Release Date/Time: 5/14/2020 4:17 PM
Date: Thursday, 5/14/2020
Time: 4:17 PM
Location:100 Block Orchard Ave.
Release Authorized by: Sergeant Duran
On 4-20-2020 at approximately 9:31 hrs., officers responded to a ShotSpotter activation in the area of the 100 block of Orchard Ave. with multiple gunshots detected. At about the same time, officers were advised that a male victim was being driven to the hospital by private vehicle. It was later determined the victim's wound was not life threatening. Officers contacted the victim (23) and were able to determine he had driven to the area of Orchard Ave. to drop off a friend. The victim stepped out of his vehicle near the friend's residence and observed a 08-10 silver Honda Civic occupied by several male individuals was driving towards him.
The Honda accelerated towards the victim then stopped, one of the occupants exited the vehicle and pulled a handgun from his waistband and fired several rounds at the victim who dove to the ground. The victim was struck once in the back. The armed suspect was described as a Hispanic male adult, heavy set and wearing a black hoodie. The vehicle sped away from the area. No further information is available at this time as the investigation continues.
Anyone with information related to this incident is encouraged to contact 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
During the course of this investigation Detectives were able to develop information leading to the identification and arrest of three suspects involved in this attempted homicide. Based on the information developed by Detectives they authored two search warrants for two residences in the City of Salinas. The two search warrants were served this morning by the Salinas Police Department SWAT Team, VSTF and Detectives on a residence in the under 100 block of Prince Pl and a residence in the 300 Block of Pueblo Drive in Salinas.
The suspects were identified as known gang members Joshua Garcia (20), Jesus Lopez (22) and Cynthia Edeza (22) all from Salinas. Joshua Garcia has been in-custody for an unrelated case at the Monterey County Jail since April 24, 2020. He was arrested on new charges for the April shooting today. Cynthia Edeza was arrested this morning at her residence following the service of the search warrant. Jesus Lopez was taken into custody in the 200 Block of Winham St. this morning. Edeza and Lopez were booked into the Monterey County Jail. All three suspects are facing charges of attempted homicide, conspiracy and gang enhancements
If anyone has further information regarding this investgation please contact Detective Gabriela Contrereas at 831-758-797. Email- [email protected].