Press Releases

Vehicle vs Pedestrian Collision

Release Date/Time: 9/18/2018 10:51 AM
Incident: Vehicle vs Pedestrian Collision
Date: Tuesday, 9/18/2018
Time: 10:51 AM
Location: N. Main St. at Iris Dr.

At approximately 3:49am, officers responded to a vehicle vs pedestrian collision in the area of N. Main St at Iris Dr. A Honda Accord driving northbound struck an unidentified male adult who was crossing the street outside the crosswalk towards the Rodeo Grounds. The pedestrian suffered major injuries and was transported to a local hospital were he underwent surgery and remains in serious condition. The driver stopped at the scene and cooperated with officers. Salinas Traffic Unit investigators responded and are continuing the investigation.

Anyone with information related to this case is asked to contact the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7250

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

Commander Henry Gomez Retirement

Release Date/Time: 9/18/2018 8:16 AM
Incident:Commander Henry Gomez Retirement Ceremony
Date: Tuesday, 9/18/2018
Time: 8:16 AM
Location: 100 Howard St.

Please be advised Commander Henry Gomez retirement ceremony has an updated time. The ceremony will be held at the PAL building 100 Howard ST at 3:00 pm

Release Authorized by: M. Cabrera
Telephone:831 758-7289

Commander Henry Gomez Retirement/ Updated Time-Ceremony Will Be at 3:00 PM

Release Date/Time: 9/17/2018 1:31 PM
Incident:Commander Henry Gomez Retirement Ceremony
Date: Monday, 9/17/2018
Time: 1:31 PM
Location:100 Howard St

The Salinas Police Department would like to announce the retirement of Commander Henry Gomez. His final briefing will be Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. in the Salinas Armory Hall, located at 100 Howard St., across the street from the Police Department.

 

A native of San Jose, California, Commander Henry Gomez graduated from Silver Creek High School in 1983. He attended Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo for a couple of years, studying architecture, before finding his true calling in public service. Henry was hired as a police recruit by the City of Salinas on August 29, 1988. He graduated from the Gavilan College Police Academy, Class #79, on December 16,1988.

 

As an officer, Henry worked various assignments, including Patrol, Crime Scene Investigations, Community Policing in a 20-block area of Salinas, Field Training, and School Resource Officer. He also worked as an acting Corporal. During his thirteen years as an officer, he received several letters of commendation for his work in the field.

 

 Henry returned to school and earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in 2003.

 

He was assigned as a detective from 2002 until 2006, where he investigated a wide range of cases, including fraud, robberies, missing persons, child abuse, sexual assaults, and homicides.

 

In 2006, Henry was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He worked Patrol and supervised the Department's Field Training Program. He also supervised the Hostage Negotiation Team. In 2007, Henry and three of his officers were recipients of the National Association of Police Officers' Honorable Mention for the 'Top Cop” award. This was for their arrest of a sword-wielding mentally ill person without having to resort to lethal force. In 2010, Henry was selected to supervise the Investigations Division, a position he held for two years.

 

In 2012, Henry graduated from the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute. It is an intense program designed to stimulate personal growth, leadership, and ethical decision-making in California law enforcement front-line supervisors. At the same time, he also earned his Master's Degree in Criminal Justice through the University of Cincinnati.

 

Henry was promoted to Commander in 2012 and assigned to the Patrol Division. He was the commander in the Department's Mobile Field Force. Henry also represented the Department in the city's efforts to improve governing with more racial equity. From 2015 to 2017, Henry was the Administration Commander for the Department. In that position, he supervised Personnel and Training, Special Operations, Community Relations, and the School Resource Officer program. In his final year with the Department, Henry has been back on Patrol, supervising swing shift.
 

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

Fatal Hit and Run Collision Involving a Pedestrian

Today at approximately 2:30 in the morning, a hit and run collision involving a pedestrian occurred near Roy Diaz and De La Torre St. in the City of Salinas. The victim was struck while walking in the street and sustained major injuries. The suspect driver did not stop and left the scene. The victim was transported to a local hospital and eventually died as a result of their injuries.
 
Anyone with information related to this case is asked to contact the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7250.

