Press Releases

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 3/21/2015 1:00 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 15-031069

Date: Friday, 3/20/2015

Time: 10:16 PM

Location: Del Monte Ave. & Elkington Ave.

An eighteen year old male was walking to a friend's house when he noticed an occupied vehicle parked on Elkington Ave. near Del Monte Ave. The occupants approached him and asked if he was involved in gangs.  The victim denied gang membership, however, was not successful in convincing the two individuals.  One of them pulled out a handgun and fired at him from a few short feet away.  The round struck the victim in the chin, and he managed to flee while avoiding being struck by the additional rounds fired in his direction.  He arrived at the hospital by private vehicle for treatment for his non-life threatening injuries.  The suspects were described as two thin Hispanic males in black hoodies.  They were approximately 5'8" to 5'9" tall and their vehicle was only described as dark in appearance.  Considering the close proximity between the parties when the shooting occurred, the victim is extremely fortunate to only have sustained the injury he did.  There is nothing further at this time.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery Business - Update to previous press release - photographs

In a previous press release dated 3-13-15 Commander Gomez reported:  A male suspect entered the Factory 2U at 1506 N. Main St. He brought some items to the cashier and put them on the counter, leading the cashier to believe he was going to purchase them.  As the items were being prepared for sale, the suspect lifted his shirt and displayed a handgun. He forced the cashier to hand over an undisclosed amount of money and fled out the front door.  The suspect was described as a white male, 30 years old, wearing a black hoodie and black Dickies shorts. He was about 5'11" tall and weighed 220 lbs. He was last seen fleeing the area in a white Toyota Camry.  ***Photographs of the suspect have been added to this press release***  If you recognized the suspect you are asked to call the following numbers:   831-758-7321 (non-emergency) or 831-758-7250.  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-TipLine at 1-800-78-CRIME.



Credit Card Fraud and Burglary

Release Date/Time: 3/17/2015 2:40 PM

Incident:  Credit card fraud and Burglary

Date: Tuesday, 3/17/2015

Time: 2:40 PM

Location:  Shel Station/ N. Main St. and San Juan Grade Rd.

The pictured supect entered the Shell Station and used a stolen credit card to make a purchase. The Salinas Police Department is asking for assistance from the community in identifying the suspect.  He is a light complected, clean shaven male wearing a black ballcap and black jacket.  Anyone with information about the identity of the susepct is asked to contact Detective Byron Gansen at 831-758-7137 or email at [email protected]

Release Authorized by:  Cdr. Dave Shaw

Telephone:  831-758-7271

Homicide/Attempted Homicide

Release Date/Time: 3/14/2015 3:03 AM

Incident: Homicide/Attempted Homicide

Report #: 15-030692

Date: Saturday, 3/14/2015

Time: 12:17 AM

Location: F/O 1140 Pacific Ave.

Officers were dispatched to a report of shots fired and man down. When they arrived, they found the twenty four year old male victim with multiple gunshot wounds. He was deceased.  A second victim was found hiding about thirty minutes later as officers were canvassing the area.  They found the twenty one year old male victim suffering from a gunshot wound to the head,  He was taken to Natividad Medical Center where he was treated and released.  Both victims are known sureno gang members and it is believed the motivation for the shooting is gang related.  The victim's names are not being released at this time.  Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Gansen at 758-7137 or Detective Zuniga at 758-7929. 

