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Salinas Police Department Participates in Fantasy Flight 2018

Release Date/Time: 12/6/2018 1:23 PM
Incident:Salinas Police Department Participates in Fantasy Flight 2018
Date: Saturday 12/8/2018

Salinas Police Department Participates in Fantasy Flight 2018

Salinas Police Department will participate in Fantasy Flight 2018 sponsored by the Cops Care Cancer Foundation this coming Saturday December 8 in San Jose, Ca. Salinas PD will be providing a police escort to two Salinas families selected by the foundation to be part of this year's special event, which will take place at San Jose PD's hangar at San Jose Airport. The local families have children ages 7 and 13 who will be two of the many special guests.

Although Fantasy Flight has been around for years this is the first year Salinas PD is involved and we hope to support this worthy cause yearly. For more information on Fantasy Flight for next year's event, you can call 408 313-6877.

What is Fantasy Flight?

Fantasy Flight is an event for any child that is battling cancer or any other life-threatening illness. The entire family is invited to join as the kids enjoy this Christmas themed carnival. Guests will get to meet with local police officers, police dogs, fire fighters, and special guests. While the kids await Santa's arrival via police helicopter, there will be a chance for them to win prizes at the carnival themed festivities. There will be food (BBQ Burgers & dogs), treats, drinks, jumper houses face painters, music and a photo booth.

Who can attend Fantasy Flight?

Any child stricken with cancer or who has any life-threatening illness or condition who are under the age of 18 may attend. (Transplant patients are also welcome.) Each child may bring all of their brothers and sisters as well as their parents and grandparents. Every child (Including the brothers and sisters under the age of 18) will receive o gift from Santa Claus.

*Patients must be currently receiving treatment to be eligible to attend Fantasy Flight*

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

Lewd Acts With A Child Arrest

Release Date/Time: 12/5/2018 3:45 PM
Incident: Lewd Acts with a Child Arrest
Date: Wednesday, 12/5/2018
Time: 3:45 PM
Location: 300 blk of San Miguel Ave.

On November 21, 2018, Salinas Police officers were called to the 300 block of San Miguel Ave. on the report of a possible occurrence of a lewd act with a child. This lengthy and multifaceted investigation into the allegation developed enough probable cause to arrest Casimiro Carrillo, age 73, for two separate counts of lewd acts upon a child, involving two separate victims, ages 8 and 9, respectively.

The incidents occurred while the children were attending Carrillo's Daycare on San Miguel Ave. Due to Casimiro Carrillo's access to the children at the day care, detectives are asking those with any information to contact Detective Pete Gomez at (831) 758-7236; 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

Gang Member Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Conspiracy and Use of Firearms

Release Date/Time: 12/5/2018 11:32 AM
Incident:Gang Member Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Conspiracy and Use of Firearms
Date: Thursday November 29, 2018
Time: 11:32 AM
Location:222 Lincoln Ave

Gang Member Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Conspiracy and Use of Firearms

Anthony Lek (31), a Salinas man arrested as part of a 2015 investigation into robberies, murders and other crimes linked to the Norteños was sentenced to 15 years last Thursday November 29, 2018. Lek pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges of racketeering conspiracy, robbery affecting interstate commerce and using a firearm in a violent crime.

Lek, a member of the Norteño-linked Santa Rita street gang in Salinas, was one of nine men charged under Operation Daybreak in 2015 for their involvement in numerous crimes and multiple locations.

In 2015, Salinas Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested Lek and eight others as part of Operation Daybreak, a crackdown on the Norteño gang. The prosecution is the result of an investigation initiated by the Salinas Police Department and the FBI.

Lek, has been in custody since his 2015 arrest, will begin serving his 15-year sentence immediately, other defendants are awaiting trial.

Release Authorized by:Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:758-7289

Update: Homicide Victim's Family Located

Release Date/Time: 11/29/2018 12:19 PM
Incident:Update: Homicide Victim's Family Located
Date: Thursday, 11/29/2018
Time: 12:19 PM
Location:

Update: 11-29-18 Salinas Police Department would once again like to thank the community for coming forward with information, which led to locating Felix Francisco's family. Mr. Francisco was the homicide victim from the November 3, 2018 shooting on N. Hebbron St. We hope that additional information from the public may be helpful in leading to the arrest of those responsible for this senseless act and bring some closure to the family..If anyone has information regarding this incident, you are encouraged to contact Detective Ruben Sanchez at (831)758-7927. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas PD Tip Line at (831)775-4222

Update: 11-26-2018 The homicide victim from the November 3, 2018 shooting in the 100 block of N. Hebbron St. has been identified as Felix Alonso Francisco (43). Detectives were able to identify him earlier this month but so far have not been able to locate his family or determine where he lived or worked. If anyone has information regarding Mr. Francisco or information regarding this case, you are encouraged to contact Detective Ruben Sanchez at 831 758-7927 or at [email protected] If you would like to remain anonymous you can call the Salinas PD Tip Line at 831 775-4222

Original Press Release: 11-3-18

On November 3, 2018, at approximately 1:30 am, officers responded to the under 100 block of North Hebbron Avenue to investigate calls from community members regarding gunshots, along with a ShotSpotter activation. Officers located a Hispanic male in his late 20's to early 30's, lying in the driveway of a complex, suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim expired at the scene. We are looking into the possibility of a gang nexus, but at this time, the motive is unknown. The investigation is ongoing and updates will be provided when available.

