Press Releases

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

Homicide and Attempted Homicide - Victim Identification

Release Date/Time: 2/7/2020 1:15 PM
Incident: Homicide and Attempted Homicide - Victim Identification
Date: Thursday, 2/6/2020
Time: 10:30 PM
Location: East Alisal Street and Kings Street

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

On February 6, 2020, at approximately 10:30 pm, an officer was flagged down by a driver in the area of East Alisal Street and Kings Street.  The 20-year-old male driver reported that his passenger, 19-year-old Fabian Moreno, had been shot.  The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment, but died from his injuries.  Apparently, the driver, Mr. Moreno and another 19-year-old male were parked in the area of West Street and Archer Street when they were approached by at least one male suspect. The suspect pointed a gun at them and told them to get out. The three began to drive away and the suspect shot at least once, striking Mr. Moreno in his torso.    At this time, we do not know if the shooting is gang related.  The investigation is ongoing, and updates will be provided when available.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information on the shooting to call Detective Byron Gansen at (831) 758-7137 or email him at byrong@ci.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.

Homicide and Attempted Homicide

Release Date/Time: 2/7/2020 3:42 AM
Incident:  Homicide and Attempted Homicide
Date: Thursday, 2/6/2020
Time: 10:30 PM
Location: East Alisal Street and Kings Street

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

On February 6, 2020, at approximately 10:30 pm, an officer was flagged down by a driver in the area of East Alisal Street and Kings Street.  The 20-year-old male driver reported that his passenger, a 19-year-old male had been shot.  The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment, but died from his injuries.  Apparently, the driver, the homicide victim and another 19-year-old male were parked in the area of West Street and Archer Street when they were approached by at least one male suspect. The suspect pointed a gun at them and told them to get out. The three began to drive away and the suspect shot at least once, striking the homicide victim.    At this time, we do not know if this crime is gang related and we are not releasing his name, pending notification of the family.  The investigation is ongoing, and updates will be provided when available.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information on the shooting to call Detective Byron Gansen at (831) 758-7137 or email him at byrong@ci.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.

Don't Get Flagged This Super Bowl Season, Designate a Sober Driver

Release Date/Time: 1/29/2020 10:55 AM
Incident: Don't Get Flagged This Super Bowl Season, Designate a Sober Driver 
Date: Sunday, 2/2/2020
Location: City of Salinas

                                                                                                Don't Get Flagged This Super Bowl Season, Designate a Sober Driver 

Salinas Police Department is reminding fans attending Super Bowl watch parties to get a safe ride afterthe game. 'If you plan on drinking, plan for a ride home with a sober driver,” Salinas Police Department, Public Information Officer, Miguel Cabrera said. 'Whether your team wins or loses, you'll always get the ‘W' by not drinking and driving.”Super Bowl LIV falls on Sunday, Feb 2, and Salinas Police Department will increase patrols Feb. 2 ready to flag those suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Salinas Police Department reminds drivers that driving under the influence of anything that impairs is illegal, including prescriptions, over the counter or illicit drugs and marijuana.  If you take prescription drugs, be mindful of side effects, especially if there is a driving or operating machinery warning on the label.

If you're hosting a watch party, be a team player and have plenty of snacks and non-alcoholic drinks available for designated sober drivers. If a designated sober driver decides to have a drink, make sure someone else who hasn't been drinking is available to come pick everyone up. Anyone who sees a drunk driver should call 911.

Walking to a bar or party? Walking impaired can also be dangerous, so have someone who is sober walk home with you. No matter who you are rooting for on Super Bowl Sunday, we are all on the same team when the game ends so remember to go safely.

Funding for Super Bowl Sunday enforcement is provided 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

Attempted Murder, Evading, Weapon Charges Arrest

Release Date/Time: 2/3/2020 11:51 AM
Incident: Attempted Murder, Evading, Weapon Charges Arrest
Date:  2/1/2020
Time: 02:08 AM
Location:11 Block of Cortez St.

On 2-1-2020 at 2:08 am., SPD received several calls and a Shot Spotter notification of several shots fired in the area of the 1100 block of Cortez St. As officers approached the area, they received updated information from dispatch via witnesses who described the suspect vehicle as a black Lexus or similar bearing a temporary paper plate.

Officers observed a vehicle matching the description in the area of Mae and Del Monte Ave. They attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the Lexus which did not stop.  A pursuit was initiated reaching speeds of 70mph before the Lexus was unable to negotiate a turn and came to a stop at Williams Rd. at E. Market St.

The driver, identified as Luis Valdez, (30) was taken into custody without further incident. Officers found a 9mm handgun and ammunition in the vehicle. Valdez allegedly fired the weapon at the victim who was standing outside his residence in the 1100 block of Cortez St. A nearby residence was struck twice by bullets. The victim was not injured.

