Top Ten Vehicle Crash Locations in Corpus Christi for March 2013

The Corpus Christi Police Traffic Safety Section identified Unsafe Speed as a common cause for vehicle crashes.

The Corpus Christi Police Traffic Safety Section identified Unsafe Speed as a common cause for vehicle crashes.

The Corpus Christi Police Department’s Traffic Safety Section has identified the locations in Corpus Christi with the most frequency of vehicle crashes for the month of March, 2013.

The intersection of Airline and Holly was the top of the list for the most vehicle crashes in Corpus Christi during the period between March 1 and March 31, 2013 with a total of four crashes reported to Corpus Christi Police. The cause of three of the four crashes for that period at that intersection was unsafe speed. All four crashes happened in the afternoon between 12:30pm and 4:30pm.

The second and third location for the most frequent vehicle crashes in the month of March was at Weber and South Padre Island Drive. The north side of the freeway and the south side of the freeway each had three vehicle crashes. The cause of three of the six crashes reported at Weber and South Padre Island Drive were for changing lanes when unsafe. Other causes for the six crashes at Weber and South Padre Island Drive were for unsafe speed, following too closely, and for defective equipment.

There were 28 total vehicle crashes in the top ten locations. The cause of 16 of those 28 crashes was unsafe speed. The Corpus Christi Police Department urges drivers to observe posted speed restrictions and travel at a safe speed.

The top ten most frequent vehicle crash locations reported to the Corpus Christi Police for March 2013 are:

#1. Airline at Holly – 4 crashes

#2. South Padre Island Drive at 5000 Weber – 3 crashes

#3. South Padre Island Drive at 5100 Weber – 3 crashes

#4. Ayers at Viola – 3 crashes

#5. Staples at Holly – 3 crashes

#6. South Padre Island Drive at 1400 Airline – 3 crashes

#7. Staples at 5500 Saratoga – 3 crashes

#8. State Highway 358 at Airline – 2 crashes

#9. State Highway 358 at Weber – 2 crashes

#10. State Highway 358 at Staples – 2 crashes

Man Strikes Two Houses With Truck, Then Arrested For D.W.I.

A 25-year-old man was arrested Friday night for Driving While Intoxicated after he drove recklessly and struck two houses at 7:40pm on the 900 block of Flour Bluff Drive.

The 25-year-old man drove a green 1999 Dodge Ram pickup at excessive speeds through neighborhood streets and skidded circles in a field. The pickup went through a stop sign at Matlock and Flour Bluff Drive, left the roadway, and then crashed into a fence and into a two duplex apartments.

Corpus Christi Police Officers checked 25-year-old DeeJay Arnold (10/24/1987) and discovered indications that Arnold was intoxicated. Arnold was taken to the hospital for  a medical evaluation and to collect a blood specimen. Arnold was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated, Operating a vehicle as an unlicensed driver, and for Fail to Maintain Proof of Financial Responsibility. Arnold was the delivered to the city detention center.

Date: April 5, 2013, 19:40

Location: 900 Flour Bluff Drive http://goo.gl/maps/5Pd6k

Offense: Driving While Intoxicated

Case Number: 1304050162

Police Investigate Sunday Night Homicide

The Corpus Christi Police Department is investigating a Sunday night homicide on Duncan Street at Highland Avenue.

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Corpus Christi Police were called to the Spohn Memorial Hospital at 11:18pm Sunday night to investigate a man who was brought in by a personally owned vehicle seeking treatment for a gunshot wound. The 21-year-old man did not survive his injuries which prompted the Police to begin a homicide investigation.

Police Officers were directed to the intersection of Duncan Street and Highland Avenue and found evidence of the crime. Corpus Christi Police Robbery/Homicide Detectives have no suspect description to provide presently as this is an early stage of the investigation. The cause of death and details of the injury will be determined by the Nueces County Medical Examiner.

