Press Releases

Attempted Murder / Shooting

Release Date/Time: 3/18/2020 6:24 PM
Incident:  Attempted Murder / Shooting
Date: Sunday, 3/8/2020
Time: 8:38 PM
Location:  100 Block of Paloma Avenue

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

On March 8, 2020, at approximately 8:38 pm, Officers responded to a ShotSpotter activation in the area of Paloma Avenue and East Market Street.  Officers checked the area and located multiple bullet casings in the 100 block of Paloma Avenue. Shortly thereafter, a 17-year-old male and a 20-year-old male approached the officers and stated they were sitting in a car when a vehicle stopped beside them. A male occupant in the suspect vehicle then asked the victims, 'Do you bang?”  The victims told him 'no” and drove away.  A suspect exited the vehicle and fired multiple shots at the victims, but luckily, no one was hit.

Detectives investigated the case and determined 23-year-old Antonio Terrones was directly involved in the shooting. Detectives tracked down Mr. Terrones and took him into custody without incident. The Detectives and SWAT Team then served an associated search warrant in the 100 block of Main Street and found multiple firearms. During the warrant service, 26-year-old Michael Gose was contacted at the residence.  Mr. Gose  was arrested and later booked for a felony arrest warrant for violation of Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS).  Mr. Terrones was booked into Monterey County Jail for attempted murder, street terrorism (gang crime) and parole violation.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call Detective Gabriela Contreras at (831) 758-7971 or email her at [email protected].  If you would like to remain anonymous, you can call the Salinas Police Department Tip Line at (831) 775-4222.

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 3/9/2020 9:41 AM
Incident: Attempted Murder
Date: Sunday, 3/8/2020
Time: 6:15 PM
Location: 200 Block of Toro Ave

On Sunday 3-8-2020 at approximately  6:15 pm, officers responded to a call of a victim of a shooting at Market St. at Williams Rd. They located a male adult (25) suffering from a bullet wound to the neck area. The investigation revealed the victim was sitting in his vehicle waiting for a friend in the 200 block of Toro Ave. when he was approached by the suspect who tried to open the driver's side vehicle door. The victim drove away, and the suspect pulled out a gun and fired several rounds at the victim's vehicle.

The victim was struck once. He was able to drive to the area of Williams Rd and Market Ave. where 911 was called and officers responded. The victim was transported to the hospital and is listed in critical condition. Suspect is described as a Hispanic male adult (25) wearing black jacket, black hat with a thin build.

We encourage anyone who has any information related to this incident to contact Salinas Police Department at 758-7321. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call our Tip Line at 775-4222

Release Authorized by:Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:758-7289

Physical Abuse Investigation

Release Date/Time: 3/5/2020 12:43 PM
Incident:Physical Abuse Investigation
Date: Thursday, 3/5/2020
Time: 12:43 PM
Location:777 Williams Rd.

Recently, a former Alisal High School student reported that over 20 years ago, his teacher 63-year-old Patrick Egan, physically abused him on campus.  The Salinas Police Department initiated an investigation and uncovered additional victims and information, which substantiated the victim's claim.  We notified the Salinas Union High School District (SUHSD), who have been extremely cooperative throughout the investigation.  As soon as the District administration received confirmation of the allegations, Mr. Egan was placed on administrative leave and subsequently resigned.  Mr. Egan had been employed within the district since 1984 as a teacher and at times, an athletic coach.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information regarding Mr. Egan's alleged crimes and misconduct to call Detective Pete Gomez at (831) 758-7273 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.

Release Authorized by:Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:758-7289

Corrected Date: DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint Planned for Friday, 2-28-2020

Release Date/Time: 2/26/2020 9:59 AM
Incident:DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint Planned for Friday, 2-28-2020
Date: Friday, 2/28/2020
Time: 6 PM to 3 AM
Location:Undisclosed Location in City of Salinas

DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint Planned for Friday, 2-28-2020

Salinas Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint on Friday, 2-28-2020, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. DUI Checkpoints like this one are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests. Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with officers checking drivers for proper licensing.

Salinas Police Department reminds drivers that 'DUI Doesn't Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.

In 2017, 1,120 people were killed in alcohol-involved crashes on California roads. Last year Salinas Police Department investigated 191 DUI collisions which resulted in 100 injuries.

