NVID PROSTITUTION STING NETS NINE ARRESTS

An anti-prostitution sting conducted by the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Narcotics and Vice Investigations Division on Monday, June 21, 2021, resulted in the arrest of nine men on charges of prostitution (Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and fines up to $2,000). The men were arrested after they solicited an undercover CCPD Officer, posing as a prostitute, for sex acts in exchange for money. The operation targeted several neighborhoods frequented by prostitutes.

NVID Detectives were assisted in the operation by Uniform Division Officers, as well as civilians with the Red Cord Program. The Red Cord Program is a prostitution diversion program aimed to provide practical and emotional support for those involved in prostitution. The program is successful due to the collaboration between Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation, social service organizations, Nueces County District Attorney Office, and Corpus Christi Police Department. The Red Cord program affords those involved with sex work an opportunity to address the myriad of behavioral, social, and psychological problems they have faced throughout their lifetime. Since 2013, Red Cord has provided case management, health services, job training, substance abuse treatment, clothing, housing, counseling, and other social services needed to address the circumstances related to their involvement in prostitution. Participants who successfully complete the program have their cases dismissed by the District Attorney’s Office.

The men arrested during Monday’s operation will be required to attend a mandatory prostitution diversion education program at their expense. This program educates men about the negative consequences of prostitution, circumstances that may lead someone to purchase sex, and the impact they have on the individual they attempt to solicit sex from in exchange for money. The fees raised from this program are then used to provide some of the resources mentioned above, to assist women seeking to escape the bondage of prostitution.

Although often inaccurately referred to as a “victimless” crime, prostitution is inextricably linked to multiple other crimes including assault, human trafficking, sexual abuse, drug abuse, and the spread of sexually transmitted infectious disease. Neighborhoods where prostitution is prevalent experience a drastic degradation of the quality of life that citizens expect and deserve. The Corpus Christi Police Department will continue to collaborate with all government and private entities to combat prostitution and help accomplish our mission of working with the community to reduce crime, reduce the fear of crime and enhance public safety.

NUECES COUNTY WANTED SUBJECT

Nueces County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help to locate Ricardo Garcia who has an outstanding warrant out of Bexar County for Assault Family Violence-Choking (No Bond) and two additional warrants out of Nueces County for Evading Arrest with Previous Convictions ($50,000 Bond) and Assault Family Violence with Previous Convictions ($30,000 Bond).

Garcia is described as a 38-year-old male, who stands 5’05” feet, weighs approximately 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

If you know how to locate Garcia, call Crime Stoppers at (361)888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=. The information you provide to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.

You may also contact the Nueces County Sheriff’s Office at (361) 887-2239 or (361) 887-2219 after 5:00 pm.

AGGRAVATED ROBBERY SUSPECTS ARRESTED

Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021
Location:  4900 block of S Staples
Offense: Aggravated Robbery
Case Number: 2106170068, 2106170090, 2106170140

Two offenders have been arrested in connection with an aggravated robbery.

At approximately 1:01 pm on Thursday, June 17, 2021, officers were dispatched to the 4900 block of S Staples for an Aggravated Robbery.  The victim advised that the suspects approached her, displayed a handgun and demanded personal property.

At approximately 2:57 pm on the same date, officers were notified that the stolen credit cards were being used at several businesses on the 5400 block of S Padre Island Drive.  Officers reviewed surveillance footage from the stolen credit card purchases and a short time later officers observed the male suspects in the area. 

Officers made contact with 19-year-old David Guzman and 17-year-old Matthew Henry. Both suspects were positively identified by the victim and they were subsequently taken into custody.  The suspects were found in possession of the victims stolen property, which was recovered and later returned to the victim.  Officers also located two handguns as well as the suspect vehicle which returned as stolen from another jurisdiction, it was also recovered.   

19-year-old Guzman was charged with Aggravated Robbery, Credit Card Abuse, Failure to Identify as Fugitive, one warrant out of San Pat County for Parole Violation for Theft of Firearm, and five outstanding warrants out of San Pat County for Burglary of Motor Vehicle. 

