Press Releases

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 6/16/2017 12:28 AM
Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting
Report #: 17-060757
Date: Thursday, 6/15/2017
Time: 7:52 PM
Location: 700 block of Josephine

Officers were dispatched to a "Shot Spotter" activation on Josephine Street.  Upon arrival officers found a vehicle with bullet holes in it in front of a residence and casings nearby. The victim saw the officers outside looking at the bullet holes in his car and collecting the casings.  The victim was sitting in his vehicle when a tan Honda occupied by four people drove up. The rear left passenger of the Honda fired 3 rounds from a handgun at the victim.  The victim, who was armed with a legally possessed firearm and while protecting himself, returned fire.   Several minutes later officers were informed that two shooting victims arrived at Natividad Medical Center for treatment.  Both of these individuals sustained non-life threatening gun shot wounds.  It is believed that they had been occupants of the tan Honda.  Both of these individuals were unwilling to cooperate with the investigation.  The original victim was unable to identify the individuals.  The investigation is continuing.

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

Felony Hit and Run with Injury, DUI, Driving on a Suspended License and Probation Violation

Release Date/Time: 6/15/2017 11:58 PM
Incident: Felony Hit and Run with Injury, DUI, Driving on a Suspended License and Probation Violation
Report #: 17-060755
Date: Thursday, 6/15/2017
Time: 6:46 PM
Location: Natividad Road and Alvin Drive

A 64 year old man was traveling southbound on Natividad Road when he collided with two vehicles near Alvin Drive.  As a result of the collision the suspect vehicle lost a front tire, but was still able to flee to Leslie Drive with the victims chasing him. He finally stopped his vehicle and the victims ran up, took his keys and detained him until officers arrived. One of the victims had been injured but refused medical treatment.  The man was booked into the Monterey County Jail.

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

Vehicle Pursuit, Fatality and Resisting Arrest

Release Date/Time: 6/15/2017 11:27 PM
Incident: Vehicle Pursuit, Fatality and Resisting Arrest
Report #: 17-060756
Date: Thursday, 6/15/2017
Time: 6:29 PM
Location: 100 block of East Laurel - Northbound US 101 north of West Laurel Drive

Salinas Police Officers observed a suspicious, occupied vehicle in front of the 99 Cent Store, 102 East Laurel Drive.  The vehicle also resembled a recently reported stolen vehicle from North Salinas.  When officers attempted to make contact, the Hispanic male suspect driver, approximately 30 years of age, drove away.  Officers initiated a vehicle pursuit that ultimately ended up going westbound on West Laurel Drive from the area of North Main Street.  The vehicle accelerated in the direction of the US 101 overcrossing at West Laurel Drive.  The suspect turned northbound onto the on ramp to US 101 at West Laurel Drive and lost control.  The suspect vehicle became disabled and stopped in the thick brush.  The suspect fled on foot through the brush toward US 101, north of West Laurel Drive.  The suspect tried to cross US 101.  He was struck and killed instantly by a mid size pickup truck traveling northbound on the freeway.  The passenger was chased to the apartment complex in the 1100 block of Monroe and was not captured.  He was described as a Hispanic male, 5-5/145.   The California Highway Patrol closed the northbound lanes of US 101 and diverted traffic.  The CHP investigated both the fatality and the original collision on the on ramp.

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

Homicide Arrest

Release Date/Time: 6/15/2017 7:41 PM
Incident: Homicide Arrest
Report #: 17-060362
Date: Thursday, 6/15/2017
Time: 5:10 PM
Location: Salinas Police Department

On June 7, 2017, the homicide of Alexander Rene Durazo occurred at the Motel 6, located at 140 Kern St. in Salinas. Based on information from the Marina Police Department, Salinas Police detectives were able to develop enough evidence to arrest Seth Michael Faulkner, age 25, for Murder. Detectives arrested Faulkner at the Salinas Police Department without incident. He was transported to the Monterey County Jail and booked for First Degree Murder. Bail was set at $3.3 million.

At this time, no further information will be released. The investigation is ongoing.

The Salinas Police Department would like to thank the Marina Police Department and CSUMB Police for their assistance in this case. Salinas Police detectives are still asking for anyone with information on this homicide to contact Detective Gabby Garibay at (831) 758-7971 or email her at [email protected].

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant
Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Homicide Victim Identification

Release Date/Time: 6/14/2017 12:24 PM
Incident: Homicide Victim Identification
Report #: 17-060362
Date: Wednesday, 6/14/2017
Time: 12:10 PM
Location: 140 Kern St. , Motel 6

On June 6, 2017, at approximately 9:00 pm, a shooting occurred at the Motel 6 located at 140 Kern St. The victim was shoot several times and was pronounced deceased at Natividad Medical Center. The victim is identified as Alexander Rene Durazo, age 28. Mr. Durazo was a resident of Bakersfield, Ca.