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Jeff Gibson

Telephone: (831) 758-7i28

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 3/13/2015 7:20 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Report #: 15-030635

Date: Thursday, 3/12/2015

Time: 7:27 pm

Location: 1506 N. Main St. - Factory 2U

A male suspect entered the Factory 2U at 1506 N. Main St. He brought some items to the cashier and put them on the counter, leading the cashier to believe he was going to purchase them.  As the items were being prepared for sale, the suspect lifted his shirt and displayed a handgun. He forced the cashier to hand over an undisclosed amount of money and fled out the front door.  The suspect was described as a white male, 30 years old, wearing a black hoodie and black Dickies shorts. He was about 5'11" tall and weighed 220 lbs. He was last seen fleeing the area in a white Toyota Camry.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Bail Bond Scam

The Salinas Police Department received information from a concerned citizen regarding an attempt to scam them out of $3,000.00.  The citizen received a telephone call from an individual claiming to be a representative from a bail bond company.  The purported bail bondsman told the citizen their grandson had been arrested and that the citizen needed to obtain 6 separate "Re-load It" cards for $500.00 each to guarantee his release from jail.  Re-load It cards are loaded with cash that can be easily transferred if the access PIN numbers are provided.  They were told to keep the information secret because of the embarrassment related to the arrest.  The citizen who called actually obtained the cards but before they revealed the PIN numbers they called family to determine if the individual had actually been arrested.  Of course he had not.  The Salinas Police Department recommends that you DO NOT ever use pre-paid cash cards or similar to pay a debt or to bail anyone out of jail.  These scams are successful because people continue to provide them with cash cards that cannot be traced.  If you have any questions before you decide to send someone that you do not know a cash card please call your local police department.

Department of Justice's COPS Office Begins Collaborative Reform Process in Salinas

Release Date/Time: 3/12/2015 4:38 PM

Incident: Department of Justice's COPS Office Begins Collaborative Reform Process in Salinas

Date: Thursday, 3/12/2015

Time: 4:38 PM

Location: Sherwood Hall, Salinas

Release Authorized by: Spencer Critchley

Telephone: (831) 998-3000

The US Department of Justice today announced details of support it will provide for strengthening community policing in Salinas, in response to a request from Chief Kelly McMillin. The support will come through the Collaborative Reform Initiative-Technical Assistance program of the DOJ's Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS Office).

According to a COPS Office press release:

"The U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services announced today the start of the Collaborative Reform Initiative process with the Salinas Police Department. The chief goal of the review with the police department will be to improve and sustain the responsiveness and accountability to the community taking into account national standards, best practices, existing research and community expectations.

"'The collaborative reform initiative work we begin today is just that – a collaboration,' said COPS Office Director Ronald Davis. 'It is important to note this is a voluntary assessment that the police department has entered into willingly and the department's cooperation is critical to its success. I am confident Chief McMillin, the entire police department, and the community will be full partners in this collaborative work.'"

More details are in a press release from the COPS Office at



Release Date/Time: 3/12/2015 3:24 PM

Incident: STOPP

Report #: Several

Date: Thursday, 3/12/2015

Time: 2:19 PM

Location: Salians

The STOPP Program (Strategic Traffic Observation and Prevention Program) was conducted in Salinas this morning. STOPP is a traffic enforcement program made up of traffic officers from 10 cities in the Monterey Bay Area. Each month available officers go to a different city and administer intense traffic enforcement for a four to five hour period. This morning eight motor officers from 5 cities including; Monterey, Seaside, Carmel, Marina, CHP, and Salinas, worked in Salinas and made a total of 92 traffic stops in four hours. They wrote 54 hazardous citations and 19 mechanical violations. Six of the citations were also for driver's license violations and those six cars were towed.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

St. Patrick's Day DUI enforcement

Release Date/Time: 3/12/2015 9:51 AM

Incident: St. Patrick's Day DUI enforcement

Report #: N/A

Date: Thursday, 3/12/2015

Time: 8:49 AM

Location: Monterey and San Benito County

Be a Saint. Drive Sober. St. Patrick's Day is one of the Deadliest Days of the Year Because Of Drunk Driving.

St. Patrick's Day brings to mind shamrocks, leprechauns, pots of gold, and good luck. But no amount of luck can save you from a drunk-driving crash. So whether you're buzzed or drunk on St. Patrick's Day, it doesn't matter. NHTSA wants to remind everyone that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving—drive sober.

