Press Releases

Armed Robbery, Conspiracy, Assault with Deadly Weapon, Gun Charges

Release Date/Time: 10/3/2018 9:18 AM
Incident:Armed Robbery, Conspiracy, Assault with Deadly Weapon, Gun Charges
Date: Wednesday, 10/3/2018
Time: 1:07 AM
Location: 600 Block of E. Laurel Dr.

Officers responded to a call of an armed robbery with a possible injured person at the Quick Mart in the 600 block of E. Laurel Dr. Officers determined two male suspects armed with handguns and wearing masks and hooded sweatshirts entered the business and demanded money from the register. During the commission of the robbery a customer inside the store was pistol whipped and kicked, the armed suspects ran out to a waiting vehicle occupied by two individuals. When the vehicle did not start the armed suspects fled on foot towards a second vehicle later determined to aslo be associated in the crime. Investigation by officers on scene revealed a total of five individuals conspired to commit the armed robbery and they were all arrested on the listed charges. Antonio Valdez(19), Angelina Solorio(18) and Gilberto Venegas(18) were booked into county jail on the various listed charges. Two juveniles involved in the robbery were lodged into Juvenile Hall. Two handguns and stolen property were recovered. 

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

Negligent Discharge of a Firearm

Release Date/Time: 10/2/2018 9:28 AM
Incident:Negligent Discharge of a Firearm
Date: Tuesday, 10/2/2018
Time: 1:45 Hrs  Market St. at 2nd/Chinatown
Salinas PD was advised by Soledad PD they had arrested Victor Manuel Rico (37) for possession of a firearm in their jurisdiction. During their investigation it was revealed Rico had discharged the handgun in Salinas at two separate locations earlier. The first location was at E. Market St and 2nd Ave. The second location was determined to be in the area of China Town at approximately 01:45 Hrs. Rico allegedly discharged the firearm into the ground. Salinas PD officers had responded to both areas after two ShotSpotter activations but they were unable to locate any evidence. The first one at 8:24 pm on Monday night in the area of E. Market St. and 2nd Ave. The second ShotSpotter activation at approximately 01:45 am this morning in the Chinatown area. SPD case will be forwarded to the District Attorney's office for a warrant request. Rico was booked by Soledad PD on their case.

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

Residential Burglary

Release Date/Time: 10/2/2018 9:04 AM
Incident:Residential Burglary
Date: Monday 10/1/2018
Time: 21:09 Hrs.
Location:200 block of E. San Luis St.

Officers responded to the 200 block of E. San Luis St. regarding an in progress residential burglary.   Prior to officer's arriving on scene, it was reported that a resident was detaining one of the burglars outside of the residence.  Officers contacted the reporting party who was detaining a male juvenile after he was caught burglarizing his neighbor's residence.   The reporting party said he heard a loud sound coming from the neighbor's residence and thought it was suspicious being that his neighbor was not home.  When he walked towards the residence, he observed the juvenile  climbing out his neighbor's window with property in his hands.  Two other juveniles ran from the scene prior to police arrival but were later contacted and also arrested for participating in the burglary.  All three juvenile suspects were booked at Juvenile Hall.  Property from the burglary was recovered.

Release Authorized by: Miguel Cabrera
Telephone: 831 578-7289

Armed Robbery, Conspiracy, Possession of Concealed Firearm

Release Date/Time: 10/2/2018 8:42 AM
Incident: Armed Robbery, Conspiracy, Possession of a Concealed Firearm
Date: Monday 10/1/2018
Time: 20:52 Hrs
Location: 1395 Nogal Dr. Natividad Creek Park

Officers responded to Natividad Creek Park regarding an armed robbery that occurred in the park. Officers contacted two victims who reported that they were confronted by two male suspects who brandished a handgun at them. One victim was robbed of his wallet. During an area check, a vehicle matching the description provided by a witness drove by the park with two occupants . Officers were able to catch up to the vehicle and conduct an enforcement stop on Las Casitas Dr. Contacted in the suspect vehicle was the driver, Hector Barron (23) and a passenger identified as Christian Garcia (23). While a high-risk stop was being conducted, Barron admitted that he had a handgun in his pocket. A loaded .38 caliber revolver was recovered. Both were positively identified as the robbery suspects and were later booked at county jail for armed robbery, conspiracy and possession of the firearm charges.

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

Coffee with a Cop!

Release Date/Time: 10/1/2018 1:22 PM
Incident: Coffee with a Cop!
Date: Monday, 10/1/2018
Time: 1:22 PM
Location: 515 Work Street (Starbucks)

Have Coffee with a Cop this Wednesday October 3 at Starbucks 515 Work St. from 3 to 6 pm Once again, Starbucks would like to support Salinas PD by hosting a special Coffee with a Cop for their National Coffee Day celebration. Come by, meet with officers who will be able answer questions you may have. You can also say hello to our mascot Buddy who will be attending the event. Hope to see you there!

