Press Releases

Armed Robbery, Conspiracy, Attempted Robbery

Release Date/Time: 1/22/2019 8:19 AM
Incident: Armed Robbery, Conspiracy, Attempted Robbery
Date: Friday, 1/18/2019
Time: 3:40 PM
Location:   900 bock Nantucket Blvd., 700 block of Elkington Ave.,1500 block of Constitution Blvd.

Eduardo Melgoza (18), Ivan Manriquez (23) and Andres Lopez (18) were all arrested after they went on a robbery spree starting behind the apartment complex located in the 900 block of Nantucket Blvd. At approximately 3:40 PM, Manriquez brandished a gun at two victims and took their personal property. At approximately 4 PM,  officers responded to an attempted robbery of a person in the parking lot of the shopping center located in the 1500 block of Constitution Blvd. The suspects were unsuccessful in this robbery attempt but officers received the suspect vehicle description that matched the description from the first robbery on Nantucket Blvd.

Approximately ten minutes later, they attempted to rob a pedestrian at gunpoint in the 700 block of Elkington, but when the victim bent over and armed himself with a rock, the suspects threatened to shoot him but fled without any property. They then went further down on Elkington Ave. where they robbed two victims of personal property. Investigating officers were able to obtain a license plate on the suspect vehicle and attempted to contact the registered owner in the  1200 block of  Rider Ave. After about 40 minutes after the robbery on Elkington the vehicle was located driving in the area of Rider Ave. with all 3 suspects aboard. Officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and detained the occupants. All three suspects were positively identified and were subsequently arrested. The stolen property from the robberies was recovered in the vehicle but the gun was not located..

 Manriquez, Melgoza and Lopez were booked into the Monterey County Jail on multiple counts of armed robbery and conspiracy.

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

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 1/16/2019 8:36 AM
Incident:Armed Robbery
Date: Monday, 1/14/2019
Time: 10:BAM
Location: 1240 N. Main St.

Officers responded to a past tense armed robbery at AD Recycling in the 1200 block of N. Main St. The victim/employee was accosted at gunpoint by the lone suspect who demanded the money from the cash box. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash , the suspect fled on foot towards Noice Dr. The suspect is described as a light complected Hispanic male, 20-25 years of age, 5'10"- 6'0" in height wearing a gray SF Giants hoodie type jacket, faded blue jeans and black and white athletic shoes. During the investigation officers were able to collect several surveillance camera images depicting the suspect. Salinas PD is asking for your help, if you recognize the suspect or have any information related to this case please contact Salinas PD at 831 758-7250. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at 831-775-4222

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

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 1/4/2019 12:05 PM
Incident: Attempted Murder
Date: Friday, 1/4/2019
Time: 12:05 PM
Location: 300 Block of Chardonnay Drive

Officers responded to the 300 block of Chardonnay Drive to calls of gun shots and a victim of a shooting. The victim was being transported by private vehicle to NMC for treatment. Officers responded to both NMC and the crime scene on Chardonnay Drive. Officers contacted a 25-year-old man at NMC with a single gunshot wound to his chest. The victim was uncooperative and would provide little to help identify who had shot him and why. Officers also received a call from SVMH regarding another victim of a shooting at the emergency room. Investigating officers contacted  21-year-old John Walther at SVMH who had multiple bullet wounds to his upper body. The investigation and evidence at the scene revealed Walther was involved in the shooting.

Additionally, officers responding to the shooting on Chardonnay stopped Miguel Medina (21), a parolee who was in the area. Medina had blood on his sweatshirt and further evidence revealed Medina was also involved in the shooting.

Investigators believed an exchange of gunfire took place between two groups on the 300 block of Chardonnay Drive resulting in the shooting of the 25-year-old victim, and 21-year-old John Walther.

John Walther's wounds were not life threatening and he was released from the hospital and ultimately booked into County Jail for his part in the shooting. Medina was also booked into County Jail for his role in the shooting.

The case is still under investigation and is being investigated as 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.

Release Authorized by:Cmdr. John C. Murray
Telephone: (831) 758-7350

 

Salinas Police Department Deputy Chief Dave Shaw to Retire

Release Date/Time: 12/17/2018 12:39 PM
Incident:Salinas Police Department Deputy Chief Dave Shaw to Retire
Date: Monday, 12/17/2018
Time: 12:39 PM
Location:222 Lincoln Ave.

Salinas Police Department Deputy Chief  Dave Shaw to Retire

After almost 32 years with the Salinas Police Department, Deputy Chief Dave Shaw is retiring on December 21, 2018. His final day working will be December 20, 2018. Dave was born and raised in Salinas. He attended and graduated from North Salinas High School and Hartnell College. He later attended Saint Mary's College of California and earned a BS degree in Management. Dave began as a reserve police officer with the Salinas Police Department in 1987 and was hired as a full-time police officer in 1988. When Dave was hired full-time, he and his father (Lieutenant Larry Shaw) became the first father and son to work for the Salinas Police Department at the same time.

