On December 11, 2016, officers responded to a domestic violence incident at a local Salinas motel. The victim told officers she had been threatened at gunpoint and held against her will by Luis Morales Alvarado (38). As officers were arriving, Alvarado cut a hole in the wall of the motel room, crawled into an adjacent room and then jumped from the second floor room to the parking lot before fleeing on foot while armed with a semi-automatic pistol. Officers searched the motel room and discovered over 140 grams of methamphetamine and determined that Alvarado was wanted on a felony warrant.
This morning at about 9:20am, officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance at an apartment complex in the 700 block of W. Acacia St. involving Alvarado. Officers were aware that he was armed with a gun on the previous case. Before officers could contact him, Alvarado jumped from the second-story bathroom window to the ground and ran toward a nearby elementary school. One officer fired three rounds from a 40mm, less lethal projectile device striking Alvarado twice. He fell to the ground but was able to get up and keep running. Alvarado ran onto the campus of the elementary school prompting police to order a lock-down of the campus. Another officer deployed a Taser, which struck Alvarado and safely ended the pursuit. He was not armed when arrested. Police and school staff conducted a search of the campus but no firearm was located. The campus lockdown was lifted after approximately 40 minutes and no students were harmed. Alvarado was booked into the Monterey County Jail on a variety of felony charges.