Anyone with any additional information about this crime should call the Corpus Christi Police at 886-2741. Information may be provided to investigators through Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

Date: April 7, 2013 11:18pm

Location: Duncan Street and Highland Avenue http://goo.gl/maps/gNCwt

Offense: Murder

Case Number: 1304070158

Seventeen Year Old Woman Arrested For Two Armed Robberies

A seventeen year old woman was arrested by Corpus Christi Police as she attempted to leave a store she had just robbed Friday morning on Padre Island. It was, in fact, the second robbery of the morning for the 17-year-old woman.

Seventeen year old Miranda Garcia (3/30/1996) went into the convenience store located at 15302 South Padre Island Drive and displayed a handgun. Garcia demanded cash from the register and left with the money in a white 2008 Nissan Altima.

The 20-year-old store employee called police and provided a description of the robbery suspect. Corpus Christi Police Officers saw the Nissan Altima parked partially blocking a handicap space in front of the convenience store located at 14526 South Padre Island Drive while they were on the way to the robbery call.

Two Corpus Christi Police Patrol Officers blocked the ability of the Nissan from escape and the officers found Garcia and evidence of the crime inside the vehicle. Garcia was arrested and one of the officers went inside the store at 14526 S.P.I.D. to check the employee. The 22-year-old store employee told the officer that Garcia had just robbed the store and was in the process of escape when the officers stopped behind her.

No one was injured in these events.

Garcia was arrested for two aggravated robberies, each is a first degree felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison (but not less than 5 years in prison upon conviction) and up to a $10,000 fine.

Date: April 5, 2013, 4:54am

Location: 15302 South Padre Island Drive and 14526 South Padre Island Drive http://goo.gl/maps/xTxRF & http://goo.gl/maps/zJqr9

Offense: Aggravated Robbery

Case Numbers: 1304050027 & 1304050028

Police Seek Church’s Chicken Robbery Suspect

The Corpus Christi Police Department is investigating an Aggravated Robbery at a restaurant at the 2900 block of Ayers Street Tuesday night.

No person was injured in the event. Employees closed and cleaned the restaurant when a man went inside at about 11:30pm. The man displayed a handgun and demanded money.

The employees complied with the demands and the man was provided cash. The man then ran from the store and travelled north on Ayers Street.

The man is described as a Hispanic man who wore a black hoodie, black pants, black boots, gloves on his hands, and a blue bandana covered the man’s face.

Anyone with any additional information about this robbery should call the Corpus Christi Police Robbery/Homicide Detectives at 886-2841. Information may be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888TIPS.com. Information to Crime Stoppers which leads to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward.

Date: April 2, 2013, 11:38pm

Location: 2901 Ayers Street

Offense: Aggravated Robbery

Case Number: 1304030001

Officer Injured In Shoplifter’s Attempt to Escape

A Corpus Christi Police Officer was injured at the 3800 block of Highway 77 when a shoplifter attempted to escape from custody Friday night.

Store employees stopped a 21-year-old man at about 7:00pm Friday night when he tried to steal cigarette lighters and three game controllers from the store. Corpus Christi Police were called to the store located at 3829 Highway 77 for the shoplifting complaint.

The responding officer arrested 21-year-old James Cordova (6/18/1991) for theft, a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 6 months in jail and up to a $2,000 fine. The officer placed handcuffs on Cordova and walked him to the patrol car.

Cordova pulled and spun in an effort to escape. The officer had a hold of the handcuffs and her hand became caught in the chain of the handcuffs causing injury to her hand. Cordova then kicked the officer and ran.

Cordova was apprehended from his escape attempt and returned to the officer’s patrol car. Cordova was additionally charged with Escape, a 2nd degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Cordova was then delivered to the city detention center. The officer did not seek any immediate medical treatment and continued the duty day to the completion of her shift.

Date: March 22, 2013, 19:00

Location: 3829 Highway 77 http://goo.gl/maps/z3Jla

Offense: Theft and Escape

Case Number: 1303220137

Two Police Cars Crash While Enroute to Provide Emergency Backup To Other Officer

Two Corpus Christi Police marked Patrol cars were damaged in a vehicle crash at the intersection of Staples and Agnes when the two Officers ran into each other while they responded to a third Patrol Officer’s call for emergency backup.

