30 Year Anniversary of the Death of Sergeant Ruben Almanza

30 Year Anniversary of the Death of Sergeant Ruben Almanza

Sgt. Ruben Almanza

On July 27, 1984, Sergeant Ruben Almanza was assigned to the Narcotics Division and responded to assist officers on an armed robbery of the H.E.B. at Kostoryz and Gollihar.

The suspects fled in a vehicle and bailed on foot in the residential neighborhood at Harold Street and Carroll Lane. Sergeant Almanza, working in plain clothes, walked through yards on Harold Street looking for the suspect when he was ambushed and shot through a hole in a fence board by the suspect.

Almanza fell to the ground and the suspect climbed over the fence and straddled Almanza, taking his service weapon, and then appeared he was going to shoot him again. At that point, now retired Lieutenant Eric Wramp, peered over the fence and fatally shot the suspect. Sergeant Almanza was rushed to the hospital where he later passed away from his injuries a few minutes after midnight on July 28th.

Ruben joined the department on August 28, 1975. He worked in patrol and was later assigned to Special Services. Ruben’s police radio call sign was #419 while assigned to narcotics. The number was retired upon his death.

There are a few officers still working today which had the privilege and honor to have worked with Ruben. Sergeant Almanza is survived by his wife, Irma and three daughters, Melissa, Jennifer, and Tina.

Traffic Investigators Looking For Suspect In Fatal Hit And Run

DATE: July 20, 2014
LOCATION: 5200 Weber Road
OFFESNE: Accident Involving Death (TC 550.021 3rd Degree Felony)
CASE NUMBER: C1402870

Corpus Christi Police Traffic Officers are investigating a fatal hit and run crash involving a pedestrian that occurred in the 5200 block of Weber Road. A 61 year old male was walking across Weber Rd not at an intersection or crosswalk. The pedestrian was stuck by a silver Lincoln Navigator driven by a male with possibly up to five other passengers inside. The suspect vehicle pulled across the street and stopped. The driver and a passenger ran over to the pedestrian but fled when they heard emergency vehicles approaching. The driver and suspect vehicle have not been located. Anyone who can identify the individual responsible, or has any additional information about this crime should call the Corpus Christi Police Hit and Run Detectives at 886-2689. Anyone who would like to keep their identity secret and still provide information to Detectives should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

Patrol Report July 18 ,2014

The Corpus Christi Police Department generated 221 reports for formal criminal complaints from midnight July 17 to 7:00 a.m. on .July 18, 2014. These are samples of the criminal complaints filed by the Corpus Christi Police for that time period.

 

“Adam” District
Date: 07/17/2014 9:50 PM
Location: 4342 Highway 77 Access South
Offense: Burglary of a Habitation
Case Number: 1407170142
A 55 year old male reported that sometime between 10:15 AM and 9 PM on July 17 unknown suspects kicked in the front door of his home, went inside, and removed several items. There was at least $300 in damage to the door, and property valued at over $700 was stolen. Officers do not have any suspects and are currently still investigating this crime.

 
“Bravo” District
Date: 07/18/2014 12:20 AM
Location: 1800 Flour Bluff Drive
Offense: Possession of Controlled Substance (HS 481.115 State Jail Felony)
Case Number: 1407180008
A Corpus Christi Police Officer on patrol observed a male driving a 2013 Nissan Rogue in the 1800 block of Flour Bluff Dr. on his cell phone. The officer contacted the driver, Rocky Haggard (07/22/1979) who did not have a drivers license. Inside the vehicle officers found a backpack in the back seat that contained several small zip lock bags with a white, crystalized substance residue and a measuring scale. In the console of the vehicle there was a zip lock bag that contained a white, crystalized substance believed to be methamphetamine.

