Category Archives: Community Outreach

Vehicle Auction Set For This Saturday

The City of Corpus Christi will auction 71 cars, trucks, and motorcycles at the Corpus Christi Police Vehicle Impound Lot located at 5485 Greenwood Drive on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 10:00am. The general public is encouraged to register and view the vehicles for auction from 8:00am to 4:00pm on Friday, March 6. The general public can continue to register and view the vehicles from 8:00am to 10:00am on the day of the auction. All vehicles up for auction may be viewed online and an auction list may be downloaded from www.siskauction.com.

Law Enforcement Explorers Thank Public For Donations

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The Corpus Christi Police Explorer Post 133 would like to thank Keith Hanson and Randy Wilbanks along with everyone who continues to support the post through donations, volunteering, and services. The Explorers were able to purchase winter jackets for the entire post complete with reflective “EXPLORER” lettering on the back and shoulder patches with help from Ready Reserves owner Keith Hanson and Prints Charming owner Randy Wilbanks.

The Corpus Christi Police John Sartain Explorer Post 133 provides educational training programs for young adults ages 14-20 on the purposes, mission, and objectives of law enforcement. The program provides career orientation experiences, leadership opportunities, and community service activities. The primary goal of the program is to help young adults choose a career path within law enforcement and to challenge them to become responsible citizens of their communities and the nation.

These young adults depend on donations from the public and private businesses to help fund equipment, training, and competitions.

Anyone who would like to become a Police Explorer should visit us on Facebook, or call the Volunteer Program Coordinator, Tom Brown, at 361-886-2832.

Police Dash Cam Captures Collision

Corpus Christi Police responded to a call about a vehicle traveling the wrong direction on State Highway 358 near Rodd Field Road this morning just after1 AM.

Officers spotted the 2013 Hyundai Sonata sedan traveling west in the east bound lanes of the freeway near South Staples Street. As the vehicle approached the Everhart Road overpass, it crashed head on into a white Dodge Caravan occupied by a 23 year old female driver, her 24 year old male passenger and three small children.

The police dashboard camera from the responding unit captured images of the Hyundai traveling west on the freeway.  The video shows the crash with the white Dodge van that is traveling east.

The male passenger in the van suffered a broken leg. The female driver was treated at the hospital for injuries that were not thought to be life threatening. The three children, ages 5 months, 1 year and 3 years old were not injured.

After an investigation officers determined that the driver, that was going the wrong direction,  was thought to be intoxicated.  Zachary Glazener (06/08/1994) was arrested for intoxication assault because of the serious injuries he caused to the driver of the white minivan.  He was not injured in the crash.

Bank Robbery on South Alameda

Date: February 23, 2015       10:52 AM
Location: 4200 South Alameda Street
Offense: Aggravated Robbery
Case Number: 1502230038
Corpus Christi Police are investigating a bank robbery that occurred at 4201 South Alameda Street this morning just before 11 AM, at the First Community Bank.

A bank employee told officers that a man went into the bank, presented a note to one of the tellers that demanded cash.  The bank employee told officers the man never presented a weapon.  When the teller refused to hand over money, the suspect fled out the front door and around the building.

The suspect is described as being a Hispanic male, blue baseball cap, a jacket and black jeans.  Camera surveillance images of the suspect were provided to detectives by the bank. This suspect was not captured and the police department is asking for your help identifying this individual.

Anyone who knows who is responsible, or has any additional information about this robbery, should call the Corpus Christi Police Robbery & Homicide Detectives at 886-2840. Anyone who would like to keep their identity secret and provide information to 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 walking out of bank

Robbery Suspect Leaves Valentine’s Wishes

Date: 2/15/2015            6:40 AM
Location: 5600 Kostoryz Road
Offense: Aggravated Robbery
P.C. 29.03        First Degree Felony
Case Number: 1502150046

Corpus Christi Police Detectives have released camera surveillance images of a suspect they believe is involved in two separate armed robberies that both occurred in the early morning hours of Sunday, February 15. A clerk told officers that a male suspect entered the Stripes Store, located at 5645 Kostoryz Road, and went straight up to the counter, displayed a knife, and demanded cash. When the clerk hesitated, the suspect slammed the knife down on the counter. The clerk then handed the suspect cash from the register.  Before leaving the suspect threw a $1 bill back at the clerk and said “Happy Valentine’s Day.”

Officers also believe this same suspect may have been involved in a separate armed robbery 20 minutes prior to this at the Texas Star located at 5636 Weber Road.  At this time there are no images of the suspect at that location but the clerk told officers that the suspect entered the store covering his face and demanding money. The suspect slapped a large knife on the store counter and pointed it at the clerk. Once the suspect had the cash from the register he said “Happy Valentine’s Day” and left out the front door.

Detectives were able to obtain camera images from the stores security system that shows a male, with a bald head, large build, about 5`8” tall and 180 pounds.

The suspect in this case was not located and Detectives need your help in identifying this individual.  Anyone with information about this case should call the 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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Suspect walking into store.

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Suspect at the counter of store

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Counter side view of suspect

Suspect Booked For Attempted Capital Murder

This morning at 8:40 AM the Corpus Christi Police  SWAT team was preparing to make entry into a home at 3001 Churchill Street to execute a narcotics arrest and search warrant,

As officers were making entry a suspect inside the home opened fire on the SWAT team members. Three officers were injured by the gunfire.

Sr. Police Officer Steven Ruebelmann (6-year veteran) received two gunshot wounds. One to his wrist and one to his hand.

Officer Andrew Jordan (4-year veteran) received a gunshot wound to his upper leg and one to his forearm.

