Press Releases

Elder Abuse Arrest

Release Date/Time: 7/24/2019 12:38 PM
Incident:Elder Abuse Arrrest
Date: Tuesday, 7/23/2019
Time: 12:38 PM
Location:1400 Block Bardin Way

On Friday, July 19, 2019, at approximately 8:40 am, the victim was walking home from church in the area of Williams Rd and Bardin Way when he was attacked. A male adult came out of a residence near the corner of the Williams Rd. and Bardin Way and punched the 89-year-old man in the face, knocking him to the ground. Once on the ground, the suspect continued to punch and kick the victim in the upper torso and head area. The suspect was pulled off the victim, possibly by a family member of the suspect, and they ran off, leaving the victim on the sidewalk. The same family member returned and helped the victim to his residence, where the police were called.

The victim was unable to provide a good description of the suspect because the attack was unprovoked and happened so quickly. The victim was taken to a local hospital by family members where it was found the victim suffered a fractured orbital bone and other bumps and bruises. He was treated at the hospital and released.

The case was turned over to the Salinas Police Department's Investigations Bureau for further follow-up. Detectives were able to identify a few witnesses and obtained video. The suspect was identified as Moses Hernandez, age 23, who lives in the area. Efforts to contact Moses were made difficult due to the lack of cooperation from his family. Patrol officers were given a 'Be on the Lookout” for Moses for his arrest for Assault with a Deadly Weapon (other than a firearm) and Elder Abuse.

On Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at approximately 9:00 pm, a Patrol officer attempted to stop a bicyclist for a vehicle code violation. The 15-year-old refused orders to stop and was chased to the 1400 block of Bardin Way. While officers were attempting to detain the juvenile, Moses Hernandez came out of a nearby house and attempted to interfere with the officers. The officers recognized Moses from the 'Be on the Lookout” and attempted to arrest him. Moses decided to fight with the officers and resist arrest. While this was happening, both of Moses' parents, Luis Hernandez (age 50) and Norma Hernandez (age 53), attempted to intervene and stop the arrest of Moses and the 15-year-old boy. All four individuals were taken into custody with no injuries to officers or the suspects.

Moses was arrested for the Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Battery causing Serious Bodily Injury, Elder Abuse, Resisting Arrest and Probation Violation. Luis and Norma were arrested for Resisting/Interfering with a Police Officer. All three adults were booked at the Monterey County Jail. The juvenile was cited for California Vehicle Code violation and Resisting Arrest. He was released to a relative.

If there is anyone that witnessed the attack on July 19th, the are encouraged to contact Detective Alex Rodriguez at (831) 758-7268 or email at [email protected].

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

Salinas Police Department Warns Public About Dangers of Leaving Children in Hot Cars

Release Date/Time: 7/23/2019 9:29 AM
Incident:Salinas Police Department Warns Public About Dangers of Leaving Children in Hot Cars
Date: 07/31/2019 

Salinas Police Department Warns Public About Dangers of Leaving Children in Hot Cars

July 31 is National Heatstroke Prevention Day


Salinas, Ca. – The inside of a vehicle is much warmer than it is outside, increasing the risk of heat stroke for children left inside for even short periods of time. Outside of crashes, vehicular heatstroke is the leading cause of vehicle-related deaths among children. It is why Salinas Police Department is reminding parents, babysitters and anyone who cares for children to avoid leaving them alone in a hot car.

Last year, 52 children were killed as a result of being left in a hot car, a 21% increase from 2017 and the highest number in more than 20 years. More than half of all vehicle-related heatstroke deaths in children are caused when a parent or caregiver forgets they are in the car. The temperature inside of a car can rise nearly 20 degrees in just 10 minutes and children are more prone to heatstroke because their body temperatures rise much faster than adults.

'Whether your child is fussy and doesn't want to leave the car or is sleeping, it is important that you take them with you,” Salinas Police Department, Public Information Officer, Miguel Cabrera said. 'Even in temperatures under 80 degrees, the inside of a car can reach triple digits in half an hour.”

To avoid tragedy and a lifetime of pain, Salinas Police Department is encouraging parents and others who care for children to take extra precautions to make sure a child is not left in the back seat or gets into a hot car:

  • Make it a habit to look before your leave and lock the car. Put a stuffed animal, purse, phone or wallet next to the car seat as a reminder.
  • Always lock your car and keep the keys out of the reach of children. Teach your child that a car is not a play area.

If you see a child in a hot vehicle that appears to be in pain or unresponsive, call 911 immediately. Try to find the parents or notify businesses in the area to use a PA system to alert the car owner.

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

BBQ Fundraiser for JT Borofka

Release Date/Time: 7/22/2019 8:48 AM
Incident:BBQ Fundraiser for JT Borofka 
Date: Sunday, 7/28/2019
Time: 11am-3pm
Location:Salinas PAL Youth Center (Armory Hall) 100 Howard St.

