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Missing Person - At Risk

Robin Tully (63) left the Colonial Manor Residential facility at 7:15am this morning and has not been seen or heard from since. Mr. Tully suffers from severe mental health issues, does not have any of his medications with him and has no money or access to transportation. According to his caregiver, Mr. Tully will not be able to find his way back to the facility. Salinas Police officers and staff from the facility have been searching for Mr. Tully but are asking for the public's help. If Mr. Tully is seen, please call the Salinas Police Department immediately. 831-758-7321. UPDATE: Mr. Tully has been located.  

Previously Convicted Felon w/Firearm, Gang Member w/ Firearm, Possession of Marijuana

Release Date/Time: 10/15/2014 7:43 PM

Incident: Previously Convicted Felon w/Firearm, Gang Member w/ Firearm, Possession of Marijuana

Report #: 14-100818

Date: Wednesday, 10/15/2014

Time: 4:22 PM

Location: N. Main and Casentini

Officers stopped Mathew Russell (33) for traffic violations. When they approached the vehicle they could smell marijuana in the vehicle. Russell had an open folding knife on the driver's side floorboard that he bagan to reach for. He was removed from the vehicle and detained. During a search of the vehicle officers located a loaded  22 cal revolver under the console shift lever. They also located about 1/2 ounce of marijuana under the backseat. Russel is a previously convicted felon and active gang member. Russel was booked into the Monterey County Jail for felon in possession of a firearm, gang member in possession of a firearm and possession of marijuana.

Release Authorized by: Cdr. Dave Shaw

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Gang member / felon in possession of firearm

Release Date/Time: 10/14/2014 9:46 PM

Incident: Gang member in possession of gun

Report #: 14-100775

Date: Tuesday, 10/14/2014

Time: 8:33 PM

Location: 115 E. Lake St.

Members of the Salinas Police Department's Violence Suppression Unit conducted a vehicle stop for vehicle code violations.  The driver was Frank Campos (35 - an active gang member and convicted felon).  A loaded handgun was located in his pocket.  He was lodged in county jail for numerous firearm and gang charges.

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Gray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Felon in possession of a firearm

Release Date/Time: 10/14/2014 9:31 PM

Incident: Felon in possession of a firearm

Report #: 14-100771

Date: Tuesday, 10/14/2014

Time: 6:50 PM

Location: N. Main St / Madrid St.

Members of the Salinas Police Department's Violence Suppression Unit stopped a vehicle for vehicle code violations.  The driver Selina Torrez (28) was unlicensed and had 2 misdemeanor warrants. The passenger was Wilberto Cervantes (30 - a gang associate and convicted felon).  A search of the vehicle resulted in officers locating a loaded sawed off shotgun that was concealed.  Torrez and Cervantes were both lodged in county jail for numerous charges related to the illegal gun possession. 

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Gray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Traffic Collision / Injured Officer

Release Date/Time: 10/14/2014 2:27 AM

Incident: Traffic Collision / Injured Officer

Date: Monday, 10/13/2014

Time: 7:47 PM

Location: Boronda Rd. / San Juan Grade Rd

At approximately 1947 hours a Salinas Police Officer was stopped for a red signal in the southbound #2 lane of San Juan Grade Rd at the intersection of E. Boronda Rd. He and other traffic received the green signal and proceeded into the intersection. At that time a 2000 Ford F250 Super Duty pick up ran the red signal eastbound on E. Boronda, striking both the marked patrol unit and another vehicle, traveling in the #1 lane) simultaneously. The Officer was transported via Ambulance to a local hospital with a complaint of pain to the neck and back. The driver of the other victim vehicle was also transported via Ambulance with cuts to his hands and forehead and a complaint of abdomen pain. A passenger in the Ford F250 had complaint of pain to her arm and  knee, but declined medical attention. The collision caused major/total damage to the front end of the patrol car and the second vehicle sustained major/total damage to the right side, which was pushed into the passenger compartment nearly 24". Both the officer and the driver of the other vehicle were treated and released. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Gang member w. firearm and meth

Release Date/Time: 10/12/2014 8:30 PM

Incident: Gang member w. firearm and meth

Report #: 14-100632

Date: Sunday, 10/12/2014

Time: 3:30 PM

Location: 140 Kern St / Motel 6

Members of the Salinas Police Department's Violence Suppression Unit contacted Carlos Lizano (27) in the parking lot of 140 Kern St - Motel 6.  He was trespassing and acting suspiciously.  He was found to be in possession of a small amount of methamphetamine and a loaded handgun.  Lizano is a convicted felon and a gang member.  He was lodged in county jail.

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Gray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Gang Member w. Gun / Meth for Sale

Release Date/Time: 10/11/2014 11:09 PM

Incident: Gang Member w. Gun / Meth for Sale

Report #: 14-100592

Date: Saturday, 10/11/2014

Time: 6:15 PM

Location: Chaparral / Linwood

Members of the Salinas Police Department's Violence Suppression Unit stopped wanted parolee Roberto Ruiz (37) in the area of Linwood / Chaparral.  A loaded gun was found under his seat and methamphetamine consistent with sales was also found in his car.  A parole search was conducted at his residence and a shotgun with 400 rounds was located in the room Ruiz stays in.  Ruiz is an active gang member and was lodged for numerous charges including gang member in possession of a firearm and possession of methamphetamine for sales.

Release Authorized by: Sgt. Gray

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 10/4/2014 12:50 AM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Date: Friday, 10/3/2014

Time: 8:30 PM

Location: 976 Acosta Plaza Grullense Taqueria

3 males with cloth rags over their faces entered the back door to the building, carrying handguns. They demanded money from both the business and patrons before fleeing with an undetermined amount of cash.  The suspects may have been seen getting into a dark colored compact, similar to a Honda, which was parked on E Laurel Drive behind the Acosta Plaza Townhomes. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Armed Robbery

Release Date/Time: 10/4/2014 12:50 AM

Incident: Armed Robbery

Date: Friday, 10/3/2014

Time: 8:30 PM

Location: 976 Acosta Plaza Grullense Taqueria

3 males with cloth rags over their faces entered the back door to the building, carrying handguns. They demanded money from both the business and patrons before fleeing with an undetermined amount of cash.  The suspects may have been seen getting into a dark colored compact, similar to a Honda, which was parked on E Laurel Drive behind the Acosta Plaza Townhomes. 

Release Authorized by: Stan Cooper, Commander

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Fatal Traffic collision

Release Date/Time: 10/2/2014 7:45 PM

Incident: Fatal Traffic collision

Report #: 14-091360

Date: Thursday, 10/2/2014

Time: 7:28 PM

Location: Williams Road and East Laurel Drive

On September 4th at about 1937 hours, Martin Gutierrez, 44, was driving his Toyota Tundra s/b on Williams Road in the #1 lane. Arturo Duarte, 47, ran across Williams Road from east to west, outside the crosswalk. Gutierrez could not stop in time and the Toyota pickup struck Duarte knocking him to the street. Duarte suffered a broken leg and head trauma. He was life-flighted to San Jose and placed in the Intensive Care Unit. On September 26, at 1346 he was pronounced deceased from the injuries incurred in the collision. The case is still under investigation. At this point it does not appear the driver will be charged with any law violation. This is the 9th fatal traffic collision in Salinas this year. Three of the fatal collisions have involved a vehicle vs pedestrian.

Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross

Telephone: (831) 758-7250

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