ABC and Salinas PD Conduct Decoy Operation

On 7/22/2021, agents of the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) along with Salinas Police Department officers arrested Jaqueline Bravo (30) at the Hacieda Mexican Grill on Davis Rd. for serving a minor and a probation violation. Candy Soto (29) was cited for selling alcohol to minors at Taqueria El Chavinda on Williams Rd. The actions were the result of a minor decoy operation in which minors under the direct supervision of department agents, attempted to purchase alcohol from ten retail licensees in the city of Salinas.

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Attempted Homicide Investigation

On 7/12/21 at 12:34 pm, officers responded to a ShotSpotter activation with several gun shots detected in the 200 block of California St. As officers arrived, they contacted a 38-year-old male victim of a gunshot wound. The victim was walking in the 200 block of California St. when 2 male suspects approached him and shot him before running to a dark sedan and fleeing. Injuries do not appear to be life threatening. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Salinas Police Department at 831-758-7321. If you would like to remain anonymous, call the Salinas Police Department Anonymous Tip Line at 831-775-4222

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Driving Under the Influence and Child Endangerment Arrest

On 7/11/2021 at 3;07 pm, officers responded to a report of a vehicle collision in the 1700 block of Independence Blvd. Callers reported a vehicle had crashed into an apartment. Officers contacted the driver, Mario Rojas (42) and a 4-year-old child, still inside the vehicle, inside a residence. The child was in the backseat, was not restrained, and suffered a minor injury.

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Suspect Arrested in 1999 Cold Case Homicide

On November 19, 1999 Elias Gutierrez Diaz (39), owner of Country Motors Auto Dealership was shot and killed in front of his business located at 435 E. Alisal St. On Wednesday, July 7th the Salinas Police Department arrested Jimmy Torres Rodriguez (50) at his residence in the City of Tulare for the murder of Elias Diaz. Rodriguez was transported to Monterey County and lodged at the Monterey County Jail.

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Fatal Traffic Collision

On Wednesday, July 7th, 2021 at about 2:18 am Salinas Police Officers were dispatched to the area of John Street and Highway 101 for a reported injury traffic collision. Officers located a motorcyclist down in the roadway and a mid-sized SUV with major front-end damage.

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