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Attempted murder shooting

Release Date/Time: 7/2/2016 5:36 PM

Incident: Attempted murder shooting

Report #: 16-070079

Date: Saturday, 7/2/2016

Time: 11:58 AM

Location: 800 Blk Capistrano

Officer responded to the report of a shooting victim in the 800 block of Capistrano Dr. When they arrived, officers learned the victim had already left the scene. A short time later, the 16-year-old male victim arrived at a local hospital with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the head. The investigation led officers to believe the shooting stemmed from a disturbance at a nearby residence on the 100 block of W. Acacia St.

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". For media inquiries, please contact Commander Stan Cooper at (831) 758-7350.

Release Authorized by: James Godwin

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Prostitution Sting

Officers conducted a prostitution sting in the area of E. Market Street and Kern Street. Two officers went undercover while enforcement officers were directed to conduct enforcement stops and arrest the subjects. Augustine Santos (35), Patricia Gaurigue (55), Sharon Campbell (21) and Wenona Lee (41) were arrested during the operation. Two of the suspects arrested were in possession of controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. One of the subjects had an arrest warrant for possession of controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. One was lodged at MCSO for the warrant and the others were cited and released.

Armed Robbery Arrests

Release Date/Time: 6/30/2016 2:40 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery Arrests

Date: Thursday, 6/30/2016

Time: 2:38 PM

Location:

On June 29, 2016, the Seaside Police investigated an armed robbery that had occurred at the Econo Lodge in their city. After ROPE was activated, Marina officers found the vehicle on Imjin Parkway and, with the assistance of the CSUMB Police, conducted a traffic stop. They eventually took Enrique Quinonez, 24, of Salinas and Anthony Sanchez-Contreras, 31, of Prunedale into custody for the robbery.

Knowing the City of Salinas had experienced a recent rash of armed robberies, Detectives with the Peninsula Regional Violence and Narcotics Team contacted Salinas Police Detectives. Based on the information gathered during the investigation, it was determined Quinonez and Sanchez-Contreras committed a series of robberies in Salinas over the last week. The duo will be charged with the following robberies:

June 25th:

Armed Robbery--11:32 pm—The Express Mart, 836 N. Main St.

Attempted Armed Robbery--12:50 am—The Quik Stop, 339 Williams Rd.

June 26th:

Armed Robbery—10:31 pm—the Shop & Save, 2143 N. Main St.

Armed Robbery—10:46 pm—The Quik Stop, 339 Williams Rd.

Armed Robbery—10:51 pm—The Cork n Bottle, 1298 N. Main St.

The Salinas Police Department Investigations Bureau is still gathering evidence and more charges could be forthcoming.

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 6/25/2016 12:25 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder

Report #: 16 06 1251

Date: Friday, 6/24/2016

Time: 11:30 PM

Location: 500 block of Inca Way

A 21-year-old male was shot at as he walked toward his home on the 500 block of Inca Way.  A gold Honda sedan pulled up across the street and at least one male climbed out of the back seat and fired at the victim striking his home multiple times. One round penetrated the house where his family members were located. The suspect vehicle fled the area in an unknown direction.

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

Gang member in possession of a firearm.

Release Date/Time: 6/24/2016 11:27 PM

Incident: Gang member in possession of a firearm.

Report #: 16 06 1248

Date: Friday, 6/24/2016

Time: 8:57 PM

Location: 900 Block of Acosta Plaza

Officers attempted to speak with a group of five teenagers in the area of the 900 block of the Acosta Plaza. Upon seeing the officers one of them grabbed his waistband and took off running. The officers chased the 17-year-old male throughout the complex, and as the officers rounded a corner the suspect pulled a loaded 9mm semi-auto pistol from his waistband. The suspect tossed the weapon onto the roof of a shed, and gave up when challenged at gunpoint. The weapon was loaded with one in the chamber, and had been stolen in Salinas. The male also had a misdemeanor truancy warrant for his arrest. He was booked into Juvenile Hall.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr.John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Salinas PAL Junior Giants Opening Day Ceremony

Release Date/Time: 6/23/2016 5:55 PM

Incident:Salinas PAL Junior Giants Opening Day Ceremony 

Date: Thursday, 6/23/2016

Time: 5:55 PM

Location: 1655 El Dorado Drive (El Dorado Park)

Release Authorized by: Officer Angel Gonzalez

Telephone: 831-970-7874

 

Salinas PAL Junior Giants Opening Day Ceremonies

Record number of participants

 

The Salinas Police Activities League announced that they will be holding their opening day celebration for the 23rd season of Junior Giants Baseball on Saturday June 25th

Supporting the PAL organization, Mayor Joe Gunter and Deputy Police Chief Dave Shaw will participate in the first pitch faceoff slated for 9:00 am. (Media photo-op available) Come see who throws the best pitch as they simultaneously throw out the honorary first pitch. 

Over 1000 participants are signed up this year, and are to be in attendance of the opening day celebration that is to take place at El Dorado Park.  'We are extremely thankful for the major donation made by Mann Packing of Salinas. For the fifth year in a row, they have provided new baseball gloves for distribution to the children in the program. We are also grateful to the many volunteers who help with the league”, said Salinas Police Officer and Executive Director of PAL, Officer Angel Gonzalez.  