The suspect was described as a male, dressed in a grey sweatshirt and dark pants. He was last seen running toward the drainage ditch just west of the Motel 6. It is unknown where he went from that location. The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone who may have seen the suspect, or may have information about the shooting, to contact Detective Gabby Garibay at (831) 758-7971 or email her at [email protected]. . If you would like to remain anonymous, you can 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: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant
Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Special Olympics Northern California Law Enforcement Torch Run

On Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 10 am, the Salinas Police Department along with members of Monterey County Probation and Sheriff's Departments, Parole, District Attorney's Office, CTF-Soledad and CHP Officers will participate in the annual Special Olympics Torch Run. Our mission is to increase awareness and raise funds for the Special Olympics movement. The Salinas Police Department and local partnering law enforcement agencies will carry the torch from City Hall (200 Lincoln Ave.) throughout Old Town and finish in front of the Taylor Farms Building (150 Main St.) The torch will then make its way through the Monterey Peninsula as the Pacific Grove Police Department, Monterey Police Department, Airport Police Department, Seaside Police Department, C.S.U.M.B. Police Department and Marina Police Department will then carry it. There will approximately 100 runners from several law enforcement agencies participating in this event.

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 6/8/2017 2:22 AM
Incident: Homicide
Report #: 17-060362
Date: Wednesday, 6/7/2017
Time: 9:00 PM
Location: 140 Kern St. , Motel 6

On June 7, 2017, at approximately 2100 hrs., Salinas Police officers were dispatched to a victim of a shooting at 140 Kern St., the Motel 6. Officers found a 28-year-old male suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to Natividad Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased shortly after arrival.

There is very little information to about what preceded the shooting. Witnesses said they saw a male in dark clothing running after the shots were fired but could not say definitively, in which direction the suspect fled.

We are withholding the name of the victim until proper notification is made to the family. The motive for this shooting is unknown at this time. This is the 19th homicide of the year in the City of Salinas.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information about this homicide to contact Detective Gabriela Garibay at (831) 758-7971 or [email protected]; or Detective Ken Schwener at (831) 758-7276 or [email protected]. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can 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: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant
Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Arrests for possession of heroin and other drugs, outstanding warrants

Release Date/Time: 6/6/2017 9:31 PM
Incident: Arrests for possession of heroin and other drugs, outstanding warrants
Report #: 17-060287
Date: Tuesday, 6/6/2017
Time: 12:08 PM
Location:100 Block of Monterey Street

Members of Violence Suppression Unit, CHP and Parole arrested a man on the 100 block of Monterey Street for $185,000 in warrants. A CHP canine team alerted on a vehicle occupied by his companion and officers located 46 grams of heroin, 3.5 grams of methamphetamine, 10 hydrocodone pills, packaging materials and cash. Both men were booked into custody of the Monterey County Sheriff's Office.

Release Authorized by: George Lauricella
Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 6/6/2017 11:52 PM
Incident: Attempted Murder - Shooting
Report #: 17-060309
Date: Tuesday, 6/6/2017
Time: 7:53 PM
Location:  500 block of Terrace Street

A 16 year old female was driving from a residence in the 500 block of Terrace Street when a gunman approached her vehicle.  He was described as a Hispanic male adult, 30-35 years of age, black sweatshirt and blue jeans carrying a semi-automatic handgun.  The suspect fired multiple times into the vehicle, striking the 16 year old victim once in the upper back.  The other two occupants in the vehicle were not injured.  No one in the vehicle had any gang affiliation but it is believed that the suspect was a gang member.  After she was shot, the victim drove to the 900 block of East Alisal Street where she called for the police.  Her wound was non-life threatening and treated at a local hospital.

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

Memorial Day weekend DUI patrols

Release Date/Time: 5/24/2017 2:29 PM
Incident: Memorial Day weekend DUI patrols
Report #: N/A
Date: Wednesday, 5/24/2017
Time: 2:28 PM
Location: City of Salinas

The Memorial Day weekend is a great opportunity for families to get together to enjoy outdoor activities such as barbeques and picnics. High school seniors will be graduating over the next few days and the weekend will also be a great time to celebrate those accomplishments. Unfortunately, these activities and celebrations sometimes lead to people drinking alcohol or using drugs and then making the poor decision to get behind the wheel.

The Salinas Police Department will be doing everything in its power to prevent those poor decisions from becoming tragedies. The Department will be sending extra DUI officers out this holiday weekend for DUI saturation patrols. And remember, DUI doesn't just mean booze. Many of the officers have special training to help them detect when a driver is under the influence of drugs. It doesn't matter if the drug is an illegal drug, marijuana, or prescription medication; if you are under the influence, you are breaking the law and will be arrested.

'Some people believe drivers under the influence of marijuana driver slower,” said Sergeant Gerry Ross. 'This is not the case. Drivers under the influence of marijuana have a more difficult time focusing. They often drive too fast and don't even realize what they are doing.”

The Salinas Police Department is asking everyone to do their part:

• Plan ahead. Make sure you and your friends and family know how they will get home safely before the drinking starts. Do you have a sober driver? Are you going to get a taxi, Uber, Lyft, etc? Know ahead of time.

• Make a commitment to yourself not to drink or use drugs and drive, no matter what situation arises.

• Don't allow your friends and family to drink and drive.

• If you see dangerous driving, Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1!

Salinas PD is also still involved in the nationwide Click It or Ticket Campaign and will be looking to issue tickets to those who don't buckle up or don't secure their young passengers. Buckle Up!

Funding is provided through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross
Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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