Press Releases

ShotSpotter Activation with Arrest

Release Date/Time: 10/15/2018 11:47 AM
Incident:ShotSpotter Activation with Arrest
Date: Sunday, 10/14/2018
Time: 4:50AM
Location:200 block Sun Way

Officers responded to a ShotSpotter activation in the 200 block of Sun Way. When they arrived, they contacted Jose Gonzalez (25) who was attempting to hide behind a truck in the parking lot. Gonzalez was promptly detained. During their investigation, officers were able to determine Gonzalez had in fact fired a gunshot from a firearm, which activated ShotSpotter. A check of the area where Gonzalez was standing near the parked truck revealed a loaded Glock 27 handgun, two boxes of ammunition, multiple bindles of heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana all packaged for sales. Gonzalez was arrested and booked into County Jail on a variety of firearm and drug related charges.


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

Fatal Vehicle Vs. Pedestrian Collision

Release Date/Time: 10/11/2018 8:10 AM
Incident:Fatal Vehicle Vs. Pedestrian Collision
Date: Wednesday 10/10/2018
Time: 7:44 pm
Location:W. Alisal St and N. Main St.

Officers responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian collision at Main St. and W. Alisal St.. Officers located an injured pedestrian laying in the roadway. CPR was initiated immediately, the adult female was transported to Natividad Medical Center but died as a result of her injuries in the collision. The initial investigation revealed, the driver, was traveling eastbound on W. Alisal at approximately 25mph when the driver struck the pedestrian who was in the intersection. The driver remained on scene and is cooperating with police. Witnesses were contacted on scene and provided statements. It appears the  driver had a green light as the vehicle drove through the intersection. Motor Unit officers responded and assisted in the investigation. It does not appear alcohol or drugs were a factor. The pedestrian's identity is pending notification of next of kin. The investigation  by Motor Unit officers is on going.

Anyone with information on this incident 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: Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:831 758-7289

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 10/10/2018 8:39 AM
Incident:Attempted Murder
Date: Wednesday, 10/10/2018
Time: 1:43 AM
Location:Sharon Dr. and Fairview Ave

Officers responded to a ShotSpotter activation at 1:43am, from three shots fired in the area of Sharon Dr and Fairview Ave., they did not locate any victims. Approximately fifteen minutes later a female victim arrived at Natividad Medical Center with a gunshot wound to her buttock. The victim is three months pregnant. The injuries are not life threatening and the victim is expected to recover.The victim and a male companion had been sitting in a vehicle parked in the area of the ShotSpotter activation when a vehicle drove by and for no apparent reason shot at the victim vehicle several times striking the female victim who was sitting in the back seat. The victims drove to the hospital for treatment.

The victims were not able to provide a description of the suspect or vehicle which fled northbound on Sharon Dr. Three bullet holes were located in the left rear door area of the victim vehicle. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Salinas PD at 831 758-7321. If you wish to remain anonymous you can call our Tip Line at 831 775-4222

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

Salinas PD Joins the Pink Patch Project

Release Date/Time: 10/9/2018 9:04 AM
Incident:Salinas PD Joins the Pink Patch Project
Date: Tuesday, 10/9/2018
Time: 9:04 AM
Location:City of Salinas

Salinas PD is now part of the Pink Patch Project which is a public awareness campaign designed to bring attention to the fight against breast cancer and to support breast cancer research organizations in combating this devastating disease.

In addition to public education efforts, the Pink Patch Project has the added goal of raising funds from the sale of Pink Parch Project items that go directly to fund the research and education to help find a cure.

The program centers on vibrant pink versions of the public safety officer's uniform patch. These bright pink patches have been especially designed by each of the participating agencies like Salinas Police Department where officers have been authorized to wear the pink patches since October 1st and they will be worn on their regular uniforms for the entire month of October each year during 'Breast Cancer Awareness Month”.

You can support the Pink Patch Project by purchasing Pink Patches at the Salinas Police Department for $10 each. All proceeds go directly to the American Cancer Society. For more information, call SPD administration at (831)758-7286. Join the fight against breast cancer by supporting the Pink Patch Project.

For more information on the Pink Patch Project, visit the following link.

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

Search Warrant

Release Date/Time: 10/8/2018 2:33 PM
Date: Monday, 10/8/2018
Time: 2:33 PM

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On today's date members of the Violence Suppression Unit Task Force, Patrol officers and State Parole served a search warrant in the 1800 Block of Cherokee Drive. The search warrant was follow-up from an arrest where Ramon Cervantes was taken into custody on September 21st . Today during the service of the search warrant, a loaded .38 caliber Charter Arms revolver, gang indicia and 35 rounds of ammunition were recovered from the residence. Cervantes was arrested and booked into the Monterey County Jail. 

Armed Robbery, Evading an Officer

Release Date/Time: 10/8/2018 9:38 AM
Incident: Armed Robbery, Evading an Officer
Date: Sunday 10/7/18
Time: 22:09 Hrs.
Location: 300 block Williams Rd.

