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Be Safe and Take a Sober Ride Home This Thanksgiving Holiday

Release Date/Time: 11/25/2020 9:38 AM
Incident:Be Safe and Take a Sober Ride Home This Thanksgiving Holiday
Date: Wednesday, 11/25/2020
Location:City of Salinas

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, Salinas PD encourages drivers to arrive at their destinations safely by not driving impaired. During the Thanksgiving holiday Nov. 25-Nov.29, Salinas PD will have additional officers on patrol looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Officers will be actively looking for other unsafe driving practices – speeding, not wearing a seat belt, driving distracted – to make sure everyone has a safe holiday.

'We want everyone to enjoy the holidays and be safe when they must travel,” said Salinas PD, Public Information Officer, Miguel Cabrera 'Taking simple safety measures like driving sober, following the speed limit and wearing a seat belt helps keep yourself and others safe.” Salinas PD reminds drivers that a 'DUI Doesn't Just Mean Booze.” Prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs and marijuana can also impair, especially in combination with alcohol and other drugs.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Release Authorized by:Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:758-7289

UPDATE: Homicide Victim Identified

Release Date/Time: 11/23/2020 12:33 PM
Incident:Homicide Victim Identified
Date: Saturday, 11/21/2020
Time: 11:30 PM
Location:800 Block of Del Monte Ave.

UPDATE: Homicide victim has been identified as Jose Guadalupe Lopez Islas (36) a Salinas resident

On November 21, 2020, at approximately 11:30 PM, officers responded to a ShotSpotter activation in the 800 block of Del Monte Avenue.  Officers checked the area and located an adult male suffering from gunshot wounds to his upper torso.  The victim was unresponsive and died from his wounds.  At this point we do not have any suspect(s) information. .

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Justin Heckman at (831) 758-7323, or email him 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:Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:758-7289

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 11/22/2020 1:02 AM
Incident: Homicide
Date: Saturday, 11/21/2020
Time: 11:30 PM
Location: 800 Block of Del Monte Avenue

On November 21, 2020, at approximately 11:30 PM, officers responded to a ShotSpotter activation in the 800 block of Del Monte Avenue.  Officers checked the area and located an adult male suffering from gunshot wounds to his upper torso.  The male was unresponsive and died from his wounds.  At this point we do not have any suspect(s) information. We will provide more information when available.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Justin Heckman at (831) 758-7323, or email him 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. Lalo Villegas
Telephone: 831 758-7250

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 11/20/2020 9:59 PM
Incident: Attempted Murder
Date: Friday, 11/20/2020
Time: 7:55 PM
Location: 600 Block of Pima Circle

Salinas Police Officers responded to the 600 block of Pima Circle for a victim of a shooting.  Officers arrived on scene and they made conatct with an 18-year old male victim who was shot in the upper torso.  Another male juvenile was with the victim but was not injured.  The victim was transported to a local hospital and was listed in serious but stable condition.

Anyone with information related to the shooting is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department at 831-758-7226.  If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Crime Tip Line at 831-775-4222.

 

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. Lalo Villegas
Telephone: 831 758-7250

Governor's Curfew Order

Release Date/Time: 11/20/2020 11:39 AM
Incident: Governor's Curfew Order
Date: Friday, 11/20/2020
Time: 11:39 AM
Location: Salinas

The Salinas Police Department is very sensitive to the pandemic emergency the State of California is facing. In light of the new curfew directive received by the Office of the Governor, it is our commitment to our community to maintain the safety of our residents.

Police officers have discretion when issuing citations. We support an approach of education and cooperation. We also confide in our community to do its part for the safety of all.

Vehicle Pursuit and Collision

Release Date/Time: 11/20/2020 12:45 AM
Incident: Vehicle Pursuit and Collision
Date: Thursday, 11/19/2020
Time: 08:09 PM
Location: 1410 S. Main Street (Gino's Italian Restaurant)

A Salinas Police Officer attempted to stop a vehicle driving reckless in the area of S. Main Street and W. Acacia Street. The vehicle immediately sped off and a vehicle pursuit ensued. The vehicle fled Southbound on S. Main Street. As the suspect vehicle was approaching Stephanie Drive another vehicle pulled out from Stephanie and onto S. Main Street. The suspect vehicle rear ended the vehicle, and it lost control. The suspect vehicle drove up the curb and continued up the grass area of Gino's Restaurant and into the outdoor dining area. Several patrons in the dining area were struck by the vehicle. Their injuries ranged from minor to serious. None of the injuries appeared life threatening.

The driver fled the scene and witnesses were able to tell officers the direction he ran to. Officers located a 16-year old male in the fields behind the car wash just South of Gino's. The 16-year old was uncooperative with officers and did not provide a statement. The suspect vehicle was registered to the 16-year old's father.

