Category Archives: Community Outreach

Officers Arrest Female In Stolen Car

Date: 10/10/2015       3:55 PM
Location: 700 Airline Road
Offense: Unauthorized use of a Motor Vehicle
P.C. 31.07   State Jail Felony
Case Number: 1510100120
A female was arrested after she stole a Corpus Christi Police Patrol unit.

Corpus Christi Police Officers were originally dispatched to Airline Road and Lum Street after several witnesses called to report a male and female having a disturbance at the bus stop. An Officer arrived and attempted to contact the couple. When he did, the male ran from him. The Officer was able to catch up to the male as he tried to jump a fence. When he was pulled down off the fence, the male suffered an injury to his arm.

While the Officer was chasing the male, the female, jumped into his marked police car and left. Another Officer arriving at the call, observed the stolen police car traveling on Airline Road toward Ocean Drive with the emergency lights on. That Officer got behind the stolen police unit and attempted to stop it using his emergency lights and sirens.

The female driving the police unit turned onto Ocean Drive, on the wrong side of the road, and traveled a short distance before turning onto private property. The female continued to drive to the back of the property and then exited the patrol car and attempted to run on foot.

Officers were able to catch up to the female, Rachel Vigueria (05/20/1989), a short distance away. The female was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and evading arrest in vehicle, both felony charges. She was additionally charged with evading arrest on foot, and she had an outstanding warrant for her arrest for probation violation on an original charge for assault.

The police unit did not appear to have any serious damage done to it.

The male that fled on foot from the officer was being treated at Spohn Memorial Hospital and faces possible charges of evading on foot, a Class B misdemeanor.

Officers Take Female Into Custody On Caribou Drive

Date: 10/10/2015       8:45 AM
Location: 7900 Caribou Drive
Case Number: 1510100112

A 51 year old female homeowner called Corpus Christi Police just after 8:45 AM today to report a disturbance at her home located in the 7900 block of Caribou Drive.

The female said that a female friend of hers, who had been staying with her for the past few weeks, had taken her car and a gun from her home just before 2 AM, following an argument. The female homeowner called police at that time, but Officers did not arrive in time and the female had already left.

Officers were called back at 8:45 by the homeowner, who said her friend had returned and was still armed. When Officers approached the residence, the homeowner came outside and told them that her friend was inside her home and armed with a handgun. The homeowner said that her friend had also made threats to commit suicide and shoot police.

Once the homeowner was safely removed from the residence, Officers attempted to talk to the 45 year old female friend. After unsuccessful attempts to get the female to disarm herself and come outside, the Corpus Christi Police Emergency Response Unit consisting of SWAT Officers and HNT Negotiators responded to the scene at 10 AM.

Negotiators outside of the home were able to communicate with the female inside by cell phone, and loud speaker. After nearly 5 hours of talking to the female, she exited the back door of the residence and was taken into custody.

She was transported to Spohn Memorial Hospital and will have a mental health evaluation. The female does have an outstanding warrant for her arrest for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle that will be served when she is released.

Suspect Arrested For Capital Murder


Date: 10/04/2015       3:10 AM 
Location: 3600 South Staples Street 
Offense: Capital Murder
P.C.  19.03    Capital Degree Felony 
Case Number: 1510040037
Corpus Christi Police Homicide Detectives have arrested the man they believe shot and killed a Stripes Store clerk early this morning in the 3600 block of South Staples Street.

Detectives were able to identify all three individuals they were looking for in connection to this crime.

After an investigation, Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for James Elizalde (04/05/1993) for capital murder. He was later located at his home in the 3600 block of Dalraida Drive and taken into custody.  The arrest warrant has a one million dollar bond amount and was issued by Judge Robert Balderas.

At this time, no other arrest are expected.



Suspect arrested for capital murder

Store Clerk Killed During Robbery

Date: 10/04/2015       3:10 AM
Location: 3600 South Staples Street
Offense: Capital Murder 
P.C.  19.03    Capital Degree Felony
Case Number: 1510040037
Corpus Christi Police responded to an incomplete 911 call from the business line of the Stripes Store, located at 3601 South Staples Street.

When Officers arrived they found the 50 year old male store clerk had been shot after a robbery at the store. The victim was transported to Doctors Regional Medical Center by CCFD EMS and he died a short time later.

