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Assault with a Deadly Weapon/ Child Endangerment/ Gang Enhancement

Release Date/Time: 9/11/2018 1:21 PM
Incident:Assault with a Deadly Weapon/ Child Endangerment/ Gang Enhancement/ Threats
Date: Tuesday, 8/07/2018
Time: 4:30 PM
Location:Natividad Creek Skate Park

Luis Gutierrez (38), a skateboard event coordinator, was arrested today for his role in the violent attack on a 14-year-old boy at an event held at the Natividad Creek Skate Park on 08/07/18.

Gutierrez was booked into Monterey County Jail on charges of Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Child Endangerment, Disturbing the Peace, and Gang Enhancement.

Anyone with information, please contact Detective Derek Gibson at: (831) 758-7442 or email: [email protected]

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

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 9/11/2018 8:52 AM
Incident:  Homicide
Date: Tuesday, 9/11/2018
Time: 1:43 AM
Location:  900 Block of Rider Avenue

Release Authorized by:  Sergeant Danny Warner
Telephone:  831-758-7128

Officers responded to the 900 block of Rider Avenue for report of shots fired with a possible victim. Once officers arrived, they found the victim, Isaac Moreno (29) suffering from gunshot wounds. Medical personnel tended to Mr. Moreno, but he died at the scene. Apparently, he and a 29-year-old male were sitting in a car when a dark colored SUV drove up. Someone from the SUV shot at the two and Mr. Moreno was struck. The second victim was uninjured.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information on the shooting to call Detective Byron Gansen at (831) 758-7137 or email him at [email protected]; or Detective Pete Gomez at (831) 758-7236 or email him at [email protected]a.us . If you would like to remain anonymous, call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Assault with a Deadly Weapon/ Child Endangerment/ Gang Enhancement/ Threats

Release Date/Time: 8/7/2018 3:25 PM
Incident:Assault with a Deadly Weapon/ Child Endangerment/ Gang Enhancement/ Threats
Date: Friday, 9/7/2018
Time: 3:25 PM
Location: Natividad Creek Skate Park

Richard Diaz (20), the suspect in the violent attack on a 14-year-old boy at the Natividad Creek Skate Park on 08/07/18, is in police custody and under arrest.
Thank you to our community for getting involved and convincing Diaz to turn himself in.

Diaz was booked into Monterey County Jail on charges of Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Child Endangerment, Threats, and Gang Enhancement.

The incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information, please contact Sergeant Danny Warner at: (831) 758-7128 or email: [email protected]

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.

Anyone with information, please contact Sergeant Danny Warner at: (831) 758-7128 or email: [email protected]

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

Homicide Investigation (Update-Arrest for destruction of evidence, accessory to a felony and conspiring together to commit a crime)

Release Date/Time: 9/7/2018 9:48 AM
Incident:  Homicide Investigation (Update-Arrest for destruction of evidence, accessory to a felony and conspiring together to commit a crime)
Date: Friday, 9/7/2018
Time: 9:48 AM
Location:  1200 Block of Polk Street

Release Authorized by:  Sergeant Danny Warner
Telephone: 831-758-7128

On September 3, 2018, at approximately 12:33 am, Daniel Martinez Jr. (37) was shot and killed in a home in the 1200 block of Polk Street. Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators examined the scene and noticed irregularities. Through investigation, it was determined that residents of the house, Ray Demetrio Espino (32) and Maria Benavides (54), worked together to tamper with the crime scene and destroy evidence. Both Espino and Benavides were booked at Monterey County Jail for destruction of evidence, accessory to a felony and conspiring together to commit a crime.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information on the shooting to call Detective Robert Miller at (831) 758-7954 or email him at [email protected]; or Detective Pete Gomez at (831) 758-7236 or email him at [email protected] . If you would like to remain anonymous, call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Vehicle Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation.

