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Click It Or Ticket Totals

Corpus Christi Police Officers worked on an overtime basis through a grant provided by the Texas Department of Transportation to enforce the states seat belt laws from May 18 through May 31.

256  Click It or Ticket overtime hours were worked

271  citations were issued to drivers and passengers without seat belts on.

22  citations were issued to drivers for children in the vehicle not in car safety seats.

98  citations were issued  to drivers for other violations such as expired vehicle registration or inspection or for no liability insurance.

2  separate arrests were made. One was for a man with three outstanding arrest warrants. The other was for possession of marijuana.

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Patrol Report 05/30/2015 PIO02

“BRAVO” District
Date: 05/30/2015       4:05 AM
Location: Padre Island / Beach Marker 210
Offense: Aggravated Assault
P.C. 22.02       Second Degree Felony
Case Number: 1505300047
A party at a bonfire at Beach Marker 210 on Padre Island left two brothers stabbed and a suspect in jail.

The two brothers were with several other people at a bonfire on the beach when the younger brother was approached by a 21 year old female friend who told him that she had some unwanted sexual advances and comments made to her by another male at the party.  The 20 year old brother confronted the man about the comments he had made and was stabbed in his upper left leg.  Upon seeing his younger brother get stabbed, the older brother got involved in the attack and he was also stabbed by the man.  The 22 year old brother was stabbed in the left side of his chest and his right arm.  The man who stabbed the two was held down by other witnesses that saw the attack until police arrived.

The two brothers were transported to Spohn Memorial Hospital by CCFD EMS.  The younger brother was being treated for minor injuries.  The older brother was last reported in serious condition in the Intensive Care Unit at the hospital.

Alberto Martinez (09/23/1969) was arrested on two counts of aggravated assault.  Officers also recovered the knife used in the attack.

 

“DELTA” District
Date: 05/30/2015       3:30 AM
Location: 600 North Staples Street
Offense: Aggravated Assault
P.C. 22.02       Second Degree Felony
Case Number: 1505300042
A 28 year old man was stabbed multiple times in his upper body after he was attacked in the 600 block of North Staples Street.  The victim was not able to provide officers with any details but a witness told them that a black male and a white female may have been involved in a disturbance with the victim on the roadway in front of the bus station.

The witness told officers that she heard yelling, then saw the two suspects running from the scene, and the victim on the ground.  CCFD EMS transported the victim to Spohn Memorial Hospital with serious injuries.

Officers continue to investigate this crime, and at this time no suspects have been arrested.

 

 

 

“CHARLIE” District
Date: 05/30/2015       2:20 AM
Location: South Staples Street / McArdle Road
Offense: Intoxication Assault
P.C. 49.07       Third Degree Felony
Case Number: 1505300035
A vehicle racing another traveling north on South Staples Street crashed into a third that was turning onto McArdle Road.

Corpus Christi Police arrived at the crash scene and were told by witnesses that a 2013 red Mitsubishi Lancer was racing a 2008 silver Infinity and as the two cars approached the McArdle Road intersection the light for them turned red.  Both cars ran the red light, and the red Lancer struck a truck that was turning onto McArdle Road.  A 26 year old passenger in the Lancer was taken to Spohn Memorial by CCFD EMS with critical injuries.

After an investigating, the driver of the Lancer, Oscar Delgado (01/11/1989) was determined to be intoxicated. He was arrested for intoxication assault, a felony offense, due the his intoxication and the serious injuries sustained by his passenger.

The  occupants in the truck that was struck by the Lancer were transported to Bay Area Hospital by CCFD EMS with injuries not believed to be life threatening.

Officers also later found the 2008 Infinity that they believe was involved in the racing parked in the 1000 block of Bradshaw Street.  There was no one in the vehicle.  The vehicle was impounded.

