On 5/31/2021 at 10:13 pm, officers responded to a ShotSpotter activation with several gun shots detected in the 900 block of Del Monte Avenue. As officers arrived on scene, two gunshot victims arrived at a local hospital. One male juvenile (17) suffered a gunshot wound to his torso, while a second male juvenile (16) suffered gunshot wounds to his upper torso and extremities. The injuries do not appear to be life threatening.
On 5/26/21 at 9:42 am Salinas Police Officers were dispatched to the 2300 block of N. Main St. on a report of a victim of a shooting. On arrival they discovered the male victim (54) inside the apartment deceased. Salinas Police Detectives responded to the scene and as the investigation developed the suspect was identified as Giovanni Jimenez (22). At approximately 12:30 pm on 5/26/21 Jimenez was located in Salinas and taken into custody without incident. He was later lodged at the Monterey County Jail charged with the homicide.
Agents from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and Salinas Police Department conducted a program called a Decoy Shoulder Tap Operation which targets adults who purchase alcohol for people under 21 years of age. Under the program, a minor (Explorers) under the direct supervision of a peace officer will stand outside a liquor or convenience store and ask patrons to buy them alcohol. The minor indicates in some way he or she is underage and cannot purchase the alcohol.
This year’s Click it or Ticket campaign is from May 24-June 6. During this time, the Salinas Police Department will actively look for drivers and passengers who are not wearing a seat belt. This includes drivers who do not secure children in child safety seats.