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Salinas PD Joins the Pink Patch Project

Release Date/Time: 10/9/2018 9:04 AM
Incident:Salinas PD Joins the Pink Patch Project
Date: Tuesday, 10/9/2018
Time: 9:04 AM
Location:City of Salinas

Salinas PD is now part of the Pink Patch Project which is a public awareness campaign designed to bring attention to the fight against breast cancer and to support breast cancer research organizations in combating this devastating disease.

In addition to public education efforts, the Pink Patch Project has the added goal of raising funds from the sale of Pink Parch Project items that go directly to fund the research and education to help find a cure.

The program centers on vibrant pink versions of the public safety officer's uniform patch. These bright pink patches have been especially designed by each of the participating agencies like Salinas Police Department where officers have been authorized to wear the pink patches since October 1st and they will be worn on their regular uniforms for the entire month of October each year during 'Breast Cancer Awareness Month”.

You can support the Pink Patch Project by purchasing Pink Patches at the Salinas Police Department for $10 each. All proceeds go directly to the American Cancer Society. For more information, call SPD administration at (831)758-7286. Join the fight against breast cancer by supporting the Pink Patch Project.

For more information on the Pink Patch Project, visit the following link.

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

Search Warrant

Release Date/Time: 10/8/2018 2:33 PM
Date: Monday, 10/8/2018
Time: 2:33 PM

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On today's date members of the Violence Suppression Unit Task Force, Patrol officers and State Parole served a search warrant in the 1800 Block of Cherokee Drive. The search warrant was follow-up from an arrest where Ramon Cervantes was taken into custody on September 21st . Today during the service of the search warrant, a loaded .38 caliber Charter Arms revolver, gang indicia and 35 rounds of ammunition were recovered from the residence. Cervantes was arrested and booked into the Monterey County Jail. 

Armed Robbery, Evading an Officer

Release Date/Time: 10/8/2018 9:38 AM
Incident: Armed Robbery, Evading an Officer
Date: Sunday 10/7/18
Time: 22:09 Hrs.
Location: 300 block Williams Rd.

Officers responded to the Quick Stop located in the 300 block of  Williams Rd. regarding an armed robbery of the business.  It was also reported that a second armed robbery had taken place in the parking lot involving the same suspect.   An officer was dealing with an unrelated case nearby, he was flagged down by an individual later determined to be the second robbery victim. After victim #2 was robbed in the parking lot, he was able to provide vehicle description and direction of travel on the suspect as he drove from the area. The victim relayed this information to the first officer on scene who located the suspect vehicle and attempted to conduct a traffic stop.  The suspect vehicle refused to stop and a vehicle pursuit was initiated.  The vehicle was eventually found abandoned in the roadway at Sanborn Rd. & Freedom Pkwy.   As officers arrived to assist with an area check a call came in from  Baja Cir. from someone wanting to report that he was carjacked.  Officers immediately responded to  Baja Cir where they contacted the reporting party identified as Jovany Aguirre (22), when his story did not add up Aguirre was detained and later identified by witnesses and victims as the robbery suspect.  Aguirre was arrested and charged with two counts of armed robbery and evading an officer. Aguirre was booked into county jail.    

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

Armed Robbery, Conspiracy, Assault with Deadly Weapon, Gun Charges

Release Date/Time: 10/3/2018 9:18 AM
Incident:Armed Robbery, Conspiracy, Assault with Deadly Weapon, Gun Charges
Date: Wednesday, 10/3/2018
Time: 1:07 AM
Location: 600 Block of E. Laurel Dr.

Officers responded to a call of an armed robbery with a possible injured person at the Quick Mart in the 600 block of E. Laurel Dr. Officers determined two male suspects armed with handguns and wearing masks and hooded sweatshirts entered the business and demanded money from the register. During the commission of the robbery a customer inside the store was pistol whipped and kicked, the armed suspects ran out to a waiting vehicle occupied by two individuals. When the vehicle did not start the armed suspects fled on foot towards a second vehicle later determined to aslo be associated in the crime. Investigation by officers on scene revealed a total of five individuals conspired to commit the armed robbery and they were all arrested on the listed charges. Antonio Valdez(19), Angelina Solorio(18) and Gilberto Venegas(18) were booked into county jail on the various listed charges. Two juveniles involved in the robbery were lodged into Juvenile Hall. Two handguns and stolen property were recovered. 

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

Negligent Discharge of a Firearm

Release Date/Time: 10/2/2018 9:28 AM
Incident:Negligent Discharge of a Firearm
Date: Tuesday, 10/2/2018
Time: 1:45 Hrs  Market St. at 2nd/Chinatown
Salinas PD was advised by Soledad PD they had arrested Victor Manuel Rico (37) for possession of a firearm in their jurisdiction. During their investigation it was revealed Rico had discharged the handgun in Salinas at two separate locations earlier. The first location was at E. Market St and 2nd Ave. The second location was determined to be in the area of China Town at approximately 01:45 Hrs. Rico allegedly discharged the firearm into the ground. Salinas PD officers had responded to both areas after two ShotSpotter activations but they were unable to locate any evidence. The first one at 8:24 pm on Monday night in the area of E. Market St. and 2nd Ave. The second ShotSpotter activation at approximately 01:45 am this morning in the Chinatown area. SPD case will be forwarded to the District Attorney's office for a warrant request. Rico was booked by Soledad PD on their case.

