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Homicide

Release Date/Time: 9/2/2018 10:53 AM
Incident:  Homicide
Date: Sunday, 9/2/2018
Time: 12:02 AM
Location:  Under 100 Block of West Street

Release Authorized by:  Sergeant Danny Warner
Telephone:  831-758-7128

On September 2, 2018, at approximately 12:02 am, officers responded to a victim of a shooting in the under 100 block of West Street. When officers arrived, they located Obed Orsonio (24) suffering from at least one gunshot wound. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Medical staff tried valiantly to save Mr. Orsonio, but he succumbed to his injuries. Through the course of the investigation, Abran Rubio (21) was found to be the suspect. Officers searched the area and located Mr. Rubio attempting to hide in front of a nearby residence. He was arrested, interviewed and booked into Monterey County Jail for murder. Detectives are looking into the motive for this crime, as well as any gang implications.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information on the shooting to call Detective Robert Miller at (831) 758-7954 or email him at [email protected]; or Detective Pete Gomez at (831) 758-7236 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.

Shooting Investigation

Release Date/Time: 9/2/2018 3:15 AM
Incident: Shooting Investigation
Date: Sunday, 9/2/2018
Time: 12:02 AM
Location: West Street and Archer Street

Detectives are on scene investigating a shooting on West Street at Archer Street. Just after midnight officers responded to a call of a gunshot victim located near 86 West Street. An adult male victim of a shooting was located and transported to a local hospital.

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

Child Molestation/ Sexual Exploit -Video/ Obscene Matter Depicting A Child

Release Date/Time: 8/28/2018 5:26 PM
Incident: Child Molest/ Sexual Exploit - Video/ Obscene Matter Depicting A Child
Date: Tuesday, 8/28/2018
Time: 5:26 PM
Location: 600 Block of Meadow Drive

On August 8, 2018, Salinas Police were called to an address in the 600 block of Meadow Dr. in Salinas. The mother of the 5-year-old victim called regarding the possibility of a family member taking pictures of the victim while she slept. Salinas Patrol officers took the initial report and forwarded it to the Investigations Bureau for further investigation.

Based on information gathered in the investigation, detectives served a search warrant at the suspect residence. Alfredo Ramirez, age 46, was taken into custody without incident. Subsequent electronic search warrants for Ramirez' phone revealed evidence consistent with the allegations by the victim. Although not a crime, also found on his phone were hundreds of images of unsuspecting young females (8 to 17 years-old) in public places. These images were of girls in bathing suits and tight clothing throughout the area.

Ramirez was booked into Monterey County Jail on counts of Child Molest, Possession of Obscene Matter Depicting a Child and Sexual Exploitation of a Child. His bail was set at $3.5 Million.

The Investigations Bureau believes there may be other victims of Ramirez and is asking for anyone with information to contact Detective Gabriel Gonzalez at [email protected] or (831) 758-7127. 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: Cmdr. John C. Murray
Telephone: (831) &58-7350

Homicide Arrest

Release Date/Time: 8/24/2018 4:44 PM
Incident: Homicide Arrest
Date: Friday, 8/7/2018
Time: 11:42 AM
Location: 1000 Block of Atlantic Street

On August 7, 2018, at approximately 11:42 am, officers were dispatched to the emergency room of a local hospital for report of a seriously injured 7-month old boy. Officers saw the baby was unresponsive and had bruising on his backside, from his neck to his knees. Medical staff also told officers the baby had other injuries, which were suspicious in nature. He was then transported by helicopter to a bay area hospital for further treatment. On August 12, 2018, the baby died. After multiple examinations and scans by medical personnel, it was determined the baby '…suffered non-accidental injury….” Through the course of the investigation, it was determined that the victim's parents, Hector Aguero Jr. (25) and Michelle La Fuente (20) were responsible for the child's death. Aguero and La Fuente were booked into Monterey County Jail for homicide and child cruelty/neglect.

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

Fatal Vehicle Collision

Release Date/Time: 8/22/2018 12:07 PM
Incident:
Date: Wednesday, 8/22/2018
Time: 12:07 PM
Location:1225 Abbott St - Taylor Farms

Release Authorized by: Robert Hampson, Sergeant
Telephone:831-758-7017

A 58-year-old man parked a big rig at a loading dock area to be loaded, then exited the truck. The trailer was parked too far away from the dock to be loaded. Employees began looking for the driver but could not locate him. Another truck driver moved the truck so that the trailer could be loaded. When the truck was backed up to the dock, the 58 year-old truck driver was crushed between the trailer and the loading dock. It is unknown why the driver was behind the trailer. The driver was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The details of this case are still being investigated by the Salinas Police Department and Cal OSHA. 

Homicide Investigation (Update-Victim Identification)

Release Date/Time: 8/22/2018 10:43 AM
Incident: Homicide Investigation
Date: Wednesday, 8/22/2018
Time: 2:15 AM
Location: Bridge Street

Release Authorized by:  Sergeant Danny Warner
Telephone: 831-758-7128

At approximately 2:00 AM, officers responded to a call of a possible gunshot victim across the street from 1 and 3 Bridge Street. Officers located a 38-year-old male who had been shot multiple times. Officers provided medical aid and CPR, however, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Detectives then responded to conduct the investigation. The victim has been identified as Guadalupe Ramirez (38). This homicide is being investigated as gang related and is ongoing. Updates will be provided when available.

