Press Releases

Robbery

Release Date/Time: 12/29/2016 12:29 AM

Incident: Robbery

Report #: 16 12 1419

Date: Thursday, 12/29/2016

Time: 6:57 PM

Location: 1200 Block of N. Main St

Two men entered a smoke shop on the 1200 block of North Main Street armed with handguns and robbed the business. The men stole smoking pipes from the shelves and cash from the register and a cell phone from one of the employees. The suspects fled westbound through the lot. Both suspects were described as Hispanic male adults, approximately 5'8”, dressed in all black, and armed with black semi-automatic handguns.

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

Shooting / Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 12/28/2016 6:39 PM

Incident: Shooting / Attempted Murder

Report #: 16 12 1406

Date: Wednesday, 12/28/2016

Time: 1:45 PM

Location: 100 Block of E. Bolivar Street

A 25-year-old man was shot multiple times in front of a home on the 100 block of East Bolivar Street. The victim and his 15-year-old brother were in front of the residence when they were approached by two men. The suspects pulled handguns and yelled the name of a local street gang as they started shooting. The victims began running and the 25-year-old was struck in the abdomen and in the leg. The suspects ran eastbound on Santa Rita and then southbound toward the Boronda Manor apartments.

Suspect #1 was described as approximately 17 years old, 5'10”, thin build, with slicked back hair, a thin mustache, and wearing a black long sleeve sweater and brown pants.

Suspect #2 was described as approximately 16 years old, 5'10”, thin build, wearing a black long sleeve sweatshirt with the sleeves rolled up. The suspect was described as possibly having a tattoos on his forearms.

The victim was transported to a local hospital and is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.

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

Retirement of Deputy Chief Daniel Perez

Release Date/Time: 12/28/2016 2:21 PM

Incident:  Retirement of Deputy Chief Daniel Perez

Date: Wednesday, 12/28/2016

Time: 2:21 PM

Location:  200 Lincoln Ave.  City Hall Rotunda

After 32 years of law enforcement service Deputy Chief Daniel Perez will be retiring on Friday December 30, 2016.  The Salinas Police Department will  be holding a final briefing for him on Thursday December 29, 2016 at 3:00PM in the City Hall Rotunda.

Deputy Chief Dan Perez began his law enforcement career in 1984 with the Monterey Co. Sheriff's Dept. as a Level II Reserve deputy working patrol, and special events.  He was hired full-full time as a Patrol Deputy in May of 1995.  He attended the Alameda County Police Academy in Pleasanton, CA., graduating #2 overall in his class.  During his career at MCSO, he worked out of the Salinas, and King City stations.  He attained the rank of Corporal/FTO, and also worked as a Coroner's Investigator.  He was on the Sheriff's SWAT team and Riot Control Team. He worked for Sheriff's Office until February 1, 1992. 

Dan joined the Salinas Police Department on February 2, 1992.  He's held many assignments in his career to include patrol officer, field training officer, and SWAT team member.  He was promoted to Police Corporal in 1993, and Police Sergeant in 1995.  In addition to patrol, he's been the sergeant of the Violence Suppression Unit, Personnel and Training Unit, and Traffic Unit. 

He promoted to Lieutenant in 2001 and later to Police Commander in 2005.  He has managed units and programs in all three divisions of the police department: Patrol, Investigations, and Administration.  He served as an Area Commander, Tactical Commander, and Incident Commander throughout these assignments.  He promoted to Deputy Chief in 2013, and is currently the Investigations Division Chief.

Dan has been active in the community throughout his entire career.  He has volunteered his time towards programs and committees such as explorers, school yearbook committees, and youth and high school football, basketball, and baseball programs.  He sat on the board of directors of three local non-profit agencies: The Salinas Police Activities League (PAL), Sun Street Centers, and Second Chance Youth and Family Services. 

Dan was born and raised in Salinas and is a graduate of Alisal High School.  He has a degree from Hartnell College in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco, and a Master's Degree in Human Resources from Chapman University.  He is a graduate of the POST Supervisory Leadership Institute and POST Command College.  He's received several awards and recognitions throughout his 32-year career. 

 

 

Release Authorized by:  Deputy Chief Dave Shaw

Telephone:  831-758-7271

Update to Winter DUI Enforcement Campaign

Release Date/Time: 12/27/2016 8:42 AM

Incident: Update to Winter DUI Enforcement Campaign

Report #: N/A

Date: Tuesday, 12/27/2016

Time: 8:12 AM

Location: City of Salinas

On December 16th, the Salinas Police Department started a Holiday / Winter DUI Enforcement Campaign. Several officers have been working special DUI saturation patrols during nighttime hours. Through Monday December 26th, officers have arrested 9 DUI drivers. Five of the nine were also unlicensed. There were three traffic collisions caused by DUI drivers and all of these drivers were also unlicensed. Fortunately, no one was injured in the collisions.

