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Attempted Murder and Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Release Date/Time: 4/28/2020 11:31 AM
Incident:Attempted Murder and Assault with a Deadly Weapon
Date: Monday, 4/27/2020
Time: 5:45 PM
Location:500 Block of Leslie Dr.

Attempted Murder and Assault with Deadly Weapon

On 4-27-2020 at 5:45 PM, officers responded to a disturbance with a possible victim of a stabbing in the 500 block of Leslie Dr. After officers contacted all parties involved, they were able to determine there were two male victims suffering non- life-threatening stab wounds. Alejandro Arias (23) and Miguel Saucedo (21)

The investigation revealed there were four individuals drinking at the residence on Leslie Dr. when Arias and his girlfriend began to argue, and the argument turned physical with Arias punching his girlfriend in the mouth. Saucedo and a juvenile (17) who was present took exception and began to argue with Arias,

Then, Arias and Saucedo began to fight each other and during the confrontation they both grabbed knives from the kitchen and stabbed each other. Arias suffered a stab wound to his arm and abdomen. Saucedo had a stab wound to his hand.

During the fight, Saucedo was getting the worst of it as Arias had him in a choke hold, so the juvenile intervened by arming herself with a knife and she proceeded to stab Arias in the thigh area causing Arias to release Saucedo. Saucedo and the juvenile were able to leave the residence and Saucedo drove off at a high rate of speed.

Saucedo was pulled over in the area of Trinity Way and Sutter and officers were able to connect this stop with the incident on Leslie Dr. Saucedo was arrested without incident. A search of the vehicle after his arrest revealed a semi-automatic handgun.

After everything was said and done, Miguel Saucedo was booked on the possession of weapon charge and a warrant request will be forwarded to district attorney on an assault with deadly weapon charge.

A warrant request will be forwarded to juvenile probation seeking a charge of assault with a deadly weapon on the juvenile (17).

Alejandro Arias was admitted to the hospital for his injuries which are non-life threatening and he will subsequently be arrested for domestic violence, attempted murder and child endangerment charges. There was a child present during this incident.

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

Brandishing a Firearm, Possession of Meth and Violation of Shelter in Place Order Arrest

Release Date/Time: 4/23/2020 11:50 AM
Incident:Brandishing a Firearm, Possession of Meth and Violation of Shelter in Place Order Arrest
Date: Wednesday, 4/22/2020
Time: 6:25 PM
Location:1200 Block of Davis Rd.

Brandishing a Firearm, Possession of Meth and Violation of Shelter in Place Order Arrest

On 4-22-2020 at 6:25 pm, officers responded to a 911 call of a brandishing of a handgun in the 1200 block of Davis Rd. The victim reported the occupant of a red Nissan Altima had brandished a handgun at him for unknown reasons as he drove northbound on Davis Rd.

The victim provided a direction of travel and suspect description, officers located the suspect as it entered the Wal Mart parking lot. The driver, Alfredo Montes, (35) was, identified and subsequently arrested. Inside his red Nissan Altima, officers found a replica Glock 19 handgun, a meth pipe and 12 gm of meth. Montes, a gang member, is on felony probation.

Montes was transported to the Monterey County jail and booked on charges of brandishing a firearm, possession of meth, probation violation and violation of the shelter in place order.

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

Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 4/20/2020 2:35 PM
Incident:Attempted Murder
Date: Monday, 4/20/2020
Time: 9:31 AM
Location:100 Block of Orchard Ave.

Attempted Murder

On 4-20-2020 at approximately 9:31 hrs., officers responded to a ShotSpotter activation in the area of the 100 block of Orchard Ave. with multiple gunshots detected.  At about the same time, officers were advised that a male victim was being driven to the hospital by private vehicle. It was later determined the victim's wound was not life threatening.

Officers contacted the victim (23) and were able to determine he had driven to the area of Orchard Ave. to drop off a friend. The victim stepped out of his vehicle near the friend's residence and observed a 08-10 silver Honda Civic occupied by several male individuals was driving towards him.

