SALINAS

Missing tot leads to man's arrest

A missing 2-year-old led to a father's arrest Sunday on a charge of violating a restraining order, Salinas police said.

Police also said officers asked prosecutors to look at filing possible charges of child neglect against the toddler's 21-year-old mother.

The case started when officers went to Rainier Drive about 2:40 p.m. Sunday on a report of an unattended toddler walking around.

Officers determined that Michael Renteria, 24, had dropped off his 4-year-old son after a visitation at the home of his former girlfriend. He found her in the back yard looking for their 2-year-old daughter, police said.

Renteria drove around the neighborhood, found the youngster and brought her home. When police checked the Plumas Way home, they found Renteria allegedly hiding in a closet.

Police said there was a restraining order against him that prohibited him from being at the home or contacting his former girlfriend.

Officers said the 2-year-old showed signs of neglect and was taken into protective custody. The 4-year-old was in good health and wasn't taken, but child welfare workers will make a follow-up, police said.

Renteria was arrested for allegedly violating a restraining order, police said.

SALINAS

Man stabbed while getting out of shower

A man was stabbed in the back with a butcher knife as he got out of his apartment shower, Salinas police said.

The Sunday attack on the 51-year-old man occurred about 5:15 a.


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m. in the 400 block of Regency Circle, police said.

The man said he had a female friend visiting, and she called for a ride. The victim took a shower while she waited for her ride, police said.

When the victim got out, a man about 25 to 30 years old was waiting and stabbed him once in the back, police said. The attacker took the man's wallet. The attacker and female left, but police said it wasn't clear if they left together.

The victim's wounds were not life-threatening, police said.

SALINAS

Shots fired at underage drinking party

A party ended about 1 a.m. Sunday at a Salinas home when shots were fired and police found alcohol was being served to minors.

Officers responded to a call of shots fired in the 300 block of Andina Drive, where a party was going on.

Police said the host, Carla Landino, 20, was celebrating a birthday with about 70 guests. A group of four or five uninvited people tried to get in and were refused, police said.

After words were exchanged, a man from the uninvited group pulled a gun and fired twice into the ceiling. No one was hurt.

Landino was cited for allegedly hosting an underage party, police said.

SALINAS

Man arrested in baseball bat assault

Salinas police arrested a man suspected of trying to attack people twice with a baseball bat.

A 22-year-old man reported Monday that he was walking past Hartnell Park shortly before 10 a.m. near West Alisal Street when a man got out of a truck and began swinging a baseball bat at him for no reason.

Police said there had been a similar incident earlier. Officers found a man and vehicle matching the victim's description near West Acacia and Camden Way.

Jimmy Cooper, 55, was booked into the Monterey County Jail on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

SALINAS

Residents put out garage fire

A garage fire on Los Palos Drive in Salinas was out before fire departments arrived, according to Captain Frankie Rodriquez.

The Monday night blaze was put out by residents of the home with a garden hose, he said. No one was injured.

Four fire engines and one latter truck — 17 firefighters total — were sent to assist. He said early reports just said the home's detached garage was on fire.

Rodriquez said the first firefighters were on scene at 7:43 p.m. — two minutes after the call came in.

He declined to give the exact address of the home. He said the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

CHUALAR

Gun fired in attempt to rob market

Two men attempted to rob the Amigo Market in Chualar Monday night, the Monterey County Sheriff's Department reported. 

The two men, dressed in ski masks and carrying small handguns, are still at large after the failed attempt at the market on 24415 Grant Street at 6:15 p.m. , Sgt. Randy Ragsac said.

He said a cashier refused to hand over money so they left. One of the men fired his weapon into the store as they fled.

No one was injured, he said.

Ragsac said anyone with more information can call the sheriff's department at 755-3722.