Fishermen Discover Body

DATE: February 1, 2015     12:20 PM
LOCATION: 1700 Laguna Shores


Corpus Christi Police Officers responded to 1700 Laguna Shores in reference to a body discovered in the water. The responding officers contacted a couple of fishermen. They advised that they were on their way out to wade fish when the discovered a body floating in the water and called police.

The medical examiners office, detectives and the forensics unit were called to process the scene.  The deceased male was not identified due to the condition of the body. The medical examiner will work to identify the male and determine the cause of death.  Once an identification is made, detectives will work to bring closure to this case.

Police Warn Public About Phone Scam

Beware of phone scams! This audio record is an example of a scam. The caller claims to represent the I.R.S. in regard to a law suit. This call was made to Corpus Christi Police Commander Michael Alanis. An investigation was conducted in regard to this call and the phone number was disconnected. Corpus Christi Police Detectives believe this particular man was able to obtain money from victims by claims that the F.B.I. would be outside the victims door within an hour unless a payment was made to this suspect.

We publish this video to warn the public of such phone scams. Common traits of a scam are requests for personal information by phone or (like in this case) an urgency for action. Contact the Better Business Bureau for more comprehensive information about phone scams at If you have become victim to a scam, report the event to local law enforcement. Share this video to have everyone aware of an example of a phone scam.

Suspect Steals Bike While Running From CCPD

DATE: January 30, 2015     9:30 AM
LOCATION: 3600 Victory Street

OFFENSE: Burglary
PC 30.02       Second Degree Felony
Corpus Christi Police responded to a call about a juvenile female and a man rolling two city garbage cans, with property sticking out of the top, down the 3600 block of Victory Street.

When officers arrived they found one of the trash cans and a television dumped in the middle of the street.  Witnesses told officers that the two had lost control of one off the cans while pushing it, and it, along with the tv fell in the street.  The two then took off walking with the other can.

Officers caught up with them in the 3600 block of South Saxet Street and took a 16 year old female into custody.  When they went to arrest the male, he physically resisted arrested and fled on foot.

While running from officers, the male suspect stopped and stole a bicycle from the front yard of a home.  He attempted to flee on the bike, but officers were able to catch up to him and take him into custody.

After an investigation it was determined that the male and female had kicked in the back door of a home in the 3600 block of Victory Street and took four televisions and other property and put all of the stolen goods in the two trash cans that belonged to the home owner.

The male suspect, Alberto Garza (12/13/1991),  was charged with burglary, resisting arrest, and evading police on foot.  He was additionally charged with theft, a Class B misdemeanor, because he stole the bicycle when he was attempting to elude officers.

The female was transported to the Juvenile Justice Center.

Patrol Report 01/30/2015

The Corpus Christi Police Department generated 212 reports for formal criminal complaints from midnight January 29 to 7:00 a.m. on January 30, 2015. These are samples of the criminal complaints filed by the Corpus Christi Police for that time period.


“Bravo” District
Date: 1/29/2015          3:00 PM
Location: 900 West Lakeside Drive
Offense: Forgery
P.C. 32.21       (Third Degree Felony)
Case Number: 1501290082
Corpus Christi Police along with members of the U.S. Marshals Task Force went to an apartment located at 902 W. Lakeside Drive to look for a suspect who had three active arrest warrants.  The warrants were for two counts of forgery, and a failure to identify and in all had bonds totaling over $200,000.

When officers arrived the suspect refused to open the door.  Officers were able to breach the door and gain entry into the apartment and they found Ricky Galvan (06/03/1980) hiding in the master bathroom closet.  He was taken into custody for the outstanding arrest warrants.

Inside the apartment officers found several pieces of what appeared to forged U.S. bills, a printer and other forms and instruments used to make counterfeit bills.


Continue reading Patrol Report 01/30/2015

Police Conduct Death Investigation on Paul Jones Avenue

Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015, 14:59
Location: 1800 Paul Jones Avenue
Event: Death Investigation
Case Number: 1501290094

Corpus Christi Police are conducting a death investigation Thursday at a residence on the 1800 block of Paul Jones Avenue. Corpus Christi Police responded to a complaint of a foul odor at a home and discovered a deceased person in the home. Officers said the person had advanced decomposition and were unable to determine the gender or age of the person at the time of this report. Officers are working to contact everyone associated with the home and possible family members to determine the sequence of events in this case. Presently, it is not known if the person died as a the result of a natural condition or as the result of a person’s action so this case is considered a death investigation.

Anyone with any additional information about this case should call the Corpus Christi Police Department at 886-2600. Anyone who would like to provide information to Detectives and keep their identity secret should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

Update: January 30, 2015
The Corpus Christi Police Department Robbery and Homicide Detectives are investigating this death as a homicide because the information and evidence leads them to believe the death was not the result of natural causes. The Detectives believe the deceased person is a 45-year-old woman and continue to investigate and determine if the death was caused by accidental or intentional means. Detectives have identified a suspect who is the 15-year-old son to the deceased woman. The 15-year-old suspect is in the hospital for injuries he suffered prior to law enforcement contact and is under guard from the Corpus Christi Police Department.

Update January 31, 2015:
Corpus Christi Police Detectives have obtained a directive to apprehend the 15-year-old suspect in this case. The 15-year-old boy was discharged from the hospital and Officers delivered the 15-year-old to the Nueces County Juvenile Detention Center. No other information about this case is authorized for release to the public until presented in court.

