Press Releases

Possession / Possession for Sales of Meth., Felon in Possession of Firearm

Release Date/Time: 6/16/2016 10:35 AM

Incident: Possession / Possession for Sales of Meth., Felon in Possession of Firearm, etc..

Report #: 16-060779

Date: Wednesday, 6/15/2016

Time: 7:35 PM

Location: 400 Blk. of Riker Street

A traffic stop was conducted on a vehicle that had no license plates. The car was being driven by Raul Damien Tapia, age 38. Officers could smell the odor of marijuana inside the car and a small, clear plastic container containing narcotics was on the center console and in plain view. The vehicle was searched and 3 ounces of methamphetamine was located. Tapia had over $3000 in cash in his pocket. Based on this seizure, a search warrant was written and served at Tapia's home. During the search, officers located a rifle, a shotgun, a replica pistol that had real gun components installed, 6 grams of base cocaine and 44 grams of methamphetamine. Tapia was booked into Monterey County Jail on numerous felony charges including Possession of Narcotics, Possession of Narcotics with Intent to Sell and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.  

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

How to exchange info at collision scene

Release Date/Time: 6/9/2016 8:08 AM

Incident: How to exchange info at collision scene

Report #: N/A

Date: Thursday, 6/9/2016

Time: 8:09 AM

Location: 222 Lincoln Ave.

How to exchange information at the scene of a traffic collision.

Due to staffing concerns, many police departments (including the Salinas Police Department) will not be available to respond to non-injury traffic collisions where no crime has been committed. If you are involved in a non-injury traffic collision, it may be necessary to do an exchange of information. Below are instructions on how to properly do so.

Call for a police officer to respond if:

• You suspect the other driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

• There is an injury.

• The other driver does not have a driver's license or insurance.

• The other driver flees the scene.

• The other driver is not willing to exchange information.

• You feel that you are in danger.

If the other driver is not under the influence and has a driver's license and insurance, you should exchange information. Information you should obtain:

• The other driver's name, address, phone number, and driver's license number. (Make sure you read this off of the driver's license and compare the picture on the license to the person with whom you are speaking)

• Write down the other driver's insurance information to include the company name and the policy number. • Get a vehicle description of all involved vehicles to include; License plate number, Make, Model, and color. You can get this information from the vehicle registration.

• If you have a camera or a camera on your phone, take pictures of all involved vehicles. Pictures should include an overall shot of the car, a picture of the license plate, and pictures of all damage to each vehicle.

• Get name, phone number, and a statement from any uninvolved witnesses.

Instead of writing down the other driver's information, it might be easier to take photos of all of this information including driver's license, insurance card, etc. Call your insurance company and give them this information and explain what happened.

If your insurance company wants a police report, you can later make a traffic report online or make a desk report at the Police Department. For a desk report, come to the Salinas Police Department at 222 Lincoln Avenue. The desk officer will give you the form and instruct you on what to do. Advise your insurance company of the report number. To file a report online, go to and click on the button that says 'make a report.” Follow the directions from there and add all of the information you collected at the scene. Advise your insurance company of the report number.

It often is not necessary or required by your insurance company to have a police report to file a claim for a non-injury collision.  

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Law Enforcement Torch Run

At 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2016, members of the Salinas Police Department along with members of Monterey County Probation, Parole, District Attorney's Office, Correctional Training Facility-Soledad and California Highway Patrol are slated to participate in the annual Special Olympics Torch Run.

The aim is to increase awareness nationally and raise funds for the Special Olympics movement. The Salinas Police Department and local partnering law enforcement agencies will carry the Special Olympics Torch from City Hall (200 Lincoln Ave.) throughout Oldtown Salinas and finish in front of Gino's Restaurant at 1410 S. Main Street.  The torch will then make its way through the Monterey Peninsula as it is carried by the Monterey County Sheriff's Department, California Highway Patrol, Seaside Police Department, CSUMB Police Department and Marina Police Department. 

