Press Releases

Burglary, Resisting Arrest

Release Date/Time: 11/13/2018 12:56 PM
Incident:Burglary. Resisting Arrest
Date: Monday, 11/12/2018
Time: 11:49 PM
Location:400 Block of Fremont St

Officers responded to a call of a burglary to a business in progress in the 400 block of Fremont St. The owner reported he had just closed his business and was walking to his vehicle when he observed the suspect later identified as Roman Lopez Ambrocio (24) approach and kick in the front glass door to enter the business. Officers arrived and surrounded the business and observed Ambrocio still in the business. They ordered him to exit but he refused to comply the officer's orders instead he retreated further into the business. A canine officer arrived and his partner Avi was deployed. After a brief struggle Ambrocio was taken into custody suffering moderate injuries to his armpit as a result of  Avi's bite.

During the incident Avi was injured and was rushed to the animal hospital where Avi underwent surgery. Avi is recovering and is expected to return to duty soon. Ambrocio was arrested and transported to county jail and charged with burglary and resisting arrest.

Release Authorized by:Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:831 758-7289

Train vs Pedestrian collision

Release Date/Time: 11/13/2018 3:21 PM
Incident: Train vs Pedestrian collision
Date: Tuesday, 11/13/2018
Time: 3:21 PM
Location: Dead en of Sanborn Place on tracks

Release Authorized by: Commander Maldonado
Telephone: 831-758-7250

An Amtrak train was was travelling southbound through Salinas in the area of the dead end of Sanborn Place. The conductor spotted a man walking on the track in front of the train. The conductor sounded the train horn to alert the man of the trains presence, but saw no response. The conductor activated the emergemcy stop, however, the train could not stop in time. The man was struck by the train and was found deceased by officers that arrived on scene. The victim was a 34 year old man that has been identified. That information is being held pending the notification of family.

Attempted Murder, Kidnapping, Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Release Date/Time: 11/13/2018 11:47 AM
Incident: Attempted Murder, Kidnapping, Assault with a Deadly Weapon
Date: Monday, 11/12/2018
Time: 11:08 AM
Location:1800 Block of Truckee Way

Officers responded to a call  in the 1800 block of Truckee Way, the victim called to report her ex-boyfriend, Donavan Johnson (28) was at her residence causing a disturbance and was not welcome. Before officers could respond, Johnson had left the residence. The victim later called again to report the suspect had returned  and forced his way into the residence. A loud commotion could be heard in the background. Officers arrived as  the suspect sped away from the area. Officers attempted a traffic stop but Johnson did not yield and a pursuit was initiated but eventually ended when the suspect stopped at the emergency entrance to Natividad hospital. Officers discovered the victim was in the vehicle with the suspect. The victim (28) was suffering from numerous deep lacerations to her back, both legs, both arms and her face. The victim who was bleeding profusely was rushed into the  emergency room and immediately taken into surgery.

The cuts were caused by a knife that was recovered from the vehicle. The investigation revealed Johnson had entered the residence through a window, and attempted  to drag the victim from the residence. A victim's relative attempted to intervene and blocked his path. Johnson threw the victim to the ground, punched her in the face and then began slashing her with the knife. The suspect realized the vitim was seriously injured and proceeded to drive her to the hospital  as officers arrived on Truckee Way just prior to initiating the persuit. Johnson  was subsequently arrested and transported to county jail on charges of attempted murder, kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon.

Release Authorized by: Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:831 758-7289

Salinas Police Department Receives Traffic Education and Enforcement Grant

Release Date/Time: 11/13/2018 9:46 AM
Incident:Salinas Police Receives Traffic Education and Enforcement Grant
Date: Tuesday, 11/13/2018
Time: 9:46 AM
Location: 222 Lincoln Ave

Salinas Police Department Receives Traffic Education and Enforcement Grant

Salinas Police Department has been awarded a $175,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a yearlong enforcement and public awareness program. The traffic safety program is intended to educate the public on safe roadway habits and deter people from violating traffic laws or practicing other unsafe behaviors that lead to injuries and fatalities.

'Our community has suffered great loss as a result of impaired driving, distracted driving, and reckless behaviors behind the wheel. Through education and enforcement, we can create change that will save lives. Let's work on this together.” stated Chief Adele Fresé.

