30 Year Anniversary of the Death of Sergeant Ruben Almanza

30 Year Anniversary of the Death of Sergeant Ruben Almanza

Sgt. Ruben Almanza

On July 27, 1984, Sergeant Ruben Almanza was assigned to the Narcotics Division and responded to assist officers on an armed robbery of the H.E.B. at Kostoryz and Gollihar.

The suspects fled in a vehicle and bailed on foot in the residential neighborhood at Harold Street and Carroll Lane. Sergeant Almanza, working in plain clothes, walked through yards on Harold Street looking for the suspect when he was ambushed and shot through a hole in a fence board by the suspect.

Almanza fell to the ground and the suspect climbed over the fence and straddled Almanza, taking his service weapon, and then appeared he was going to shoot him again. At that point, now retired Lieutenant Eric Wramp, peered over the fence and fatally shot the suspect. Sergeant Almanza was rushed to the hospital where he later passed away from his injuries a few minutes after midnight on July 28th.

Ruben joined the department on August 28, 1975. He worked in patrol and was later assigned to Special Services. Ruben’s police radio call sign was #419 while assigned to narcotics. The number was retired upon his death.

There are a few officers still working today which had the privilege and honor to have worked with Ruben. Sergeant Almanza is survived by his wife, Irma and three daughters, Melissa, Jennifer, and Tina.

Female Swipes Cell Phone

Date: 07/17/2014 3:22 PM
Location: 4500 Kostoryz Road
Offense: Theft (PC 31.03 Class A Misdemeanor)
Case Number: 1407170093

Corpus Christi Police Detectives need your help identifying a cell phone thief. Officers took a report for a stolen cell phone from a woman when she placed her phone on the counter at a business located at 4531 Kostroyz Rd. and another female took it. Store security cameras show the female suspect picking up the cell phone from the top of the counter next to the cash register and walking away. In the video it appears that the female suspect concealed said cell phone in her shirt. The suspect then is seen walking out of the store and left in the silver vehicle shown in the photos. The suspect is described as a black female, 20 to 25 years old, and 5’5” to 5’7” tall, about 240 to 260 pounds. She was wearing a white blouse and grey pants with sunglasses hanging off the neck. In one photo she is seen pushing a baby stroller. Anyone who can identify the individual responsible, or has any additional information about this crime should call the Corpus Christi Police Property Crimes Detectives at 886-2841. Anyone who would like to keep their identity secret and still provide information to Detectives should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

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Suspect pushing baby stroller

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Suspect leaving in silver vehicle

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Suspect grabbing cell phone off the counter

Patrol Report July 25, 2014

“Charlie” District

Date: 07/25/2014 2:00AM
Location: 4201 South Padre Island Drive
Offense: Burglary of Building (PC 30.02 State Jail Felony)
Case Number: 1407250013


Corpus Christi Police Officers responded to a business located in the 4200 S Padre Island Drive for a burglary alarm. Officers discovered a door on the east side of the building with a bottom window pane forced open. The glass to the window pane was shattered and there was enough room for someone to make entry. Officers went in the building and found a cash register that had been forced open.  It is unclear if any or how much money was taken. Damage to the door was estimated at $100.

“Bravo” District

Date: 07/24/2014 4:00 PM
Location: 5100 Yorktown Blvd.
Offense: Major Crash
Case Number: C1402912

Corpus Christi Police Officers responded to a major crash at the intersection of Waldron Rd. and Yorktown Blvd.  The crash investigation revealed that a 2004 Honda Pilot driven by a 67 year old female was traveling east on Yorktown Blvd when she approached the intersection thinking it was a 4 way stop.  As she turned north on Waldron Rd. , a  2013 Toyota Tundra driven by a 38 year old male was traveling west on Yorktown Blvd. and could not stop in time to avoid a crash.  The force of the impact caused the Honda to roll over onto its roof.  The driver of the Honda along with two male passengers ages 12 and 13, were all transported to local hospitals for treatment.  At last report both boys were stable and sustained non life threatening injuries.  The driver of the Toyota was not injured.  No citations or charges have been filed as this crash remains under investigation.