During his time at the officer rank, Dave held several assignments to include Field Training Officer, Detective, Crime Scene Investigator and Hostage Negotiator. In 2003, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant. As a sergeant, he supervised the patrol unit, the investigations unit, the community services unit and the violence suppression unit, twice. In 2011, he was promoted to the rank of commander. As a commander, he managed the patrol division and the administration division. In 2016, he was promoted to Deputy Chief. As a deputy chief, he led the patrol division and the newly formed inspection unit.

Dave volunteered in the community with the California Rodeo Association, Salinas Airshow, Monterey County Domestic Violence Council and 2nd Chance Youth and Family Services. After a rewarding career he looks forward to spending more time with his wife of 30 years, sons and granddaughters.

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

Child Molest Arrest

Release Date/Time: 12/13/2018 5:37 PM
Incident: Child Molest Arrest
Date: Thursday, 12/13/2018
Time: 5:37 PM
Location: Salinas Police Department

On December 10, 2018, Salinas Police officers were called by the mother of a 13-year-old girl regarding inappropriate text messages she had found on her daughter's electronic devices. The messages were between the victim and her softball coach, Madison Nott-Perez, age 20. During the softball season, in which the victim was a member of the Aldrete Softball Academy12u club team, the victim's parents believed the relationship between the victim and Nott-Perez bordered on inappropriate. Because of this feeling, they took away the victim's electronic devices as a precaution. After the season concluded, with the team pizza party being the last team event, the parents looked through those devices, prior to returning them to the victim. It was at that time they found conversations that were inappropriate and decided to call the police.

Further investigation by detectives revealed Nott-Perez inappropriately touched the victim during the 2018 Fall softball season, August through October. The sexually inappropriate contact with the victim would occur when Nott-Perez would meet with the victim after practice or after team building events. When the victim had her phone taken away, Nott-Perez gave her another, so she would be able to contact the victim without the parent's knowledge.

Based on the investigation, Nott-Perez came to the police station and was arrested without incident. Nott-Perez was transported to Monterey County Jail and booked for several counts of Lewd Act with a Child, Contact or Communication with a Minor to Commit an Offense and Kidnapping (transporting victim under 14 years of age for the purpose of committing a crime).

Nott-Perez has been a softball coach for the Aldrete Softball Academy and, possibly, other organizations in the area. The Salinas Police Department is looking for any persons with information regarding this case or any other inappropriate activity that may have taken place with Perez. Please contact Salinas Police Detective Yolanda Rocha at (831) 758-7124 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

Bomb Threats

Release Date/Time: 12/13/2018 3:14 PM
Incident: Bomb Threats 
Date: Thursday, 12/13/2018
Time: 3:14 PM
Location:1465 N Davis and 1701 Independence Blvd

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

The Salinas Police Department responded to two separate bomb threats today. The first was at 11:30 am at the Sylvan Learning Center located at 1465 N. Davis Road. The second was at 11:41 am at 1701 Independence Blvd. the offices of the Creekbridge Apartments. Each of these threats were received via email and are believed to a part of the nationwide events that have been occurring today. Officers responded to both locations and found no evidence that the threats are credible.

Salinas Residents Charged with Murders and Racketeering Crimes in Salinas Gang Case

Release Date/Time: 12/13/2018 10:28 AM
Incident:Salinas Residents Charged with Murders and Racketeering Crimes in Salinas Gang Case
Date: Thursday, 12/13/2018
Time: 10:28 AM
Location:222 Lincoln Ave.

A federal grand jury in San Jose, Ca. returned murder charges against Anthony Valdez aka 'Hitter,” aka 'Tony Boronda,” and Kristopher Purcell, aka 'K-Dawg,”. The indictment supplements charges brought October 11, 2018, against Purcell. According to the indictment, Valdez, 21, and Purcell, 20, both of Salinas, Ca. are Norteño gang members and members of the Boronda Boys street gang. Valdez and Purcell, along with other Boronda Boys street gang members and associates, are accused of hunting and killing rival gang members, gang dropouts, and others who violated gang rules.

In this case, Valdez and others are alleged to have murdered Felix Alonso Francisco (43) on North Hebbron Avenue in Salinas on November 3, 2018. Purcell is alleged to have murdered a victim on Fremont Street in Salinas on February 11, 2017. Purcell remains charged with attempting to murder two victims on Orchard Avenue in Salinas the next day, February 12, 2017.

