Police Assist U.S. Marshal’s Office to Apprehend Fugitive

Date: Thursday, July 31, 2014, 10:28
Location: 5000 Alameda Street
Offense: Warrant of Arrest (Code of Criminal Procedure Section 15.01)
Case Number: 1407310068

The Corpus Christi Police Department assisted the United States Marshal’s Service to apprehend a fugitive on the 5000 block of Alameda Street Thursday morning. The U.S. Marshal’s Gulf Coast Fugitive and Violent Offenders Task Force saw 36-year-old John Douglas Houston (2/15/1978) in a vehicle at 10:28am and knew Houston was a fugitive and likely to evade arrest. The Marshal’s requested assistance from the Corpus Christi Police Department. Houston stopped the vehicle and ran from the vehicle on foot. A passenger also ran from the vehicle in another direction. Houston was captured and the Marshal’s Service processed Houston as a fugitive. The second person who ran was not apprehended. Houston was delivered to the city detention center.

Aggravated Robbery

“Charlie” District

Date: 07/30/2014 10:20pm
Location: 5802 Everhart Rd.
Offense: Aggravated Robbery (P.C. 29.03 1st Degree Felony)
Case Number: 1407300154

Officers responded to a report of a home invasion at 5802 Everhart, Glen Willows apartments. Officers contacted the victim who advised that he heard several loud bangs on the front door. The door flew open and two suspects entered the apartment, one of the suspects had a handgun. They ordered the victim not to move and asked for two subjects by name. The victim advised he did not know those people. The suspects ordered the victim to lay down on the floor and asked where the money and guns were. The victim told the suspect who then took the items and fled the scene.  The suspects are described to be approx 5’8″ tall weighing approximately 160 pounds. Both suspects had tattoos and short hair, one was clean shaven and the other had a goatee. Investigators believe that the suspects are known to the victim.

Anyone who has any additional information about this crime should call the Corpus Christi Police Robbery 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.

 

Patrol Report July 31, 2014

“Bravo” District

Date: 07/30/2014 5:00am
Location: 14049 SPID
Offense: Burglary (State Jail Felony)
Case Number: 1407300031

Officers responded to a burglary of a business at 14049 SPID. The owner advised that someone broke into the business and stole about 80 sets of expensive sunglasses. The suspect, who was wearing a grey hooded pullover, blue jeans, black and white tennis shoes and white gloves was captured on video surveillance breaking into the store. The suspect exited the store carrying a black bag. The owner advised this is not the first time this has happened and that the same items are stolen each time. The owner is in the process of providing a copy of the video surveillance to the investigators.

Anyone who 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.

 

“Charlie” District

Date: 07/30-31/2014 10:30 PM, 2:25am
Location: 1900 Rodd Field, Airline and SPID
Offense: Driving While Intoxicated, 2 or more prior convictions (3rd Degree Felony)
Case Numbers: 1407300172, 1407310019

Officers Mike Rogers and Alexandria Molina were dispatched to the area of 1900 Rodd Field in reference to a vehicle swerving all over the road. Officers arrived and located the vehicle trying to reverse out of the grassy easement and drive on the sidewalk turning into a parking lot. The officers stopped the vehicle and observed signs of intoxication. A Standardized Field Sobriety Test was performed to which the suspect did not pass. The suspect, April Martinez (6-07-1971) was placed under arrest for Driving While Intoxicated. April Martinez refused to give a breath sample, a blood withdrawal warrant was obtained and a sample of her was taken at Spohn Shoreline.  April Martinez was transported to the City Detention Center where it was discovered that she had two prior convictions for DWI. Her DWI charge was enhanced to a 3rd Degree Felony.

