Latest Information on Child Abduction

Occurred Thursday, December 27, 2012, 19:23, 7000 Braesvalley Drive, Aggravated Kidnapping, 1212270117

An 11 year old girl was abducted at aprox: 7:20pm on Braesvalley Drive. She was riding her bicycle and a 13 year old boy was walking a dog beside her.  A vehicle pulled up beside the girl. The suspect vehicle may be a red, blueish or maroon SUV or van, possibly an older Suburban. The vehicle was reported to have a “loud muffler”. There were a total of three males in the suspect vehicle. All suspects are described as white males in their early to mid 20’s with short hair.

The suspect who grabbed the victim is described as having a red “letterman” jacket with white sleeves and some sort of patch or emblem on the chest. This subject may have sustained a dog bite when the pet dog lunged at the kidnapper. The suspect was able to force the victim into the vehicle and it was last seen traveling northbound on Braesvalley Drive.

While inside the suspect vehicle, the victim heard the kidnappers refer to one another as, Jacob, Sawyer and Lee.

At approximately 8:30pm the kidnappers released the girl on the beach. She walked to the area of Seapines and Park Road 22, where she was able to flag down a motorist for help.  After being taken to Driscoll Children’s Hospital, the girl was released to her family.

The Corpus Christi Police Department asks that anyone who may have any additional information about this crime to contact the Corpus Christi Police Detectives at 886-2841. Information may be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888TIPS.com.

Sobering Holiday Message

The Transportation Accident Commission (TAC) is a Victorian (Australia) Government-owned organization set up in 1986. Its role is to pay for treatment and benefits for people injured in transport accidents. It is also involved in promoting road safety in Victoria and in improving Victoria’s trauma system.

TAC has produced many provocative public awareness advertisements over the years. One in particular that features the music of REM tends to make the rounds on YouTube this time of year. We have provided the link below.

The women and men of the Corpus Christi Police Department respond to and deal with the tragic consequences of drunk driving all too often. We hope everyone enjoys the holiday season and makes smart choices not to operate a vehicle when impaired. We would like to forward this video to generate thought and discussion about this deadly serious topic. We do advise that the realistic effects may be disturbing to some.

In the words of the first place CCPD anti drinking and driving contest slogan winner Julissa, “Are the beers worth the tears?”

Corpus Christi Senior Not Fooled by “Slick Talking” Scam Artist

Occurred Thursday December 20, 2012 10:30am      1100 Clare Drive       Phone Scam         1212200045

An 83 year old man received a phone call from a man who claimed to be a clergyman calling from a US embassy in Mexico City. The caller told the elderly individual that his daughter was in custody for possession of marijuana in a Mexican jail, and that he needed to wire $1600 dollars via Western Union in order for her to go to court and then be sent home on an airplane. The caller stated that the US government would later reimburse all the money.  The 83 year old man notified CCPD. When officer Fedler called back “Pastor O’ Conner”, he explained that getting the gentleman’s daughter to court in Mexico would be difficult since she was actually just fine in Missouri where she was supposed to be.

Fortunately in this case, the intended victim was suspicious and contacted the Corpus Christi Police Department first.  These scams continue however because many elderly fall prey to these highly convincing professional criminals. In many cases when victims learn that they were fooled, they are too embarrassed to tell anyone else. Please take a little time to talk about such scams with your family, church and community groups and remind them not to give out banking, credit card or other personnel information to anyone who calls you over the phone.  There are many resources online to educate folks about what is traditionally known as the “Grandparent Scam”. The link below is from the US state Department.

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/financial_scams/financial_scams_5608.html

CCPD’s Facebook page surpasses 4000 friends

Wednesday December 19th at 1:42 pm the City of Corpus Christi Police Department’s Facebook page reached 4 thousand likes. Our Twitter account surpassed 2 thousand followers earlier this month.  We have received almost 80,000 views on our YouTube channel. Our Crime Stoppers “Tip Submit App” allows citizens to text tips along with pictures and video anonymously. Through the use of social media, CCPD has been able to keep the public informed of the department’s anti-crime initiatives, disseminate crime prevention tips, warn of crime trends, post departmental news and solicit help from the public in identifying criminals and solving cases.

Please plan to follow our own Officer Kirk Stowers during a “virtual” ridealong (Tweet Along) this Friday from 2:00 am to 8:00pm on Twitter as he works patrol for our Holiday Safety Initiative. Officer Stowers will be able to provide followers with unique insights and respond to questions.

We are always looking for new and meaningful ways to use social media to better communicate with the public and solve crime. Please send your ideas to pdpio@cctexas.com Thank you everyone who friends and follows CCDP!

CCPD Gang Unit Arrests Subjected Wanted for Aggravated Assault With a Deadly Weapon

Occurred on 12/12/12   16:44       Aggravated Assault Warrant        4500 Moravian     121208139

Officer from the Corpus Christi Police Departments Gang Unit located and arrested wanted subject Jose Erebia 04/09/94 in connection with a shooting that occurred on 12/08/12 at Gloria Hicks Elementary School that left 3 males injured. The victims were aged 15, 17 and 27 and were on or near the basketball court when the shooting took place. None of the injuries were life threatening.

This investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with any information on this shooting is asked to call Corpus Christi Detectives at 361-886-2841 or if the caller wishes to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS.

Man dies after being struck by a train

11-22-2012 11:45am      Death Investigation      4843 Sharpsburg       1211220042

CCFD and CCPD were called when a male subject was struck by a train in the area of 4843 Sharpsburg. He was pronounced dead at the scene. It appears that he had been walking on the train tracks with his back towards the oncoming train. The deceased has been identified.

Man found with gunshot wounds early this morning

11-22-12 02:52am     Aggravated Assault     4100 Carlton     1211220016

CCPD officers responded to 4100 Carlton for a call about a possible shooting. Upon arrival, officer found a 28 year old man laying in the carport with two gunshot wounds to his chest. the victim was transported to the hospital and considered in critical condition. several individuals were transported to the police station to be questioned by detectives.

Patrol Officers Quickly Catch a Bank Robber

Vernon Nicholas Tolmie

Monday November 19th 10:14am 4400 Ayers Bank Robbery 1211190037

Patrol Officers responded to a bank robbery call where a lone subject with a note had demanded money and was seen leaving on foot. A search of the area revealed clothing matching those worn by the suspect were discarded by a vacant building. K-9 “Kimbo” responded and located additional clothing worn by the suspect. A witness advised that a man was seen running from where the clothing was located to a restaurant across the street. Officers contacted a subject at the restaurant matching the robber’s description. Money was located inside his boot and he was positively identified by a bank clerk as the robber. Vernon Tolmie was arrested for the crime and transported to the City Detention Center.

 

Police arrest suspect in a stabbing

October 31, 2012 19:49     4400 Aspen Grove      Aggravated Assault     1210310118

Officers were dispatched to a stabbing call. Upon arrival at a group home, they found a 52 year old man with a stab wound in his stomach. The victim was transported by CCFD medics for treatment to an area hospital. A 28 year old suspect, a resident, was still at the scene and was arrested. The knife believed to have been used was located in the kitchen and collected as evidence.

Home owners underwear stolen

Wednesday October 10th 1916    300 block of Palmero Street   Burglary 1210100136

Police were notified of a burglary not in progress. A home owner reported that he noticed all his underwear valued at 25 dollars was missing. When he checked his home further, he also discovered his wife’s jewelry a suitcase and some other items missing. The burglar may have entered through a window the day before. The crime scene was processed for evidence.