“Delta” District

Date: 07/25/2014 43:10 AM
Location: 4100 State Highway 286 North
Offense: Major Crash
Case Number: C1402921

Corpus Christi Police Officers responded to a roll over crash with a pedestrian being struck.  The crash investigation showed that two crashes had occurred.  The first crash happened when a 2007 Chrysler 300 driven by a 22 year old male and occupied by another 22 year old male struck the rear of a tractor trailer semi-truck. The tractor trailer and the Chrysler were both traveling north on State Highway 286 near the Horne Rd. overpass at the time of the crash. Both drivers and the male passenger all got out and were examining the damage. The crash disabled the Chrysler in the lane of travel.  Just a few minutes later, a 2012 Dodge truck driven by a 52 year old male came around the corner on the freeway and was not able to avoid the vehicles or people in the roadway. The Dodge truck struck the driver of the Chrysler 300, but luckily missed the other two men.  The male was transported to Spohn MMC with several broken bones, however, his injuries do not appear to be life threatening. The Crosstown Freeway north from Horne Rd. to Gollihar Rd. was closed down for nearly three hours while the crash was investigated. No citations or charges have been filed as this crash remains under investigation.

“Charlie” District

Date: 07/24/2014 8:15 AM
Location: 3100 Manshiem Street
Offense: Felon in Possession of Firearm (PC 46.04  Third Degree Felony)
Case Number: 1407240039

A Corpus Christi Police Officer stopped a male in the 3100 block of Manshiem St. and as he was speaking to him, a nearby resident informed another officer that he had just seen the male discard a handgun in his backyard. Officers located the handgun and found that it had been stolen during an auto burglary at La Palmera Mall on July 19.  Paul Chapa (02/19/1979) was arrested for unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, a third degree felony and two counts of burglary both Class A misdemeanors.

 

 

Search the website Crimereports.com to research all reported criminal activity in Corpus Christi. Anyone who knows any additional information about these crimes should contact the Corpus Christi Police Department at 886-2841. Information about unsolved crimes may be provided to investigators anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or online at 888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

More Masked Men Doing More Bad Things

“Adam” District
Date: 07/22/2014 12:50 AM
Location: 11900 Leopard Street
Offense: Aggravated Robbery (PC 29.03 First Degree Felony)
Case Number: 1407220011
A 28 year old female clerk called police after two males entered the Stripes Store located at 11901 Leopard Street, one wearing a dark jacket, a ski mask and armed with a handgun, and demanding money. The other male jumped over the counter and removed money from the register and they both left the store on foot. The suspect armed with the weapon was described as a Hispanic male, unknown age, about 5’7” to 5’10”, 140 to 160 pounds, wearing a dark shirt and khaki pants. The suspect who jumped the counter and grabbed the money is described as a white male unknown age height or weight, last seen wearing a black shirt with white writing on it, khaki shorts and a bandana. Detectives investigating this case released camera images of both suspects involved in this robbery. Anyone who can identify the individuals responsible, or has any additional information about this crime should call the Corpus Christi Police Robbery / Homicide Detectives at 886-2840. Anyone who would like to keep their identity secret and still provide information to Detectives should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

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Do You Know This Masked Man?

Adam” District
Date: 06/29/2014 4:55 AM
Location: 5600 Leopard Street
Offense: Aggravated Robbery (PC 29.03 First Degree Felony)
Case Number: 1406290051
Corpus Christi Police Officers responded to a robbery of a convenience store located in the 5600 block of Leopard Street. The 52 year old store clerk told officers that she was behind the counter of the store when a male suspect, that had a  mask over his head, charged into the store with a knife in his hand. The male then walked behind the counter and opened the cash register, grabbed cash and ran out the store. The suspect was described as 5`6″ to 5`7″, stocky male in his late twenties wearing a gray long sleeve shirt, blue pants and brown work boots. Camera images showing the suspect were released by investigators. Anyone who can identify the individual responsible, or has any additional information about this crime should call the Corpus Christi Police Robbery / Homicide Detectives at 886-2840. Anyone who would like to keep their identity secret and still provide information to Detectives should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

 

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Images of robbery suspect behind counter at store

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Images of robbery suspect behind counter at store

Patrol Report July 24, 2014

The Corpus Christi Police Department generated 219 reports for formal criminal complaints from midnight July 23 to 7:00 a.m. on .July 24, 2014. These are samples of the criminal complaints filed by the Corpus Christi Police for that time period.