 

“Charlie” District
Date: 07/18/2014 12:10 AM
Location: 5300 Saratoga Blvd.
Offense: Indecent Exposure (Class B Misdemeanor)
Case Number: 1407180003
Corpus Christi Police Officers were dispatched to a business located in the 5300 block of Saratoga Blvd. when a security guard called reporting a man exposing himself. Several customers reported that a male was exposing himself to customers as they were walking in and out of the store. An 18 year old female approached officers and reported that she was walking to her vehicle and saw a man standing near her car exposing himself. The female said she was terrified and stepped into a vehicle of an undefined motorist who agreed to drive her around the parking lot until she felt safe to go back to her vehicle. Officers found the suspect, Adan Ortiz (01/09/1969) still in the area and arrested him. The suspect refused to identify himself to officers and was also charged with failure to identify, a class B misdemeanor.

 

Search the website Crimereports.com to research all reported criminal activity in Corpus Christi. Anyone who knows any additional information about these crimes should contact the Corpus Christi Police Department at 886-2841. Information about unsolved crimes may be provided to investigators anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or online at 888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

Flour Bluff Drive Call

Corpus Christi Police Officers responded to a report of a man with a gun at about 8:45 AM this morning. Officers arrived and observed a male matching the description of the suspect go into a home located in the 900 block of Flour Bluff Dr. They were able to make contact with the 38 year old male, and he came outside to talk to them. Officers determined that the male was upset about some graffiti that had been spray painted on the wall outside his home. He admitted to walking outside with an assault rifle strapped to his back. Three witnesses who saw the male and contacted police said that they were not threatened and that he did not point the weapon at anyone. The man made a decision to leave and go talk with medical professionals regarding an evaluation of his mental health. No criminal charges are expected to be filed and his weapon was returned to him.

4th of July Enforcement and Operations

During the 4th of July weekend the Corpus Christi Police Department assigned additional officers to assist with the large crowds that were expected at the beach and in the downtown area. Officers also accompanied the CCFD on a fireworks detail.

The following numbers are from the holiday weekend beginning on July 3, 2014 to include all officers working.

DWI’s:
7/3 – 7
7/4 – 6
7/5 – 6
7/6 – 9

In 2013 the number of DWI’s was 15 for the same time frame.

Between 6 p.m. July 4th to 5 a.m. July 5th the Corpus Christi Police Department’s MetroCom (Dispatch) received a total of 1,570 calls for service (1,178 in 2013). Of those calls, 491 were solely for fireworks (395 in 2013).

Officers issued 42 Firework Citations over the weekend.

 

 

 

City Presents Plan for Independance Day Celebration

7-3-2014 2-40-20 PMThe City of Corpus Christi Traffic Engineering Office advises residents of the following street closures for the July 4th scheduled activities:

Artwalk/Kids Zone: Beginning at 5:00 a.m. on Friday, July 4th, no parking will be allowed on Upper Broadway between Antelope and Leopard streets, Lower Broadway between Peoples and Starr streets and Peoples Street between Lower Broadway and Mesquite Street. Starting at 2:00 p.m. Peoples Street will be closed to traffic between Upper Broadway and Mesquite Street and will remain closed until after the firework display.

July 4th Parade: Beginning at 5:00 a.m. on Friday, July 4th, no parking will be allowed on northbound Shoreline Boulevard between Coopers Alley and Resaca Street. Beginning at 3:00 p.m. the following street closures and traffic control plan will be implemented:

IH-37: IH-37 will be reduced to one lane between Chaparral Street and Water Street and traffic will detour onto southbound Water Street. IH-37 will be closed to traffic from Water Street to Shoreline Boulevard.

Northbound Shoreline Boulevard: Northbound Shoreline Boulevard will be reduced to one lane between Lawrence Street and Starr Street and traffic will detour onto Water Street. Motorists driving in the right lane at the Peoples Street intersection must turn right onto the Peoples Street T-Head.

Southbound Shoreline Boulevard: Southbound Shoreline Boulevard will be closed to traffic from Reseca Street to Starr Street. All cross street intersections in that area also will be closed and there will be no access to Shoreline Boulevard.

Lawrence Street: Lawrence Street between Water Street and northbound Shoreline Boulevard will remain the same with traffic reduced to one lane in each direction. 2

The traffic control plan for the July 4th Parade will remain in place until after the parade is completed.