The grant from OTS will fund various education and enforcement activities for the 2019 federal fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2018 to Sept. 30, 2019):

  • DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols to take suspected alcohol/drug-impaired drivers – and those unlicensed or with a revoked/suspended license – off the road.
  • Traffic safety education presentations for youth and community members on distracted, impaired and teen driving, and bicycle/pedestrian safety.
  • Patrols at intersections with increased incidents of pedestrian and bike collisions.
  • Checking for seat belt and child safety seat compliance.
  • Motorcycle safety operations in areas with high rider volume and where higher rate of motorcycle crashes occur.
  • Speeding, red light and stop sign enforcement.
  • Warrant service operations targeting multiple DUI offenders.
  • Compilation of DUI 'Hot Sheets” identifying repeat DUI offenders
  • Probation supervision for high-risk DUI offenders.
  • Specialized DUI and drugged driving training to identify and apprehend suspected impaired drivers.
  • Court 'stings” to cite individuals driving from DUI court after license suspension or revocation.

In 2016, 3,623 people were killed in crashes across the state, a 7 percent increase from 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Particularly alarming is the rise in pedestrian deaths, with 867 pedestrians killed on California roadways in 2016, a nearly 33 percent increase from 2012. Along with the growing dangers of distracting technologies like phones and drug-impaired driving, this grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these dangerous and illegal behaviors.

'Almost all crashes are preventable,” OTS director Rhonda Craft said. 'Education and enforcement go hand in hand helping change behaviors that cause devastating crashes.”

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Release Authorized by: Miguel Cabrera

Telephone: 831 758-7289


Release Date/Time: 11/3/2018 10:58 AM
Incident: Murder
Date: Saturday, 11/3/2018
Time: 1:30 AM
Location: 100 Block of N.Hebbron Ave

Release Authorized by: Commander M. Maldonado
Telephone: 831-758-7250

On November 3, 2018, at approximately 1:30 am, officers responded to the under 100 block of North Hebbron Avenue to investigate calls from community members regarding gunshots, along with a ShotSpotter activation. Officers located a Hispanic male in his late 20's to early 30's, lying in the driveway of a complex, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim expired at the scene. We are looking into the possibility of a gang nexus, but at this time, the motive for the shooting is unknown. The investigation is ongoing, and updates will be provided when available.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information on the shooting to call Detective Ruben Sanchez at (831) 758-7927 or email him at [email protected]. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Head on Collision, Driving Under the Influence X2

Release Date/Time: 10/29/2018 9:18 AM
Incident:Head on Collision, Driving Under the Influence X2
Date: Sunday, 10/28/2018
Time: 00:14 AM
Location:E. Boronda Rd. and Constitution Blvd.

Officers were dispatched to a head on collision at E. Boronda Rd and Constitution Boulevard involving a Ford F150 and a Honda Odyssey. It was quickly updated to the F-150 being on fire with people trapped inside and multiple people in the Odyssey.  A good samaritan in the area immediately went to render aid and broke a window to the F-150 and removed a female passanger from the burning F-150. The good samaritan suffered minor lacerations to his arms.

The driver of the F-150, Miguel Angel Diaz was standing by the rescued female who was lying on the ground and was in and out of consciousness. Diaz initially stated he was dropped off at the scene but a witness placed him exiting the driver side door. He also had injuries consistent as being the driver. Officers observed objective symptoms of intoxication and conducted the DUI Investigation on Diaz who was subsequently arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Diaz was later transported to county jail for DUI charges.  The female victim was transported to Natividad Medical Center for treatment. 

The Odyssey had a total of six occupants.  Four of the six occupants were mobile and the two youngest(13,15) were lying on the ground when officers arrived.  All of the occupants were eventually transported to Natividad Medical Center and Salinas Valley Memorial hospitals with minor to moderate injuries. A thirteen year old female passenger was flown out to Valley Medical Center, she had suffered a broken femur and was unconscious at one point. The occupants stated they were coming back from a party when the Silverado merged into their lane and collided with the Odyssey van.  Both vehicles had major front end damage.

The driver of the Odyssey, Arsenio Diaz-Garcia was also showing signs of being under the influence of alcoholic beverages. He was evaluated and  suspected of being under the influence . Diaz-Garcia was arrested and cited for DUI at the hospital.

It was later discovered several persons attending a Halloween party nearby heard the collision and went to assist the injured occupants of the vehicles involved.

Release Authorized by:Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:831 758-7289

Oath of Office Ceremony

Release Date/Time: 10/24/2018 9:06 AM
Incident:Oath of Office Ceremony
Date: Thursday October 25, 2018
Time: 2 PM
Location: City Hall Rotunda 200 Lincoln Ave.

