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Police Seek Help To Identify Burglar

The Corpus Christi Police Property Crimes Detectives would like help from the public to identify and locate a man who broke into a restaurant located at 2601 Ayers Street on Sunday, April 21, 2013.

A man threw a rock at a glass door to the restaurant at 4:00am. The man broke open the glass on the fourth attempt and then the man entered the restaurant to take money from the cash register. Detectives have obtained video surveillance images of the man and would now like help from the public to identify and locate the man responsible for this crime.

The man is described as a black male about 30 years in age, about 6 feet tall and about 200 pounds. The man wore a black cap, a hooded jacket and black pants. Anyone who can identify this man or has any additional information about this crime should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.888TIPS.com. Information that results in arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

Police Remember Fallen Officer Elias T. Mussett Jr.

Corpus Christi City Marshall Elias Mussett Jr
Corpus Christi City Marshall Elias Mussett Jr

Contributed by Commander John Houston

On May 5, 1892, the citizens of Corpus Christi were celebrating Cinco De Mayo with a parade down Leopard St in the area of where the courthouse is today to the uptown bluff. Elias Mussett Jr had just been relected as the City Marshall and would start his second term that day. Mussett rode at the front of the parade and was soon joined by his daughter Lillian on horseback. The celebration lasted all evening and prior to going to his  home he made one last patrol of the city.

City Marshall Elias T Mussett Jr. had run against a subject named John Parker. Parker was a local trouble maker who the city council hired as a city police officer just three days before the murder even though everyone in the town told the council not to hire him. Parker had made numerous threats to kill Mussett during the election.

At approx 1am on May 6th, Mussett  stopped to speak with a local standing outside the Pancho Grande bar which was located near what is now Waco and Leopard St. As Mussett spoke with the subject about the nights activities, Parker rode up in the dark and came to Mussett’s right side. Without as much as a word Parker fired one shot from his pistol killing Mussett immediately. Parker fled the area and went downtown to the police station located on what is now Mesquite St north of IH 37 and turned himself in for Mussett’s murder. Parker was charged with Murder and his trial began within one day. After days of testimony, Parker was found guilty of Murder and sentenced to life in prison with hard labor. He was sent to the Huntsville, Texas Walls Unit to serve his sentence. The entire city closed for his funeral. Mussett was buried in Rose Hill Cemetary on land that belonged to his father, an original founder of Corpus Christi.

Mussett is the first documented In the Line of Duty Death of a CCPD officer.  Please remember City Marshall Elias Mussett Jr. and his family in your thoughts and prayers this day.

Buc Days Parade 2013 Results

Sandra Gonzalez snapped a picture of Corpus Christi Police Assistant Chief Mark Schauer take time to throw a football with her son Jonathan Jay Gonzalez before the parade began
Sandra Gonzalez snapped a picture of Corpus Christi Police Assistant Chief Mark Schauer as he took time to throw a football with her son Jonathan Jay Gonzalez before the parade began

The Corpus Christi Police Department was pleased that there were no major injuries related to the Buc Days Parade this past May 4, 2013 and consider the event a success because of the absence of injuries. This was a safe event for families to attend, and there were a few minor incidents to report.

The Parade enforcement spanned from 6:00pm until 11:45pm on May 4, 2013. There were 54 total calls for police service in which Corpus Christi Police Officers acted on some type of event which spanned from affecting an arrest to helping a pregnant mother who went into labor during the parade.

Ten people were arrested along the parade route which was primarily the result of over consumption of alcohol. There were 11 disturbances which merited police response, 1 missing child call of which the child was quickly located by officer’s moments after the parent contacted police. There were two requests for medical assistance (one for a woman who fell and the other for the mother who went into labor), and 6 calls for suspicious persons.

The Buc Days Parade for next year is already in the planning stages and the Corpus Christi Police Department will be ready for another fun and safe event.