July 4th Fireworks Celebration: Exiting onto North Beach will remain the same. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. traffic control signs and barricades will be setup for the July 4th Firework display. Immediately following the fireworks, motorists will follow the detours to exit North Beach. Drivers will detour either through Burleson Street to the causeway to Portland where they will make the turnaround back to Corpus Christi, or through the Joe Fulton Corridor where they can exit to Annaville or turn onto the US 181 overpass to Portland.

All streets north of IH-37 and east of US 181 will be closed to traffic except for Chaparral Street, Tancahua Street and Reseca Street. Drivers exiting the American Bank Center or Heritage Park will detour onto Chaparral Street, then on Belden Street to Tancahua Street.

There will be police officers directing traffic and motorists should expect delays. For more information, please contact Traffic Engineering at (361) 826-3547.

Event Map 7-3-2014 2-37-53 PM

Narcs Search Home and Make Arrest

On 07/02/2014 at 6:45 AM Corpus Christi Police Narcotics and Vice Officers with the assistance of the CCPD SWAT team executed a search warrant at 1625 Cambridge Drive. A search of the home netted a seizure of 36.10 grams of black tar heroin valued at $2000. Maria Buenrostro (08/04/1995) was found in the home and she was arrested and charged with manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance, a first degree felony.

City Hosts Independence Day Vehicle Auction

The city of Corpus Christi will auction 74 cars, trucks, and motorcycles at the four paved acres of the Corpus Christi Police Vehicle Impound Lot located at 5485 Greenwood Drive on Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 10:00am. The general public is allowed to register and view the vehicles for auction from 8:00am to 4:00pm on Friday, July 4. The general public can continue to register and view the vehicles from 8:00am to 10:00am on the day of the auction. The vehicle for auction may be viewed online and an auction list may be downloaded from www.siskauction.com.

There are 23 vehicles for auction that were seized for no insurance. The department’s strong stand and enforcement of this “Zero Tolerance No Insurance Initiative” will continue and all vehicles involved in accidents will be impounded and the driver cited if they are unable to provide financial proof of insurance. Driver’s license and proof of financial responsibility checkpoints will continue to be conducted at the Shift Captains’ authorization.

7-1-2014 12-19-21 PM

CCPD Takes Enforcement Action on Ridesharing Program

The Corpus Christi Police Department, along with the City of Corpus Christ Taxi Inspectors Office, conducted enforcement action on local ridesharing services that were found to be operating outside city ordinances. As a result of the action, two individuals were cited for multiple violations pertaining to the vehicle for hire section in the Code of Ordinances for the City of Corpus Christi.

A 24- year- old male was cited at 11:26 AM on June 26 for no drivers permit, no certificate of operation, and no window decal. All three of the charges are violations under section 57 of the city ordinances. Police also impounded his 2007 GMC truck. At about 2:23 PM, a 58- year- old male was also cited for the same three violations and his 2004 Isuzu SUV was impounded.

The police department was also able to identify a majority of other drivers who may be in violation of city ordinances and will be contacting those drivers to inform them that they need to comply with the ordinances in order to continue driving for any rideshare program.

On May 10, the Corpus Christi Police Department announced that it would be giving all rideshare drivers until June 10 to comply with all the requirements needed to operate legally within the City of Corpus Christi. Fines for each violation can range up to $500.

Patrol Report June 27, 2014

The Corpus Christi Police Department generated 214 reports for formal criminal complaints from midnight June 26 to 7:00 a.m. on .June 27, 2014. These are samples of the criminal complaints filed by the Corpus Christi Police for that time period.

 

“Bravo” District
Date: 06/27/2014 12:45 AM
Location: 6300 Holly Road
Offense: Driving While Intoxicated With A Child Passenger (PC 49.045 State Jail Felony)
Case Number: 1406270005
A Corpus Christi Police Officer was on patrol in the 6300 block of Holly Rd when he saw a black 2011 Nissan Frontier truck in the center lane that was not moving. The officer observed a male in the drivers seat was asleep with his foot on the brake and the vehicle in drive with the engine on. The officer also saw there was a one year old female child in the back seat. The officer was able to go to the passenger side of the truck and put the vehicle into park. The driver, Jacob Duran (08/13/1986) was found to be intoxicated and he was arrested, and his vehicle was impounded. The child was released to a grandparent who came to the scene.

