Press Releases

UPDATE--Child abduction case—Original press release dated August 3, 2016

Release Date/Time: 8/8/2016 1:42 PM

Incident: UPDATE  PARENTAL CHILD ABUDCTION CASE--Original press release 8-3-16

Date: Monday, 8/8/2016

Time: 1:42 PM

Location:  Salinas Police Department


Child abduction case—Original press release dated August 3, 2016

On Monday August 8, 2016 at approximately 11 A.M. Yvonne Chaboya came to the front counter at the Salinas Police Department explaining that she had recently seen the news and saw that the police were looking for her  and her 6-year-old child.  Chaboya said that she was out of town camping and had no idea the police were looking for her and her child.   Chaboya claimed not to know that there was any court ordered child custody arrangement in place at the time she took her child.  Chaboya had her 6-year-old child with her at the time and after being questioned about the case surrendered the child to the custodial guardian.  Chaboya's child was in good health and appeared to have been well taken care of.   Investigation is being forwarded to the Monterey County District Attorney's office for review and prosecution.

Release Authorized by: Commander Vincent Maiorana

Telephone: 831-758-7250

Pursuit Crash

Release Date/Time: 8/5/2016 12:37 AM

Incident: Pursuit Crash

Report #: 16 08 0281

Date: Friday, 8/5/2016

Time: 9:27 PM

Location: Airport Blvd. / Hwy 101

An officer was driving in the area of John and Alisal when he observed a 2004 Chevy Tahoe driving through the intersection on Alisal with a flat tire. The vehicle was weaving and the driver possibly intoxicated. The officer caught up to the vehicle and when he tried to stop it the pursuit was on. The Tahoe took off on Sky Way at approximately 60 mph with the flat tire. The vehicle reached speeds over 80 mph on Airport Blvd. and lost control just past Moffett. The vehicle went off the road and over the embankment and rolled hitting a couple of trees. By the time officers made it safely to the crashed vehicle the driver was nowhere to be found, and the vehicle was on fire. There was damage to the windshield and it is possible the driver was injured and possibly even ejected. An exhaustive search was conducted for the driver utilizing multiple officers, FLIR, and K9s; however, the driver was not located. The investigation is ongoing.

 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

Sergeant Rick Maldonado Retirement

Release Date/Time: 7/29/2016 1:29 PM

Incident: Sergeant Rick Maldonado Retirement

Date: Thursday, 8/4/2016

Time: 3:00 pm

Location: 100 Howard St.

The Salinas Police Department would like to announce the retirement of Sergeant Rick Maldonado.  His final briefing will be Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. in the Salinas Police Activities League building, across the street from the Salinas Police Department. 

Rick was born and raised in the Salinas and Monterey area, and has lived here his entire life.  In 1988, Rick was hired as a Deputy Sheriff with the San Benito County Sheriff's Office.  Rick worked as a Deputy for six years, before being hired as a Police Officer with the Salinas Police Department in 1994.  Rick's change in departments was precipitated by his brother being hired by the Salinas Police Department.  He was inspired by what he saw as a greater opportunity. 

Rick was selected as a School Resource Officer and GREAT (Gang Resistance and Training) instructor in August of 1999.  He was assigned to the Salinas High School campus, but taught GREAT curriculum to elementary school students. 

During his time as an SRO at Salinas High School, Rick organized and facilitated the 'Every 15 minutes” program to bring awareness to youth about the danger of intoxicated driving. 

Rick was assigned to the Investigations division in October of 2002.  During his time in that assignment he investigated sex crimes, crimes against persons, and homicides.  Rick received certificates of specialty in the areas of homicide and sexual assault investigations from the Robert Presley Institute of Criminal Investigation. 

Rick returned to patrol in January of 2008 and was assigned as a Field Training Officer.  During that time, he received the Monterey County Peace Officers Association life-saving award. 

Rick was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in August of 2010. 

In September of 2010, Rick was selected to supervise the Community Services unit.  He organized and facilitated two sessions of the Salinas Police Department's Community Academy.  He also supervised the implementation of the CASP (Community Alliance for Safety and Peace) officers in the Hebbron neighborhood. 

Rick was an instructor in several areas to include 3 years as a first aid instructor, 9 years as an EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operator Course) instructor, and 14 years as a range master and firearms instructor. 

Rick has donated hours of community service to organizations such as Salinas PAL, Jr. Giants, and other community and school events such as crime prevention and stranger danger presentations.


Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7279

Parental Child Abduction

Release Date/Time: 8/3/2016 9:28 PM

Incident: Parental Child Abduction

Report #: 16-080137

Date: Wednesday, 8/3/2016

Time: 9:24 PM

Location: 300 block of Katherine Ave.