Cadets from the 71st Corpus Christi Police Academy Session helped with traffic control and to assist the public for the Buc Days Parade
Cadets from the 71st Corpus Christi Police Academy Session helped with traffic control and to assist the public for the Buc Days Parade
Corpus Christi Police Senior Officer Diaz stood with nearby children at John Sartain Street and Shoreline excited to see the parade
Corpus Christi Police Senior Officer Diaz stood with nearby children at John Sartain Street and Shoreline excited to see the parade

Police Narcotics/Vice Investigators Conduct Warrant Service

Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at approximately 11:31am the Corpus Christi Police Narcotics/Vice Investigators, Gang Unit and SWAT officers executed an arrest/search warrant at 4513 Cedar Pass. The officers seized .26 grams of crack cocaine,  326.05 grams of marijuana (approx. 3/4 lb), 7.94 grams of Alprazolam and a Taurus 9mm pistol.

  Jonathan Castaneda 03/29/85 (a known gang member) was arrested and charged with felon in possession of a firearm,  manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance,  possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance penalty group 3.

Local Results of the National Prescription Drug Takeback

Pharmacy students Lisa Eggleston, Angelic Toy, and Heather Goodman wait to accept the medications with Officer Cervantes at the HEB in Flour Bluff.
Pharmacy students Lisa Eggleston, Angelic Toy, and Heather Goodman wait to accept the medications with Officer Cervantes at the HEB in Flour Bluff.

The Corpus Christi Police Department participated with the Drug Enforcement Agency and held the National Prescription Drug Takeback event this past Saturday in Corpus Christi. The purpose of the event is to reduce pollution from improperly disposed medications and to reduce misuse of prescription drugs. These are the local results from the event:

April 25th @ CCAD/NAS, 308 Crecy St, CC, TX     16.00 lbs

April 27th @;

HEB, 3033 S. Port Ave., CC, TX                              59.84 lbs

HEB, 5313 Saratoga Blvd, CC, T                              95.92 lbs

HEB, 11110 Leopard, CC, TX                                   132.44 lbs

HEB, 1145 Waldron Rd., CC, TX                             81.84 lbs

KIII, 5002 SPID, CC, Texas                                      467.72 lbs

HEB, 1600 Wildcat Dr., Portland, TX                       104.72 lbs

HEB, 106 S. San Patricio, Sinton, Texas                    63.36 lbs

HEB, 101 E. Goodnight Ave, Aransas Pass, TX       48.40 lbs

HEB, 409 E. Kleberg Ave., Kingsville, TX               51.04 lbs

Detectives Want Help to Identify Burglar

Pawn

The Corpus Christi Police Property Crimes Detectives would like help from the public to identify and locate a man who sold stolen property to a pawn shop on Thursday, April 11, 2013.

The property was stolen from a residence on the 1000 block of Lake Street on April 11, 2013 at about 12:30pm. The stolen property was then sold to a pawn shop an hour after the burglary. The person in the picture provided false identification when the property was sold.

Corpus Christi Police Property Crimes Detectives would now like help from the public to identify and locate this person.

The suspect is described as a black male, with a mustache and a full sleeve of colorful tattoos on his right arm. He wore a white head cover, a black t-shirt, blue jean shorts, and black shoes with red laces.

Anyone with any additional information about this crime or can identify the suspect should call the Corpus Christi Police Property Crimes 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: April 11, 2013, 12:30pm

Location: 1000 block of Lake Street http://goo.gl/maps/HmJ2L

Offense: Burglary of a Habitation

Case Number: 1304110068

Police Seek Two Yeti Thieves

The Corpus Christi Police Auto Theft Task Force would like help from the public to identify two men who stole a Yeti cooler valued at $400 dollars from a truck parked in a driveway at the 13600 block of Teague Lane on April 10, 2013.

The owner of the truck and cooler provided video to police that shows two men approach the truck on April 9, 2013 at about 11:26pm and saw the cooler. The two men identified the cooler was fastened to the truck. The two men are seen again at about 1:45am on April 10 and the men use bolt cutters to unfasten the cooler. The men then stole the cooler and left in an unknown direction.

The cooler is described as a 65 quart white ice cooler manufactured by Yeti and is valued at $400 dollars. Detectives now would like help from the public to identify the two men in the video.

