Press Releases

suspicious device

Release Date/Time: 8/19/2015 11:40 AM

Incident: suspicious device

Date: Wednesday, 8/19/2015

Time: 9:21 AM

Location: 200 Block Commission St

Officers responded to a suspicious device on the lawn in front of a business in the 200 block of Commission St.  Upon inspection, the device appeared to potentially be an improvised explosive device.  The Monterey County Sheriff's Bomb Squad was called for technical expertise.  They determined that  externally it appeared to have explosive potential.  A closer inspection revealed what appears to be an inert substance filling the device, thus posing no threat to the public.  A safety zone was established during the evaluation period and the street was closed for about an hour. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Major Injury Collision

Release Date/Time: 8/19/2015 12:25 AM

Incident: Major Injury Collision

Report #: 15-080962

Date: Tuesday, 8/18/2015

Time: 8:53 PM

Location: Harden Pkwy / Broadway Dr

Nicolas Guerrero (19) was driving his Ford Mustang with a 17-year old passenger. Ricardo Acuna (19) was driving his Acura Integra. He had two 17-year old females as passengers and Acuna's driver's license was suspended. When the light turned green, the two cars engaged in a street race,  Eastbound on Harden Pkwy from N. Main. A 34-year old female turned onto Harden Pkwy from Regency Cir directly in front of Acuna's Acura. Her Ford Explorer collided with the Acura causing the Explorer to become airborne, roll and strike a tree. The force of the impact caused all three occupants of the Acura to get pinned under the dashboard, including the rear passenger. All three had to be extricated from the mangled vehicle and the 17-year old girl in the front seat suffered life-threatening injuries. All four people were taken to a local trauma center with major injuries. The driver of the Mustang, Guerrero, left several hundred feet of locked wheel skid but stopped and waited with his car. Guerrero is on felony probation. He and his passenger were detained and brought to the PD for questioning. In the case of Guerrero, alcohol does not appear to be a factor and he volunteered to provide a blood sample. CHP officers with Advanced Accident Investigation training responded to the scene to assist in marking and collecting evidence and Salinas police detectives were called in to assist with interviews. At least two independent witnesses remained to help, including an off-duty law enforcement officer from a nearby jurisdiction. Guerrero was released pending the outcome of the investigation and once complete, investigators will determine whether he and/or Acuna will be charged with crimes.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Pursuit, Injury Collision, Violation of Probation

Release Date/Time: 8/18/2015 10:21 PM

Incident: Pursuit, Injury Collision, Violation of Probation

Report #: 15-080954

Date: Tuesday, 8/18/2015

Time: 4:49 PM

Location: Work St / S. Sanborn Rd

Officers stopped a black and grey Mustang driven by Leo Castro (36). Castro is on probation and was informed that his car was going to be searched. Castro started to get back into the car and close the door. One officer deployed his taser but it was not effective. Castro sped away from the stop and a short pursuit ensued until the officers lost sight of the car. The pursuit was terminated and officers began searching for Castro. Eventually, an officer came across a large collision scene involving Castro and his mustang at the intersection of John St and Front St. Castro had been driving at a high rate of speed, Northbound on Abbott St. As he approached John St, Castro collided with a car that was turning left in the intersection against a green light. He careened off the first car and struck a pick up that was stopped at a red light in the left turn pocket of Southbound Front St preparing to turn Eastbound onto John St. The truck was pushed backward about 40 feet. Castro careened off the truck and collided into a third car that was stopped for a red light in the Southbound #1 lane of Front St. The female driver of that car was pinned and had to be extricated. Castro was ejected from his mustang through the passenger side window and landed on the street. Even though he was injured, Castro tried to get up and run but was unable. The drivers of the two cars were transported by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the truck was not injured but all four vehicles suffered major damage. Castro was taken to a local trauma center and admitted for unspecified injuries. The intersection was closed for several hours while the collision was investigated and off-duty officers trained in Advanced Accident Investigation were called in from home to assist. Castro will be charged with several felonies, including Felony Evading Resulting in Injury and Violation of Probation.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Release Date/Time: 8/17/2015 9:35 PM

Incident: Shooting

Report #: 15-080886

Date: Monday, 8/17/2015

Time: 7:41 PM

Location: E. Bolivar St @ N. Main St

A 35-year old male was standing near the fire station when a tan SUV, possibly a Chevy Trailblazer, pulled up and engaged him in conversation. Several shots were fired and the victim was struck once in the upper leg. His wounds are not considered life-threatening. The victim was uncooperative with police and the case is being investigated as gang related. No motive or suspect information has been established and anyone with information is urged to call Salinas Police Department.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Homicide/Attempted Homicide

Release Date/Time: 8/16/2015 7:18 AM

Incident: Homicide/Attempted Homicide

Report #: 15-080787

Date: Sunday, 8/16/2015

Time: 1:19 AM

Location: Haciendas Grill - 1449 N. Davis Rd.