Both suspects are facing multiple racketeering related charges; racketeering conspiracy, conspiracy to murder in aid of racketeering, murder in aid of racketeering, use of a firearm causing murder, attempted murder in aid of racketeering, assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, use of a firearm during and in relation to, or possession in furtherance of a crime of violence.

If convicted of murder in aid of racketeering, the defendants would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison or death. The remaining charges carry separate penalties. Valdez was arrested and made an initial appearance in federal court on December 11, 2018. He is scheduled to make his next appearance on December 27, 2018.

The prosecution of this case is the result of an investigation conducted by the Salinas Police Department in partnership with the FBI.

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

Transportation and Sales of Narcotics, Possession of Narcotics for Sale

Release Date/Time: 12/10/2018 4:08 PM
Incident: Transportation and Sales of Narcotics, Possession of Narcotics for Sale
Date: Monday, 12/10/2018
Time: 4:08 PM
Location: 100 blk of Harden Parkway and City of Soledad

On December 8, 2018, at approximately 8:40 pm, detectives from the Salinas Police Department's Investigations Bureau culminated a lengthy investigation into narcotics trafficking within the City of Salinas. With the assistance of the FBI, DEA, and the Soledad Police Department, a traffic stop was conducted on northbound US 101, near the city of Soledad. During the stop, the Soledad Police Department's K-9, who is specially trained in the detection of narcotics, alerted a portion of the vehicle. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, two large packages, tightly wrapped in cellophane, were seized from a hidden location in the vehicle. The driver, and sole occupant, 29-year-old Hector Uribe was arrested without incident. The vehicle, suspected narcotics and Uribe were all transported to Salinas for further investigation.

Detectives authored and served a search warrant for Uribe's residence in the 100 block of Harden Parkway in Salinas. With the assistance of Salinas Police Patrol officers, the warrant was executed, and additional evidence was seized.

At the Salinas Police Department, the two packages of narcotics were weighed and tested. Each package weighed 2.5 pounds (5 lbs. total) and tested positive for cocaine. Also seized was $5000 in cash and several cellular phones.

Uribe was booked into Monterey County Jail for Unlawful Transportation and Sales of Narcotics and Possession of Narcotics for Sale.

 

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant
Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 12/9/2018 4:05 PM
Incident: Attempted Murder
Date: Saturday 12/8/2018
Time: 9:45 PM
Location: Granada Avenue and Tampico Avenue

Release Authorized by: Jim Arensdorf
Telephone: (831)758-7250

On Saturday, 12/8/18 at approximately 9:45 pm Salinas Police responded to a ShotSpotter activation in the area of Granada Ave. and Tampico Ave. Officers located shell casings indicating shots had been fired, however a victim could not be located. Approximately 30 minutes later officers responded the 1200 block of Granada Ave. to a call from a mother who reported her son had retunrnded home with a gunshot wound. The 29 year old victim suffered non life threatening injuries, and was transported to a local hospital in stable condition. The victim was uncooperative, and refused to provide any information to officers.

This is an ongoing investigation and the Salinas Police Department is asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or who may have information regarding the incident call the Salinas Police Deprtment at 831-758-7226. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222.

 

Salinas Police Department Participates in Fantasy Flight 2018

Release Date/Time: 12/6/2018 1:23 PM
Incident:Salinas Police Department Participates in Fantasy Flight 2018
Date: Saturday 12/8/2018

Salinas Police Department Participates in Fantasy Flight 2018

Salinas Police Department will participate in Fantasy Flight 2018 sponsored by the Cops Care Cancer Foundation this coming Saturday December 8 in San Jose, Ca. Salinas PD will be providing a police escort to two Salinas families selected by the foundation to be part of this year's special event, which will take place at San Jose PD's hangar at San Jose Airport. The local families have children ages 7 and 13 who will be two of the many special guests.

Although Fantasy Flight has been around for years this is the first year Salinas PD is involved and we hope to support this worthy cause yearly. For more information on Fantasy Flight for next year's event, you can call 408 313-6877.

What is Fantasy Flight?

Fantasy Flight is an event for any child that is battling cancer or any other life-threatening illness. The entire family is invited to join as the kids enjoy this Christmas themed carnival. Guests will get to meet with local police officers, police dogs, fire fighters, and special guests. While the kids await Santa's arrival via police helicopter, there will be a chance for them to win prizes at the carnival themed festivities. There will be food (BBQ Burgers & dogs), treats, drinks, jumper houses face painters, music and a photo booth.

Who can attend Fantasy Flight?

Any child stricken with cancer or who has any life-threatening illness or condition who are under the age of 18 may attend. (Transplant patients are also welcome.) Each child may bring all of their brothers and sisters as well as their parents and grandparents. Every child (Including the brothers and sisters under the age of 18) will receive o gift from Santa Claus.

*Patients must be currently receiving treatment to be eligible to attend Fantasy Flight*

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

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