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Officer Involved Shooting Update : Officers Names

Release Date/Time: 3/5/2019 1:55 PM
Incident:Officer Involved Shooting Update: Officers Names
Date: Tuesday, 3/5/2019
Time: 1:55 PM
Location:222 Lincoln Ave

Officer Involved Shooting Update: Names of Officers

On March 1, 2019, at approximately 10:45 am, Salinas Police officers were called to the 1000 block of E. Laurel Dr. on a report of a disturbance involving weapons. Officers arrived and contacted Brenda Rodriguez Mendoza (20) who had barricaded herself in a vehicle. She was the sole occupant in the vehicle. At 1:34 pm, officers were involved in an officer involved shooting. Mendoza was pronounced deceased at the scene.

As per established protocol, the Monterey County District Attorney's Office is conducting the officer involved shooting investigation.

Salinas PD Chief Adele Fresé has released the names of the officers involved:

Bryan McKinley 15-years law enforcement experience

Carlo Calupad 14-years law enforcement

Robert Miller 11-years law enforcement experience

Any questions or inquiries should be directed to the District Attorney's Office.

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

Officer Involved Shooting

Release Date/Time: 3/1/2019 8:51 PM
Incident: Officer Involved Shooting
Date: Friday, 3/1/2019
Time: 8:51 PM
Location: 1000 Blk of E. Laurel Dr.

On March 1, 2019, at approximately 10:45 am, Salinas Police officers were called to the 1000 blk of E. Laurel Dr. on the report of a disturbance involving weapons. Officers arrived and made contact with a 20 -year-old female who had barricaded herself in a vehicle. 
She was the sole occupant in the vehcile. At 1:34 pm, officers were involved in an officer involved shooting. The female suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene. No officers were injured.

As per established protocol, the Monterey County District Attorney's Office is conducting the officer involved shooting investigation. Any questions or inquiries should be made to the District Attorney's Office.

 

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant
Telephone: 831-758-7250

Sexual Battery Arrest

Release Date/Time: 2/28/2019 2:56 PM
Incident:Sexual Battery Arrest
Date: Thursday, 2/28/2019
Time: 2:56 PM
Location:743, S, Sanborn Rd

On February 28, 2019, Detectives from the Salinas Police Department's Investigations Bureau arrested Salvador Mondragon (44) for Sexual Battery after serving a search warrant at his place of business. An 18-year-old male victim contacted the police department stating Mondragon, the owner of Eagle Star Security, had committed sexual battery while Mondragon was 'training” him on searching techniques. Mondragon had the victim take off clothing to demonstrate the proper way to conduct a strip search. The victim stated while he was in his underwear, Mondragon groped him in a sexual manner. Mondragon was arrested by the Salinas Police Department for the same offense in 2014. He received a sentence of probation and must register as a sex offender.

Detectives are unsure if there are other potential victims of Mondragon. If someone has information regarding this case or any other actions of Mondragon, they are asked to contact Detective Kenny Schwener at (831) 758-7276 or at [email protected].

Release Authorized by:Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:758-7289

Warrant Arrest

Release Date/Time: 2/25/2019 3:44 PM
Incident:
Date: Monday, 2/25/2019
Time: 3:44 PM
Location:

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Warrant Arrest

On 2-10-19, MCSO investigated an assault with a deadly weapon that occurred at a residence in the county area off highway 68. An arrest warrant for Joziah Harris was issued on February 22nd. 2-25-19 Members of VSTF, SPD Patrol, State Parole and CHP located Harris in Marina where he was arrested. MCSO was notified and Harris was booked into the jail.

Release Date/Time: 2/25/2019 3:44 PM
Incident:
Date: Monday, 2/25/2019
Time: 3:44 PM
Location:Marina

Release Authorized by:Sgt. Lauricella
Telephone:831-758-7250

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 2/24/2019 1:57 AM
Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting
Date: Saturday, 2/23/2019
Time: 10:00 PM
Location: 100 Block of Gardenia Drive

At approximately 10:00 PM, officers responded to a ShotSpotter activation and calls from community members reporting shots fired on the 100 block of Gardenia Drive. Officers arriving on scene learned a 31-year-old shooting victim had been transported by car to a local hospital. The victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds and is being treated for potentially life-threatening injuries.

Detectives are currently on scene and investigating.

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.

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

Homicide Arrest

Release Date/Time: 2/23/2019 12:53 AM
Incident:Homicide Arrest
Date: Saturday, 2/23/2019
Time: 12:53 AM
Location:1200 Block of Grenada Ave.

At approximately 7:48 PM, officers responded to a report of shots fired in the area of Granada Avenue. Officers responded to the 1200 block of Grenada Avenue and located, 37-year-old Abdelwahed Rahali, with multiple gunshot wounds. Rahali was transported to a local hospital and was pronounced dead.

