:59 a.m. September 2), 40 percent of the fatalities in traffic crashes involved drunk drivers, which was the highest percentage over the five years 2010 to 2014. And nighttime proves to be the most dangerous time to be out on the roads: During the 2014 Labor Day holiday period, 83 percent of drunk-driving crash fatalities occurred between 6 p.m. and 5:59 a.m. – as compared to half of all drunk-driving crash fatalities throughout the rest of that year.

Additionally, 40 percent of crash fatalities on Labor Day weekend in 2014 involved drunk drivers (with blood alcohol concentrations [BACs] of .08 or higher), amounting to 162 lives lost nationwide and 20 in California. And we're not just talking about a little bit of alcohol, either. More than a quarter (28%) of the crash fatalities that occurred on Labor Day weekend involved drivers with BACs of .15 or higher—almost twice the illegal limit.

'Drunk driving is not only deadly, it is illegal,” said Sergeant Gerry Ross 'Drunk driving is a massive problem in the United States, with more than 10,000 people dying every year. Pay attention to your own driving, but also look out for others who could be driving drunk,” he added. 'It is your business. If you think you see a drunk driver, report them – call 911.”

The reality is that people aren't invincible. Of the 9,967 people who were killed in impaired-driving crashes in 2014, 64 percent were the drunk drivers themselves. Those 6,391 drunk drivers thought they would make it to their destinations, but they didn't.

'Keep in mind that you can't trust your own judgement when you've been drinking,” said Ross. 'You may not think you're drunk. You may think you can drive. But law enforcement will know you're intoxicated and know that your driving is impaired. Law enforcement officers get more training than ever in detecting and identifying drunk drivers. Officers will notice little things you do when driving that indicate you've been drinking. They will stop you and arrest you.”

The Avoid the 20 DUI Coalition reminds everyone:

• Plan a safe way home before the fun begins.

• Before drinking, designate a sober driver.

• Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or 'DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone. The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more. The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and even a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb.

• DRUGS, MEDICATION & ALCOHOL = CRASHES: Recent statistics reveal that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems. A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent). Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.

• If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take your friend's keys and help your friend make other arrangements to get to where he or she is going safely.

As the summer winds to an end, remember that there's no excuse for drunk or impaired driving. If you choose to break the law, police sheriff and CHP official will see you before you see them. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

Avoid the 20 DUI Task Force funding is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Robbery

Release Date/Time: 8/13/2016 12:53 AM

Incident: Robbery

Report #: 16 08 0691

Date: Saturday, 8/13/2016

Time: 9:08 PM

Location: 600 Block of E. Alisal Street

A man with a grey beard entered the laundromat with a gun in each hand and robbed three people. The suspect approached a 22 year old male and a 22 year old female and demanded their money. The man handed over his wallet with a small amount of cash, and his cell phone. The suspect then turned to woman who was holding her one-year-old and attempted to rob her but she had nothing. The suspect then moved to a 35 year old man, and when the man showed him his empty wallet the suspect pistol whipped him across the face. The suspect took hiss empty wallet and cell phone and fled westbound on Alisal. Suspect was described as an HMA in his 40's with a grey beard, 5'7”, 170lbs, wearing a grey hoodie, black ski mask, and blue jeans. He was armed with two guns a black semi-auto  and a grey semi-auto in the other. A white PT cruiser 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

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Question of the Day

What can I do if I see a car parked in my neighborhood which I think may be abandoned?

The City of Salinas has people specifically designated to handle abandoned vehicles and long-term parking problems. These problems are generally handled on a complaint basis. The abandoned vehicle office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. The phone number, day or night, is (831) 758-7316.

The following information will help you determine whether or not a vehicle has been abandoned or is a long-term parking problem:

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