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S.A.F.E Team Arrest

On June 29-17, the Monterey County Sheriff's Office Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement (S.A.F.E.) Team conducted numerous parole compliance searches on sex offenders in Salinas and the North Monterey County areas of the County. Deputies went to John Anthony Ortiz' residence, in the 1200 block of De La Torre Street, in the City of Salinas. Ortiz is currently on parole for sex offenses against children. Upon arrival at his residence, Ortiz [...]

Missing Person Search Continues

On February 11, 2017 at approximately 2:15 pm the Sheriff's Search and Rescue Team was called out to assist in the search of a male who had reportedly had been struck by a vehicle and thrown off the Elm Street bridge and into the Salinas River.  The Monterey Fire USAR team as well as the Sheriff's Public Safety Dive team also responded to assist. A shore search was [...]

Homicide Investigation

On February 12, 2017 at approximately 3:48pm Sheriff's Deputies responded to Spence Road and Old Stage Road on a report of shots fired. When they arrived they located one victim, Luis Enrique Hinojosa (18 years old) with gunshot wounds. He was transported to the Natividad Medical Center where he later died. A small black compact car with tinted windows was seen leaving the scene. Anyone with information is encouraged to [...]

The Sheriff’s Office would like your help!

The Sheriff's Office is looking for the public's help in identifying a person found in the the Arroyo Seco River. John Doe was found in river near the Arroyo Seco Day Camp on December 13,2016. The Sheriff's Office has had no luck trying to identify him. He appears to be White Male approximately 6’01”, 200 lbs, possibly 40’s, with multiple tattooing on his left arm. May have been in the water between [...]

Body found in Carmel Identified

The body discovered on August 26, 2016 at 3645 Rio Road in Carmel has been identified by DNA as Remie Casillas of Santa Cruz. The cause of death is still under investigation. If the public has any information regarding the circumstances of her death please contact Detective Bret Speirs at (831) 755-3772 or Detective Randal Dyck at (831) 755-3792.

DEA Rx Drug Take Back

MONTEREY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE TAKING BACK UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS OCTOBER 22, 2016 AT THE FOLLOWING PARKING LOT LOCATIONS: Pine Canyon Fire Station - King City, CA 93930 51251 Pine Canyon Road - King City, CA 93930 Crossroads Mall - Carmel, CA 93923 Rio Rd/Hwy 1 - Carmel, CA 93923 Prunetree Center - Prunedale, CA 93907 Vierra Canyon Rd - Prunedale, CA 93907 [Salinas , CA] – On [...]

Investigations lead to two arrests for Child Pornography

The Monterey County Sheriff’s Office culminated two investigations into Child Predators this week. The first investigation was into Matt Grenzebach (pictured on the left), 36 years old from North Monterey County. Grenzebach came to the attention of the Sheriff’s Office during a domestic incident at his residence in the City of Castroville. During that investigation deputies learned that Grenzebach was possibly in possession of child pornography. Grenzebach was employed by [...]

Homicide Investigation

On July 13, 2016 at 9:30 pm Deputies received a 911 call about gunshots in the area of El Rancho Way, Salinas. When deputies arrived they found a male, in his 20's with multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to the Natividad Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. If anyone has any information on the case please call Detective Rick Jorgensen at (831)755-3759 or the anonymous tip-line (888) [...]

On June 6, 2016 , the victim reported that sometime during the evening hours of May 17 and May 18, 2016 an unknown suspect stole his 1957-1958, Austin-Healey convertible from a barn on his property, located on Hebert Rd. in Salinas. The victim believes the picture below is of his vehicle on a 3-car hauler, being towed by a white, Dodge 3500 pickup truck with an extended cab, near the [...]

Church funds stolen

On June 7, Sheriff’s Deputies received a report that an unknown suspect had entered into an office at the Cypress Church sometime between 6/5/16 at 1100 hrs, and 6/6/16 at 0900 hrs, opened a safe, and stole a bag containing an undisclosed amount of checks and a large amount of cash. Anyone who may have information regarding this crime is strongly encouraged to contact the Sheriff’s Office and Deputy Brandon [...]