The Salinas Police Department is asking for help in locating a child abducted by his biological mother. Yvonne Chaboya, age 41, had lost all parental rights to her children. On August 2, 2016, Chaboya went to the 300 of Katherine Ave., which is the residence of the custodial guardian of her children, and began playing with the children who were out in the front yard. Although Chaboya has no legal right to the children, it was not uncommon for her to come over to see the children. Chaboya was playing with her 6-year-old son, Richard Martinez, and ran toward the sidewalk area on Katherine Ave. Chaboya and Martinez began running westbound from the front of the house toward S. Main St. The adults watching Martinez and the other children at the residence, believed Chaboya and Martinez were playing and did not think anything suspicious until Chaboya and Martinez did not return.

Yvonne Chaboya is described as an Asian female, 4'11” tall, 125 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes. She is transient and was last seen wearing a grey shirt, blue pants and no shoes. (See Attached)

Richard Martinez is described as a Hispanic/Asian male, 4'2” tall, 80 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a blue tank top, black shorts and black tennis shoes. (See Attached)

Although it is believed Martinez went with Chaboya willingly, Chaboya has no legal right to have custody of Martinez and he must be returned to his custodial guardian. The Salinas Police Department is asking anyone with information on the whereabouts of Yvonne Chaboya and Richard Martinez to call 911 or the non-emergency number (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: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Homicide/Attempted Homicide

Release Date/Time: 8/3/2016 5:01 PM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 16-080201

Date: Wednesday, 8/3/2016

Time: 12:53 PM

Location: 1100 block of C Street

At approximately 12:50 pm, on August 3, 2016, Salinas Police Officers were dispatched to a victim of a shooting in the 1100 block of C Street. Upon arriving on scene, officers found a Hispanic male juvenile suffering from gunshot wounds. While the victim was able to speak to officers upon our arrival, his condition quickly deteriorated as medical personnel attempted to save his life. The male was transported to Natividad Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased shortly after arrival.

The initial investigation shows the victim and another friend were outside a residence talking when they were approached by two suspects. As the suspects approached, they both pulled out handguns and began shooting at the victim and his friend. After several rounds were fired, the suspects fled onto Josefine St., possibly to a waiting vehicle. The suspects were described as two Hispanic male adults in their early 20's, wearing dark clothing. The possible associated vehicle is described as a silver or white 4-door compact sedan. The vehicle was last seen northbound on Josephine St. No other persons were injured in the shooting.

The 17-year-old victim is a resident of Salinas and his name is being withheld until proper notification to his family can be completed. This is the 21st homicide in the city this year and the third in the last four days. Each of the last three homicides are being investigated as gang related. It is too early in the investigations to definitively say they are related to each other.

The Salinas Police Department's Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information regarding this shooting incident to please contact Detective Derek Gibson at (831) 758-7442; or Detective Ken Schwener at (831) 758-7276. 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: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Fatal Vehicle Pedestrian Collision

Release Date/Time: 8/3/2016 12:54 PM

Incident: Fatal Vehicle Pedestrian Collision

Report #: 16-071563

Date: Wednesday, 8/3/2016

Time: 12:55 PM

Location: North Main North of Bernal Drive

On July 30th at about 1012 PM a 43-year-old male was driving northbound in the  #1 lane of North Main Street just north of Bernal Drive at approximately 25 mph. His 24-year-old female passenger observed a pedestrian crossing eastbound from the median into the #1 lane and tried to warn the driver. There was not enough time to react and the pedestrian, Johnny Albert Pineda, age 25, stepped into the path of the vehicle. Pineda went onto the hood and into the windshield. He suffered two broken legs and life threatening head injures. He was transported in extremely critical condition to Natividad Medical Center where he later died. The driver had no signs of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and had a valid driver's license. He volunteered to take a blood test. It is believed that Pineda was homeless and was staying at a homeless encampment at Sherwood Park.

The case is still under investigation.

This is the 7th fatal traffic collision this year in Salinas and the fourth involving a vehicle vs. a pedestrian.

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Gerard D Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7975

Shooting Update--Homicide

Release Date/Time: 8/3/2016 8:36 AM

Incident: Shooting Update--Homicide

Report #: 16-071608

Date: Wednesday, 8/3/2016

Time: 8:30 AM

Location: 2100 block of N. Main St.

On Sunday, July 31, 2016, at approximately 9:00 pm, officers were dispatched to the 2100 block N. Main St. on the report of a shooting.  When officers arrived they found Salvador Duran (25) was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  Duran was provided medical care and transported to Natividad Medical Center in critical condition. 

Duran was with friends in the area of the 2100 block of N. Main St. when they were approached by at least two males. For unknown reasons, two males pulled out handguns and fired multiple rounds. After the shooting, the suspects fled in an unknown direction and no vehicle information could be obtained. No other persons were injured by the gunfire. 