Anyone with information, please contact Detective Derek Gibson at: (831) 758-7442, or email: [email protected]. 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.

Homicide Investigation (Update)

Release Date/Time: 8/22/2018 7:15 AM
Incident: Homicide Investigation
Date: Wednesday, 8/22/2018
Time: 2:00 AM
Location: Bridge Street

Detectives are on scene investigating a homicide that occurred last night in Chinatown. At approximately 2:00 AM, officers responded to a call of a possible gunshot victim across the street from 1 and 3 Bridge Street. Officers located a 38-year-old male who had been shot multiple times. Officers provided medical aid and CPR, however, the victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim has been identified as Guadalupe Ramirez (38).  This homicide is being investigated as gang related and is ongoing. Updates will be provided when available.

Anyone with information, please contact Detective Derek Gibson at: (831) 758-7442, or email: [email protected]. 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

Attempted Homicide

Release Date/Time: 8/21/2018 1:05 AM
Incident:  Attempted Homicide
Date: Monday, 8/20/18
Time: 7:07 PM
Location:  Iris Dr. and Heather Dr.

Release Authorized by:  Sergeant Danny Warner
Telephone:  831-758-7128

Officers responded to the area of Iris and Heather for report of a possible gunshot victim. When they arrived, they found a 24-year-old male lying near the sidewalk, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment, where he is expected to survive. It appeared the victim was near a parked vehicle when the suspect vehicle drove up. Multiple suspects exited and shot at the victim. The suspect vehicle then fled the scene. The investigation is ongoing, and updates will be provided when available.

The Salinas Police Department Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with any information about this attempted murder to contact Detective John McNeil at (831) 758-7277 or [email protected] or Detective Gabriel Gonzalez at (831) 758-7127 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.

2018 Fall Session of the Salinas Police Community Police Academy

Release Date/Time: 8/16/2018 3:11 PM
Incident:2018 Fall Session of the Salinas Police Community Police Academy
Date: Thursday, 8/16/2018
Time: 3:11 PM
Location:222 Lincoln Ave

 

2018 Fall Session of the Salinas Police Community Police Academy

The Salinas Police Department will present a Community Police Academy from August 30th through November 15th, 2018. The Community Police Academy will run from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM each Thursday night for 12 consecutive weeks, with the final class to be held on November 15th, 2018.

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 Friday August 24th 2018. 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:

  • Sending an email request for a Community Police Academy application to [email protected]

  • Downloading a PDF version from: https://www.salinaspd.com/Community-Academy

  • Picking up one from the front desk at the Salinas Police Department lobby.

    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

2018 Fall Session of the Salinas Police Community Police Academy

Release Date/Time: 8/16/2018 2:56 PM
Incident:2018 Fall Session of the Salinas Police Community Academy
Date: Thursday, 8/16/2018
Time: 2:56 PM
Location:222 Lincoln Ave.

Academia Comunitaria del Departamento de Policía de Salinas - Otoño 2018

El Departamento de Policía de Salinas presentará una Academia Comunitaria del 30 de agosto al 15 de noviembre de 2018. Las clases serán de 6:00 pm a 9:00 pm cada jueves por 12 semanas consecutivas. La ultima clase será el 15 de noviembre del 2018.

Los participantes tendrán la oportunidad de pasar un turno con un oficial patrullando las calles de Salinas, observar las funciones del equipo SWAT, aprender acerca de nuestra unidad de investigaciones de escenas de crimen, participar en situaciones simuladas realísticas, observar una demostración del programa K9 (canino), aprender cómo aplicar para ser policía y mucho más.

Cada noche cuenta con un nuevo tema, con expertos, demostraciones y discusiones. Se contestarán sus preguntas y se presentara con detalle cómo funcionan nuestras operaciones policiacas.

Para asistir a la Academia Comunitaria, usted puede obtener una solicitud y enviarla al Departamento de Policía de Salinas, Unidad de Servicios Comunitarios, antes del viernes 24 de agosto de 2018. Los solicitantes deben ser mayores de 18 años de edad, vivir o trabajar en Salinas, o estar involucrados con una organización comunitaria que provee servicios a los residentes de Salinas. No se permiten solicitantes que estén en libertad condicional o que tengan felonías recientes en su historia criminal.

El tamaño de la clase es limitado a 25-30 estudiantes; no se demore en entregar su solicitud. Las solicitudes para la Academia Comunitaria se pueden obtener enviando un correo electrónico a [email protected]. Una vez que reciba la solicitud, la puede llenar a través de su computadora y regresarla por correo electrónico. También puede imprimir la aplicación, llenarla, y regresarla por correo al Oficial Raul Rosales. Nuestra dirección es 222 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas, CA, 93901. Las solicitudes también están disponibles en la recepción del Departamento de Policía y las puede entregar allí mismo.

Si tienen preguntas, puede mandar un correo electrónico o llamar al Oficial Raul Rosales al 831-775-4201, Ext.

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

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