Press Releases

Transportation and Sales of Narcotics, Possession of Narcotics for Sale

Release Date/Time: 12/10/2018 4:08 PM
Incident: Transportation and Sales of Narcotics, Possession of Narcotics for Sale
Date: Monday, 12/10/2018
Time: 4:08 PM
Location: 100 blk of Harden Parkway and City of Soledad

On December 8, 2018, at approximately 8:40 pm, detectives from the Salinas Police Department's Investigations Bureau culminated a lengthy investigation into narcotics trafficking within the City of Salinas. With the assistance of the FBI, DEA, and the Soledad Police Department, a traffic stop was conducted on northbound US 101, near the city of Soledad. During the stop, the Soledad Police Department's K-9, who is specially trained in the detection of narcotics, alerted a portion of the vehicle. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, two large packages, tightly wrapped in cellophane, were seized from a hidden location in the vehicle. The driver, and sole occupant, 29-year-old Hector Uribe was arrested without incident. The vehicle, suspected narcotics and Uribe were all transported to Salinas for further investigation.

Detectives authored and served a search warrant for Uribe's residence in the 100 block of Harden Parkway in Salinas. With the assistance of Salinas Police Patrol officers, the warrant was executed, and additional evidence was seized.

At the Salinas Police Department, the two packages of narcotics were weighed and tested. Each package weighed 2.5 pounds (5 lbs. total) and tested positive for cocaine. Also seized was $5000 in cash and several cellular phones.

Uribe was booked into Monterey County Jail for Unlawful Transportation and Sales of Narcotics and Possession of Narcotics for Sale.

 

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant
Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 12/9/2018 4:05 PM
Incident: Attempted Murder
Date: Saturday 12/8/2018
Time: 9:45 PM
Location: Granada Avenue and Tampico Avenue

Release Authorized by: Jim Arensdorf
Telephone: (831)758-7250

On Saturday, 12/8/18 at approximately 9:45 pm Salinas Police responded to a ShotSpotter activation in the area of Granada Ave. and Tampico Ave. Officers located shell casings indicating shots had been fired, however a victim could not be located. Approximately 30 minutes later officers responded the 1200 block of Granada Ave. to a call from a mother who reported her son had retunrnded home with a gunshot wound. The 29 year old victim suffered non life threatening injuries, and was transported to a local hospital in stable condition. The victim was uncooperative, and refused to provide any information to officers.

This is an ongoing investigation and the Salinas Police Department is asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or who may have information regarding the incident call the Salinas Police Deprtment at 831-758-7226. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222.

 

Salinas Police Department Participates in Fantasy Flight 2018

Release Date/Time: 12/6/2018 1:23 PM
Incident:Salinas Police Department Participates in Fantasy Flight 2018
Date: Saturday 12/8/2018

Salinas Police Department Participates in Fantasy Flight 2018

Salinas Police Department will participate in Fantasy Flight 2018 sponsored by the Cops Care Cancer Foundation this coming Saturday December 8 in San Jose, Ca. Salinas PD will be providing a police escort to two Salinas families selected by the foundation to be part of this year's special event, which will take place at San Jose PD's hangar at San Jose Airport. The local families have children ages 7 and 13 who will be two of the many special guests.

Although Fantasy Flight has been around for years this is the first year Salinas PD is involved and we hope to support this worthy cause yearly. For more information on Fantasy Flight for next year's event, you can call 408 313-6877.

What is Fantasy Flight?

Fantasy Flight is an event for any child that is battling cancer or any other life-threatening illness. The entire family is invited to join as the kids enjoy this Christmas themed carnival. Guests will get to meet with local police officers, police dogs, fire fighters, and special guests. While the kids await Santa's arrival via police helicopter, there will be a chance for them to win prizes at the carnival themed festivities. There will be food (BBQ Burgers & dogs), treats, drinks, jumper houses face painters, music and a photo booth.

Who can attend Fantasy Flight?

Any child stricken with cancer or who has any life-threatening illness or condition who are under the age of 18 may attend. (Transplant patients are also welcome.) Each child may bring all of their brothers and sisters as well as their parents and grandparents. Every child (Including the brothers and sisters under the age of 18) will receive o gift from Santa Claus.

*Patients must be currently receiving treatment to be eligible to attend Fantasy Flight*

Release Authorized by: Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:831 758-7289

Lewd Acts With A Child Arrest

Release Date/Time: 12/5/2018 3:45 PM
Incident: Lewd Acts with a Child Arrest
Date: Wednesday, 12/5/2018
Time: 3:45 PM
Location: 300 blk of San Miguel Ave.

On November 21, 2018, Salinas Police officers were called to the 300 block of San Miguel Ave. on the report of a possible occurrence of a lewd act with a child. This lengthy and multifaceted investigation into the allegation developed enough probable cause to arrest Casimiro Carrillo, age 73, for two separate counts of lewd acts upon a child, involving two separate victims, ages 8 and 9, respectively.