While officers were conducting the investigation and area check, a Community Service Officer (CSO) observed a suspicious 17-year-old male with a backpack walking in the area of Tampico Avenue and Rainer Drive. The CSO alerted Officers and directed their attention to the suspect and his suspicious activity. Officers contacted the suspect and found he was wearing similar clothing and matched the description of the shooting suspect. He was arrested and transported to the Salinas Police Department.

The investigation determined the 17-year-old was the suspect in the homicide. He booked into Juvenile Hall on charges of murder and possession of a concealed firearm.

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.

 

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

Operation Triple Beam Results in 197 Arrests

Release Date/Time: 2/21/2019 12:25 PM
Incident:Operation Triple Beam Results
Date: Started in October 15, 2018 ended February 15, 2019
Time: 
Location: City of Salinas

Operation Triple Beam Results in 197 Arrests

SALINAS, Ca – A large-scale, four-month-long gang enforcement operation named 'Operation Triple Beam” concluded Feb. 15 with the arrest of 197 fugitives, 94 of whom were gang members or associates.
Led by the U.S. Marshals Pacific Southwest Regional Fugitive Task Force, multiple federal, state and local law enforcement agencies concentrated their efforts and focus on known street gangs in Monterey County, particularly within the City of Salinas.
During Operation Triple Beam (OTB), which was conducted from October 2018 to February 2019, Salinas Police noted significant reduction in violent crime reports in comparison to the same months last year. Specifically noted were an 87.5 percent decrease in homicide incidents, a 46.6 percent decrease in drive-by-shootings, a 31.7 percent decrease in shootings overall, and a 66.6 percent decrease in armed robberies.
Since 2010, the U.S. Marshals Service has led more than 60 counter-gang operations which have yielded over 8,000 arrests and the seizure of more than 1,800 illegal firearms

Operation Triple Beam Salinas Highlights:

  • 197 Salinas PD Total Arrests - 137 USMS Total Arrests (Adopted Felonies)
  • 94 Gang members identified/Arrested
  • 80 Arrest Warrants Cleared
  • 14 Search Warrants Served
  • 224 Parole/Probation Searches of Gang members
  • 20 Sex Offenders Contacted/Compliance Checks
  • 28 Seized Firearms
  • $25,023 Illegal proceeds seized
  • Methamphetamine 702 grams seized
  • Heroin 243 grams seized
  • Cocaine 23 grams seized

Operation Triple Beam Salinas Participating Agencies

United States Marshals Service

Salinas Police Department / Salinas Police Department Violence Suppression Task Force

Federal Bureau of Investigations

Homeland Security Investigations

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Monterey County Probation

California Highway Patrol

Link to released images

https://www.flickr.com/gp/usmarshals/5W7S5L

Link to released video B-roll

https://www.dropbox.com/s/6hekuzbxfoy4z1d/B-roll%20OTB%20Salinas.mp4?dl=0

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

Operation Triple Beam Press Conference

Release Date/Time: 2/19/2019 8:44 AM
Incident:Operation Triple Beam Press Conference
Date: Thursday, 2/21/2019
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: Salinas City Hall Rotunda 200 Lincoln Ave.

Salinas Police Department Will Hold a Press Conference to Report on the Results of the Triple Beam Operation on February 21, 2019

Press conference is for credentialed press/media only.

A press conference will be held by Salinas Police Department at the Salinas City Hall Rotunda 200 Lincoln Ave. on Thursday February 21, 2019 at 11:00 am. Chief Fresé, SPD staff and law enforcement partners will present a report on the results of the Triple Beam Operation which took place from October 15, 2018 to February 15, 2019.

Triple Beam is a collaborative counter gang initiative that brings together federal, local and state law enforcement to focus on specific areas impacted by gang violence while targeting the most violent gang members and organizations.

Press/Media inquiries should be directed to Miguel Cabrera at (831)758-7289 or Sgt. Brian Johnson at (831) 758-7280

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

Shooting into dwelling, carry concealed firearm, gang member carry concealed firearm, conspiracy, felon in possession of a firearm

Release Date/Time: 2/18/2019 11:31 AM
Incident:Shooting into dwelling, carry concealed firearm, gang member carry concealed firearm, conspiracy, felon in possession of a firearm
Date: Sunday, 2/17/2019
Time: 2023 hours
Location: 600 Block of San Miguel Ave

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

At approximately 8:23 pm, officers from the Salinas Police Department were dispatched to a report of shots fired in the area of the 600 block of San Miguel Ave. When officers arrived, they located the crime scen,e where they found several bullet cases in the street and a house that had been struck by several bullets. A description of a vehicle that was seen and heard fleeing the area was given. Officers doing an area check for the vehicle located a car matching the description and conducted an investigative stop on it and the four occupants. During a search of the car, a loaded, concealed, firearm was located that matched the caliber of the bullet cases found at the scene of the shooting.

Two adults and two juveniles were arrested and booked. The adults were Jose Rafael Mireles 19 and Abraham Edward Vargas 18. The juveniles were 15 and 17 years old.

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