Homicide Arrest

Release Date/Time: 6/5/2020 7:52 PM
Incident: Homicide Arrest
Date: Friday, 6/5/2020
Time: 7:52 PM
Location: Castroville

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

On 10/01/19, at 4:55 AM, officers responded to a victim of a shooting at a Motel located on De La Torre Blvd. Officers found Armando Medina (29) deceased in the stairwell from a gunshot wound. The victim had been renting a nearby room. No one was in the room when officers arrived, and the door was open. A loaded .25 caliber semiautomatic pistol was found beside Medina. Based on the injuries it appeared that the .25 caliber semi-auto found at the scene was not the weapon used, which was later confirmed by the autopsy.

On the night of the homicide, officers located a blood trail leading to the area where the suspect vehicle had been parked.  Detectives sent samples of the blood to the DOJ lab for testing, which yielded a positive DNA profile match of Justin Bravo (32).  Detectives investigated further and discovered additional evidence pointing at Bravo.

On 6/5/20, detectives, SWAT and HNT surrounded Bravo's residence in Castroville and served the homicide arrest warrant.  Several people came out and were detained without incident.  Bravo came to the door and began yelling at the officers, demanding they stay away.  SWAT officers tried to reason with him, but he would not comply.  Bravo became increasingly agitated and took a fighting stance.  SWAT officers deployed two foam less lethal rounds, and a police K9.  SWAT officers then advanced on Bravo and arrested him for murder.  He was later transported to a local hospital for treatment.  During the search, detectives located a shotgun with a sawed-off buttstock, a .22 caliber handgun, ammunition and gang indicia.  During questioning, Bravo placed himself at the scene of the shooting but claimed he did not remember what happened due to his drug use.  He was booked into County Jail for murder.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Justin Heckman at 758-7323 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

Question of the Day

What can I do if I see a car parked in my neighborhood which I think may be abandoned?

The City of Salinas has people specifically designated to handle abandoned vehicles and long-term parking problems. These problems are generally handled on a complaint basis. The abandoned vehicle office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. The phone number, day or night, is (831) 758-7316.

The following information will help you determine whether or not a vehicle has been abandoned or is a long-term parking problem:

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