Press Releases

Arrests for Multiple Armed Robberies

Release Date/Time: 5/28/2015 7:51 PM

Incident: Arrests for Multiple Armed Robberies

Report #: 15-051467, 1470, 1480

Date: Thursday, 5/28/2015

Time: 1:29 PM

Location: Lassen dr. / Modoc Ave and Shires Wy

Joey Valdez (18), Oscar Gutierrez (18), a 17-year old male and a 16-year old male were all arrested after they committed four armed robberies with a handgun at three locations. The suspects robbed 4 separate victims of their wallets, money and cell phones. All the victims were students from North Salinas High School and were confronted while walking home. Victims and witnesses described the suspect car as a black BMW with paper plates. Within 5 minutes of the last robbery, Detectives from the Salinas Police Department spotted the car at Northridge Mall. They followed the car but the suspects figured out they were being followed and began throwing stolen property from the car. A high-risk stop was made and all four suspects were arrested without incident. A loaded handgun and all of the stolen property except for one cell phone was located. The victims and witnesses positively ID'd all suspects. All four suspects are believed to be gang members and they were all booked for multiple felonies including gang enhancements. This case is a great example of what can be accomplished when citizens and victims notify police in a timely manner and provide accurate information to the responding officers. This is the second case in two days in which suspects were arrested for armed robberies by Salinas P.D.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery - Business ***Arrest***

Release Date/Time: 5/27/2015 4:38 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery - Business ***Arrest***

Report #: 15-051391

Date: Wednesday, 5/27/2015

Time: 11:44 AM

Location: 130 East Laurel Drive - Smoke Shop

Two suspects, a 16 year old Hispanic male, un-armed, and Xavier Reyes, 18, armed with a replica semi auto firearm, entered the business, approached the cashier and demanded money.  The cashier, while being threatened with what was believed to be a firearm, provided cash to the suspects after they demanded money. Prior to leaving, the suspects stole several glass smoking devices and t-shirts.  They ran to an awaiting vehicle driven by a Joseph Viloria, 18.  Several witnesses provided important vehicle and suspect description information to the police.  Officer Oscar Dydasco was on patrol in the area of Linwood Drive and Chapparal Street when the call came out.  Officer Dydasco observed the vehicle at the intersection and followed it until Viloria ended up pulling into a driveway in the 400 block of Modoc, directly across from Natividad School. The school was placed on lockdown and all three suspects were taken into custody without incident. All of the cash and products were recovered and returned to the business.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Injury Vehicle Collision

Release Date/Time: 5/26/2015 3:28 PM

Incident: Injury Vehicle Collision

Report #: 15-051311

Date: Tuesday, 5/26/2015

Time: 10:45 AM

Location: South Main Street / Blanco Road

A few minutes before this collision police received a report of a reckless vehicle on Blanco Road heading toward Salinas. The vehicle matched the description of the blue Chrysler Sebring involved in this collision. The car was reported to be passing others on the shoulder at 70 mph.

At the listed time we received a call of an injury collision at South Main Street and Blanco Road. Pablo Pomales, 23, was driving a blue Sebring e/b on Blanco Road and ran the red light at about 60 mph. He struck a 21-year-old man, broadside as the man drove n/b through the intersection on the green light. The collision caused major damage and the 21-year-old had to be removed from the car with the "jaws of life." Both drivers were transported to the Natividad Medical Center Trauma Unit with major injuries. Pomales suffered a broken femur amoung other injuries. The 21-year-old had multiple injuries including a broken collarbone. Both parties are expected to survive.

There was evidence of prescription drug use in the Sebring. A blood sample was taken from Pomales who was unconcious in the hospital. It is unknown at this time if Pomales was under the influence of drugs at the time of the collision.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery and Terrorist Threats

Release Date/Time: 5/26/2015 11:05 AM

Incident:  Armed Robbery and Terrorist Threats

Date: Tuesday, 5/26/2015

Time: 11:05 AM

Location:  Parking Lot 1017 N. Main Street

On April 28, 2015 the victim was sitting in his vehicle when he was approached by the pictured suspect.  While lifting his sweatshirt and brandishing a pistol, the suspect demanded the victim surrender his cell phone.  The suspect threatened to kill the victim if he did not surrender the cell phone.  The victim handed over the cell phone and the suspect left the area.  The victim did not report the robbery at the time of occurence.  About a week later the victim was in the parking lot again when he recognized the suspect approaching his vehicle.  AS the victim left the area he saw the suspect enter a nearby store where the suspect was captured on surveillance video.  The Salinas Police Department is asking for the community's assistance in identifying the suspect.  The suspect is a Hispanic male adult about 25 years old, 5'10", 170 lbs., bald with brown eyes and a light mustache.  He is reported to have a teardrop tattoo under his right eye and a scar under his left eye.  Anyone recognizing the suspect is asked to contact Detective Byron Gansen at 831-758-7137 or email at [email protected] or the tip line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Release Authorized by:  Cdr. Dave Shaw

Telephone:  831-758-7271

Attempted Murder - Stabbing

Release Date/Time: 5/24/2015 12:33 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Stabbing

Report #: 15-051214

Date: Saturday, 5/23/2015

Time: 8:41 PM

Location: 100 block of Orchard Avenue

Salinas Police Officers responded to a large fight at a party in the 100 block of Orchard Ave. There were several people involved in the fight. Officers arrived to find a 24 year old Hispanic male victim suffering from several stab wounds.  There were between 50-75 people present in the street when officers arrived.  The victim, with life threatening wounds, was transported to Natividad Medical Center where he was being prepared for surgery.  The motive is unknown and is unclear if this incident is gang related. 