 

“Bravo” District
Date: 07/23/2014 9:30 AM
Location: 14200 Encantada Avenue
Offense: Burglary of Habitation (PC 30.02 Second Degree Felony)
Case Number: 1407230046
A 41 year old female called Corpus Christi Police to report a burglary of her residence. She told officers when she woke up she found her garage door open and all the doors to her vehicle that was in her garage were also open. The victim determined not only had someone broke into her vehicle, but someone had entered her residence as well while she was asleep. Doors were open to her home and her property had been rummaged through. The female reported several items had been stolen, including a handgun. When she called to report her credit card stolen, her bank advised the card had just been used at the Walmart Store located at 1250 Flour Bluff Drive to make a large purchase. The officer went to the store to investigate and found video of the suspect making purchases with the stolen card. During the investigation the officer was able to determine the name of the suspect and a possible location of where he was staying. Officers went to a motel in the 9400 block of S. Padre Island Drive and found Jason Lee Campbell (11/22/1978) there, along with all the stolen items from the burglary on Encantada Street. The suspect was charged with burglary of a habitation, theft of a firearm and credit card abuse, both state jail felonies, and burglary of a motor vehicle, a Class A misdemeanor. The female victim was able to recover her property.

 

“Delta” District
Date: 07/24/2014 3:50 AM
Location: 321 John Sartain Street
Offense: Criminal Mischief (PC 28.03 State Jail Felony)
Case Number: 1407240022
Thomas Lackey (03/21/1970) was observed by a Corpus Christi Police Officer looking into the window of a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro that was parked in the police department parking lot located at 321 John Sartain St. The male was then seen walking to the front of the same car, and he put out his cigarette on the front hood of the car. The suspect was arrested and taken to the City Detention Center for criminal mischief. The vehicle belonged to an officer who was on duty and damage to the vehicle was estimated to be $1500.

 

“Delta” District
Date: 07/23/2014 6:20 PM
Location: 400 North Staples Street
Offense: Possession of Controlled Substance (HS 481.115 State Jail Felony)
Case Number: 1407230128
A Corpus Christi Police Officer on patrol observed a 2012 Chevrolet Cruze sedan traveling west on Lipan St. fail to yield right of way nearly causing a crash. The officer stopped the car in the 400 block of North Staples St. and contacted the driver Gregory Vaden (09/24/1980), and his front seat passenger Schuyler Eastwood (03/04/1976). The driver was determined to have a suspended drivers license and no liability insurance. When the officer asked the female passenger for her name, she gave a false name and date of birth. As the officer was gathering more information from his patrol car, he could see that the female was moving around and looked like she was trying to hide something near the floor of the car. He walked back up and observed the passenger lifting up her skirt attempting to hide a pink container. Inside the container were two round pills with markings in a small clear bag. A female officer arrived to assist, and she knew the female passenger from another call. She told the officer what the passengers real name and date of birth was, and it was determined that she had an outstanding arrest warrant. While the officer was impounding the car, he observed more pills and crystal methamphetamine on the floor of the passenger side. The driver was arrested for driving with a suspended license, a Class B misdemeanor. The female was charged with four counts of possession of a controlled substance, fail to identify, a Class A misdemeanor and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class C misdemeanor. The vehicle was impounded.

 

Search the website Crimereports.com to research all reported criminal activity in Corpus Christi. Anyone who knows any additional information about these crimes should contact the Corpus Christi Police Department at 886-2841. Information about unsolved crimes may be provided to investigators anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or online at 888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

Task Force Captures Fugitive For Attempted Homicide From Illinois

Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 16:07
Location: 3600 Rojo Street
Offense: Warrant of Arrest (Code of Criminal Procedure Section 15.01)
Case Number: 1407230108

The Gulf Coast Fugitive and Violent Offenders Task Force arrested 22 Jorden Johnson (6/29/1992) on the 3600 block of Rojo Street Wednesday for an Illinois warrant for his arrest for an attempted homicide. The Officers approached Johnson and Johnson ran from the Officers. The Officers captured Johnson and delivered him to the city detention center for a parole warrant out of Illinois for aggravated battery, the warrant for his arrest for attempted homicide, and for evading arrest.

Local Physicians Complain About Attempted Scam

Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 14:59
Location: 600 Elizabeth Street
Information Report
Case Number: 1407230099

The Corpus Christi Police Department received four complaints from four separate physicians Wednesday about calls from an unknown person who claimed to be involved in a drug cartel and held a family member of the physician captive and demanded a ransom. In each case, the physicians learned their family members were not held captive and the call was determined to be a scam. The Corpus Christi Police Department encourages anyone who receives such a call to contact the Police immediately at 886-2600 to report the information. The Corpus Christi Police Department has not received any valid information about any abduction or injuries in exchange for a ransom.

