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Shooting

Release Date/Time: 1/20/2017 3:56 PM

Incident: Shooting

Report #: 17-010940

Date: Friday, 1/20/2017

Time: 12:51 PM

Location: Mae Ave/C St

At 1251 hours we 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 victim shot. A 15 year old male was near the intersection of Mae/C when a black vehicle drove by and an occupant of the car fired several shots at him. The victim was hit in the back of the head. He is currently in ICU and in critical condition. Detectives responded to take over the scene.

Release Authorized by: Michael Groves

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Salinas Police Department Welcomes Two Newest Officers

The Salinas Police Department is pleased to announce the hiring of its two newest officers.  Officer Ruby Alvarez and Officer Peter Magallon were sworn in on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. 

Peter Magallon is a Fresno County native.  He graduated the police academy in 2003 and worked for Firebaugh Police Department for four years before being hired by the Kerman Police Department.  Peter was a Kerman Police Officer for the past nine years.  He worked as a field training officer and drug recognition expert. 

Ruby Alvarez is a Salinas native.  She graduated from the police academy in 2005 and worked briefly at Soledad Police Department before she was hired by the Greenfield Police Department.  Ruby was a Greenfield Police Officer for the past ten years.  She worked as a patrol officer, field training officer, and school resource officer.

 

Officer Involved Shooting

Release Date/Time: 1/18/2017 9:58 AM

Incident: Officer Involved Shooting

Date: Wednesday, 1/18/2017

Time: 1:30 AM

Location: 600 block of Terrace St.

Release Authorized by: Chief Adele Fresé

Telephone: (831) 758-7286

At about 1:30 this morning Salinas Police officers were involved in an on-duty officer involved shooting in the 600 block of Terrace Street. The Police Department has asked the Monterey County District Attorney's Office to handle the investigation, according to our policy. The District Attorney's Office will handle all further information dissemination and media requests. The Police Department will not be commenting on the case in order to protect the integrity of the investigation.

Double Homicide (1/12/17) Update

The deceased victims of Thursday night's shooting (1/12/17) on the 500 block of Sunrise Street have been identified as Jose Luis Flores-Vargas,27, and Alejandro Ramirez, 25.  They are the 3rd and 4th homicide victims of 2017.  The 3 persons originally detained as a result of the initial investigation have been released, and at this time are not facing charges related to this investigation, which is still on-going. 

 

****Original Press Release****

Double Homicide

Release Date/Time: 1/13/2017 12:37 PM



Incident: Double Homicide



Date: Thursday, 1/12/2017



Time: 9:04 PM



Location: 500 block of Sunrise St.

On January 12, 2017, at approximately 9:00 PM, there was a shooting  on the 500 block of Sunrise St. The shooting resulted in two deaths and two others injured with non-life threatening gunshot wounds. The Salinas Police Department has 3 individuals detained and the investigation into their role in the shooting is ongoing. A press conference to provide further information on the shooting will be held at 4:00 PM today, at the Salinas Police Department.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information about this double homicide to contact Detective Ken Hendrickson at (831) 758-7129 or [email protected]; or 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

Homicide Arrest

In January 2016, the Salinas Police Department released a request asking for help in finding missing person, Paulino Guzman III (see below).  At the time of the release, it was strongly believed that Guzman had been murdered while attending a party in an apartment in the 2200 Block of N. Main St.  Over the course the last year, Detectives have been tenaciously following up on information, and conducting numerous interviews and searches that ultimately  led to the issuance of a $2.2 million dollar arrest warrant, charging one-count of homicide, for Tai Cruz (23) of Salinas.  Cruz was located at his place of employment in Monterey on Friday evening (1/13/17) and arrested without incident.  He was later booked into Monterey County Jail.

A press conference on this case will take place at the Salinas Police Department's Chief's Conference Room at 3PM today.  All members of the press are invited, however, it is not open to the general public. 

****Original Press Release from January 20, 2016****

Missing Person

The Salinas Police Department is asking for help locating a missing person with suspicious circumstances. Family members of Paulino Guzman III came to the Salinas Police Department to report him missing. It appears the last time Guzman was seen or heard from was on December 12, 2015. At the time, he was in good spirits with no known plans to leave town. Guzman is an 18-year-old Hispanic male, 5'10” tall and weighing approximately 180 lbs. He has the letters 'es” tattooed near his left eye and Aztec numerals tattooed near his right eye.

Anyone who may have seen or heard from Guzman, or may have information on his whereabouts, is asked to contact Detective Sivertson at 831-758-7132 or the Investigations Division at 831-758-7226. 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, or text information to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411". A photograph of Guzman is available to media outlets upon request.

Double Homicide

Release Date/Time: 1/13/2017 12:37 PM

Incident: Double Homicide

Date: Thursday, 1/12/2017

Time: 9:04 PM

Location: 500 block of Sunrise St.