Release Authorized by: Commander Dave Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Avoid the 20 Memorial Day Weekend

Release Date/Time: 5/19/2015 1:31 PM
Incident: Avoid the 20 Memorial Day Weekend
Report #: N/A
Date: Tuesday, 5/19/2015
Time: 1:31 PM
Location: Monterey and San Benito Counties

Memorial Day Weekend Holiday DUI Crackdown. Police, Sheriff & CHP Team up for High Visibility DUI Campaign Set for Holiday Weekend

Salinas CA – The Avoid the 20 DUI Task Force is deploying officers this holiday weekend at a DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint and DUI Saturation Patrols countywide to stop and arrest drunk or drugged drivers and to heighten awareness of the deadly impact of alcohol and drugs on this first holiday weekend of the summer season. It's the college and high school graduation season which will see many celebrations. Law enforcement is reminding everyone not to drink and drive, nor ride with someone who has been drinking. Additional officers will deploy to stop and arrest those who drive impaired by either alcohol or drugs.

The summer season has arrived with the 3-day holiday weekend kicking off weekend trips and celebrations. Law enforcement reminds everyone to make sure to use a ‘Designated Sober Driver' to prevent arrest or worse, a deadly driving tragedy. The County's DUI Task Force kicks off Friday night by deploying a DUI/Driver's License checkpoint in Salinas with special DUI Saturation Patrols deploying in several cities throughout both counties. More local DUI Saturation Patrols will be on throughout the weekend. 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 region-wide is asking for everyone's support this holiday weekend and all summer long:

• DDVIP: The California Office of Traffic Safety DDVIP app is now available for free download on iOS and Android devices. Launched last year the new DDVIP app offers enhanced features, allowing 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.

• Plan ahead. Arrange rides home for your friends, family, co-workers and yourself before the drinking begins.

• Those hosting celebrations and servers must limit drinks to your guests or patrons. Don't serve more than one or two over several hours.

• Identify and provide free non-alcoholic drinks to the Designated Sober Driver.

Cut back on the amount of drinks you plan to bring to the party – and provide plenty of food.

• If you see dangerous driving, Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1! 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 by 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

Burglary and Check Fraud Suspect Identified

Release Date/Time: 5/18/2015 7:57 AM

Incident:  Burglary and Check Fraud Suspect Identified

Date: Monday, 5/18/2015

Time: 7:57 AM

Location:  J C Penny (Northridge Center)

Through assistance from the public, the female suspect pictured in the release date May 5, 2015 has been identified as Kathleen Reynosa.  In addition to this case, she has an additional outstanding no-bail warrant for burglary.  She is a 32 year-old hispanic female, 5'3", 120 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.  She has a mole on the left side of her mouth and a tattoo of a flower and star on her chest.  She is tranient and believed to be staying in local motels.  Anyone with information concerning her whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Byron Gansen at 831-758-7137 or by email at [email protected].  The male suspect is still unidentified.  An additional photo of Reynosa is attached.

Release Authorized by:  Cdr. Dave Shaw

Telephone:  831-758-7271

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 5/17/2015 3:04 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery - Business

Report #: 15-050855

Date: Sunday, 5/17/2015

Time: 9:11 AM

Location: Jaliscience Taqueria - 301 East Alisal Street

One armed suspect, a Hispanic male adult, 5-7, 180 wearing a black hooded jacket and blue jeans entered the business. He removed a chrome colored handgun from his jacket and demanded money from an employee.  After obtaining an undetermined amount of money the suspect fled the business on foot westbound on East Alisal Street toward Prader Street. 

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Release Date/Time: 5/17/2015 3:51 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 15-0550849

Date: Saturday, 5/16/2015

Time: 11:57 PM

Location: W. Rossi St and Powell St

At approximately 11:57 pm Officers responded to the area of W. Rossi St and Powell St on a report of a victim of a shooting. On arrival they found Martin Anthony Trujillo (35) suffering from a gunshot wound. Trujillo was transported to Natividad Medical Center, however he died as a result of his injury. It appears as though Trujillo was riding his bike on W. Rossi St when he was shot by unknown suspects. At this time it is unknown if this incident is gang related.

Salinas Police Detectives are still looking for witnesses, and anyone who may information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Rudy Roman at 831-758-7913 or Detective Kristine Fairbanks at 831-758-7322.  If you would like to remain anonymous, you can also call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222 or the We-Tip-Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.


Release Authorized by: James Arensdorf

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Vehicle/Pedestrian Accident

Release Date/Time: 5/17/2015 1:58 AM

Incident: Vehicle/Pedestrian Accident

Report #: 15-050840

Date: Saturday, 5/16/2015

Time: 8:50 PM

Location: E. Alisal St. & Smith St.

An unknown male in his late 40s was in the crosswalk of E. Alisal and Smith St., crossing the streen in a northbound direction.  He was struck by an Acura Integra, which was traveling eastbound on E. Alisal St.  The pedestrian, who had no identification, sustained severe injuries to his face, head, and left side of his body.  The driver, a 31 year old male was cooperative with officers and did not appear driving under the influence.  At the time of this press release, the victim was in critical but stable condition at NMC.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


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