Category Archives: Community Outreach

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.

Don’t Let Scammers Have Your Money

The Corpus Christi Police Department wants to inform citizens about scams occurring over the phone that request money.

The police department continues to investigate reports from victims that send “money grams” to suspects who call them over the phone with a scam.  A MoneyGram is an electronic money transfer sent from one party to another through the MoneyGram network. The sending party can initiate a money transfer online or in person from any MoneyGram location. The receiving party is then able to collect the transfer as cash.

The suspects who call usually request that the victims purchase a “money gram” and then send them the information.  Once the victim gives the suspect the money gram information they are able to obtain cash. Victims are not able to get a refund on these types of purchases.

The suspects use different types of the following scams to get money from victims.

The Grant Scam.  A suspect will call a victim and tell them that they have been awarded a grant in a large amount of money.  The scammer will then tell them that they need to send a “money gram” in order to process the grant and have it awarded to them.  In one report a women sent over $3000 in different amounts in hopes of securing a $9000 grant from scammers.  She was called several different times in a few days and told to send “money grams” to various people in different amounts.  After sending the money, she was never awarded the grant

The Prize Scam: A scammer will call telling you that you have won a prize and in order to claim the prize you will need to send them money.

The IRS Scam: A scammer will call telling you that you owe money to the Internal Revenue Service and to avoid being arrested by the IRS you will need to send them money.

The Relative Scam: A scammer will call telling you that they are a relative and that they have been injured, jailed or kidnapped and need you to send them money.

The Corpus Christi Police Department wants to warn citizens that these types of crimes are occurring in our city and remind people to protect their money.  Do not send money grams to anyone who has contacted you over the phone without investigating who is receiving your money. Anytime anyone ask you to send them money to secure a grant, prize, or lottery winnings it is a scam.  The Internal Revenue Service will never contact you by phone to collect taxes owed. A formal letter will be sent to you or an IRS Agent will visit with you in person.  If a person claiming to be a relative calls you asking for a money gram to be sent to them for an emergency, contact other family members to try and verify this story and never make quick decisions without investigating for yourself.

First Friday Fun Fact

The Corpus Christi Police Department will begin a campaign called “First Friday Fun Fact” that will focus on different Texas traffic laws.  It will run on the first Friday of each month. 

TURNING LEFT OVER DOUBLE-YELLOW LINES
One of the biggest misconceptions in the arena of lane markings is the meaning of the double-yellow line with regards to left turns.  A double-yellow line simply means “no passing”; it does not prohibit left turns.  In fact, you are specifically permitted by statute to turn left over double yellow lines:

PASSING TO THE LEFT:  PASSING ZONES
(b)  An operator may not drive on the left side of the roadway in a no-passing zone or on the left side of any pavement striping designed to mark a no-passing zone.  This subsection does not prohibit a driver from crossing pavement striping, or the center line in a no-passing zone marked by signs only, to make a left turn into or out of an alley or private road or driveway.

Additional information
There is an exception to the above rule: if there are two sets of double-yellow lines, you may not cross over at all, including for left turns.  These areas are defined as 
“flush median islands.”  As such, they have the same purpose and function as a physical traffic island and are legally enforceable as a “dividing space.”  (see below.)  These areas often also have diagonal hash markings to help emphasize that they’re off-limits.

 

Phlebotomist On Duty Starting Tonight

The Fourth of July holiday often leads to an increase in the number of Driving While Intoxicated arrests made by the Corpus Christi Police Department.

We want everyone to enjoy the festivities of the Fourth of July holiday and ask that you act responsibly by not drinking and driving in our city. All drivers should avoid the risk of arrest, incarceration or tragedy that is associated with driving while intoxicated. In an effort to assist law enforcement agencies in the investigation of suspected intoxicated drivers, the Nueces County District Attorney’s Office will provide a trained phlebotomist at the City of Corpus Christi Detention Center from 10pm to 4am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, July 2nd, 3rd, and 4th.

The Corpus Christi Police Department remains a “no refusal” agency all of the time. However during this holiday period, when a trained phlebotomist is at the CDC, our officers will not have to take suspects to the hospital in order to get a blood sample. This will make the DWI investigation more efficient and will get our officers back on the street much quicker.

Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers Release Second Quarter Statistics for 2015

The Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers has the statistical report for the second quarter for 2015 to provide to the public.

There have been 1,167 calls to Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers in 2015 which have resulted in 69 arrests and $28,800 dollars in rewards approved. There have been 49 fugitives apprehended as a result of Crime Stoppers tips in Corpus Christi. There have been $1,000 dollars worth of property recovered, and $1,580 dollars worth of narcotics seized because of tips from the public to the Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers.

Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers is a non-profit organization operated by volunteers in the community to provide information to Police about unsolved crimes. Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers guarantees that anyone who calls Crime Stoppers will remain completely anonymous for their protection, so the caller will never be known to the criminal, never be compelled to appear in court, and not be subject to investigation. Crime Stoppers offers rewards to overcome the challenge of apathy and as a tool to provide incentive for those who are not willing to communicate with law enforcement. The rewards and operating expenses are entirely from donations and no tax dollars go toward the Crime Stoppers program.

