Press Releases

Attempted Murder/Shooting

Release Date/Time: 4/15/2019 8:12 AM
Incident:Attempted Murder/Shooting
Date: Sunday, 4/14/2019
Time: 9:40 PM 
Location:Williams Rd at Garner Ave

Officers responded to a Shotspotter activation with several gunshots detected in the area of Williams Rd. at Garner Ave. A short time later we received a call of a victim in the 1200 block of Del Monte Ave. The victim, a 19 year old male was shot twice in the shoulder blade area.  The victim was transported to Natividad Medical Center with with what appear to be non-life threatening injuries. The victim was driving  on Williams Rd. near Garner Ave. when he heard several gun shots and realized he had been hit. He drove to a friend's nearby residence on Del Monte and they notified police.

The victim was not able to provide any suspect or suspect vehicle information. The victim's vehicle was struck several times and multiple shell casings were found at the scene. No other victims were located and no other structures  were struck by gunfire.

If anyone has any information related to this incident, you are encouraged to call Salinas PD at 831 758-7321. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call out Tip Line at 831 775-4222

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

Assault with Deadly Weapon / Pursuit

Release Date/Time: 4/4/2019 10:00 AM
Incident: Assault with Deadly Weapon/ Pursuit
Date: Thursday, 4/4/2019
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: City of Salinas/ Hartnell Road

An officer attempted to stop a vehicle wanted in connection to a pursuit that occurred on 3-29-19. During the initial pursuit on March 29th, the driver, had evaded officers by travelling southbound, in the northbound lanes of highway 101. Last night, as officers attempted to stop the vehicle, a pursuit began and the driver fled northbound on N. Main Street at speeds approaching 90 mph. The suspect driver, Giovanni Guzman (34), a parolee, made his way onto highway 101. Guzman re-entered the city and headed south on Williams Road. After making a few U-turns, he turned back towards the pursuing officers and attempted to ram the patrol officer's vehicle. The officer was able to avoid a collision, and Guzman re-entered highway 101 at Kern traveling southbound in the northbound lanes placing lives at risk. Officers followed him by traveling in the correct southbound lanes and paralleling the suspect. Guzman exited onto Hartnell Road with Salinas PD and CHP in pursuit, and crashed at Hartnell Road. When he exited the vehicle, Guzman hid behind the front of his car, bobbed up and down from behind cover, and told officers he had a gun. Officers challenged Guzman with verbal commands and attempted to de-escalate the situation. Guzman attempted to run heading into a field, however, a Salinas officer released his police K-9 and Guzman was caught and arrested. Guzman was booked into County Jail. The pursuit lasted approximately 25 miles.

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

Salinas PD Participates in Autism Awareness Month

Release Date/Time: 4/3/2019 12:22 PM
Incident:Salinas PD Participates in Autism Awareness Month
Date: Month of April
Location: City of Salinas

Salinas PD Participates in Autism Awareness Month.

April is National Autism Awareness Month and the Salinas Police Department is happy to announce that we will be supporting and promoting awareness of this important cause. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that an average of 1 in 68 children in the US have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) that can cause significant social, communication and behavior challenges. These challenges often present unique safety risks which may increase the chance of encounters with police and other first responders.

The Salinas Police Department and its employees will be participating in Autism Awareness month. During the entire month of April, Salinas Police Department employees will have the option to wear Autism Awareness pins to show our support of those who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder. We will also participate in briefing training to educate our officers about ASD with Behavioral Health experts. The Salinas Police Department would also like to announce that it will now have the National Autism Societies 'Meet the Police” form to assist us in providing the best service we can to those with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

We will be inviting those affected by an ASD, parents and caretakers to fill out a 'Meet the Police” informational packet and meet police personnel on Sunday April 7th from 10am-12pm at the Salinas Police Department 222 Lincoln Ave. Packets will also be kept at the front counter of the police department for those families not able to attend on this day.

