Category Archives: Community Outreach

City Hosts Vehicle Auction Saturday

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The city of Corpus Christi will auction 82 cars, trucks, and motorcycles at the  Police Vehicle Impound Lot, located at 5485 Greenwood Drive, on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 10:00am.

The general public is encouraged to register and view the vehicles for auction from 1:00pm to 5:00pm on Friday, July 31 or August 1 from 8am until the start of the auction. No one under 17 years of age will be allowed in the impound lot or auction lot areas. Only registered bidders with a current bidder number will be allowed in the auction sale area on Saturday. 

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

Ski Basin Marine Patrol begins today. 

The Ski Basin Marine Patrol Initiative will begin this weekend on Padre Island. 

Dive Team officers and Uniform Personnel will work together as a unit to patrol the ski basin waterways by boat to enforce city and state laws in an area usually not accessible to law enforcement. 

The goal of this operation is to provide a safe atmosphere in the ski basin waterway through strong law enforcement presence and diligent enforcement of offenses such as boating while intoxicated, public intoxication, drug possession, underage consumption of alcohol, intoxication assault and stem the dangerous operation of watercraft in this area.

This initiative will begin this weekend and continue until the end of Labor Day weekend, Monday, September 7, 2015. The shifts will begin after 12 noon each weekend day. 

 

 Point of contact

Capt. Kelly Isaacks

(361) 774-5747 

kisaacks@cctexas.com

Suspect Robs Grocery Store

DATE: July 23, 2015
LOCATION: 2006 Mussett Street
OFFENSE: Aggravated Robbery
P.C. 29.03   First Degree Felony
CASE NUMBER:
1507230070
Corpus Christi Police Detectives have released camera surveillance images of a suspect that they believe robbed the Las Palmas Grocery Store, located at 2006 Musset Street, Thursday afternoon.

The owner of the store reported to Officers that a black male suspect approached the sales counter as if he was going to make a purchase. The suspect then reached in his pocket, and pulled out a black knife and he grabbed the store owner by the shirt. The suspect then reached over the counter and got money out of the open cash register.

The suspect was last seen wearing a white shirt and a short billed black cap that was on backwards. He also had a black backpack on.

The suspect in this case has not been identified and Detectives need your help in solving this crime. Anyone with information about this case should call the Corpus Christi Police Criminal Investigations Division 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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Suspect at counter of store

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Suspect at counter of store

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Suspect at counter of store

Citizen Awarded By CCPD

The Corpus Christi Police Department  recognized Courtney Best, and awarded her with a  Citizens Certificate of Merit at a ceremony this morning at the police department.

On July 9, the Alice Police Department issued an Amber Alert just after 11:30 AM regarding a 7 year old male that had been abducted from their city.  It was also relayed to law enforcement that the suspect involved was now wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant for kidnapping the child. Further information was relayed on the Amber Alert that the suspect was driving a white, 2009 Dodge, Avenger four door car.

At 12:08 PM, Courtney Best an employee at the Papa Murphy’s Pizza, located at 4020 Weber Road, in the Hamlin Shopping Center called Corpus Christi Police to report that she saw the vehicle parked in the parking lot.  Officers arrived just as the vehicle was exiting the parking lot and turning onto South Staples Street. The Officers were able to stop the car and take the suspect into custody in the parking lot of CCFD Fire Station 7.

The Officers were able to secure the young boy, and he did not appear to suffer any injuries.

The awareness and quick actions of Ms. Best helped keep a young child from being injured and assisted our Officers in taking a wanted person into custody.

 

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Interim Police Chief Mike Markle presents Courtney Best with a Citizens Certificate of Merit

 

Tip A Cop Set For Thursday

Please join us as we raise money for the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run.

The Tip A Cop event will take place on Thursday, July 23 at the Texas Roadhouse restaurant located at 2029 South Padre Island Drive from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Officers and Firefighters will be there to accept your donations.

All donations and t-shirt sales will go directly to the local Special Olympics office.

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Pink Law Enforcement Touch Run shirts for sale

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Grey Law Enforcement Touch Run shirts for sale

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Police Officers will be on hand to serve dinner plates

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Fire Fighters will be on hand to serve dinner plates

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Thanks to the Texas Roadhouse for hosting this event

 

 

Friday Fun Fact

The Corpus Christi Police provides information about the Texas Transportation Code as a Friday Fun Fact as a public education campaign.

Sometimes Officers find vehicles, particularly motorcycles, parked in an area of a parking lot that is painted with yellow strips. These “zones” or “architectural improvements” are specifically marked to prohibit vehicles from parking in that location. Such markings most often are to provide an area for handicapped accessibility, either next to the parking space or the end of a sidewalk ramp so that wheelchairs have room to navigate. Don’t park in those areas with the stripes as that can get you the most expensive parking ticket issued by law enforcement, a Handicapped Parking violation.

The Texas Transportation Code section 681.011 (c) states the prohibition as; “(c) A person commits an offense if the person stands a vehicle so that the vehicle blocks an architectural improvement designed to aid persons with disabilities, including an access aisle or curb ramp.”

Most importantly, when you park your vehicle, provide some room and courtesy for those who need it.

The Texas Transportation Code Section 681.011 prohibits parking in architectural improvements such as a painted zone to allow handicap accessibility.
The Texas Transportation Code Section 681.011 prohibits parking in architectural improvements such as a painted zone to allow handicap accessibility.