The Avoid the 20 – Monterey and San Benito Counties DUI Task Force will be deploying several roving DUI patrols this St. Patrick's Day in several communities throughout the area looking to stop and arrest drivers who are impaired by alcohol or drugs. These DUI patrols are in addition to regularly scheduled patrol officers, all looking for the tell-tale signs of an impaired driver behind the wheel. In 2013, there were 31 people killed in drunk-driving crashes on St. Patrick's Day. All in all, during the St. Patty's Day period from 2009 to 2013, there have been 276 drunk-driving fatalities. Every one of those lives was lost because of bad decisions.

Unfortunately, March 17 has become a deadly day in the United States, with a dramatic spike in drunk-driving fatalities. And we're not just talking about a little bit too much to drink here; from 2009 to 2013, almost three-fourths of the drunk-driving fatalities on St. Patrick's Day involved drivers who were twice the legal limit. Sergeant Gerry Ross of the Salinas Police Department offered this advice to partygoers: 'Plan ahead. If you are celebrating St. Patrick's Day with alcohol, figure out a plan now for how you'll get home. Don't wait until you're too buzzed to decide; by then it could be too late to make the proper decision. Letting your friends drive drunk is not an option.” Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving, so if you have anything to drink, count on a sober friend, taxi, or public transportation to drive you home safely. Not drinking? Maybe this St. Patrick's Day, you'll be the saint who drives your friends sober.

Let's make 2015 different. Use this party-planning checklist to stay safe this St. Patrick's Day;

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.

NOW: Even if you don't have plans yet, plan to drive sober or designate someone else. Save the number of a taxi company in your phone so you always have a backup plan.

WHEN YOU MAKE PLANS: A sober driver is an essential part of any party plan. Once you know where you'll celebrate, decide whether you're drinking or driving. You can only choose one. 

ON ST. PATRICK'S DAY: Before you take your first sip of green beer, leave your keys at home or give them to a friend. If you're the designated driver, don't drink. Enjoy non-alcoholic beverages and brag about your VIP (very important partygoer) status online using the hash tag #designateddriver. Only drive sober or ride with a sober driver. 

EVERY DAY: If you're impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation to get home safely. If you know people who are about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely.

DRUGS, MEDICATION & ALCOHOL= CRASHES: 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.

Avoid the 20 DUI Task Force funding is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that reminds everyone to ‘Report Drunk Drivers! Call 9-1-1.' Stay connected with OTS via:,!/OTS_CA, The Avoid the 20 DUI Coalition's next task force operation is set for Cinco de Mayo.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery Arrest

Release Date/Time: 3/11/2015 1:50 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery and False Imprisonment Arrest

Report #: 14-030519 and 14-021180

Date: Wednesday, 3/11/2015

Time: 4:03 AM

Location: 1345 North Main - Taco Bell

Salinas Police Officers were dispatched to an armed robbery at the Taco Bell.  The suspect drove up to the drive thru in a dark colored car and made an order.  Once the drive thru window was opened the suspect exited his vehicle, approached the window and pointed a black colored handgun at the employees.  He ordered an employee to open the register, obtained an unknown amount of money and fled in his vehicle.  A witness in the area provided a good description of the suspect vehicle.  Officers made an area check and within an hour located a similar vehicle driving in the area of North Main Street and Harden Parkway.  A traffic stop was conducted and the driver was identified as Mercurio Bose, 27, of Salinas.  He was identified as the armed robbery suspect.  Stolen cash and a replica firearm was located inside of his vehicle.  Once Bose was taken into custody officers recognized him as an armed robbery suspect from the Shell Gas Station, 417 North Main Street, that occured February 25, 2015.  An image of Bose had been captured on surveillance footage at the Shell Station.  Bose was booked into the Monterey County Jail for two counts of armed robbery and several counts of false imprisonment.

Release Authorized by: Commander Dave Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


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