Press Releases


Salinas Police Officer's responded to E. Lake and Soledad St. in Chinatown today at approximately 1:28PM for the report of a man suffering from a single gunshot wound to the groin. The shooting is being investigated as being self-inflicted based on evidence located in the area. The victim was uncooperative and transported to the hospital. He is expected to survive.

Release Date/Time: 8/9/2018 5:06 PM
Date: Thursday, 8/9/2018
Time: 5:06 PM

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

Search Warrants

Release Date/Time: 8/9/2018 4:58 PM
Incident: Search Warrants
Date: Thursday, 8/9/2018
Time: 5:30 AM
Location: Salinas and South County

In the early morning hours of August 9, the Salinas Police Department with assistance from SVSP, State Parole, CHP, MCSO, Monterey Peninsula SRU, HSI, ATF and FBI served a total of six (6) search warrants as part of an on going criminal investigation. Three of the search warrants were in the city of Salinas and were executed at 15 Geary Circle, 569 Sunrise Street and 1430 Linwood Drive. The remaining warrants were served at Cordoba Street and Barcelona Street in Soledad and Lagomarsino Avenue in Greenfield.


Detectives located approximately a half pound of heroin, 1.5 pounds of cocaine, 10 ounces of methamphetamine, several thousand dollars in US currency, three handguns, one rifle, one shotgun, body armor, ammunition, and high-end merchandise, including products by Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Rolex, Fendi and specialized jewelry.


The following persons were arrested and booked into the Monterey County Jail:


  1. Alejandro Cruz (27) - Possession of a firearm, possession of methamphetamine for sales - Cordoba Street
  2. Eric Lopez (24) - Felon in possession of a firearm, possession of body armor - Barcelona Street
  3. Enrique Lopez (49) - Felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition - Barcelona Street
  4. Destinee Zavala (22) - Possession of heroin and cocaine for sales, possession of a stolen firearm, gang conspiracy - Linwood Drive
  5. Gabriel Vasquez (23) - Possession of heroin and cocaine for sales, possession of a stolen firearm, gang conspiracy - Linwood Drive
  6. Arturo Carreon (25) - Possession of heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine for sales, gang conspiracy - Geary Circle
  7. Frank Guzman (55) - Possession of cocaine and methamphetamine for sales, arrest warrant -Geary Circle


The Salinas Police Department appreciates the assistance and support provided by the listed agencies and look forward to the expansion of these partnerships as we continue our efforts to reduce crime and improve the quality of life within the city of Salinas and the greater county of Monterey.

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

Sobriety/Driver's License Checkpoint

Release Date/Time: 8/8/2018 12:57 PM
Incident: Sobriety/License Checkpoint
Date: Friday, August 10, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM to 2:30 AM
Location: Undisclosed

Release Authorized by: Robert Hampson, Sergeant

DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint Planned this Weekend


 The Salinas Police Department  will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on August 10, 2018 at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 7:00 p.m. to 02:30 a.m.   


In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving crashes.  The Salinas Police Department supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all 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.


The deterrent effect of High Visibility Enforcement using both DUI checkpoints and DUI Saturation Patrols has proven to lower the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug impaired crashes.  Research shows that crashes involving an impaired driver can be reduced by up to 20 percent when well-publicized proactive DUI operations are conducted routinely.


DUI Checkpoints like this one are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence. Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.  


In California, alcohol involved collisions led to 1,155 deaths and nearly 24,000 serious injuries in 2014 because someone failed to designate a sober driver. 


Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with officers checking drivers for proper licensing, delaying motorists only momentarily.  When possible, specially trained officers will be available to evaluate those suspected of drug-impaired driving, which now accounts for a growing number of impaired driving crashes. Everyone should be mindful that if you're taking medication – whether prescription or over-the-counter – drinking even small amounts of alcohol can greatly intensify the impairment affects. 


Studies of California drivers have shown that 30 percent of drivers in fatal crashes had one or more drugs in their systems.  A study of active drivers showed more tested positive for drugs that may impair driving (14 percent) than did for alcohol (7.3 percent).  Of the drugs, marijuana was most prevalent, at 7.4 percent, slightly more than alcohol.


Salinas PD offers these reminders to ensure you have a safe night of fun that doesn't involve a DUI:

  • Decide before you go out whether you plan to drink or drive. You can't do both.

  • If you plan to drink, designate a sober driver before going out or map out another safe way to get home by taxi, ride-share or public transportation. You can also look up designated driver services in your area using the National Directory of Designated Driver Services (NDDDS).

  • See your friend or other patron impaired trying to get behind the wheel? Take the keys and help them make other arrangements to get where they are going safely.

  • Report drunk drivers – Call 911.

People are encouraged to be a part of the designated driver very important person ('DDVIP”) program. As a DDVIP, you can ensure those drinking get home safely and get rewarded for it. Partnering bars and restaurants statewide have created non-alcoholic specialty drinks ('DDrinks”) for sober drivers:


Recording Artists Against Drunk Driving (RADD) also offers a Designated Driver Rewards program at 43 college campuses statewide: Local bars and restaurants provide non-alcoholic drinks and/or food specials to DD's.