During this same time period there were four hit and run collisions. Officers located and arrested the driver in all four cases. One of these drivers was one of the afore mentioned DUI arrests.

The DUI enforcement campaign will continue through January 1st. The Police Department will continue to put out saturation patrols and will conduct a DUI checkpoint on Thursday, December 29th. Studies continue to show that DUI checkpoints are an effective tool in reducing the incidents of drunk and drugged driving. Some drivers are arrested during the checkpoint but the real strength of the checkpoint comes from deterring DUI drivers and educating the public to the dangers of drunk and drugged driving.

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

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

DUI / 20002 VC

Release Date/Time: 12/23/2016 12:55 AM

Incident: DUI / 20002 VC

Report #: 16 121206 & 16 121207

Date: Friday, 12/23/2016

Time: 9:58 PM

Location: Chaparal St. & Rainier Drive

Officers responded to a report of a vehicle collision on Rainier Drive and contacted Javier Gonzalez (30). Gonzalez had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage on his breath and person and had collided with a parked car. As officers were conducting their investigation they were approached by citizens informing them that there were additional vehicles struck on Chaparral Street. Gonzalez had been driving eastbound on Chaparral when he struck three parked vehicles one of which was forced into the wall of a home on the 300 block of Chaparral Street. Three of the four vehicles Gonzalez collided with sustained major damage. Gonzalez stated he had one beer. Gonzalez was booked in County Jail on four counts of hit and run and DUI.

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: 12/22/2016 11:06 PM

Incident: Robbery

Report #: 16 12 1200

Date: Thursday, 12/22/2016

Time: 7:57 PM

Location: Jack In The Box - 1225 De La Torre

 A solo male suspect entered a restaurant on the 1200 block of De La Torre and robbed the manager at gunpoint. The suspect was armed with a semi-automatic handgun and took the cash from the register. The suspect was described as a Hispanic male in his 20's, and was wearing a black hoodie, black pants, red bandana, and red gloves. The suspect fled toward Hwy 101.

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: 12/22/2016 10:51 PM

Incident: Robbery

Report #: 16 12 1199

Date: Thursday, 12/22/2016

Time: 7:37 PM

Location: 800 Block of N. Main St.

 

Two white males wearing all black and black bandanas over their faces walked into a restaurant on the 800 block of South Main Street and demanded money from the cash registers. One of the males pointed a black semi-auto handgun at the manager while demanding the money. The suspects took the cash from the register and left westbound on Oak Street. A white sedan was seen driving westbound on Oak just prior to the robbery, however, it is unknown if the vehicle was involved.

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: 12/22/2016 9:55 PM

Incident: 211

Report #: 16 12 1198

Date: Thursday, 12/22/2016

Time: 7:12 PM

Location: 1900 block of Natividad

Two men robbed a convenience store on the 1900 block of Natividad Road. One suspect was armed with a grey semi-automatic handgun and demanded the money from the clerk. The suspects took an undisclosed amount of cash from the register and fled southbound through the shopping center. Suspect #1 was described as possibly a HMA, 5'6”, 180 lbs, brown eyes, wearing a black hoodie, with a black bandana over his face, and was armed with a grey semi-automatic handgun. Suspect #2 was described as possibly a HMA, wearing a black hoodie, and black bandana over his face.

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

664-187 PC - Shooting

Release Date/Time: 12/22/2016 4:50 AM

Incident: 664-187 PC - Shooting

Report #: 16-121145

Date: Thursday, 12/22/2016

Time: 12:28 AM

Location: 900 Block Rider Ave

ShotSpotter system reported 7 shots in the area of the 900 block of Rider Ave. and almost immediately we received a call of a victim of a shooting at a residence nearby. The 21-year-old victim was seated in his vehicle on Rider Avenue when he was approached by two unknown males. The suspects asked the victim where he was from and then opened fire striking the victim twice in the torso. The victim was transported to the hospital by a family member and was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

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: Dana Cornelison

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery Business

Release Date/Time: 12/20/2016 8:28 AM

Incident: Armed Robbery Business

Report #: 16-121017

Date: Monday, 12/19/2016

Time: 7:01 PM

Location: 2165 North Main Street - La Vina Market

Two suspects robbed the above business and its patrons at gunpoint. Both were 20-30 years of age. Suspect #1 was described as a Hispanic male, thin, 5'-2" wearing a black snowboard jacket, black bandana, blue jeans, white shoes with a black semi-auto handgun in his left hand. Suspect #2 was described as a Hispanic Male, thin, 5'-5" wearing a black hooded jacket with a green and yellow Reebok logo, light blue pants, Nike Cortez shoes and black revolver. An undisclosed amount of cash was taken from the business and wallets and phones were taken from 8 patrons that were in the store at the time. One of the suspects had a "south American / Puerto Rican accent." One of the suspects was carrying a police scanner with the volume loud enough for the victims to hear it. No vehicle was seen but officers will determine if cameras installed in the area recorded images of the suspects.

Release Authorized by: Commander Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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