Officers responded to the Hacienda Grill at 1449 N. Davis Road to the victim(s) of a shooting.   They found the twenty four year old victim conscious and breathing.  He was transported to Natividad Medical Center.  Complications developed as a result of his wounds and he later died at the hospital.  It was also discovered by responding officers that there was a second victim who was still in a vehicle at the scene.  The second victim sustained multiple gunshots wounds.  The thirty two year old victim was tranported to the Natividad Medical center where surgery was performed.  He is expected to survive.

At this time, the motive for the shooting is unknown.  There are no known gang connections however, both victims are known to purchase and use narcotics.  There were numerous people in the parking lot at the time of the shooting.  Some of which described a dark colored or black Toyota or Mitsubishi sedan leave the lot at a high rate of speed just after the shooting.   Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department.       

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Vehicle Collision with Injuries

Release Date/Time: 8/13/2015 2:04 PM

Incident: Vehicle Collision with Injuries

Report #: 15-080635

Date: Thursday, 8/13/2015

Time: 8:02 AM

Location: John Street and South Hebbron Street

A 28 year old male was driving a full size pickup southbound on Hebbron Street at John Street.  It appears that he pulled onto John Street directly into the path of a westbound passenger vehicle.  The driver of the passenger vehicle was a 42 year old male who had two children passengers in the back seat.  One of the passengers was a 9 year old girl who suffered bruising and had a complaint of pain and the other was a 6 year old boy who complained of pain.  Both children were flown to a Santa Clara Hospital as a precaution. Both adult drivers were transported to a local hosptial were they were treated for complaint of pain. The girl is currently being treated and the boy was treated and released.  Neither alcohol nor drugs were suspected to be involved in this collision.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed-Robbery suspects arrested (Don Roberto Jewelry)


Since the below listed armed robberies at the Don Roberto jewelry stores, Salinas Police Department investigators have now solved both robberies and have arrested three suspects. See previous press releases for details of each armed robbery that occurred on July 3, 2015 and July 20, 2015.

Salinas Police Detectives working with concerned citizens and the staff of Don Roberto Jewelers were able to gather enough evidence leading to the arrests of the following:

Rigoberto Torres (22) Castroville resident

Freddy Robledo (22) Soledad resident

Emeli Soto (19) Salinas resident

Investigation revealed that both Torres and Robledo worked together to commit both robberies.  It was also found that Soto was in a relationship with Robledo and knew the robberies were going to take place and appeared to work in conjunction with them during the second robbery on July 20, 2015.

The arrests made in this case are a great example of how working together with the police department can produce positive results.  As with most criminal investigations the Salinas Police Department urges those who may have witnessed a crime or may have information that may help solve a crime to call the Salinas Police Department.

Witnesses are encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department Investigations Division at 831-758-7226.   If you would like to remain anonymous, you can also call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222 or the We-Tip-Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

See below press relases:

Release Date/Time: 7/3/2015 2:38 PM

Incident: Robbery

Report #: 15-070132

Date: Friday, 7/3/2015

Time: 12:07 PM

Location: 1033 E. Alisal - Don Roberto's Jewelry

Officers were dispatched for a robbery at Don Roberto Jewelers. A white Escalade had backed into the handicapped stall right in front of the store. When a female with a 4 year old boy was buzzed into the business, the 2 suspects in the Escalade jumped out from the car and ran into the store. One male with a silver handgun grabbed the boy and threatened to shot him if the owners did not give them the keys to the jewelry. One of the owners handed the man with the handgun the keys. That suspect then handed the boy off to his accomplice, who was armed with a shotgun. He held the boy at gunpoint until the first suspect got the jewelry from the display. The suspect holding the boy released him and both ran back to their car. They drove away W/B on Alisal St. The suspects were masked with bandanas, spoke both English and Spanish and at one point told one told the other to 'check the scanner”. The young boy was not injured during this robbery, but was very upset.

Release Date/Time: 7/20/2015 4:54 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery - Business

Report #: 15-071131

Date: Monday, 7/20/2015

Time: 1:36 PM

Location: 1554 North Main Street #A - Don Roberto's Jewelry Store

Salinas Police Officers responded to an armed robbery at Don Roberto Jewelry Store, 1554 North Main Street #A. Two Hispanic male suspects entered the store: Suspect 1; 5-9/5-11 black hooded jacket with a California Bear logo on the back, black pants and black shoes with a blue bandana covering his face and Suspect 2; 5-3/5-6, gray hooded jacket, blue jeans, white tennis shoes, blue bandana covering his face carrying a chrome semi auto handgun.  Upon entering the store, Suspect 2 forced a customer, who was 8 months pregnant, to the back of the store. Suspect 2 opened several display cases and obtained various amounts of jewelry. Suspect 1 entered an area in the back of the store and did the same. The suspects fled in a white colored Chevrolet passenger vehicle.  Witnesses provided a vehicle description.  A Salinas Parole Agent, who was driving in the area, located the suspect vehicle abandoned in the neighborhood near Broadway and Manhattan.  It is unclear where the suspects went from there and there is no estimate of value on the stolen jewelry.  The 8 month pregnant victim was treated and released by medical personnel as a precaution.  The M.O. of this robbery is similar to the Don Roberto Jewelry Store, 1033 East Alisal, robbery that occurred on July 3rd. 