On August 2nd, we were advised by the Monterey County Coroner's Office that Duran died as a result of his injuries. Duran is the 20th homicide of the year and is considered gang related. The homicide that occurred later that evening, in the 300 block of Iris Dr., does not appear to be related at this time. 

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496


Release Date/Time: 8/1/2016 9:07 AM

Incident: Homicide

Date: Monday, 8/1/2016

Time: 1:15 AM

Location: 300 Block of Iris Drive

Officers responded to reports of shots fired in the area of Iris Dr and Tyler St. They located Manuel Hoyos, age 28, in his vehicle after he suffered a gunshot wound.  Medical arrived and he was pronounced at the scene.  There are no witnesses and no other information regarding the suspects.

This is the 19th homicide of the year and is being investigated as gang related.  The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone who may have seen the shooting occur or may have seen a vehicle fleeing the area, contact Detective Schwener at (831) 758-7276 or Detective Currier at (831) 758-7125. 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, or text information to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Brian Johnson

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Officer Ernie Sanchez Retirement

Release Date/Time: 7/29/2016 1:22 PM

Incident: Officer Ernie Sanchez Retirement

Date: Monday, 8/1/2016

Time: 7:30 am

Location: 100 Howard St.

The Salinas Police Department would like to announce the retirement of Officer Ernie Sanchez.  His final briefing will be Monday, August 1, 2016 at 7:30 a.m. in the Salinas Police Activities League building, across the street from the Salinas Police Department. 

Ernesto Sanchez, known by the department as Ernie, was born in Michoacan, Mexico and moved to the United States at the age of ten. He attended local elementary schools and graduated from North Salinas High School.  He became a United States Citizen in January 1991. 

Ernie was hired as a Police Recruit and graduated from the Gavilan Police Academy. He was sworn in as a Police Officer on July 26, 1991.  

Ernie's collateral duties included: Crime Scene Investigator, Narcotics Detective, Traffic Enforcement Officer, Hostage Negotiator, Field Training Officer, Crisis Intervention Team Member and English/Spanish Translator. 

Ernie has worked as a Crime Scene Investigator longer than all of the current CSI's combined.  

Throughout his career Ernie received numerous commendations for his professionalism, positive attitude, dedication to duty and always going out of his way to assist anyone in need.  

In November 1993, Ernie received a commendation from City Mayor Alan Styles for his professional response during a major disturbance and in January 2002, Ernie received the Award of Valor from the Monterey County Peace Officers Association. 

After 25 years of service, Ernie is looking forward to retirement where he can spend more time with his family.  


Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7279

4th of July DUI enforcement

Release Date/Time: 6/29/2016 2:59 PM

Incident: 4th of July DUI enforcement

Report #: N/A

Date: Wednesday, 6/29/2016

Time: 2:58 PM

Location: Monterey and San Benito Counties

This Fourth of July, There's No Excuse— 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” by the Avoid the 20 Monterey and San Benito Counties' DUI Task Force

Every year Americans head out on our nation's highways to celebrate the Fourth of July at picnics, parties, parades and more. For many, the celebration frequently includes drinking alcohol, which, unfortunately, too often leads to drunk driving on one of the most heavily traveled holidays of the year. From 2010-2014, 39 percent of all traffic fatalities over the Fourth of July period occurred in alcohol-impaired driving crashes. There were 397 people killed nationally in motor vehicle crashes in 2014 over the Fourth of July holiday. Of those fatalities, 41 percent were killed in crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. In California during the holiday, an average of 6 people are killed and 110 are seriously injured each year.

To crack down on drunk driving this Fourth of July, the Avoid the 20 DUI task force will be out in full force, aggressively targeting those who put lives in danger.

• Several DUI Saturation patrols will deploy on Friday and Saturday in different cities throughout Monterey and San Benito Counties.

• CHP officers will deploy a Maximum Enforcement Period during the 3 day weekend with all available officers patrolling freeways and county roads.

'If you're thinking about drinking and driving this Fourth of July; Dont do it! Every police agency in both counties will be out looking for you,” said Traffic Sergeant Gerry Ross. 'The ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign means zero tolerance for drunk driving – no excuses.” The consequences of drunk driving are that serious. Not only are impaired drivers putting their lives and the lives of others at risk, but a DUI arrest means a loss of freedom and money that can include going to jail, losing a driver license, and paying steep financial costs of $10,000 or more.

The Avoid the 20 DUI Task Force recommends these safe alternatives to drinking and driving.

• Plan a safe way home before the fun begins.

• Before drinking, designate a sober driver.

• DDVIP: The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP mobile app is available for free download on iOS and Android devices. The DDVIP app allows 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 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.

• 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 happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don't hesitate – 'Report Drunk Drivers! Call 911!”

• 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.

Funding for the Avoid the 20 DUI Campaign is a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Avoid DUI Task Force will deploy checkpoints and DUI patrols next during the 18 day August/Labor Day DUI Mobilization.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


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