Press Releases


Release Date/Time: 7/30/2015 1:47 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 15-071641

Date: Wednesday, 7/29/2015

Time: 9:47 PM

Location: 1100 block of Pacific Ave

On Wednesday, July 29th at approximately 9:45 pm officers from the Salinas Police Department responded to the 1100 block of Pacific Ave on a report of two victims of a shooting. When they arrived they found two adult males suffering from gunshot wounds. Both of the victims were transported a local hospital. One of the victims, age 26 died as a result of his injuries. His identity is being withheld at this time pending notification of the next of kin. The second victim is currently listed in stable condition. It is unknown at this time if this incident is gang related.

Salinas Police Detectives are looking for additional witnesses or anyone who may have information regarding this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact Detective Jared Sivertson at 831-758-7132 or Detective David Poulin at 831-758-7270.  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: Jim Arensdorf

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

DUI Collision with Injuries, Hit and Run, Probation Violation, etc...

Release Date/Time: 7/28/2015 3:36 PM

Incident: DUI Collision with Injuries, Hit and Run, Probation Violation, etc...

Report #: 15-071564

Date: Tuesday, 7/28/2015

Time: 11:19 AM

Location: Market Way and Soledad Street

Salinas Police Officers were dispatched to the area of Market Way and Soledad Street regarding a hit and run collision involving a vehicle and several pedestrians.  Witnesses had provided officers with a description of the suspect (driver) and vehicle.  A responding police sergeant located the vehicle and its driver, Floribella Pahua, 34, on Market Way near Lake Alley.  Pahua had driven the wrong way on Market Way from Bridge Street and struck several encampments and shopping carts in the area.  At the intersection of Market Way and Soledad Street she collided with three pedestrians and fled the scene.  All three pedestrians received minor injuries.  Two refused medical treatment but one was transported to the hospital for treatment.  Pahua displayed signs of being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and was arrested for driving under the influence and felony hit and run with injury.  Pahua was found to have 5 prior DUI convictions.  She lied about her name and was found to be driving on a suspended license.  She was also in violation of her felony probation terms.  Pahua was booked into the Monterey County Jail.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 7/25/2015 2:53 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Date: Saturday, 7/25/2015

Time: 11:56 AM

Location: Mountain Mikes 931 W Alisal

2 males entered Mountain Mikes, one armed with a handgun.  The masked men demanded money from from the register and took a wallet and cell phone from an employee.  They were last seen running from the business across Alisal St. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Cdr

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Salinas Police Department 2015 Fall Community Academy

2015 Fall Session of the Salinas Police Community Academy


The Salinas Police Department will present a Community Academy from September 9th through November 19th, 2015.  The Community Academy will run from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM each Thursday night for 12 consecutive weeks, with the final class to be held on November 19th, 2015. 

Community Academy participants will have the opportunity to go on a ride-along with a patrol officer, observe what the Salinas Police SWAT team does, learn all about our Crime Scene Investigation Unit, participate in scenarios, watch a demonstration of the K9 program, learn about the hiring process of police officers and much more.

Each night features a new topic, with speakers, demonstrations, discussions and field trips. We will answer questions and give an in-depth, behind the scenes look at police operations. 

To attend the Community Academy obtain an application and submit it to the Salinas Police Department, Community Services Unit by Monday 17th 2015.  Applicants must be at least 18 years old, live or work in Salinas or involved in a community-based organization that provides services to Salinas residents. Applicants must not be on probation or parole or have any recent felonies on their record.

Class size is limited to 25 students; so prospective applicants should not wait to submit their application.  Applications may be obtained by sending an email request for a Community Academy application to [email protected] Applications can be returned by filling them out on your computer and returning them via email or by printing them out and returning the hard copy to Sergeant Heath Johnson/Community Services Unit, 222 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas, CA, 93901. Applications may also be picked up and turned in at the Salinas Police Department Front Desk. 

If you have questions feel free to email ([email protected]) or call Sergeant Heath Johnson at 758-7247.

Armed Robbery - Business

Release Date/Time: 7/20/2015 4:54 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery - Business

Report #: 15-071131

Date: Monday, 7/20/2015

Time: 1:36 PM

Location: 1554 North Main Street #A - Don Roberto's Jewelry Store

Salinas Police Officers responded to an armed robbery at Don Roberto Jewelry Store, 1554 North Main Street #A. Two Hispanic male suspects entered the store: Suspect 1; 5-9/5-11 black hooded jacket with a California Bear logo on the back, black pants and black shoes with a blue bandana covering his face and Suspect 2; 5-3/5-6, gray hooded jacket, blue jeans, white tennis shoes, blue bandana covering his face carrying a chrome semi auto handgun.  Upon entering the store, Suspect 2 forced a customer, who was 8 months pregnant, to the back of the store. Suspect 2 opened several display cases and obtained various amounts of jewelry. Suspect 1 entered an area in the back of the store and did the same. The suspects fled in a white colored Chevrolet passenger vehicle.  Witnesses provided a vehicle description.  A Salinas Parole Agent, who was driving in the area, located the suspect vehicle abandoned in the neighborhood near Broadway and Manhattan.  It is unclear where the suspects went from there and there is no estimate of value on the stolen jewelry.  The 8 month pregnant victim was treated and released by medical personnel as a precaution.  The M.O. of this robbery is similar to the Don Roberto Jewelry Store, 1033 East Alisal, robbery that occurred on July 3rd. 