Avoid the 20 Summer Campaign

Release Date/Time: 8/10/2015 5:43 PM

Incident: Avoid the 20 Summer Campaign

Report #: N/A

Date: Monday, 8/10/2015

Time: 5:42 PM

Location: Monterey and San Benito Counties

The Avoid the 20 DUI Task Force Will Be Out in Full Force to Catch Drunk Drivers. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

As summer winds down, the Avoid the 20 of Monterey and San Benito Counties DUI Task Force is ramping up its enforcement efforts as part of a national crackdown on drunk driving. The 18-day, high-visibility campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, is a partnership with the California Office of Traffic Safety to curb impaired driving and save lives. August 21-September 7 (Labor Day), law enforcement partners in Monterey and San Benito Counties, across the state and nationwide will show zero tolerance for drunk driving. Increased state and national messaging about the dangers of driving drunk, coupled with checkpoints and increased officers on the road, aim to drastically reduce the toll of drunk driving. And what a toll it is. In 2013, there were 10,076 people killed in drunk–driving crashes, almost a third of all traffic fatalities according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In California 867 died in drunk driving collisions according to NHTSA. Thirty-eight percent of crash fatalities on Labor Day weekend that year involved drunk drivers with a Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of .08 percent or higher. And we're not just talking about a little bit of alcohol, either. More than a quarter (27 percent) of the crash fatalities that occurred on Labor Day weekend involved drivers with BACs of .15 or higher – almost twice the illegal limit.

The County's DUI Task Force kicks off Friday night by deploying a DUI/Driver's License checkpoint during the first weekend along with several special DUI Saturation Patrols. DUI enforcement will continue through Monday, September 7th.The California Highway Patrol will deploy all available officers onto freeways and county roads as part of their Maximum Enforcement Period over the 3 day holiday weekend. NHTSA data shows that repeat offenders are an especially dangerous facet of the drunk-driving problem. In the month of August from 2009-2013, of the drunk drivers involved in fatal crashes, almost 1 out of 10 (8 percent) of them had already been convicted of at least one drunk-driving offense.

Law Enforcement emphasizes the preventable nature of drunk driving reminding everyone that all it takes is a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driver or call a cab. But whatever you do, don't drink and drive. The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP (Designated Driver VIP) mobile app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched last year, the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing users to 'Map a Spot” with their current location to find DDVIP partnering establishments in their area or a 'List of Spots” to search all participating bars and restaurants throughout California. Users will be offered free incentives at each bar to celebrate their life saving role. They can stay up-to-date with the latest from DDVIP and see what other users are saying via its social tab. Also through the app, for those who want to imbibe but also make it a point to plan ahead, users can easily order a sober ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb – all from one screen.

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. Everyone should be mindful that if you're taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects. So this August and year-round, 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 Administration who reminds everyone; Report Drunk Drivers! – Call 9-1-1.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Still openings in the 2015 Fall Community Academy

Salinas Police Department 2015 Fall Community Academy


There are still several openings for the Salinas Police Department 2015 Fall Community Academy which starts on Thursday, 9-3-15. The Community Academy is a 12 week program that runs every Thursday night from 6 to 9 PM. This is a great opportunity to come see the internal workings of the Salinas Police Department. You will see first hand what it is like to be a Salinas Police Officer.

Applicants are selected by first come first serve. The only requirements are that you live, work or volunteer in the City of Salinas, be 18 years or older, no probation, parole or felonies.

To get an application, simply send an email to [email protected] and request a Community Academy application. I will email the application to you with instructions on how to get it back to me. If you already have an application, please get it in to me because the spots are going fast.

If you have any questions, please email or call Sgt. H. Johnson, 831-758-7247





Homicide and Attempted Homicide

Release Date/Time: 8/8/2015 2:49 PM

Incident: Homicide and Attempted Homicide

Report #: 15-080362

Date: Friday, 8/7/2015

Time: 10:02 PM

Location: 150 Sherwood Dr.

NMC contacted the police department for a gunshot victim who had arrived in the emergency room.  The victim, Eliot Cerna Guererro (22) was driven to the emergency room by family members.  Guererro died shortly after his arrival. It is believed at this point in the investigation, the shooting occurred at 150 Sherwood Drive.  The victims were confronted by several gang members who challenged the victims about their gang affiliation.  The surviving victim attempted to drive away to avoid a confrontation when the suspect(s) blindly fired upon the vehicle shooting and killing Guererro and narrowly missing a juvenile who was seated behind the victim.  This is being investigated as a gang related homicide although the victim had no apparent gang ties.  If anyone may have witnessed the homicide or can provide information, they are encouraged to contact Detective Derek Gibson at 758-7442.

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128


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