On July 28, 2019, the Salinas Police Department in partnership with the Salinas Police Officers Association will be hosting a BBQ fundraiser for JT Borofka. Single dinner plate is $15 and the family meal is $50. Tickets will be sold at Salinas Valley Pro Squad 221 Griffin Street and Salinas Police Department front lobby 222 Lincoln Ave. There will be a car show, kids zone, music, and raffle prizes.

On March 5th, 2019, JT Borofka was diagnosed with Triosephosphate Isomerase Deficiency (TPI). His estimated lifespan is probably 2 to 5 years. TPI is a genetic multisystem disorder that is life-threatening, complications such as respiratory and heart failure can occur during childhood. In addition to the TPI, JT has Hemolytic Anemia which is premature destruction of red blood cells in your body and is why he needs regular blood transfusions. As the disease progresses other symptoms include neurological damage that can lead to paralysis, and intellectual disability, tremors and dystonia.

JT is currently being treated at Stanford Children's Hospital and unfortunately at this time, there is no cure for the underlying issue. His team of doctors are doing what they can by treating the individual symptoms as they arise. Since there are less than 70 cases ever reported there is very little information found in medical literature. TPI Deficiency is so rare that JT is the first person in California to ever have it. As of right now, JT is one of five in the entire world with TPI.

All proceeds go to research and awareness for TPI.

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

National Night Out is August 6th

Release Date/Time: 7/18/2019 11:30 AM
Incident:National Night Out
Date: Tuesday, 8/6/2019
Time: Starting at 4pm
Location:Various Locations in Salinas

                                                                                                            Annual National Night Out Celebration

                                                                                     Salinas to Join Cities Nationwide August 6th for a Night Out Against Crime

Join over 38 million neighbors across thousands of communities around the nation for the annual National Night Out celebration, an annual community - building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. National Night Out will take place on Tuesday evening, August 6, 2019 starting at 4pm in neighborhoods throughout the city of Salinas. National Night Out is a crime and drug prevention event sponsored nationally by the National Association of Town Watch.

The Focus of National Night Out is to:

  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness.
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts.
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships.
  • Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

National Night Out is a great crime prevention tool. It encourages you and your neighbors to get together and share ideas. When neighbors know each other and pay attention to their surroundings, it helps law enforcement when neighbors recognize and report suspicious activity. The more you know about your neighborhood the more you can do to keep it safe.

Participating neighborhoods nationwide are asked to turn on outside lights, lock their doors, and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. Neighborhoods will be hosting a variety of events ranging from small potlucks and BBQ's to large block parties. Some additional event ideas include, games, contests, discussing neighborhood issues or setting neighborhood goals, plan a clean-up day, beautify a common area, discuss or plan a Neighborhood Watch Program. It is up to each group to be creative, have fun and get to know your neighbors.

Register your neighborhood for this year's event today. Registration is free and gives police and other city representatives an opportunity to attend local events as time and circumstances permit. You do NOT have to be a current Neighborhood Watch neighborhood to participate. National Night Out is for everyone! Register now and begin planning your event as soon as possible.

If you would like to host a block party in your neighborhood, you can obtain more information by contacting Ana Ambriz Neighborhood Services Coordinator at [email protected] or (831)758-7166 or Sgt. Kendall Gray at [email protected] or (831)758-7224. You can also visit our web page

Come out and join us on August 6th in making National Night Out 2019 the best one yet!

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

Cold Case Murder Arrest

Release Date/Time: 7/18/2019 9:43 AM
Incident:Cold Case Murder Arrest
Date: Thursday, 7/16/2019
Time: 6:45 pm
Location:1300 Block Las Cruces Court

Saturday, July 13th, a single male suspect approached two people in front of 807 Elkington Street and shot them with a fully automatic .40 caliber handgun. The two victims, ages 28 and 19, were transported to Natividad Medical Center with multiple injuries. Both victims are extremely lucky, and both were listed in stable condition. Patrol officers were able to collect video from the area and identified a possible suspect vehicle as a white cargo van. Detectives took over the case, canvassed for additional video and were able to further identify the van. The investigation led to the identification of the suspect, 28-year-old Andrew Alvarado, a Salinas Norteno gang member.

Alvarado was also tentatively identified as a suspect in a cold-case murder that had occurred in 2017. At the time of the Elkington shooting, investigative leads were being finalized resulting in sufficient probable cause to arrest Alvarado. Members from the Violence Suppression Task Force, to include Federal partners, and detectives conducted surveillance of Alvarado. While a search warrant was being written by detectives, and reviewed by a judge, undercover officers observed Alvarado entering a house in the 1300 block of Las Cruces Court.

On 07/16/19, at approximately 6:45 PM, Salinas Police Department SWAT team served the search warrant served at the Las Cruces Court address. The residence was surrounded, and following a 37 minute-stand-off, Alvarado emerged from the residence and was arrested. The search revealed three firearms (to include an assault rifle), illegal gun magazines, ammunition and gang indicia hidden in the residence.Alvarado was transported to the Monterey County Jail and booked for the 2017 Murder and Attempted Murder. The charges related to the Elkington shooting, the gun possession and gang enhancements will follow shortly.

