Press Releases

Super Bowl DUI enforcement

Release Date/Time: 1/27/2015 2:57 PM

Incident: Super Bowl DUI enforcement

Report #: N/A

Date: Tuesday, 1/27/2015

Time: 2:54 PM

Location: Monterey and San Benito Counties

The Super Bowl is America's most watched national sporting event. On Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, there will be lots of game day socializing that may include drinking. That's why the California Office of Traffic Safety and police, Sheriffs, the CHP are urging football fans to choose sides now: drinking OR driving. If you plan on drinking on Super Bowl Sunday, designate a sober driver to get you home safely.

The Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk campaign encourages people to make plans ahead of time that will prevent them from getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking. Driving impaired could result in injury or death for you or others on the road. The ‘Avoid the 20 – Monterey and San Benito Counties DUI Task Force' will be deploying Roving DUI Saturation Patrols during and following Sunday's Super Bowl matchup. Officers will deploy into communities where collision data reveals high incidents of DUI crashes and arrests.

According to data from NHTSA, in 2013 there were 867 people killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes in California –29 percent of all crash fatalities in the state. A driver is considered alcohol-impaired with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, the legal limit. This February 1, don't become another tragic Super Bowl stat. 'Drunk driving is completely preventable,” said Sergeant Gerry Ross with the Salinas Police Department. 'All it takes is a little planning. We want fans to remember that it's a choice. Drink or drive—but never do both. This might be the most important choice you ever make.”

For those who plan to drink, leave your keys at home. Designate a sober driver, whether it's a friend, relative, taxi, or public transportation. For those who plan to drive, refrain from any alcohol. Instead, enjoy the game with food and non-alcoholic drinks. Being a sober, designated driver is a key role on Super Bowl Sunday. You might just save a life.

Avoid the 20 DUI Task Force funding is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that reminds everyone to ‘Report Drunk Drivers! Call 9-1-1.' OTS is offering a free mobile app – DDVIP – aimed at thanking the sober designated driver with perks and free offers at area bars and restaurants. Available for iPhone and Android. Never let friends drive if they have had too much to drink. Stay connected with OTS via: http://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaOTS, http://twitter.com/#!/OTS_CA, www.ots.ca.gov.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Car Jacking/ weapons arrest

Release Date/Time: 1/27/2015 1:36 PM

Incident: Car Jacking/ weapons arrest

Date: Monday, 1/26/2015

Time: 3:44 PM

Location: 700 Block of Elton Pl

At 0315 this morning,the victim) was carjacked at gunpoint by two suspects at E. Market and Pearl. He was forced to drive to into the unincorporated area just outside of town. The suspects let him out in the county and drove away in his vehicle.  A Salinas Police Officer spotted the stolen car parked in the 700 block of  Elton Place an began watching it.  Soon, two males approached and entered the vehicle and began to drive away.   The driver, Juan Rivera (25) saw the officer and immediately parked and ran holding a gun in his hand. The passenger, Ruben Martinez (19) stayed with the car. Multiple officers responded and eventually found Rivera hiding in a shed in the 100 block of N. Felice. He had discarded  the gun but it was later found. A small amount of narcotics and stolen property was found in the car.  The officers were able to determine both subjects were the same ones responsible for the carjacking the night before, both were lodged at MoCo Jail.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 1/27/2015 1:30 PM

Incident: Attempted Murder

Report #: 15-011311

Date: Monday, 1/26/2015

Time: 7:17 PM

Location: 1100 Block Delmonte Ave

Units responded to a report of a shooting victim and arrived to find the victim, a 20 year old male victim. The victim was working on a vehicle in the garage when he saw a  person near the garage door.  The suspect began to fire at him, with at least one round causing a non-life threatening injury.  The suspect fled on foot toward Towt St. It is unknown at this time if the shooting is associated with any gang.

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Chief McMillin's response to the Monterey County District Attorney's findings in the Acuna shooting

Chief Kelly McMillin said, "Any use of deadly force by law enforcement is tragic for all parties involved; however, as is the case here, deadly force is sometimes necessary to protect the public from very dangerous people.  The Salinas Police Department is satisfied with the District Attorney's findings in this case."

Salinas Police Arrest Three for Cesar Gonzalez Homicide

Salinas Police Arrest Three for Cesar Gonzalez Homicide

Acting on crime tips, police have arrested three suspects in the fatal January 13 shooting of Cesar Gonzalez of Salinas.

Mr. Gonzalez was killed at his home at 627 Market Street late in the afternoon of the 13th. Witnesses described seeing a gray van with three occupants stop in front of the house. Shots were fired towards the house, whereupon the van sped away.

After receiving valuable leads, detectives have worked shifts of up to 20 hours with no days off, investigating the leads and associated physical evidence. Also on the case have been police Violence Suppression Officers, Monterey County Probation, State Parole and agents from the Monterey County STING Task Force.

On January 20, police arrested Jose Guadalupe Diaz, 18. On January 21, a 16-year-old juvenile was arrested, and today a 17-year-old juvenile was arrested.

All three suspects are Salinas residents. All were directly involved in the shooting and all three were booked for murder with gang enhancements. Diaz was booked into Monterey County Jail and the juveniles were booked into Monterey County Juvenile Hall.

