Press Releases

Homicide Arrest

Release Date/Time: 2/18/2019 5:30 PM
Incident: Homicide Arrest
Date: Monday, 2/18/2019
Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Salinas

On Friday, February 15, 2018, Salinas Police Department detectives, and District Attorney Office investigators arrested 31-year-old Lenny Sanks on charges of murder and conspiracy. In the course of the investigation detectives established probable cause to arrest Lenny Sanks in connection to the September 16, 2016 murder of Kareem Jamal King. Lenny Sanks was booked into the Monterey County Jail on Friday.

The investigation is on-going and 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

Correction: Officer Involved Shooting Update: Names of Officers

Release Date/Time: 2/8/2019 9:21 AM
Incident:
Date: Friday, 2/8/2019
Time: 9:21 AM
Location: 1516 Constitution Blvd.

Correction: Officer Involved Shooting Update: Names of Officers

The previous version of this release, which published the names of the officers involved and updated the total of responding officers from five to seven, ended with "All seven officers were wearing Body cameras and the video has been preserved as evidence as part of the DA Investigation."

In fact, five officers recorded the incident with body cameras, as stated in the original release from 2/1/2019, not seven.

 

Officer Involved Shooting Update: Names of Officers

On 02/01/19, at approximately 10:35 PM, County Communications received a 911 call from an unnamed caller reporting that an unknown subject just pointed a gun at customers at 1516 Constitution Blvd.
Five officers arrived on scene within minutes and attempted contact with the suspect in both English and Spanish. They were joined by two additional officers during the next few minutes.

At about 10:46 PM, there was an officer-involved shooting. No officers were injured, and the suspect was transported to a local hospital, was treated for his injuries, and has since been booked into Monterey County Jail.
Per Department protocol, the Monterey County DA Investigators assumed responsibility for the investigation. There were people at the scene who witnessed the events and are cooperating with DA investigators. All seven officers were wearing Body cameras and the video has been preserved as evidence as part of the DA Investigation.

*Update:

The Chief of Police Adele H. Fresé has released the names of the officers involved in the 02/01/19 shooting:

Officer Evan Adams                        5 years law enforcement experience.

Officer Eduardo Bejarano              1.5 years law enforcement experience.

Officer Francisco DeLeon              3.5 years law enforcement experience.

Officer Chayene Garcia                  9 years law enforcement experience.

Officer Mario Reyes                       12 years law enforcement experience.

Officer Cameron Mitchell              4 years law enforcement experience.

Sergeant Jeffrey Ramsden             17 years law enforcement experience.

Oath of Office Ceremony

Release Date/Time: 2/6/2019 8:28 AM
Incident:Oath Of Office Ceremony
Date: Friday, 2/8/2019
Time: 3:30 PM
Location:100 Howard St.  PAL Building

Please join us as we welcome seven new Salinas PD officers with an Oath of Office ceremony on February 8, 2019. The ceremony will be held at the Salinas PAL Building 100 Howard St. at 3:30 pm.

Recruit Officers K'Shante Dela Cuadra, Eduardo Gamboa, Gabriel Garcia, and Cameron Lane will graduate from the South Bay Regional Public Safety Training Consortium that morning, prior to the ceremony in the afternoon. Officer Robert Wayman, who is returning home from Huntington Beach PD, and Officer Victoria Ramirez, a lateral officer from the Monterey County Sheriff's Office, will also be sworn in. Officer Richard Macias, who was recently hired and has not yet participated in a ceremony, will join them as well. In addition, recently hired Animal Control Officer Silvia Camacho will also be sworn in.

The public is invited to attend.

Release Authorized by:Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:831 759-7289

Officer Involved Shooting

Release Date/Time: 2/2/2019 2:46 AM
Incident: Officer Involved Shooting
Date: Friday, 2/1/2019
Time: 2:46 AM
Location: 1516 Constitution Blvd.

