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Release Date/Time: 4/17/2015 9:52 AM

Incident: Hit and Run with Injury

Report #: 15-040773

Date: Thursday, 4/16/2015

Time: 9:10 PM

Location: E. Laurel & St. Edwards

A Salinas Police Officer on routine patrol was driving on E. Laurel Drive near St. Edwards when he came upon a pedestrian in the roadway surrounded by passing motorists. The victim, a 22-year-old Hispanic Male, was in the #2 eastbound lane and had been walking northbound trying to cross E. Laurel. Witnesses told the officer that the victim was struck by a Jeep Cherokee, which continued eastbound. The victim was transported to Natividad Medical Center Truama Unit where it was learned he had bleeding to his brain, a broken left leg, and a collapsed lung. He is currently in the Intensive Care Unit in serious but stable condition.

About half an hour later, the Cherokee returned to the scene and the driver contacted officers. The 39-year-old Hispanic driver said he was driving on E. Laurel when he noticed in his rear view mirror that several vehicles were stopping. He said he was unaware he struck the victim until arriving home and noticing his right front headlight was broken. Overall the Jeep sustained minor damage. The driver said his wife has a heart condition, so he had to calm her down before returning to the collision scene. He did not appear to be under the influence, was valid to drive, had insurance, and voluntarily gave a blood sample. His vehicle was impounded for evidence. This case will be forwarded to Traffic Unit for additional follow up. The Traffic Unit will examine the case to determine if there is sufficient evidence to warrant an arrest of the driver.

Release Authorized by: Gerard D Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7975

Update on fatal traffic collision

Release Date/Time: 4/17/2015 8:30 AM

Incident: Update on fatal traffic collision

Report #: 15-031369

Date: Friday, 4/17/2015

Time: 8:09 AM

Location: East Market Street and Kern Street

On March 26th at about 1409 hours, Rogelio Vasquez, 33, was riding his bicycle eastbound on East Market Street just east of Kern Street. He was riding on the south sidewalk when Anthony Martinez made a right turn in front of Vasquez into the driveway of the Shell gas station . Vasquez went down to the pavement and was run over by the rear tires of the truck. He sustained major internal injuries and died from the collision.

The investigation showed that Vasquez, the bicyclist, had a high level of methamphetamine in his system. His bicycle was examined and found to have no functioning brakes whatsoever. The bicycle had no damage from the collision showing that Vasquez was forced to lay the bike down to try and avoid the collision. He then slid underneath the truck where he was run over. The Salinas Police Department Traffic Unit found Vasquez most responsible for the collision for driving under the influence of methamphetamine and not having functioning brakes on the bicycle. The traffic officers did not feel there was sufficient culpability on the part of Martinez to request criminal charges.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder - Stabbing

Release Date/Time: 4/17/2015 12:24 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder - Stabbing

Report #: 15-040775

Date: Thursday, 4/16/2015

Time: 9:55 PM

Location: 110 Salinas St. - Transit Center

Officers were called to the transit center at 110 Salinas St. for a report of a stabbing victim.  They found a 32 year old male with multiple stab wounds on his back. The victim stated he had been stabbed in the Chinatown area and did not provide any additional details. He was transported to the hospital for treatment. At this time, it does not appear his injuries are life-threatening. There is no further suspect or location information at this time.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Suspicious Circumstance - Potential Scam Notification

The City of Salinas Permit Center personnel has received a couple of complaints regarding a suspicious person claiming to be an inspector with the City of Salinas and/or the County of Monterey.  There is a possibility that this may be an attempt at some sort of scam or to gain entry into a residence.  The City of Salinas Inspectors drive vehicles with the City Logo and have City of Salinas Identification.  If you are unsure if the individual is legitimate call the Salinas City Permit Center @ 758-7251 and/or the Salinas Police Department.

Shooting at Occupied Vehicle and Traffic Accident

Release Date/Time: 4/16/2015 12:28 AM

Incident: Shooting at Occupied Vehicle and Traffic Accident

Report #: 15-040716

Date: Thursday, 4/16/2015

Time: 10:19 PM

Location: E. Boronda & McKinnon St.

A 30 year old male was stopped for the red light at the intersection of E. Boronda Rd. and McKinnon St. A green Honda Accord stopped next to him in the left turn lane. He noticed the vehicle was occupied by four males who were flashing gang signs in his direction. The driver of the Honda pointed a firearm at the victim and fired several shots. The victim sped away on E.Boronda towards Natividad with his two young children in the back seat. The suspect vehicle chased the victims, which continued onto southbound Natividad Rd. at speeds as high as 75-85 mph.  The victim lost control on Sherwood Dr. near Cherry St. and his vehicle rolled onto its side.  Fortunately, no one was injured.  The suspects were nowhere to be found and it appears the victim vehicle was not hit with gunfire. There was no indication the victim was in any way involved with gangs and appears to be a case of mistaken identy.  There is no further information on the suspects or their vehicle.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Police Officer Application Deadline Extension

Release Date/Time: 4/15/2015 11:03 AM

Incident:  Police Officer Application Deadline Extension

Date: Wednesday, 4/15/2015

Time: 11:03 AM

Location:  200 Lincoln Ave. (City hall Rotunda)

Due to the very strong response to the current Salinas Police Department recruiting campaign, the Department is extending the application deadline from Friday April 30th to Thursday, May 21st at 5:00 pm. Potential candidates are strongly encouraged to attend the recruitment orientation session on Thursday April 16, 2015 at 6:00 pm in the City Hall Rotunda, 200 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas.