Video surveillance from store cameras show three males walking into the store just before 3 AM.  The suspects take some items to the counter to check out and then rob the clerk when he opens the cash register.  One of the suspects is armed with a handgun and points it at the clerk.  During the robbery the clerk is shot.  All three suspects leave  and run toward Carroll Lane and then to an alley behind the store.

At the time of the robbery, no other workers or customers were in the store.

Detectives have released images of the three suspects they believe were involved in this crime.

Anyone with information about this case should call the Corpus Christi Police Homicide Detectives at 886-2858. 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 Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.



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Suspect 3


Three suspects leaving the store

Gone Fishin’

A few Corpus Christi Police and several Animal Care Service Officers spent a little time fishing today.

ACS received a call that a pet store, located in the 3800 block of Saratoga Boulevard, was without power and the owner had not cared for the aquatics in his store for several days. Police and ACS went to the business and got the power turned back on so the fish tanks inside would be able to pump air.

They also learned that the owner of the pet store had been arrested in McAllen, Texas and would not be returning any time soon. They were unable to locate any other business partners or employees from the pet store to come rescue the animals, so they took it upon themselves to contact the Texas State Aquarium and the Aquarium at Rockport Harbor to help save the fish.

CCPD, ASC, and aquarium staffers then spent several hours trying to scoop several hundred fish from nearly thirty tanks. They then transferred the scooped fish into containers so they could be taken to the aquariums.

In all several hundred small fish, frogs, coral, crabs and other small ocean animals were rescued.





First Friday Fun Fact

The Corpus Christi Police Department has 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. Here is this month’s traffic fact.

A common area of confusion regards U-turns.  It seems everyone has a different idea of what is legal and isn’t regarding U-turns.  There is only one state law specifically regarding U-turns: §545.102, which prohibits a U-turn if you are not visible within 500 feet of approaching traffic.  Otherwise, U-turns are allowed anywhere as long as there is not a sign or local ordinance prohibiting it.  If you want to make a U-turn at a traffic light, you cannot do so unless the left turn signal is green or, if there is no left turn signal, the light for through traffic is green.  Whenever you make a U-turn, you must, of course, yield to oncoming traffic just as if you were making a left turn.


Transportation Code Section 545.102. TURNING ON CURVE OR CREST OF GRADE

An operator may not turn the vehicle to move in the opposite direction when approaching a curve or the crest of a grade if the vehicle is not visible to the operator of another vehicle approaching from either direction within 500 feet.

134 Vehicles Up for Auction On Saturday

The City of Corpus Christi will auction 134 cars, trucks, and motorcycles at the Police Vehicle Impound Lot, located at 5485 Greenwood Drive, on Saturday, October 3, 2015. The auction will start at 10:00 am.

The general public is encouraged to register and view the vehicles for auction from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Friday, October 4. 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


Just 1 of the 134 vehicles up for auction Saturday


Just 1 of the 134 vehicles up for auction Saturday


Just 1 of the 134 vehicles up for auction Saturday


Just 1 of the 134 vehicles up for auction Saturday

Mosquito Tests Positive for West Nile

The Corpus Christi Police Department has received information that a mosquito, trapped near the area of Redbird Lane and Avenue C, has tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

Vector Control will begin spraying for mosquitos this evening and will continue for three (3) consecutive days (evening). The spray area will encompass a one-mile radius near the trap location. The traps in the area will continue to be monitored on a daily basis. The course of action will be dictated by any further detection of the West Nile virus.

Each morning the trap will be checked for mosquitos that will then be sent off for testing.

Citizens near the area are asked to take preventative measures. Vector Control is also asking parents to be mindful during outdoor sporting activities.

  • Citizens are asked to use mosquito repellent with DEET.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants and consider staying indoors when mosquitos are most active, that being dusk and dawn.
  • Get rid of standing water in outdoor flower pots, buckets or barrels.

Patrol Report 09/22/2015

The Corpus Christi Police Department responded to 893 calls for service and generated 257 reports for formal criminal complaints from 7:00 a.m. September 21 to 7:00 a.m. on September 22, 2015. These are samples of the criminal complaints filed by the Corpus Christi Police for that time period.