Officer Involved Shooting

On 02/01/19, at approximately 10:35 PM, County Communications received a 911 call from an unnamed caller reporting that an unknown subject just pointed a gun at customers at 1516 Constitution Blvd.
Five officers arrive on scene within minutes and attempted contact with the suspect in both English and Spanish. Shortly thereafter there was an officer-involved shooting. No officers were injured, and the suspect was transported to a local hospital and is being treated for gunshot injuries.
Per Department protocol, the Monterey County DA Investigators assumed responsibility for the investigation. There were people at the scene who witnessed the events and are cooperating with DA investigators. All five officers were wearing Body cameras and the video has been preserved as evidence as part of the DA Investigation.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray
Telephone:(831)758-7350

Attempted Murder

At 3:38 am the Salinas Police Department responded to  report of a fight in the 2000 block of Santa Rita. As officer were responding they were advised that there was now a victim of a shooting at that location. When officers arrived, they found a 45 year old male with a gunshot would to his shoulder in the roadway.  The victim was transported to the hospital and the wound was determined to be non life threatening. Officers conducted and extensive area check for a suspect. The investigation is ongoing.

 

Release Date/Time: 2/1/2019 11:54 AM
Incident: Attempted Murder
Date: Friday, 2/1/2019
Time: 11:54 AM
Location: 2000 Block of Santa Rita

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

Super Bowl Sunday Impaired Driving Enforcement

Release Date/Time: 1/30/2019 8:38 AM
Incident:Super Bowl Sunday Impaired Driving Enforcement
Date: Sunday, February 3  Super Bowl Sunday
Time: All Day
Location: City of Salinas                                                   

                                                                                                                             Don't Get Super Busted on Super Bowl Sunday by Driving Impaired

Law enforcement will be out looking for impaired drivers

Salinas, Calif. – Salinas Police Department is encouraging all football fans to celebrate Super Bowl LIII responsibly by not driving impaired, or letting other fans get behind the wheel when they shouldn't. 'Have a game plan for the big game by making sure you have a safe way to get home,” Traffic Sgt. Robert Hampson said. 'Your best defense against impaired driving is to use a designated sober driver.”

In an effort to flag those who choose to drive impaired, Salinas Police Department will increase patrols Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 3), adding additional officers to look for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. 'Millions of people will be watching the Super Bowl at parties and bars across the country, 'said Sgt. Hampson 'Don't put others at risk because you chose to break the law and drive impaired.”

Salinas Police Department also reminds drivers that 'DUI Doesn't Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.

If you're hosting a party, be a team player and have plenty of snacks and non-alcoholic drinks available for designated sober drivers. Be sure to monitor who is drinking and how they are getting home. If you plan to drink, don't plan to drive. Even one drink can be one too many so have your sober friend be the 'MVP” and get you home, use ride-share or take public transportation. Anyone who sees a drunk driver should call 911.

No matter who you are rooting for on Super Bowl Sunday, we are all on the same team when the game ends so remember to get home safely.

Funding for Super Bowl Sunday enforcement is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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

Prostitution Sting Operation- Corrected

Release Date/Time: 1/24/2019 9:33 AM
Incident:Prostitution Sting Operation
Date: Wednesday 1/23/2019
Time: 2PM to 8:30 PM
Location:14 Maple St., 1960 N. Main, 1055 N. Main St. 

After receiving complaints regarding local massage businesses involved in prostitution, an undercover sting operation was conducted on three local message businesses. With the use of undercover officers we addressed three businesses in town that were alleged to be engaged in prostitution activities.

At approximately 2pm an undercover officer was sent into Ruby's Massage Therapy located at 14 Maple St. At this business it quickly became evident that services included more than just the standard massage. Zhen Liu (48) was arrested after she agreed to participate in a sex act for money. She was later cited for a prostitution charge.

At approximately 5:30 pm, an undercover officer was sent into Sapphire Massage located at 1960 N. Main St. At this location it similarly became apparent that a standard massage was secondary and that sex for money was the business at hand. Yjng Tang (43) was arrested after she agreed to participate in a sex act for money. She was later cited prostitution.

At approximately 8:30pm. an undercover officer was sent into Heavenly Touch Massage located at 1055 N. Main St. At this location again, it ultimately became evident that along with a message sex was also permitted. Jie Wan (33) was arrested after she agreed for sex for money. She was later cited for prostitution.

The sting  operation resulted in  three arrested at three targeted locations. Code enforcement will get involved as well for business licenses revocation and/or fine.

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

Prostitution Sting Operation

Release Date/Time: 1/24/2019 8:56 AM
Incident:Prostitution Sting Operation
Date: Thursday, 1/24/2019
Time: 8:56 AM
Location:14 Maple St., 1960 N. Main St., 1055 N. Main St.

After receiving complaints regarding local massage businesses involved in prostitution, an undercover sting operation was conducted on three local message businesses. With the use of undercover officers we addressed three businesses in town that were alleged to be engaged in prostitution activities.

