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Newly Hired Salinas Police Officers

Release Date/Time: 1/26/2017 8:56 AM

Incident:  Newly Hired Salinas Police Officers

Date: Thursday, 1/26/2017

Time: 8:56 AM

Location:  City Hall Rotunda   200 Lincoln Ave.

The Salinas Police Department is pleased to announce the hiring of four new officers.  Officer Nathan Castillo, Officer David Puckett, Officer Clifton Smith and Officer Jordy Urrutia will graduate from the police academy at the Monterey Peninsula College Public Safety Training Center this morning at 11:00 a.m.  We will be hosting a swearing-in ceremony this afternoon at 2:00 p.m. in the Rotunda at City Hall.

Officer Nathan Castillo is a Salinas native and lifelong resident of the community.  He graduated from Salinas High School and holds an Associates Degree in Administration of Justice from Monterey Peninsula College.

Officer David Puckett is a resident of the tri-county area.  He was previously employed by Lowe's Home Improvement as a Department Manager of Loss Prevention and Safety.

Officer Clifton Smith is a lifelong resident of Monterey County.  He graduated from Central Coast High School .  He is a veteran of the United States Army and continues to serve in the Army Reserve.

Officer Jordy Urrutia is a Salinas native and lifelong resident of the community.  He graduated from Alisal High School and attended San Jose State University.  He is also a graduate of the Salinas Police Department Community Academy.

Release Authorized by:  Deputy Chief Dave Shaw

Telephone:  831-758-7271

Shooting Update--Homicide

Release Date/Time: 1/23/2017 2:23 PM

Incident: Shooting Update--Homicide

Report #: 17-010940

Date: Monday, 1/23/2017

Time: 1:53 PM

Location: 700 Blk of Mae Ave.

On January 20, 2017, at approximately 12:50 pm, Salinas Police received a ShotSpotter alert of multiple shots fired in the 700 block of Mae Ave. Officers began responding and just prior to going on scene, the first call came in of a shooting victim. Officers found 15-year-old Jesus Silva Hernandez suffering from at least one gunshot wound to the head. Hernandez was transported to Natividad Medical Center for treatment. On Sunday, January 22nd, the police department was notified Hernandez had died from the injuries suffered in the shooting.

It appears Hernandez would frequently stand in the area of Mae Ave. and C St., to utilize a Wi-Fi signal coming from a nearby location. He was talking on the phone when he was approached by a male in dark clothing. For unknown reasons, Hernandez was shot multiple times and the male fled to a waiting black colored, 4-door sedan. The sedan was last seen westbound on Del Monte Ave.

Hernandez was resident of Salinas and has no known history with local law enforcement. The Investigations Bureau is investigating this homicide as gang related due to the way the shooting was committed and the belief the suspects are associated with local gangs. This is the sixth homicide (including the suspect killed in the Officer Involved Shooting) recorded in the City of Salinas this year.  

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information about this homicide to contact Detective Ken Schwener at (831) 758-7276 or [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.

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

664-187 PC - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 1/22/2017 3:02 AM

Incident: 664-187 PC - Shooting

Report #: 17-011004

Date: Saturday, 1/21/2017

Time: 11:32 PM

Location: 700 Block of Kilbreth Ave

Officers responded to the 700 block of Kilbreth Ave. for the report of a shooting victim. They arrived to find a 27 year old male with a gunshot wound to his face. The victim was awake and alert but was having difficulty speaking due to the location of the wound. He was taken to NMC where his wound was characterized as non-life threatening. Surveillance cameras in the area showed the victim and the suspect having some kind of confrontation. Shortly after the victim was shot and the suspect fled on foot. The incident is still under investigation and the movtivation behind the shoot is unknown. 

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7321. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME.

Release Authorized by: Dana Cornelison

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

664-187 PC - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 1/22/2017 4:05 AM

Incident: 664-187 PC - Shooting

Report #: 17-011005

Date: Sunday, 1/22/2017

Time: 1:12 AM

Location: Area of Natividad Rd & E. Laurel Dr

Officers were at Natividad Medical Center investigating a prior shooting when another shooting victim arrived there by private auto. The 19 year-old male victim was suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his left arm. The victim was walking somewhere in the area of the streets west of the hospital when a vehicle pulled alongside him.  The driver said something to the victim at which time he produced a firearm and began shooting.  The suspect vehicle fled in an unknown direction. The victim was given a ride to the hospital by a passerby.  The vicitm was somewhat uncooperative and did not provide much information.  The shooting appears to be gang related.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7321. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Release Authorized by: Dana Cornelison

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery - Firearm

Release Date/Time: 1/22/2017 3:51 AM

Incident: Armed Robbery with a firearm

Report #: 17-011002

Date: Saturday, 1/21/2017

Time: 10:39 PM

Location: 100 Block of Rosarita Dr

An 18 year-old female was sitting in her car in the 100 block of Rosarita Dr. waiting for a friend to exit his residence. The female victim saw two males running toward her car one of whom had a gun. The armed male began hitting the driver's window demanding she open the door. She quickly drove away. As she drove away, her 18 year-old male friend exited his house and was confronted by the suspects. He was robbed at gunpoint during which time his cash and other personal property was taken. Some of his property was located a short time later in a nearby neighborhood. Neither victim was injured during the robbery. After the robbery the suspects fled south on foot toward E. Bernal Dr. The suspects were described as follows:

S1 - HMA, 20's with a goatee, 5-7, 130, last seen wearing a beige hooded sweatshirt and carrying a silver handgun.