Salinas Police Department offers these reminders to ensure you have a safe night of fun that doesn't involve a DUI:

  • Always use a designated sober driver – a friend who is not drinking, ride-share, cab or public transportation – to get home.
  • See someone who is clearly impaired try and drive? Take the keys and help them make other arrangements to find a sober way home.
  • Report drunk drivers – Call 911.
  • Hosting a party? Offer nonalcoholic drinks. Monitor who are drinking and how they are getting home.

Getting home safely is cheap, but getting a DUI is not! Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be upwards of $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses not to mention possible jail time.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to Salinas Police Department 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

DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint Planned for Friday, 2-28-2020

Release Date/Time: 2/26/2020 9:18 AM
Incident:DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint Planned for Friday, 2-28-2020
Date: Friday, 2/28/2020
Time: 6 PM to 3 AM
Location:Undisclosed Location in City of Salinas

DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint Planned for Friday, 2-28-2020

Salinas Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint on Friday, 2-28-2020, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.   DUI Checkpoints like this one are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests. Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug impairment, with officers checking drivers for proper licensing.

Salinas Police Department reminds drivers that 'DUI Doesn't Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also be impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI. In 2017, 1,120 people were killed in alcohol-involved crashes on California roads. Last year Salinas Police Department investigated 191 DUI collisions which resulted in 100 injuries.

Salinas Police Department offers these reminders to ensure you have a safe night of fun that doesn't involve a DUI:

  • Always use a designated sober driver – a friend who is not drinking, ride-share, cab or public transportation – to get home.
  • See someone who is clearly impaired try and drive? Take the keys and help them make other arrangements to find a sober way home.
  • Report drunk drivers – Call 911.
  • Hosting a party? Offer nonalcoholic drinks. Monitor who are drinking and how they are getting home.

Getting home safely is cheap, but getting a DUI is not! Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be upwards of $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses not to mention possible jail time.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to Salinas Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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

2020 Spring Session of the Salinas Police Community Police Academy

Release Date/Time: 1/29/2020 8:31 AM
Incident:  2020 Spring Session of the Salinas Police Community Police Academy
Date: Wednesday, 2/26/2020 to 5-13-2020
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Location:222 Lincoln Ave.

                                                                                                2020 Spring Session of the Salinas Police Community Police Academy

The Salinas Police Department will present the next Community Police Academy from February 26th through May 13th, 2020.  The Community Police Academy will run from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM each Wednesday night for 12 consecutive weeks, with the final class to be held on May 13th, 2020. Community Police Academy participants will have the opportunity to go on a ride-along with a patrol officer, observe what the Salinas Police SWAT team does, learn all about our Crime Scene Investigation Unit, participate in scenarios, watch a demonstration of the K9 program, learn about the hiring process of police officers and much more.

Each night features a new topic, with speakers, demonstrations and discussions. We will answer questions and give an in-depth, behind the scenes look at police operations.To attend the Community Police Academy, obtain an application and submit it to the Salinas Police Department, Community Services Unit by Tuesday February 11th, 2020.  Applicants must be at least 18 years old, live or work in Salinas or be involved in a community-based organization that provides services to Salinas residents. Applicants must not be on probation or parole or have any recent felonies on their record.

Class size is limited to 25 - 30 students; so prospective applicants should not wait to submit their application. 

Applications may be obtained by:

Applications can be returned by filling them out on your computer and returning them via email ([email protected]) or by printing them out and returning the hard copy to Sergeant Kendall Gray/Community Services Unit, 222 Lincoln Avenue, Salinas, CA, 93901. Applications may also be picked up and turned in at the Salinas Police Department Front Desk. 

If you have questions, feel free to email or call Sergeant Kendall Gray at 831-758-7224.

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

Kidnapping and Pursuit

Release Date/Time: 2/25/2020 9:16 PM
Incident: Kidnapping and Pursuit
Date: Tuesday, 2/25/2020
Time: 9:16 PM
Location: W. Market and Salinas St

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

A Salinas Police Sergeant was in the area of West Market St. and Salinas St. when a silver Mercedes cut him off, almost colliding with his patrol car. The Sergeant attempted to conduct a traffic stop of the vehicle, however, the driver Omar Chavez (36) led police on a slow speed pursuit throughout south Salinas.

