Jose Velasco Arrest 911 Call Transcripts

These are transcripts of 911 calls about Jose Velasco, made from the area of North Main Street and Bernal Drive, Salinas, on June 5, 2015. Recordings of the calls can be heard at our Fact Sheet page about the police press conference of June 11, 2015.



Yes there's a guy on the corner of Bernal and N. Main running through traffic and jumping on top of cars.

Bernal and Main?

Yes. North Main.  He's throwing himself on the floor and just screaming.

Okay. Is he *UNINTELLIGIBLE, do you think he might be a transient or something?

Excuse me?

Does he look like he might be a transient?

Yeah, um, I don't know he's just screaming and running.  He's got a black jacket, dark jeans, long ponytail.


Kind of like a black jacket, dark jeans, um long ponytail, um kind of a scruffy beard, he's running in front of cars and just trying to jump on top of them and get in.

Can you hear what he's yelling?

Um, he ran in front of me and now he's running toward Sherwood Gardens and I heard him say Mom, and that's it.  But I am right in the intersection so I have to keep driving.

No problem.  Do you want an officer to call you back or anything?

No, I, he's walking back in the way, in the direction I'm going, he's walking backwards now.  I can't see him anymore.  

He's in and out of the roadway?


Okay.  Got it.  We'll be out there as soon as we can.  Thank you.




911 what's your emergency?

Hi, we're on the corner of  

Hello?  Hello?

Call ends

Phone rings  


Hi, this is 911


We just had a call from this number? Do you have an emergency?

Oh yes, so there's a guy in the middle of the road, he's stopping traffic.

Where is he?

We're just past the corner of Bernal, oh my gosh, he's jumping on cars, so we're already past the Bernal and Main St. intersection.

Is he white, black or Hispanic?

Um, I have no idea. I think maybe um white or Hispanic


Like right by the *UNINTELLIGIBLE  station

What kind of clothes is he wearing?

Jeans and a black jacket, black sneakers too, *UNINTELLIGIBLE, long black hair

*UNINTELLIGIBLE He's in traffic and jumping onto cars?

Yes he's in the middle of the street right now

And you said he has long black hair?

Yeah, there's a woman who just approached him

Okay *UNINTELLIGIBLE  are they arguing, or

No, uh they're hugging right now actually,

Oh my gosh, no he threw her down.  


He's throwing her into traffic.  So, um but he had *UNINTELLIGIBLE

Does he have weapons on him?

Not that I know of but he threw her in traffic right now.  


And he's running away.

Where's he running to is he still on Bernal or Main still?

Uh, we're on Main

Okay where is he - on Bernal or on Main?

Um, Main.


Is he going down towards the Starbucks?

No he's on the street


Okay but is he on Main?

Oh, he's on the, he should be on the side closest to Starbucks. Yeah.



Can you guys still see him from where you are?

Uh, yeah, kind of *UNINTELLIGIBLE

Okay where's the girl?


She's on the street right now.  Oh, there's an officer

Okay.  Do you see the officers?


Okay. What's your name?

Okay.  Can we call you if we have any questions?

Oh yeah sure.

Okay.  Thanks very much

Oh you're welcome.






*UNINTELLIGIBLE a police officer emergency unit, my son is, something's wrong with him and he's running through the cars right here on Main St. right in front of Sherwood Gardens. Please have an officer come

What's the nearest cross street that he's near ma'am

*UNINTELLIGIBLE Right now, running through Sherwood Gardens

Okay, what's your, what's your cross street

*UNINTELLIGIBLE he's in the middle of the street *UNINTELLIGIBLE Jose! Jose!

What's the street, what's the cross street ma'am?

What are you doing?


What you doing? *UNINTELLIGIBLE in background


What are you doing? *UNINTELLIGIBLE voice in background *UNINTELLIGIBLE moaning and screaming  What are you doing?  What's wrong?  *UNINTELLIGIBLE

*UNINTELLIGIBLE  *UNINTELLIGIBLE moaning in background  What's wrong?


*UNINTELLIGIBLE yelling and screaming stop it, what are you doing


*UNINTELLIGIBLE yelling and screaming





*UNINTELLIGIBLE yelling and screaming


*UNINTELLIGIBLE yelling and screaming




*UNINTELLIGIBLE screaming and moaning


*UNINTELLIGIBLE screaming and yelling  

*UNINTELLIGIBLE Hey! Get off of her! Get off of her! Get off her *UNINTELLIGIBLE


*UNINTELLIGIBLE moaning and screaming

*UNINTELLIGIBLE get on your stomach get on your stomach

*UNINTELLIGIBLE moaning and screaming


*UNINTELLIGIBLE get on your stomach get on your stomach

*UNINTELLIGIBLE on your stomach


Get on your stomach, get on your stomach *UNINTELLIGIBLE


Get on your stomach


Get on your stomach


*UNINTELLIGIBLE get on your stomach, get on your stomach, get on your stomach

Jose! Jose!

