Press Releases

Coffee with a Cop!

Release Date/Time: 10/1/2018 1:22 PM
Incident: Coffee with a Cop!
Date: Monday, 10/1/2018
Time: 1:22 PM
Location: 515 Work Street (Starbucks)

Have Coffee with a Cop this Wednesday October 3 at Starbucks 515 Work St. from 3 to 6 pm Once again, Starbucks would like to support Salinas PD by hosting a special Coffee with a Cop for their National Coffee Day celebration. Come by, meet with officers who will be able answer questions you may have. You can also say hello to our mascot Buddy who will be attending the event. Hope to see you there!

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

Hit and Run Accident with Injuries/ Unlicensed Driver

Release Date/Time: 10/1/2018 9:49 AM
Incident:Hit and Run Accident with Injuries
Date: Monday, 10/1/2018
Time: 9:49 AM
Location:Market St. at Carr Ave.

Officers responded to Market St. and Carr Ave. regarding a hit and run injury accident. It was reported that witnesses were following the suspect vehicle which subsequently collided with a parked vehicle at Parkway and Eucalyptus Dr. Once Officers arrived, they contacted the driver who was identified as Florencio Maldonado (44) who exhibited obvious signs of intoxication. Maldonado was also unlicensed. Maldonado was arrested and found to be under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol content of more than twice the legal limit. Injures to passengers in the first involved vehicle consisted of complaints of pain to neck and back. Maldonado was booked at County Jail on the listed charges.

Release Authorized by: Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:831 &58-7289

Prostitution Operation

Release Date/Time: 9/29/2018 7:52 PM
Date: Saturday, 9/29/2018
Time: 7:52 PM

Release Authorized by:

On 9-28-18, VSU Task Force, Patrol, HSI and USMS conducted a prostitution operation in the area of Kern Street. Several citizens had been calling and complaining about increased traffic, debris and prostitutes in their neighborhood. In an effort to resolve the issues for the neighbors and help eliminate potential victims of human trafficking, VSU conducted operations using decoys.

Thirteen males were cited and released for soliciting prostitution from the decoys. The following subjects were arrested and cited:

Damien Perez 44

Omar Ramirez 37

Daniel Morales 28

Inocencio Matias-Cruz 25

Ramiro Santiago 31

Cervantes Gonzalez Jr. 24

Hector Ortiz 37

Osualdo Bernal 27

Regelio Jarquin Perez 36

Leonardo Oliver Aguilar 29

Marcial Tienda-Castro 25

Friedrich H. Beliunas 25

Daniel Flores 25

Gang Member possessing concealed loaded firearm and resisting arrest

Release Date/Time: 9/29/2018 4:41 PM
Incident: 25400(c)(3) PC, 25400(a)(3) PC, 25400(a)(2) PC, 25850 (a) PC, 25850(c)(6) PC, 186.22 (a) PC, 148(a)(1) PC
Date: Saturday, 9/29/2018
Time: 4:41 PM
Location: Central and West

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

Salinas Police stopped a car for running a stop sign at Central Ave and West St. As soon as the car came to a stop the right front passenger, Guillermo Reyes 20, got out of the car and ran westbound on Central Ave. In the 300 block of Central Ave Reyes threw a .357 ca Smith & Wesson revolver and stopped running. Reyes was taken into custody and the gun was recovered.

Reyes was booked into Monterey County Jail on multiple gang and gun charges.

Statistics on the Summer Deployments From The Violence Suppression Unit

Release Date/Time: 9/28/2018 4:47 PM
Incident: Statistics on the Summer Deployments From The Violence Suppression Unit
Date: Friday, 9/28/2018
Time: 4:47 PM
Location: 222 Lincoln Ave

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Brian Johnson

The Violence Suppression Unit's Summer Deployment statistics were released during the press conference today.  The press conference also revealed the newly formed Violence Suppression Task Force. You may watch the press conference on the Salinas Police Department's Facebook page at  

Surveillances 87

Methamphetamine ¾ of a pound

Heroin over ¾ or a pound

Cocaine 80 grams

Marijuana 107 pounds

Concentrated cannabis 1.6 gallons

Asset Forfeiture $34,249

Searches 353

Arrests 127

Firearms 18

Oath of Office Ceremony

Release Date/Time: 9/27/2018 10:20 AM
Incident:Oath of Office Ceremony
Date: Thursday, 9/27/2018
Time: 10:20 AM
Location:100 Howard Street Salinas Armory Hall (PAL Building)

Please join us as we celebrate the promotion of Commander Matt Maldonado, Sgt. Mike Batchelor and Sgt. Albert Duran. We also officially welcome Salinas Police Department's newest officers Shivdev Dhillon, Abel Gomez and Alex Zamora. The ceremony will take place on Friday September 28th at 10:00 am at the Salinas Armory Hall (PAL Building) 100 Howard Street.

Public is invited to attend.

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

Press Conference on End of Summer Report on Violence Suppression Unit Deployments

Release Date/Time: 9/26/2018 11:42 AM
Incident:Press Conference on End of Summer Report on Violence Suppression Unit Deployments
Date: Wednesday, 9/26/2018
Time: 11:42 AM
Location:222 Lincoln Ave. Salinas Police Department

Press Conference at Salinas Police Department on Friday September 28, 2018 11:30 am

Press conference is for press/media only.

A press conference will be held at Salinas Police Department, Chief's Conference Room on Friday September 28, 2018 at 11:30 am. Chief Frese' will present an end of summer report on the Violence Suppression Unit deployments and discuss the new task force that has just been formed to continue violence suppression efforts.

Press/Media inquiries should be directed to Miguel Cabrera at (831)758-7289

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


Release Date/Time: 9/22/2018 11:04 PM
Incident: Armed Robbery
Date: Saturday, 9/22/2018
Time: 11:04 PM
Location: 800 E. Alisal St.

On Saturday, September 22nd at 3:56 pm Salinas Police officers were dispatched to a report of an armed robbery in progress at the Chase Bank located at 800 E. Alisal St. Four armed suspects dressed in dark clothing with their faces covered entered the bank ordering the employees and customers to the floor. Although officers arrived within minutes, the suspects fled with an undisclosed amount of cash prior to police arrival.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information on the robbery to call Detective Derek Gibson at (831) 758-7442 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.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. Jim Arensdorf
Telephone: 831-758-7250

Attempted Homicide

Release Date/Time: 9/22/2018 11:27 AM
Date: Saturday, 9/22/2018
Time: 12::30 AM
Location: 400 Block E. Market St.

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

Officer's responded to a ShotSpotter activation on the 400 block of E. Market St. at approximately 12:30 AM. The officer's located a victim (a security guard) who had apparently been shot at from a dark colored SUV. Several bullet strikes were located and it appears that the guard was the intended target and was unharmed. This case is still under investigation.

Anyone with information regarding this case is being asked to contact the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7250.

Attempted Homicide

Release Date/Time: 9/22/2018 11:05 AM
Incident: Attempted Homicide
Date: Saturday, 9/22/2018
Time: 3:06 AM
Location: 2000 Block N. Main St.

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

Two groups of males began fighting each other on the 2000 block of N. Main St. when one subject pulled out a handgun and shot a member of the rival group before fleeing the area in a vehicle. The victim was taken to a local hospital by car for treatment. The wounds were considered non-life-threatening. The victim and associates were not cooperative with law enforcement. The suspect is being described as a Hispanic male adult in his early 20's. The investigation is ongoing and the incident is suspected to be gang-related.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7250.


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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