Details on the 2017 homicide are as follows:

On 09-10-17, at approximately 1834 hours, officers responded to 255 E. Bolivar St. on the report of a shooting with two victims. When officers arrived, they located 49-year-old Martin Rocha and a 29-year-old male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Unfortunately, Mr. Rocha did not survive and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The second victim was transported to Natividad Medical Center and survived with permanent injuries.

The two men had been working on a vehicle in the driveway when they were approached by two males. The suspects pulled out handguns and shot both victims. After the shooting, the suspects ran to an awaiting vehicle and fled. Andrew Alvarado has been identified as one of the shooters.

Detectives believe Andrew Alvarado carried out heinous and cowardly attacks on unsuspecting victims, and he may have been involved in other violent crimes. The 2017 murder and this weekend's attempted murder are still under investigation. 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:Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:831 758-7289

Salinas Police Enduro Program

Release Date/Time: 7/16/2019 5:05 PM
Incident: Salinas Police Enduro Program
Date: Tuesday, 7/16/2019
Time: 5:05 PM
Location: 222 Lincoln Ave

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Brian Johnson
Telephone: 831-758-7280

The Salinas Police Department is rolling out a team of police officers on Enduro Dual Purpose motorcycles this week. The initial and primary focus of the Enduro Unit is the Main Street corridor and the streets and alleys in the Chinatown neighborhood, but they can work anywhere in the city. These dual purpose motorcycles are more compact and can maneuver especially well in response to crimes where suspects flee into alleys or become quickly absorbed in crowds. Enduro Officers were selected from among existing Salinas detectives and patrol officers through a multi-phased, competitive process. The selected officers demonstrated an understanding of and commitment to community policing, and will operate under this philosophy while conducting enforcement or build relations with residents and businesses near downtown Salinas. This assignment is a collateral duty in which officers hold primary assignments in either Investigations or Patrol and will be deployed as staffing and overtime funds permit.

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 7/14/2019 2:01 PM
Incident: Attempted Murder
Date: Sunday, 7/14/2019
Time: 2:01 PM
Location: 800 Block Elkington Ave

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Brian Johnson
Telephone: 8317587280

Officers responded to 800 Block Elkington Ave regarding two victims of a shooting.  When Officers arrived on scene, they found two victims that had multiple gunshot wounds. Both victims were conscious and were transported to the hospital for treatment.  They both appeared to be in stable condition.  The victims were twenty eight and nineteen years old.  Witnesses reported that they heard rapid shots in front of the apartment complex and both victims were hit by gunfire. 

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 Date/Time: 7/11/2019 11:47 PM
Incident: Homicide
Date: Thursday, 7/11/2019
Time: 7:55 PM
Location: Market Way and Soledad St.

At approximately 7:55 PM, officers responded to a victim of a shooting in the area of Market Way and Soledad Street. The officers located the victim, a 37-year-old man, laying in the dirt area on the south side of Market Way near the railroad tracks suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper torso. Medical responders pronounced the victim deceased at the scene.


Detectives have identified the victim; however, his identity is being withheld pending family notification.


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 Victim Identified

Release Date/Time: 7/12/2019 10:30 AM
Date: Friday, 7/12/2019
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Market Way and Soledad Street

The family of the victim have been notified and detectives have identified the victim of yesterday's homicide as Alfonso Nevarez (37).

On 07/11/19, at approximately 7:55 PM, officers responded to a victim of a shooting in the area of Market Way and Soledad Street. The officers located the victim, Alfonso Nevarez (37), laying off the road on the south side of Market Way near the railroad tracks suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper torso. Medical responders pronounced the victim deceased at the scene.

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

Negligent Discharge of a Firearm, other Weapon Charges

Release Date/Time: 7/8/2019 1:40 PM
Incident: Negligent Discharge of a Firearm, Other Weapon Charges
Date: Thursday, 7/4/2019
Time: 9:39 PM 
Location:1000 block of Jean Ave.

Officers responded to several calls of shots fired in the area of the 1000 block of Jean Ave.. Violence Suppression Task Force officers were nearby and also responded.  With the help of the community, officers were able to narrow down the possible location where they located evidence that led them to a residence in the 1000 block of Jean Ave.

Officers contacted Cesar Cano (23) and during the investigation evidence was located that resulted in Cano's arrest. VSTF recovered 3 handguns, 2 shotguns, an AR style rifle and multiple rounds of ammunition. Cano is facing charges of negligent discharge of a firearm and other weapon related violations.

Salinas PD would like to thank the community for their involvement in bringing this incident to a positive and safe conclusion.

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


Question of the Day

What can I do if I see a car parked in my neighborhood which I think may be abandoned?

The City of Salinas has people specifically designated to handle abandoned vehicles and long-term parking problems. These problems are generally handled on a complaint basis. The abandoned vehicle office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. The phone number, day or night, is (831) 758-7316.

The following information will help you determine whether or not a vehicle has been abandoned or is a long-term parking problem:


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