Get on your stomach


Get on your stomach

Please be careful with my son

Get on your stomach or you'll get hit

*UNINTELLIGIBLE sirens and yelling

*UNINTELLIGIBLE Jose!  Sirens and yelling





Yeah there's a man screaming and laying on the floor right here on N. Main and Bernal St.

Right. We got a call on him. What's he doing?

He's screaming and laying on the middle *UNINTELLIGIBLE trying to detain cars and running around yelling

Okay, all right. Do you know who he is or why he's out there?

No, *UNINTELLIGIBLE we're already past him

Sounds good, we're on our way

Bye bye

Thank you




Hi, this is (edited out) I'm on N. Main and W. Bernal and there is a man in the middle of the road doing pushups and hollering and  holding up traffic and stuff like that

Okay would you like to leave your name or phone number?

Um (edited out)

*UNINTELLIGIBLE okay, *UNINTELLIGIBLE  and he's in the roadway doing pushups, correct?


And is he doing anything else?  

He's just screaming, I can't understand what he's saying and uh *UNINTELLIGIBLE

Okay ma'am  did he *UNINTELLIGIBLE anyone or anything like that?

Not that I know of, no, I didn't see anything of that.

Okay ma'am. Thank you very much for the call. Thank you.




911 what's your emergency?

Yeah, we have a gentleman in all black laying in the street on N. Main and Bernal.

Okay. *UNINTELLIGIBLE Is he white, black *UNINTELLIGIBLE or Hispanic?


East or West Bernal?

Uh, on the corner of W. Bernal and N. Main.  Right in front of the um the complex there.

Is he laying on N. Main or W. Bernal?

He was, he was on N. Main.

Is he still down on the ground?

No, he's not right now, cuz I guess a lot of people were honking their horns *UNINTELLIGIBLE something obviously

Okay. Where is he now?

I don't see him *UNINTELLIGIBLE I just wanted to let you guys know in case something happens

Okay. Did you want to leave your name and number?

Um, no.

Okay. Thank you for calling in.

Thank you thank you.




Ah, yes, um I'm on N. Main St. um N. Main and Bernal and there's a guy running in the middle of, the middle of the street in front of cars and he was doing pushups in the middle of the street

Where's this at? N. Main and where?

N. Main and Bernal.

Any description of him?

Um he's wearing a black jacket, black pants, and I think he had long black hair in a ponytail. Hispanic.

Okay. We'll take a look. Thank you.

Uh huh. Thank you.




911 um I got a guy who's *UNINTELLIGIBLE N. Main St. Mexican guy long hair, black looks like a black sweatshirt, he looks like he's dragging a lady out in the street in traffic.  Anybody reported it already?

Wearing a black jacket and his hair is in a ponytail?


He's dragging a female now?

He's dragging the female now all around *UNINTELLIGIBLE back in traffic



What is she wearing?

Uh, I'm not top sure *UNINTELLIGIBLE closer by the Jack in the Box.

And is he dragging her by the hair or

He's just pulling *UNINTELLIGIBLE dragging her out in traffic  *UNINTELLIGIBLE

*UNINTELLIGIBLE still out there

Do you see the officer in the area?

I think there's officers in the area.

Do you want *UNINTELLIGIBLE  anybody?


They got him.

What's your name?

(edited out)  

I'm sorry, what is it?




You need a police unit over here on Bernal and W. Main St. There's a guy on the street beating up his wife or girlfriend.

I'm sorry is this E. Bernal and N. Main?


Okay and is he White, Black or Hispanic.

Pardon me?

Does he have a ponytail?

Say that again?

Does the person have a ponytail?



Yes, he's beating up his wife out here.

Are you sure the officers aren't with him right now?

Pardon me?

Are you sure that the officers aren't with him right now?

Oh yeah, I see sirens right now. Uh, they're on the southbound side.

Okay. Are you sure though it's not the Hispanic male with the black jacket?

Yeah he's got a ponytail and a *UNINTELLIGIBLE  backpack *UNINTELLIGIBLE.

The female. Is she Black, White or Hispanic?


The female. Is she White, Black or Hispanic?

Okay the police are here.

Thank you sir. Bye.



Police dispatch.

Hi, you have a man in the middle of the road on Salinas on N. Main Bernal. He's caught straight in the middle of the lanes. He's crossing lanes over. There're cars everywhere and I actually saw a police car drive by past him. Can you get help please?

