Press Releases

Fatal Traffic Collision

Release Date/Time: 7/31/2020 9:36 AM
Incident:Fatal Traffic Collision
Date: Thursday, 7/30/2020
Time: 7:52 PM
Location:1500 Block of Williams Rd.

On 7-30-2020 at 7:52 pm, officers responded to a report of a vehicle vs. motorcycle collision near the intersection of Williams Rd. and Bardin Rd. Officers found the male (23) motorcycle driver on the ground and suffering from critical injuries as a result of the collision.

He was immediately transported to Natividad Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased as a result of the injuries sustained in the collision. His identification is pending family notification.

The vehicle involved is a 2001 Toyota pick-up truck. The driver stopped and was contacted. He is cooperating in the investigation which is ongoing.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident, you are asked to contact Salinas PD at 758-7321. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call our Tip Line at 775-4222

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

Shooting Arrest

Release Date/Time: 7/30/2020 2:08 PM
Incident:
Date: Thursday, 7/30/2020
Time: 7:00 AM
Location: 100 Block of North Filice Street

On June 7, 2020, at approximately 6:30 am, three people were standing near a vehicle at the corner of Del Monte Avenue and Towt Street. A black Mercedes drove by the three and made a U-turn.  The Mercedes pulled up next to the victims and one of the occupants fired multiple rounds at them.  Fortunately, the victims were able to run away without being shot.  Multiple .40 caliber casings were located in roadway.

Patrol and Investigations developed information and were able to positively identify one of the suspects.  On July 30, 2020, detectives served a search warrant in the under 100 block of North Filice Street and arrested a 17-year-old male for his part in the shooting.  The suspect is a known gang associate.  He was booked in Juvenile Hall. 

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information to call Detective Robert Miller at 831-758-7954 or email him at [email protected]. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-Crime.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray
Telephone: (831) 758-7350

Homicide Arrest Update - Conviction

Release Date/Time: 7/25/2020 3:53 PM
Incident: Homicide Arrest Update - Conviction
Date: Friday, 7/24/2020
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: El Dorado Park and Klamath Dr.

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

On June 5, 2018, at approximately 8:00 PM, a homicide occurred in the parking lot of El Dorado Park. On the night of the homicide, detectives contacted witnesses who described a man later identified by investigators as 19-year-old Santos Longoria Fonseca. The witnesses described seeing the suspect running from the park following the shooting with his hand in his pocket as if he was holding a gun. Additional evidence placed Fonseca walking toward the park prior to the shooting. Detectives learned Fonseca was wanted on a felony warrant for an attempted robbery. The investigation led detectives to a residence located on the 1600 block of Siskiyou as a possible location for Fonseca. Detectives, the Violence Suppression Unit (VSU), and law enforcement partners conducted a surveillance operation over the course of the next 24 hours while also gathering additional evidence. Further investigation led to evidence indicating Fonseca was also responsible for the murder of Lorenso Gomez Acosta three days earlier on June 2, 2018.

On June 6, 2018, at approximately 6:30 PM, detectives and VSU officers positively identified Santos Fonseca in a vehicle with two other occupants. VSU conducted a stop on the vehicle and arrested Fonseca for murder and the outstanding felony warrant. Fonseca's girlfriend, Alekzandra Romayor (18), was also arrested, and a third juvenile girl (17), was detained and later released to her mother. A 9mm semi-automatic handgun, believed to be the murder weapon, was located in Romayor's purse. Following Fonseca's arrest, VSU, HSI, ATF, U.S. Marshals, CHP and Salinas Patrol officers served a search warrant on the Siskiyou residence. The search of the Siskiyou residence revealed a Glock semi-automatic handgun, ammunition, and other items of evidence.

Santos Fonseca was booked into County Jail for two counts of murder for the June 2, 2018 murder of Lorenso Gomez Acosta on Klamath Drive, the June 5, 2018 murder of Ernesto Garcia Cruz at El Dorado Park, and the outstanding felony attempted robbery warrant. Romayor was booked on one count of murder for the June 5, 2018 murder of Ernesto Garcia Cruz at El Dorado Park, one count of accessory to murder for the June 2, 2018 murder of Lorenso Gomez Acosta on Klamath Drive, and possession of the firearm located during the stop.

