Category Archives: Community Outreach

Officer On Paid Leave After Shooting A Man Who Pointed A Gun At Him

A Corpus Christi Police Officer has been placed on administrative leave, as per department policy, after an officer involved shooting during a traffic stop at 7300 Prairie Dr. on February 2, 2016.

Officer Robert Cabello, a three year veteran of the department, is the officer who shot and injured a man who pointed a gun at him. This occurred during a traffic stop related to a shots fired and auto burglary call at 6800 Everhart.

The 24 year old suspect, who pointed a gun at Officer Cabello, is in custody and being  treated for his injuries. Once he is released from the hospital, he will be booked into the City Detention Center for Attempted Capital Murder.

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Officer Robert Cabello

94 Vehicles up for auction on saturday

 

Auction

The City of Corpus Christi will auction 94 cars, trucks, and motorcycles at the Police Vehicle Impound Lot, located at 5485 Greenwood Drive, on Saturday, February 6, 2016. The auction will start at 10:00 am.

The general public is encouraged to register and view the vehicles for auction from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Friday, February 6, 2016. The general public can continue to view the vehicles from 8:00 am to 10:00 am on the day of the auction.

The vehicles for auction may be viewed online and an auction list may be downloaded from www.siskauction.com.

Corpus Christi Police Remember Juan Prieto

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The Corpus Christi Police Department remembers Senior Officer Juan Rincon Prieto and his line of duty death on February 2, 1993. Officer Prieto was directing traffic at Up River Road and Suntide when he was struck and killed by a pickup truck. Officer Prieto had served in the Corpus Christi Police Department for 27 years and was survived by his wife, two sons and two daughters.

A park on Woodland Creek Drive in Corpus Christi near Callicoate Road is named Senior Officer Prieto Park in his memory.

Police Remember Matt Thebeau

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Corpus Christi Police Officer Matthew Thebeau was killed in the line of duty January 20, 2008 at age 25. Officer Thebeau was killed in a vehicle crash on State Highway 286 near Baldwin Blvd while responding to an assault in progress call at 2:50 in the morning.

Officer Thebeau’s patrol car struck a concrete wall and straddled the barrier for approximately 50 yards until it impacted an I-beam supporting a highway sign. He was ejected from the patrol car and then struck by another vehicle traveling in the opposite direction. He was transported to Spohn Memorial Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Officer Thebeau served with the Corpus Christi Police Department for two years and graduated from the 65th Academy Session. A park was dedicated and named in memorial to Officer Matt Thebeau and is located at 3221 Richmond Street, Corpus Christi, Texas 78410 near Up River Road and McKenzie Road.

Are You Driving for a Transportation Network Company?

Transportation Network Companies (Lyft, Uber X, Sidecar, Wingz, Summon, Taxify and Haxi for example) are currently not permitted to operate in the City of Corpus Christi. Several companies were notified by to meet the cities requirements or face enforcement actions as noted below:

Companies or individuals who operate vehicles-for-hire without proper license and permits are in violation of the Code and are subject to criminal prosecution and vehicle impoundment.”

In the event that you are currently driving for a Transportation Network Company in the City of Corpus Christi you are in violation of the following codes based on the definition of Taxicab and For Hire: 

Taxicab (defined): Every automobile or motor-propelled vehicle used for the transportation of passengers for hire over the public streets of the city and not over a defined or fixed route, irrespective of whether or not the operations extend beyond the city limits, at rates for distance traveled, for waiting time, for both or at rates per hour, per day, per week or per month under circumstances that such vehicle is routed under the direction of the passenger hiring same.

For Hire (defined): For money or other thing of value, gratuities, tips and free-will offerings, whether paid directly or indirectly, as compensation or consideration for services rendered.

Sec. 57-30. Certificate, license and permit required.

It shall be unlawful for any person to drive or operate or to cause to be driven or operated any taxicab upon or over any street or thoroughfare in the city unless the owner or operator thereof has first secured a certificate from the city to operate a taxicab and the required license and permit to operate such vehicle under this article has been issued.

Sec. 57-76. Prerequisites to issuance of license.

Upon obtaining a certificate to operate a taxicab service in the city as provided in this article, the holder shall make application to the taxicab inspector for a license to be issued for each vehicle to be operated as a taxicab. The application shall be accompanied by an inspection fee of fifteen dollars ($15.00) per vehicle to be licensed. Prior to the issuance of a license for a taxicab, the taxicab inspector shall conduct an inspection of the vehicle to determine that it complies with the requirements of this article and the regulations promulgated pursuant thereto. In the event a vehicle fails to pass this inspection, the certificate holder shall have ten (10) business days to remedy any defects and submit the vehicle for reinspection without the necessity of payment of an additional inspection fee. After the ten (10) business day reinspection period has lapsed, an additional fifteen dollar ($15.00) inspection fee per vehicle to be licensed will be applied.