Patrol Report July 10, 2015

Delta District

Date: Thursday, July 9, 2015, 13:30
Location: 3008 Highland Avenue
Offense: Burglary of a Building (Penal Code Section 30.02) State Jail Felony
Case Number: 1507090077

Corpus Christi Police arrested two men for burglary Thursday at 1:30 in the afternoon after alert witnesses saw unusual activity at a closed snack bar on Highland Avenue and called Police.

Officers arrived at the Julia’s Snack Bar and saw two men leave the building from the roof, and the men ran from the Officers. The Officers chased and captured both men and arrested 26-year-old Rudy Alba (6/5/1989) and 26-year-old Francisco Zuniga (4/6/1989) for burglary of a building and evading arrest. Both men were then delivered to the city detention center.

Charlie District

Date: Thursday, July 9, 2015, 16:31
Location: 4710 Ayers Street
Offense: Burglary of a Building (Penal Code Section 30.02)
Case Number: 1507090120

Corpus Christi Police arrested 33-year-old Daniel Luna (5/28/1982) for burglary of a building at 4710 Ayers Street Thursday after a battery shop owner told Officers he caught Luna in the act.

A 47-year-old man reported a burglary to Corpus Christi Police at 4:30pm Thursday afternoon at a battery shop that was open for business. The 47-year-old man told Officers he went to the back storage area of the business that is not accessible for the public and found an unknown man loading batteries into a truck without permission. The 47-year-old man pointed out the unknown man who had left the building and travelled away from the business and Officers contacted Luna. Luna was arrested for burglary to a building and delivered to the city detention center.

Crime Stoppers Rewards Available For Those Who Want It

Vertical color Crime Stoppers logo 2015The Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers has rewards available for collection for those who want the cash.

The Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers approved eight rewards this past four weeks for the apprehension of fugitives and drugs. The rewards are for anonymous tips which apprehended 34-year-old Mary Martinez on the 6000 block of Bobtail Drive who was a fugitive for an assault related to case number 15002662. A person called in to Crime Stoppers to complain about a drug house on the 3800 block of Caravelle Parkway which resulted in the arrest of 31-year-old Henry Munoz (4/16/1984) for the possession of over 2 ounces of marijuana in case #1506050109. Three fugitives were featured on the Crime Stoppers Wheel of Shame: 29-year-old Felicia Felan (12/27/1985) (Case #15002958); 26-year-old Jessica Garza (10/19/1988)(Case #15003115); and 24-year-old Mark Salinas (4/15/1991)(Case #15003146) and apprehended by Crime Stoppers tips so the reward was increased for those fugitives. A suspect was identified for stealing jewelry with case number 1506010107. Crime Stoppers tips also located two fugitives, Daniel Fretwell (case #1506300147 wanted for probation violation) and Sylvia Rincon (Case #1500350) who was wanted for fraud.

Thank you to all who called Crime Stoppers to provide tips in an effort to make Corpus Christi a safer community. Crime Stoppers knows there are many reasons a person needs to keep their identity secret when providing information to law enforcement such as that the suspect in the crime may be a family member, a neighbor, a co-worker, or some dynamic which subjects a tipster to retaliation. Rewards are offered by Crime Stoppers in order to overcome apathy and to appeal to a segment of the community who are normally unwilling hostile to communicate with law enforcement. Crime Stoppers guarantees to keep the identity of the tipster secret.

Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization not funded by tax dollars and gains funds for operating expenses and rewards solely by donations and the organization is operated by volunteers.

Anyone with information about an unsolved crime should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the tip online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Information which leads to an arrest may earn the tipster a cash reward. Anyone who believes they provided a tips that is eligible for a reward should call 888-TIPS on Thursdays to check the status of their tip. If the tipster is due a reward, they will be provided instructions how to collect the cash reward which keeps their identity secret through the entire process.

Police Want Public Help to Catch Fugitive for Arson

Valerie Vela (July 2, 1981) Wanted for Arson
Valerie Vela (July 2, 1981)
Wanted for Arson

The Corpus Christi Police would like help from the public to locate a fugitive who is wanted for arson. Valerie Vela (7/2/1981) has a warrant for her arrest for Arson and her last known address was on the 500 block of Elmore Drive in Corpus Christi. Vela is described as a 34-year-old female, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, about 140 pounds, with brown hair that extends past her shoulders, and brown eyes.

Anyone who can help law enforcement to locate Vela should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the tip online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Crime Stoppers guarantees to keep the identity of the caller secret and if the information leads to Vela’s arrest, it could earn the caller a cash reward.

Brother Shoots Brother on Ohio Street

Date: July 8, 2015    10:30 pm 

Location: 800 Ohio Street 

Charge: Aggravated Assault 

Case Number: 1507080150

Just before 10:30 pm Corpus Christi Police responded to a call for a shooting in the backyard of a home located in the 800 block of Ohio Street. 

 When Officers  arrived they found a 55 year old male victim with a single gunshot wound to his chest.    They also found the victims 58 year old brother in the backyard. The investigation revealed that the older brother shot the younger brother with a handgun.  The weapon used  was recovered in the backyard by Officers.  

The victim was transported to Spohn Memorial Hospital by CCFD EMS. When he arrived at the hospital he was being combative with hospital staff and Officers.  At this time his injuries do not appear to be life threatening. 

The older brother was taken into custody and faces aggravated assault charges.  

At this time no motive for the shooting has been determined and Officers continue to investigate this crime.