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Super Bowl DUI enforcement

Release Date/Time: 2/2/2017 9:07 AM

Incident: Super Bowl DUI enforcement

Report #: N/A

Date: Thursday, 2/2/2017

Time: 9:09 AM

Location: Salinas

Football fans across the country will tune in to the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 5 and for many, the event often includes alcohol. The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and the Salinas Police Department are teaming up with law enforcement across the state for a special Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk campaign to urge all football fans to call the right play on Super Bowl weekend and pass the keys to a sober driver before the drinking begins.

The Salinas Police Department will deploy additional officers on special DUI saturation patrols specifically to stop and arrest drivers showing signs of alcohol or drug impairment during and following the game. As part of the Super Bowl Sunday enforcement efforts, police, sheriff and the CHP will be on heightened alert ready to stop and arrest any impaired driver.

Impaired driving can be deadly. A driver is considered alcohol-impaired with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, but even a small amount of alcohol can impair judgment and reaction times enough to make driving unsafe. Drugs such as many prescription medications, marijuana or illicit drugs can also lead to impairment and unsafe driving leading to a DUI. 'Fans need to make a plan ahead of time. There are several ways to get home safely after the game if you have been drinking. Designate a sober driver, use public transportation, call a taxi or rideshare program, but don't get behind the wheel,” said Sergeant Gerry Ross, Salinas Police Department.

'Volunteer to be a designated driver to help your family and friends get home safely,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. 'Impaired driving only leads to disaster and tragedy. It is never worth the risk. If you do plan to drink, and/or are taking medications or using marijuana, plan now to pass the keys to a sober driver before kickoff.”

Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or 'DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone. The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more. The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and even a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb. For those who plan to drive, refrain from any alcohol and be aware of possible drug impairment. Instead, enjoy the game with food and non-alcoholic drinks. This Super Bowl weekend, be a team player and help keep impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel. And remember: Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk.

This enforcement effort is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who reminds everyone to be alert and ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911' if you see a dangerous driver call immediately!

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Search and Arrest Warrant Service

Release Date/Time: 2/1/2017 3:12 PM

Incident: Search and Arrest Warrant Service

Report #: 16-040915

Date: Wednesday, 2/1/2017

Time: 2:34 PM

Location: Multiple Locations

On April 18, 2016, there was a shooting at 2172 N. Main St. Three gunman walked up on a group of males playing cards on the hood of a car and began shooting. Only one victim was struck and the suspects fled in a white SUV. The victim, suffered multiple gunshot wounds but survived. Based on information received during the investigation, arrest warrants were authorized by the Monterey County District Attorney's Office for Michael Ray Serrano (20), Juan Carlos Ceja (26), Fausto Samuel Arellano (20) and Miguel Angel Zendejas (37) charging Attempted Murder and Gang Enhancements. 

Today, members of the Salinas Police Department's Investigations Bureau, Patrol, VSU and SWAT team, MCSO SWAT, Monterey County Probation, and CDCR Parole served search warrants and a probation search at four locations. Salinas PD personnel served search warrants in the 1000 blk of Connely St. and the 1000 blk of Baldwin St. Arrested at the Connely address, without incident, was Zendejas. Also arrested on an outstanding probation warrant was Xochitl Sanchez. Found in the residence were two handguns and other gang related material. Zendejas was lodged for the Attempted Murder warrant and the fresh gun charges.

On Baldwin St., SWAT hailed the residence but there was no movement. Entry was made and none of the residents were home. We eventually made contact with one of the homeowners who stated Ceja had recently turned himself in to ICE in Yuba. We sent the arrest warrant to ICE and they will arrange to get Ceja to Monterey County.

Monterey County Sheriff's Department SWAT served the search warrant at the residence of Arellano in the 700 blk of E. Romie Lane. They took Arellano into custody without incident. He was eventually transported to Monterey County Jail on the Attempted Murder warrant. 

Monterey County Probation went to contact Serrano in the 1500 blk of Spoleto Dr. Serrano answered the front door and they took him into custody without incident. He was also lodged in County Jail on the Attempted Murder warrant.

