Press Releases

Oath of Office Ceremony

Release Date/Time: 10/24/2018 9:06 AM
Incident:Oath of Office Ceremony
Date: Thursday October 25, 2018
Time: 2 PM
Location: City Hall Rotunda 200 Lincoln Ave.

Please join us as we welcome six new Salinas PD officers with an Oath of Office ceremony at the City Hall Rotunda 200 Lincoln Ave. on Thursday October 25, 2018 at 2 pm.

Police officer recruits Jennifer Bontrager, Francisco DeLeon, Dionna Lucas, Maria Martinez and Russell Speirs graduated the police academy at Monterey Peninsula College. Academy graduate Brittney Long will also be sworn in.

Public is invited to attend.

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

Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Collision

Release Date/Time: 10/22/2018 12:45 PM
Incident:Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Collision
Date: Sunday, 10/21/2018
Time: 7:30 PM
Location:N. Main St. and Menke

The driver of a Mazda 3 was traveling northbound on N. Main St. in the #1 lane of traffic when a male adult pedestrian was walking eastbound across the lanes of traffic was struck and seriously injured. The pedestrian was transported to a local hospital with serious leg and head injuries and was listed in critical but stable condition. The driver of the vehicle, who did not see the pedestrian in the roadway, stopped and cooperated with officers on scene. The driver was licensed and not impaired. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7321. If you wish to remain anonymous you can call our Tip Line at (831) 775-4222

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

Update- Identification of Pedestrian in Fatal Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Collision

Release Date/Time: 10/22/2018 12:03 PM
Incident: UPDATE- Identification of Pedestrian in Fatal Vehicle vs Pedestrian Collision
Date: 10-10-2018
Time: 7:44 PM
Location: Alisal St at N. Main St

Update- Although details are still being investigated, the pedestrian who died as a result of her injuries suffered in this fatal vehicle vs. pedestrian collision has been identified as Julie Anne Rush (64). It appears Rush may have crossed Alisal St. against the traffic light at N. Main St. Motor Unit officers are continuing the investigation.

Original Press Release 10-10-2018

Officers responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian collision at Main St. and W. Alisal St.. Officers located an injured pedestrian laying in the roadway. CPR was initiated immediately, the adult female was transported to Natividad Medical Center but died as a result of her injuries in the collision. The initial investigation revealed, the driver, was traveling eastbound on W. Alisal at approximately 25mph when the driver struck the pedestrian who was in the intersection. The driver remained on scene and is cooperating with police. Witnesses were contacted on scene and provided statements. It appears the  driver had a green light as the vehicle drove through the intersection. Motor Unit officers responded and assisted in the investigation. It does not appear alcohol or drugs were a factor. The pedestrian's identity is pending notification of next of kin. The investigation  by Motor Unit officers is on going. 

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

Negligent Discharge of Firearm, Possession of Meth, Warrant

Release Date/Time: 10/18/2018 8:42 AM
Incident:Negligent Discharge of Firearm, Possession of Meth, Warrant
Date: Thursday, 10/18/2018
Time: 4:45 AM
Location:Natividad Medical Center/San Luis St. at Front St.

Officers  responded to Natividad Medical Center for a reported victim of a shooting. Alexandro Llamas (29), had been dropped off in front of the hospital just before the call was dispatched. A short time after, officers had stopped a white Cadillac CTS at San Luis & Front St. The female driver told officers she had just dropped off someone at Natividad Medical Center who had been shot. Officers went to the hospital and contacted Llamas, who stated he was not going to cooperate with the investigation and refused to answer questions regarding the shooting. Officer's investigation revealed  the injury appeared to have been  self inflicted and Llamas had shot himself through his upper thigh.  A records check revealed Llamas had a felony warrant for failure to appear on a previous gun charge dating back to September 25th.when he was arrested. Back at the vehicle stop, officers located hundreds of rounds of ammunition. In addition, approximately 1/4 oz. of meth and a meth pipe were found in the Cadillac which belongs to Llamas. The driver of the vehicle was told to drive the vehicle away from the hospital by Llamas who was arrested after he was treated and released. Llamas was later booked in county jail for the outstanding warrant, negligent discharge of a firearm and possession of meth.

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

ShotSpotter Activation with Arrest

Release Date/Time: 10/15/2018 11:47 AM
Incident:ShotSpotter Activation with Arrest
Date: Sunday, 10/14/2018
Time: 4:50AM
Location:200 block Sun Way

Officers responded to a ShotSpotter activation in the 200 block of Sun Way. When they arrived, they contacted Jose Gonzalez (25) who was attempting to hide behind a truck in the parking lot. Gonzalez was promptly detained. During their investigation, officers were able to determine Gonzalez had in fact fired a gunshot from a firearm, which activated ShotSpotter. A check of the area where Gonzalez was standing near the parked truck revealed a loaded Glock 27 handgun, two boxes of ammunition, multiple bindles of heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana all packaged for sales. Gonzalez was arrested and booked into County Jail on a variety of firearm and drug related charges.

 

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

Fatal Vehicle Vs. Pedestrian Collision

Release Date/Time: 10/11/2018 8:10 AM
Incident:Fatal Vehicle Vs. Pedestrian Collision
Date: Wednesday 10/10/2018
Time: 7:44 pm
Location:W. Alisal St and N. Main St.

