Man Steals From Bank ATM

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Corpus Christi Police are seeking a man who stole money from an Automated Teller Machine Tuesday morning at a bank located at 9517 South Padre Island Drive.

Corpus Christi Police responded to an alarm at the bank at six minutes past midnight and discovered the A.T.M. was damaged. Corpus Christi Police Detectives worked with bank employees and viewed video of a man who drove a black pickup truck to the A.T.M., used a tool to cut the A.T.M. open, and then stole the contents of the machine.

The man is described as a male who wore a gray hoodie and blue jeans.

Anyone with any additional information about this crime should call the Corpus Christi Police 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 leads to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward.

Date: April 16, 2013, 00:06

Location: 9517 South Padre Island Drive http://goo.gl/maps/v2cvl

Offense: Felony Theft and Felony Criminal Mischief

Case Number: 1304160005

Police Seek Robber on Port Avenue

Corpus Christi Police are searching for a man responsible for an aggravated robbery on April 15, 2013 at a restaurant located at 2621 South Port Avenue.

The man is described as a Hispanic man who is 5-8, and about 190 pounds. The suspect wore a cap with a black hoodie and blue jean pants.

The man threatened the store employee with a knife and demanded cash.

Anyone with any additional information about this crime should call the Corpus Christi Police 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 leads to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward.

Date: April 15, 2013, 7:58am

Location: 2621 South Port Avenue http://goo.gl/maps/M54fX

Offense: Aggravated Robbery

Case Number: 1304150034

Police Arrest Man After Striking Two Parked Cars on SPID

A 46-year-old man was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated Tuesday morning after he hit two parked cars on the 2400 block of South Padre Island Drive.

Forty six-year-old Henry Garza (7/8/1966) drove a blue 1997 Chevy Prism west on the 2400 block of South Padre Island Drive at 1:58am Tuesday morning. He then veered to the right and struck two legally parked vehicles, a gold 2000 Mercury Sable and a black 2005 Chevy Silverado pickup.

Garza then walked from the crash scene without having made any effort to notify the owners of the damaged vehicles.

Corpus Christi Police found Garza behind a nearby business. Garza was arrested for failing to comply with the duty on striking an unattended vehicle and for Driving While Intoxicated and for operating a vehicle with a suspended license. Garza’s vehicle was impounded. The Mercury Sable was able to be driven away, but the Chevy Silverado was towed due to the extent of damage.

Garza was taken to a hospital for a medical evaluation and for police to collect a specimen of Garza’s blood. Garza was then delivered to the city detention center.

Date: April 16, 2013 1:58am

Location: 2400 South Padre Island Drive http://goo.gl/maps/5QyZp

Offense: Driving While Intoxicated, Fail To Remain and Report, Driving With Suspended License

Case Number: C1302752; 1304160018 & 1304160019

Man Enters the Freeway, Then Changes His Mind and Crashes Into A Building

A 40-year-old man drove a truck off the freeway where there was no exit and the truck flipped and caused an estimated $10,000 in damage to a commercial building.

The man was taken to the hospital by ambulance with non-incapacitating injuries and did wear his seatbelt at the time of the crash.

The 40-year-old man drove a white 2003 Chevrolet pickup west on the 4100 block of South Padre Island Drive. The man traveled on the entrance ramp to the freeway; but, then chose to get back on the access road and lost control of the truck. The truck rolled and struck the building and landed on the top of the vehicle. The man was then transported to the hospital with injuries police believe are not life-threatening.

Corpus Christi Police Patrol Officers believe alcohol consumption was a contributing factor to the crash. The 40-year-old man may have criminal charges for Driving While Intoxicated applied once he is released from treatment by the hospital.

Date: April 16, 2013 1:45am

Location: 4100 block of South Padre Island Drive http://goo.gl/maps/sVMzK

Offense: Driving While Intoxicated

Case Number: C1302751 & 1304160017

This Week is National Public Safety Telecommunications Week

 

Christa Garrison is a dispatcher at her work station on the 4th floor at Police Headquarters

Christa Garrison is a dispatcher at her work station on the 4th floor at Police Headquarters

The week of April 14 through April 20, 2013, is National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. This is a designated time when the public can thank the men and women who answer emergency calls and dispatch resources to crisis situations. The public may show gratitude to 9-1-1 calltakers, dispatchers, technicians that maintain radio and emergency phone systems, communications staff trainers, communications center personnel, and other public safety telecommunications staff across the country who work tirelessly, often behind the scenes, to help during emergencies.

National Telecommunications Week began in 1981 in the effort to recognize and honor the hard work and dedication of the telecommunicators in emergency services. Congress made a formal proclamation in October 1991 to designate the second week in April as National Public Safety Telecommunications Week.

Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office in California set up the first week-long event in 1981 and the Corpus Christi Police celebrates the service of the telecommunicators in 2013.

Police Arrest Two Brothers After Fight and Shooting

Two men were arrested Sunday morning after they were involved in a fight which lead to a gunfire Saturday night on the beach near Marker 206.

                Several friends gathered on the beach for a bonfire Saturday night near Marker 206. Two brothers, 21-year-old Cody Rodriguez (7/25/1991) and 29-year-old Chris Rodriguez (7/7/1983), joined the group at the fire. The brothers got into their red 2012 GMC Sierra pickup and drove recklessly and ran over a fishing rod and reel.

                The 20-year-old owner of the rod and reel confronted the driver of the truck and a fight erupted. The brothers got into their truck and fled. The 20-year-old man held on to the truck while the truck drove north on the beach until Chris Rodriguez presented a handgun and shot at the 20-year-old man several times. The 20-year-old man dropped from the truck and was not struck by any of the shots fired in his direction.

                Corpus Christi Police responded to the scene and found the red truck disabled after it had struck a bronze color 1997 Honda Accord near Beach Marker 198. The 19-year-old man and his 21-year-old passenger of the Honda were not injured in the crash. Both vehicles had to be towed due to damage.

                Cody Rodriguez was arrested for an arrest warrant. Chris Rodriguez was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Both Cody Rodriguez and Chris Rodriguez were delivered to the city detention center. The red truck was taken to the city impound.

Date: April 13, 2013, 23:48

Location: Beach Marker 206 http://goo.gl/maps/RC1B0

Offense: Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Case Number: 1304140001

Abduction Claims Prove False

The Corpus Christi Police Department investigated an abduction claim Wednesday afternoon on North Beach which turned out to be a false complaint.

Corpus Christi Police responded to a possible abduction call in the 3200 block of Surfside Boulevard Wednesday afternoon.  Two girls initially reported that they were taken involuntarily by three men in a brown van.  During the investigation, Detectives discovered the claim was false and no actual abduction occurred.

Police no longer seek suspects in this case.

It is unknown at this time if criminal charges will be applied to any person for False Report.

Updated 8:01pm

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