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

Hit and Run Accident with Injuries/ Unlicensed Driver

Release Date/Time: 10/1/2018 9:49 AM
Incident:Hit and Run Accident with Injuries
Date: Monday, 10/1/2018
Time: 9:49 AM
Location:Market St. at Carr Ave.

Officers responded to Market St. and Carr Ave. regarding a hit and run injury accident. It was reported that witnesses were following the suspect vehicle which subsequently collided with a parked vehicle at Parkway and Eucalyptus Dr. Once Officers arrived, they contacted the driver who was identified as Florencio Maldonado (44) who exhibited obvious signs of intoxication. Maldonado was also unlicensed. Maldonado was arrested and found to be under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol content of more than twice the legal limit. Injures to passengers in the first involved vehicle consisted of complaints of pain to neck and back. Maldonado was booked at County Jail on the listed charges.

Release Authorized by: Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:831 &58-7289

Prostitution Operation

Release Date/Time: 9/29/2018 7:52 PM
Date: Saturday, 9/29/2018
Time: 7:52 PM

Release Authorized by:

On 9-28-18, VSU Task Force, Patrol, HSI and USMS conducted a prostitution operation in the area of Kern Street. Several citizens had been calling and complaining about increased traffic, debris and prostitutes in their neighborhood. In an effort to resolve the issues for the neighbors and help eliminate potential victims of human trafficking, VSU conducted operations using decoys.

Thirteen males were cited and released for soliciting prostitution from the decoys. The following subjects were arrested and cited:

Damien Perez 44

Omar Ramirez 37

Daniel Morales 28

Inocencio Matias-Cruz 25

Ramiro Santiago 31

Cervantes Gonzalez Jr. 24

Hector Ortiz 37

Osualdo Bernal 27

Regelio Jarquin Perez 36

Leonardo Oliver Aguilar 29

Marcial Tienda-Castro 25

Friedrich H. Beliunas 25

Daniel Flores 25

Gang Member possessing concealed loaded firearm and resisting arrest

Release Date/Time: 9/29/2018 4:41 PM
Incident: 25400(c)(3) PC, 25400(a)(3) PC, 25400(a)(2) PC, 25850 (a) PC, 25850(c)(6) PC, 186.22 (a) PC, 148(a)(1) PC
Date: Saturday, 9/29/2018
Time: 4:41 PM
Location: Central and West

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

Salinas Police stopped a car for running a stop sign at Central Ave and West St. As soon as the car came to a stop the right front passenger, Guillermo Reyes 20, got out of the car and ran westbound on Central Ave. In the 300 block of Central Ave Reyes threw a .357 ca Smith & Wesson revolver and stopped running. Reyes was taken into custody and the gun was recovered.

Reyes was booked into Monterey County Jail on multiple gang and gun charges.

Statistics on the Summer Deployments From The Violence Suppression Unit

Release Date/Time: 9/28/2018 4:47 PM
Incident: Statistics on the Summer Deployments From The Violence Suppression Unit
Date: Friday, 9/28/2018
Time: 4:47 PM
Location: 222 Lincoln Ave

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Brian Johnson

The Violence Suppression Unit's Summer Deployment statistics were released during the press conference today.  The press conference also revealed the newly formed Violence Suppression Task Force. You may watch the press conference on the Salinas Police Department's Facebook page at  

Surveillances 87

Methamphetamine ¾ of a pound

Heroin over ¾ or a pound

Cocaine 80 grams

Marijuana 107 pounds

Concentrated cannabis 1.6 gallons

Asset Forfeiture $34,249

Searches 353

Arrests 127

Firearms 18

Oath of Office Ceremony

Release Date/Time: 9/27/2018 10:20 AM
Incident:Oath of Office Ceremony
Date: Thursday, 9/27/2018
Time: 10:20 AM
Location:100 Howard Street Salinas Armory Hall (PAL Building)

Please join us as we celebrate the promotion of Commander Matt Maldonado, Sgt. Mike Batchelor and Sgt. Albert Duran. We also officially welcome Salinas Police Department's newest officers Shivdev Dhillon, Abel Gomez and Alex Zamora. The ceremony will take place on Friday September 28th at 10:00 am at the Salinas Armory Hall (PAL Building) 100 Howard Street.

Public is invited to attend.

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


Question of the Day

Does the law say what kind of noise can be made at different times and in different places?
The Salinas Municipal Code  contains noise ordinances that regulate certain kinds of noise.

Generally, noise is divided into four "classes".

• Class A Noise is defined as noise created by equipment operated in the public interest or for emergency or safety purposes. Such equipment includes sirens, street sweepers, garbage trucks, chipper machines, etc. Class A noise is allowed at anytime.

• Class B Noise is defined as noise...

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