Cannery Row Crime – Murder Suspect Caught

Never thought he’d be back in California so soon. Remember to stay out of the crossfire when visiting the ‘Row.

Jorge Luis Mendoza, the suspect in a November fatal shooting on Cannery Row, was extradited from Mexico and is now in Monterey County Jail, police said.

Mendoza, 21, was transported back to California on Saturday and turned over to Monterey police. He was booked on murder charges and his bail was set at $1.3 million.

On Nov. 23, 2016, police found Raul Melendez at the entrance to the Cannery Row parking garage, 601 Foam St., suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. First responders took Melendez, 28, to Natividad Medical Center in Salinas, where he died.

According to police, the original altercation started at the Giant Artichoke restaurant, 711 Cannery Row, which has since closed.

Cannery Row Crime – Murder Suspect Caught

Alleged Murder Plot In New Monterey


Di Stylo
Around 3 p.m., officers arrested Monterey resident Di Stylo in the 600 block of Spencer Street on suspicion of attempted murder and solicitation, according to police.

Officers began investigating Stylo after they received information Tuesday that Stylo was planning on poisoning her mother in an attempt to kill her, police said.

Officers were then able to gather evidence that confirmed she had taken steps to carry out her plan, according to police.

Alleged Murder Plot In New Monterey

Jacobo Ruelas Conviction Stands

As it should be.
Kris Olinger Bench 2013

The Sixth District Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of Jacobo Ruelas in the 1997 murder of 17-year-old Kristopher Olinger, according to Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo.

Ruelas was convicted in October 2013 of first-degree murder with special circumstances, kidnapping for robbery and kidnapping for carjacking in the death of the Monterey High School senior, who was stabbed and left to die near the Pacific Grove Recreation Trail.

Ruelas was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.

The case went unsolved for nearly a decade before state investigators matched palm prints on Olinger’s car in 2005 to Ruelas and his brother Angel.

Angel Ruelas was also charged in connection with the crime, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life without possibility of parole.

Jacobo Ruelas Conviction Stands

Kristopher Olinger's Killers Found Guilty

Olinger was killed in Pacific Grove sixteen years ago.

olinger bench 2013

The jury found that Jacobo Ruelas and his younger brother, Angel Ruelas, who had earlier plead guilty to the crime, fatally stabbed Olinger, a 17-year-old Pacific Grove resident, during a carjacking and robbery on Sept. 18, 1997. Angel Ruelas, 33, pleaded guilty in April 2012 and was sentenced to life without parole, the same sentence faced by the elder brother. Jacobo Ruelas will sentenced Oct. 30.

Kristopher Olinger’s Killers Found Guilty

Jean Danvers Guilty In Mother’s Death

Lived on Forest Hill Bl.

The prosecutor said Charlotte Danvers was well-known in the community and active in her church, where she volunteered as a crisis counselor for pregnant women.

Then she took in her daughter and son-in-law, who were living in a trailer in Nevada and fell on hard times. Things were all right until late 2008 or early 2009, when Jean Danvers’ husband died.

At the time, Matheson said, the elder woman was independent, though suffering from chronic, age-related ailments. She had seen a doctor in 2008 and showed no sign of injury.

Soon, Jean Danvers was refusing to allow her mother’s friends to visit and doctor’s visits stopped. She became her sole caregiver and contact, said Matheson.

When Jean Danvers called police to the house in 2009, she told them, “I battered my mother.”

Jean Danvers Guilty In Mother’s Death

1983 Homicide Victim From PG Located At DMC

Skeletal remains found Aug. 18 by a land surveyor in a wooded area near Del Monte Shopping Center were those of a 20-year-old Pacific Grove woman who disappeared in the winter of 1983.

Dental records led to identification of Jennifer Lynn Morris, who was last seen about 3 p.m. on Jan. 24, 1983, after she made a purchase at a store in the center, police said Wednesday.

1983 Homicide Victim From PG Located At DMC

Sunny Nguyen To Stand Trial For P.G. Murder

Suspect had no pulse and was revived.

Too bad

He went to one bedroom and found it untouched. Then he tried to open a second bedroom’s door. It was blocked. He forced it open and saw a large television had been pushed against it. Inside was mayhem.

Nguyen’s body was draped facedown over the television.

Salazar’s body was on the other side of the room. Both bodies were in pools of blood and Haas could detect pulses in neither. Paramedics revived Nguyen, who was taken to San Jose Regional Medical Center.

Sunny Nguyen To Stand Trial For P.G. Murder

Olinger Murder Suspect To Represent Himself In Court

Hope he fails at defense. Fail hard.

Roberts cautioned Ruelas that he would have to prepare for trial without assistance of an advisory counsel and with no greater access to the jail’s law library than any other “pro per” defendant, which Ruelas said was one hour a week.

There are 14 weeks remaining before his Sept. 6 trial.

“I can tell you right now there isn’t a lawyer in the state who would take this case” with only 15 hours of library research, Roberts said.

“I understand, however I really want to represent myself. Honestly, I’m ready to move on,” Ruelas said. “I plan to follow all rules (and) laws and conduct myself in a very, very, very professional way.

Olinger Murder Suspect To Represent Himself In Court

Olinger Killer Asks To Represent Himself

Judge says no.

Judge Timothy Roberts told Jacobo Ruelas on Thursday he could not sufficiently prepare for a trial that has been rescheduled three times in three years and is now slated to begin April 4.

In addition to work already completed by his own attorneys, the judge said, there are 9,000 pages of reports that would have to be redacted to remove identifying information regarding confidential witnesses.

Ruelas, 31, is charged with murder during the commission of a robbery and carjacking in connection with the fatal stabbing of 17-year-old Kristopher Olinger. A jogger found the Monterey High School student in a turnout above the Pacific Grove Recreation Trail on the morning of Sept. 19, 1997. He had been stabbed 24 times.

Olinger Killer Asks To Represent Himself

Sunny Nguyen Out Of Hospital, In Jail

Sunny Nguyen

Pacific Grove police took Sunny Nguyen, the 26-year-old Seaside resident accused of stabbing his ex-girlfriend’s mother to death in her 17 Mile Drive home late the night of Nov. 21, to Monterey County Jail Wednesday night after he was released from the San Jose trauma center where he underwent surgery for stab wounds of his own.

PGPD Chief Darius Engles said forensics experts will determine whether Nguyen’s injuries — including a deep laceration to his neck — were self-inflicted or resulted from a fight with the victim, 46-year-old Judith Salazar.

Sunny Nguyen Out Of Hospital, In Jail