Following the tragic shooting that occurred on Saturday, May 20th in the 800 block of Garner Ave, Salinas Police Detectives were able to identify Abel Perez (25) and Ivan Barriga (19) as the suspects. As previously reported, Abel Perez was arrested in Gonzales on May 23, 2023. Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Ivan Barriga. Detectives with the assistance of agents of the U.S. Marshals Service and the Violence Suppression Task Force were able to locate Barriga on Thursday, May 25, 2023, at approximately 1:30 pm. He was taken into custody without incident following a traffic stop. Barriga was later transported to the Monterey County Jail and booked on one count of murder and two counts of attempted murder along with a variety of gun and gang charges.
On Tuesday, 5/23/23 at 7:00 pm Salinas SWAT, Detectives and the Violence Suppression Task Force served a search warrant in the 700 block of Cipriani St in Gonzales. During the warrant service Abel Juan Perez (23) was taken into custody. Perez was later transported to the Monterey County Jail and booked on one count of murder, two counts of attempted murder along with a variety of gun and gang charges.
On 5/20/23, at approximately 2:00 am, a 17-year-old male was stabbed at Natividad Creek Park. The stabbing victim was dropped off at a local hospital. He had multiple stab wounds to his chest, shoulder, and head. The injuries, although serious, do not appear to be life-threatening.