Witnesses were able to provide information which helped to identify Valdez and his vehicle. Valdez was later transported to county jail where he was booked on charges of attempted murder, evading, weapon charges and parole violation. Once again community involvement and good police work resulted in a positive outcome.

Release Authorized by:Miguel Cabrera
Telephone:758-7289

Armed Robbery/Shots Fired - Arrest

Release Date/Time: 1/30/2020 5:15 PM
Incident: Armed Robbery/Shots Fired - Arrest
Date: Thursday, 1/30/2020
Time: 5:15 PM
Location: 700 Block of Williams Road

 

On 1/2/20, officers responded to 911 calls and a ShotSpotter activation of 4 gunshots on the 700 block of Towt Street.  While officers were en route dispatch advised a cell phone business had been robbed at gunpoint.  An unknown male in all black clothing and black beanie walked up to the counter demanding the clerk empty out the register, while he pointed a gun at the clerk.  The salesclerk was slowly getting the money out of the register when the suspect told him, 'you are laggin bro, hurry up” and fired a round into the ceiling.  Victim put the money on the counter and the suspect grabbed the money.  The suspect ran away down Towt Street.  The victim chased the suspect and before the suspect entered a grey or black car with tinted windows, he fired 3-4 more gunshots.  The suspect was described as HMA, mid 30's, wearing all black clothing, 5'10-5'11”, 150-160 lbs, with a beard, crooked teeth, brown eyes.

UPDATE

As a result of good investigative work officers were able to positively identify the suspect as 28-year-old, Jose Nunez, a known Salinas gang member.  Detectives conducted surveillance for several days ultimately seeing and identifying Nunez at an apartment on the 700 block of Williams Road. On 01/30/20, detectives wrote a search warrant for the location and continued the surveillance while the SWAT Team was called out. SWAT responded, surrounded the residence, and called Nunez out taking him into custody without incident.  Detectives located the clothing worn during the robbery, cash, and other evidence.  Nunez was booked into County Jail for armed robbery, gang member in possession of a firearm, negligent discharge of a firearm, and other charges.

 

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

Attempted Murder / Shooting

Release Date/Time: 1/24/2020 4:50 PM
Incident: Attempted Murder/Shooting
Date: Friday, 1/24/2020
Time: 1:02 PM
Location: 600 Block of Mae Ave.

On 1/24/20, at approximately 1302 hours, officers responded to 911 calls and a ShotSpotter activation on the 600 block of Mae Ave. The 18-year-old victim, a known gang member, arrived at NMC within minutes with a gunshot wound to his back. The victim claimed he had been walking in the area and the next thing he knew he was in the hospital. The victim is expected to survive his injuries.

 Anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective Derek Gibson at (831) 758-7442 or email: [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

Hit and Run with Serious Injury Arrest

Release Date/Time: 1/19/2020 1:35 PM
Incident: Hit and Run with Serious Injury
Date: Sunday, 1/19/2020
Time: 4:30 PM
Location: 1000 Block E. Alisal St.

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

On Monday 1/13/2020 at approximately 9:31 hrs., SPD officers responded to a hit and run collision with serious injury in the area on Sacred Heart Church at 22 Stone St. Two women ages 90 and 68 were struck by a silver colored Suburban traveling in a northbound direction which continued to drive without making any attempt to stop. This suspect vehicle was last seen turning onto W, Market St from Stone St.

The two victims were transported to Natividad Medical Center suffering serious injuries. The 68-year-old victim has been released from the hospital and the 90-year-old victim is still in serious but stable condition.

On Saturday 1/18/2020, officers were able to locate the suspect in this case, Jose Garcia (63). He was placed under arrest for hit and run resulting in injury, driving without a license and a probation violation. A bail escalation to $200,000 was granted due to the grave circumstances of this case. Garcia was later booked into Monterey County Jail.

The suspect vehicle was located a few days prior and taken as evidence in this case.

Although there has been an arrest, this investigation is still ongoing as we continue to collect additional information. If anyone has information regarding this case, please contact the Salinas Police Department at (831) 758-7321. If you would like to remain anonymous, please contact the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at (831) 775-4222.

 

Officer Involved Shooting

Release Date/Time: 1/19/2020 7:30 AM
Incident: Officer Involved Shooting
Date: Sunday, 1/19/2020
Time: 3:55 AM
Location: 1200 Block of S. Main St.

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

 

On 1/19/19, at 3:55 AM, the Salinas Police Department responded to an alarm call on the 1200 block of S. Main St which resulted in an officer involved shooting.  No officers were injuried as a result of the incident which is still in the early stages of the investigation.

The District Attorney's office is conducting the investigation concerning the shooting.

Anyone with information, or questions related to the investigation, is encouraged to call the Monterey County District Attorney's Office at (831) 755-5070.

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