Category Archives: Criminal Investigations Division

Officers Exchange Gunfire With 33 Year Old Man

Date: Sunday, February 15, 2015, 20:11
Location: 4900 Dody Street
Offense: Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer (1st Degree Felony)
Case Number: 1502150133

Corpus Christi Police responded to multiple complaints of a firearm being discharged in the 4900 block of Dody Street at 7:52 p.m. Sunday night. Officers arrived at 8:09 p.m. and were directed to a particular house by a member of the public.

The Officers went to the exterior north side of the house and then exchanged gunfire with a 33-year-old man. The 33-year-old man was injured and taken to Spohn Memorial Hospital for medical treatment.

The Corpus Christi Police on duty SWAT team responded to the scene to enter the house where the shooting took place. No other individuals were found.  There were no other reports of injuries or property damage.

The Officer who exchanged gunfire with the suspect is a 3-year veteran. The Officer has been placed on Administrative Leave as per department policy. The Officer was not injured.

The 33-year-old suspect remains in the hospital for treatment for his injuries and faces charges of Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison and up to a $10,000 dollar fine.

Detectives with the Internal Affairs and Investigations Bureau are investigating the event.

Anyone with any additional information related to this event who have not already spoken with Police, should call the Corpus Christi Police Department and provide the details to Detectives.

Facebook Dooms Thief

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Corpus Christi Police Detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in helping them locate a wanted person. Jason Avalos (05/19/1974) is wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant for a felony theft that occurred on February 4, 2015 at the Kohl’s Store located at 5626 Saratoga Boulevard just after 8 P.M.

The suspect went to the jewelry counter and asked a store employee to see a ring valued at over $3000.  When the employee handed it over, the suspect fled the store out the front door with the ring.

A customer waiting in the checkout line recognized the suspect as a Facebook friend.  She showed store employees his profile picture from her phone and they determined that it was the man who had just stolen the ring.

Detective’s followed up on this information and were able to secure an arrest warrant for the suspect.  Jason Avalos is  6’ 00” tall and he weighs 215 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. There is a $10,000 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.

Robbery Suspect Steals Muffins

“DELTA” District
Date: 02/12/2015        9:00 AM
Location: 1621 Leopard Street
Offense: Robbery
PC 32.21       Third Degree Felony
Case Number: 1502120031
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orpus Christi Police responded to the EZ Stop Store located at 1621 Leopard Street after the store clerk was assaulted by a man trying to steal a package of muffins.

Officers arrived and were told the suspect was seen putting the merchandise into his pants pockets and when he tried to stop there was a struggle at the doorway of the store.

After a brief fight the suspect, Algie Jenkins (01/06/1967), was able to flee on foot from the store.  Responding officers found him walking down Leopard Street near city hall.  He was taken into custody and charged with robbery due to his assault of the store clerk during the commission of a theft.

The store clerk refused any medical treatment.

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.

Bank Burglar

Date: 2/6/2015            6:00 AM
Location: 500 North Water Street
Offense: Burglary
P.C. 30.02        State Jail Felony
Case Number: 1502060022
Corpus Christi Police Detectives have released camera surveillance images of a suspect they believe is involved in a burglary to a business that occurred on February 6.

Corpus Christi Police responded to an alarm at the Prosperity Bank and found that the front doors could not be totally secured.

A bank employee arrived and decided to view camera surveillance to see if anyone had gained entry into the bank. While viewing camera footage a white male about 5`8” tall wearing dark pants, boots and a hooded sweat shirt with a laptop style pack around his neck is seen entering the bank through the front doors by pulling on them.

The suspect walks over to a teller window and jumps the counter. Once behind the counter he is able to gain entry into a safe under the counter that was left unsecured. The suspect then walks out of camera view and reappears again with a box over his right shoulder, and he exits through the door.   It is thought that the suspect exited the bank with coins in the box.

It is estimated that the suspect took approximately $600 worth of money in coins.

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 entering bank carrying laptop style case

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Suspect entering bank

 

Warrant Issued For Stabbing Suspect

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Corpus Christi Police Detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in helping them locate a wanted person.

