Press Releases

Armed Bank Robbery

Release Date/Time: 5/16/2015 3:40 PM

Incident: Armed Bank Robbery

Report #: 15-050822

Date: Saturday, 5/16/2015

Time: 10:11 AM

Location: 1285 North Davis Road - Rabobank

Officers responded to the bank regarding an in-progress armed robbery.  3 suspects were involved, two of which entered the bank with firearms.  The third suspect waited in the parking lot in what turned out to be a previously reported stolen vehicle.  Suspect #1 was described as a Hispanic Male Adult, 6-0 to 6-4, black sweatshirt and black sweat pants, with white gloves carrying a black revolver and Suspect #2 was described as a Hispanic Male Adult or a White Male Adult, 5-8, black pants and black jacket with a black semi-automatic pistol.  Several witnesses provided a suspect vehicle description.  A Salinas Police Officer, while on an area check, located the suspect vehicle abandoned off of Westridge Parkway.  The FBI was contacted and responded to assist in the investigation.  There were no physical injuries to employees or patrons at the time of this crime.  An unknown amount of money taken.  The investigation is continuing. 

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Release Date/Time: 5/16/2015 7:33 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 15-050817

Date: Saturday, 5/16/2015

Time: 2:18 AM

Location: 918 Acosta Plaza

On Saturday, May 16 at approximately 2:20 am Salinas Police Officers responded to 918 Acosta Plaza #52 on a report of a victim of a shooting. On arrival they found Nancy Jimenez Campos (25) deceased as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. Residents in the area heard the shots, however at this time there is no suspect information available.

Salinas Police Detectives are actively looking for witnesses or anyone who may information regarding this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Detective Byron Gansen at 831-758-7137 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

Illegal Possession of Pellet Guns, Possession of Concentrated Cannabis and Illegal Hunting of Dove's in the City Limits

Release Date/Time: 5/15/2015 5:28 PM

Incident: Illegal Possession of Pellet Guns, Possession of Concentrated Cannabis and Illegal Hunting of Dove's in the City Limits

Report #: 15-050781

Date: Friday, 5/15/2015

Time: 7:50 AM

Location: Ambrose Drive and Palma High School - 919 Iverson Street

Salinas Police Department received a phone call from a citizen reporting subjects, associated with white pickup truck, shooting rifles in the Ambrose Drive neighborhood.  The reporting party believed the suspects were shooting birds.  There was a delay in our response due to an excessive call volume.  In the meantime the reporting party observed the pickup truck parked on the street in front of Palma High School.  The license plate was provided to officers.  Once at the school officers contacted two 17 year old male students.  Officers also located 3, .177 caliber scoped pellet rifles and one pellet pistol inside of the pickup truck.  A further search revealed concentrated cannabis "honey oil" and one dead Eurasian Collared Dove (bird). Fish & Game responded to assist in the investigation. It appears that the suspects had been shooting Dove's within the city limits, which is illegal. Both students were issued citations and released to their parents for several city code violations, penal code violations, and CCR Title 14 violations.  One of the teens was cited for possession of concentrated cannabis

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Residential Burglary, Robbery and False Imprisonment

Release Date/Time: 5/15/2015 4:08 PM

Incident: Residential Burglary, Robbery and False Imprisonment

Report #: 15-050767

Date: Friday, 5/15/2015

Time: 6:52 AM

Location: 200 block of Kipling Drive

Salinas Police Officers were dispatched to an interrupted residential burglary.  An elderly female victim heard a loud sound coming from her backyard. She walked outside and confronted the suspect:  a Hispanic male adult in his 20's, approximately 5'-2" with a thin build, straight black hair, brown hooded sweatshirt, khaki colored pants and wearing white cotton gloves. The suspect, who was in possession of a knife, directed the victim back into her residence.  The suspect opened cabinets drawers in the living room and dining room.  The suspect forced the victim into the upstairs bedroom where he opened multiple dresser drawers.  The suspect demanded money from the victim.  He fled the house jumping over several fences in the immediate neighborhood.  The suspect was seen by neighbors running northbound on Primavera Street to Primavera Way.  An extensive neighborhood check was conducted by Salinas Police Officers and Detectives.  Two unlocked vehicles in the 1300 block of Byron Drive had items stolen from inside.  It is believed that these area thefts are related to the residential burglary and that the elderly victim was not specifically targeted.  Case is still under investigation.  If you have any information regarding this investigation you are asked to contact Detective Gerry Magana at 831-758-7129 and/or Detective Dale Fors at 831-758-7124.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Update: Missing Woman and Baby Located

Release Date/Time: 5/12/2015 8:13 PM
Incident: Update:  Missing Woman and Baby Located
Report #: 15-050598
Date: Tuesday, 5/12/2015
Time: 6:44 PM
Location: 200 block of East San Luis Street