No officer was injured, but two patrol cars were towed away with significant damage. The two Officers conducted an emergency run toward the 200 block of Caranchua at about 2:25am with their lights and sirens active in order to provide assistance to an officer on a traffic stop who requested emergency backup. The two officers collided in the intersection and no other person or other vehicle was damaged in the crash.

The crash will be reviewed by the city risk management group, the Police Traffic Safety section, and the Police Internal Affairs section.

The Officer who had called for emergency backup had conducted a traffic stop in which there were multiple occupants of the violator vehicle. The operator of the violator vehicle made furtive movements, and then jumped into the back seat of the vehicle. The operator of the violator vehicle, 20-year-old Christian Martinez (12/14/1992) refused to show the officer his hands and the officer feared the operator accessed a weapon and intended to attack the officer which prompted the call for emergency backup.

Other officers arrived and Martinez was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. The 29-year-old passenger, Julia Elizondo (8/10/1983) was arrested for Public Intoxication. The red 2002 Dodge Ram Pickup was impounded. The officers discovered synthetic marijuana in the vehicle while the officers conducted a vehicle inventory. Elizondo and Martinez were then delivered to the city detention center.

Date: March 25, 2013, 2:25am

Location: Staples & Agnes http://goo.gl/maps/h09Sl

Offense: City vehicle crash

Case Number: C1302149 (connected to 1303250015)

Police Search for Bank Robber

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The Corpus Christi Police would like help from the public to identify and locate a man responsible for a bank robbery at the 4000 block of Weber Road Friday afternoon.

A man entered the bank at 4060 Weber Road, displayed a handgun, and demanded money. The bank employees provided the man with money in a white plastic sack and the man left and was last seen running south on Weber Road toward Gollihar. The man is described as a white male who wore a multicolored cap, a bandana which covered his face, a light blue long sleeve shirt, blue jeans, and black dress shoes.

Anyone who has additional information about this crime, or can identify the man should call the Corpus Christi Police Robbery/Homicide Detectives at 886-2841. Information may be provided to investigators anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

Date: March 22, 2013, 12:51pm

Location: 4060 Weber Road http://goo.gl/maps/xEM0f

Offense: Aggravated Robbery

Case Number: 1303220078

Police Seek Robbery Suspect

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The Corpus Christi Police would like help from the public to identify and locate a man who robbed a convenience store on the 11900 block of Leopard Street on Monday, March 18, 2013.

A man entered a store at 11901 Leopard Street at 11:20pm. The man displayed a knife and demanded money from the register. The 35-year-old store employee provided the money and then man left the store.

The suspect in this aggravated robbery is described as a white man about 5 foot 3 inches tall, about 130 pounds and he wore a cut rag over his face, a baseball cap, and a green cut-off shirt over a maroon long sleeve shirt.

Anyone with any additional information about this crime should call the Corpus Christi Police Robbery/Homicide Detectives at 886-2841. Anonymous information may be provided to Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888TIPS.com.

Date: March 18, 2013, 11:20pm

Location: 11901 Leopard Street http://goo.gl/maps/XkPkT

Offense: Aggravated Robbery

Case Number: 1303180190

Clerk Chases Robbers Away

Corpus Christi Police are investigating an aggravated robbery that happened at a convenience store at the 5700 block of Kostoryz Road on Friday morning.

A 54-year-old woman worked in the store when two men entered. Each man had a bandana which covered their face. One of the men displayed a butcher knife and demanded money. The 54-year-old woman chased the two men out of the store with a broom. The men left without any money.

Corpus Christi Police are now searching for two Hispanic men responsible for this crime. One man wore a black hoodie, black shoes, black gloves, and a red bandana over his face.  The second man wore a Texas Rangers cap, black shirt, khaki shorts, white shoes, and a red bandana over his face.

Anyone interested to research reported crime in Corpus Christi is encouraged to search www.CrimeReports.com for valuable information. Anyone with any additional information about this crime should call the Corpus Christi Police Department at 888-2841. Anyone with information who would like to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the tipster a cash reward.

Date: March 22, 2013, 12:37am

Location: 5702 Kostoryz Road http://goo.gl/maps/NroNv

Offense: Aggravated Robbery

Case Number: 1303220009