The incidents occurred while the children were attending Carrillo's Daycare on San Miguel Ave. Due to Casimiro Carrillo's access to the children at the day care, detectives are asking those with any information to contact Detective Pete Gomez at (831) 758-7236; or [email protected]. 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.

 

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant
Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Gang Member Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Conspiracy and Use of Firearms

Release Date/Time: 12/5/2018 11:32 AM
Incident:Gang Member Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Conspiracy and Use of Firearms
Date: Thursday November 29, 2018
Time: 11:32 AM
Location:222 Lincoln Ave

Gang Member Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Conspiracy and Use of Firearms

Anthony Lek (31), a Salinas man arrested as part of a 2015 investigation into robberies, murders and other crimes linked to the Norteños was sentenced to 15 years last Thursday November 29, 2018. Lek pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges of racketeering conspiracy, robbery affecting interstate commerce and using a firearm in a violent crime.

Lek, a member of the Norteño-linked Santa Rita street gang in Salinas, was one of nine men charged under Operation Daybreak in 2015 for their involvement in numerous crimes and multiple locations.

In 2015, Salinas Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested Lek and eight others as part of Operation Daybreak, a crackdown on the Norteño gang. The prosecution is the result of an investigation initiated by the Salinas Police Department and the FBI.

Lek, has been in custody since his 2015 arrest, will begin serving his 15-year sentence immediately, other defendants are awaiting trial.

Release Authorized by:Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:758-7289

Update: Homicide Victim's Family Located

Release Date/Time: 11/29/2018 12:19 PM
Incident:Update: Homicide Victim's Family Located
Date: Thursday, 11/29/2018
Time: 12:19 PM
Location:

Update: 11-29-18 Salinas Police Department would once again like to thank the community for coming forward with information, which led to locating Felix Francisco's family. Mr. Francisco was the homicide victim from the November 3, 2018 shooting on N. Hebbron St. We hope that additional information from the public may be helpful in leading to the arrest of those responsible for this senseless act and bring some closure to the family..If anyone has information regarding this incident, you are encouraged to contact Detective Ruben Sanchez at (831)758-7927. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas PD Tip Line at (831)775-4222

Update: 11-26-2018 The homicide victim from the November 3, 2018 shooting in the 100 block of N. Hebbron St. has been identified as Felix Alonso Francisco (43). Detectives were able to identify him earlier this month but so far have not been able to locate his family or determine where he lived or worked. If anyone has information regarding Mr. Francisco or information regarding this case, you are encouraged to contact Detective Ruben Sanchez at 831 758-7927 or at [email protected] If you would like to remain anonymous you can call the Salinas PD Tip Line at 831 775-4222

Original Press Release: 11-3-18

On November 3, 2018, at approximately 1:30 am, officers responded to the under 100 block of North Hebbron Avenue to investigate calls from community members regarding gunshots, along with a ShotSpotter activation. Officers located a Hispanic male in his late 20's to early 30's, lying in the driveway of a complex, suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim expired at the scene. We are looking into the possibility of a gang nexus, but at this time, the motive is unknown. The investigation is ongoing and updates will be provided when available.

Release Authorized by: Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:831 758-7289

Homicide Arrest

Release Date/Time: 09/03/18
Incident: Homicide Arrest
Date: Wednesday, 11/28/2018
Time: 3:50 PM
Location: 1200 Block of Polk Street

On September 3, 2018, at approximately 12:30 a.m. officers responded to a home in the 1200 block of Polk Street for a report of a gunshot victim. At the residence, officers found the victim, Daniel Martinez Jr. (37) lying on the floor, unconscious and not breathing. Officers provided CPR, but Mr. Martinez died at the scene. A dark colored car was seen leaving the area. Through investigation, detectives determined Christopher Montoya (32) shot and killed Martinez. Montoya was booked into Monterey County Jail for murder.

If you have additional information regarding this case, please contact Detective Robert Miller at (831) 758-7954 or email him at [email protected]; or Detective Pete Gomez at (831) 758-7236 or email him at [email protected] . If you would like to remain anonymous, call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Media inquiries, contact Miguel Cabrera: (831) 758-7289

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray
Telephone: (831) 758-7350

Murder Victim Identification

Release Date/Time: 11/26/2018 11:57 AM
Incident: Update: Murder Victim Identification 
Date: Monday, 11/26/2018
Time: 11:57 AM
Location:100 Block of N. Hebbron St.