Anyone with any information about an unsolved crime or knows the location of a fugitive should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the tip online at www.888TIPS.com. Anyone who would like to donate to Crime Stoppers can find out more at the website or visit the Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers facebook page. Crime Stoppers is the link between law enforcement, the media, and the public in an effort to reduce crime, reduce the fear of crime, and enhance public safety.

Fourth of July Vehicle Auction

The City of Corpus Christi will auction 92 cars, trucks, and motorcycles at the  Police Vehicle Impound Lot, located at 5485 Greenwood Drive, on Saturday, July  4, 2015 at 10:00 am.

The general public is encouraged to register and view the vehicles for auction from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Friday, July 3. The general public can continue to  view the vehicles from 8:00 am to 10:00 am on the day of the auction.

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

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Do You Know These Two Thieves?

Date: 6/15/2015            3:00 PM
Location: 5350 South Staples Street
Offense: Felony Theft
P.C. 31.02        State Jail Felony
Case Number: 1506180028

Corpus Christi Police Detectives have released camera surveillance images of two suspects that they believe stole computer equipment from the New York Life business, located at 5350 South Staples Street, on June 15 at about 3 PM.

Employees at the business told Officers that the suspect with the red cap walks into the office, while the suspect with the blue cap is watching from outside.  The suspect with the red cap enters a hallway storage room inside of the office.  He is then seen a short time later walking out with two cases, one in each hand.  The two large silver metal cases each contained a laptop computer, a printer, a web camera, and a finger printing kit.  They are worth $5000. The suspect in the blue cap leaves the area following the male in the red cap.

Detectives were able to obtain camera images from the security camera system that shows both males enter the office front doors.  They were both wearing white t-shirts, blue jeans and tennis shoes.

The suspects in this case was not located and Detectives need your help in identifying these individuals.  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 entering business office

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Suspects entering business office

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Suspect acting as look out

Police Host Public Events On Padre Island

6-26-2015 10-21-08 AMHeaded to the Beach this Saturday? We will be there too. Check out our Island Substation located at Zahn Road and State Highway 361. The Texas Sealife Center and South Texas Botanical Gardens will present Coastal and Aquatic Wildlife Education from 1pm-3pm at the Island Substation at Tortuga Dunes. Bring the family; there is no fee for the event.
Senior Officer Luis Flores has worked hard to arrange events each Saturday at the substation for the public. Go out and see him and take advantage of the great opportunities!

Suspect Steals From Three Separate Stores

DATE: June 20-22, 2015
LOCATION: Corpus Christi Home Depot Stores
OFFENSE: Thefts
P.C. 31.03   Class A Misdemeanor
CASE NUMBER:
1506200084, 1506220121, 1506220122
Corpus Christi Police Detectives have released camera surveillance images of a suspect that they believe stole several power tools from three different Home Depot Stores in Corpus Christi.

The first theft occurred on June 19 at about 12:45 PM at the Home Depot located at 5041 South Padre Island Drive.  Employees told Corpus Christi Police that a man walked into the store and removed a Makita Drill and bit set valued at $279.  The man walked out of the store without paying for the merchandise.

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Suspect at Home Depot located on S.P.I.D.

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Suspect at Home Depot located on S.P.I.D.

The second theft occurred on June 20 at about 2:55 PM at the Home Depot located at 4038 South Port Avenue.  Employees told Corpus Christi Police that a man walked into the store and removed a Milwaukee brand hammer and impact combination kit valued at $798.  The man walked out of the store without paying for the merchandise.

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Suspect at Home Depot located on South Port Avenue

The third theft occurred on June 22 at 3 PM at the Home Depot located at 13202 Leopard Street. Employees told Corpus Christi Police that a man walked into the store and removed a Milwaukee drill kit valued at $399.  The man walked out of the store without paying for the merchandise.

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Suspect at Home Depot located on Leopard Street

When Detectives reviewed surveillance video they determined that all three thefts appear to be committed by the same suspect.   The suspect is a Hispanic male, between 40 and 50 years of age.  He was wearing a light colored long sleeve button down shirt, blue jeans and light colored tennis shoes in all three thefts.  He is seen with a cap on in the theft that occurred on Leopard Street.

The same suspect vehicle was used in all the three thefts and is reported to be a Blue Kia Rio

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.

Volunteers In Policing To Be Recognized Tonight

Volunteer Awards Banquet

Tonight, the Corpus Christi Police Department will host the 2014 Volunteer Award Banquet at the Church Unlimited, 3402 Rodd Field Road. We will serve a light meal from Firehouse Subs starting at 6 p.m. followed by presentation of awards at 7 p.m.

The following groups will receive awards:

Corpus Christi Animal Care Services
Corpus Christi Citizens Police Academy Alumni
Corpus Christi Reserve Officers
John W. Sartain Law Enforcement Explorer Post 133
Mary Grett School
Corpus Christi Police Athletic League
Retires and Senior Volunteer Program

Other individual awards being presented as well:

Alys Perez
Andrew Carrizales
Bill Shelton
Cheryl Daubs
Chris Hernandez
Cydni Cochran
Dale Langley
Dan Roberts
Delfina Benavides
Diana Perez
Eileen Fisher
Gary Heinrich
James Hoffman

It is an honor to recognize these volunteers and the work that they do everyday at our police department.