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 6/18/2016 8:45 PM

Incident: Homicide

Date: Saturday, 6/18/2016

Time: 10:12 AM

Location: 700 Block of Elkington Ave

Officers responded to the 700 block of Elkington Avenue for a report of a shooting victim.  They located Jorge Tinoco Matias, age 20, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.  Medical care was provided and he was transported to Natividad Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries. 

There were no witnesses to the shooting and there is very limited information on the incident.  This is being investigated as gang related and is the 16th homicide of the year. 

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 Murphy at (831) 758-7322. 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, Investigations

Telephone: (831) 758-7128

Robbery Resulting from Gold Bar Scam

Release Date/Time: 6/17/2016 11:13 PM

Incident: Robbery Resulting from Gold Bar Scam

Report #: 16-060892

Date: Friday, 6/17/2016

Time: 5:09 PM

Location: Northridge Mall

A female adult victim was shopping at JC Penney when she was approached by an elderly male (Suspect #1).  They were engaged in miscellaneous conversation when they were approached by a second male who appeared to be in his 50s (Suspect #2).  The two men then began to talk, and the first suspect revealed he was selling a gold bar because his wife was in the hospital.  Suspect #2 said he would buy the supposed gold bar for $25,000, but the victim said she was not interested.  Suspect #2 told the victim to go to her bank with him in order to retrieve money.  He said he had a gun and threatened her, however, none was seen.  Fearing Suspect #2 did in fact have a gun, the victim walked with him to her bank at the mall and withdrew her savings.  They then walked back together to the food court, where Suspect #1 was waiting.  The victim then left the area and called police.  Suspect #1 was described as a Hispanic male, about 70 years old, 5 ft. tall with a thin build and gray hair.  Suspect #2, was also a Hispanic male, about 50 years old, 5 ft. 4 in. tall with a heavy build and black hair.  They were believed to get into a black Volvo driven by a third suspect.  

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Suspicous Activity

Release Date/Time: 6/16/2016 4:30 PM

Incident: Suspicous Activity

Date: Thursday, 6/16/2016

Time: 4:28 PM

Location:

Beginning in April and continuing into the month of May, the Salinas Police Department has received a series of calls regarding suspicious activity. There have been six different instances of a male attempting to lure teenagers into his vehicle. The incidents have occurred in the area of El Sausal Middle School and La Paz Middle School. The incidents have occurred on school days, in the early morning hours between 8:00 am and 12:45 pm.

The incidents occurred while the teenage, female victims were walking to or near the two middle schools. There have two constants in the way the victims have been approached. The suspect has driven past the victim, pulled his car over, and gets out of the car. He has asked the victims directions and tried to lure them into his vehicle. In the other incidents, the suspect has driven up next to the victims and, as he stays seated in the car, asks or threatens the victims to get in his car. In each case the victim has rejected the suspect's advances and he has driven away.

The suspect has been described as a white male or light skinned Hispanic, from his late 20's to 35 years of age. Further description has varied from being clean shaven to having a full beard and having a medium build. The most consistent description has been of the suspect vehicle; a light or faded, teal to green, 4 door sedan, possibly a Nissan. In one instance, the vehicle was described only as a red truck.

The Patrol Division and the Investigations Bureau have been conducted surveillance in marked, as well as, undercover vehicles in the affected areas. While several males have been contacted, no suspects have been identified. The Patrol Division has also been in weekly contact with the schools and provided the information to them as the incidents have occurred. The Salinas Police Department is asking anyone that has noticed suspicious activity around the area schools to contact us right away. If the situation is occurring or is an EMERGENCY, dial 911 immediately. If it is NOT an emergency situation, please call the non-emergency phone number, (831) 758-7321. 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: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Contact Minor w/ Intent to Offend, Violation Probation

Release Date/Time: 6/16/2016 2:55 PM

Incident: Contact Minor w/ Intent to Offend, Violation Probation

Report #: 16-060759

Date: Thursday, 6/16/2016

Time: 10:32 AM

Location: 400 Blk of Boeing Ave.

Salinas Police Department Investigations Bureau, in conjunction with Galt Police Department and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's CyberTip Unit served a search warrant regarding inappropriate communication between Jonathan Michael Busby (27) and a 15 yr-old female. Busby, who is a Sex Registrant and on probation, set up a account on MeetMe.com, posing as a 13-yr-old boy. He contacted the female and solicited photographs from her. It appears she may have sent some photographs to him over the Internet and Busby asked for more. The report eventually reached the Salinas Police Department Investigations Bureau and a search warrant was authored for Busby's residence. Busby was found at his home sleeping and he was taken into custody without incident. Electronics were seized and turned over to the Computer Forensic Unit. Busby was lodged for 288.3 PC, Contacting a Minor with the Intent to Offend and 1203.2(a) PC, Probation Violation.

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

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Question of the Day

What can I do if I see a car parked in my neighborhood which I think may be abandoned?

The City of Salinas has people specifically designated to handle abandoned vehicles and long-term parking problems. These problems are generally handled on a complaint basis. The abandoned vehicle office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. The phone number, day or night, is (831) 758-7316.

The following information will help you determine whether or not a vehicle has been abandoned or is a long-term parking problem:

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