Vehicle v. Pedestrian - Hit and Run

Release Date/Time: 6/11/2016 9:14 PM

Incident: Vehicle v. Pedestrian - Hit and Run

Report #: 16-060535

Date: Friday, 6/10/2016

Time: 9:05 PM

Location: Bardin Road and Williams Road

On Friday, June 10, 2016 at approximately 9:05 PM Salinas Police Officer's responded to a hit and run collision involving a gray van and a pedestrian.  Upon arrival officers located a 61-year-old victim in the middle of the intersection.  He had sustained several broken bones and sustained serious head trauma as a result of being struck by the front of the van.  Witnesses directed officers to the last known location of the suspect vehicle.  Another witness positioned his vehicle near the victim to protect him from oncoming traffic.  Officers located the suspect vehicle and the driver, Felipe Franco, 45, in the 1500 block of Del Monte Avenue.  He displayed objective symptoms of alcoholic intoxication.  Franco was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and felony hit and run.  He was booked into the Monterey County Jail.  The pedestrian is currently in ICU where he is listed as stable but critical condition. 

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Assault w/ a Deadly Weapon

Release Date/Time: 5/24/2016 9:19 PM

Incident: Assault w/ a Deadly Weapon

Report #: 16-051266

Date: Tuesday, 5/24/2016

Time: 1:13 PM

Location: 2300 blk. N. Main

An SPD community service's officer working parking control responded to a citizen's complaint of cars parked in a red zone. She cited a Chrysler 300 and began to drive away. The CSO saw a male walk to the car, remove the ticket and then run into the street toward her, obviously irate. She continued driving her scooter southbound so the male, Marco Suarez (22) got into his car and began to chase the officer at a high rate of speed. Suarez drove alongside the parking control scooter and started swerving into her lane as if he was trying to hit her. The officer had to take evasive action to avoid being struck. Suarez kept driving erratically but eventually turned off as they reached traffic at N. Main and Boronda Rd. A Salinas Police officer contacted Suarez and arrested him. Suarez was booked into the Monterey County Jail for felony Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

Release Authorized by: Commander S. Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Memorial Day Weekend DUI enforcement

Release Date/Time: 5/24/2016 4:25 AM

Incident: Memorial Day Weekend DUI enforcement

Report #: N/A

Date: Tuesday, 5/24/2016

Time: 4:23 AM

Location: Monterey and San Benito Counties

Memorial Day Holiday Weekend DUI Enforcement Blitz

The Avoid the 20 DUI Task Force is sending DUI officers out this holiday weekend for a DUI/driver's license checkpoint and DUI saturation patrols throughout both Monterey and San Benito Counties. Officers are targeting drunk or drugged drivers on this first holiday weekend of the summer driving season. This weekend traditionally finds travelers heading to local parks or waterways for outdoor activities, along with family and friends gathering for backyard barbeques. It's also the time for college and high school graduation celebrations.

The County's DUI Task Force kicks off Thursday night by deploying a DUI/Driver's License checkpoint in Salinas with special DUI Saturation Patrols deploying throughout Monterey and San Benito Counties starting Friday. More local DUI saturation patrols will be out throughout the weekend in both counties. The California Highway Patrol is deploying all available officers Memorial Day weekend onto freeways and county roads as part of their Maximum Enforcement Period.

Law enforcement is asking for everyone's support this holiday weekend and all summer long:

• Plan ahead. Arrange rides home for your friends, family, co-workers and yourself before the drinking begins. Call a taxi or get a ride from Uber, Lyft or Curb.

• Those hosting activities should limit drinks to your guests or patrons. Don't serve more than one or two over several hours.

• Cut back on the amount of drinks you plan to bring to the gathering – and provide plenty of food. • If you see dangerous driving, Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1!

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. Everyone should be mindful that if you're taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify impairment effects.