Date: 09/21/2015       10:15 PM
Location: 8100 Holly Road
Offense: Driving While Intoxicated
P.C. 49.04  Class B Misdemeanor
Case Number: 1509210209
Corpus Christi Police are investigating a crash involving an intoxicated driver in the 8100 block of Holly Road.

Officers arrived and the crash investigation revealed that a female was driving her 2015 Ford Taurus sedan east on Holly Road when she failed to stop at an intersection and drove into a parking lot striking a parked 2012 Jeep with two occupants inside. No one in the parked car was injured.

After an investigation, the driver of the Ford, Jessica Marie Razzo (08/19/1976), was found to be intoxicated. She was arrested for driving while intoxicated, a Class B misdemeanor.


Continue reading Patrol Report 09/22/2015

Patrol Report 09/21/2015

The Corpus Christi Police Department responded to 834 calls for service and generated 213 reports for formal criminal complaints from 7:00 a.m. September 20 to 7:00 a.m. on September 21, 2015. These are samples of the criminal complaints filed by the Corpus Christi Police for that time period.


Date: 09/20/2015       10:40 PM
Location: 5400 Leopard Street
Offense: Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
P.C. 31.07     State Jail Felony
Case Number: 1509200170
The manager of a business called Corpus Christi Police after he was driving down Leopard Street and saw one of his company trucks pulling into the parking lot of a motel on Leopard Street.

Officers responded and found the suspect who had been driving the truck, Geary Luster (11/07/1963).   After some investigation, Officers determined that the suspect got inside a fenced in parking lot of a business located at 401 Navigation Boulevard.

Once inside, he burglarized another company truck. All the stolen equipment from that truck was put into a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado company truck that he then stole.

The suspect then drove the stolen truck through the chain link fence.  The suspect also lied to Officers about his name when asked.

The suspect was charged with burglary, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, criminal mischief, and criminal trespass. He was additionally charged with giving a false name and having an outstanding parole violation warrant.

All of the stolen property was returned to the business manager.


Date: 09/20/2015       1:05 PM
Location: 6600 South Staples Street
Offense: Death Investigation
Case Number: 1509200088
Corpus Christi Police responded to an unconscious baby, not breathing, at an apartment located in the 6600 block of South Staples Street.

When Officers arrived they found a 23 month old female on a bedroom floor being treated by CCFD EMS. Inside the apartment, Officers spoke to two females who told them that they were in the process of adopting the child out of foster care.

They said that they put the child to bed and woke up to find her in her crib, not breathing.

The child was transported to Spohn South Hospital by CCFD EMS and pronounced dead.

At this time, Officers are still investigating this case.


Date: 09/20/2015       5:05 PM
Location: 3100 Reid Drive
Offense: Robbery
P.C. 29.02     Second Degree Felony
Case Number: 1509200127
A 41 year old man called Corpus Christi Police after he was assaulted and his groceries were stolen.

The victim told Officers that he left the HEB, located in the 3100 block of South Alameda Street, and was walking on Reid Street behind the store, when he was approached by a black male suspect.

The victim told Officers that he has seen the suspect in the area around the store before asking people for money.

The victim said that the man told him to give him the groceries he was carrying. When the victim refused, the suspect punched him in the head.

The victim was not seriously inured.

The value of the groceries was estimated to be $35.


Date: 09/21/2015       12:20 AM
Location: 100 Southern Street
Offense: Driving While Intoxicated
P.C. 49.04     Class A Misdemeanor
Case Number: 1509210009
A 45 year old man was unloading items from his vehicle when a passing car struck him and his truck in the 100 block of Southern Street.

A female was driving her 2015 Nissan Altima sedan on Southern Street when she veered off the roadway and struck the parked 2008 Chevrolet Silverado truck and its owner.

After the crash, the female driver, left her car at the scene, and walked away on foot.

Officers located the female, Jennifer Piwetz (10/05/1976), just down the street and took her into custody. She was not injured, but the man that was struck, did suffer a cut to his head and he was transported by CCFD EMS to Spohn Memorial Hospital.

After an investigation, it was determined that the female was intoxicated, and she was arrested.


Search the website 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 886-2840. Information about unsolved crimes may be provided to investigators anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or online at Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.