The Salinas Police Department would like to thank the Monterey County Sheriff's Department, Probation Department and CDCR for assisting us in the service of these warrants.

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Fatal Traffic Collision

Release Date/Time: 1/31/2017 11:21 AM

Incident: Fatal Traffic Collision

Report #: 17-011416

Date: Tuesday, 1/31/2017

Time: 10:47 AM

Location: East Boronda Road east of Hemmingway

On January 30th, at about 0131 hours, Abraham Jesus Requena, age 20, was driving a 2015 Lexus IS350 eastbound on E. Boronda Rd at what appears to be an extremely high rate of speed. He lost control of the vehicle which spun out hitting the curb before striking a tree head-on with such force that the engine was torn from the vehicle. The vehicle spun away from the tree and struck a second tree before erupting into flames. Requena died at the scene and, by all indications, died from the initial impact.

Although there were no eyewitnesses to the collision, there is no indication at this time that any other vehicles were involved. It is unknown at this time whether alcohol was involved. The case is still under investigation.

This is the first traffic collision fatality of 2017 in Salinas.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Search Warrant / Carry Concealed Firearm in a vehicle/ Carry loaded Firearm in a vehicle/Felon in possession of ammunition/possession of stolen property

Members of the Violence Suppression Unit, Salinas Patrol Officers and State Parole served a search warrant in the unicorporated area of Prunedale. A loaded Smith & Wesson 357 revolver, a ballistic vest, 9mm ammo and a City of Salinas 'Soledad Street” sign were recovered at the residence.Christopher Moreno (21) was arrested and charged with the new Penal Code violations. Moreno refused to speak with officers about today's arrest. Officer Salinas contacted a judge and obtained a bail escalation for Moreno.

Attempted Murder, Parole Violation

Release Date/Time: 1/29/2017 11:47 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder, Parole Violation

Report #: 17-011412

Date: Sunday, 1/29/2017

Time: 10:24 PM

Location: 100 block of N. Main

Officers responded to the report of a stabbing victim near Chin's Market at N. Main and Rossi St. A 29-year old male victim was found with multiple stab wounds to his upper body. The victim was uncooperative with police but officers found a blood trail that led from the scene, up the stairs and to the front door of a house nearby. Eric Lara (26) was found inside. His clothes were covered in blood and he had a small laceration to his hand. Lara was identified by two independent witnesses that were walking past when the fight occurred. Lara is on parole and was booked into Monterey County Jail on Attempted Murder and parole violation. The victim was taken to a nearby hospital where he underwent surgery for significant injuries but he is expected to survive.

Release Authorized by: S. Bryan, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Newly Hired Salinas Police Officers

Release Date/Time: 1/26/2017 8:56 AM

Incident:  Newly Hired Salinas Police Officers

Date: Thursday, 1/26/2017

Time: 8:56 AM

Location:  City Hall Rotunda   200 Lincoln Ave.

The Salinas Police Department is pleased to announce the hiring of four new officers.  Officer Nathan Castillo, Officer David Puckett, Officer Clifton Smith and Officer Jordy Urrutia will graduate from the police academy at the Monterey Peninsula College Public Safety Training Center this morning at 11:00 a.m.  We will be hosting a swearing-in ceremony this afternoon at 2:00 p.m. in the Rotunda at City Hall.

Officer Nathan Castillo is a Salinas native and lifelong resident of the community.  He graduated from Salinas High School and holds an Associates Degree in Administration of Justice from Monterey Peninsula College.

Officer David Puckett is a resident of the tri-county area.  He was previously employed by Lowe's Home Improvement as a Department Manager of Loss Prevention and Safety.

Officer Clifton Smith is a lifelong resident of Monterey County.  He graduated from Central Coast High School .  He is a veteran of the United States Army and continues to serve in the Army Reserve.

Officer Jordy Urrutia is a Salinas native and lifelong resident of the community.  He graduated from Alisal High School and attended San Jose State University.  He is also a graduate of the Salinas Police Department Community Academy.