In addition to the Memorial Day DUI crackdown, law enforcement nationwide is looking to stop and ticket those who have failed to buckle up or secure young passengers. Remember Click It or Ticket!

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

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Warrants & Firearm

Release Date/Time: 5/21/2016 7:06 PM

Incident: Warrants & Firearm

Report #: 16-051104

Date: Saturday, 5/21/2016

Time: 10:26 AM

Location: 3 Bridge St.

Officers working gang enforcement rolled up on eight men next to a Mercedes in Chinatown. One of them tossed a loaded .22 caliber semi-automatic handgun. Two of them were arrested for warrants; Mariano Steeples (26), for parole violation, and Terrel Hill (31), for traffic violations. Fingerprints and DNA testing pending on the handgun.

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 Memebers in Possession of Firearm in Vehicle

Release Date/Time: 5/13/2016 9:47 PM

Incident: Gang Memebers in Possession of Firearm in Vehicle

Report #: 16 05 0707

Date: Friday, 5/13/2016

Time: 5:27 PM

Location: Euclalyptus/ Circle

An officer made an enforcement stop on a vehicle occupied by two adult men and a teenager. The officer conducted a search of the vehicle and the occupants. The search revealed a loaded semi-automatic pistol under the driver seat, a loaded revolver under the passenger seat, an additional loaded magazine, ski mask, and drug paraphernalia. The two adults, 20-year-old Miguel Fletes, and 21-year-old Felix Regalado, were booked into Monterey County Jail on multiple charges including: Gang Member in Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Loaded Concealed Firearm in a Vehicle, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The 16-year-old teenager was released to a parent.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Update to Double Homicide

On May 11, 2016, at approximately 11:30 pm, Salinas Police officers were dispatched to the 800 block of La Cuesta Ct. on the report of a shooting. While officers were enroute to the shooting, the call was upgraded to a shooting with two victims injured. When officers arrived they found two males suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Medical personnel pronounced the two men deceased at the scene.

Victim one was 41-year-old Brian Yoder and victim two was 32-year-old Daniel Ramirez Jr.

These two victims are the 14th and 15th homicides in the City of Salinas this year. If you have any information regarding this shooting, please contact Detective Cameron Murphy at (831) 758-7322 or the Investigations Bureau at (831) 758-7226.

Theft by False Pretense-Scam Warning

Release Date/Time: 5/13/2016 1:18 PM

Incident: Theft by False Pretense-Scam Warning

Report #: 16-050598

Date: Wednesday, 5/11/2016

Time: 3:35 PM

Location: Kilbreth St / Del Monte Ave

Salinas Police are warning of a scam and asking the public's help in identifying this suspect. On 5/11/16, a 21-year old Salinas man saw a sign at the corner of Kilbreth St and Del Monte Ave advertising a house for rent. There was no address on the sign, just a phone number. The victim called the number from the sign and was given an address of a home in the 800 block of  Kilbreth St. He was told the home was available to rent and invited to inspect the home. Garcia drove past and saw that the house was being renovated and looked very nice. He called the suspect back and they met at a restaurant in North Salinas. The victim signed a rental agreement and gave the suspect a large cash deposit. The victim was given house keys and a garage door opener. The victim went to the house and discovered the keys and garage door opener did not work. While there, the true owner arrived and said the house was not for rent. The phone number from the sign has been disconnected and the victim did not have identifying info on the suspect. Officers are following up on leads and believe this case can be solved with the help of the public. The suspect vehicle is a white, newer model Ford Expedition. The suspect is a Hispanic male in his 30's, 5'-10", thin with green eyes and clean shaven.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


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What can I do if there is a loud party in my neighborhood?

If someone is having a loud party in your neighborhood you may call the Police Department for assistance. When deciding whether to call the police you must also decide whether the noise is at a level that your peace is being disturbed. If it is, you next need to decide whether you would be willing to press formal charges in order to get the noise to stop or be turned down to a tolerable level.

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