The three suspects are involved in criminal street gang activities in Salinas and on the night of the shooting were driving through the neighborhood searching for rival gang members to shoot.

Salinas Police Investigators are still actively investigating this case and want to speak with anyone who may have information about it.

People with information can call Detective Gabe Gonzalez at 831-758-7127 or Detective Byron Gansen at 831-758-7137.  Those who want to remain anonymous can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip line at 831-775-4222 or the WeTip line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

People who call in anonymous tips are not asked for any identifying information and their calls cannot be traced.

These arrests follow the arrests of Figueroa Orlando Martinez (27) and Oscar Martin (20) on January 20, 2015 who are both criminal street gang members for possession of a loaded, sawed off, single shot shotgun in the area of North Sanborn Rd and E. Alisal St. Both suspects are known gang members and both were booked into Monterey County Jail on a variety of felonies and gang enhancements. Refer to press release dated January 20. Also the arrest of Jose Christian Regalado (18) on January 17th  for shooting a 13 year old boy on Santa Rita St.  Regalado was also a known gang member and booked at the Monterey County Jail for Attempted Murder and gang enhancements. Refer to press release dated January 21st

Media inquires should be directed to Commander Vincent Maiorana at 831-758-7350

Return of At Risk Missing Adult

Lucy Santa Chacon, 79, had walked away from her residence last night.  She was found safe at a care providers residence nearby several hours later. 

Pursuit, Possession of Firearm, Gang Enhancement

Release Date/Time: 1/21/2015 12:09 AM

Incident: Pursuit, Possession of Firearm, Gang Enhancement

Report #: 15-011000

Date: Tuesday, 1/20/2015

Time: 10:06 PM

Location: Alisal St / N. Sanborn Rd

Officers from the Salinas Police Department's Violence Suppression Unit attempted to stop Figueroa Orlando Martinez (27) and Oscar Martin (20) for a vehicle code violation. The suspect vehicle accelerated and led officers on a pursuit through east Salinas. Martinez and Martin jumped from the vehicle mid-block of Pacific Ave and fled into back yards. A loaded, sawed off, single shot shotgun was dropped by one of the suspects in front of the vehicle as the two ran. Officers located Martinez sitting at the rear of a residence as if he lived there. He was taken into custody and found to have a live shotgun round in his pocket. Martin was captured as he attempted to scale a fence. Both suspects are known gang members and both were booked into Monterey County Jail on a variety of felonies and gang enhancements.

 

Release Authorized by: Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

At Risk Missing Person

UPDATE: Ms. Santa returned home and was found in good medical condition.

 

Salinas Police Deparment is asking the public for help in locating an at-risk missing adult, Lucy Chacon Santa, age 79. Ms. Santa walked away from her home in the 1300 block of Rhode Island this afternoon around 2pm. She has medical issues and walks with a limp. Ms. Santa took one-day's supply of medications and family are concerned. She left the home wearing purple sweat pants, a thick grey hoodie and black boots. Ms. Santa is said to have early on-set dementia and has walked away in the past. She was located near Foods Co. on E. Alisal and suffered a fall the last time this occurred. She also went missing in 2008 and was found in San Jose, which is where she is originally from. Family believes she may try to return to San Jose. If located, please contact the Salinas Police Department at 831-758-7321.

 

Shooting

Release Date/Time: 1/20/2015 10:18 PM

Incident: Shooting

Date: Tuesday, 1/20/2015

Time: 9:30PM

Location: 400 Block of Cabrillo St.

Three females were inside their residence when unknown suspects fired multiple rounds into the home. A 19-year old female suffered a grazing wound to her back but was not transported to the hospital. No suspect information at this time and no clear motive. The victims do not appear to be gang related. An unknown type car was heard leaving the scene but no witnesses could be located.

Release Authorized by: Commander Sheldon Bryan

Telephone: 831-758-7250

Attempted Homicide (Shooting)--Occurred Jan 17, 2015

On Saturday January 17, 2015 at approximately 7:00 pm Officers responded to Santa Rita St. regarding a victim of a shooting.   When Officers arrived, they contacted a 13 year old boy who was suffering from gunshot wounds in what was determined to be a gang related shooting.  The victim was transported to the hospital and will survive his injuries. 

Initial investigation revealed while the victim was walking with a friend on Santa Rita Street, a Hispanic male adult approached the victim on foot while holding a handgun.  The suspect challenged the victim with a gang related comment and quickly shot the victim.  The suspect fled from the area prior police arriving in the area.

As the investigation progressed, Investigators were able to identify Jose Christian Regalado (18) as the shooting suspect in this case.   Regalado was arrested at his residence at 323 Hayse St. and later booked into the Monterey County Jail for attempted murder,  Assault with a deadly weapon and gang enhancements.

Investigators are looking for witnesses or anyone who may have information regarding this incident. Witnesses are encouraged to contact the Salinas Police Department Investigations Division at 831-758-7226.   If you would like to remain anonymous, you can also call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222 or the We-Tip-Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Release Date/Time: 1/20/2015 9:53 AM

Incident: Attempted Homicide (Shooting)

Date: Tuesday, 1/17/2015

Time: 7.00 PM

Location: Santa Rita Street

Release Authorized by: Commander Vincent Maiorana

Telephone: 831-758-7350

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