Press Releases

Victim of a Shooting

Release Date/Time: 2/28/2015 3:43 PM

Incident: Victim of a Shooting

Date: Saturday, 2/28/2015

Time: 10:44 AM

Location: 1000 block Sieber St.

Officers responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Garner and Orchard. As we responded, County Communications received information that there was a shooting victim.  Officers located a 65 year old female suffering from two non-life threatening gunshot wounds to the hip and arm. The investigation determined that she was not the intended victim, and had actually been standing inside her apartment when the shots were fired..  Witnesses stated it appeared a blue van drove by and the passenger opened fire at an unknown male who was standing outside, and nearby, the victim's apartment.  It is unknown at this time whether this case is gang related, investigation is continuing. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Wanted Subject


Felony Arrest Warrant

Adrian Cardenas (19) is wanted on a no bail felony arrest warrant.  If you have information on his whereabouts,  please call Detective Currier at the Salinas Police Department at 831-758-7125.  If you would like to remain anonymous, you can also call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222 or the We-Tip-Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.




Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 2/24/2015 9:44 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder

Report #: 15-021172

Date: Tuesday, 2/24/2015

Time: 8:37 PM

Location: 700 Block of Elkington Ave.

A 26 year old male was on his cell phone in the front yard of a residence in the 700-block of Elkington Ave. when a vehicle drove up.  The front passenger opened the door and fired a handgun at the victim, striking him the left arm.  The vehicle then fled northbound on Elkington. It was described as a charcoal gray Nissan four door with paper plates.  There is no further suspect information. The victim was taken to a local hospital and is expected to recover.

Release Authorized by: Commander Henry Gomez

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Suspect ID Needed in Theft and Child Endangerment Case

Release Date/Time: 2/23/2015 4:39 PM

Incident: Theft and Child Endangerment

Date: Monday, 2/23/2015

Time: 4:39 PM

Location: 1091 S. Main Street

On February 9, 2015 at about 3:30 pm, the vicitm was in the yogurt shop when he left his Samsung GalaxyS-5 cellphone on the table while paying for his food.  While he was away from the table the suspect walked by and stole the phone.  The suspect went outside and placed the phone in a 90's model Honda Accord.  The suspect came back into the yogurt shop and finished his food.  During the theft the suspect was carrying an approximately 2-3 year-old female child which he still held when he returned.  The suspect left the shop prior to surveillance video being reviewed.  The suspect is described as a hispanic male adult with a mustache; wearing a black t-shirt, black shorts, white socks and sandals.  When he returned he was wearing a blue ballcap and sunglasses.  The Salinas Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in identifying the suspect.  Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact Officer Guadalupe Gonzalez at 831-758-7090.

Release Authorized by: Cdr. Dave Shaw

Telephone: 831-758-7271

Armed Robbery/Attempted Murder Suspect Identified **Wanted** Angel Perez



ANGEL PEREZ (20) Hispanic Male adult--approx 6' tall 180 lbs.  black hair brown eyes;

The Salinas Police Department is looking for Angel Perez (20) for armed robbery and attempted murder for his involvement in robbing two Salinas businesses on Tuesday February 17th.   While committing one of the robberies Perez fired his handgun at the clerk.  As a result of investigative leads obtained by officers at the scene, Perez was positively identified as the suspect in both cases.  Angel Perez has a distinctive tattoo on his neck of the letters 'Deimi.”  Perez also has a serious leg injury sustained while fleeing from the scene of the mentioned armed robberies.   Angel Perez should be considered armed and dangerous.  The Public is encouraged to call 911 if Perez is spotted. 

Below is the original press release issued prior to obtaining a positive identification on suspect Angel Perez:

Release Date/Time: 2/17/2015 1:46 PM

Incident: Armed Robbery / Attempted Armed Robbery Business - Attempted Murder - Shooting

Report #: 15-020796 and 15-020800

Date: Tuesday, 2/17/2015

Time: 8:13 AM

Location: 8 Williams Road - Star 1 Gas & El Kiosko

A Hispanic Male, late 20's, wearing black hooded jacket and a bandana covering his face and blue jeans entered the businesses with a chrome colored handgun.  There are two businesses at this location.  The suspect entered and robbed the clerk from the gas station and after obtaining an undetermined amount of money confronted the clerk at the taqueria.  The 33 year old male victim (clerk) at the taqueria was preparing food at the time.  The suspect demanded that he opened the register.  Unable to do so, it appears that the suspect intentionally fired one round at the victim striking him on the top of his head.  The victim was treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound at a local hospital.  It is possible that a witness to the robbery chased the suspect and possibly struck him with his vehicle.  The suspect may have been injured as a result and may be limping.  If you have any information regarding this case please contact Officer Jacky Bohn at 831-758-7161 or 831-775-4201 extension 6405.