Chavez called 911 during the pursuit and advised that he was armed with a knife and would commit suicide if police did not stop chasing him. The dispatcher said it sounded like there was also a female in the car. The female then called 911 and confirmed she was in the car and that Chavez had a knife and would not let her out of the car.

Chavez finally stopped his car on Bridge St just north of E. Rossi. As offices were setting up for a high-risk traffic stop, they noticed there appeared to be a struggle inside the car between Chavez and the female victim. Officers approached the car and fired four less lethal rubber baton rounds at the window in order to gain access into the car. The rubber baton rounds broke the window and officers were able to take Chavez into custody without any further incident.

Chavez had some minor self-inflicted wounds and was treated by medical staff. He was then booked into the Monterey County Jail on charges of kidnapping and evading arrests.

Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Collision *Update*

Release Date/Time: 2/23/2020 7:15 PM
Incident: Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Collision
Date: Sunday, 2/23/2020
Time: 7:15 PM
Location: 100 Block of San Juan Grade Rd.

Release Authorized by: Commander Brian Johnson
Telephone: 831-758-7250

On 2/21/2020, at approximately10:19 PM, a 14-year-old juvenile was struck by a car as he ran across the street on the 100 block of San Juan Grade. It appears that the juvenile had exited a car parked along the shoulder of the roadway and sprinted across street toward an apartment building ahead of oncoming traffic. He sustained serious injuries as a result of the impact and was transported to the hospital for treatment.

**The 14-year-old juvenile succumbed to his injuries while receiving treatment at the hospital and passed on 2/22/20.

Our investigation is ongoing. If anyone has information, please contact Officer Seth Morten ([email protected]) 831 758-7017 or if you wish to remain anonymous you can call our Tip Line at 775-4222.

Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Collision

Release Date/Time: 2/21/2020 9:45 AM
Incident: Vehicle vs. Pedestrian Collision
Date: Thursday, 2/20/2020
Time: 10:19 PM
Location: 100 Block of San Juan Grade Rd.

On 2/21/2020, at approximately10:19 PM, a 14-year-old juvenile was struck by a car as he ran across the street on the 100 block of San Juan Grade. It appears that the juvenile had exited a car parked along the shoulder of the roadway and sprinted across street toward an apartment building ahead of oncoming traffic. He sustained serious injuries as a result of the impact and was transported to the hospital for treatment.

The driver of the car is cooperating with the investigation and DUI is not suspected.

Our investigation is ongoing. If anyone has information, please contact Officer Seth Morten ([email protected]) 831 758-7017 or if you wish to remain anonymous you can call our Tip Line at 775-4222.

Release Authorized by: Commander Bryan Cupak
Telephone: (831) 758-7250

Pursuit, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Collision with Injuries

Release Date/Time: 2/13/2020 11:43 AM
Incident:Pursuit, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Collision with Injuries
Date: Wednesday, 2/12/2020
Time: 4:28 PM
Location:N. Main St. at Menke

On 2/12/2020 at 4:28 pm, Salinas PD officer attempted to conduct a traffic enforcement stop on a vehicle in the are a of N. Main St at Menke. The driver, later identified as Timothy Callahan (35), failed to yield and a vehicle pursuit ensued. The pursuit reached speeds of 80 MPH before the suspect vehicle stopped on Stockton St. Before officers could contact the driver, he fled again. Due to the rush hour traffic congestion starting to build up in the area, the pursuit was canceled.

Callahan continued to attempt to drive away through traffic and in the process sideswiped a vehicle at the intersection of N. Main St. and W. Market. He encountered construction traffic near Lincoln Ave. and as he turned southbound on Lincoln Ave. Callahan rammed a SPD patrol vehicle stopped in traffic northbound on Lincoln Ave. head on. The impact caused substantial damage to both vehicles.

Callahan exited his vehicle and was quickly taken into custody. His passenger was treated and released on scene. The officer suffered moderate injuries but was treated and later released.

Callahan had multiple warrants for his arrest including several felonies. He was also potentially driving under the influence at the time of the collision. He was eventually booked into Monterey County Jail for a variety of charges including assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer.

Release Authorized by:Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:758-7289

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