Officer Steven Brown (2-year officer) received a superficial wound to his right calf and forearm.

All officers were taken to Christus Spohn MMC for treatment.  Officers Jordan and Ruebelmann are still there being treated.  Officer Jordan did undergo surgery earlier and is stable at this time.  Officer Ruebelmann is in a private room recovering.
Officer Brown has been treated and released.

Three suspects were originally detained by officers inside the home.  Ray Rosas (06/03/1968) has been arrested for three counts of attempted capital murder.  The suspect that was named in the arrest warrant has not been charged with shooting at the officers.  He however does still face charges for the original arrest warrant.  He has yet to be booked into the City Detention Center.  The third suspect, a female, was also detained.  At this time, no charges are expected to be filed against her for the shooting.

 

3 Officers Shot While Serving Warrant

THREE OFFICERS SHOT:

This morning at about 9am, while serving a Narcotics arrest and search warrant, our Narcotics and SWAT team were preparing to make entry into a home at 3001 Churchill.

As officers were making entry suspects within the home opened fire on the SWAT team members. Three officers were injured by the gunfire.

Sr. Police Officer Steven Ruebelmann (6-year veteran) received two gunshot wounds. One to his wrist and one to his hand.

Officer Andrew Jordan (4-year veteran) received a gunshot wound to his upper leg and one to his forearm.

Officer Steven Brown (2-year officer) received a superficial wound to his right calf.

All officers were taken to Christus Spohn for treatment.

Three suspects were taken into custody by the SWAT team.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division will continue to investigate.

Versace Sunglasses Thief

Date: 2/9/2015            1:10 PM
Location: 5400 South Padre Island Drive
Offense: Theft
P.C. 31.03        Class A Misdemeanor
Case Number: 1502090074

Corpus Christi Police Detectives have released camera surveillance images of a suspect they believe is involved in a theft of several high priced Versace sunglasses on February 9.

A store employee of The Sunglasses Hut, located at La Palmera Mall, 5488 S. Padre Island Drive, called Corpus Christi Police after a man walked in and tried on a pair of women’s  Versace sunglasses. The male then stuck four pairs of sunglasses in the sleeves of his shirt, and ran out of the store. The total value of the four pair of Versace sunglasses was almost $950.

Detectives were able to obtain camera images from the stores security system that shows a male, 5’6” to 5’8” tall, medium build and clean shaven. He was wearing a light colored long sleeved button down shirt, blue jeans, dark tennis shoes, and a dark cap.

The suspect in this case was not located and Detectives need your help in identifying this individual.  Anyone with information about this case should call the Corpus Christi Police Property Crimes 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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Suspect Flees In Stolen Saturn

Date: 2/4/2015            8:30 PM
Location: 2900 Holly Road
Offense: Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
P.C. 31.07            State Jail Felony
Case Number: 1502040132


Corpus Christi Police Detectives have released store video of a suspect they believe is involved in a burglary and used a stolen vehicle to make his getaway from officers on February 4.

 

Corpus Christi Police were called by the 34 year old male victim of an auto burglary advising that his vehicle had been broken into while it was parked at the IHOP Restaurant located at 5202 S. Padre Island Drive.

He told officers that the suspects had stolen several items from his 2014 Toyota truck, including a MacBook Pro laptop, by breaking out the rear passenger side window. He told officers he had tracked his laptop with another computer and it was showing to be at the Dollar General Store located at 2978 Holly Road.

As officers arrived at the store to investigate, the suspect took off in a red 2009 Saturn car, and the suspect was able to elude police. The victim continued to track the laptop and he was able to give officers updates on the suspect’s location.

The red Saturn that the suspect fled in was tracked to the 4600 block of Totten Street. Officers were directed there and found the Saturn, parked on the side of the street. The Saturn turned out to be a stolen vehicle and inside the car, officers found property from multiple auto burglaries. The victim was able to get back his garment bag with clothes valued at $800.00, a computer bag that contained the MacBook Pro valued at $2,700.00, and an IPAD valued at $700.00.

The video released is from the Dollar General Store security camera that caught images of the suspect while he was inside making purchases.  The video shows the suspect entering the business, and then standing at the store counter.  Once he exits the store, officers attempt to contact him, but he flees in the stolen Saturn car.

The suspect in this case was not located and Detectives need your help in identifying this individual.  Anyone with information about this case should call the Corpus Christi Police Auto Theft 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.

Financial Crimes Detectives Raid House

DATE: February 10, 2014      9:00 AM
LOCATION: 2738 Prescott Street

OFFENSE: Credit Card Abuse
PC 32.21            State Jail Felony
CASE NUMBER:
1501090070
Corpus Christi Financial Crimes Detectives served a search warrant at a home located at 2738 Prescott Street.

Officers had begun an investigation late in the afternoon yesterday and returned this morning to execute a more extensive search warrant of the home and make two arrests. The two day investigation has resulted in the recovery of several cash gift cards from stores around our city, $16,000 in cash, several fake identification cards and electronic equipment used in making credit cards.

Two suspects that lived at the home were arrested on felony credit card abuse warrants, San Juanita Avalos (07/30/1982) and Ibrahin Suarez Venero (03/12/1986).  The warrants each had a $100,000 bond.

It appears as though both suspects had been cloning credit cards of victims, and were able to make purchases even though victims still had their cards in their possession.  This investigation could lead to more arrests.  Corpus Christi Police Department wants to remind everyone to check their credit statements on a regular basis, even though they have not had any of their credit cards stolen to guard against this type of financial crime.