Arrest Warrant Issued For Snappy Foods Robber

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The Corpus Christi Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in helping them locate a wanted person. Rosendo Gonzales (02/13/1996) is wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant for the robbery of the Snappy Foods Store located at 4617 Ayers St. on July 16.  There is a $50,000 bond set on the warrant.  We ask that anyone with any information on his whereabouts to call Corpus Christi Police at 361-886-2600.

Anyone who would like to provide information to the investigators and keep their identity secret may provide the information through Crime Stoppers at 886-TIPS (8477) or online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward

Aggravated Robbery

“Charlie” District

Date: 07/30/2014 10:20pm
Location: 5802 Everhart Rd.
Offense: Aggravated Robbery (P.C. 29.03 1st Degree Felony)
Case Number: 1407300154

Officers responded to a report of a home invasion at 5802 Everhart, Glen Willows apartments. Officers contacted the victim who advised that he heard several loud bangs on the front door. The door flew open and two suspects entered the apartment, one of the suspects had a handgun. They ordered the victim not to move and asked for two subjects by name. The victim advised he did not know those people. The suspects ordered the victim to lay down on the floor and asked where the money and guns were. The victim told the suspect who then took the items and fled the scene.  The suspects are described to be approx 5’8″ tall weighing approximately 160 pounds. Both suspects had tattoos and short hair, one was clean shaven and the other had a goatee. Investigators believe that the suspects are known to the victim.

Anyone who has any additional information about this crime should call the Corpus Christi Police Robbery Detectives at 886-2841. 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 31, 2014

“Bravo” District

Date: 07/30/2014 5:00am
Location: 14049 SPID
Offense: Burglary (State Jail Felony)
Case Number: 1407300031

Officers responded to a burglary of a business at 14049 SPID. The owner advised that someone broke into the business and stole about 80 sets of expensive sunglasses. The suspect, who was wearing a grey hooded pullover, blue jeans, black and white tennis shoes and white gloves was captured on video surveillance breaking into the store. The suspect exited the store carrying a black bag. The owner advised this is not the first time this has happened and that the same items are stolen each time. The owner is in the process of providing a copy of the video surveillance to the investigators.

Anyone who has any additional information about this crime should call the Corpus Christi Police Property Crimes Detectives at 886-2841. 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.

 

“Charlie” District

Date: 07/30-31/2014 10:30 PM, 2:25am
Location: 1900 Rodd Field, Airline and SPID
Offense: Driving While Intoxicated, 2 or more prior convictions (3rd Degree Felony)
Case Numbers: 1407300172, 1407310019

Officers Mike Rogers and Alexandria Molina were dispatched to the area of 1900 Rodd Field in reference to a vehicle swerving all over the road. Officers arrived and located the vehicle trying to reverse out of the grassy easement and drive on the sidewalk turning into a parking lot. The officers stopped the vehicle and observed signs of intoxication. A Standardized Field Sobriety Test was performed to which the suspect did not pass. The suspect, April Martinez (6-07-1971) was placed under arrest for Driving While Intoxicated. April Martinez refused to give a breath sample, a blood withdrawal warrant was obtained and a sample of her was taken at Spohn Shoreline.  April Martinez was transported to the City Detention Center where it was discovered that she had two prior convictions for DWI. Her DWI charge was enhanced to a 3rd Degree Felony.

Four hours later, Officers Mike Rogers and Alexandria Molina responded to a call at Airline and SPID in reference to a man down. When the officers arrived they observed a vehicle at the light with a male occupant asleep at the wheel. Officers contacted the male and safely put the vehicle in park. While he was being checked out by medics at the scene, the officers observed signs of intoxication. After medics cleared the scene he was asked to perform the Standardized Field Sobriety Test. The suspect did not pass the test. The suspect,  Alex Alvarado (10-18-1989) was arrested and transported to the City Detention Center. Alex was also found to have two or more prior convictions for DWI and his DWI charge was enhanced to a 3rd Degree Felony.

Great investigative work by the officers in taking two repeat DWI offenders off the street.

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.