Four hours later, Officers Mike Rogers and Alexandria Molina responded to a call at Airline and SPID in reference to a man down. When the officers arrived they observed a vehicle at the light with a male occupant asleep at the wheel. Officers contacted the male and safely put the vehicle in park. While he was being checked out by medics at the scene, the officers observed signs of intoxication. After medics cleared the scene he was asked to perform the Standardized Field Sobriety Test. The suspect did not pass the test. The suspect,  Alex Alvarado (10-18-1989) was arrested and transported to the City Detention Center. Alex was also found to have two or more prior convictions for DWI and his DWI charge was enhanced to a 3rd Degree Felony.

Great investigative work by the officers in taking two repeat DWI offenders off the street.

Patrol Report July 30, 2014

Adam District

Date: 07/29/2014 11:35 PM
Location: 9777 Leopard
Offense: Theft (Felony)
Case Number: 1407290171

Officers were dispatched for a Theft of an outside air conditioner unit. A witnesses had observed a truck near the building, loading up the AC and then leaving the location. Officers located the truck, in the 1500 block of Lexington, with the AC still in the bed of the truck.

The air conditioner in the bed of the truck had pipes and wires that matched those of the ones at the building where the air conditioner was missing. The truck was impounded along with the AC unit. Stephen Jones (5.13.1957) was arrested and taken to CDC.

Bravo District

Date: 07/29/2014 5:09 PM
Location: 4900 Margo
Offense: Aggravated Assault
Case Number: 1407290122

Officers responded to the 4900 block of Margo for an Aggravated Assault. Two brothers had been playing a video game throughout the day. An argument over the video game controller occurred with the 12 year old stabbing his 17 year old brother in the back with a knife.

The 12 year old was taken to the Juvenile Justice Center for the assault. The 17 year old was taken to Spohn Memorial for treatment. His injuries were determined not to be life threatening by doctors.

Charlie District

Date: 07/30/2014 12:37 AM
Location: 2000 Gollihar
Offense: Theft
Case Number: 14073000008

Officers made a traffic stop in the 2000 block of Gollihar for failing to maintain a single lane of traffic. Officers contacted three individuals in the vehicle. The driver, David Estrada (8.17.1994), could not provide insurance for the vehicle. Additionally, the license plates on the vehicle had been reported stolen from a Chevrolet Tahoe on July 24, 2014 in the city. Estrada was taken to CDC for the theft and charged with Failure to Provide Financial Responsibility.

Due to one of the passengers being 15 years of age, Estrada was also cited for Inducing Curfew.

City Hosts Vehicle Auction This Saturday

The city of Corpus Christi will auction 105 cars, trucks, and motorcycles at the four paved acres of the Corpus Christi Police Vehicle Impound Lot located at 5485 Greenwood Drive on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 10:00am. The general public is encouraged to register and view the vehicles for auction from 8:00am to 4:00pm on Friday, August 1. The general public can continue to register and view the vehicles from 8:00am to 10:00am on the day of the auction. The vehicle for auction may be viewed online and an auction list may be downloaded from www.siskauction.com.

There are 37 vehicles for auction that were seized for no insurance. The department’s strong stand and enforcement of this “Zero Tolerance No Insurance Initiative” will continue and all vehicles involved in accidents will be impounded and the driver cited if they are unable to provide financial proof of insurance. Driver’s license and proof of financial responsibility checkpoints will continue to be conducted at the Shift Captains’ authorization.

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Patrol Report July 29, 2014

The Corpus Christi Police Department generated 284 reports for formal criminal complaints from midnight July 28 to 7:00 a.m. on .July 29, 2014. These are samples of the criminal complaints filed by the Corpus Christi Police for that time period.

