Press Releases

Winning Lottery Ticket Scam

Release Date/Time: 3/27/2019 12:43 PM
Incident:Winning Lottery Ticket Scam
Date: Tuesday  3/26/2019
Time: 11:00 AM
Location:N. Sanborn Rd. at Eucalyptus Rd.

On Tuesday, March 27, 2019 at 11 am in the area of N. Sanborn Rd. and Eucalyptus Dr. the victim was approached by Hispanic female adult who claimed she had a winning lottery ticket and that she was trying to find a lawyer's office to help collect the winnings. Suspect pretends to call the lawyer as a second female suspect approached and offers to help.

Suspect # 1 says the lawyer requests a deposit in order to cash in winning lottery ticket. Suspect # 2 is eager to show interest by providing part of the deposit and share in the prize money. The victim is also offered a share of the proceeds if she helps with the deposit and is given a ride to the bank. Victim is instructed on how to respond if the bank teller questions the large withdrawal. The victim and two suspects supposedly all will ride to the lawyer's office to collect on the winning lottery ticket. Instead the victim is driven to the area of John St at Shasta St. where she is dropped off. The suspects drive away and leave victim stranded.

Victim lost several thousand dollars to the scam. Suspect #1 is described as a Hispanic female with a light complexion, 70 years old, 5'4”, thin build with short brown hair and wearing prescription eye glasses. Suspect spoke Spanish but with an accent. Suspect #2 is a Hispanic female 30 years old 5'2”, heavyset, black short hair with a dark complexion and wearing torn blue jeans. The suspect vehicle is similar to a newer model grey Chrysler PT Cruiser.

Within the last two weeks, officers also investigated a similar scam but this one involved diamonds. Be cautious if any suspicious persons such as these approach you and offer something that is too good to be true. If you have any information on this case or similar incidents, please contact Salinas PD at 831 758-7321.

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

Burglary, Theft, Possession of a Controlled Substance

Release Date/Time: 3/25/2019 12:08 PM
Incident:Burglary, Theft, Possession of a Controlled Substance
Date: Monday, 3/25/2019
Time: 12:08 PM
Location: Several locations on S. Main St.

On Saturday March 23, Jimmy Don Butcher(20) fraudulently used a stolen  credit card at the Burger King on S. Main St. The next day on Sunday March 24, Butcher again attempted to fraudulently use a stolen credit card at Burger King, at 7-11 and CVS on S. Main St. Officers investigating these cases, located Butcher based on information gathered through the investigation and arrested him. As a result of his arrest, Butcher was found to be in possession of meth. Mariah Wright (27) who was contacted with Butcher was also found to be in possession of meth and drug paraphernalia. Butcher was booked into county jail and Wright was initially cited and released.

Later on Sunday, officers  responded to a business burglary at a doctors office in the 800 block of S. Main St.. Apparently after being cited and released,Mariah Wright tried to return two laptops to the doctor's office which had been stolen from a burglary which had not yet been reported. Employees from the doctor's office called police and Wright was arrested for the burglary. Another burglary had been reported from a residence in the 0-100 block of E. Acacia St, the investigation revealed Wright and Butcher were also responsible. Most of the stolen property found in Wright and Butcher's possession was recovered and returned to the rightful owners.

After everything was sorted out, Wright was transported to county jail and Butcher who was already in county jail was recontacted and more charges were added. Both suspects were charged with burglary, theft and possession of a controlled substance.

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

Injury Traffic Collision

Release Date/Time: 3/15/2019 3:16 PM
Incident: Injury Traffic Collision
Date: Friday, 3/15/2019
Time: 3:16 PM
Location: Natividad Rd and Rogge Rd

Release Authorized by: Cdr Maldonado
Telephone:831-758-7250

Salinas Police Officers responded to the report of a vehicle collision on Natividad Road just south of Rogge Road. An Alisal Elementary School van , occupied by two adults and 4 children, was travelling northbound on Natividad Road approaching Rogge Road when the driver noticed a Honda traveling southbound in the northbound lane. As the Honda got closer, the driver of the van swerved into the southboud lane to avoid a collision. The driver of the Honda also swerved at the last second, colliding with the van. All occupants of both were injured. The driver of the Honda had major injuries and was transported to Natividad Medical Center. Two of the children in the van, both 10,  had moderate injuries and were air lifted to Santa Clara Medical Center. Officers are conducting an investigation into the possibility of the driver of the Honda being under the influence of marijuana.

Attempted Murder, Violation of Probation

Release Date/Time: 3/14/2019 9:26 AM
Incident:Attempted Murder
Date: Wednesday, 3/13/2019
Time: 5:32 PM
Location: 100 block of Soledad St.

Officers investigated a stabbing incident that resulted in the arrest of Mark Cruz (50) for attempted murder. Cruz was in an argument with an unidentified woman which included Cruz  kicking her dog. The male victim (20) attempted to verbally intervene from across the street. Cruz took exception and walked across the street to confront the victim. Cruz pulled out a pocket knife and proceeded to stab the victim to the left rib cage area. Officers identified and detained Cruz as the suspect and subsequently arrested him. The victim was transported to Natividad Medical Center in stable condition suffering non-life threatening injuries.

Cruz was transported to county jail and booked on attempted murder and violation of probation charges. 

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

CANCELED - Press Conference to Celebrate Salinas Police Department being Named the Recipient of the James Q. Wilson Award for Excellence in Community Policing

Release Date/Time: 3/8/2019 11:50 AM
Incident:CANCELED - Press Conference to Celebrate Salinas Police Department being Named the Recipient of the James Q. Wilson Award for Excellence in Community Policing
Date: Friday, 3/8/2019
Time: 11:50 AM
Location:401 Towt St. Closter Park

The press conference scheduled to take place today, Friday March 8, 2019, at 3:30 PM, at Closter Park 401 Towt Street has been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Release Authorized by: Investigations Commander
Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Press Conference to Celebrate Salinas Police Department being Named the Recipient of the James Q. Wilson Award for Excellence in Community Policing

Release Date/Time: 3/6/2019 1:01 PM
Incident:Press Conference to Celebrate Salinas Police Department being Named the Recipient of the James Q. Wilson Award for Excellence in Community Policing
Date: Friday, 3/8/2019
Time: 3:30 PM
Location: 401 Towt St. Closter Park

Press Conference to Celebrate Salinas Police Department being Named the Recipient of the James Q. Wilson Award for Excellence in Community Policing

Salinas Police Department has been named the recipient of the James Q. Wilson award for excellence in community policing. The Community Policing Institute of California will present the award to Salinas PD at the annual California Police Chiefs Association Conference on March 7. The award is given once a year to California law enforcement agencies that 'successfully institutionalized the Community Policing philosophy,” according to the RCPI-CA website. Judging is done by a panel of experts who have no affiliation with any of the nominated agencies. Over the past two years, the Salinas Police Department has dedicated resources and training to public outreach.

For Salinas Police Chief Fresé, 'community policing is not a project, is a philosophy”. It is a way of providing police services by partnering with the community to address those quality of life issues that affect Salinas. It encourages police and community to participate and communicate as partners. The J. Q. Wilson award, given to one California agency each year, is named for the social scientist credited with the 'broken windows” approach to policing, which concentrates on preserving order by concentrating on quality of life issues.

There will be a press conference held to discuss the details of the J. Q. Wilson award during a short celebration with community members.

The press conference will take place on Friday March 8, 2019 at Closter Park 401 Towt St. at

3:30 pm. The public is invited to attend

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

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