Getting home safely is cheap, but getting a DUI is not! Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be upwards of $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses not to mention possible jail time.


Funding for this checkpoint is provided to Your Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

National Night Out is Almost Here!

Release Date/Time: 8/3/2018 11:02 AM
Incident: National Night Out
Date: Friday, 8/3/2018
Time: 11:02 AM
Location: Various Neighborhoods in Salinas


National Night Out is almost here! It will take place on Tuesday August 7, 2018 starting at 4pm in neighborhoods throughout the city of Salinas.

This annual event encourages you and your neighbors to 'lock your doors, turn on your front porch lights and come out to get to know your neighbors”.

National Night Out also promotes better police-community partnerships. The celebration will take place in a family oriented atmosphere with a variety of events from small potlucks and BBQ's to large block parties.

Games, contests and arts and crafts activities are also planned.

Come out and join us on August 7th as our community celebrates the 35th National Night Out. Together we can make a difference in our neighborhoods.

Some of the participating neighborhoods include:

Encounter Church 111 Prado St. Movie night, children's activities, games, food, door prizes. 6-8:30 pm

Laurel Park 340 W. Laurel Dr. Food, bounce house and music 5-8pm

El Dorado Recreation Center 1655 El Dorado Dr. Music, games, resource table, snacks. 5-8pm

Newport Ct. 1600 block Potluck 4-7p-m

Dickens Cr. 0-100 block BBQ 5-7pm

Hartnell Park 725 W. Acacia St. Potluck, music, resource table 5:30-8pm.

Riker St 300 block Neighborhood Watch sign up, music 7-9 pm

Archer Street 500 block Music, food, light snacks 5:30- 6:30

Tynan Village 300 block of Front St. BBQ 12-4pm

Laurel Heights Park 751 Circle Dr. Potluck, games, music 4-7pm

Hebbron Heights Family Center 683 Fremont St. Food, arts and crafts, games, music 5:30-7pm

Breadbox Recreation Center 745 N. Sanborn Rd. music, games, food, resource table 5-8pm

Closter Park 401 Towt St. Food, games, music resource table 5-8pm.

Release Authorized by: Miguel Cabrera


Release Date/Time: 7/25/2018 7:06 PM
Incident: Robbery
Date: Wednesday, 7/25/2018
Time: 11:00 AM
Location: 900 S. Main St.

On Wednesday 7/25/18 at approximately 11:00 AM two suspects entered the Central Coast Credit Union located at 900 South Main St. and brandished handguns. The two suspects, both wearing ski masks and bright reflective vests demanded money from the employees. They fled the Credit Union with an undisclosed amount of cash and entered a newer model white GMC Sierra pickup. The truck was last seen heading westbound on W. Acacia St.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information on the robbery to call Detective John Richardson at (831)758-7478 or email him at [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:  Cmdr. Jim Arensdorf
Telephone:  831-758-7250

National Night Out 2018


Release Date/Time: 7/25/2018 10:45 AM
Incident:National Night Out 2018
Date: Wednesday, 7/25/2018
Time: 10:45 AM

Location: Various locations throughout Salinas

35th Annual National Night Out Celebration

Salinas to Join Cities Nationwide August 7th for a Night Out Against Crime

Join over 38 million neighbors across thousands of communities around the nation for the 35th annual National Night Out celebration, an annual community - building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.

National Night Out will take place on Tuesday evening, August 7, 2018 starting at 4pm in neighborhoods throughout the city of Salinas. National Night Out is a crime and drug prevention event sponsored nationally by the National Association of Town Watch.

The Focus of National Night Out is to:

  • Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness.
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts.
  • Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police/community partnerships.
  • Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

National Night Out is a great crime prevention tool. It encourages you and your neighbors to get together and share ideas. When neighbors know each other and pay attention to their surroundings, it helps law enforcement when neighbors recognize and report suspicious activity. The more you know about your neighborhood the more you can do to keep it safe.

Participating neighborhoods nationwide are asked to turn on outside lights, lock their doors, and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. Neighborhoods will be hosting a variety of events ranging from small potlucks and BBQ's to large block parties. Some additional event ideas include, games, contests, discussing neighborhood issues or setting neighborhood goals, plan a clean-up day, beautify a common area, discuss or plan a Neighborhood Watch Program. It is up to each group to be creative, have fun and to get to know your neighbors.

Register your neighborhood for this year's event today. Registration is free and gives police and other city representatives an opportunity to attend local events as time and circumstances permit. You do NOT have to be a current Neighborhood Watch neighborhood to participate. National Night Out is for everyone! Register now and begin planning your event as soon as possible.

If you would like to host a block party in your neighborhood, you can obtain more information by contacting Ana Ambriz Neighborhood Services Coordinator at [email protected] or (831)758-7166 or Sgt. Kendall Gray at [email protected] or (831)758-7224. You can also visit our web page

Come out and join us on August 7th in making National Night Out 2018 the best one yet!