 

“Bravo” District
Date: 07/28/2014 1:05 PM
Location: 6500 Ponil Creek Drive
Offense: Assault (PC 22.02 Second Degree Felony)
Case Number: 1407280105
A clerk at a convenience store located at Cimarron St. and Yorktown Rd. contacted Corpus Christi Police concerning a male with no shirt on who had come into the store with a large wrench claiming that he had been assaulted. The male who appeared to be under the influence of a drug was also refusing to leave the store. Officers arrived and contacted suspect, Johnathan Cardwell (03/11/1987). While speaking to the suspect, officers became aware of another disturbance that the suspect had been involved in at another location. Officers went to a home in the 6500 block of Ponil Creek and there they met with two males that worked with the suspect. According to them, they were having a meeting and one of the males got into an argument with the suspect. The male stepped outside of the house and the suspect took the large wrench and struck the male in the back of his left shoulder and ran off. The suspect was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second degree felony. CCFD EMS responded and treated the victim at the scene for injuries to his back and shoulder.

 

“Delta” District
Date: 07/28/2014 8:45 PM
Location: 200 South Alameda Street
Offense: Assault (PC 22.02 Second Degree Felony)
Case Number: 1407280171
A 60 year old male victim reported to Corpus Christi Police that he was walking in the 200 block of S. Alameda St. when a Hispanic male ran up to him yelling and struck him in the back of the head twice with a square shaped rock, possibly a cinder block. The victim told police that he was attacked because he was white. The victim was transported to the hospital by CCFD EMS to be treated for his head injuries. A little while later, officers were called to a business located in the 300 block of N. Staples St. for a male beating on the side of the building. The description matched the one of the suspect that had just assaulted the victim with the rock. Officers arrived and located, John Villalpando (12/05/1964) and identified him as the earlier assailant and he was arrested for aggravated assault, a second degree felony.

 

“Delta” District
Date: 07/28/2014 7:55 PM
Location: 3800 Argus Court
Offense: Retaliation (PC 36.06 Third Degree Felony)
Case Number: 1407280168
Corpus Christi Police Officers responded to an apartment located in the 3800 block of Argus Court for a male suspect breaking windows. Officers were told by a 21 year old female that an ex-boyfriend, had showed up at her home and started breaking windows because she had filed assault charges on him earlier that day. The suspect fled prior to police arrival. As officers were speaking to the female the suspect called her and officers heard him make threats to harm the female and even said he would come over after the officers left. The officers then drove around the apartment complex trying to locate the suspect and found him. When the suspect saw the officers, he ran and was seen going into the back door of an apartment located in the 3700 block of Itaska Court. A 29 year old female came out the door and said that she did not know the suspect and that she had children still in the house. Officers entered the apartment and observed the suspect running up the stairs. The suspect was seen jumping out the side window and started running again towards Port Ave. Officers were able to catch up to Roland Rodela (01/19/1981), and he was charged with criminal mischief for breaking the glass windows, criminal trespass, for entering the apartment on Itaska Court, evading arrest for running on foot from the officers. He was also charged with retaliation, a third degree felony for the threating the female who had reported him in the earlier assault

 

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.

Patrol Report July 28, 2014

The Corpus Christi Police Department generated 214 reports for formal criminal complaints from midnight July 27 to 7:00 a.m. on .July 28, 2014. These are samples of the criminal complaints filed by the Corpus Christi Police for that time period.

 

“Bravo” District
Date: 07/27/2014 9:15 PM
Location: 1600 Daly Drive
Offense: Assault (PC 22.01 Third Degree Felony)
Case Number: 1407270155
A 23 year old female called Corpus Christi Police Officers and said that she and her boyfriend had gotten into an argument about him going to the beach. During the argument the male  told the female to leave the apartment they shared and she refused. The disturbance became physical when the male grabbed her by the throat and pushed her down on the bed and started to choke her. The victim told officers her four year old son was standing next to the bed and started crying. The male then grabbed the little boy by the throat and threw him against the wall. The male then began to punch the female in the face with his fist until he was distracted by his father who lives in the front house. He came out to see what was going on and the female was able to escape and call police. Both the female and her son were transported to the hospital by CCFD EMS for treatment. Police located Mel Pena (07/20/1991) who was still at the apartment when they arrived. He was charged with Assault, and Injury to a Child, both third degree felonies.