At approximately 2pm an undercover officer was sent into Ruby's Massage Therapy located at 14 Maple St. At this business it quickly became evident that services included more than just the standard massage. Zhen Liu (48) was arrested after she agreed to participate in a sex act for money. She was later cited for a prostitution charge.

At approximately 5:30 pm, an undercover officer was sent into Sapphire Massage located at 1960 N. Main St. At this location it similarly became apparent that a standard massage was secondary and that sex for money was the business at hand. Yjng Tang (43) was arrested after she agreed to participate in a sex act for money. She was later cited prostitution.

At approximately 8:30pm. an undercover officer was sent into Heavenly Touch Massage located at 1055 N. Main St. At this location again, it ultimately became evident that along with a message sex was also permitted. Jie Wan (33) was arrested after she agreed for sex for money. She was later cited for prostitution.

The sting  operation resulted in  three arrested at three targeted locations. Code enforcement will get involved as well for business licenses revocation and/or fine

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

2019 Spring Session of Salinas Police Community Academy

Release Date/Time: 1/22/2019 12:20 PM
Incident:2019 Spring Session of the Salinas Police Community Academy
Date: Wednesdays from February 20th to May 8th 2019
Time: 6-9 PM
Location:222 Lincoln Ave.

2019 Spring Session of the Salinas Police Community Academy

The Salinas Police Department will present the next Community Police Academy from February 20th through May 8th, 2019. The Community Police Academy will run from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM each Wednesday night for 12 consecutive weeks, with the final class to be held on May 8th, 2019.

Community Police Academy participants will have the opportunity to go on a ride-along with a patrol officer, observe what the Salinas Police SWAT team does, learn all about our Crime Scene Investigation Unit, participate in scenarios, watch a demonstration of the K9 program, learn about the hiring process of police officers and much more.

Each night features a new topic, with speakers, demonstrations and discussions. We will answer questions and give an in-depth, behind the scenes look at police operations.

To attend the Community Police Academy, obtain an application and submit it to the Salinas Police Department, Community Services Unit by Monday February 4th, 2019. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, live or work in Salinas or be involved in a community-based organization that provides services to Salinas residents. Applicants must not be on probation or parole or have any recent felonies on their record.

Class size is limited to 25 - 30 students; so prospective applicants should not wait to submit their application.

Applications may be obtained by:

Applications can be returned by filling them out on your computer and returning them via email ([email protected]) or by printing them out and returning the hard copy to Sergeant Kendall Gray/Community Services Unit, 222 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas, CA, 93901. Applications may also be picked up and turned in at the Salinas Police Department Front Desk.

If you have questions, feel free to email or call Sergeant Kendall Gray at 831-758-7224.

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

Armed Robbery, Conspiracy, Attempted Robbery

Release Date/Time: 1/22/2019 8:19 AM
Incident: Armed Robbery, Conspiracy, Attempted Robbery
Date: Friday, 1/18/2019
Time: 3:40 PM
Location:   900 bock Nantucket Blvd., 700 block of Elkington Ave.,1500 block of Constitution Blvd.

Eduardo Melgoza (18), Ivan Manriquez (23) and Andres Lopez (18) were all arrested after they went on a robbery spree starting behind the apartment complex located in the 900 block of Nantucket Blvd. At approximately 3:40 PM, Manriquez brandished a gun at two victims and took their personal property. At approximately 4 PM,  officers responded to an attempted robbery of a person in the parking lot of the shopping center located in the 1500 block of Constitution Blvd. The suspects were unsuccessful in this robbery attempt but officers received the suspect vehicle description that matched the description from the first robbery on Nantucket Blvd.

Approximately ten minutes later, they attempted to rob a pedestrian at gunpoint in the 700 block of Elkington, but when the victim bent over and armed himself with a rock, the suspects threatened to shoot him but fled without any property. They then went further down on Elkington Ave. where they robbed two victims of personal property. Investigating officers were able to obtain a license plate on the suspect vehicle and attempted to contact the registered owner in the  1200 block of  Rider Ave. After about 40 minutes after the robbery on Elkington the vehicle was located driving in the area of Rider Ave. with all 3 suspects aboard. Officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and detained the occupants. All three suspects were positively identified and were subsequently arrested. The stolen property from the robberies was recovered in the vehicle but the gun was not located..

 Manriquez, Melgoza and Lopez were booked into the Monterey County Jail on multiple counts of armed robbery and conspiracy.

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

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