In June of 2019, Romayor accepted a plea deal and was sentenced to prison for her involvement in the brutal crimes.

In November of 2019, Fonseca escaped from the Monterey County Jail but was apprehended a couple days later while trying to cross back into the U.S. from Mexico.  On July 24, 2020, after a week-long trial, Fonseca was found guilty of first-degree murder and the escape.  He is scheduled to be sentenced in October. 

We would like to express our gratitude the members of the community who came forward with information leading to the arrest and conviction of these violent criminals. 

 

Possession of Weapons and Narcotics Arrests

Release Date/Time: 7/23/2020 12:22 PM
Incident:Possession of Weapons and Narcotics Arrests
Date: Thursday, 7/23/2020
Time: 7:00  AM
Location:1400 Block of Shawnee Way

Possession of Weapons and Narcotics Arrests.

This morning 7-23-2020, Salinas Police Department served a search warrant in the 1400 block of Shawnee Way. Craig Hawley was the focus of today's search warrant.  The Auto Theft Task Force (ATTF) received citizen information from several different narcotics related complaints over the last several months.

Today, ATTF, SWAT, Violence Suppression Task Force (VSTF) and Patrol units served the search warrant and recovered one Ghost AR-15, one 12-gauge shotgun, a Honey Oil lab and miscellaneous prescription pills. Ramon Raygosa (29) and Craig Hawley (22) were arrested and later transported to Monterey County Jail where they were booked on several weapons and narcotics possession charges. 

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

Attempted Homicide

Release Date/Time: 7/23/2020 12:25 AM
Incident:  Attempted Murder
Date: Wednesday, 7/22/2020
Time: 8:44 PM
Location:  100 Block of Orchard Avenue

Officers responded to the 100 block of Orchard Avenue regarding a shooting.  Officers were able to contact several witnesses in the area who confirmed that a shooting did occur but a victim was not located.  Several minutes later, a 25 year old male victim arrived at Natividad Medical Center. The male victim sustained a gunshot wound to his lower torso.  His injuries are not life threatening.  This incident is still under investigation and the Salinas Police Department is asking anyone with information to call  831-758-7250. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-Crime.

Authorized by: E. Villegas 
Telephone: (831) 758-7250 

Homicide and Attempted Homicide Arrest – Victim Notification

Release Date/Time: 7/6/2020 1:01 PM
Incident:Homicide and Attempted Homicide Arrest – Victim Notification
Date: Saturday, 7/4/2020
Time: 10:00 PM
Location:400 Block of Noice Dr.

Homicide and Attempted Homicide Arrest – Victim Notification

On July 4, 2020, at approximately 10:00 PM, officers responded to a victim of a shooting in the 400 block of Noice Drive. The officers located the victim, identified as Leo Juarez Moreno (49), suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. First aid and CPR were administered by officers and medical personnel however, medical responders pronounced Mr. Moreno deceased at the scene. After shooting Mr. Moreno, the suspect fled the apartment on foot and ran through the apartment complex. While running, he encountered two adult males (19) who were not involved in the incident. For an unknown reason the suspect shot at the males multiple times, however, neither victim was struck nor injured.

During the course of the investigation, the suspect was identified as Sergio Magallanes (29). Approximately 4 hours after the initial incident, officers responded to a report of a suspicious person on a rooftop in the 100 block of Chaparral St. Officers located Magallanes and he was taken into custody without incident. Magallanes was found to be on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) and a documented Norteno out of Stockton. He was booked into the Monterey County Jail on charges of Murder and two counts of Attempted Murder.

This incident is still under investigation and the Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information to call Detective Heckman at 831-758-7323 or email him at [email protected]. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-Crime.