People with questions about Thursday's orientation session, or about recruitment in general, can contact Personnel and Training Sergeant John Murray at (831) 758-7164 or Human Resources Analyst Sylvia Enriquez at (831) 758-7259.

Release Authorized by:  Cdr. Dave Shaw

Telephone:  831-758-7271

DUI / Injury collision into building

Release Date/Time: 4/13/2015 8:42 AM

Incident: DUI / Injury collision into Roosevelt School

Report #: 15-040486

Date: Sunday, 4/12/2015

Time: 1:13 AM

Location: 120 Capitol St. (Roosevelt School)

Officers responded to a collision reported at Roosevelt Elementary School in which a vehicle crashed into the building. Officers arrived to find a 2015 Mustang had failed to stop for the westbound stop sign on Gabilan St. at Capitol St. The Mustang jumped the curb, went through the hedgerow and playground fence before striking one of the buildings. After colliding with the building the vehicle struck another fence and narrowly missed striking the gas main to the school. The vehicle was totaled and the driver was trapped inside. The driver, Andretty Ortiz (21) was unresponsive but breathing. Salinas Fire used their cutting tools to remove the vehicle's roof to extricate Ortiz. Based on the odor of alcohol emitting from Ortiz and his car, officers believed he was DUI. Ortiz was transported to the trauma center at Natividad Medical Center with a head injury. He is currently in ICU in critical condition. Just moments before this collision, Ortiz was involved in another crash at Alisal and Lincoln where he rear ended a vehicle and fled. This crash caused minor damage to the other vehicle. Ortiz was driving on a suspended license and has a prior conviction for Driving Under the Influence. The case will be forwarded to the Salinas Police Department Traffic Unit for additional investigation and then to the Monterey County District Attorney's Office. The Police Department will be requesting charges be filed for Driving Under the Influence, Hit and Run, and driving on a suspended license.

Release Authorized by: Gerard D Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7975

Police Officer Recruitment Orientation

Release Date/Time: 4/13/2015 8:40 AM

Incident:  Police Officer Recruitment Orientation

Date: Monday, 4/13/2015

Time: 8:40 AM

Location:  200 Lincoln Ave. (City hall Rotunda)

The Salinas Police Department, which is actively recruiting for entry-level police officer recruits, will hold a recruitment orientation session on Thursday April 16, 2015 at 6:00 pm in the City Hall Rotunda building, 200 Lincoln Avenue.

The police department is looking for several high quality candidates, preferably from Salinas or the surrounding region. The ability to speak more than one language is a strong plus.

Potential police officer candidates are invited to attend Thursday to learn about the application process from staff of the Police Department and the City of Salinas Human Resources Department. People with questions about Thursday's orientation session can contact Personnel and Training Sergeant John Murray at (831) 758-7164 or Human Resources Analyst Sylvia Enriquez at (831) 758-7259.

The current window to submit an application will close on Friday, April 30, 2015 at 5:00 pm.  

Release Authorized by:  Cdr. Dave Shaw

Telephone:  831-758-7271

Suicidal subject

Release Date/Time: 4/11/2015 4:44 PM

Incident: 5150

Date: Saturday, 4/11/2015

Time: 10:09 AM

Location: Greenbelt area of Sansome Drive

At about 1000 a citizen called in about a subject who saw a male walk across the greenbelt directly to an electrical tower and begin climbing. When officers arrived, the found a 47 year old male sitting on the crossbars about 3/4 the way up. Upon seeing the officer, he climber to the top and became very agitated yelling for police to shoot him.  PG&E, Salinas Fire, Salinas Police Hostage Negotiation Team adn Crisis Workers from Natividad Medical Center's Crisis Team all responded.  PG&E deactivated the powerline causing a temporary outage to the immediate area.  For the next 3 1/2 hours negotiators attempted to talk the man down, getting little to no responses from him.  Finaly, at aproxiamtely 1320 hours, the male complied with officers instructions to climb down.  Although a ladder had been positioned for the final portion of the decent, the subject chose to jump the last 12-15 feet from the tower.  when he landed his feet went out from under him causing him to fall onto his back, possibly causing a fractured tailbone.  He was taken intocustody wihout furthr indident and taken to Natividad Medical Center for evaluation by Mental Health Staff.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Reward: Up to $6,000 for Information on Food Bank Arsonist

Release Date/Time: 4/9/2015 12:15 PM

Incident: Reward: Up to $6,000 for Information on Food Bank Arsonist

Date: Thursday, 4/9/2015

Time: 12:55 PM

Location: Salinas

Release Authorized by: Spencer Critchley, Acting PIO

Telephone: (831) 998-3000

The Salinas Police Department and the anonymous crime tip service WeTip have posted a reward of up to $6,000 for information leading to the arrest of the Food Bank arsonist. The Police Department is offering $5,000 and WeTip is offering up to $1,000.

A March 21 fire at the Food Bank For Montery County disrupted a critically needed food supply relied upon by many of our neighbors, including children and seniors. Without the Food Bank, about 20 percent of the residents of Monterey County would face going hungry.

Anyone with information on the arson can share it anonymously by calling WeTip at 1-800-78-CRIME (1-800-782-7463). The service is open 24 hours a day and handles calls in English or Spanish.

A reward poster accompanies this release.


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