Press Releases

Attempted Murder, Possession of a Concealed Firearm, Participation in a Gang

Release Date/Time: 4/7/2020 9:23 AM
Incident:Attempted Murder, Possession of a Concealed Firearm, Participation in a Gang
Date: Monday, 4/6/2020
Time: 9:13 PM
Location:700 block of Williams Rd.

On 4-6-2020 at 9:13 pm, officers responded to a ShotSpotter activation in the area of the 700 block of Williams Rd. They received information several shots had been fired at a residence with a possible suspect vehicle described as a black Cadillac occupied by two male suspects leaving the area. Nobody was injured at the residence.

A short time later, officers located a black Cadillac matching the description in the area of Williams Rd. at Alisal St. and a high-risk stop was conducted. The driver Jose Luis Trejo (19) and the front passenger, Jose Guadalupe Aguilera were taken into custody without incident. Both are known gang members. Aguilera was found to be in possession of a loaded firearm.

Both suspects were transported to county jail and booked on charges of Attempted Murder, Possession of a Concealed Firearm and Participation in a Gang.

Release Authorized by:Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:758-7289

Salinas PD Participates in Autism Awareness Month.

Release Date/Time: 4/2/2020 11:57 AM
Incident:Salinas PD Participates in Autism Awareness Month.
Date: Thursday, 4/2/2020
Time: 11:57 AM
Location:City of Salinas

Salinas PD Participates in Autism Awareness Month.

April is National Autism Awareness Month and today April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day and the Salinas Police Department is exited to continue supporting and promoting awareness of this important cause. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that an average of 1 in 68 children in the US have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) that can cause significant social, communication and behavior challenges. These challenges often present unique safety risks which may increase the chance of encounters with police and other first responders.

The Salinas Police Department and its employees will once again be participating in Autism Awareness month. During the entire month of April, Salinas Police Department employees will have the option to wear Autism Awareness pins to show our support of those who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder. In addition, all Salinas PD vehicles will display an Autism Awareness decal. We will also continue to participate in briefing training to educate our officers about ASD with Behavioral Health experts.

The Salinas Police Department would also like to remind everyone that we have the National Autism Societies 'Meet the Police” form to assist us in providing the best service we can to those with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. These forms will be available at the front counter of the police department once we resume regular business hours.

Salinas PD Autism Awareness patches are still available for $10 by sending your request via email to [email protected]

Release Authorized by:Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:831 758-7289

Assault with Deadly Weapon, Evading, Resisting and Violation of Shelter in Place Order Arrest

Release Date/Time: 3/26/2020 11:33 AM
Incident:  Assault with Deadly Weapon, Evading, Resisting and Violation of Shelter in Place Order Arrest
Date: Thursday, 3/26/2020
Time: 01:19 AM
Location:222 Lincoln Ave

                                                                                            Assault with Deadly Weapon, Evading, Resisting and Violation of Shelter in Place Order Arrest

On 3-26-2020 at 1:19 am a suspicious individual, later identified as Abundio Cruz (50) was observed driving a white Honda erratically near the police department, 222 Lincoln Ave. Cruz parked and exited his vehicle, then he approached and was looking into a vehicle in the department parking lot on the driver's side. Cruz then proceeded to enter his vehicle and drive off at a high rate of speed, driving around the block several times as officers arrived on scene. Officers located the white Honda and it immediately fled and a short pursuit was initiated.

Cruz attempted to run into two patrol vehicles, as the 1/10 of a mile pursuit was traveling eastbound on Gabilan St. towards Salinas St. Cruz deliberately crashed into an officer's vehicle stopped at the red light as Cruz made a left turn northbound at approximately 35-40 mph. The officer suffered minor injuries.

After the collision, Cruz remained in his vehicle refusing to obey all officers' commands. Officers broke out a window to Cruz' vehicle after he refused to exit his vehicle and K-9 Robby was released. K-9 Robby engaged Cruz who was subsequently taken into custody. Cruz suffered lacerations to his left and right arms, in addition, to minor cuts to his face.

After medical clearance, Cruz was transported to county jail and charged with Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Evading and Resisting Arrest. In addition, Cruz was determined to be in Violation of Parole and Violation of the Shelter in Place order.

Release Authorized by:Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:831 758-7289

Positive COVID-19 Test

Release Date/Time: 3/24/2020 5:16 PM
Incident: Positive COVID-19 Test
Date: Tuesday, 3/24/2020
Time: 5:16 PM
Location: Salians Police Department

Late evening, March 23, the Salinas Police Department was notified that one of our non-sworn civilian employees has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee believes the virus was contracted as a result of travel out of state. The employee self-isolated prior to the diagnosis.

Employees who had close contact with the affected employee are quarantined and/or isolated, as recommended.