Sec. 57-96. Taxicab or vehicle for hire driver’s permit required; permit fee.

(a)

Every person desiring to drive a taxicab or vehicle for hire in the city shall apply for and obtain a taxicab or vehicle for hire driver’s permit from the taxicab inspector. It shall be unlawful for any person holding a certificate for the operation of a taxicab service in the city to permit any person to drive a taxicab or vehicle for hire unless such person shall have a driver’s permit in good standing duly issued by the taxicab inspector, with the exception of inspection purposes under section 57-75.

(b)

The fee for an original, renewal or transfer taxicab or vehicle for hire driver’s permit is a nonrefundable fifty dollars ($50.00) and shall be paid at the time the permit application is filed with the taxicab inspector. The fee for a replacement permit is twenty dollars ($20.00).

Violators will be subject to the issue of the citations listed above (each carrying a penalty of up to $500) and impoundment of their vehicle.

Beware Of Drugs That Look Like Candy

With the recent arrest of two men for possession of ecstasy pills, the Corpus Christi Police Department wants to warn citizens that this type of drug is available in the city and we want to show people what it looks like.

On January 13, Officers with the Narcotics and Vice Unit, arrested two men at the barge dock on North Shoreline Boulevard. One of the men had in his possession a large bag of nearly 1000 ecstasy pills.

Police want to warn everyone in the community that these pills are illegal drugs that may be mistaken for some type of candy.

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Ecstasy pills confiscated by Corpus Christi Police from January 13 arrest

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Ecstasy pills confiscated by Corpus Christi Police from January 13 arrest

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Ecstasy pills confiscated by Corpus Christi Police from January 13 arrest

ORIGINAL POST

 The Corpus Christi Police Narcotics and Vice Investigations Division  conducted an operation January 13 in the area of 1900 North Shoreline Boulevard that resulted in the arrest of two men.

The operation was the result of an investigation by Officers into the sale of Ecstasy. It  resulted in the arrest of Shamar Lindsey (07/29/1986) and Joshua Lindsey (11/26/1988). 

As Officers attempted to arrest Shamar Lindsey, he evaded Officers on foot and threw a significant quantity of crack cocaine into Corpus Christi Bay at the barge dock. The drugs were recovered with the assistance of Marina Patrol.  The drugs recovered were determined to be 28.80 grams of crack cocaine that resulted in charges of delivery of a controlled substance and tampering with evidence, both felony offenses.  He was additionally charged with evading arrest, a Class A misdemeanor.

Joshua Lindsey was contacted in a vehicle that was stopped by Corpus Christi Police K9 Officers leaving the scene of the investigation.  He was found to be in possession of approximately 1000 pills of Ecstasy weighing 202.76 grams. He was charged with delivery of a controlled substance, a first degree felony.  He was additionally charged with possession of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor.

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Ecstasy pills drugs and money confiscated by Corpus Christi Police
on January 13

Patrol Report 01/15/2016

The Corpus Christi Police Department responded to 1046 calls for service and generated 212 reports for formal criminal complaints from 7:00 a.m. January 14 to 7:00 a.m. on January 15, 2016. These are samples of the criminal complaints filed by the Corpus Christi Police for that time period.

 

Date: 1/13/2016       9:00 PM
Location: 5400 South Padre Island Drive
Offense: Theft
P.C.  31.03      Class B Misdemeanor
Case Number: 1601140139
Two employees of Macy’s, located at La Palmera Mall, were arrested by Corpus Christi Police after other store employees saw them ringing up items and then deleting the transactions.

Officers were contacted by store management after they discovered two of their employees had rung up $528 worth of merchandise and then deleted the transaction in an attempt to steal the property.

Officers arrested the two employees, Dora Lee Herrera (01/04/1990) and Marina Reyes (07/05/1991) for theft, a Class B misdemeanor.

Continue reading Patrol Report 01/15/2016

Patrol Report 01/13/2016

The Corpus Christi Police Department responded to 917 calls for service and generated 204 reports for formal criminal complaints from 7:00 a.m. January 12 to 7:00 a.m. on January 13, 2016. These are samples of the criminal complaints filed by the Corpus Christi Police for that time period.

 

Date: 1/12/2016       8:20 PM
Location: 600 South Staples Street
Offense: Aggravated Robbery
P.C.  29.03   First Degree Felony

Case Number: 1601120134
Employees of a business, located at 609 South Staples Street, called Corpus Christi Police after a man came into the store, armed with a gun.