Please join us as we welcome six new Salinas PD officers with an Oath of Office ceremony at the City Hall Rotunda 200 Lincoln Ave. on Thursday October 25, 2018 at 2 pm.

Police officer recruits Jennifer Bontrager, Francisco DeLeon, Dionna Lucas, Maria Martinez and Russell Speirs graduated the police academy at Monterey Peninsula College. Academy graduate Brittney Long will also be sworn in.

Public is invited to attend.

Release Authorized by:Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:831 758-7289

Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Collision

Release Date/Time: 10/22/2018 12:45 PM
Incident:Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Collision
Date: Sunday, 10/21/2018
Time: 7:30 PM
Location:N. Main St. and Menke

The driver of a Mazda 3 was traveling northbound on N. Main St. in the #1 lane of traffic when a male adult pedestrian was walking eastbound across the lanes of traffic was struck and seriously injured. The pedestrian was transported to a local hospital with serious leg and head injuries and was listed in critical but stable condition. The driver of the vehicle, who did not see the pedestrian in the roadway, stopped and cooperated with officers on scene. The driver was licensed and not impaired. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7321. If you wish to remain anonymous you can call our Tip Line at (831) 775-4222

Release Authorized by:Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:831 758-7289

Update- Identification of Pedestrian in Fatal Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Collision

Release Date/Time: 10/22/2018 12:03 PM
Incident: UPDATE- Identification of Pedestrian in Fatal Vehicle vs Pedestrian Collision
Date: 10-10-2018
Time: 7:44 PM
Location: Alisal St at N. Main St

Update- Although details are still being investigated, the pedestrian who died as a result of her injuries suffered in this fatal vehicle vs. pedestrian collision has been identified as Julie Anne Rush (64). It appears Rush may have crossed Alisal St. against the traffic light at N. Main St. Motor Unit officers are continuing the investigation.

Original Press Release 10-10-2018

Officers responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian collision at Main St. and W. Alisal St.. Officers located an injured pedestrian laying in the roadway. CPR was initiated immediately, the adult female was transported to Natividad Medical Center but died as a result of her injuries in the collision. The initial investigation revealed, the driver, was traveling eastbound on W. Alisal at approximately 25mph when the driver struck the pedestrian who was in the intersection. The driver remained on scene and is cooperating with police. Witnesses were contacted on scene and provided statements. It appears the  driver had a green light as the vehicle drove through the intersection. Motor Unit officers responded and assisted in the investigation. It does not appear alcohol or drugs were a factor. The pedestrian's identity is pending notification of next of kin. The investigation  by Motor Unit officers is on going. 

Release Authorized by:Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:831 758-7289

Negligent Discharge of Firearm, Possession of Meth, Warrant

Release Date/Time: 10/18/2018 8:42 AM
Incident:Negligent Discharge of Firearm, Possession of Meth, Warrant
Date: Thursday, 10/18/2018
Time: 4:45 AM
Location:Natividad Medical Center/San Luis St. at Front St.

Officers  responded to Natividad Medical Center for a reported victim of a shooting. Alexandro Llamas (29), had been dropped off in front of the hospital just before the call was dispatched. A short time after, officers had stopped a white Cadillac CTS at San Luis & Front St. The female driver told officers she had just dropped off someone at Natividad Medical Center who had been shot. Officers went to the hospital and contacted Llamas, who stated he was not going to cooperate with the investigation and refused to answer questions regarding the shooting. Officer's investigation revealed  the injury appeared to have been  self inflicted and Llamas had shot himself through his upper thigh.  A records check revealed Llamas had a felony warrant for failure to appear on a previous gun charge dating back to September 25th.when he was arrested. Back at the vehicle stop, officers located hundreds of rounds of ammunition. In addition, approximately 1/4 oz. of meth and a meth pipe were found in the Cadillac which belongs to Llamas. The driver of the vehicle was told to drive the vehicle away from the hospital by Llamas who was arrested after he was treated and released. Llamas was later booked in county jail for the outstanding warrant, negligent discharge of a firearm and possession of meth.

Release Authorized by:Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:831 758-7289


Question of the Day

What can I do if I see a car parked in my neighborhood which I think may be abandoned?

The City of Salinas has people specifically designated to handle abandoned vehicles and long-term parking problems. These problems are generally handled on a complaint basis. The abandoned vehicle office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. The phone number, day or night, is (831) 758-7316.

The following information will help you determine whether or not a vehicle has been abandoned or is a long-term parking problem:


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