Press Releases

Standoff-Suicidal Subject

Release Date/Time: 6/8/2015 10:06 PM

Incident: Standoff-Suicidal Subject

Report #: 15060459

Date: Monday, 6/8/2015

Time: 7:58 PM

Location: 2143 n. Main - Cemetery

Salinas Police received a call from the girlfriend of of a 24-year old male reporting that her boyfriend was in the cemetery behind a church and was suicidal. Officers arrived and found the man sitting in the cemetery with a 5" hunting knife to his throat. A crisis team member from Behavioral Health responded along with patrol. A patrol officer trained in crisis intervention (CIT) initiated contact and maintained negotiations with the man. After an hour, the man voluntarily put down the knife and surrendered without incident and no force was used. He was uninjured and taken to a local hospital for mental health evaluation. This indivdual forced a standoff in the exact same location on June  2, 2014 in which he held a knife to his throat and threatened suicide. In that incident, a 90-minute negotiation resulted in his voluntary surrender, as well.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Fatal Traffic collision update

Release Date/Time: 6/8/2015 3:21 PM

Incident: Fatal Traffic collision update

Report #: 15-060333

Date: Saturday, 6/6/2015

Time: 11:40 AM

Location: West Laurel Drive and Adams Street

At the listed date and time, Dean Nielsen, 32, was driving his Honda Shadow motorcylce e/b on West Laurel Drive approaching the traffic light at Adams Street. It appears that the light turned green just as Nielsen reached the intersection. As he continued through the intersection, a black Chevy Malibu, driven by Mary Gutierrez, 50, pulled out of the driveway of the Laurel Inn directly in front of Nielsen. Nielsen struck the Malibu broadside. He suffered major head and chest injuries and died on scene. Salinas Fire Paramedics attempted CPR on Nielsen to revive him but were unable to do so.

The cause of the collision is still under investigation.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Release Date/Time: 6/7/2015 7:16 PM

Incident: Assault

Report #: 15-060389

Date: Sunday, 6/7/2015

Time: 4:25 PM

Location: 506 e. Laurel-Little Cesars Pizza

A 50-year old male was in Little Cesars when a female and her adult son entered. The victim was concerned so he told the woman that she should not eat pizza because she was already overweight. This offended the woman and her son and an argument ensued. The woman went to her car and retrieved a crow bar but before she could assault the victim, her son commenced to punching him in the head multiple times. The suspects fled and the man was transported to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Assault with a deadly weapon, Assault on an officer causing injury, resisting arrest

Release Date/Time: 6/6/2015 4:40 PM

Incident: Assault with a deadly weapon, assault on an officer causing injury, resisting arrest

Date: Friday, 6/5/2015

Time: 7:14 PM

Location: N. Main St / Bernal Dr.

Officers were dispatched to N. Main St. north of Bernal Dr. for a male screaming, running into traffic and jumping on cars on N. Main. He was then reported to be trying to throw a woman (who turned out to be his mother) into traffic in front of cars. Initially, two officers responded and saw Jose Velasco, 28, slamming the female's body into the pavement of the northbound lane of N. Main Street while heavy traffic was passing by. The victim had also called in about her son running in traffic and at one point tried to grab him and pull him out of the roadway. As the officers tried to get Velasco off of his mother by pulling him away, Velasco began to violently resist and attacked the officers. At one point early in the fight, Velasco was able to grab hold of an officer's TASER while it was still in its holster on the officers body and tore it free.  Two TASER deployments were attempted on Velasco, neither having any effect on him.     Additional officers arrived and Velasco continued fighting. As other officers arrived on scene, Velasco continued to struggle and resist, eventually needing 5 officers and the use of batons to control and place him into handcuffs.  Velasco was subsequently transported to Natividad Medical Center for evaluation and treatment for injuries.  While in route to the hospital,  Velasco battered both a Salinas Police Officer and a Salinas Fire Paramedic by grabbing them through the rails on the gurney and attempting to bite them. Ultimately at the hospital  he had to be chemically restrained. Upon release from the hospital, Velasco was booked for several felony sections and parole violation.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Release Date/Time: 6/5/2015 10:51 PM