Officers responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian collision at Main St. and W. Alisal St.. Officers located an injured pedestrian laying in the roadway. CPR was initiated immediately, the adult female was transported to Natividad Medical Center but died as a result of her injuries in the collision. The initial investigation revealed, the driver, was traveling eastbound on W. Alisal at approximately 25mph when the driver struck the pedestrian who was in the intersection. The driver remained on scene and is cooperating with police. Witnesses were contacted on scene and provided statements. It appears the  driver had a green light as the vehicle drove through the intersection. Motor Unit officers responded and assisted in the investigation. It does not appear alcohol or drugs were a factor. The pedestrian's identity is pending notification of next of kin. The investigation  by Motor Unit officers is on going.

Anyone with information on this incident 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

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

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 10/10/2018 8:39 AM
Incident:Attempted Murder
Date: Wednesday, 10/10/2018
Time: 1:43 AM
Location:Sharon Dr. and Fairview Ave

Officers responded to a ShotSpotter activation at 1:43am, from three shots fired in the area of Sharon Dr and Fairview Ave., they did not locate any victims. Approximately fifteen minutes later a female victim arrived at Natividad Medical Center with a gunshot wound to her buttock. The victim is three months pregnant. The injuries are not life threatening and the victim is expected to recover.The victim and a male companion had been sitting in a vehicle parked in the area of the ShotSpotter activation when a vehicle drove by and for no apparent reason shot at the victim vehicle several times striking the female victim who was sitting in the back seat. The victims drove to the hospital for treatment.

The victims were not able to provide a description of the suspect or vehicle which fled northbound on Sharon Dr. Three bullet holes were located in the left rear door area of the victim vehicle. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Salinas PD at 831 758-7321. If you wish to remain anonymous you can call our Tip Line at 831 775-4222

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

Salinas PD Joins the Pink Patch Project

Release Date/Time: 10/9/2018 9:04 AM
Incident:Salinas PD Joins the Pink Patch Project
Date: Tuesday, 10/9/2018
Time: 9:04 AM
Location:City of Salinas

Salinas PD is now part of the Pink Patch Project which is a public awareness campaign designed to bring attention to the fight against breast cancer and to support breast cancer research organizations in combating this devastating disease.

In addition to public education efforts, the Pink Patch Project has the added goal of raising funds from the sale of Pink Parch Project items that go directly to fund the research and education to help find a cure.

The program centers on vibrant pink versions of the public safety officer's uniform patch. These bright pink patches have been especially designed by each of the participating agencies like Salinas Police Department where officers have been authorized to wear the pink patches since October 1st and they will be worn on their regular uniforms for the entire month of October each year during 'Breast Cancer Awareness Month”.

You can support the Pink Patch Project by purchasing Pink Patches at the Salinas Police Department for $10 each. All proceeds go directly to the American Cancer Society. For more information, call SPD administration at (831)758-7286. Join the fight against breast cancer by supporting the Pink Patch Project.

For more information on the Pink Patch Project, visit the following link. https://www.irwindaleca.gov/index.aspx?NID=363

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

Search Warrant

Release Date/Time: 10/8/2018 2:33 PM
Incident:
Date: Monday, 10/8/2018
Time: 2:33 PM
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On today's date members of the Violence Suppression Unit Task Force, Patrol officers and State Parole served a search warrant in the 1800 Block of Cherokee Drive. The search warrant was follow-up from an arrest where Ramon Cervantes was taken into custody on September 21st . Today during the service of the search warrant, a loaded .38 caliber Charter Arms revolver, gang indicia and 35 rounds of ammunition were recovered from the residence. Cervantes was arrested and booked into the Monterey County Jail. 

Armed Robbery, Evading an Officer

Release Date/Time: 10/8/2018 9:38 AM
Incident: Armed Robbery, Evading an Officer
Date: Sunday 10/7/18
Time: 22:09 Hrs.
Location: 300 block Williams Rd.

Officers responded to the Quick Stop located in the 300 block of  Williams Rd. regarding an armed robbery of the business.  It was also reported that a second armed robbery had taken place in the parking lot involving the same suspect.   An officer was dealing with an unrelated case nearby, he was flagged down by an individual later determined to be the second robbery victim. After victim #2 was robbed in the parking lot, he was able to provide vehicle description and direction of travel on the suspect as he drove from the area. The victim relayed this information to the first officer on scene who located the suspect vehicle and attempted to conduct a traffic stop.  The suspect vehicle refused to stop and a vehicle pursuit was initiated.  The vehicle was eventually found abandoned in the roadway at Sanborn Rd. & Freedom Pkwy.   As officers arrived to assist with an area check a call came in from  Baja Cir. from someone wanting to report that he was carjacked.  Officers immediately responded to  Baja Cir where they contacted the reporting party identified as Jovany Aguirre (22), when his story did not add up Aguirre was detained and later identified by witnesses and victims as the robbery suspect.  Aguirre was arrested and charged with two counts of armed robbery and evading an officer. Aguirre was booked into county jail.    

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

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