He's running back and forth across the street?

Yup. He's in the road. You'll see him. He's got long dark hair and he's Hispanic. He's wearing dark clothes, looks to me like he's around 30 and he's having a psychotic episode.

What makes you think he's having a psychotic episode?

He's running in the traffic and laying in the street.

Is he running back and forth or running towards traffic.

He's in the traffic running back and forth jumping on cars running on cars.

Jumping on top of the cars?


As they're moving?

Yes. Okay, I hear sirens. Someone's on their way now. I had to do my duty and call you.

Okay thank you.

Okay bye.




Oh um hey, we've got somebody over here in front of the stadium on Main St., S. Main St.

N. Main.

Oh, N. Main. This guy is dragging this girl beating the shit out of her in the middle of the aisle.

Okay. Um, what street are you on?

We're on N. Main St. We're right in front of *UNINTELLIGIBLE.

What the fuck?

Are you nearby *UNINTELLIGIBLE or are you nearby Bernal?

No we're right-never mind. There are two cops right here. Never mind.

We have two cops in the area looking for them.

Yeah, never mind they got his ass.


They got his ass.

They got him?

Yeah, they got him.

Okay, thank you.




Hi, there's someone uh there's a man beating up a woman in front of rodeo on the street.

Can you see any officers there with him?

Um, I saw I saw a couple in a black. The black guy was driving away. I just I just didn't want it to not be reported.

Okay we do have quite a few people calling in and we do have officers on the way. What's your name? All right, can you see where he is now?

Um, they're  *UNINTELLIGIBLE. I did see someone in a black shirt, but I already drove off but I didn't want to not report it so.

Okay, thank you very much.

Thank you.




911 what is your emergency?

Hi, um something happened here in the rodeo complex and one of the guys took off in a in a white car so I don't know if he knew that person in a white car but he just jumped in the white car a Honda like--

And was the male Black, White or Hispanic?

Oh, gosh he must have been Hispanic. I didn't really pay attention but he was wearing all black.


Yeah, and he--

Was it a white car?

Yeah it was a Honda a Honda Civic with--

Which way, which way did he go?

On Bernal if you go straight so-uh I don't know if it's still Bernal like if you go down the um the other side of um the Sherwood Shopping Center.

Okay, so he went out and he was going southbound Main St. when he pulled out?

No, they were going they were right in front of a complex.


So this car-




So this car was behind traffic the Honda and this guy just got into the car the white car. He went in there. I don't know if he knows that person he just jumped in the car and the car reversed um to get out of the way like from the cops like to get away from the cops and then they left. Um, yeah the car kept on going on Bernal and the license plate I got to get was it was um (edited out). I didn't get the last four.

Okay so last seen on Bernal going towards Natividad?

No. It was going towards the other side of Bernal behind the Sherwood Gardens *UNINTELLIGIBLE .

So he jumped into the white white Honda?



So I don't know if he knows them or he just jumped in there with no permission. Maybe that person's scared.

Okay so I'll just put that in the details. So he's going westbound on W. Bernal.

Yes, he left behind the shopping center of um Sherwood.

Okay. Got it. And your name please? (edited out). What's your first name? (edited out). Okay. And last name please? (edited out).Okay great yeah, we'll put that in.

Thank you. Bye.





Hi. Um, my daughter and I were the ones that called in on the incident on Bernal and N. Main


I wanted to make sure that the officer who gave our number *UNINTELLIGIBLE to call us back for a statement because we're the ones that saw everything from start to finish, and there was a lot of people recording just the back end of it.

What's your name?

(edited out)

What's your last name?

(edited out)

And what's the number you can be reached at?



I'll ask




What's your emergency?

I know the police officers know me by name and I was told *UNINTELLIGIBLE the police *UNINTELLIGIBLE were at the corner where I live at were beating up a man

Who's beating up a man?



Yes, hello?

I'm here, I'm trying to understand what you're saying. Who is beating up a person?

I have been dealing with police officers since they murdered my son and I *UNINTELLIGIBLE backed up *UNINTELLIGIBLE I'm letting the law

Okay. Is there an emergency this evening?

Yes, that somebody from the corner store, *UNINTELLIGIBLE Mart, told me that the cops were beating up a gentleman out there in the streets. Beating him up

Where did this occur though, ma'am? Where did it occur?


N. Main St. and what's the cross street?


Bernal.  Okay.


*UNINTELLIGIBLE Mart, and you walk down, you know, you know right across the park, several parks *UNINTELLIGIBLE and they *UNINTELLIGIBLE  they they okay they told me that the cops were beating up

Who's they?

Who's they?

Yeah. Who, who were you speaking to

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