Release Authorized by:  Deputy Chief Dave Shaw

Telephone:  831-758-7271

Shooting Update--Homicide

Release Date/Time: 1/23/2017 2:23 PM

Incident: Shooting Update--Homicide

Report #: 17-010940

Date: Monday, 1/23/2017

Time: 1:53 PM

Location: 700 Blk of Mae Ave.

On January 20, 2017, at approximately 12:50 pm, Salinas Police received a ShotSpotter alert of multiple shots fired in the 700 block of Mae Ave. Officers began responding and just prior to going on scene, the first call came in of a shooting victim. Officers found 15-year-old Jesus Silva Hernandez suffering from at least one gunshot wound to the head. Hernandez was transported to Natividad Medical Center for treatment. On Sunday, January 22nd, the police department was notified Hernandez had died from the injuries suffered in the shooting.

It appears Hernandez would frequently stand in the area of Mae Ave. and C St., to utilize a Wi-Fi signal coming from a nearby location. He was talking on the phone when he was approached by a male in dark clothing. For unknown reasons, Hernandez was shot multiple times and the male fled to a waiting black colored, 4-door sedan. The sedan was last seen westbound on Del Monte Ave.

Hernandez was resident of Salinas and has no known history with local law enforcement. The Investigations Bureau is investigating this homicide as gang related due to the way the shooting was committed and the belief the suspects are associated with local gangs. This is the sixth homicide (including the suspect killed in the Officer Involved Shooting) recorded in the City of Salinas this year.  

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information about this homicide to contact 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

664-187 PC - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 1/22/2017 3:02 AM

Incident: 664-187 PC - Shooting

Report #: 17-011004

Date: Saturday, 1/21/2017

Time: 11:32 PM

Location: 700 Block of Kilbreth Ave

Officers responded to the 700 block of Kilbreth Ave. for the report of a shooting victim. They arrived to find a 27 year old male with a gunshot wound to his face. The victim was awake and alert but was having difficulty speaking due to the location of the wound. He was taken to NMC where his wound was characterized as non-life threatening. Surveillance cameras in the area showed the victim and the suspect having some kind of confrontation. Shortly after the victim was shot and the suspect fled on foot. The incident is still under investigation and the movtivation behind the shoot is unknown. 

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: Dana Cornelison

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

664-187 PC - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 1/22/2017 4:05 AM

Incident: 664-187 PC - Shooting

Report #: 17-011005

Date: Sunday, 1/22/2017

Time: 1:12 AM

Location: Area of Natividad Rd & E. Laurel Dr

Officers were at Natividad Medical Center investigating a prior shooting when another shooting victim arrived there by private auto. The 19 year-old male victim was suffering from a non-life threatening gunshot wound to his left arm. The victim was walking somewhere in the area of the streets west of the hospital when a vehicle pulled alongside him.  The driver said something to the victim at which time he produced a firearm and began shooting.  The suspect vehicle fled in an unknown direction. The victim was given a ride to the hospital by a passerby.  The vicitm was somewhat uncooperative and did not provide much information.  The shooting appears to be gang related.

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, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Release Authorized by: Dana Cornelison

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery - Firearm

Release Date/Time: 1/22/2017 3:51 AM

Incident: Armed Robbery with a firearm

Report #: 17-011002

Date: Saturday, 1/21/2017

Time: 10:39 PM

Location: 100 Block of Rosarita Dr

An 18 year-old female was sitting in her car in the 100 block of Rosarita Dr. waiting for a friend to exit his residence. The female victim saw two males running toward her car one of whom had a gun. The armed male began hitting the driver's window demanding she open the door. She quickly drove away. As she drove away, her 18 year-old male friend exited his house and was confronted by the suspects. He was robbed at gunpoint during which time his cash and other personal property was taken. Some of his property was located a short time later in a nearby neighborhood. Neither victim was injured during the robbery. After the robbery the suspects fled south on foot toward E. Bernal Dr. The suspects were described as follows:

S1 - HMA, 20's with a goatee, 5-7, 130, last seen wearing a beige hooded sweatshirt and carrying a silver handgun.

S2 - HM, 5-10, 150, last seen wearing a beige hooded sweatshirt.

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, or text information to the Text to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

Release Authorized by: Dana Cornelison

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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