One man is described as a white male about 20 years in age, 5 foot 9 inches tall, about 180 pounds and wore a light-colored t-shirt.

The other man is described as a white man about 18 years of age, 5 foot 7 inches tall, 200 pounds, wore a light-colored cap and a t-shirt that had a Nike swoosh on the front.

Anyone with any additional information about this crime should call the Corpus Christi Police Auto Theft Task Force at 886-2841. Information may be provided to detectives 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: April 10, 2013, 1:46am

Location: 13600 Teague Lane http://goo.gl/maps/E7A7y

Offense: Burglary of a Motor Vehicle

Case Number: 1304100017

Detectives Seek Burglars Identity

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The Corpus Christi Police Property Crimes Detectives would like help from the public to identify and locate a man who broke a glass window to a store and then stole merchandise from the store located at 11020 Leopard Street on April 15, 2013.

Detectives obtained video of the man who paced in front of the store at about 1:18am on Monday, April 15, 2013. The man passed by the window a couple times and then broke the window. The man ran inside the store, took some merchandise, and then left.

The man is described as about 5 foot 10 inches tall, 200 pounds, 25-30 years of age, with dark hair and wore glasses, a dark long sleeve shirt, and pants.

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

Date: April 15, 2013 1:18am

Location: 11020 Leopard Street

Offense: Burglary to a Building

Case Number: 1304150011

Police Investigate Two Robberies Tuesday Night

The Corpus Christi Police Department Robbery/Homicide Detectives are searching for persons responsible for robberies at two locations in Corpus Christi Tuesday night.

The two robberies were committed by a person with the same description, and so investigators are exploring the possibility the two robberies are related. No person was injured in either of the two robberies.

The first robbery happened at 3302 South Port Avenue at 8:45pm. A man entered the store, displayed a handgun, and demanded cash. The second robbery happened at 4702 Kostoryz with the same description of the suspect who entered, displayed a handgun, and then demanded cash.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male in his early 20’s in age, 5 ft. 6 inches tall, 130 pounds, brown hair and hazel eyes, and he wore a blue long sleeve shirt with green stripes, acid washed blue jeans, and brown shoes. The suspect spoke English with no accent and wore black gloves and a gray ski mask. In both robberies, the suspect got away in a dark-colored Chevy 4 door vehicle.

Anyone with any additional information about these crimes 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) on online at www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

Date: April 23, 2013

Location: 3302 South Port Avenue and 4702 Kostoryz

Offense: Aggravated Robbery

Case Numbers: 1304230158 & 1304230163

Police Respond to False Abduction

A 26-year-old man was detained by police Tuesday evening after a 13-year-old boy complained to Police Officers that he was taken involuntarily at knife point by the 26-year-old man to fraudulently get money at the 3000 block of Antelope Street. In a turn of events, the 26-year-old man was released and the 13-year-old boy was taken into custody.

A 13-year-old boy told Corpus Christi Police Officers he saw the 26-year-old man at a park on the 2500 block of Dempsey Street. The 26-year-old man had three small children in a stroller. The 13-year-old boy said the man displayed a knife and demanded the boy to go knock on doors to get money.

The 13-year-old boy went to an apartment at the 3000 block of Antelope Street and knocked on the door. A 58-year-old woman answered and then called police for the boy. The man walked away from the apartments but was later located by police.

The 13-year-old boy was interviewed and eventually changed his story. The 26-year-old man knew the boy and gave the boy money to buy juice for the small children. The boy did not return after several hours, and the 26-year-old man found the boy and demanded the money be returned. The boy then provided a false story about the abduction to the 58-year-old woman and then to police.

The boy had an active directive to apprehend by the Nueces County Juvenile Court for previous unrelated charges and was then delivered to the Nueces County Juvenile Detention Center. The 26-year-old man was released.

The Corpus Christi Police intend to pursue criminal charges against the boy for the False Report to a Peace Officer which is a Class B Misdemeanor punishable by up to 6 months incarceration and up to a $2,000 fine.