Press Releases

Gang Member possessing concealed loaded firearm and resisting arrest

Release Date/Time: 9/29/2018 4:41 PM
Incident: 25400(c)(3) PC, 25400(a)(3) PC, 25400(a)(2) PC, 25850 (a) PC, 25850(c)(6) PC, 186.22 (a) PC, 148(a)(1) PC
Date: Saturday, 9/29/2018
Time: 4:41 PM
Location: Central and West

Release Authorized by: Cdr. M. Maldonado
Telephone: 831-758-7250

Salinas Police stopped a car for running a stop sign at Central Ave and West St. As soon as the car came to a stop the right front passenger, Guillermo Reyes 20, got out of the car and ran westbound on Central Ave. In the 300 block of Central Ave Reyes threw a .357 ca Smith & Wesson revolver and stopped running. Reyes was taken into custody and the gun was recovered.

Reyes was booked into Monterey County Jail on multiple gang and gun charges.

Statistics on the Summer Deployments From The Violence Suppression Unit

Release Date/Time: 9/28/2018 4:47 PM
Incident: Statistics on the Summer Deployments From The Violence Suppression Unit
Date: Friday, 9/28/2018
Time: 4:47 PM
Location: 222 Lincoln Ave

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Brian Johnson

The Violence Suppression Unit's Summer Deployment statistics were released during the press conference today.  The press conference also revealed the newly formed Violence Suppression Task Force. You may watch the press conference on the Salinas Police Department's Facebook page at  

Surveillances 87

Methamphetamine ¾ of a pound

Heroin over ¾ or a pound

Cocaine 80 grams

Marijuana 107 pounds

Concentrated cannabis 1.6 gallons

Asset Forfeiture $34,249

Searches 353

Arrests 127

Firearms 18

Oath of Office Ceremony

Release Date/Time: 9/27/2018 10:20 AM
Incident:Oath of Office Ceremony
Date: Thursday, 9/27/2018
Time: 10:20 AM
Location:100 Howard Street Salinas Armory Hall (PAL Building)

Please join us as we celebrate the promotion of Commander Matt Maldonado, Sgt. Mike Batchelor and Sgt. Albert Duran. We also officially welcome Salinas Police Department's newest officers Shivdev Dhillon, Abel Gomez and Alex Zamora. The ceremony will take place on Friday September 28th at 10:00 am at the Salinas Armory Hall (PAL Building) 100 Howard Street.

Public is invited to attend.

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

Press Conference on End of Summer Report on Violence Suppression Unit Deployments

Release Date/Time: 9/26/2018 11:42 AM
Incident:Press Conference on End of Summer Report on Violence Suppression Unit Deployments
Date: Wednesday, 9/26/2018
Time: 11:42 AM
Location:222 Lincoln Ave. Salinas Police Department

Press Conference at Salinas Police Department on Friday September 28, 2018 11:30 am

Press conference is for press/media only.

A press conference will be held at Salinas Police Department, Chief's Conference Room on Friday September 28, 2018 at 11:30 am. Chief Frese' will present an end of summer report on the Violence Suppression Unit deployments and discuss the new task force that has just been formed to continue violence suppression efforts.

Press/Media inquiries should be directed to Miguel Cabrera at (831)758-7289

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


Release Date/Time: 9/22/2018 11:04 PM
Incident: Armed Robbery
Date: Saturday, 9/22/2018
Time: 11:04 PM
Location: 800 E. Alisal St.

On Saturday, September 22nd at 3:56 pm Salinas Police officers were dispatched to a report of an armed robbery in progress at the Chase Bank located at 800 E. Alisal St. Four armed suspects dressed in dark clothing with their faces covered entered the bank ordering the employees and customers to the floor. Although officers arrived within minutes, the suspects fled with an undisclosed amount of cash prior to police arrival.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information on the robbery to call Detective Derek Gibson at (831) 758-7442 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.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. Jim Arensdorf
Telephone: 831-758-7250

Attempted Homicide

Release Date/Time: 9/22/2018 11:27 AM
Date: Saturday, 9/22/2018
Time: 12::30 AM
Location: 400 Block E. Market St.

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

Officer's responded to a ShotSpotter activation on the 400 block of E. Market St. at approximately 12:30 AM. The officer's located a victim (a security guard) who had apparently been shot at from a dark colored SUV. Several bullet strikes were located and it appears that the guard was the intended target and was unharmed. This case is still under investigation.

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

Attempted Homicide

Release Date/Time: 9/22/2018 11:05 AM
Incident: Attempted Homicide
Date: Saturday, 9/22/2018
Time: 3:06 AM
Location: 2000 Block N. Main St.

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

Two groups of males began fighting each other on the 2000 block of N. Main St. when one subject pulled out a handgun and shot a member of the rival group before fleeing the area in a vehicle. The victim was taken to a local hospital by car for treatment. The wounds were considered non-life-threatening. The victim and associates were not cooperative with law enforcement. The suspect is being described as a Hispanic male adult in his early 20's. The investigation is ongoing and the incident is suspected to be gang-related.

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

Homicide Arrest

Release Date/Time: 9/19/2018 11:58 AM
Incident: Homicide Arrest
Date: Tuesday, 9/18/2018
Time: 5:40 PM
Location: East Lake Street Soledad Street

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

On September 16, 2016, at approximately 1506 hours, Kareem Jamal King (23) was shot while in the area of East Lake Street and Soledad Street. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment but died from his injuries. Detectives took over the investigation, but nothing could be proven at the time. They continued to diligently work the case and were able to establish probable cause to arrest Jerry Sanks (28) for King's murder. On September 18, 2018, an attorney representing Sanks facilitated his surrender to Salinas Police Detectives. He was booked at Monterey County Jail for murder.

Live PD to Feature Salinas Police Department in Season Premiere on September 21, 2018

Release Date/Time: 9/18/2018 11:55 AM
Incident:Live PD to Feature Salinas Police Department in Season Premiere on Septembet 21, 2018
Date: Tuesday, 9/18/2018
Time: 11:55 AM
Location:City of Salinas

Live PD to Feature Salinas Police Department in Season Premiere on September 21, 2018

Live PD, the documentary series on A&E will televise its third season premiere from Salinas this Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22 at 9 pm.

Salinas Police Department is the first agency in California to be featured on Live PD which offers unfiltered live access inside the country's busiest police forces and the communities they patrol.

The premise of the show is to be transparent in showing an inside look at a typical day of a Salinas PD officer and the calls for service they respond to. For this reason, Chief Fresé agreed to the visit from Live PD. It is through this transparency, the Department strives to build stronger partnerships with the community.

Live TV crews have been here for the last week in preparation for the upcoming premiere of the documentary series on A&E. Join us in this in depth look at Salinas PD officers as they perform their daily patrol duties.

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

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


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