Release Date/Time: 9/14/2018 2:15 PM
Incident: Fatal Hit and Run Collision Involving a Pedestrian

Date: Friday, 9/14/2018
Time: 2:15 PM
Location: Roy Diaz at De La Torre

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

Assault with a Deadly Weapon/ Child Endangerment/ Gang Enhancement

Release Date/Time: 9/11/2018 1:21 PM
Incident:Assault with a Deadly Weapon/ Child Endangerment/ Gang Enhancement/ Threats
Date: Tuesday, 8/07/2018
Time: 4:30 PM
Location:Natividad Creek Skate Park

Luis Gutierrez (38), a skateboard event coordinator, was arrested today for his role in the violent attack on a 14-year-old boy at an event held at the Natividad Creek Skate Park on 08/07/18.

Gutierrez was booked into Monterey County Jail on charges of Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Child Endangerment, Disturbing the Peace, and Gang Enhancement.

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

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 9/11/2018 8:52 AM
Incident:  Homicide
Date: Tuesday, 9/11/2018
Time: 1:43 AM
Location:  900 Block of Rider Avenue

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

Officers responded to the 900 block of Rider Avenue for report of shots fired with a possible victim. Once officers arrived, they found the victim, Isaac Moreno (29) suffering from gunshot wounds. Medical personnel tended to Mr. Moreno, but he died at the scene. Apparently, he and a 29-year-old male were sitting in a car when a dark colored SUV drove up. Someone from the SUV shot at the two and Mr. Moreno was struck. The second victim was uninjured.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information on the shooting to call Detective Byron Gansen at (831) 758-7137 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.

Assault with a Deadly Weapon/ Child Endangerment/ Gang Enhancement/ Threats

Release Date/Time: 8/7/2018 3:25 PM
Incident:Assault with a Deadly Weapon/ Child Endangerment/ Gang Enhancement/ Threats
Date: Friday, 9/7/2018
Time: 3:25 PM
Location: Natividad Creek Skate Park

Richard Diaz (20), the suspect in the violent attack on a 14-year-old boy at the Natividad Creek Skate Park on 08/07/18, is in police custody and under arrest.
Thank you to our community for getting involved and convincing Diaz to turn himself in.

Diaz was booked into Monterey County Jail on charges of Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Child Endangerment, Threats, and Gang Enhancement.

The incident is still under investigation. Anyone with information, please contact Sergeant Danny Warner at: (831) 758-7128 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.

Anyone with information, please contact Sergeant Danny Warner at: (831) 758-7128 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

Homicide Investigation (Update-Arrest for destruction of evidence, accessory to a felony and conspiring together to commit a crime)

Release Date/Time: 9/7/2018 9:48 AM
Incident:  Homicide Investigation (Update-Arrest for destruction of evidence, accessory to a felony and conspiring together to commit a crime)
Date: Friday, 9/7/2018
Time: 9:48 AM
Location:  1200 Block of Polk Street

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

On September 3, 2018, at approximately 12:33 am, Daniel Martinez Jr. (37) was shot and killed in a home in the 1200 block of Polk Street. Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators examined the scene and noticed irregularities. Through investigation, it was determined that residents of the house, Ray Demetrio Espino (32) and Maria Benavides (54), worked together to tamper with the crime scene and destroy evidence. Both Espino and Benavides were booked at Monterey County Jail for destruction of evidence, accessory to a felony and conspiring together to commit a crime.

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.

Vehicle Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation.

Release Date/Time: 9/6/2018 4:06 PM
Incident:Vehicle Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operation.
Date: Thursday, 9/6/2018
Time: 4:06 PM
Location: City of Salinas

Release Authorized by: City of Salinas
Telephone: 831-758-7017

Officers from Salinas PD, Marina PD, California Highway Patrol, Monterey PD and Pacific Grove PD conducted a vehicle pedestrian safety enforcement operation in the City of Salinas. 2 teams conducted operations at 4 locations in the city.  103 drivers were cited and  6 cars were towed for driver's license violations.

Homicide Investigation (Update-Victim Identification)

Release Date/Time: 9/6/2018 12:11 PM
Incident: Homicide Investigation (Update-Victim Identification)
Date: Monday, 9/3/2018
Time: 12:33 AM
Location: 1200 Block of Polk Street

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

Officers responded to a home in the 1200 block of Polk Street for a report of an adult male gunshot wound victim. At the residence, officers found Daniel Martinez Jr. (37) with a gunshot wound. Officers provided CPR, but Mr. Martinez was pronounced dead at the scene. A dark colored car was supposedly seen leaving the area. This is being investigated as gang-related.

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.

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