The Honda accelerated towards the victim then stopped, one of the occupants exited the vehicle and pulled a handgun from his waistband and fired several rounds at the victim who dove to the ground. The victim was struck once in the back. The armed suspect was described as a Hispanic male adult, heavy set and wearing a black hoodie. The vehicle sped away from the area. No further information is available at this time as the investigation continues.

Anyone with information related to this incident is encouraged to contact 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

Officer Involved Shooting **Update**

Release Date/Time: 4/19/2020 2:33 PM
Incident: Officer Involved Shooting **Update**
Date: Sunday, 4/19/2020
Time: 9:25 PM
Location: 800 Block of Amarillo Way

On April 18, 2020, at approximately 9:25 PM, Officers responded to the 800 block of Amarillo Way to a call of two men fighting with the occupants of the home. The caller also said one of the men had brandished a knife and attacked some of the tenants. Officers arrived at the home and began gathering information and relocating the occupants to a safer part of the house.

Officers soon located the two men, 22-year-old Felipe Mateo and 38-year-old Juan Mateo, in the poorly lit tight space of the back yard and gave instructions in Spanish and English. While attempting to restrain Felipe Mateo, Juan Mateo attacked the officers with a metal object and the officer involved shooting occurred. The officers deployed Tasers and were able to incapacitate Juan Mateo and arrest both men. No one was shot, and no officers were injured.

Both men were booked into County Jail. Juan Mateo was booked on charges of Assault With A Deadly Weapon, Assault With A Deadly Weapon On A Peace Officer, Resisting Arrest and Obstruction. Felipe Mateo was booked for felony Child Endangerment and Resisting Arrest.

This incident is being investigated by the Salinas Police Department and is ongoing. Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Ruben Sanchez: (831) 758-7927, or email: [email protected] or 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

Officer Involved Shooting

Release Date/Time: 4/19/2020 1:10 AM
Incident: Officer Involved Shooting
Date: Sunday, 4/19/2020
Time: 9:25 PM
Location: 800 Block of Amarillo Way

Salinas Police Officers responded to a call of two men fighting with the occupants of a home on the 800 block of Amarillo Way. One of the men was threatening the occupants with a knife. The officers located the suspects in the back yard and an officer involved shooting occurred. Neither suspect was shot, and no officers were injured.

This investigation is ongoing.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Ruben Sanchez: (831) 758-7927, or email: [email protected] or 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

Shooting/Attempted Murder/ Robbery - Arrest

Release Date/Time: 4/16/2020 9:32 AM
Incident: Shooting/Attempted Murder/Robbery - Arrest
Date: Thursday, 4/15/2020
Time: 1:31 PM
Location: 1700 Block of Humboldt Drive

On 4/14/20, Officers responded to reports of gunshots at an apartment complex located on the 300 block of Casentini Street. On arrival, they found the front door to an apartment had been kicked open. Officers entered the apartment and found it empty, but they found nine 9 mm spent bullet casings on the patio. The officers searched the area and located the uninjured victims. One of the victims, a 22-year-old man, told officers he and a friend were inside his apartment when he heard a knock at the front door. He looked out the window and saw a man dressed all in black wearing a black mask. He was scared and decided not to open the door. About 30 seconds later he heard someone kicking the door, so he and his friend ran to the patio, jumped the fence, and ran. He then heard multiple gunshots as both victims ran from the area but neither of them where hit.

Patrol officers searching the area for evidence located a nearby security camera. The video showed a possible suspect vehicle, a silver 2017 Dodge Charger entering the apartment complex. Two males, one of which matching the description provided by the victim, could be seen on video running and getting into the vehicle after throwing what appear to be bags into the passenger compartment.

On 4/15/20, detectives conducted follow-up investigation on this case and authored a search warrant for the suspect's residence on the 1700 block of Humboldt Drive. The suspects were placed under surveillance by VSTF and detectives while the search warrant was obtained and while the SWAT team responded with aerial support from the CHP.

