Homicide Arrest

Release Date/Time: 5/7/2020 5:03 PM
Incident: Homicide Arrest
Date: Thursday, 5/7/2020
Time: 1:45 PM
Location: N. Main Street / Russell Road

On 05/01/20, at approximately 5:28 PM, officers responded to a call of a shooting. The caller told dispatch there were two people shot. Officers arrived on scene and located a homeless camp in the wooded area near the bicycle path located east of the County Yard facility on the 800 block of East Laurel Drive. The officers located two shooting victims, one victim, a 28-year-old man, was deceased at the scene. The second victim, a 53-year-old man was transported to a local hospital and is expected to survive.

0n 05/02/20, at 8:32 AM, officers responded to a gunshot wound victim near the same homeless camp on the 800 block of E. Laurel Drive. The victim, a 29-year-old man, was taken to a local hospital with a single gunshot wound to the leg. He had hidden in the wooded area from officers the evening prior.

On 05/07/20, at approximately 1:45 PM, Salinas Police Detectives, SWAT, VSTF, and U.S. Marshals collaborated on a surveillance and tactical operation to locate and arrest 18-year-old John Barriga Macias. Macias was arrested for murder during a car stop on N. Main Street and Russell Road at approximately 1:45 PM. The SWAT team then served a search warrant on a home located at an apartment complex on the 2400 block of N. Main Street. Macias was booked into County Jail on charges of Murder, Attempted Murder and gang charges.

The murder is still under investigation and anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Byron Gansen at (831) 758-7137, or email at : [email protected] or 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.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray
Telephone: (831) 758-7350

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