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“Bravo” District
Date: 06/26/2014 6:30 PM
Location: 1800 Ennis Joslin Road
Offense: Theft (PC 31.03 Class A Misdemeanor)
Case Number: 1406260145
Corpus Christi Police contacted a 20 year old male victim that reported to them that his tan colored kayak and a Yeti cooler were stolen from a storage area located at his apartment complex. The victim said his kayak and cooler were chained to his boat trailer, which was located in the parking lot. The suspect gained entry into the complex and eventually the storage area and then was able to remove the chain and take possession of the victim’s property. At this time officers do not have any description of suspects involved.

 

“Charlie” District
Date: 06/27/2014 1:15 AM
Location: 4500 Everhart Road
Offense: Deadly Conduct (PC 22.05 Class A Misdemeanor)
Case Number: 1406270010
Corpus Christi Police were dispatched to a business in the 4500 block of Everhart Rd. for a window that was shot out. A large glass window to the left of the entrance door of the business appeared to have been shot out by a firearm. Officers attempted to locate a bullet inside, but did not. The business was closed and unoccupied at the time of the incident. A store manager responded to the scene and was able to secure the business. Officers do not have any description of suspects at this time.

 

“Charlie” District
Date: 06/27/2014 1:15 AM
Location: 4400 Kostoryz Road
Offense: Theft (PC 31.03 Class B Misdemeanor)
Case Number: 1406260139
A Loss Prevention Officer for a business located in the 4400 block of Kostoryz Rd. contacted police after she observed a female suspect Natalie Aguilar (09/27/1992) who looked suspicious due to the fact that she was grabbing groceries and merchandise at random and looking around to make sure no one was looking. The female suspect then walked by all cash registers with no intention to pay for the groceries and merchandise totaling over $130.00. She was detained until police arrived. Police found the suspect to also have an outstanding warrant for her arrest for contempt of court on another theft charge. The suspect was arrested and transported to the City Detention Center, and charged with theft, a class B misdemeanor, and the warrant of arrest.

 

“Charlie” District
Date: 06/27/2014 1:55 AM
Location: 7400 South Staples Street
Offense: Driving While Intoxicated (PC 49.04 Class A Misdemeanor)
Case Number: 1406270017
Corpus Christi Police Officers responded to the 7400 block of S. Staples St. for a disturbance with a male customer inside a business. The call indicated that the person calling the police believed the customer was intoxicated. A person at the business was attempting to get the customer to call a cab but he was refusing and told them he was going to drive. The customer got into his tan Nissan Sentra sedan and was leaving. At that same time, officers were arriving at the scene and observed the vehicle exiting the parking lot turning north onto S. Staples Street. Officer stopped the car, and found Christopher Trevino (07/29/1985) was intoxicated, and he was arrested and charged with Driving While intoxicated, a class A misdemeanor, and his vehicle was impounded.

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“Delta” District
Date: 06/2762014 2:25 PM
Location: 700 S. Upper Broadway Street
Offense: Burglary (PC 30.02 State Jail Felony)
Case Number: 1406260116
Corpus Christi Police Officers were dispatched to a church in the 700 block of S. Upper Broadway for a burglary of a building. Officers contacted employees who told them that a male suspect came into the building through an open door. Once inside the suspect damaged another door to get into an area where he removed a television. The suspect then went into one of the classrooms where an employee was working and took his tools. A description of the suspect was broadcast to police units and he was located walking in the area of 800 Leopard St. The stolen items were not found, but the suspect, Jesse Villagomez (09/08/1976) was arrested for burglary, a state jail felony.

 

 

 

Search the website Crimereports.com to research all reported criminal activity in Corpus Christi. Anyone who knows any additional information about these crimes should contact the Corpus Christi Police Department at 886-2841. Information about unsolved crimes may be provided to investigators anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or online at 888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.