Press Releases

Shooting - Attempted Murder

Release Date/Time: 8/23/2020 11:21 PM
Incident: Shooting / Attempted Murder
Date: Sunday, 8/23/2020
Time: 11:21 PM
Location: Fremont Street / Carr Ave.

At 7:30 PM officers responded to a ShotSpotter activation and calls of shots fired in the area of Fremont St. and Carr Avenue. Several bullet casings were located at the scene. About 15 minutes later officers received reports of a shooting victim in the area of Mae Avenue and Cortez Street. The 20-year-old victim was treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. Detectives are investigating if the two incidents are connected.

Anyone with information please call Detective John McNeil at (831) 758-7277, or email him 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

Armed Robbery/Shot Fired- Suspect Arrest

Release Date/Time: 8/14/2020 8:53 AM
Incident: Armed Robbery/Shot Fired- Suspect Arrest
Date: Friday, 8/13/2020
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: 335 S. Sanborn Rd.

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


Thanks to help from the community and Monterey County Probation, we were able to identify the suspect in the grey sweatshirt as a 17-year-old Salinas resident. The boy was arrested by the Violence Suppression Task Force (VSTF) on July 22nd during a probation search. When VSTF officers contacted the teenager, he was holding a handgun, which he dropped as he was trying to get away. On August 13, 2020, the 17-year-old suspect pled guilty to the robbery and shooting the gun during the robbery. He will be sentenced at a later date.

We still need your help to identify the second suspect in the dark sweatshirt. Do you know who he is? The investigation is ongoing, so if you have any information, please contact Detective Alejandro Zamora at (831) 758-7148 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.

Original Post:

On July 21, 2020, at approximately 11:00 PM, the two suspects shown in the photographs, walked into the 7-11 (335 South Sanborn Rd) and stole two 18 packs of beer. The clerk followed the suspects outside and the suspect with the gray hooded sweatshirt pulled out a handgun, pointed it in the clerk's direction and fired a single round. The two suspects entered a nearby dark colored sedan and fled the scene prior to police arrival.

Firearms Related Arrest

Release Date/Time: 8/9/2020 9:54 AM
Incident: Firearms Related Arrest
Date: Saturday, 8/8/2020
Time: 4:50 PM
Location: 1600 Block of First Ave.

On 8/8/2020 at approximately 4:50PM, the Salinas Police Department received a call regarding a person who had armed himself with a stolen handgun on the 1600 block of First Ave. The victim caller indicated that he was visiting from out of state and that he had secured his handgun in his vehicle. He noticed that the suspect, Ernesto Rodriguez Orellana (31), was inside the victims' truck going through his things. The victim confronted Orellana, who is a tenant at the residence, and noticed that he had taken his handgun and holster. When the suspect refused to return the stolen property, the victim called the police.

SPD officers arrived and attempted to have Orellana surrender. After several hours of negotiating, the Hostage Negotiation Team (HNT) and SWAT Team were activated and arrived at the scene. HNT took over negotiations which went on for several more hours. The suspect, who was a previously deported felon, continued to refuse to come out and insisted that he was going to get into a shootout with police.

SWAT eventually initiated an entry into the garage with the assistance of a distraction device. Orellana, who had dropped the gun, tried to rearm himself and was shot with a less lethal rubber round. He was then taken into custody.

Orellana was booked into Monterey County Jail for a variety of charges related to the firearm and narcotics. The entire incident took over 8 ½ hours and ended at approximately 1:30AM.

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

Assault and Resist Arrest Incident

Release Date/Time: 8/7/2020 6:27 PM
Incident: Assault and Resist Arrest Incident
Date: Wednesday, 8/5/2020
Time: 1:01 PM
Location:San Juan Grade Rd and Van Buren Ave

Assault and Resist Arrest Incident

On 8-5-2020 at 1:01pm, Salinas Police officers responded to a domestic disturbance call involving a father and son in the area of San Juan Grade Rd. and Van Buren Ave. The incident started in the family vehicle because the father was driving erratically in traffic and acting incoherent. The son was able get his father to pull over but at one point, the father attempted to choke the son.

Salinas PD was called, and it was noted in the dispatch that the 49-year-old father (suspect) was possibly positive for COVID-19. Arriving officers contacted the suspect who immediately started acting erratic, yelling and dropping to the ground for no reason. He then got up, picked up a glass bottle and threatened one of the officers with it. He also claimed to have COVID-19.

When the suspect attempted to re-enter the vehicle, officers approached him, and the suspect became combative and a struggle ensued. The suspect told the officers he was going to 'give them COVID” and proceeded to spit at them. The officers tased the suspect in order to gain control and to apply a spit sock (mesh head cover to prevent spitting) to protect the themselves from possibly becoming exposed.

The suspect had to be sedated by medical personnel in order to facilitate his transport to the hospital. Medical staff contacted the police department later in the evening to advise us the suspect tested positive for COVID-19. The officers involved in this incident were wearing their protective personal equipment as they do daily, but they will also be monitored for possible exposure.

Once the investigation is complete, a warrant request will be forwarded to the District Attorney's office for review and prosecution on charges of assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.

Release Authorized by:Miguel Cabrera


Release Date/Time: 8/4/2020 8:17 AM
Incident: Shooting
Date: Tuesday, 8/4/2020
Time: 8:17 AM
Location: 1300 Block of Alma Ave.

On 08/04/20, at 12:30 AM, officers responded to a report of a gun shot in the area of the 1300 block of Alma Avenue. About 20 minutes later officers received calls of a 34-year-old male shooting victim in front of a home on Shasta Way. The victim had been shot at the Alma Avenue address. The victim was taken to a Salinas hospital with life threatening injuries and is currently in stable condition.

If you have information and can help, please call Detective John McNeil at: (831)758-7277, or email him at [email protected]s

You can also 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

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
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 


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