Incident: Shooting

Report #: 15-060317

Date: Friday, 6/5/2015

Time: 10:14 PM

Location: 100 Block of Orchard Ave

A 25-year old man was standing with relatives in front of a residence. A black mini van stopped and the passenger exited. The suspect yelled a gang related comment and opened fire. Over 15 rounds were fired and the victim was struck in the foot. He was transported to a local trauma center by family members with a non-life threatening injury. No one else was struck. The victim and his family don't appear to be gang members so the motive is unknown but based on the comments made by the suspect, the case is being investigated as gang related.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Bank Robbery

Release Date/Time: 6/5/2015 9:15 PM

Incident: Bank Robbery

Report #: 15060297

Date: Friday, 6/5/2015

Time: 1:22 PM

Location: Rabobank 301 Main

A lone Hispanic male in his mid-40's gave a bank teller a note that demanded money. He was given an undisclosed amount of cash and he walked away, Southbound on Main St. A witness later saw someone matching his description stripping off the black hat and sweatshirt he was wearing and dumping the items on the ground in front of a business on E. San Luis St. No weapon was used or seen and no employees were injured. Salinas Police officers are reviewing surveillance footage from the bank and nearby businesses in an effort to identify the suspect.

Release Authorized by: Stanley Cooper

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery - Business ***Arrest***

Release Date/Time: 6/3/2015 5:12 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery - Business ***Arrest***

Report #: 15-060208

Date: Wednesday, 6/3/2015

Time: 11:04 AM

Location: 1546 North Main Street - Safeway Pharmacy

A 13 year old Hispanic male juvenile, with no previous arrest history with the Salinas Police Department, entered the Safeway Store with the intent to rob the pharmacy.  Witnesses reported seeing the suspect wearing a black plastic paint ball style mask as he entered the store.  The suspect approached an employee at the counter and threatened that he was in possession of a firearm and at the same time demanded prescription medication from the pharmacy.  After receiving a small quantity of prescription medication the suspect fled the business.  Several witnesses called 911 to provide detailed information and a suspect description.  Based on that information, Officer Oscar Dydasco arrived in the area and immediately observed the suspect running eastbound on Harden Parkway away from the shopping center.  Officer Dydasco and a second officer took the suspect into custody without incident.  During a search, officers located a black colored semi-automatic replica firearm in the suspect's front waistband.  All of the property was recovered and returned to the pharmacy.  The suspect was booked into the Monterey County Juvenile Hall. 

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 6/2/2015 12:14 AM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Report #: 15-060088

Date: Monday, 6/1/2015

Time: 11:19 PM

Location: 20-Block of California St.

A 21 year old male was in his vehicle in the 20-block of California St. talking to a friend when a male approached.  He claimed to have a gun and demanded the victim's money.  When the victim stated he only had $20, the suspect sat down in the passenger's seat and grabbed the victim's wallet.  The suspect then had a short conversation with the victim before getting up to leave. As he exited, the suspect vomited and then walked southbound on California St. towards Market Way. He was described as a Hispanic male, 6'0" tall, 240 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes. He wore a gray hooded sweatshirt and black pants.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250


Release Date/Time: 5/30/2015 11:39 PM

Incident: Shooting

Report #: 15-051591

Date: Saturday, 5/30/2015

Time: 10:35 PM

Location: 1200 blk of Pacific Ave

A green Dodge Neon parked and the rear passenger exited. Without saying a word the suspect opened fire with a handgun at two brothers, ages 25 and 23. The younger brother was not hit but the 25-year old male was struck in the lower extremities. He was taken to a local trauma center with non-life threatening injuries. Just prior to the shooting, officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Williams Rd on the report of two males, 18-19 years old that were armed with a handgun. Witnesses said a green Dodge Neon and a white Lexus were involved. The suspects were gone prior to the arrival of the officers. This shooting is being investigated as gang related.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 5/30/2015 10:21 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Report #: 15-051587

Date: Saturday, 5/30/2015

Time: 8:13 PM

Location: 1562 N. Main-Subway Restaurant

Salinas Police are asking for the public's help in identifying and locating an armed robbery suspect that is depicted in these security camera photos. Tonight, this white male adult entered the Subway restaurant and ordered a sandwich. When it was time to pay, the suspect lifted his sweatshirt and displayed a handgun. He demanded money and was given an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect fled on foot and no employees were injured. This subject is believed to be responsible for multiple armed robberies over the last few months. Anyone with information regarding this person's identity or whereabouts is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department at 758-7250, the anonymous tip line or 9-1-1. He is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached or confronted by the public.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250





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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