The City of Salinas is coordinating with the Monterey County Public Health Department.

All CDC prescribed measures, recommendations and protocols regarding an individual who tests positive have been implemented.

The Salinas Police Department's patrol operations have not been impacted and we continue to provide policing services to the community. 

If you would like more information about COVID-19, call 2-1-1 or visit the Monterey County Health Department's website at www.mtyhd.org/covid19

 

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Sergeant
Telephone: 831-758-7280

Robbery/Burglary/Resisting Arrest/Conspiracy/Gang Enhancements

Release Date/Time: 3/23/2020 12:22 PM
Incident: Robbery/Burglary/Resisting Arrest/Conspiracy/Gang Enhancements
Date: Monday, 3/22/2020
Time: 4:40 PM
Location: 1274 S. Main St. 

On March 22, 2020 at approximately 4:40 pm, Salinas Police officers responded to 1274 S. Main St., the Verizon Store, regarding a robbery that had just occurred. The lone store employee called 911 stating that two masked African American males entered the store and immediately confronted them with an object which was thought to be a knife, but later determined to be a screwdriver. The employee had their cell phone in their hand and one of the suspects took it. The suspects then ordered the employee to open the safe which contained numerous cell phones and placed them in a duffel bag. The suspects also ordered the employee to open the register and took cash. Both suspects ran out of the store and fled in a silver Toyota Camry.

Within a few minutes, a Salinas Police officer saw a vehicle that matched the description provided by witnesses at Maple St. and California St. Once he pulled in behind the vehicle it immediately parked, and three suspects ran. Officers were able to quickly set up a perimeter and began a search for the suspects.

Officers found Frederick Maurice Wright, age 29, hiding in a trash can in the 200 block of Maple St. He was taken into custody without incident.

Daiviuan Jewailan West, age 18, was spotted near the campus of Lincoln Elementary School, at Maple St. and Front St. West was taken into custody after a short foot pursuit.

Letroy Russel Higgins, age 19, was found and apprehended by K9 'Charro” while hiding in a backyard out building in the 200 block of Harvest St.

A search of the suspect vehicle was conducted and 24 new Apple iPhones and Galaxy phones worth $15,900 were found. The money taken from the register, along with the masks used by the suspects, were also found in the vehicle.

The three suspects were found to be gang members from Bakersfield, CA. All three were lodged into Monterey County Jail on charges of Robbery, Burglary, Resisting Arrest, Conspiracy and Gang Enhancements.

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Sergeant
Telephone: 831-758-7280

Burglary/Possession of Stolen Property

Release Date/Time: 3/23/2020 12:15 PM
Incident: Burglary/Possession of Stolen Property
Date: Saturday, March 21, 2020
Time: 12:20 am
Location: 400 Blk of Tudor Way

On March 21, 2020 at approximately 12:20 am, the homeowner at a residence in the 400 block of Tudor Way was awakened by the sound of someone in the downstairs portion in their home. The homeowner determined the noises were not from their children and called 911. The homeowner was able to provide the dispatcher updates as officers arrived and set a perimeter around the residence. When the homeowner advised the suspect was coming up the stairs, the officers were about to make entry when the suspect opened the front door. Officers confronted a 14-year-old female, who was quickly taken into custody without incident.

It was discovered the suspect had gained entry by using a pry bar to open the living room window of the residence. Once inside, she found a purse and began to take items. The suspect was found to be in possession of car keys, credit cards, and a pair of Apple Air pods, all of which belonged to the homeowner. The 14-year-old suspect was found to be a runaway and was eventually transported to Monterey County Juvenile Hall. She was lodged for Burglary and Possession of Stolen Property.

 

Release Authorized by: Christopher Lane, Sergeant
Telephone: 831-758-7280

POLICE SERVICE OF SALINAS BUILDING RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY is POSTPONED Until Further Notice.

Release Date/Time: 3/16/2020 1:26 PM
Incident:POLICE SERVICE OF SALINAS BUILDING RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY is POSTPONED Until Further Notice.
Date: Monday, 3/16/2020
Time: 1:26 PM
Location:312 E. Alisal St.

POLICE SERVICE OF SALINAS BUILDING RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY scheduled to take place tommorrow March, 17 at 1:00 pm is POSTPONED until further notice.

ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE:

Salinas, CA - Salinas Police Chief Adele Fresé and the men and women of Salinas Police Department are excited to announce a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 1:00pm. The brief ceremony is to officially welcome our officers to the new building and begin the transition of moving from our old department to our new, "Police Service of Salinas" building at 312 E. Alisal St.

In the months ahead, we anticipate inviting the public to a Police Service of Salinas Community Celebration once the building is fully occupied and operational. At that time, residents will be able to take guided tours, get to know Salinas Police officers, and discover the welcoming atmosphere of our new community room.  All ages will be welcome.