Officers responded to the Quick Stop located in the 300 block of  Williams Rd. regarding an armed robbery of the business.  It was also reported that a second armed robbery had taken place in the parking lot involving the same suspect.   An officer was dealing with an unrelated case nearby, he was flagged down by an individual later determined to be the second robbery victim. After victim #2 was robbed in the parking lot, he was able to provide vehicle description and direction of travel on the suspect as he drove from the area. The victim relayed this information to the first officer on scene who located the suspect vehicle and attempted to conduct a traffic stop.  The suspect vehicle refused to stop and a vehicle pursuit was initiated.  The vehicle was eventually found abandoned in the roadway at Sanborn Rd. & Freedom Pkwy.   As officers arrived to assist with an area check a call came in from  Baja Cir. from someone wanting to report that he was carjacked.  Officers immediately responded to  Baja Cir where they contacted the reporting party identified as Jovany Aguirre (22), when his story did not add up Aguirre was detained and later identified by witnesses and victims as the robbery suspect.  Aguirre was arrested and charged with two counts of armed robbery and evading an officer. Aguirre was booked into county jail.    

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

Armed Robbery, Conspiracy, Assault with Deadly Weapon, Gun Charges

Release Date/Time: 10/3/2018 9:18 AM
Incident:Armed Robbery, Conspiracy, Assault with Deadly Weapon, Gun Charges
Date: Wednesday, 10/3/2018
Time: 1:07 AM
Location: 600 Block of E. Laurel Dr.

Officers responded to a call of an armed robbery with a possible injured person at the Quick Mart in the 600 block of E. Laurel Dr. Officers determined two male suspects armed with handguns and wearing masks and hooded sweatshirts entered the business and demanded money from the register. During the commission of the robbery a customer inside the store was pistol whipped and kicked, the armed suspects ran out to a waiting vehicle occupied by two individuals. When the vehicle did not start the armed suspects fled on foot towards a second vehicle later determined to aslo be associated in the crime. Investigation by officers on scene revealed a total of five individuals conspired to commit the armed robbery and they were all arrested on the listed charges. Antonio Valdez(19), Angelina Solorio(18) and Gilberto Venegas(18) were booked into county jail on the various listed charges. Two juveniles involved in the robbery were lodged into Juvenile Hall. Two handguns and stolen property were recovered. 

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

Negligent Discharge of a Firearm

Release Date/Time: 10/2/2018 9:28 AM
Incident:Negligent Discharge of a Firearm
Date: Tuesday, 10/2/2018
Time: 1:45 Hrs  Market St. at 2nd/Chinatown
Salinas PD was advised by Soledad PD they had arrested Victor Manuel Rico (37) for possession of a firearm in their jurisdiction. During their investigation it was revealed Rico had discharged the handgun in Salinas at two separate locations earlier. The first location was at E. Market St and 2nd Ave. The second location was determined to be in the area of China Town at approximately 01:45 Hrs. Rico allegedly discharged the firearm into the ground. Salinas PD officers had responded to both areas after two ShotSpotter activations but they were unable to locate any evidence. The first one at 8:24 pm on Monday night in the area of E. Market St. and 2nd Ave. The second ShotSpotter activation at approximately 01:45 am this morning in the Chinatown area. SPD case will be forwarded to the District Attorney's office for a warrant request. Rico was booked by Soledad PD on their case.

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

Residential Burglary

Release Date/Time: 10/2/2018 9:04 AM
Incident:Residential Burglary
Date: Monday 10/1/2018
Time: 21:09 Hrs.
Location:200 block of E. San Luis St.

Officers responded to the 200 block of E. San Luis St. regarding an in progress residential burglary.   Prior to officer's arriving on scene, it was reported that a resident was detaining one of the burglars outside of the residence.  Officers contacted the reporting party who was detaining a male juvenile after he was caught burglarizing his neighbor's residence.   The reporting party said he heard a loud sound coming from the neighbor's residence and thought it was suspicious being that his neighbor was not home.  When he walked towards the residence, he observed the juvenile  climbing out his neighbor's window with property in his hands.  Two other juveniles ran from the scene prior to police arrival but were later contacted and also arrested for participating in the burglary.  All three juvenile suspects were booked at Juvenile Hall.  Property from the burglary was recovered.

Release Authorized by: Miguel Cabrera
Telephone: 831 578-7289

Armed Robbery, Conspiracy, Possession of Concealed Firearm

Release Date/Time: 10/2/2018 8:42 AM
Incident: Armed Robbery, Conspiracy, Possession of a Concealed Firearm
Date: Monday 10/1/2018
Time: 20:52 Hrs
Location: 1395 Nogal Dr. Natividad Creek Park

Officers responded to Natividad Creek Park regarding an armed robbery that occurred in the park. Officers contacted two victims who reported that they were confronted by two male suspects who brandished a handgun at them. One victim was robbed of his wallet. During an area check, a vehicle matching the description provided by a witness drove by the park with two occupants . Officers were able to catch up to the vehicle and conduct an enforcement stop on Las Casitas Dr. Contacted in the suspect vehicle was the driver, Hector Barron (23) and a passenger identified as Christian Garcia (23). While a high-risk stop was being conducted, Barron admitted that he had a handgun in his pocket. A loaded .38 caliber revolver was recovered. Both were positively identified as the robbery suspects and were later booked at county jail for armed robbery, conspiracy and possession of the firearm charges.

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


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