Two men were arrested on suspicion of robbing a Kmart in Salinas on Thursday morning, including one who entered a nearby home in an attempt to evade police. At about 11:05 a.m., an officer from the Salinas Police Department spotted a security officer blocking the roadway near North Main and Cassentini streets with his vehicle. When the officer arrived at the intersection he learned that the security guard was attempting to catch two men in a red pickup truck that had just stolen merchandise from the store, police said. The officer ordered 23-year-old Michael Farley and 26-year-old Joshua Padilla to exit the vehicle, but Farley, who was driving the truck, sped off in reverse, police said.
Since the truck had become blocked in by stopped traffic, the men were unable to flee. Once Padilla realized that they were trapped, he ran out of the passenger’s side door onto Cassentini Street and into a nearby drainage canal, police said. While officers were searching for the missing suspect, a witness of the Kmart burglary walked into her nearby home in the 200 block of Massolo Court to find Padilla wearing her husband’s clothes and carrying a backpack full of stolen electronics, according to police. A foot chase ensued and the witness directed police toward Padilla, who was caught near West Market and Vale streets. Padilla was later found to be on parole, police said. Farley and Padilla were booked into Monterey County Jail on suspicion of burglary, conspiracy and resisting arrest.
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