Press Releases

Murder

Release Date/Time: 11/3/2018 10:58 AM
Incident: Murder
Date: Saturday, 11/3/2018
Time: 1:30 AM
Location: 100 Block of N.Hebbron Ave

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

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 multiple gunshot wounds. The victim expired at the scene. We are looking into the possibility of a gang nexus, but at this time, the motive for the shooting is unknown. The investigation is ongoing, and updates will be provided when available.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information on the shooting to call Detective Ruben Sanchez at (831) 758-7927 or email him at [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.

Head on Collision, Driving Under the Influence X2

Release Date/Time: 10/29/2018 9:18 AM
Incident:Head on Collision, Driving Under the Influence X2
Date: Sunday, 10/28/2018
Time: 00:14 AM
Location:E. Boronda Rd. and Constitution Blvd.

Officers were dispatched to a head on collision at E. Boronda Rd and Constitution Boulevard involving a Ford F150 and a Honda Odyssey. It was quickly updated to the F-150 being on fire with people trapped inside and multiple people in the Odyssey.  A good samaritan in the area immediately went to render aid and broke a window to the F-150 and removed a female passanger from the burning F-150. The good samaritan suffered minor lacerations to his arms.

The driver of the F-150, Miguel Angel Diaz was standing by the rescued female who was lying on the ground and was in and out of consciousness. Diaz initially stated he was dropped off at the scene but a witness placed him exiting the driver side door. He also had injuries consistent as being the driver. Officers observed objective symptoms of intoxication and conducted the DUI Investigation on Diaz who was subsequently arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Diaz was later transported to county jail for DUI charges.  The female victim was transported to Natividad Medical Center for treatment. 

The Odyssey had a total of six occupants.  Four of the six occupants were mobile and the two youngest(13,15) were lying on the ground when officers arrived.  All of the occupants were eventually transported to Natividad Medical Center and Salinas Valley Memorial hospitals with minor to moderate injuries. A thirteen year old female passenger was flown out to Valley Medical Center, she had suffered a broken femur and was unconscious at one point. The occupants stated they were coming back from a party when the Silverado merged into their lane and collided with the Odyssey van.  Both vehicles had major front end damage.

The driver of the Odyssey, Arsenio Diaz-Garcia was also showing signs of being under the influence of alcoholic beverages. He was evaluated and  suspected of being under the influence . Diaz-Garcia was arrested and cited for DUI at the hospital.

It was later discovered several persons attending a Halloween party nearby heard the collision and went to assist the injured occupants of the vehicles involved.

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

Oath of Office Ceremony

Release Date/Time: 10/24/2018 9:06 AM
Incident:Oath of Office Ceremony
Date: Thursday October 25, 2018
Time: 2 PM
Location: City Hall Rotunda 200 Lincoln Ave.

Please join us as we welcome six new Salinas PD officers with an Oath of Office ceremony at the City Hall Rotunda 200 Lincoln Ave. on Thursday October 25, 2018 at 2 pm.

Police officer recruits Jennifer Bontrager, Francisco DeLeon, Dionna Lucas, Maria Martinez and Russell Speirs graduated the police academy at Monterey Peninsula College. Academy graduate Brittney Long will also be sworn in.

Public is invited to attend.

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

Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Collision

Release Date/Time: 10/22/2018 12:45 PM
Incident:Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Collision
Date: Sunday, 10/21/2018
Time: 7:30 PM
Location:N. Main St. and Menke

The driver of a Mazda 3 was traveling northbound on N. Main St. in the #1 lane of traffic when a male adult pedestrian was walking eastbound across the lanes of traffic was struck and seriously injured. The pedestrian was transported to a local hospital with serious leg and head injuries and was listed in critical but stable condition. The driver of the vehicle, who did not see the pedestrian in the roadway, stopped and cooperated with officers on scene. The driver was licensed and not impaired. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7321. If you wish to remain anonymous you can call our Tip Line at (831) 775-4222

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

Negligent Discharge of Firearm, Possession of Meth, Warrant

Release Date/Time: 10/18/2018 8:42 AM
Incident:Negligent Discharge of Firearm, Possession of Meth, Warrant
Date: Thursday, 10/18/2018
Time: 4:45 AM
Location:Natividad Medical Center/San Luis St. at Front St.

Officers  responded to Natividad Medical Center for a reported victim of a shooting. Alexandro Llamas (29), had been dropped off in front of the hospital just before the call was dispatched. A short time after, officers had stopped a white Cadillac CTS at San Luis & Front St. The female driver told officers she had just dropped off someone at Natividad Medical Center who had been shot. Officers went to the hospital and contacted Llamas, who stated he was not going to cooperate with the investigation and refused to answer questions regarding the shooting. Officer's investigation revealed  the injury appeared to have been  self inflicted and Llamas had shot himself through his upper thigh.  A records check revealed Llamas had a felony warrant for failure to appear on a previous gun charge dating back to September 25th.when he was arrested. Back at the vehicle stop, officers located hundreds of rounds of ammunition. In addition, approximately 1/4 oz. of meth and a meth pipe were found in the Cadillac which belongs to Llamas. The driver of the vehicle was told to drive the vehicle away from the hospital by Llamas who was arrested after he was treated and released. Llamas was later booked in county jail for the outstanding warrant, negligent discharge of a firearm and possession of meth.