The current PD will remain as the point of contact for all public interaction until further notice.  A subsequent notification will be released advising when police operations will transfer to the new location

The new Salinas Police Service Headquarters is a $56 million project for the city of Salinas that will replace the current police headquarters (222 Lincoln Ave.) originally built in 1958.

The facility consists of two buildings:

 - A two story, 44,352 sq. ft. Headquarters (built to the highest life safety standards) that will house Administration, Investigations, Patrol and Support Staff. There will also be a community room opening to the adjacent parking lot to help facilitate community events.

 - A second, 24,878 sq. ft. Support Building that includes advanced, state-of-the-art evidence storage areas, forensic laboratory and firearms training facility.

Regarding the ribbon cutting, Chief Fresé noted, "This facility represents the decades of promises to officers and community members that we would build a new police station. Residents understood that we have just simply outgrown our current building, and the technology and infrastructure is over 60 years old. We are grateful to the community for passing Measure G and to the Mayor and City Council for seeing it through to completion."

Release Authorized by:Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:831 758-7289

POLICE SERVICE OF SALINAS BUILDING RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY

Release Date/Time: 3/13/2020 5:20 PM
Incident: POLICE SERVICE OF SALINAS BUILDING RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY
Date: Friday, 3/13/2020
Time: 5:20 PM
Location:312 E. Alisal Street Salinas CA 

Release Authorized by: Commander Maldonado
Telephone:831-758-7250

Salinas, CA - Salinas Police Chief Adele Fresé and the men and women of Salinas Police Department are excited to announce a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 1:00pm. The brief ceremony is to officially welcome our officers to the new building and begin the transition of moving from our old department to our new, "Police Service of Salinas" building at 312 E. Alisal St. 

In the months ahead, we anticipate inviting the public to a Police Service of Salinas Community Celebration once the building is fully occupied and operational. At that time, residents will be able to take guided tours, get to know Salinas Police officers, and discover the welcoming atmosphere of our new community room.  All ages will be welcome. 

The current PD will remain as the point of contact for all public interaction until further notice.  A subsequent notification will be released advising when police operations will transfer to the new location 

The new Salinas Police Service Headquarters is a $56 million project for the city of Salinas that will replace the current police headquarters (222 Lincoln Ave.) originally built in 1958.

The facility consists of two buildings:

 - A two story, 44,352 sq. ft. Headquarters (built to the highest life safety standards) that will house Administration, Investigations, Patrol and Support Staff. There will also be a community room opening to the adjacent parking lot to help facilitate community events.

 - A second, 24,878 sq. ft. Support Building that includes advanced, state-of-the-art evidence storage areas, forensic laboratory and firearms training facility.

Regarding the ribbon cutting, Chief Fresé noted, "This facility represents the decades of promises to officers and community members that we would build a new police station. Residents understood that we have just simply outgrown our current building, and the technology and infrastructure is over 60 years old. We are grateful to the community for passing Measure G and to the Mayor and City Council for seeing it through to completion."

 

 

Limited Access to Salinas Police Department Front Counter/Lobby Services

Release Date/Time: 3/16/2020 12:58 PM
Incident:Limited Access to Salinas Police Department Front Counter/ Lobby Services
Date: Monday, 3/16/2020
Time: 12:58 PM
Location:222 Lincoln Ave.

The Salinas Police Department would like to inform the public that starting today, March 16, 2020 in an effort to protect the safety and welfare of our community, in person police department lobby services are being limited to help and avoid potential exposure to Corona Virus.

If you require in person assistance, you are asked to use the doorbell in front of the lobby entrance to speak to a community service officer. Access to the lobby would be granted one person at a time to handle issues that cannot be handled otherwise. For non- emergency reports, please utilize either online reporting via salinaspd.com or call 831 758-7147 to file a report over the phone.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Release Authorized by:Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:831 758-7289

Attempted Murder / Shooting

Release Date/Time: 3/11/2020 5:49 PM
Incident:  Attempted Murder / Shooting
Date: Wednesday, 3/11/2020
Time: 12:46 PM
Location:  1800 Block of Cherokee Drive

Release Authorized by:  Sergeant Danny Warner
Telephone:  831-758-7128

On March 11, 2020, at approximately 12:46 pm, community members reported shots fired in the area of Cherokee Drive and North First Street.  A short time later, someone reported a victim of a shooting in the same area.  Officers responded and found the 20-year-old, male victim in the 1800 block of Cherokee Drive, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the torso and lower extremities.  He was transported to a local hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. After the shooting, the suspect(s) was seen entering a dark colored vehicle.  This is being investigated as gang related.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information on the shooting to call Detective Robert Miller at (831) 758-7954 or email him at [email protected] . If you would like to remain anonymous, call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222.

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