One female employee told Officers that she saw a male walk in and point a gun at her and another female employee and then he demanded all the money in the cash register. Once he took the money, the male suspect then left the store and was last seen running behind the business towards Alameda Street.

The two employees were not injured.

The suspect was last seen wearing a black hooded jacket with a blue sweatshirt underneath and faded blue jeans. He had sunglasses and a red bandana on to cover his face. He was also had on tan and black gloves.

Camera surveillance video of the suspect were obtained from the stores security system.

If you recognize the person in this photo or know information about this crime please call Corpus Christi Police Detectives at 886-2840. Anyone who would like to keep their identity secret and provide information to the Detectives should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the tip online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

 

 

Video of armed robbery suspect

 

 

Continue reading Patrol Report 01/13/2016

ATV and Trailer Stolen From Storage Unit

Date: 01/07/2016
Location: 6600 Yorktown Boulevard
Offense: Burglary
P.C.  30.02      State Jail Felony
Case Number: 1601070057

Corpus Christi Police need your help in locating a stolen Kawasaki All-Terrain Vehicle that was taken from a storage unit located at 6630 Yorktown Boulevard.

The ATV was parked on a silver 16 foot flatbed trailer that was also taken by the suspects.

The owner told Officers that he parked the ATV and trailer in the storage unit on January 3rd and discovered on January 7, someone had pried the storage unit door open and taken the property.

Both the ATV and trailer are now listed as stolen.

The suspects in this case have not been identified, and detectives need your help in solving this crime.

If you recognize this property or know information about this crime please call Corpus Christi Police Detectives at 886-2840. Anyone who would like to keep their identity secret and provide information to the Detectives should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the tip online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

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2016 Kawasaki All-Terrain Vehicle

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16 foot flatbed trailer ATV was parked on

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16 foot flatbed trailer ATV was parked on

Crime Stoppers Boasts Productive Year in 2015

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January is designated as Crime Stoppers month by the Governor’s Office and Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers is proud of a productive year in 2015 as shown in an annual performance review.

Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers approved $45,930 dollars in rewards in 2015 as compared to $18,030 in 2014. Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers approved 114 tips in 2015 which means that an average of over 2 arrests each week that would have otherwise been unsolved crimes without the help from information provided to Crime Stoppers.

Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers had several notable arrests which include Case #1503240066 to capture a man for the bank robbery at the American Bank located at Everhart and Alameda; Case #1504200129 to capture a 24-year-old man who exposed himself to a 10-year-old girl at an arcade on Ayers Street; and the capture of Gilberto Garcia who was featured on the Texas D.P.S. Top Ten Most Wanted list for murder.

Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers credits several factors for the success seen this past year which include:

  • KZTV began to broadcast the “Wheel of Shame” in March and has led to the capture of 60 fugitives;
  • Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers began cooperation with the Nueces County Sheriff’s Office to host the Wheel of Shame;
  • Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers increased the rewards effective June 15 to raise the maximum payout from $1,000 dollars to $2,500 dollars;
  • Began to broadcast the crimes of the week on KORO in Spanish starting June 24th;
  • Began to broadcast the crimes of the week on KAJA Telemundo in Spanish starting in November;
  • Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers updated the logo to one which is unique and specific to Corpus Christi;
  • Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers hosted two community events (Mugshot Mixer on April 9 and the Murder Mystery on September 24);
  • Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers transferred the responsibility of providing updates to tips to the C.S.I. call center to improve payouts to tipsters;
  • Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers reviewed and updated the organization bylaws;
  • Completed a compliance review from the Governor’s Office of Compliance and Monitoring in July;
  • Received certification from the Texas Crime Stoppers Council July 27th;
  • Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers redesigned the website at http://www.888TIPS.com;
  • Made use of a volunteer (Dan Hall) to improve tracking the resolution of tips. Mr. Hall started to volunteer with us in November 2014 and donated 133 hours and 15 minutes of his time to help the Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers. Mr. Hall had to stop participation due to deteriorating health as of September 14. We wish him well.

Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers received 2,261 tips in 2015 which resulted in 6 recovered weapons, $1,000 worth of stolen property recovered, and narcotics seized with a total estimated street value of $4,690.

Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization operated by volunteers to serve as the link between the media, the public, and law enforcement in an effort to solve crimes. Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers  accomplishes that goal by offering cash rewards for information which leads to an arrest and by a guarantee that the identity of the person who provided the information will remain secret. No tax dollars are spent on Crime Stoppers. All the rewards and operating expenses for Crime Stoppers are solely from donations from the community. For more information, visit the Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers facebook page or the website at http://www.888TIPS.com.

2015 Crime Stoppers Month Proclamation