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

Homicide Arrest

Release Date/Time: 4/3/2019 8:07 AM
Incident: Homicide Arrest
Date: Wednesday, 4/2/2019
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: Salinas

On February 11, 2017, at approximately 12:30 am, John Rodzach (39) was in the area of North Hebbron Avenue and Fremont Street, where he was shot and killed. At the time, officers had no leads, however, detectives of the Salinas Police Department continued the investigation. Detectives determined Kris Purcell (20) was one of the suspects. In October of 2018, Purcell was arrested and charged for the crime. Detectives continued to uncover additional evidence and determined Luis Atayde (19) was also involved. On April 2, 2019, Atayde was charged with murder and booked into Monterey County jail. This investigation is ongoing, and detectives would like to hear from anyone with information.

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] . If you would like to remain anonymous, call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222.


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

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Release Date/Time: 3/28/2019 11:10 AM
Incident:April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
Date: Month of April
Location:City of Salinas

Salinas Police Department Challenges Drivers to ‘silence' the Distraction

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Salinas, California – April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and Salinas Police Department will be joining law enforcement agencies statewide stopping drivers who violate California's hands-free cell phone law. Salinas Police Department will have additional officers on patrol during Distracted Driving Awareness Month looking specifically for drivers on their phones. Last year, Salinas Police Department issued 663 citations to drivers texting, calling or performing another function on their phone. Distracted driving is dangerous, especially when it involves a cell phone. According to preliminary data from the California Highway Patrol (CHP), 66 people were killed and more than 6,500 injured in 2017 from distracted driving-related crashes.

'Cell phones remain one of the top distractions for drivers,” according to Salinas Police Department Traffic Sgt. Robert Hampson 'Like any bad habit, it can be hard to break, but this habit can have life-altering consequences.” A 2018 observational survey by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) on driver cell phone use found about 4.5 percent of drivers are still using their cell phone illegally, a nearly 27 percent increase from 2016. 'That text or phone call will never be worth losing a life over,” said Salinas Police Department Sgt. Hampson. 'That is why curbing distracted driving is high on our priority list.”

Under the most recent cell phone law that went into effect in 2017, drivers are only permitted to use their phone in a hands-free manner. The phones must be mounted on the dashboard, windshield or center console, and can only be touched once with the swipe or tap of a finger to activate or deactivate a function. First-time offenders face a $162 fine. If you need to make a call or text someone, pull over and park at a safe location. Struggling to stay off the phone while driving? Put your phone in a place you can't reach, like the backseat or trunk.

Funding for distracted driving enforcement operations are 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

Winning Lottery Ticket Scam

Release Date/Time: 3/27/2019 12:43 PM
Incident:Winning Lottery Ticket Scam
Date: Tuesday  3/26/2019
Time: 11:00 AM
Location:N. Sanborn Rd. at Eucalyptus Rd.

On Tuesday, March 27, 2019 at 11 am in the area of N. Sanborn Rd. and Eucalyptus Dr. the victim was approached by Hispanic female adult who claimed she had a winning lottery ticket and that she was trying to find a lawyer's office to help collect the winnings. Suspect pretends to call the lawyer as a second female suspect approached and offers to help.

Suspect # 1 says the lawyer requests a deposit in order to cash in winning lottery ticket. Suspect # 2 is eager to show interest by providing part of the deposit and share in the prize money. The victim is also offered a share of the proceeds if she helps with the deposit and is given a ride to the bank. Victim is instructed on how to respond if the bank teller questions the large withdrawal. The victim and two suspects supposedly all will ride to the lawyer's office to collect on the winning lottery ticket. Instead the victim is driven to the area of John St at Shasta St. where she is dropped off. The suspects drive away and leave victim stranded.

Victim lost several thousand dollars to the scam. Suspect #1 is described as a Hispanic female with a light complexion, 70 years old, 5'4”, thin build with short brown hair and wearing prescription eye glasses. Suspect spoke Spanish but with an accent. Suspect #2 is a Hispanic female 30 years old 5'2”, heavyset, black short hair with a dark complexion and wearing torn blue jeans. The suspect vehicle is similar to a newer model grey Chrysler PT Cruiser.

Within the last two weeks, officers also investigated a similar scam but this one involved diamonds. Be cautious if any suspicious persons such as these approach you and offer something that is too good to be true. If you have any information on this case or similar incidents, please contact Salinas PD at 831 758-7321.