Santos Flores (11/27/1983) is wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant for an aggravated assault that occurred on January 24, 2015 at an apartment complex parking lot located in the 3800 block of Caravelle Parkway.  The suspect is accused of stabbing a 20 year old female in the face several times and her sister drove her to Spohn Shoreline Hospital to be treated.  The victim was later transferred to Spohn MMC due to her injuries.  Officers did not locate the suspect that evening, but did find a crime scene.

Santos Flores is 5’10” tall and weighs 180 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. There is a $75,000 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.

Police Investigate Possible Murder/Suicide In Flour Bluff

Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 5:06am
Location: 10333 Compton Road
Offense: Homicide
Case Number: 1502030015

Corpus Christi Police are investigating the death of two people in an apartment located at 10333 Compton Road Tuesday morning. Corpus Christi Police responded to a complaint of a shooting at 5:06am Tuesday morning and discovered a 46-year-old man dead, a 33-year-old woman dead, an injured adult and at least one other person who was uninjured at an apartment. An ambulance crew took the injured adult man to the hospital for treatment of what Officers believe to be a gunshot wound to the lower abdomen. The Officers gathered information and evidence to believe that the 46-year-old man shot the adult man and the 33-year-old woman, then shot himself.

Detectives do not believe there is any other suspect for the crime at large. Detectives have not been provided information to support this event as dug or gang related. Detectives still would like to hear from anyone who may have additional information about this event and urge the public to contact them at 886-2840 to provide any additional details.

Police Conduct Death Investigation on Paul Jones Avenue

Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015, 14:59
Location: 1800 Paul Jones Avenue
Event: Death Investigation
Case Number: 1501290094

Corpus Christi Police are conducting a death investigation Thursday at a residence on the 1800 block of Paul Jones Avenue. Corpus Christi Police responded to a complaint of a foul odor at a home and discovered a deceased person in the home. Officers said the person had advanced decomposition and were unable to determine the gender or age of the person at the time of this report. Officers are working to contact everyone associated with the home and possible family members to determine the sequence of events in this case. Presently, it is not known if the person died as a the result of a natural condition or as the result of a person’s action so this case is considered a death investigation.

Anyone with any additional information about this case should call the Corpus Christi Police Department at 886-2600. Anyone who would like to provide information to Detectives and keep their identity secret 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.

Update: January 30, 2015
The Corpus Christi Police Department Robbery and Homicide Detectives are investigating this death as a homicide because the information and evidence leads them to believe the death was not the result of natural causes. The Detectives believe the deceased person is a 45-year-old woman and continue to investigate and determine if the death was caused by accidental or intentional means. Detectives have identified a suspect who is the 15-year-old son to the deceased woman. The 15-year-old suspect is in the hospital for injuries he suffered prior to law enforcement contact and is under guard from the Corpus Christi Police Department.

Update January 31, 2015:
Corpus Christi Police Detectives have obtained a directive to apprehend the 15-year-old suspect in this case. The 15-year-old boy was discharged from the hospital and Officers delivered the 15-year-old to the Nueces County Juvenile Detention Center. No other information about this case is authorized for release to the public until presented in court.

Officers urge anyone with any additional information about this event to contact Detectives or provide the information to Crime Stoppers.

Police Search for Missing 35 Year Old Man

Stephen Barrett Watkins 2/21/1979 Missing Since January 22, 2015
Stephen Barrett Watkins
2/21/1979
Missing Since January 22, 2015

Date: Friday, January 23, 2015
Location: 200 Lola Johnson Road
Event: Missing Person
Case Number: 1501230054

A 66-year-old man reported his 35-year-old son, Stephen Watkins, (2/21/1979)  missing from a house on the 200 block of Lola Johnson Road to Corpus Christi Police Friday. The 66-year-old man told Officers he last heard from Watkins on January 22 and the son had struggled with personal problems. The 66-year-old man told Officers Watkins left without his car or belongings. Officers were provided information to believe that Watkins has a health risk if not located and Officers ask for help from the public to locate Watkins.

Watkins is described as a 35-year-old male with light colored skin, is 6 feet 1 inch tall, 190 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone who has seen Watkins, or has any information to locate Watkins should call the Corpus Christi Police Department at 886-2600 or 886-2849 and request to provide the information to Detective R.L. Garcia.

Update:
Watkins was found by fishermen on February 1st, 2015, refer to the post at link http://wp.me/p1D8kP-4Z9.