S2 - HM, 5-10, 150, last seen wearing a beige hooded sweatshirt.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7321. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78 CRIME, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Release Authorized by: Dana Cornelison

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Shooting

Release Date/Time: 1/20/2017 3:56 PM

Incident: Shooting

Report #: 17-010940

Date: Friday, 1/20/2017

Time: 12:51 PM

Location: Mae Ave/C St

At 1251 hours we received a ShotSpotter alert of multiple shots fired in the 700 block of Mae Ave. Officers began responding and just prior to going on scene, the first call came in of a victim shot. A 15 year old male was near the intersection of Mae/C when a black vehicle drove by and an occupant of the car fired several shots at him. The victim was hit in the back of the head. He is currently in ICU and in critical condition. Detectives responded to take over the scene.

Release Authorized by: Michael Groves

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Salinas Police Department Welcomes Two Newest Officers

The Salinas Police Department is pleased to announce the hiring of its two newest officers.  Officer Ruby Alvarez and Officer Peter Magallon were sworn in on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. 

Peter Magallon is a Fresno County native.  He graduated the police academy in 2003 and worked for Firebaugh Police Department for four years before being hired by the Kerman Police Department.  Peter was a Kerman Police Officer for the past nine years.  He worked as a field training officer and drug recognition expert. 

Ruby Alvarez is a Salinas native.  She graduated from the police academy in 2005 and worked briefly at Soledad Police Department before she was hired by the Greenfield Police Department.  Ruby was a Greenfield Police Officer for the past ten years.  She worked as a patrol officer, field training officer, and school resource officer.

 

Officer Involved Shooting

Release Date/Time: 1/18/2017 9:58 AM

Incident: Officer Involved Shooting

Date: Wednesday, 1/18/2017

Time: 1:30 AM

Location: 600 block of Terrace St.

Release Authorized by: Chief Adele Fresé

Telephone: (831) 758-7286

At about 1:30 this morning Salinas Police officers were involved in an on-duty officer involved shooting in the 600 block of Terrace Street. The Police Department has asked the Monterey County District Attorney's Office to handle the investigation, according to our policy. The District Attorney's Office will handle all further information dissemination and media requests. The Police Department will not be commenting on the case in order to protect the integrity of the investigation.

Double Homicide (1/12/17) Update

The deceased victims of Thursday night's shooting (1/12/17) on the 500 block of Sunrise Street have been identified as Jose Luis Flores-Vargas,27, and Alejandro Ramirez, 25.  They are the 3rd and 4th homicide victims of 2017.  The 3 persons originally detained as a result of the initial investigation have been released, and at this time are not facing charges related to this investigation, which is still on-going. 

 

****Original Press Release****

Double Homicide

Release Date/Time: 1/13/2017 12:37 PM



Incident: Double Homicide



Date: Thursday, 1/12/2017



Time: 9:04 PM



Location: 500 block of Sunrise St.

On January 12, 2017, at approximately 9:00 PM, there was a shooting  on the 500 block of Sunrise St. The shooting resulted in two deaths and two others injured with non-life threatening gunshot wounds. The Salinas Police Department has 3 individuals detained and the investigation into their role in the shooting is ongoing. A press conference to provide further information on the shooting will be held at 4:00 PM today, at the Salinas Police Department.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information about this double homicide to contact Detective Ken Hendrickson at (831) 758-7129 or [email protected]; or Detective Ken Schwener at (831) 758-7276 or [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.

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant



Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Homicide Arrest

In January 2016, the Salinas Police Department released a request asking for help in finding missing person, Paulino Guzman III (see below).  At the time of the release, it was strongly believed that Guzman had been murdered while attending a party in an apartment in the 2200 Block of N. Main St.  Over the course the last year, Detectives have been tenaciously following up on information, and conducting numerous interviews and searches that ultimately  led to the issuance of a $2.2 million dollar arrest warrant, charging one-count of homicide, for Tai Cruz (23) of Salinas.  Cruz was located at his place of employment in Monterey on Friday evening (1/13/17) and arrested without incident.  He was later booked into Monterey County Jail.

A press conference on this case will take place at the Salinas Police Department's Chief's Conference Room at 3PM today.  All members of the press are invited, however, it is not open to the general public. 

****Original Press Release from January 20, 2016****

Missing Person

The Salinas Police Department is asking for help locating a missing person with suspicious circumstances. Family members of Paulino Guzman III came to the Salinas Police Department to report him missing. It appears the last time Guzman was seen or heard from was on December 12, 2015. At the time, he was in good spirits with no known plans to leave town. Guzman is an 18-year-old Hispanic male, 5'10” tall and weighing approximately 180 lbs. He has the letters 'es” tattooed near his left eye and Aztec numerals tattooed near his right eye.

Anyone who may have seen or heard from Guzman, or may have information on his whereabouts, is asked to contact Detective Sivertson at 831-758-7132 or the Investigations Division at 831-758-7226. 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, or text information to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411". A photograph of Guzman is available to media outlets upon request.

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