As the SWAT Team was pulling up to the home, one of the men at the suspect residence came out of the home and walked to the suspect vehicle while holding his waistband. The SWAT Team surrounded the residence and peacefully arrested Jose Amezcua (18), and a 16-year-old juvenile. Detectives served the warrant and located a hidden and loaded .40 caliber handgun and a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun. Detectives also located additional evidence implicating the suspects in the drug and gang related robbery. Amezcua was booked in County Jail on charges of Attempted Murder, Robbery, Conspiracy, and gang related charges. The 16-year-old juvenile was placed in Juvenile Hall on the same charges.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Robber Miller at 758-7954, or email at: [email protected]

Contact 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

Weapon Charges, Meth for Sale, Possession of Counterfeit Currency and Violation of Shelter in Place Order Arrests

Release Date/Time: 4/14/2020 9:36 AM
Incident:Weapon Charges, Meth for Sale, Possession of Counterfeit Currency and Violation of Shelter in Place Order Arrests
Date: Monday  4/13/2020
Time: 7:05 PM
Location:100 Block of Sun St.

On 4-13-2020 at approximately 7:05 pm, officers were dispatched to the 100 block of Sun Street regarding an occupied suspicious vehicle. The reporting party felt the occupants of the vehicle were acting suspicious and possibly casing to rob a business. The vehicle was described as a silver Nissan Maxima with two males and a female aboard.

Prior to the officer's arrival, the vehicle left toward E. Market Street, arriving officers spotted the vehicle on E. Market and Sherwood Dr. and initiated a traffic stop. The driver, Gregory Smith (49), was contacted and found to be on Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) and have a felony warrant for drug sales. The front passenger, Michael Davis (39), was also found to be on PRCS. The rear passenger, Maria Jones (50), was found to be in possession of a firearm.

A search of the vehicle was conducted, and seventeen counterfeit $100 bills were found on the driver's floorboard. A search of a backpack located in the backseat of the vehicle, revealed a loaded Smith & Wesson .38 Special revolver, meth and marijuana. Smith also had $537 on his person which was seized.

Maria Jones was cited and released on a possession of weapon charge and violation of the shelter in place order. Michael Davis was cited and released for violation of shelter in place order. Gregory Smith was booked in county jail for the felony warrant, charges of possession of meth for sales, possession of counterfeit currency, PRCS and violation and violation of the shelter in place order.

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

Vehicle Pursuit, Possession of Stolen Vehicle and Violation of Shelter in Place Order

Release Date/Time: 4/13/2020 9:45 AM
Incident:Vehicle Pursuit, Possession of Stolen Vehicle and Violation of Shelter in Place Order
Date: Monday, 4/13/2020
Time: 12:49 AM
Location:San Merino Way at E. Romie Ln.

Vehicle Pursuit, Possession of Stolen Vehicle and Violation of Shelter in Place Order

 On 4-13-2020 at approximately 12:49 am, officers attempted to stop a vehicle for running a stop sign in the area of San Merino Way and E. Romie Lane. The driver later identified as Angel Diaz (18) immediately accelerated and a pursuit was initiated. The pursuit lasted approximately 3.1 miles and reached speeds near 100 mph. Diaz made a left turn onto Cayuga St from Clay St. not realizing it was a dead end. He ultimately crashed into a fence leading to the rear of Salinas High School.

Diaz and two other males exited the vehicle and fled. Officers, arriving in the area, were able to locate and arrest two suspects; driver Angel Diaz (18) and a male juvenile (17). The investigation revealed the vehicle driven by Diaz was an unreported stolen vehicle and that these same suspects had been arrested three days prior in another stolen vehicle. The third occupant in the vehicle was not located.

Diaz was transported to county jail and booked on charges of evading, possession of stolen vehicle, resisting arrest and violation of the shelter in place order. The juvenile (17) was cited and released on charges of resisting arrest and violation of the shelter in place order.

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

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

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