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

Burglary, Theft, Possession of a Controlled Substance

Release Date/Time: 3/25/2019 12:08 PM
Incident:Burglary, Theft, Possession of a Controlled Substance
Date: Monday, 3/25/2019
Time: 12:08 PM
Location: Several locations on S. Main St.

On Saturday March 23, Jimmy Don Butcher(20) fraudulently used a stolen  credit card at the Burger King on S. Main St. The next day on Sunday March 24, Butcher again attempted to fraudulently use a stolen credit card at Burger King, at 7-11 and CVS on S. Main St. Officers investigating these cases, located Butcher based on information gathered through the investigation and arrested him. As a result of his arrest, Butcher was found to be in possession of meth. Mariah Wright (27) who was contacted with Butcher was also found to be in possession of meth and drug paraphernalia. Butcher was booked into county jail and Wright was initially cited and released.

Later on Sunday, officers  responded to a business burglary at a doctors office in the 800 block of S. Main St.. Apparently after being cited and released,Mariah Wright tried to return two laptops to the doctor's office which had been stolen from a burglary which had not yet been reported. Employees from the doctor's office called police and Wright was arrested for the burglary. Another burglary had been reported from a residence in the 0-100 block of E. Acacia St, the investigation revealed Wright and Butcher were also responsible. Most of the stolen property found in Wright and Butcher's possession was recovered and returned to the rightful owners.

After everything was sorted out, Wright was transported to county jail and Butcher who was already in county jail was recontacted and more charges were added. Both suspects were charged with burglary, theft and possession of a controlled substance.

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

Injury Traffic Collision

Release Date/Time: 3/15/2019 3:16 PM
Incident: Injury Traffic Collision
Date: Friday, 3/15/2019
Time: 3:16 PM
Location: Natividad Rd and Rogge Rd

Release Authorized by: Cdr Maldonado

Salinas Police Officers responded to the report of a vehicle collision on Natividad Road just south of Rogge Road. An Alisal Elementary School van , occupied by two adults and 4 children, was travelling northbound on Natividad Road approaching Rogge Road when the driver noticed a Honda traveling southbound in the northbound lane. As the Honda got closer, the driver of the van swerved into the southboud lane to avoid a collision. The driver of the Honda also swerved at the last second, colliding with the van. All occupants of both were injured. The driver of the Honda had major injuries and was transported to Natividad Medical Center. Two of the children in the van, both 10,  had moderate injuries and were air lifted to Santa Clara Medical Center. Officers are conducting an investigation into the possibility of the driver of the Honda being under the influence of marijuana.

Attempted Murder, Violation of Probation

Release Date/Time: 3/14/2019 9:26 AM
Incident:Attempted Murder
Date: Wednesday, 3/13/2019
Time: 5:32 PM
Location: 100 block of Soledad St.

Officers investigated a stabbing incident that resulted in the arrest of Mark Cruz (50) for attempted murder. Cruz was in an argument with an unidentified woman which included Cruz  kicking her dog. The male victim (20) attempted to verbally intervene from across the street. Cruz took exception and walked across the street to confront the victim. Cruz pulled out a pocket knife and proceeded to stab the victim to the left rib cage area. Officers identified and detained Cruz as the suspect and subsequently arrested him. The victim was transported to Natividad Medical Center in stable condition suffering non-life threatening injuries.

Cruz was transported to county jail and booked on attempted murder and violation of probation charges. 

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

CANCELED - Press Conference to Celebrate Salinas Police Department being Named the Recipient of the James Q. Wilson Award for Excellence in Community Policing

Release Date/Time: 3/8/2019 11:50 AM
Incident:CANCELED - Press Conference to Celebrate Salinas Police Department being Named the Recipient of the James Q. Wilson Award for Excellence in Community Policing
Date: Friday, 3/8/2019
Time: 11:50 AM
Location:401 Towt St. Closter Park

The press conference scheduled to take place today, Friday March 8, 2019, at 3:30 PM, at Closter Park 401 Towt Street has been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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


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