Release Date/Time: 9/6/2018 4:06 PM
Incident:Vehicle Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation.
Date: Thursday, 9/6/2018
Time: 4:06 PM
Location: City of Salinas

Release Authorized by: City of Salinas
Telephone: 831-758-7017

Officers from Salinas PD, Marina PD, California Highway Patrol, Monterey PD and Pacific Grove PD conducted a vehicle pedestrian safety enforcement operation in the City of Salinas. 2 teams conducted operations at 4 locations in the city.  103 drivers were cited and  6 cars were towed for driver's license violations.

Homicide Investigation (Update-Victim Identification)

Release Date/Time: 9/6/2018 12:11 PM
Incident: Homicide Investigation (Update-Victim Identification)
Date: Monday, 9/3/2018
Time: 12:33 AM
Location: 1200 Block of Polk Street

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Danny Warner
Telephone: 831-758-7128

Officers responded to a home in the 1200 block of Polk Street for a report of an adult male gunshot wound victim. At the residence, officers found Daniel Martinez Jr. (37) with a gunshot wound. Officers provided CPR, but Mr. Martinez was pronounced dead at the scene. A dark colored car was supposedly seen leaving the area. This is being investigated as gang-related.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information on the shooting to call Detective Robert Miller at (831) 758-7954 or email him at [email protected]; or Detective Pete Gomez at (831) 758-7236 or email him at [email protected] . If you would like to remain anonymous, call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Homicide Investigation (Update-Victim Identification)

Release Date/Time: 9/6/2018 11:56 AM
Incident: Homicide Investigation (Update-Victim Identification)
Date: Monday, 9/3/2018
Time: 7:11 AM
Location:  900 Block of Acosta Plaza

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Danny Warner
Telephone:  831-758-7128

On September 3, 2018, at approximately 7:11 am, officers were dispatched to the 900 block of Acosta Plaza for report of a person lying on the ground, possibly deceased. When officers arrived, they located Scarlett Charmaine Bowman (29) suffering from at least one gunshot wound. She had obvious signs of death, so she was not transported to a local hospital. Detectives were called to investigate the case. At this point, we have no indications this is gang related, but we are not disregarding it as a motive.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information on the shooting to call Detective Gabby Garibay at (831) 758-7971 or email her at [email protected]; or Detective John McNeil at (831) 758-7277 or email him at [email protected] . If you would like to remain anonymous, call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 9/3/2018 3:10 PM
Incident:  Homicide
Date: Monday, 9/3/2018
Time: 3:10 PM
Location:  900 Block of Acosta Plaza

Release Authorized by: Sergeant Danny Warner
Telephone:  831-758-7128

On September 3, 2018, at approximately 7:11 am, officers were dispatched to the 900 block of Acosta Plaza for report of a person lying on the ground, possibly deceased. When officers arrived, they located a 29-year-old female suffering from at least one gunshot wound. She had obvious signs of death, so she was not transported to a local hospital. Detectives were called to investigate the case. At this point, we have no indications this is gang related, but we are not disregarding it as a motive. The victim's name is being withheld until the immediate family can be notified.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information on the shooting to call Detective Gabby Garibay at (831) 758-7971 or email her at [email protected]; or Detective John McNeil at (831) 758-7277 or email him at [email protected] . If you would like to remain anonymous, call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 9/3/2018 12:23 PM
Incident:Homicide
Date: Monday, 9/3/2018
Time: 12:30 AM
Location: 1200 Block of Polk Street

Officers responded to a home on the 1200 block of Polk Street to a report of an adult male gunshot wound victim. At the residence, officers found a 37-year-old male with a gunshot wound. Officers provided CPR, but the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. There was possibly a dark colored car seen leaving the area.

This is being investigated as possibly a gang-related homicide.

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

Shooting Investigation

Release Date/Time: 9/3/2018 2:12 AM
Incident: Shooting Investigation
Date: Monday, 9/3/2018
Time: 12:30 AM
Location: 1200 Block of Polk Street

Officers are investigating a shooting on the 1200 block of Polk Street. At approximately 12:30 AM officers responded to a call of a gunshot victim and located an adult male victim of a shooting.

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

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