Release Date/Time: 7/19/2016 1:07 AM
Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting /Pursuit
Report #: 16 07 0927
Date: Tuesday, 7/19/2016
Time: 5:58 PM
Location: Under 100 Block of S. Hebbron Ave.
At around 6:00 PM, officers were patrolling in the area of Alisal and Sanborn when they heard what they believed were gunshots. One of them saw a black Kia Sportage driving recklessly out of the area and the officer believed it might have been related to the gunshots. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle and the vehicle took off at high speed.
While this was happening we began receiving calls of a shooting on S. Hebbron Avenue, and officers responded to both the shooting and the vehicle pursuit. The pursuit continued and the Kia raced onto northbound Sanborn and took Circle into the Laurel Heights neighborhood. As the Kia was in the area of St. Edwards at St. Charles the rear passenger, Martin Hoyos (19), ran from the vehicle with a .45 caliber semi-auto in his hand. Officers chased him on foot and yelled at him to drop the gun. After a short distance Hoyos tossed the gun into a driveway and continued running. He was tased and was taken into custody.
The Kia was abandoned in on the 800 block of N. Madeira Avenue and the remaining occupants fled. Officers were in the area searching when one of the officers in an unmarked vehicle saw someone coming over a fence on the 500 block of St. Albans. Additional officers came into the area and searched some thick bushes near where the man had been seen jumping the fence. Jose Rocha (21), was hiding in the bushes and was found and apprehended by a police K9. A search was made for the third suspect but he was not found.
Approximately 15 rounds had been fired at the scene of the shooting located on the 100 block of S. Hebbron Avenue. No one was injured in the shooting, however, one home and two vehicles were struck by bullets. Miraculously, there were three people in one of the vehicles struck by multiple bullets and no one was hurt.
Based on our investigation we determined Hoyos, Rocha, and the third person in the vehicle were the suspects in the shooting and had just completed the shooting when officers came across them fleeing the scene of the crime.
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