Release Authorized by:Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:758-7289

Homicide

Release Date/Time: 7/5/2020 3:28 AM
Incident: Homicide
Date: Sunday, 7/5/2020
Time: 3:28 AM
Location: 400 Block of Noice Dr.

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. Arensdorf
Telephone: (831)758-7250

On July 4, 2020 at 2200 hours Salins Police Officers responded to the 400 block of Noice Dr. on a report of a victim of a shooting. On arrival they found the 49 year old adult male victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers and medical personnel administered CPR however the victim died as a result of his injuries. The suspect, described as a hispanic male adult last seen wearing a red shirt and blue jeans was last seen running southbound through the apartment complex.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information on the shooting to call Detective Justin Hackman at (831) 758-7323 or email him at Justinh.salinas.ca.us. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222, or the We-Tip Line at 1-800-78-CRIME.

Your Actions Save Lives: Celebrate 4th of July Holiday Responsibly

Release Date/Time: 7/1/2020 10:50 AM
Incident:Your Actions Save Lives: Celebrate 4th of July Holiday Responsibly
Date: Saturday, 7/4/2020
Location:City of Salinas

As we approach the 4th of July holiday, the Salinas Police Department encourages the public to be responsible and safe by not drinking and driving and by only using STATE-APPROVED FIREWORKS.These types of fireworks are called SAFE and SANE and should only be purchased at authorized fireworks booths in the City. SAFE and SANE fireworks have a State Fire Marshal approval stamp and do not leave the ground or explode. Any Fireworks that shoots into the air is ILLEGAL, this includes throwing or launching Safe and Sane fireworks.

Many 4th of July events and shows have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but more restaurants and bars are now open, making it that much more important for the Salinas Police Department to keep the community safe. July 4th falls on a Saturday this year, and to keep families safe, the Salinas Police Department will have extra officers on patrol throughout the Independence Day Weekend looking for drivers suspected of driving impaired.

'We are all anxious to get out and return to some sense of normalcy,” said Salinas PD Public Information Officer Miguel Cabrera. 'But that doesn't excuse forgetting how to be safe on the road by driving impaired.” If you plan on drinking or taking medications that may impact your ability to drive safely, plan on staying at home. If you are going to a bar or restaurant, designate a sober driver before heading out for the evening.

Salinas Police Department encourages the community to think of the safety of themselves and their families when enjoying the Independence Day holiday. Your actions save lives.

Release Authorized by:Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:758-7289

Fireworks in the City of Salinas

Release Date/Time: 6/25/2020 8:08 AM
Incident:Fireworks in the City of Salinas
Location: City of Salinas

This Sunday, June 28, 2020, Salinas non-profit organizations will begin sales of 'Safe-n-Sane” fireworks from 18 booths located throughout the city of Salinas. 'For many of our city's non-profit and youth organizations, this is their biggest opportunity of the year to raise funds for their programs” says Salinas Mayor Joe Gunter. 'This year, these groups have been hit hard along with everyone else in the midst of the pandemic and our fingers are crossed that this will give them the much-needed boost they desperately need.”

While 'Safe-n-Sane” fireworks are legal to purchase and use within the city limits between June 28th and July 5th, Salinas officials warn that they are on the lookout for those who are purchasing and using illegal fireworks 'Anything that flies into the air or creates loud noise is considered illegal” according to Salinas Fire Battalion Chief and Fire Marshal Samuel Klemek. 'Starting in early June, we start to receive complaints from residents who are fearful for their property, pets, and sanity. We are now receiving 20 to 30 complaints per night”.

The Salinas fire and police departments collaborate to monitor reports and try to focus enforcement where illegal fireworks are being reported. 'We use several enforcement methods such as undercover officers in unmarked patrol units, surveillance video, and other methods to help us find offenders” says Salinas Assistant Police Chief, Roberto Filice. Dangerous and illegal fireworks such as bottle rockets, M-80s, and mortars are prohibited throughout California, and persons found using, or in possession of, dangerous and illegal fireworks are subject to fines ranging from $1,250 to $50,000.

