Press Releases

Gang Members Poss. Firearms

Release Date/Time: 10/31/2014 12:02 AM

Incident: Gang Members Poss. Firearms

Report #: 14-101605 / 1607 / 1621

Date: Thursday, 10/30/2014

Time: 4:15 PM

Location: 410 E. Alvin

Officers with the Salinas Police Department's Violence Suppression Unit conducted a traffic stop for vehicle code violations at Los Coches & Klamath.  During the traffic stop, officers observed a loaded firearm in the glove box.  Gang members Carlos Velasquez (18) and Diego Damien (18) were both arrested and lodged in county jail for numerous firearm and gang charges.

Several hours later, members of the Violence Suppression Unit served a search warrant at 410 E. Alvin Dr.  Inside the residence 2 additional handguns were located.  One was reported stolen and the other had obliterated serial numbers.  A dormant honey oil lab was also found in the same bedroom as the firearms.  Gang member Abraham Renteria (18) was lodged in county jail for numerous firearm, gang and drug manufacturing charges.

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Gray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Robbery / Shooting

Release Date/Time: 10/30/2014 12:12 AM

Incident: Attempted Robbery / Shooting

Date: Wednesday, 10/29/2014

Time: 8:26 PM

Location: 1222 Del Monte Ave/ el Michiocan Market

The Clerk and an elderly male employee were working the cash register at La Michoacana Market, and had just finished watching the end of the World Series, when two males wearing masks ran in while brandishing firearms. . Fearful of the recent Hot Stop market robbery/homicide, the clerk retrieved a handgun and fired, which scared the would-be robbers away.  As he went outside to see if he could determine a get away vehicle or direction the robbers fled, one of them turned towards him and pointed a gun in his direction. Again, being fearful for his life, the clerk again fired upon the robbers who fled down Towt St .  It is unknown if either were struck as a result.  At the conclusion of the initial investigation, the clerk was released without charges.  Upon  completion of the full investigation, it will be decided whether to submit the case to the DA's office for review. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Posession of a firearm/obliterated serial numbers

Release Date/Time: 10/30/2014 12:04 AM

Incident: Possession of a loaded firearm with obliterated serial number

Date: Wednesday, 10/29/2014

Time: 10:57 PM

Location: Dubber's Bar, 172 Main St

Officers were dispatched to Dubber's Bar on a report of a possible man with a  gun.  Looking through the indows from outside, based on description, officers could see Estevan Gonzalez (24) seated with another subject near the bar, and what looked like the outline of a gun in his pant pocket.  Officers entered and escorted Gonzalez outside at which time he admitted to having a gun on him.  A search revealed a loaded firearm with obliterated serial numbers.  Gonzales was later transported and booked into MoCo Jail.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 10/29/2014 1:06 AM

Incident: Attempted Murder

Date: Tuesday, 10/28/2014

Time: 7:20 PM

Location: 1500 Block Cherokee Dr

Salinas Police responded to a report of shots fired in the 1500 block of Cherokee. Shortly thereafter, the call was upgraded to be a shooting with one confirmed victim inside a nearby residence. Officers arrived to find a 23year old male down in the living room of the residence suffering from several gunshot wounds. Investigation revealed the victim was sitting in a nearby parked car when an unknown subject dressed in dark clothing approached and began firring into the car.  After being struck, the victim ran to a nearby home seeking aid.  The victim underwent surgery and is said to be stable.  It is unknown at this time if the incident is gang related. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

possession of handgun, meth, meth pipe,

Release Date/Time: 10/28/2014 11:52 AM

Incident: possession of handgun, meth, meth pipe,

Date: Tuesday, 10/28/2014

Time: 9:30 AM

Location: 400 blk of Williams Rd

An anonymous person called 911 on a subject seen throwing hand signs and yelling at others as they drove by, seemingly challenging others to fight.  They continued to watch the subject walk south on Williams Rd while staying in contact with police dispatchers and providing updates.  A Salinas Police Officer was waiting for a tow truck on an unrelated call near Alma and Williams, spotted him and guided other officers in to make contact.  Christian Torres 18 was contacted and when asked if he had anything on him, Torres dropped to his knees and placed his hands behind his back. stating he had a gun in his jacket. The gun was located along with a small amount of methamphetamine and a meth pipe. Torres was arrested and booked into MoCo Jail for gun and drug charges. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Avoid the 20 Traffic/DUI Grant

Release Date/Time: 10/27/2014 11:58 AM

Incident: Avoid the 20 Traffic/DUI Grant

Report #: N/A

Date: Monday, 10/27/2014

Time: 10:54 AM

Location: 222 Lincoln Ave

SALINAS POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES GRANT FOR COUNTY-WIDE DUI ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN

Drunk and drugged driving remains the number one killer on our roadways, with 802 DUI deaths and nearly 24,000 Alcohol Involved Injuries reported statewide. The 'Avoid the 20” DUI Task Force will be combating this deadly problem through DUI enforcement efforts in Monterey and San Benito Counties. The Salinas Police Department will be administering a recent $200,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety for the entire county. 'This is the 15th straight year we have received this grant,” said Traffic Sergeant Gerry Ross. 'There is no doubt this grant has saved many lives and prevented hundreds of serious injuries. We plan on continuing to intensify DUI enforcement efforts until the number of deaths is zero.”

