General Crime

* Salinas Police Investigating the Murders of Roy Ramirez and Antonio Christian Quintero

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Salinas police are continuing to investigate two separate homicides that have occurred in the city in the past week, a police sergeant said today. No arrests have been made in the fatal shooting Monday night of Roy Ramirez, 28, or the Wednesday morning fatal shooting of Antonio Christian Quintero, 21, according to Sgt. Don Cline. The Monday shooting was reported at about 11 p.m. in the 500 block of San Benito Street, police said.  Arriving officers found Ramirez lying in the driveway of an
apartment complex and suffering from several gunshot wounds to the torso. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. Detectives have concluded that Joseph Cruz Bustamante, a 26-year-old Salinas man, was also involved in the shooting and suffered a serious gunshot wound. However, Bustamante has been avoiding contact with police, and witnesses are being uncooperative with the investigation, Cline said. A separate homicide was reported at about 6:30 a.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Nantucket Boulevard and Bradbury Street, according to police. Quintero, a Salinas resident, was found on a grassy knoll near the intersection and was declared dead at the scene, police said. Investigators found evidence of a shooting on Nantucket Boulevard near the Nantucket Bay Apartments, but no suspect information was immediately available, according to Cline. The shootings are the 15th and 16th homicides in Salinas this year.

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