Both Filice and Klemek confirm that multiple citations have already been issued and add that some individuals have received multiple fines because they have been captured on video over several days, lighting illegal fireworks in their neighborhoods. 'Each time you light a fuse, you subject yourself to a fine of $1,250 or more” Klemek says and 'you never know who might be watching or recording you”. Exasperated residents are fed-up with the nightly barrage, unable to sleep or trying to comfort loved ones that are scared to death. The community is stepping up to provide law enforcement officials with good intelligence of where illegal fireworks are being used and stepping up efforts to respond. It is definitely a cat-and-mouse game for them. Adding to the anxiety this year is the reality of the Covid-19 pandemic. Salinas officials warn against hosting large gatherings in homes and neighborhoods that could potentially spread the virus, unnecessarily prompting renewed restrictions on daily life.

To make sure you and your family celebrate safely during the 4th of July, Salinas officials recommend the following 'Safe-n-Sane” fireworks safety practices:

            Buy and use only 'Safe and Sane” fireworks from a permitted commercial retailer.

            Always read and follow instructions on fireworks packaging.

         Closely supervise children during the use of 'Safe and Sane” fireworks.

         Never use fireworks around dry vegetation or areas likely to catch fire.

         After firework has been used, soak in water before discarding.

        Always keep at a safe distance.

        Always have a garden hose and a bucket of water on hand when using fireworks.

        If a fire escapes your control, call 911 immediately.

Salinas fire and police officials also encourage residents to report the use or sales of illegal fireworks with as much specific information as possible by visiting www.salinasfireworks.com, using the 'Salinas Connect” smartphone application, or call/text (831) 758-7475. Calls are monitored but will not be returned.

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

Homicide Arrest

Release Date/Time: 6/18/2020 4:14 PM
Incident: Homicide Arrest
Date: Thursday, 6/18/2020
Time: 4:14 PM
Location: Salinas Police Department

*Homicide Arrest

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On 10/01/19, at 4:55 AM, officers responded to a victim of a shooting at a Motel located on De La Torre Blvd. Officers found Armando Medina (29) deceased in the stairwell from a gunshot wound. The victim had been renting a nearby room. No one was in the room when officers arrived, and the door was open. A loaded .25 caliber semiautomatic pistol was found beside Medina. Based on the injuries it appeared that the .25 caliber semi-auto found at the scene was not the weapon used, which was later confirmed by the autopsy.

On the night of the homicide, officers located a blood trail leading to the area where the suspect vehicle had been parked.  Detectives sent samples of the blood to the DOJ lab for testing, which resulted in a positive DNA profile match for Justin Bravo (32).  Detectives investigated further and discovered additional evidence pointing at Bravo.

On 6/5/20, detectives, SWAT and HNT surrounded Bravo's residence in Castroville and Bravo was arrested for murder.   During the search, detectives located a shotgun with a sawed-off buttstock, a .22 caliber handgun, ammunition and gang indicia.  During questioning, Bravo placed himself at the scene of the shooting but claimed he did not remember what happened due to his drug use.  He was booked into County Jail for murder.

UPDATE

Throughout the investigation, 21-year-old Edgar Tapia was a person of interest in the murder of Armando Medina.  Salinas Police Detectives worked diligently and were able to establish probable cause showing Tapia worked with Bravo to shoot and kill Mr. Medina. Tapia was already in Monterey County Jail on an unrelated case. This week, Tapia was formally charged with homicide and burglary.

This case is still under investigation and anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Justin Heckman at 758-7323 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

Release Authorized by: Cmdr. John C. Murray
Telephone: (831) 758-7350

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Does the law say what kind of noise can be made at different times and in different places?
 
The Salinas Municipal Code  contains noise ordinances that regulate certain kinds of noise.

Generally, noise is divided into four "classes".

• Class A Noise is defined as noise created by equipment operated in the public interest or for emergency or safety purposes. Such equipment includes sirens, street sweepers, garbage trucks, chipper machines, etc. Class A noise is allowed at anytime.

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