During the 4th of July weekend the Corpus Christi Police Department assigned several additional officers to assist with the large crowds at the beach and in the downtown area.
The following numbers are from the holiday weekend beginning on July 3, 2014 (midnight) and ending on July 5, 2015 (midnight).
3,670 calls for service
534 of those call were solely for fireworks.
557 criminal offense reports were made
10 driving while intoxicated arrests were made.
20 citations for possession of fireworks were issued
The Corpus Christi Police Department wants to inform citizens about scams occurring over the phone that request money.
The police department continues to investigate reports from victims that send “money grams” to suspects who call them over the phone with a scam. A MoneyGram is an electronic money transfer sent from one party to another through the MoneyGram network. The sending party can initiate a money transfer online or in person from any MoneyGram location. The receiving party is then able to collect the transfer as cash.
The suspects who call usually request that the victims purchase a “money gram” and then send them the information. Once the victim gives the suspect the money gram information they are able to obtain cash. Victims are not able to get a refund on these types of purchases.
The suspects use different types of the following scams to get money from victims.
The Grant Scam. A suspect will call a victim and tell them that they have been awarded a grant in a large amount of money. The scammer will then tell them that they need to send a “money gram” in order to process the grant and have it awarded to them. In one report a women sent over $3000 in different amounts in hopes of securing a $9000 grant from scammers. She was called several different times in a few days and told to send “money grams” to various people in different amounts. After sending the money, she was never awarded the grant
The Prize Scam: A scammer will call telling you that you have won a prize and in order to claim the prize you will need to send them money.
The IRS Scam: A scammer will call telling you that you owe money to the Internal Revenue Service and to avoid being arrested by the IRS you will need to send them money.
The Relative Scam: A scammer will call telling you that they are a relative and that they have been injured, jailed or kidnapped and need you to send them money.
The Corpus Christi Police Department wants to warn citizens that these types of crimes are occurring in our city and remind people to protect their money. Do not send money grams to anyone who has contacted you over the phone without investigating who is receiving your money. Anytime anyone ask you to send them money to secure a grant, prize, or lottery winnings it is a scam. The Internal Revenue Service will never contact you by phone to collect taxes owed. A formal letter will be sent to you or an IRS Agent will visit with you in person. If a person claiming to be a relative calls you asking for a money gram to be sent to them for an emergency, contact other family members to try and verify this story and never make quick decisions without investigating for yourself.
The Corpus Christi Police Department responded to 991 calls for service and generated 226 reports for formal criminal complaints from 7:00 a.m. July 6 to 7:00 a.m. on July 7, 2015. These are samples of the criminal complaints filed by the Corpus Christi Police for that time period.
Date: 07/06/2015 7:30 AM
Location: 11425 Leopard Street
P.C. 30.02 State Jail Felony
Case Number: 1507060025
Employees of the Women, Infants and Children (WIC Office), located inside the Hill Top Community Center at 11425 Leopard Street, called Corpus Christi Police after they arrived at work and found the offices had been burglarized, and a vehicle stolen from the parking lot.
The employee told Officers that sometime over the holiday weekend someone entered the Hill Top Center and then proceeded to burglarized individual areas of the complex that were separated by locked doors.
A window glass was smashed out by the suspects to gain entry and once inside a set of double wooden doors leading into the main hallway toward the WIC office area were also pried open.
Once inside the WIC office the suspects ransacked the area, removing a large flat screen TV from the wall, but leaving it behind. Several cabinets and desk drawers were opened and various items were scattered about.
During the burglary the suspects found the keys to a 2008 blue Honda Civic that is used by WIC employees and it was stolen
Employees at the office estimated that damage to the building was over $1,500.
At this time no suspects have been identified and no arrest have been made.
Date: 07/05/2015 2:30 PM Location: 1600 South Staples Street Offense: Theft
P.C. 31.03 State Jail Felony Case Number: 1507050072 Corpus Christi Police arrested a self proclaimed professional musician after he attempted to walk out of the Sound Vibrations Store, located at 1638 South Staple Street, with a guitar.
Officers arrived and were told that an employee saw the suspect walk into the store and take a brown Gibson Hummingbird guitar, valued at $4000, from the store rack. The man then walked toward the front door with the guitar, passing all points of sale without making any attempt to pay for the guitar. The employee was able to grab the suspect and he was detained until police arrived.
He attempted to entertain the arresting Officer by singing a few lines of a song, however, he was upstaged by another store employee who chimed in.
The suspect was arrested for felony theft. He was also charged with possession of marijuana when Officers found a joint in his possession.
The man identified himself to Officers as Christopher Deleon.
After arriving at the City Detention Center an investigation confirmed that the suspect’s real name was Christopher Farris (01/19/1991). He told Officers he uses Christopher Deleon as a stage name. The suspect was additionally charged with Failure to Identify
Date: 07/05/2015 12:30 AM Location: 6100 Saratoga Boulevard Offense: Exploitation of a Child
P.C. 32.53 Third Degree Felony Case Number: 1507050018 A 32 year old father was arrested by Corpus Christi Police after he and his family were caught shoplifting at the Wal-Mart Store located at 6101 Saratoga Boulevard.
Officers responded to the store after an employee caught a 10 year old female and her 15 year old brother leaving the store with items in a shopping cart that had not been paid for.