Update: The homicide victim from the November 3, 2018 shooting in the 100 block of N. Hebbron St. has been identified as Felix Alonso Francisco (43). Detectives were able to identify him earlier this month but so  far have not been able to locate his family or determine where he lived or worked. If anyone has information regarding Mr. Francisco or information regarding this case, you are encouraged to contact Detective Ruben Sanchez at 831 758-7927 or at [email protected]  If you would like to remain anonymous you can call the Salinas PD Tip Line at 831 775-4222

Previous Press Release:

Release Date/Time: 11/3/2018 10:58 AM
Incident: Murder
Date: Saturday, 11/3/2018
Time: 1:30 AM
Location: 100 Block of N.Hebbron Ave

On November 3, 2018, at approximately 1:30 am, officers responded to the under 100 block of North Hebbron Avenue to investigate calls from community members regarding gunshots, along with a ShotSpotter activation. Officers located a Hispanic male in his late 20's to early 30's, lying in the driveway of a complex, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim expired at the scene. We are looking into the possibility of a gang nexus, but at this time, the motive for the shooting is unknown. The investigation is ongoing, and updates will be provided when available.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information on the shooting to call Detective Ruben Sanchez at (831) 758-7927 or email him at [email protected]. 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.

Release Authorized by:Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:831 758-7289

Salinas Police Department Reminds You to Celebrate the Holiday Season Responsibly

Release Date/Time: 11/19/2018 11:20 AM
Incident:Salinas Police Department Reminds You to Celebrate the Holiday Season Responsibly
Date: Monday, 11/19/2018
Time: 11:20 AM
Location:222 Lincoln Ave.

Salinas Police Department Reminds You to Celebrate the Holiday Season Responsibly

With the holiday season fast approaching, Salinas Police Department wants to remind everyone to be responsible and not drive after drinking or take drugs that affect your ability to operate a vehicle.To help keep our roadways safe, Salinas Police Department will be conducting saturation patrols and DUI checkpoints beginning Nov. 23.The enforcement efforts coincide with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving campaign, which runs from Nov. 23 to Dec. 12.

'The holidays are a time to enjoy the company of family and friends, but also a time to be extra careful on the roads,” said Traffic Sgt. Robert Hampson. 'Sadly, the holiday season leads to an increase in drivers who shouldn't be driving. It's important for us to let people know that if you feel different, you drive different.” During the 2017 Thanksgiving (Nov. 22-26) and Christmas (Dec. 22-25) holidays, 99 people were killed and nearly 4,500 people were injured on California roads. Of those deadly crashes, nearly 35 percent involved alcohol.

With holiday parties taking place, it is important to plan ahead and make sure everyone has a sober ride home. Even if you have had only one drink, play it safe and designate a sober driver or use a ride-share service to get home. If you plan to drink, do not plan on driving.

Salinas Police Department also supports efforts by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to inform drivers that 'DUI Doesn't Just Mean Booze.” Prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI. 'Don't spoil the holiday and put yourself and others at risk by driving impaired,” said Sgt. Robert Hampson 'People need to understand that the only time they should be driving is when they are sober.”

Funding for holiday season enforcement operations are provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Release Authorized by:Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:831 758-7289

Salinas Police Department Reminds Drivers and Passengers to Wear a Seat Belt

Release Date/Time: 11/19/2018 11:05 AM
Incident:Salinas Police Department Reminds Drivers and Passengers to Wear a Seat Belt
Date: Monday, 11/19/2018
Time: 11:05 AM
Location:222 Lincoln Ave.

Salinas Police Department Reminds Drivers and Passengers to Wear a Seat Belt

This Thanksgiving, Salinas Police Department is joining the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to remind people how important it is to wear a seat belt, and the potentially deadly consequences of not buckling up. Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel times of the year. According to AAA, 48.5 million people will hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday, making it more critical than ever for drivers and passengers to wear a seat belt. With more cars on the road, the chances of being involved in a crash go up, and a seat belt is the best defense.

It is why during the Thanksgiving holiday, which runs from Nov. 22-26, Salinas Police Department will be looking for drivers and passengers who are not wearing a seat belt. As a primary seat belt law state, California law enforcement can issue tickets to people who fail to wear a seat belt. Violations are punishable by a $162 fine.

'Wearing a seat belt can literally be a life-saver,” said Traffic Sgt. Robert Hampson. 'It only takes a couple seconds to buckle up and buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash". Salinas Police Department is one of many agencies across the country participating in the national Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign aimed at saving lives by making sure all drivers and passengers get the message to buckle up.

During the 2016 Thanksgiving weekend, 341 people were killed in crashes nationwide. Of those killed, 49 percent were not wearing a seat belt.'Every day, we see the devastating effects of crashes involving people who don't wear a seat belt,” said Sgt. Robert Hampson. 'Whether you're on a cross-country road trip or driving one block, it's critical you buckle up every trip, every time.”

Funding for this seat belt enforcement operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Release Authorized by:Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:831 758-7289

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