Release Date/Time: 2/21/2015 10:21 PM

Incident: Shooting

Report #: 15-021030

Date: Saturday, 2/21/2015

Time: 9:27 PM

Location: Gardenia / Lupin

A 33 year old male was in front of a residence when he was approached by two Hispanic males in their 20's. The suspects asked his gang affiliation and a fight ensued. The suspect pulled a handgun and fired, striking the victim in the lower extremities. He was taken to a local trauma center with survivable injuries. The primary suspect is described as 6'-0", 280 lbs wearing a red hooded sweatshirt. The other suspect is described as 6'-3", large build wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. The suspects may have fled in an unknown make/color pick-up truck. The Salinas Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in identifying these suspects. Anyone with information is urged to call the Watch Commander at 758-7250 or the anonymous tip line, 775-4222.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Att Murder

Release Date/Time: 2/19/2015 2:42 PM

Incident: ATT Murder

Date: Thursday, 2/19/2015

Time: 12:08 AM

Location: 600 Blk of Roosevelt St

Two men were sitting in a vehicle in the driveway of a residence in the 600 blk of Roosevelt St.  One of the subjects went to use the phone while the other went into a nearby residence.  One of them was in front of the complex when an unknown suspect shot at him several times, he was able to run a short distance before collapsing.  The other male, having heard the shots, came out and found his friend suffering from gunshot wounds to the leg.  The victim was transferred to NMC where he underwent surgery but is expected to survive. A mid-size SUV, similar to a Jeep Cherokee, was seen fleeing the area around the time of the shooting.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Cdr

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Salinas PAL - San Francisco Giants World Series Trophy Tour

Release Date/Time: 2/18/2015 7:33 PM


Date: Wednesday, 2/18/2015

Time: 7:33 PM

Location: 100 Howard Street (Salinas PAL Youth Center)

Release Authorized by: Officer Angel Gonzalez

Telephone: (831) 970-7874

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                   CONTACT:    Officer Angel Gonzalez / [email protected]

February 18, 2015                                                                  831-970-7874


***Media Advisory***

Invitation to Cover



San Francisco Giants World Championship Trophy Tour presented by Bank of America

 visits Salinas PAL this week on February 20, 2015


Who: 2014, 2012 & 2010 Major League Baseball's Commissioner's Trophies, crafted by Tiffany & Co.


What/Why:         The San Francisco Giants World Championship Trophy Tour presented by Bank of America will continue its three-month public tour in Salinas this February 20th.  Fans will have the opportunity to have their photo taken with the trophies and to support their local Junior Giants Baseball League by making a contribution to view the trophy. 


This will be the third public trophy tour held in the past three years.  The focus of the San Francisco World Championship Trophy Tour presented by Bank of America is to share Major League Baseball's Commissioner's trophies, crafted by Tiffany & Co., with Giants fans in Junior Giants communities throughout northern California.


Junior Giants is the flagship program of the Giants Community Fund, which serves more than 20,000 boys and girls in over 80 underserved communities throughout northern and central California and southern Oregon.  It is a free and non-competitive baseball program that has served as a model for MLB youth initiatives.  Using baseball as the hook, Junior Giants provides opportunities for children to demonstrate confidence and leadership, to link with adult mentors and to develop a strong understanding of the importance of literacy and healthy living.  Locally, Salinas PAL has been running the Junior Giants program for 22 years and serves over 800 participants annually that would not normally have the opportunity or means to play baseball.


Salinas PAL has been providing FREE programs for children in our community since 1991 and is working to expand programs with the opening of our Salinas PAL Youth Center.  Our organization depends on the generous donations from the community and will be accepting donations at the trophy viewing.  Donations collected will help Salinas PAL continue our efforts, and keep kids off the streets and away from gangs and violence.


When/Where:   Friday, Feb. 20 - Salinas               

                                                      Salinas PAL Youth Center                            

                                                      100 Howard St. Salinas, CA 93901

                                                      5:00 – 7:00 p.m.                                      



Suspicious Circumstances

Release Date/Time: 2/18/2015 5:26 PM

Incident: Suspicious Circumstances

Report #: 15-020872

Date: Wednesday, 2/18/2015

Time: 9:49 AM

Location: North Salinas High School - 55 Kip Drive

Officers were dispatched North Salinas High School regarding a suspicious item that resembled a pipe bomb in the hallway.  Students were evacuated, a safety perimeter was established and the Monterey County Sheriff's bomb squad was requested.  The item was xrayed and found to be empty.  No indication of criminal intent.  The entire investigation took approximately 2 hours.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Brandishing of a Possible Firearm

Release Date/Time: 2/18/2015 3:41 PM

Incident: Brandishing of a Possible Firearm

Report #: 15-021230

Date: Wednesday, 2/18/2015

Time: 12:31 PM

Location: Palma High School - 919 Iverson Drive

5 students were standing in the student parking lot when a black colored Chrysler 300 pulled up next to them.  The driver, a Hispanic male, mid 20's with a thin moustache yelled at the group.  The suspect removed what appeared to be a chrome semi-auto handgun from his waistband. He never pointed it directly at the students.  The students immediately ran away.  The suspect accelerated out of the parking lot and was last seen westbound on West Acacia Drive.  No students were injured and this appears to be an isolated incident.  The investigation continues.

Release Authorized by: Commander David Crabill

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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