An informational meeting on National Night Out will be held tonight, July 25,2018 at 6 pm at the Recreation Center located at 320 Lincoln Ave. The public is invited to attend.

Release Authorized by: Miguel Cabrera

Arrest for Attempted Homicide/Possession of Narcotics

Release Date/Time: 7/25/2018 10:45 AM
Incident:  Arrest for Attempted Homicide/Possession of Narcotics
Date: Wednesday, 7/25/2018
Time: 10:45 AM
Location: 100 Block of Sycamore/Under 100 Block of Connely Ct.

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

On 07/04/2018, an attempted homicide occurred in the 300 Block of Cross Ave. Two male juveniles (15 and 12) were standing in the driveway when a black SUV stopped on the street in front of the residence. A male occupant exited, approached the two victims and brandished a handgun. He asked them where they were from and began firing at the victims as they ran for cover. Fortunately, no one was struck.

The Detective Bureau developed information and determined Jose Carrillo Jr. (20) was possibly involved in the shooting. Detectives wrote a two-location search warrant and served them with the help of the Monterey County Sheriff and Salinas Police Department SWAT Teams. During the warrant service, Jose Carrillo Sr. (45) was found to be in possession of a quantity of methamphetamine. Four handguns and evidence possibly linked to the attempted murder were located on Sycamore. Both were booked into Monterey County Jail.

Vehicle versus Pedestrian Hit and Run Collision

Release Date/Time: 7/23/2018 5:16 PM
Incident: Vehicle versus Pedestrian Hit and Run Collision
Date: Monday, 7/23/2018
Time:  12:27 AM 
Location: East Alisal St. and Holaday Ave.

On Monday, July 23rd at 12:27 am a 19 year old and her sister were crossing East Alisal St. at the intersection with Holaday Ave. in a marked crosswalk. Several vehicles stopped in the eastbound lanes to allow the pedestrians to cross, while a grey older model Honda failed to stop, striking the victim. The driver of the Honda fled the scene and a witness tried to follow the vehicle but lost sight of it in the area of Alisal Rd. and Sconberg Pkwy. The victim was transported to a local hospital with major injuries, and is in stable condition. Her injuries while serious are not condiered life threatening.

This is an ongoing investigation and the Salinas Police Department is asking for the public's help. Anyone who witnessed the incident, may have seen the vehicle leaving the area, or who has information regarding the incident is encouraged to call Detective Gomez at 831-758-7236. 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. Jim Arensdorf
Telephone: 831-758-7250

Homicide Victim Identification

Release Date/Time: 7/19/2018 1:31 PM
Incident:  Homicide Victim Identification
Date: Thursday, 7/19/2018
Time: 1:31 PM
Location:  Bridge St. And E. Lake St.

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

On 7/13/18, at approximately 5:04 PM, officers responded to Bridge St. and E. Lake St. to investigate possible shots fired in the area. When they arrived, they located Armando Ortiz (61) suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers and medical staff assessed the victim and pronounced him deceased at the scene. The motive for the shooting is unknown.  The investigations is ongoing and updates will be provided when available.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information on the shooting to call Detective Ken Schwener at (831) 758-7276 or email him at [email protected]; or Detective Pete Gomez at (831) 758-7236 or email her 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.

Homicide/ Attempted Homicide

Release Date/Time: 7/17/2018 1:52 PM
Incident: Homicide/Attempted Homicide
Date: Tuesday, 7/17/2018
Time: 6:15 AM
Location: Dallas Ave. and Cortez St.

On July 17, 2018, at approximately 6:15 am, ShotSpotter detected several gunshots in the area of Dallas Ave. and Cortez St. While officers were in route to the area, we received calls from citizens of a victim of a gunshot. When they arrived, officers found a male lying in the roadway, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers provided first aid, to include CPR, until medical personnel arrived and declared the victim deceased. Other responding officers noticed a blood trail leading away from the scene. They followed the blood trail and found a second victim of the shooting at a nearby residence. That victim, a 47-year-old male, was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The victims live nearby and were at their car, preparing to go to work. At least one person approached and fired several rounds from a handgun. It doesn't appear any words were exchanged between the deceased victim, Israel Gallegos (age 35), and his assailant prior to the shooting. The second victim, the 47-year-old male, ran from the scene after being shot in the face. Neither victim appear to have any gang ties and the motive for the shooting is unknown, at this time.

The Salinas Police Department Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with any information about this Murder to contact Detective John McNeil at (831) 758-7277 or [email protected] or Detective Gabriela Garibay at (831) 758-7971 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


Question of the Day

Does the law say what kind of noise can be made at different times and in different places?
The Salinas Municipal Code  contains noise ordinances that regulate certain kinds of noise.

Generally, noise is divided into four "classes".

• Class A Noise is defined as noise created by equipment operated in the public interest or for emergency or safety purposes. Such equipment includes sirens, street sweepers, garbage trucks, chipper machines, etc. Class A noise is allowed at anytime.

• Class B Noise is defined as noise...

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