Have You Seen This Truck Or This Stolen Trailer?

“Charlie” District
Date: 07/05//2014 2:42 PM
Location: 5200 Fulwell Drive
Offense: Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle (PC 31.07 State Jail Felony)
Case Number: 1407050122
Corpus Christi Police Officers responded to a report of a stolen trailer at a home in the 5200 block of Fulwell Drive. A 41 year old female told officers that her black 2010 XCEL utility trailer that had an ATV and a Bar B Q pit on it was stolen out of the driveway. The female told officers that the trailer was secured with a lock. Camera images show a white four door truck dragging the trailer away leaving scrape marks on the street. The truck appears to be a Toyota Tundra. Anyone who can identify the individual responsible, or has any additional information about this crime should call the Corpus Christi Police Property Crimes Detectives at 886-2841. Anyone who would like to keep their identity secret and still provide information to Detectives should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

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Image of a white truck pulling stolen trailer

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Image of white truck pulling stolen trailer

Patrol Report July 23, 2014

The Corpus Christi Police Department generated 247 reports for formal criminal complaints from midnight July 22 to 7:00 a.m. on .July 23, 2014. These are samples of the criminal complaints filed by the Corpus Christi Police for that time period.

 

“Adam” District
Date: 07/22/2014 9:32 AM
Location: 1100 Agnes Street
Offense: City Vehicle Crash
Case Number: C1402885
A Corpus Christi Police Officer on patrol was traveling east on Agnes St when a 2003 Nissan X-Terra driven by a 38 year old male stopped at a stop sign but then entered the intersection failing to yield the right of way to the police unit. The officer attempted to avoid the crash by making a hard right but was unable to avoid being struck by the vehicle. After the police unit was hit it veered off into a building, causing minor damage and also struck a guide wire on a telephone pole. The officer was not injured. The Nissan had four people in it; two passengers were transported by CCFD EMS to a hospital for treatment. The driver was cited for failure to yield right of way, and no liability insurance. He was not injured, but his vehicle was impounded.

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“Charlie” District
Date: 07/22/2014 11:30 AM
Location: 3500 South Padre Island Drive
Offense: Aggravated Robbery (PC 29.03 First Degree Felony)
Case Number: 1407220069
An 18 year old female victim called Corpus Christi Police and told them she was driving down S. Padre Island Dr. near Kostoryz Rd. when she saw her 23 year old ex-boyfriend speeding up behind her in a truck. The male suspect used his truck to ram into the passenger side of the vehicle she was in. After being hit, the male stopped right in front of her at an angle, so she could not drive forward. He got out of his truck and jumped on the hood of her car screaming that he wasn`t getting off the car until she gave the car to him. He grabbed her keys and then moved his truck to the parking lot of a business located in the 3500 block of S. Padre Island Dr. The suspect then came back out to the street and grabbed her out of the car by force. He attempted to speed off but tore off the front bumper of her car. He got out and put the bumper in the back seat. The female also said she was unable to get her 10 month old son that she had with the male out of the vehicle before he took off in the car leaving her standing in the parking lot. A few minutes later, officers were able to contact a family member of the suspect who said he had the child after the suspect had dropped the kid off to him and left. Officers are currently still looking for the male suspect and the female’s vehicle. The truck the suspect left behind was impounded.

 

“Delta” District
Date: 07/22/2014 9:15 PM
Location: 1900 Mussett Street
Offense: Aggravated Assault (PC 22.02 Second Degree Felony)
Case Number: 1407220172
Corpus Christi Police Officers responded to what appeared to be a shooting in the 1900 block of Mussett Street. Officers found a 34 year old male down on the sidewalk with a head injury. The victim was taken by CCFD EMS to the hospital for treatment. Officers were able to locate a female witness who told them that the victim had gotten into a fight with a Hispanic male and when it was over the victim was on the sidewalk bleeding and unconscious. The suspect fled the scene prior to police arriving. Hospital staff later discovered the victim was not shot but appeared to have a puncture wound to his head, and the injuries did not appear to be life threatening. Officers were not provided a suspect description, and are still currently investigating this case.

 

Search the website Crimereports.com to research all reported criminal activity in Corpus Christi. Anyone who knows any additional information about these crimes should contact the Corpus Christi Police Department at 886-2841. Information about unsolved crimes may be provided to investigators anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or online at 888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.