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

Salinas Police Department Reminds You to Celebrate the Holiday Season Responsibly

Release Date/Time: 11/19/2018 11:20 AM
Incident:Salinas Police Department Reminds You to Celebrate the Holiday Season Responsibly
Date: Monday, 11/19/2018
Time: 11:20 AM
Location:222 Lincoln Ave.

Salinas Police Department Reminds You to Celebrate the Holiday Season Responsibly

With the holiday season fast approaching, Salinas Police Department wants to remind everyone to be responsible and not drive after drinking or take drugs that affect your ability to operate a vehicle.To help keep our roadways safe, Salinas Police Department will be conducting saturation patrols and DUI checkpoints beginning Nov. 23.The enforcement efforts coincide with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving campaign, which runs from Nov. 23 to Dec. 12.

'The holidays are a time to enjoy the company of family and friends, but also a time to be extra careful on the roads,” said Traffic Sgt. Robert Hampson. 'Sadly, the holiday season leads to an increase in drivers who shouldn't be driving. It's important for us to let people know that if you feel different, you drive different.” During the 2017 Thanksgiving (Nov. 22-26) and Christmas (Dec. 22-25) holidays, 99 people were killed and nearly 4,500 people were injured on California roads. Of those deadly crashes, nearly 35 percent involved alcohol.

With holiday parties taking place, it is important to plan ahead and make sure everyone has a sober ride home. Even if you have had only one drink, play it safe and designate a sober driver or use a ride-share service to get home. If you plan to drink, do not plan on driving.

Salinas Police Department also supports efforts by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to inform drivers that 'DUI Doesn't Just Mean Booze.” Prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications and marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI. 'Don't spoil the holiday and put yourself and others at risk by driving impaired,” said Sgt. Robert Hampson 'People need to understand that the only time they should be driving is when they are sober.”

Funding for holiday season enforcement operations are provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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

Salinas Police Department Reminds Drivers and Passengers to Wear a Seat Belt

Release Date/Time: 11/19/2018 11:05 AM
Incident:Salinas Police Department Reminds Drivers and Passengers to Wear a Seat Belt
Date: Monday, 11/19/2018
Time: 11:05 AM
Location:222 Lincoln Ave.

Salinas Police Department Reminds Drivers and Passengers to Wear a Seat Belt

This Thanksgiving, Salinas Police Department is joining the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to remind people how important it is to wear a seat belt, and the potentially deadly consequences of not buckling up. Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel times of the year. According to AAA, 48.5 million people will hit the road for the Thanksgiving holiday, making it more critical than ever for drivers and passengers to wear a seat belt. With more cars on the road, the chances of being involved in a crash go up, and a seat belt is the best defense.

It is why during the Thanksgiving holiday, which runs from Nov. 22-26, Salinas Police Department will be looking for drivers and passengers who are not wearing a seat belt. As a primary seat belt law state, California law enforcement can issue tickets to people who fail to wear a seat belt. Violations are punishable by a $162 fine.

'Wearing a seat belt can literally be a life-saver,” said Traffic Sgt. Robert Hampson. 'It only takes a couple seconds to buckle up and buckling up is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash". Salinas Police Department is one of many agencies across the country participating in the national Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign aimed at saving lives by making sure all drivers and passengers get the message to buckle up.

During the 2016 Thanksgiving weekend, 341 people were killed in crashes nationwide. Of those killed, 49 percent were not wearing a seat belt.'Every day, we see the devastating effects of crashes involving people who don't wear a seat belt,” said Sgt. Robert Hampson. 'Whether you're on a cross-country road trip or driving one block, it's critical you buckle up every trip, every time.”

Funding for this seat belt enforcement operation is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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

Train vs Pedestrian collision

Release Date/Time: 11/13/2018 3:21 PM
Incident: Train vs Pedestrian collision
Date: Tuesday, 11/13/2018
Time: 3:21 PM
Location: Dead en of Sanborn Place on tracks

Release Authorized by: Commander Maldonado
Telephone: 831-758-7250

An Amtrak train was was travelling southbound through Salinas in the area of the dead end of Sanborn Place. The conductor spotted a man walking on the track in front of the train. The conductor sounded the train horn to alert the man of the trains presence, but saw no response. The conductor activated the emergemcy stop, however, the train could not stop in time. The man was struck by the train and was found deceased by officers that arrived on scene. The victim was a 34 year old man that has been identified. That information is being held pending the notification of family.

Salinas Police Department Receives Traffic Education and Enforcement Grant

Release Date/Time: 11/13/2018 9:46 AM
Incident:Salinas Police Receives Traffic Education and Enforcement Grant
Date: Tuesday, 11/13/2018
Time: 9:46 AM
Location: 222 Lincoln Ave

Salinas Police Department Receives Traffic Education and Enforcement Grant

Salinas Police Department has been awarded a $175,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a yearlong enforcement and public awareness program. The traffic safety program is intended to educate the public on safe roadway habits and deter people from violating traffic laws or practicing other unsafe behaviors that lead to injuries and fatalities.