The 'Avoid the 20” DUI Task Force is named to send the message that if you don't drink or use drugs and drive, you will avoid getting arrested by any of the 20 participating law enforcement agencies in the two counties. The grant activities will specifically target those who get behind the wheel after drinking too much or using drugs that impair driving. Officers from law enforcement agencies across both counties will jointly staff DUI/Driver License Checkpoints and roving DUI saturation patrols. Additionally, funding will target the ‘worst of the worst' repeat DUI offenders with Warrant/Probation Sweeps and Court Sting Enforcement Operations focusing on DUI offenders with suspend licenses who drive from court hearings after being ordered not to drive by a judge. 'California's roadways are still among the safest in the nation,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. 'But to meet future mobility, safety, and sustainability objectives, we must create safer roadways for all users. The 'Avoid the 20” DUI Task Force will be using these and other resources to reach the vision we all share – Toward zero deaths, every 1 counts.”

Motorists can expect to see special DUI campaigns during the winter and summer holiday periods as well as on Halloween, Super Bowl Sunday, St. Patrick's Day, Cinco de Mayo and during local special events with identified DUI Problems. Funding for the grant comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Agencies participating in the ‘Avoid the 20' taskforce include: The Salinas Police Department, The Monterey County Sheriff's Office, The San Benito County Sheriff's Office, The Hollister Police Department, The Monterey Police Department, The Marina Police Department, The Seaside Police Department, The Carmel Police Department, The Pacific Grove Police Department, The Sand City Police Department, The Del Rey Oaks Police Department, The Monterey Airport Police, The Cal State University of Monterey Bay Police, The Presidio of Monterey Police, The Gonzales Police Department, The Soledad Police Department, The Greenfield Police Department, The King City Police Department, The Monterey Office of the California Highway Patrol, and The King City Office of the California Highway Patrol

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Retirement of Officer Chris Swinscoe

Release Date/Time: 10/27/2014 11:49 AM

Incident: Retirement of Officer Chris Swinscoe

Report #: N/A

Date: Monday, 10/27/2014

Time: 10:46 AM

Location: 200 Lincoln Ave

After 30 years of law enforcement service, Officer Chris Swinscoe is retiring from the Salinas Police Department. A final briefing ceremony in the Salinas City Rotunda is cheduled for Thursday, October 30th at 7:30 am. The media and public are invited to attend.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Salinas PD receives grant for Special Traffic Enforcement and Crash Prevention

Release Date/Time: 10/25/2014 4:28 PM

Incident: Salinas PD receives grant for Special Traffic Enforcement and Crash Prevention

Report #: N/A

Date: Saturday, 10/25/2014

Time: 4:27 PM

Location: 222 Lincoln Ave

THE SALINAS POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES GRANT FOR SPECIAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT AND CRASH PREVENTION (STEP Grant)

The Salinas Police Department has been awarded a $77,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries. Salinas PD will use the funding as part of the city's ongoing commitment to keep our roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education. 'Over the last few years Salinas has had a major problem with pedestrian fatalities,” said Sergeant Gerry Ross. 'For the first time this grant sets aside money for enforcement of pedestrian violations. We are hopeful these pedestrian enforcement operations will raise awareness of these dangers with both drivers and pedestrians.”

After falling dramatically between 2006 and 2010, the number of persons killed and injured in traffic collisions saw slight increases in 2011 and 2012. Particularly worrisome are recent increases in pedestrian and motorcycle fatalities and the dangers of distracting technologies. This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these and other devastating problems such as drunk and drugged driving and speeding. 'California's roadways are still among the safest in the nation,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. 'But to meet future mobility, safety, and sustainability objectives, we must create safer roadways for all users. The Salinas Police Department will be using these and other resources to reach the vision we all share – Toward zero deaths, every 1 counts.”

Activities that the grant will fund include: • DUI saturation patrols • Distracted driving enforcement • Speed, red light, and stop sign enforcement • Bicycle and Pedestrian enforcement • Warrant service operations targeting multiple DUI offenders • Compilation of DUI 'Hot Sheets,” identifying worst-of-the-worst DUI offenders • Specialized DUI and drugged driving training such as Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), and Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) • Court 'sting” operations to cite individuals driving from DUI court after ignoring their license suspension or revocation.

Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Salinas PD receives grant for Special Traffic Enforcement and Crash Prevention

Release Date/Time: 10/25/2014 4:28 PM

Incident: Salinas PD receives grant for Special Traffic Enforcement and Crash Prevention

Report #: N/A

Date: Saturday, 10/25/2014

Time: 4:27 PM

Location: 222 Lincoln Ave

THE SALINAS POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES GRANT FOR SPECIAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT AND CRASH PREVENTION (STEP Grant)

The Salinas Police Department has been awarded a $77,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program of special enforcements and public awareness efforts to prevent traffic related deaths and injuries. Salinas PD will use the funding as part of the city's ongoing commitment to keep our roadways safe and improve the quality of life through both enforcement and education. 'Over the last few years Salinas has had a major problem with pedestrian fatalities,” said Sergeant Gerry Ross. 'For the first time this grant sets aside money for enforcement of pedestrian violations. We are hopeful these pedestrian enforcement operations will raise awareness of these dangers with both drivers and pedestrians.”

After falling dramatically between 2006 and 2010, the number of persons killed and injured in traffic collisions saw slight increases in 2011 and 2012. Particularly worrisome are recent increases in pedestrian and motorcycle fatalities and the dangers of distracting technologies. This grant funding will provide opportunities to combat these and other devastating problems such as drunk and drugged driving and speeding. 'California's roadways are still among the safest in the nation,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. 'But to meet future mobility, safety, and sustainability objectives, we must create safer roadways for all users. The Salinas Police Department will be using these and other resources to reach the vision we all share – Toward zero deaths, every 1 counts.”

Activities that the grant will fund include: • DUI saturation patrols • Distracted driving enforcement • Speed, red light, and stop sign enforcement • Bicycle and Pedestrian enforcement • Warrant service operations targeting multiple DUI offenders • Compilation of DUI 'Hot Sheets,” identifying worst-of-the-worst DUI offenders • Specialized DUI and drugged driving training such as Standardized Field Sobriety Testing (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE), and Drug Recognition Evaluator (DRE) • Court 'sting” operations to cite individuals driving from DUI court after ignoring their license suspension or revocation.

Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Avoid the 20 DUI Grant

Release Date/Time: 10/24/2014 4:28 PM

Incident: Avoid the 20 DUI Grant

Report #: N/A

Date: Friday, 10/24/2014

Time: 4:27 PM

Location: Salinas PD

SALINAS POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES GRANT FOR COUNTY-WIDE DUI ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN

Drunk and drugged driving remains the number one killer on our roadways, with 802 DUI deaths and nearly 24,000 Alcohol Involved Injuries reported statewide. The 'Avoid the 20” DUI Task Force will be combating this deadly problem through DUI enforcement efforts in Monterey and San Benito Counties. The Salinas Police Department will be administering a recent $200,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety for both counties. 'This is the 15th straight year we have received this grant,” said Traffic Sergeant Gerry Ross. 'There is no doubt the grant has saved many lives and prevented hundreds of serious injuries. We plan on continuing to intensify DUI enforcement efforts until the number of deaths is zero.”

The 'Avoid the 20” DUI Task Force is named to send the message that if you don't drink or use drugs and drive, you will avoid getting arrested by any of the 20 participating law enforcement agencies in the county. The grant activities will specifically target those who get behind the wheel after drinking too much or using drugs that impair driving. Officers from law enforcement agencies across the county will jointly staff DUI/Driver License Checkpoints and roving DUI saturation patrols. Additionally, funding will target the ‘worst of the worst' repeat DUI offenders with Warrant/Probation Sweeps and Court Sting Enforcement Operations focusing on DUI offenders with suspend licenses who drive from court hearings after being ordered not to drive by a judge. 'California's roadways are still among the safest in the nation,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. 'But to meet future mobility, safety, and sustainability objectives, we must create safer roadways for all users. The 'Avoid the 20” DUI Task Force will be using these and other resources to reach the vision we all share – Toward zero deaths, every 1 counts.”

Motorists can expect to see special DUI campaigns during the winter and summer holiday periods as well as on Halloween, Super Bowl Sunday, St. Patrick's Day, Cinco de Mayo and during local special events with identified DUI Problems. Funding for the grant comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Agencies participating in the ‘Avoid the 20' taskforce include: The Salinas Police Department, The Monterey County Sheriff's Office, The San Benito County Sheriff's Office, The Hollister Police Department, The Monterey Police Department, The Marina Police Department, The Seaside Police Department, The Carmel Police Department, The Pacific Grove Police Department, The Sand City Police Department, The Del Rey Oaks Police Department, The Monterey Airport Police, The Cal State University of Monterey Bay Police, The Presidio of Monterey Police, The Gonzales Police Department, The Soledad Police Department, The Greenfield Police Department, The King City Police Department, The Monterey Office of the California Highway Patrol, and The King City Office of the California Highway Patrol.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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