Storage Unit Burglar

Date: 05/08/2015            2:45 PM
Location: 5560 Ayers Street
Offense: Burglary
P.C. 30.02       State Jail Felony
Case Number: 1505080109

Corpus Christi Police Detectives have released camera surveillance images of a man they believe was involved in a burglary to a business.

Officers responded to the Move It Self Storage, located at 5560 Ayers Street, on May 8.  The owner of the business told officers that while she was out of the office, showing a storage unit to another couple, the suspect entered her storage unit and removed property from inside. The owner of the business did not know anything was missing until later in the day.  She then reviewed her office video system and saw the male suspect take the property.

The suspect in this case has not been identified, and detectives need you help in solving this crime.  The suspect is described as an older Hispanic male, with a black shirt pants and shoes.  He was also wearing a maroon and white hat and sunglasses. The suspect arrived in a green van with a broken driver side rear window.

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 vehicle leaving the business

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Male Suspect Inside The Business

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Male Suspect Inside The Business

Protect It or Someone May Steal Your Stuff

The Corpus Christi Police Department wants to inform citizens about auto burglaries occurring in the city.    With the upcoming summer months, and the possibility that friends and family may visit our city and stay at local hotels, the police department wants to pass on information that it has gathered during the month of May.

 From May 1 to May 27, there have been 69 reports of auto burglaries at hotels and motels citywide.

Auto burglaries are occurring in hotel and motel parking lots every day of the week.  On the average there are more than 2 reported every day.

78% of the auto burglaries occurred between 6 PM and 2 AM.

42% of the time the victim’s vehicle was unlocked.

Miscellaneous power and work tools are by far the most targeted items taken from vehicles.  The second most common items taken are personal devices such as cell phones and laptops.  Followed by purses, wallets and backpacks.

50 of the 69 vehicles targeted were trucks.
24 were Ford F-series
16 were GMC / Chevrolet
5 were Toyota Tundra
5 were Dodge Ram

The Corpus Christi Police Department wants to warn our citizens that these types of crimes are occurring in our city.  The department does have strategies it plans to implement to address these crimes but we also ask that citizens do their part in protecting their property.

Please be sure to always hide belongings from view. 

Two Suspects Use Brick To Enter Store

DATE: May 17, 2015    3:45 AM
LOCATION: 5700 South Alameda Street
OFFENSE: Burglary
P.C. 30.02   State Jail Felony
CASE NUMBER: 1505170034

Corpus Christi Police Detectives have released camera surveillance images of two suspects that they believe broke the front glass door of a Stripes Store, located at 5702 South Alameda Street,  and went inside.

The two male suspects used a brick to break the glass and entered the business that was closed. One of the suspects goes to the beer cooler and takes 2 twelve packs of beer.   The second male runs behind the counter and takes two packs of cigarettes.   Both suspects then exit the front door through the broken glass of the front door.

Both suspects appear to be Hispanic males.  One of the suspects was in a green shirt and black jeans. He attempts to use his shirt to cover part of his face while standing at the cooler.  The second suspect, who is standing at the cigarette shelf, was wearing a black shirt with graphics on the back, blue jeans and a black baseball cap turned backwards.

The suspects in this case have 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 1 at cooler

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Suspect 2 walking behind counter

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Suspect 2 at cigarette shelf

Corpus Christi Police Officer Discovers ATM Scam

Date: Friday, May 22, 2015, 14:12
Location: 5202 Interstate Highway 37 Access Road
Offense: Credit Card Abuse
Case Number: 1505220086

A Corpus Christi Police Officer’s keen attention as he used the automated teller machine at a convenience store Friday afternoon may have caused him to avoid becoming a victim of Credit Card Abuse.