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Release Date/Time: 7/19/2015 3:58 PM

Incident: shooting

Date: Sunday, 7/19/2015

Time: 3:45 PM

Location: Buckhorn area

A 19 year old male showed up at NMC with several non-lifethreatening gunshot wounds. He stated he was walking in the area of LaMancha and Buckhorn when he was shot at. No crime scene was located and no suspect information is available at this time.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Cdr

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Release Date/Time: 7/19/2015 2:47 PM

Incident: Shooting

Report #: 15-071052

Date: Saturday, 7/18/2015

Time: 8:52 PM

Location: 900 block of Acosta Plaza

A light colored minivan stopped, the side door slid open and a suspect began firing at a group of men standing in a carport in the 900 block of Acosta Plaza. Approximately 10, large caliber rounds were fired striking three people, 2 cars and one building. A 16-year old male was transported to a local trauma center with at least four gunshot wounds from his leg. A 21-year old male was taken to the same trauma center by his sister with a gunshot wound to his left hand. A 12-year old male was treated at the scene for a grazing wound to the back of his upper leg. None of the injuries were life-threatening. After the shooting, a witness got in his vehicle and chased the minivan from the area. The witness eventually caused a traffic collision at E. Laurel Dr. and N. Sanborn Rd. Due to the collision, the suspect was able to get away. This case is being investigated as gang related and anyone with information is urged to call the Salinas Police Department.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Release Date/Time: 7/19/2015 2:42 PM

Incident: Shooting

Report #: 15-071054

Date: Saturday, 7/18/2015

Time: 10:23 PM

Location: 726 Elkington

Three men, ages 17-20 were standing in the car port of 726 Elkington St. An unknown suspect walked up and fired at least 8 rounds at the victims. The suspect ran Southbound and fled in a grey, full size pick-up. One victim was shot in the back of his upper leg. A second victim suffered a gunshot to his pelvis and the third victim escaped harm. None of the injuries were life-threatening and both victims were treated at a local trauma center. The shooting is being investigated as gang related but at this point it is unknown if this is retaliation for the earlier shooting or an isolated incident. Anyone with information is urged to call the Salinas Police Department.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

At Risk Missing Person

Salinas Police are asking the community for help in locating an at-risk missing person. Jesus Valles (62) walked away from his home in the 600 block of Palma Dr. and was last seen at 10:30am today. Mr. Valles has a number of medical issues including early on-set dementia. He moved to Salinas just three weeks ago and is unfamiliar with the area.

Mr. Valles is described as an Hispanic male, 62 years of age, 5' 11" tall weighing 180 pounds. He has grey hair, mustache and no lower teeth. Mr. Valles was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and a gold necklace. He likes coffee and frequents coffee shops near his home.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Jesus Valles is asked to call the Salinas Police Department at 758-7321 or 9-1-1.

Attempted Homicide Suspect, Pursuit

Release Date/Time: 7/16/2015 4:06 PM

Incident: Attempted Homicide Suspect, Pursuit

Date: Thursday, 7/16/2015

Time: 3:49 PM

Location: Salinas to Seaside

This morning a catering truck was sitting in its driveway on Terrace Av  warming-up when male and female suspect decided to take it.  A "Be-on-the-lookout" was placed and a short time later a pair of Salinas Police Officers saw the truck N/B on Sherwood. As they attempted to conduct a stop, the driver,  later identified as Ricardo Carranza (27) sped through the Bernal/Tyler area and then onto N/B 101 at a speed of approximately 80 MPH. The pursuit continued into the Prunedale area and onto Hwy 156 W/B, the pursuit was turned over to CHP, with Salinas units trailing to assist.  Carranza sped through Marina, Fort Ord and into Seaside where SPD units were relieved by MCSO and Seaside units. Due to Carranza's erratic and dangerous driving, the pursuit was eventually terminated in the City of Seaside, entering into Monterey,  where he apparently allowed the unknown female exit and parked the truck in a driveway near Encina and English. Carranza jumped several fences but was eventually located and taken into custody by Seaside and Monterey Officers. Salinas Police responded and took custody of Carranza and returned the vehicle to the victim. Suspected stolen property was located in Carranza's possession and inside the truck. The female was not located during the area check by allied agencies. Carranza  was later transported and booked into Monterey County Jail for the stolen vehicle, pursuit, stolen property and a 1.5 million dollar warrant that had been obtained by SPD resulting from three previous high-speed pursuits he had been involved in along with an attempted murder charge from July 11th in which he intentionally ran down a female he was arguing with. Charges will be sought by MCSO and Seaside for the resisting arrest as well.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Cdr.

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


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Can I drink alcohol while walking down a City street in Salinas?

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