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

Residential Burglary

Release Date/Time: 10/2/2018 9:04 AM
Incident:Residential Burglary
Date: Monday 10/1/2018
Time: 21:09 Hrs.
Location:200 block of E. San Luis St.

Officers responded to the 200 block of E. San Luis St. regarding an in progress residential burglary.   Prior to officer's arriving on scene, it was reported that a resident was detaining one of the burglars outside of the residence.  Officers contacted the reporting party who was detaining a male juvenile after he was caught burglarizing his neighbor's residence.   The reporting party said he heard a loud sound coming from the neighbor's residence and thought it was suspicious being that his neighbor was not home.  When he walked towards the residence, he observed the juvenile  climbing out his neighbor's window with property in his hands.  Two other juveniles ran from the scene prior to police arrival but were later contacted and also arrested for participating in the burglary.  All three juvenile suspects were booked at Juvenile Hall.  Property from the burglary was recovered.

Release Authorized by: Miguel Cabrera
Telephone: 831 578-7289

Armed Robbery, Conspiracy, Possession of Concealed Firearm

Release Date/Time: 10/2/2018 8:42 AM
Incident: Armed Robbery, Conspiracy, Possession of a Concealed Firearm
Date: Monday 10/1/2018
Time: 20:52 Hrs
Location: 1395 Nogal Dr. Natividad Creek Park

Officers responded to Natividad Creek Park regarding an armed robbery that occurred in the park. Officers contacted two victims who reported that they were confronted by two male suspects who brandished a handgun at them. One victim was robbed of his wallet. During an area check, a vehicle matching the description provided by a witness drove by the park with two occupants . Officers were able to catch up to the vehicle and conduct an enforcement stop on Las Casitas Dr. Contacted in the suspect vehicle was the driver, Hector Barron (23) and a passenger identified as Christian Garcia (23). While a high-risk stop was being conducted, Barron admitted that he had a handgun in his pocket. A loaded .38 caliber revolver was recovered. Both were positively identified as the robbery suspects and were later booked at county jail for armed robbery, conspiracy and possession of the firearm charges.

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

Coffee with a Cop!

Release Date/Time: 10/1/2018 1:22 PM
Incident: Coffee with a Cop!
Date: Monday, 10/1/2018
Time: 1:22 PM
Location: 515 Work Street (Starbucks)

Have Coffee with a Cop this Wednesday October 3 at Starbucks 515 Work St. from 3 to 6 pm Once again, Starbucks would like to support Salinas PD by hosting a special Coffee with a Cop for their National Coffee Day celebration. Come by, meet with officers who will be able answer questions you may have. You can also say hello to our mascot Buddy who will be attending the event. Hope to see you there!

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

Hit and Run Accident with Injuries/ Unlicensed Driver

Release Date/Time: 10/1/2018 9:49 AM
Incident:Hit and Run Accident with Injuries
Date: Monday, 10/1/2018
Time: 9:49 AM
Location:Market St. at Carr Ave.

Officers responded to Market St. and Carr Ave. regarding a hit and run injury accident. It was reported that witnesses were following the suspect vehicle which subsequently collided with a parked vehicle at Parkway and Eucalyptus Dr. Once Officers arrived, they contacted the driver who was identified as Florencio Maldonado (44) who exhibited obvious signs of intoxication. Maldonado was also unlicensed. Maldonado was arrested and found to be under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol content of more than twice the legal limit. Injures to passengers in the first involved vehicle consisted of complaints of pain to neck and back. Maldonado was booked at County Jail on the listed charges.

Release Authorized by: Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:831 &58-7289

Prostitution Operation

Release Date/Time: 9/29/2018 7:52 PM
Date: Saturday, 9/29/2018
Time: 7:52 PM

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On 9-28-18, VSU Task Force, Patrol, HSI and USMS conducted a prostitution operation in the area of Kern Street. Several citizens had been calling and complaining about increased traffic, debris and prostitutes in their neighborhood. In an effort to resolve the issues for the neighbors and help eliminate potential victims of human trafficking, VSU conducted operations using decoys.

Thirteen males were cited and released for soliciting prostitution from the decoys. The following subjects were arrested and cited:

Damien Perez 44

Omar Ramirez 37

Daniel Morales 28

Inocencio Matias-Cruz 25

Ramiro Santiago 31

Cervantes Gonzalez Jr. 24

Hector Ortiz 37

Osualdo Bernal 27

Regelio Jarquin Perez 36

Leonardo Oliver Aguilar 29

Marcial Tienda-Castro 25

Friedrich H. Beliunas 25

Daniel Flores 25


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