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

DUI checkpoint

Release Date/Time: 8/20/2015 12:27 PM

Incident: DUI checkpoint

Report #: N/A

Date: Thursday, 8/20/2015

Time: 12:12 AM

Location: Undisclosed

The Salinas Police Department will be conducting a DUI checkpoint on Friday, August 21st. The checkpoint is part of the Avoid the 20 Task Force of Monterey and San Benito Counties. The checkpoint is part of the DUI Summer Campaign.

DUI checkpoints promote public safety, deter drunk drivers, and educate the public of the dangers associated with drinking and driving. "The checkpoint focus is not to arrest drunk drivers," said Sergeant Gerry Ross. "The focus of the checkpoint is to reduce collisions caused by drunk drivers and prevent the tragedy and devastation DUI crashes cause. Don't get me wrong. If someone is drinking and driving we will do everything in our power to arrest them and put them in jail, but our goal is to prevent people from drinking and driving in the first place."

The Avoid the 20 Task Force funding is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration who reminds everyone; Report Drunk Drivers! - Call 911.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

suspicious device

Release Date/Time: 8/19/2015 11:40 AM

Incident: suspicious device

Date: Wednesday, 8/19/2015

Time: 9:21 AM

Location: 200 Block Commission St

Officers responded to a suspicious device on the lawn in front of a business in the 200 block of Commission St.  Upon inspection, the device appeared to potentially be an improvised explosive device.  The Monterey County Sheriff's Bomb Squad was called for technical expertise.  They determined that  externally it appeared to have explosive potential.  A closer inspection revealed what appears to be an inert substance filling the device, thus posing no threat to the public.  A safety zone was established during the evaluation period and the street was closed for about an hour. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Major Injury Collision

Release Date/Time: 8/19/2015 12:25 AM

Incident: Major Injury Collision

Report #: 15-080962

Date: Tuesday, 8/18/2015

Time: 8:53 PM

Location: Harden Pkwy / Broadway Dr

Nicolas Guerrero (19) was driving his Ford Mustang with a 17-year old passenger. Ricardo Acuna (19) was driving his Acura Integra. He had two 17-year old females as passengers and Acuna's driver's license was suspended. When the light turned green, the two cars engaged in a street race,  Eastbound on Harden Pkwy from N. Main. A 34-year old female turned onto Harden Pkwy from Regency Cir directly in front of Acuna's Acura. Her Ford Explorer collided with the Acura causing the Explorer to become airborne, roll and strike a tree. The force of the impact caused all three occupants of the Acura to get pinned under the dashboard, including the rear passenger. All three had to be extricated from the mangled vehicle and the 17-year old girl in the front seat suffered life-threatening injuries. All four people were taken to a local trauma center with major injuries. The driver of the Mustang, Guerrero, left several hundred feet of locked wheel skid but stopped and waited with his car. Guerrero is on felony probation. He and his passenger were detained and brought to the PD for questioning. In the case of Guerrero, alcohol does not appear to be a factor and he volunteered to provide a blood sample. CHP officers with Advanced Accident Investigation training responded to the scene to assist in marking and collecting evidence and Salinas police detectives were called in to assist with interviews. At least two independent witnesses remained to help, including an off-duty law enforcement officer from a nearby jurisdiction. Guerrero was released pending the outcome of the investigation and once complete, investigators will determine whether he and/or Acuna will be charged with crimes.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Pursuit, Injury Collision, Violation of Probation

Release Date/Time: 8/18/2015 10:21 PM

Incident: Pursuit, Injury Collision, Violation of Probation

Report #: 15-080954

Date: Tuesday, 8/18/2015

Time: 4:49 PM

Location: Work St / S. Sanborn Rd

Officers stopped a black and grey Mustang driven by Leo Castro (36). Castro is on probation and was informed that his car was going to be searched. Castro started to get back into the car and close the door. One officer deployed his taser but it was not effective. Castro sped away from the stop and a short pursuit ensued until the officers lost sight of the car. The pursuit was terminated and officers began searching for Castro. Eventually, an officer came across a large collision scene involving Castro and his mustang at the intersection of John St and Front St. Castro had been driving at a high rate of speed, Northbound on Abbott St. As he approached John St, Castro collided with a car that was turning left in the intersection against a green light. He careened off the first car and struck a pick up that was stopped at a red light in the left turn pocket of Southbound Front St preparing to turn Eastbound onto John St. The truck was pushed backward about 40 feet. Castro careened off the truck and collided into a third car that was stopped for a red light in the Southbound #1 lane of Front St. The female driver of that car was pinned and had to be extricated. Castro was ejected from his mustang through the passenger side window and landed on the street. Even though he was injured, Castro tried to get up and run but was unable. The drivers of the two cars were transported by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the truck was not injured but all four vehicles suffered major damage. Castro was taken to a local trauma center and admitted for unspecified injuries. The intersection was closed for several hours while the collision was investigated and off-duty officers trained in Advanced Accident Investigation were called in from home to assist. Castro will be charged with several felonies, including Felony Evading Resulting in Injury and Violation of Probation.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Shooting

Release Date/Time: 8/17/2015 9:35 PM

Incident: Shooting

Report #: 15-080886

Date: Monday, 8/17/2015

Time: 7:41 PM

Location: E. Bolivar St @ N. Main St

A 35-year old male was standing near the fire station when a tan SUV, possibly a Chevy Trailblazer, pulled up and engaged him in conversation. Several shots were fired and the victim was struck once in the upper leg. His wounds are not considered life-threatening. The victim was uncooperative with police and the case is being investigated as gang related. No motive or suspect information has been established and anyone with information is urged to call Salinas Police Department.

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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