Officers urge anyone with any additional information about this event to contact Detectives or provide the information to Crime Stoppers.

Patrol Report 01/29/2015

The Corpus Christi Police Department generated 188 reports for formal criminal complaints from midnight January 28 to 7:00 a.m. on January 29, 2015. These are samples of the criminal complaints filed by the Corpus Christi Police for that time period.


 “Bravo” District
Date: 1/29/2015          12:40 AM
Location: 9300 South Padre Island Drive
Offense: Outstanding Arrest Warrants
Case Number: 1501290009
Corpus Christi Police responded to an apartment complex located at 9350 S. Padre Island Drive for two suspicious males in the parking lot.

Officers arrived on the property and observed two males under the hood of a 2003 Buick Regal as if it was broke down and they were working on it. Officers identified one of the males as a wanted person with an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Officers placed Johnny Barrera (08/08/1990) under arrest for the outstanding burglary warrant that has a $25,000 bond. He was additionally charged with failure to identify, a Class A misdemeanor when he gave them a false name.

The other 24 year old male who owned the Buick was released by officers and he drove off in the car that did not appear to have any mechanical issues.


Continue reading Patrol Report 01/29/2015

Police Stop Forgery Operation

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Date: 1/28/2015          10:34 AM
Location: 601 N. Water
Offense: Forgery of Govt. Documents (PC 32.21)
3rd Degree Felony
Case Number: 1501280035

Corpus Christi Police Officers were called to 601 N. Water, Hotel Corpus Christi, in reference to a possible forgery. Officers arrived and contacted the hotel staff. They advised that the people that rented the room had checked out and the room was set to be cleaned. When the cleaning staff went to the room they noticed a printer and sheets of printed money on the bed. They left the room and called the police.

CCPD officers went to the room and found that it was locked from the inside. They knocked on the door and a male suspect answered. The suspect bolted past officers and after a brief foot chase was taken into custody. One officer was slightly injured during the foot pursuit. Officers contained the room and got a search warrant to collect the evidence. Ernesto Vela (DOB 5-26-1976) was arrested and transported to the City Detention Center.


Animal Care Services Offer Spay & Neuter Vouchers

Animal Care Services Spay/Neuter Vouchers
When:     January 28, 2015
Where:   Animal Care Services 2626 Holly Road (826-4617)
Who:      Corpus Christi Animal Care Services

Corpus Christi Animal Care Services will issue additional free spay/neuter vouchers for residents living in the determined target areas around the city.  To claim a voucher please visit Corpus Christi Animal Care Services at 2626 Holly Rd and show proof of residency in one of the areas to receive vouchers for each of your dogs or cats requiring a spay or neuter.  This program is only for a limited time with limited funds so the faster you receive a voucher the higher the likelihood your surgery will be performed.  Animal Care Services has been performing surgeries and you will be contacted in the next few weeks for an appointment if you have already received a voucher.  Listed below are the target areas that are eligible for vouchers.  If you live within these bordering streets you are eligible.  If you have any questions please call 826-4617

Target 1 – Molina area  all streets contained within Greenwood/Horne/Old Brownsville/HWY 358

Target 2 – all streets contained within Airline/Alameda/Nile/Mcardle

Target 3 – all streets contained within Ayers/Gollihar/Weber/Mcardle

Target 4 – all streets contained within Ayers/Horne/Kostoryz/Gollihar

Corpus Christi Animal Care Services & Vector Control are located at 2626 Holly Road in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Patrol Report 01/28/2015

The Corpus Christi Police Department generated 181 reports for formal criminal complaints from midnight January 27 to 7:00 a.m. on January 28, 2015. These are samples of the criminal complaints filed by the Corpus Christi Police for that time period.


“Bravo” District
Date: 1/28/2015          12:27 AM
Location: Gulf Beach / Zahn Road
Offense: Out of State Arrest Warrant
Case Number: 1501280002
A Corpus Christi Police Officer patrolling Padre Island found a fugitive that was wanted out of Louisiana in a tent on the beach.

Officers had been given a description of the suspect’s truck just after 7 PM on January 27.  Just after midnight, an officer spotted the truck at the end of Zahn Road, parked near a tent.  Officers found Christopher Thomassie (08/07/1967) alone inside and he was arrested.

The arrest warrants out of the State of Louisiana were for burglary, vehicle theft, and parole violation.

Continue reading Patrol Report 01/28/2015

Police Search for Missing 35 Year Old Man

Stephen Barrett Watkins 2/21/1979 Missing Since January 22, 2015
Stephen Barrett Watkins
Missing Since January 22, 2015

Date: Friday, January 23, 2015
Location: 200 Lola Johnson Road
Event: Missing Person
Case Number: 1501230054

A 66-year-old man reported his 35-year-old son, Stephen Watkins, (2/21/1979)  missing from a house on the 200 block of Lola Johnson Road to Corpus Christi Police Friday. The 66-year-old man told Officers he last heard from Watkins on January 22 and the son had struggled with personal problems. The 66-year-old man told Officers Watkins left without his car or belongings. Officers were provided information to believe that Watkins has a health risk if not located and Officers ask for help from the public to locate Watkins.

Watkins is described as a 35-year-old male with light colored skin, is 6 feet 1 inch tall, 190 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone who has seen Watkins, or has any information to locate Watkins should call the Corpus Christi Police Department at 886-2600 or 886-2849 and request to provide the information to Detective R.L. Garcia.

Corpus Christi Police Daily Blotter


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