 

“Charlie” District
Date: 07/27/2014 11:00 PM
Location: Carroll Lane and Holly Road
Offense: Driving While Intoxicated (PC 49.04 Class B Misdemeanor)
Case Number: 1407270170
Corpus Christi Police Officers were dispatched to a traffic accident at the intersection of Carroll Ln and Holly Rd involving a single vehicle that had struck a light pole. Officers found a silver 2012 Toyota Camry backing up from the pole attempting to leave. Officers contacted the driver Amanda Knight (09/15/1985) and found her to be intoxicated. While conducting an inventory of her vehicle, officers found a grinder which contained marijuana residue and underneath the front driver seat a cigar wrapper which contained a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana. Officers charged her with driving while intoxicated, possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class C misdemeanor.

 

“Charlie” District
Date: 07/28/2014 2:20 AM
Location: 5100 Oakhurst Drive
Offense: Aggravated Assault (PC 22.02 Second Degree Felony)
Case Number: 1407280014
Two men and a female were walking to their hotel room when they were confronted by two male suspects and the two men were assaulted. The 21 year old males said that they passed two males in the stairwell, one suspect described as a Hispanic male in his early twenties about 5’8″ tall and a black male also in his twenties about 6’0″ tall. The suspects confronted the victims with a handgun, and pistol whipped  both male victims and also stabbed one of the victims in the back. Both suspects then fled the scene, and one of the male victims ran to another hotel in the area to call police. Officers found the handgun which was collected and the two male victims were both transported to the hospital by CCFD EMS and are expected to recover.

 

“Charlie” District
Date: 07/27/2014 3:30 PM
Location: 3100 South Padre Island Drive
Offense: Aggravated Assault (PC 22.02 Second Degree Felony)
Case Number: 1407270107
Corpus Christi Police Officers responded to fight in progress in the parking lot of a business located in the 3100 block of S. Padre Island Drive. A 22 year old female and her parents went to meet her ex-boyfriend and his parents so the female could give back the male’s clothing because they had split up. The ex-boyfriend approached the females’ father with his hands in his pockets causing him to exit his vehicle. When he asked the male to take his hands out of his pockets, he refused and the father felt threatened and hit the ex-boyfriend. The ex-boyfriend pulled out a pair of brass knuckles and the girlfriends’ father pulled out a knife. The girlfriend exited the vehicle and hit her ex-boyfriend in the arm with a cane. The girlfriends mother then got involved and took out a knife and began to take stabs at the ex-boyfriend. The ex-boyfriend sustained minor injuries to his arm and back. Mark San Miguel (11/27/1990), the ex-boyfriend was arrested for having a prohibited weapon, a Class A misdemeanor. The girlfriend, Jolene Lopez (02/24/1992) was arrest for assault, a class A misdemeanor for hitting the male with a cane. The girlfriends father was released since it appeared he was defending himself, however her mother Ruby Jean Lopez (05/04/1967), was arrested for aggravated assault, and she was also found to have unmarked prescription pills in her possession and she was charged with dangerous drugs, a Class A misdemeanor.

 

“Delta” District
Date: 07/27/2014 7:00 PM
Location: 2000 Ayers Street
Offense: Child Left In Vehicle
Case Number: 1407270137
Corpus Christi Police Officers responded to a business located in the 2000 block of Ayers St for a 6 month old male and 2 year old female locked inside of a vehicle. When officers arrived they found an adult male and a female standing outside of a 2011 Dodge truck and found both kids locked inside the truck sweating profusely. The truck was not running and all the windows were rolled up and the parents told officers they had been in the truck about 10 to 15 minutes. Officers were able to break the front passenger window and get the kids out. CCFD EMS responded and treated the children at the scene. The parents said that they had the children inside of the truck while they were loading up laundry when the oldest began pushing buttons and accidently locked the truck with the keys inside.

 

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.

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.