'Our community has suffered great loss as a result of impaired driving, distracted driving, and reckless behaviors behind the wheel. Through education and enforcement, we can create change that will save lives. Let's work on this together.” stated Chief Adele Fresé.

The grant from OTS will fund various education and enforcement activities for the 2019 federal fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2018 to Sept. 30, 2019):

  • DUI checkpoints and saturation patrols to take suspected alcohol/drug-impaired drivers – and those unlicensed or with a revoked/suspended license – off the road.
  • Traffic safety education presentations for youth and community members on distracted, impaired and teen driving, and bicycle/pedestrian safety.
  • Patrols at intersections with increased incidents of pedestrian and bike collisions.
  • Checking for seat belt and child safety seat compliance.
  • Motorcycle safety operations in areas with high rider volume and where higher rate of motorcycle crashes occur.
  • Speeding, red light and stop sign enforcement.
  • Warrant service operations targeting multiple DUI offenders.
  • Compilation of DUI 'Hot Sheets” identifying repeat DUI offenders
  • Probation supervision for high-risk DUI offenders.
  • Specialized DUI and drugged driving training to identify and apprehend suspected impaired drivers.
  • Court 'stings” to cite individuals driving from DUI court after license suspension or revocation.

In 2016, 3,623 people were killed in crashes across the state, a 7 percent increase from 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Particularly alarming is the rise in pedestrian deaths, with 867 pedestrians killed on California roadways in 2016, a nearly 33 percent increase from 2012. Along with the growing dangers of distracting technologies like phones and drug-impaired driving, this grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these dangerous and illegal behaviors.

'Almost all crashes are preventable,” OTS director Rhonda Craft said. 'Education and enforcement go hand in hand helping change behaviors that cause devastating crashes.”

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Release Authorized by: Miguel Cabrera

Telephone: 831 758-7289

Burglary, Resisting Arrest

Release Date/Time: 11/13/2018 12:56 PM
Incident:Burglary. Resisting Arrest
Date: Monday, 11/12/2018
Time: 11:49 PM
Location:400 Block of Fremont St

Officers responded to a call of a burglary to a business in progress in the 400 block of Fremont St. The owner reported he had just closed his business and was walking to his vehicle when he observed the suspect later identified as Roman Lopez Ambrocio (24) approach and kick in the front glass door to enter the business. Officers arrived and surrounded the business and observed Ambrocio still in the business. They ordered him to exit but he refused to comply the officer's orders instead he retreated further into the business. A canine officer arrived and his partner Avi was deployed. After a brief struggle Ambrocio was taken into custody suffering moderate injuries to his armpit as a result of  Avi's bite.

During the incident Avi was injured and was rushed to the animal hospital where Avi underwent surgery. Avi is recovering and is expected to return to duty soon. Ambrocio was arrested and transported to county jail and charged with burglary and resisting arrest.

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

Attempted Murder, Kidnapping, Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Release Date/Time: 11/13/2018 11:47 AM
Incident: Attempted Murder, Kidnapping, Assault with a Deadly Weapon
Date: Monday, 11/12/2018
Time: 11:08 AM
Location:1800 Block of Truckee Way

Officers responded to a call  in the 1800 block of Truckee Way, the victim called to report her ex-boyfriend, Donavan Johnson (28) was at her residence causing a disturbance and was not welcome. Before officers could respond, Johnson had left the residence. The victim later called again to report the suspect had returned  and forced his way into the residence. A loud commotion could be heard in the background. Officers arrived as  the suspect sped away from the area. Officers attempted a traffic stop but Johnson did not yield and a pursuit was initiated but eventually ended when the suspect stopped at the emergency entrance to Natividad hospital. Officers discovered the victim was in the vehicle with the suspect. The victim (28) was suffering from numerous deep lacerations to her back, both legs, both arms and her face. The victim who was bleeding profusely was rushed into the  emergency room and immediately taken into surgery.

The cuts were caused by a knife that was recovered from the vehicle. The investigation revealed Johnson had entered the residence through a window, and attempted  to drag the victim from the residence. A victim's relative attempted to intervene and blocked his path. Johnson threw the victim to the ground, punched her in the face and then began slashing her with the knife. The suspect realized the vitim was seriously injured and proceeded to drive her to the hospital  as officers arrived on Truckee Way just prior to initiating the persuit. Johnson  was subsequently arrested and transported to county jail on charges of attempted murder, kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon.

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

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Question of the Day

What can I do if I see a car parked in my neighborhood which I think may be abandoned?

The City of Salinas has people specifically designated to handle abandoned vehicles and long-term parking problems. These problems are generally handled on a complaint basis. The abandoned vehicle office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. The phone number, day or night, is (831) 758-7316.

The following information will help you determine whether or not a vehicle has been abandoned or is a long-term parking problem:

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