The employee said that both juveniles walked out of the store with the cart of goods and were attempting to get into a 2014 Chevrolet Malibu. The car was stopped in front of the store and a man along with a 9 year old female was loading up items into the trunk from another cart.
The 10 year old female was able to run away from the employee and get into the car. The male shut the trunk and told the other 9 year old female to get in the car also. The three then drove off in the Chevrolet, leaving the 15 year old male with employees.
The employee took the male back into the store to wait for police to arrive. While waiting for Officers to arrive, the father returned to the store with the two juvenile females still with him.
When Officers arrived they were told by the store employee that store video showed the father and the 9 year old girl walking around the store with a grocery cart full of empty store bags. They would remove merchandise from the shelves and place them in the plastic bags that they brought in. The video then showed the two leave out the front entrance with the child still pushing the cart full of unpaid for merchandise. A short time later the video showed the 15 year old boy and the 10 year old female attempting to leave out the same entrance when they were detained by the store employee.
The Officers charged the father, Joshua Hancock (08/11/1982), with exploration of a child due to the fact that he fled the scene , leaving his son at the store by himself with a shopping cart full of stolen items and that he was using his three children to assist him in committing a theft that totaled over $520. He was additionally charged with theft, a Class A misdemeanor.
The Corpus Christi Police Department responded to 868 calls for service and generated 188 reports for formal criminal complaints from 7:00 a.m. July 5 to 7:00 a.m. on July 6, 2015. These are samples of the criminal complaints filed by the Corpus Christi Police for that time period.
Date: 07/04/2015 9:20 PM
Location: 15200 Windward Drive
Case Number: 1507050004 A 19 year old man drown in the swimming pool of a hotel located at 15202 Windward Drive on Padre Island while swimming with his sister.
Corpus Christi Police arrived and were told by the victim’s sister that she was swimming with her brother when she got out of the pool to go to the restroom. When she returned, she observed him floating in the water.
Several people helped her pull him out of the pool and a female nurse began CPR. CCFD EMS transported the man to Bay Area Hospital where he was pronounced dead about three hours after arriving.
The two family members were in Corpus Christi vacationing from Austin.
The Corpus Christi Police Department will begin special operations in the downtown area for the July 4th “Big Bang” celebration starting tomorrow morning.
The Corpus Christi Police Department Traffic Division will have thirteen Officers in traffic units and nine on motorcycles that will work beginning at 7 AM with the “Four for the Fourth Four Mile Run” starting at the Ortiz Center.
At 4 PM the Traffic Division will have another fifteen additional Officers report for duty. These Officers will have stationary post in the downtown area at intersections to assist with traffic flow.
Also at 4 PM the Patrol Division will have twelve additional officers report for duty. They will ride on ATV’s and most will be assigned to patrol the area along the seawall and parks on Shoreline Drive. A few other Officers will be assigned to North Beach.
All extra Officers will work until the festivities have concluded.
The Corpus Christi Police Department will begin a campaign called “First Friday Fun Fact” that will focus on different Texas traffic laws. It will run on the first Friday of each month.
TURNING LEFT OVER DOUBLE-YELLOW LINES
One of the biggest misconceptions in the arena of lane markings is the meaning of the double-yellow line with regards to left turns. A double-yellow line simply means “no passing”; it does not prohibit left turns. In fact, you are specifically permitted by statute to turn left over double yellow lines:
PASSING TO THE LEFT: PASSING ZONES
(b) An operator may not drive on the left side of the roadway in a no-passing zone or on the left side of any pavement striping designed to mark a no-passing zone. This subsection does not prohibit a driver from crossing pavement striping, or the center line in a no-passing zone marked by signs only, to make a left turn into or out of an alley or private road or driveway.
Additional information There is an exception to the above rule: if there aretwo sets of double-yellow lines, you may not cross over at all, including for left turns. These areas are defined as“flush median islands.” As such, they have the same purpose and function as a physical traffic island and are legally enforceable as a “dividing space.” (seebelow.) These areas often also have diagonal hash markings to help emphasize that they’re off-limits.
The Corpus Christi Police Department responded to 896 calls for service and generated 190 reports for formal criminal complaints from 7:00 a.m. July 1 to 7:00 a.m. on July 2, 2015. These are samples of the criminal complaints filed by the Corpus Christi Police for that time period.
Date: 07/01/2015 1:10 AM
Location: 4300 Montego Drive
Offense: Hit and Run Crash
T.C. 550.022 Class B Misdemeanor
Case Number: 1507010010 A 26 year old female driver lost control of her truck after being hit by another vehicle traveling down the 4300 block of Holly Road.
The female told Officers that she was driving her, 2013 GMC Sierra truck, east on Holly Road when she was side swiped by a vehicle on the passenger side of her truck causing her to lose control and leave the roadway.
Her truck struck a light pole and then went through a wooden fence striking the two vehicles in the driveway of a home at 4341 Montego Drive.
The vehicle that hit her truck fled the scene and was not located.
The driver, and her 31 year old female passenger, were both transported to Spohn Memorial Hospital by CCFD EMS with injuries not believed to be life threatening.
Damaged property at 4341 Montego Drive
Damaged property at 4341 Montego Drive
Truck that crashed into property and cars at 4341 Montego Drive