As a result of a continuous investigation, Salinas Police Officers located missing woman, Monique Jimenez, 28, in the 200 block of East San Luis Street. The missing baby, Lexie, was found in good health.  She was left in the care of family. Jimenez was arrested for child concealment and child endangerment. Jimenez was booked into the Monterey County Jail.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill
Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Missing Woman and Baby

Release Date/Time: 5/12/2015 5:45 PM
Incident: Missing Woman and Baby
Date: Tuesday, 5/12/2015
Time: 5:45 PM
Location: Salinas

Release Authorized by: Spencer Critchley
Telephone: (831) 612-9200

Salinas Police are asking the public for help in finding a missing woman and her baby. Monique Jimenez and her infant daughter Lexie Cardenas were reported missing on May 12 by family members, who last spoke with Ms. Jimenez the previous day at about 3:00 pm.

Ms. Jimenez is 28 years old, 5 feet, 2 inches tall, 150 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes and a tattoo of "Jimenez" on her right foot. She is 6 months pregnant.

Lexie Cardenas is 9 months old, with blonde hair and hazel eyes.

Anyone with information on the location of Monique Jimenez or Lexie Cardenas is asked to call the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7321.

Missing: Monique Jimenez and Lexie Cardenas

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 5/11/2015 12:42 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 15-050533

Date: Sunday, 5/10/2015

Time: 10:26 PM

Location: 700 Block of Elkington Ave.

Salinas Police Officers responded to the 700-block area of Elkington Ave. for a reported victim of a shooting. A 27 year old male was found in the parking lot of the complex with multiple gunshot wounds. According to witnesses, a silver BMW was seen fleeing northbound on Elkington after the shooting. Before the vehicle reached N. Sanborn Rd., it stopped next to a white Civic heading the opposite way. A male exited the BMW and got into the Civic.  Both cars then fled in opposite directions. The person seen changing vehicles wore a red hoodie.  The victim was taken to the hospital for treatment of non-lifethreatening wounds to his upper torso and face area.  He stated he was approached by three Hispanic males, who asked him what they claimed. When the victim denied gang involvement, two of the suspects shot him.  He has a history of gang-related contacts with the police department.  

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Injury Traffic Collision

Release Date/Time: 5/7/2015 12:22 PM

Incident: Injury Traffic Collision

Report #: 15050315

Date: Wednesday, 5/6/2015

Time: 4:13 PM

Location: Boronda/ N Main

Yolanda Villicana (49) was driving her Range Rover northbound on North Main Street approaching Boronda Road. Due to road construction, the left turn lanes were blocked off and a sign was posted prohibiting a left turn. A 66-year-old motorcyclist was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle southbound on N. Main Street.  He had a green light and rode into the intersection just as Villicana made the prohibited left turn in front of him causing him to impact the front, right side of her car. The motorcyclist was transported to the Natividad Medical Center Trauma Unit with life threatening injuries. Among other injuries he had a broken femur that damaged an artery, a ruptured spleen, a broken arm, and a possible concussion. At last update he is currently in the hospital in critical condition but is expected to survive.

The collision is still under investigation by the Salinas PD Traffic Unit.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7975

Burglary and Check Fraud

Release Date/Time: 5/6/2015 3:24 PM

Incident:  Burglary and Check Fraud

Date: Wednesday, 5/6/2015

Time: 3:24 PM

Location:  JC Penny (Northridge Mall)

The pictured couple have entered JC Penny at Northridge Mall several times over the last few months and attempted to pass fraudulent checks.  The Salinas Police Department is asking for assistance in identifying the couple.  The female suspect appears to be a light complected Hispanicfemale, possibly in her thirties, medium build with long black hair.  The male suspect appears to be Hispanic, possibly in his thirties or forties, with a large build, a mustache and close cropped black hair.  He also wears black framed prescription glasses.  Anyone recognizing the couple 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

Burglary, Theft, Possession of Counterfeit Bills Suspect

Release Date/Time: 5/5/2015 4:21 PM

Incident:  Burglary, Theft, Possession of Counterfeit Bills

Date: Tuesday, 5/5/2015

Time: 4:21 PM

Location:  7-11 (619 S. Main Street)

The Salinas Police Department is asking for assistance in identifying the pictured suspect who entered the 7-11 on S. Main and passed several counterfeit $20 and $10 bills.  He is described as a wite or Hispanic male adult in his late twenties or thirties.  He has a goatee and several tattoos on his left forearm.  He was wearing a black ballcap with a red brim and multi-colored patch on the front, a black shirt and silver chain with a large cross.  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


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