 

Release Authorized by: Cmdr Lalo Villegas
Telephone: 831 758-7250

Salinas Police Department Awarded $137,500 Grant From the OTS

Release Date/Time: 11/17/2020 12:50 PM
Incident:Salinas Police Department Awarded $137,500 Grant From the OTS
Date: Tuesday, 11/17/2020
Time: 12:50 PM
Location:City of Salinas

The safety of everyone traveling is the focus of a grant awarded to Salinas Police Department. The $137,500 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) will assist in Salinas Police Department's efforts to reduce deaths and injuries on Salinas roads. 'These are trying times, and now more than ever, it is important that we are at the forefront of traffic safety,” Salinas PD, Traffic Sgt., Robert Hampson said. 'This funding allows us to educate and enhance the safety of all residents.” The one-year grant is for the 2021 federal fiscal year, which runs from Oct. 1, 2020 to Sept. 30, 2021.

The grant will fund a variety of traffic safety programs, including:

  • Patrols with emphasis on alcohol and drug-impaired driving prevention.
  • Patrols with emphasis on awareness and education of California's hands-free cell phone law.
  • Patrols with emphasis on education of traffic rights for bicyclists and pedestrians.
  • Patrols with emphasis on awareness and education of primary causes of crashes: excess speed, failure to yield, failure to stop at stop signs/signals, improper turning/lane changes.
  • Community education presentations on traffic safety issues such as distracted driving, DUI, speed, bicycle and pedestrian safety.
  • Collaborative efforts with neighboring agencies on traffic safety priorities.
  • Officer training and/or recertification: Standard Field Sobriety Test (SFST), Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) and Drug Recognition Expert (DRE).

'Through education and behavior changes, we hope to create an environment that is safe and equitable for all road users in our community,” Traffic Sgt. Hampson said.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Release Authorized by:Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:758-7289

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 11/15/2020 12:18 AM
Incident: Attempted Murder
Date: Saturday, 11/14/2020
Time: 08:41 PM
Location: 200 Block of Rianda Street

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. Lalo Villegas
Telephone: 831-758-7250

On November 14, 2020, at 8:41 PM, we received a ShotSpotter activation of 5 gunshots coming from the rear of a business in the 200 block of Rianda Street.  As officers were responding to the shooting scene, two gunshot victims arrived at the front of the police station and entered the vestibule area.  The adult victims each sustained gunshot wounds and were transported to a local hospital for treatment. A few minutes after the two victims arrived at the police station, a third adult victim arrived at a local hospital with gunshot wounds.  All three victims are in critical but stable condition.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective John McNeil at (831)758-7277 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.

Californians Encouraged to Buckle Up on Every Trip

Release Date/Time: 11/12/2020 12:39 PM
Incident:Californians Encouraged to Buckle Up on Every Trip
Date: Monday,11/16/2020 to Sunday, 11-29-2020
Location:City of Salinas

 Nov. 16-29 is Click it or Ticket Seat Belt Enforcement Campaign

Throughout the month of November, the Salinas Police Department is joining agencies across the country promoting the importance of wearing a seat belt in the car and keeping children safe by making sure they are properly restrained.

This year's Click it or Ticket seat belt enforcement campaign is from Nov. 16-29. During this time, the Salinas Police Department will have additional officers on patrol looking for drivers and passengers who are not wearing a seat belt. This includes drivers who do not properly secure children in child safety seats.

While the seat belt use rate in California was 96% last year, there has been a noted drop in seat belt use by back seat passengers. A recent report by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) found only 76% of rear seat passengers wore seat belts.

'Wearing a seat belt is your best defense on the road,” Salinas Police Department, Public Information Officer, Miguel Cabrera said. 'It only takes a few seconds and helps keep you and your family safe.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seat belts saved nearly 15,000 lives of people ages five and older in 2017.

The fine for a seat belt violation is $162. California law requires a child be properly secured in a safety seat in the second row of a vehicle, when available, until they are at least 8 years of age. Children under the age of 2 must ride rear-facing or until they reach 40 pounds or 40 inches in height. 

California has a primary seat belt law, which allows law enforcement officers to ticket someone for not wearing a seat belt without committing another traffic violation

Release Authorized by:Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:758-7289

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 11/11/2020 10:31 PM
Incident: Attempted Murder
Date: Wednesday, 11/11/2020
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: 1200 Block of Bellehaven

Salinas Police Officers responded to the above location on a ShotSpotter activation of multiple gunshots being fired. When officers arrived they located two Hispanic male victims that sustained multiple gunshot wounds. Both were transported to a local area hospital for treatment.  The two victims were standing outside a residence when a 4-door sedan drove up and fired multiple rounds at them.  The victims sustained critical injuries but are listed in stable condition. 

Anyone with information related to the shooting is encouraged to call the Salinas Police Department at 831-758-7226.  If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Crime Tip Line at 831-775-4222. 

 

Release Authorized by: Commander Lalo Villegas
Telephone: 831 758-7250

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