SALINAS WOMAN FOUND GUILTY OF RESIDENTIAL BURGLARY, WITNESS INTIMIDATION AND CRIMINAL THREATS
Contact: Nana Knight, Deputy District Attorney (831) 759-6789
On January 26, 2019, Delgado’s adolescent children and their friends infiltrated the pool area of the Sheridan Park apartment complex located in Salinas. The pool was closed for the season and the gate to the pool was locked with a padlock. The group of teenagers were making loud noises in the pool and caught the attention of the victim, who was the maintenance supervisor at the apartment complex, and a resident of one of the units. The victim approached one of the teenagers and asked him to leave, explaining that the teenagers were violating the rules for the pool use. The teenagers refused to get out of the pool and yelled out profanities and threats. The victim told the group he was calling 911. The teenagers left the pool area and reported the incident to Delgado.
Delgado then approached the victim and accused him of ousting her children from the pool. The victim told her that he was calling 911, at which point she threatened to kill him, stating that she is a Norteno. Delgado demanded to know where the victim lived and where his family was. After following the victim to his apartment unit, she ran inside his house and confronted the victim’s wife demanding that the victim stop calling the police. Delgado declared that she is a Norteno and threatened to kill the victim’s wife and children, if they did not stop calling the police. After making the threats, Delgado walked over to the victim, snatched the phone out of his hand and spoke to the 911 dispatcher in an attempt to prevent law enforcement from reporting to the scene.
At trial, Delgado denied going inside the victim’s house and also denied making threats, stating that she was just “upset,” and was trying to protect her children. The jury was not persuaded by her testimony and found her guilty on all charges. Sentencing is set for January 7, 2020 before Judge Rafael Vazquez. Delgado is facing over eight years at the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.