Arson and Burglary

Release Date/Time: 1/13/2021 5:37 PM
Incident: Arson, Burglary
Date: Wednesday, 1/13/2021
Time: 6:15 AM
Location: 700 Block of Elvee Dr.

Salinas Police Officers arrived on the 700 block of Elvee this morning to assist the Fire Department with a suspicious fire at that location. The reporting party, who worked at the business, opened a door and found the interior ablaze.

The Fire Department was able to fight the fire as we began an investigation and provided perimeter assistance. We also were able to use an unmanned aerial vehicle piloted by one of our officers to use a thermal camera to help locate hot spots in the building. The building sustained very significant damage due to the fire.

The California Highway Patrol located a suspicious person walking along the 101 Freeway who had soot on his clothing. One of our officers responded and confirmed soot and burns on him. Further investigation was developed, and Martin Gonzalez (48) was arrested for burglary, arson amongst some other more minor charges.

This investigation is ongoing. Please contact the fire department or police department with any additional information.


Release Authorized by: Commander Bryan Cupak
Telephone: (831)758-7250

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