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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.

Hit and Run with Serious Injury

Release Date/Time: 1/14/2020 1:49 PM
Incident:Hit and Run With Serious Injury
Date: Monday, 1/13/2020
Time: 9:31 AM
Location:22 Stone St.

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. As of today, the 68-year-old victim has been released from the hospital and the 90-year-old victim is still in serious but stable condition.

 The investigation, including valuable information from community members, have led us to identify the suspect driver as Luis Enrique Gomez (58). Gomez is arrestable for the hit and run with serious injury and driving on a suspended license.

Attached is a photo of suspect Gomez, the Chevrolet Suburban he was driving has a partial CA license plate of 7GAL. These image was captured yesterday in the area of 22 Stone St.

Salinas PD is asking for the public's help in locating suspect Gomez and/or the vehicle.  Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact Salinas PD at 831 758-7321. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may contact our Tip line at 831 775-4222

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

Fatal Traffic Collision

Release Date/Time: 1/11/2020 9:29 AM
Incident:Fatal Traffic Collision
Date: Saturday, 1/11/2020
Time: 12.55 AM
Location: N. Davis Rd and Auto Center Cir/ South Entrance

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

On 1-11-2020 at 12:55 am, Salinas Police officers responded to a report of a vehicle roll over collision at N. Davis Rd and Auto Center Circle. Once on scene, officers located a Mitsubishi Montero on its roof near the intersection. Several occupants were outside of the vehicle and advised the officers there was still a juvenile trapped in the vehicle. The ambulance crew arrived on scene and determined the juvenile (15) was deceased.

The other four occupants of the vehicle also sustained injuries. The driver, a 15-year-old juvenile suffered a head injury, Josselyn Basillo (18) suffered a head injury and general complaint of pain, a 13-year-old passenger complained of leg pain, and another 15-year-old passenger complained of neck pain.

The driver and surviving passengers were transported to Natividad Medical Center for treatment. The 13-year-old with leg pain was eventually transported to the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center for further treatment.

It appears that the vehicle was traveling at a speed too fast to safely negotiate the curve of N Davis Road. The driver lost control of the vehicle, rolling onto its roof. The investigation is ongoing.

Computer Forensic Vehicle Grant Award

Release Date/Time: 1/9/2020 4:30 PM
Incident: Computer Forensic Vehicle Grant Award
Date: Thursday, 1/9/2020
Time: 4:30 PM
Location: Salinas Police Department

The Salinas Police Department is excited to announce the City of Salinas has been awarded a $200,000 grant subaward to procure a regional mobile computer forensic vehicle as part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC). The Silicon Valley (San Jose PD) ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) Task Force Program is a task force organized under the aegis of the National ICAC Task Force. The program is currently composed of 61 regional Task Force agencies and is funded by the United States Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

The California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) has awarded Internet Crimes Against Children grant funds to the City of San Jose. The City of San Jose has agreed to allocate a grant subaward to the City of Salinas in the amount of $200,000 to procure a regional mobile forensic vehicle as part of the ICAC Task Force. 

ICAC helps state and local law enforcement agencies develop an effective response to technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation and Internet crimes against children. This help encompasses forensic and investigative components, training and technical assistance, victim services, and community education.

The ICAC program was developed in response to the increasing number of children and teenagers using the Internet and other technology, the proliferation of child sexual abuse images available electronically, and the heightened online activity by predators seeking unsupervised contact with potential underage victims. Because ICAC members understand that arrests alone cannot resolve the problem of technology-facilitated child sexual exploitation, the ICAC program is also dedicated to training law enforcement officers and prosecutors, as well as educating parents and youth about the potential dangers of online activity.

The Mobile Forensic Vehicle shall be designed to specifications and has not yet been built. The total purchase price of the vehicle with equipment and installation shall not exceed $200,000.

This grant reflects the continuing commitment of the Salinas Police Department to work with local, state, and federal partners to prevent crime, improve service to crime victims and their families, and our entire community.

 

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

Homicide Victim Identification

Release Date/Time: 12/30/2019 6:01 PM
Incident: Homicide Victim Identification
Date: Monday, 12/30/2019
Time: 6:01 PM
Location: 700 Block of Garner Ave.

Officers of the Salinas Police Department responded to a shooting on December 19, 2019, at approximately 8:42 pm, at the entrance to the trailer park of 704 Garner Ave. and the dead end of Gee St. When officers arrived, they found 27-year-old Esteban Elias Echeverria of Salinas in his vehicle, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officers and medical personnel provided aid to the victim, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. There had been another person in the vehicle with Echeverria at the time of the shooting. He was able to escape injury and once out of the area, contacted police about what had happened.

The Investigations Bureau is asking anyone with information on the incident to call Detective Ruben Sanchez at (831) 758-7927 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: Christopher Lane, Investigations Sergeant
Telephone:831-758-7496

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