On January 12, 2017, at approximately 9:00 PM, there was a shooting  on the 500 block of Sunrise St. The shooting resulted in two deaths and two others injured with non-life threatening gunshot wounds. The Salinas Police Department has 3 individuals detained and the investigation into their role in the shooting is ongoing. A press conference to provide further information on the shooting will be held at 4:00 PM today, at the Salinas Police Department.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information about this double homicide to contact Detective Ken Hendrickson at (831) 758-7129 or [email protected]; or 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

Homicide Victim Identification

Release Date/Time: 1/9/2017 12:26 PM

Incident: Homicide Update-Victim Identification

Report #: 17-010326

Date: Monday, 1/9/2017

Time: 12:30 PM

Location: Parking Lot of 1980 N. Main St.

On January 7, 2017, at approximately 11:40 PM, Salinas Police officers responded to the parking lot of 1980 N. Main St. on the report of a shooting. Officers found 26-year-old Daniel Juarez Morales of Salinas, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. Morales was pronounced deceased at the scene.

An altercation may have started in the Buffalo Wild Wings between two groups of males. The security guard was able to get between the groups so the argument stayed verbal but each group threw out some gang signs. A short time later, the victim went out into the parking lot to leave and was confronted by the suspects. It is unknown if anything was said but one of the suspects opened fire and shot the victim. They then jumped into a possibly white, Chevy S10 pick-up that was last seen eastbound on Boronda Rd. A very vague description of a male wearing dark clothing was given for the suspect, but nothing further.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone who may have information regarding this shooting, the altercation inside Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurant, or may have seen the vehicle fleeing the area, contact Detective Byron Gansen at (831) 758-7137 or [email protected]; or Detective G. 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

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 1/8/2017 4:54 AM

Incident: Homicide

Report #: 17-010326

Date: Saturday, 1/7/2017

Time: 11:41 PM

Location: Parking Lot of 1980 N. Main St.

ShotSpotter alerted to gunshots coming from the parking lot of 1980 N. Main St. Other calls started coming in of a victim of shooting, laying in the parking lot. Officers arrived and found a 26-year-old male suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

An altercation may have started in the Buffalo Wild Wings between two groups of males. The security guard was able to get between the groups so the argument stayed verbal but each group threw out some gang signs. A short time later, the victim went out into the parking lot to leave and was confronted by the suspects. It is unknown if anything was said but one of the suspects opened fire and shot the victim. They then jumped into a possibly white, Chevy S10 pick-up that was last seen eastbound on Boronda Rd. A very vague description of a male wearing dark clothing was given for the suspect, but nothing further.

The victim's identity is being withheld until the family has time to properly notify other members of their family. This is the second homicide of 2017 in the City of Salinas and is being investigated as gang related.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone who may have information regarding this shooting, the altercation inside Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurant, or may have seen the vehicle fleeing the area, contact Detective Byron Gansen at (831) 758-7137 or [email protected]; or Detective Gabriela Garibay at (831) 758-7971. 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, or text information to the Text Tip Line with the code "SPD831" to "847411".

 

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane

Telephone: (831) 758-7496

Robbery

Release Date/Time: 1/6/2017 12:18 AM

Incident: Robbery

Report #: 17 01 0222

Date: Friday, 1/6/2017

Time: 10:22 PM

Location: 400 Block of N. Main Street

A 22-year-old clerk was working at a Gas Station on the 400 block of Main Street. Two males entered the store and robbed the business at gunpoint. Suspect 1 was described as a Hispanic sounding male, 5'9”, 150 lbs, thin build, dressed in black wearing a black ski mask and black hoodie. The suspect was armed with a black semi-automatic handgun, pointed it at the clerk and demanded the money from the register. The suspect took the cash from the register. Suspect #2 was described as approximately 5'3”, 150 lbs, medium build, wearing dark clothing, a black ski mask, black hoodie, had a bulky backpack, and did not appear to be armed. Suspect #2 went behind the counter and took a handful of cigars. Both suspects fled the building and went westbound on Cassentini.

A security officer was parked at a nearby business and observed the two suspect walking westbound on Cassentini Street. When they saw the security officer they cut across a greenbelt and fled the area.

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: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Robbery

Release Date/Time: 1/6/2017 12:18 AM

Incident: Robbery

Report #: 17 01 0222

Date: Friday, 1/6/2017

Time: 10:22 PM

Location: 400 Block of N. Main Street

A 22-year-old clerk was working at a Gas Station on the 400 block of Main Street. Two males entered the store and robbed the business at gunpoint. Suspect 1 was described as a Hispanic sounding male, 5'9”, 150 lbs, thin build, dressed in black wearing a black ski mask and black hoodie. The suspect was armed with a black semi-automatic handgun, pointed it at the clerk and demanded the money from the register. The suspect took the cash from the register. Suspect #2 was described as approximately 5'3”, 150 lbs, medium build, wearing dark clothing, a black ski mask, black hoodie, had a bulky backpack, and did not appear to be armed. Suspect #2 went behind the counter and took a handful of cigars. Both suspects fled the building and went westbound on Cassentini.

A security officer was parked at a nearby business and observed the two suspect walking westbound on Cassentini Street. When they saw the security officer they cut across a greenbelt and fled the area.

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: Cmdr. John C. Murray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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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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