A Corpus Christi Police Officer used the ATM machine at a store located at 5202 Interstate Highway 37 Access Road at 2pm Friday afternoon and noticed the plastic piece was loose when he slid in his ATM card into the machine. The Officer thought the piece was not seated properly and suspected the piece may not have been placed by the manufacturer and then the Officer pulled off the plastic piece which confirmed his suspicion. The Officer also noticed an additional piece above the card slot and discovered a camera. The Officer notified the store employees and the bank which owns the ATM. The bank sent a technician and confirmed to the officer that the two pieces the Officer discovered were not part of the machine. The Officer and store employees searched the store video and believe they have images of two suspects who placed the items on the machine at about 11:40am that day. The Officer took the two pieces to place in the evidence locker along with the copy of the video for Financial Crimes Detectives to investigate.

The suspects are two males and a more specific description may be provided at a later time after certain witnesses may be interviewed and Detectives attempt to identify the suspects. Meanwhile, the public is urged to conduct a careful review of ATM statements and notify their bank of any possible fraudulent charges. Anyone who used the ATM machine at the store at 5202 IH 37 Access between 11:40am and 2:00pm should pay careful attention to their bank statements and contact the Corpus Christi Police Financial Crimes Detectives at 886-2840.

A Corpus Christi Police Officer found these two pieces on an ATM Machine which are believed to be used for a scam
A Corpus Christi Police Officer found these two pieces on an ATM Machine which are believed to be used for a scam. This shows the back of the green piece which has electronics believed to store card information.
This is a front view of the green piece which is where the ATM cards are slid into the machine.
This is a front view of the green piece added to the ATM by suspected scammers which is where the ATM cards are slid into the machine.

To reduce the risk of this type of criminal activity, the public should have the habit of using the same ATM machines in order to be familiar with the machine and recognize when there are alterations to the machine they use. Never rely on the help of a stranger to retrieve a confiscated or stuck ATM card. Do not use an ATM where people loiter nearby. Beware of ATM machines with an unusually large amount of warnings or signs as those may conceal extra parts used for scams. If you use an unfamiliar ATM, it is best to use one in a building such as a bank, and look over it carefully for any parts that may be “add ons” and not installed by the manufacturer. If you notice any alterations to the ATM, notify the local law enforcement agency right away.

Zahn Rd Closed Due To High Water

The Corpus Christi Police Department has closed Zahn Road on Padre Island due to high water.  This is the main access road that leads from State Highway 361 onto the beach just past the Packery Channel bridge.  Zahn Road will be closed until further notice.  Anyone that wants to access the beach will be directed to the Newport Pass access road that is less than a mile down State Highway 361.  If the high water recedes the road will be reopened.

Financial Crimes Detectives Raid Home

The Corpus Christi Police SWAT assisted Financial Crimes Detectives from the Police Criminal Investigations Unit with a search warrant at 4837 Williams Drive early Thursday morning.

A search warrant for the home was obtained after detectives received information that a counterfeiting operation was using the location.

SWAT officers secured the scene and handed over the home to detectives investigating the case.

Inside the home officers found two females and a male. The male suspect inside, Johnny Valle (08/23/1982) was determined to have an outstanding arrest warrant for probation violation.

Detectives recovered drug paraphernalia and a set of blank check stock inside the home. Other items seized inside the home included prescription pills, bags for packaging narcotics, several pipes, and a scale.  Detectives will also be investigating a security camera system, and computers found at the location.

The male suspect was arrested for the outstanding warrant.  The two females were identified and released.

Floodwaters Close LaBonte Park

At the request of the Corpus Christi Police Department, the Texas Department of Transportation today closed the turnaround under Interstate 37 that provides access to LaBonte Park due to floodwaters from the Nueces River.

The closure prevents access to the popular park and it will be in place until further notice. People are urged to avoid the area.

 

Click It or Ticket Update

Corpus Christi Police Officers have been working on an overtime basis through a grant provided by the Texas Department of Transportation to enforce the states seat belt laws.

As of May 20,

130  citations have been issued to drivers and passengers without seat belts on.

18  citations have been issued to drivers for children in the vehicle not in car safety seats.

38  citations have been issued  to drivers for other violations such as expired vehicle registration or inspection or for no liability insurance.

The Click It or Ticket campaign started May 18 and continues through May 31.

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