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.

Police Seek Truck Thief

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The Corpus Christi Police Auto Theft Task Force would like help from the public to identify and locate a man who stole a truck from a convenience store located at the intersection of McArdle and Ennis Joslin on April 14, 2013.

A 22-year-old man drove his maroon 2007Dodge Ram truck to the store at 10pm and left the vehicle in the parking space with the keys in the ignition with the engine running. The 22-year-old man went into the store and made a purchase, and then when he walked back to his truck, the vehicle was gone.

Investigating Police Officers reviewed video of the event and have images of a Hispanic man between the ages of 20-30 who took the truck without permission. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male with short black hair and he wore a long sleeve black shirt and khaki pants. The truck was last seen travelling north on Ennis Joslin. The maroon truck has a temporary tag number 32G7649 as the license plate. The vehicle is further described as a maroon Dodge 1500 LoneStar edition with chrome handles, chrome gas cap and chrome 20 inch factory rims.

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 that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward.

Date: April 14, 2013, 22:00

Location: 7526 McArdle Road http://goo.gl/maps/pxjQi

Offense: Unaithorized Use of a Motor Vehicle

Case Number: 1304140149

Police Remember Fallen Officer

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By: Captain John Houston

On April 20, 1953, 60 years ago, Patrol Officer Roy Newton Smith was responding to a fight call when his patrol car was struck by another car at Staples and Lipan. Smith died of his injuries that day. Smith was 21 years old and had been on the department for just 4 months at the time of this tragic accident. Roy was married to Laverne Smith and had come here from Wichita Falls, Texas to work at the department. Roy and Laverne had one daughter Gail. Roy served with distinction in the Army having served in the Korean conflict before joining the department. Please take a moment out  of your day to remember our fallen brother. Our prayers remain with him and his family and may we never forget him and his sacrifice. Roy Smith is the fourth officer to die in the Line of Duty for the Department.

As a side note, we were able to locate his only daughter Gail Michalsky of Spring, Texas who never had a chance to know her father and she attended her first Police Officers Memorial Service last year. She was given a copy of the Wall of Honor photo by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.

Police Seek Women Who Steal From Toy Store

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Corpus Christi Police Property Crimes Detectives would like help from the public to identify and locate three women involved in a theft at a toy store located at 1220 Airline Road on Friday, March 1, 2013.

Two women left the store at 2:23pm on March 1, 2013 with a baby stroller valued at about $150 dollars and clothes with an estimated value of about $300 dollars without paying for any of the merchandise. The two women loaded into a tan passenger vehicle where a third woman drove away from the store. The vehicle was last seen travelling north on Airline toward Alameda.

One of the women involved is described as a Hispanic female who wore a dark shirt with the number 59 on the back and blue jean pants. The other woman who entered the store is described as a Hispanic female who wore a black shirt and white Capri’s and had a small crown tattoo on her face.

Anyone with any additional information about this crime, or has any information to identify or locate these women should call the Corpus Christi Police Property Crimes Detectives at 886-2841. Information may be provided to detectives anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) on online at www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which leads to an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

Police Investigate Homicide on Van Loan Avenue

Corpus Christi Police were called to the 1700 block of Van Loan Avenue at 6:38pm Thursday night in which two men suffered injuries from gunfire.

A 35-year-old man and a 36-year-old man engaged in a confrontation with a third man, 31-year-old Vernon Goodley (1/21/1982). Goodley presented a firearm and shot the other two men. The two injured men were taken to the hospital for treatment. The 36-year-old man did not survive his injuries.

Goodley fled the scene and was located by police the same night. Goodley was arrested for Murder (a first degree felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine) and for Aggravated Assault (a second degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine).

The Corpus Christi Police Department would like to thank all the members of the community who helped in the investigation of this crime. In an effort to insure complete information is obtained for the investigation, Police Detectives ask anyone who has additional information about this crime to contact the Corpus Christi Police at 886-2841.

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

 

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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.