17-year-old Henry was charged Aggravated Robbery, Credit Card Abuse, Unlawful Carrying of Weapon, UUMV-Stolen out of Jurisdiction, and an outstanding warrant for Parole Violation for Intimidation. 

If you have any additional information about this crime, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=. Crime Stoppers guarantees to keep your identity anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward of up to $2,500.

BECOME A 9-1-1 DISPATCHER

If you are looking for a challenging and fulfilling job, consider applying as a 9-1-1 MetroCom Dispatcher. A dispatcher serves the entire county, not only law enforcement, but fire and medical emergency services.

We are currently seeking qualified applicants who are seeking a challenging career as a MetroCom 9-1-1 Dispatcher. If you would like to become a MetroCom 9-1-1 dispatcher either select this link https://www.cctexas.com/…/police…/9-1-1-dispatchers or use the QR code to the Corpus Christi Career Space.

NUECES COUNTY MAN GETS SENTENCED FOR SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A CHILD

A local man has been ordered to federal prison for conspiring to entice a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing child pornography. 

53-year-old Santos Gonzalez pleaded guilty on March 2, 2021.  On May 28, 2021, U.S. District Court Judge Drew B. Tipton sentenced Gonzalez to 420 months in prison. 

At the time of his plea, Gonzalez admitted to soliciting co-defendant Diana Martinez to produce and send illicit photographs of a minor victim. 

Forensic analysis of accounts belonging to Gonzalez and Martinez revealed they communicated between Jan. 21, 2016, and May 20, 2020. Throughout the thousands of pages of communication, Gonzalez expressed wanting to have sexual intercourse with the minor victim. Gonzalez would offer food, groceries, gifts, and other items of monetary value in exchange for Martinez sending nude photographs of the child.

Eventually, Gonzalez no longer used Martinez as an intermediary, directly soliciting the minor victim for sex.

Gonzalez will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future. Martinez is scheduled to be sentenced July 28 before Judge Tipton.

Corpus Christi Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit along with Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation, with assistance from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

What are the different missing person alerts?

Missing person alerts are used to get information out to the public in hope of receiving tips and then leads to the recovery of a person in danger.  
There are currently six different types of alerts and each categorize a different type of missing or abducted individual.

AMBER Alert
Notifies the public when a child has been abducted and is believed to be in danger of sexual assault, bodily injury, or death.

Silver Alert
Notifies the public of a missing older adult with a documented mental condition.

Blue Alert
Notifies the public of a wanted violent criminal who has killed or seriously wounded a local, state, or federal law enforcement officer.

Endangered Missing Persons Alert
Notifies the public of a missing person (of any age) with an intellectual disability.

Camo Alert
Notifies the public of a missing current or former member of the United States armed forces, including the National Guard or a reserve or auxiliary unit of any branch of the armed forces who is struggling with mental illness.

CLEAR
Notifies the public of missing, kidnapped, or abducted adult or adults who are in immediate danger of injury or death.

For more information on the Alert types visit the Texas Department of Public Safety website. https://www.dps.texas.gov/section/intelligence-counterterrorism/amber-silver-blue-endangered-missing-persons-camo-clear-alert

TWO ARRESTS MADE IN DEATH OF 4-YEAR-OLD

Date: Friday, June 04, 2021
Offense: Capital Murder, Injury to a Child
Case Number: 2106040079

At approximately 4:33 pm on Friday, June 04, 2021, officers were dispatched to a local hospital reference an injury to a child.

When the officers arrived, they were advised that a 4-year-old child was being treated for life-threatening injuries. Officers were later updated that the child passed from his injuries.

Detectives with the Family Violence Section of the Criminal Investigation Division continued their investigation and on June 09, 2021, two warrants were applied for and secured: one for the mother’s boyfriend, 27-year-old Ezekiel Ramirez and a second warrant for the mother of the child, 27-year-old Bethany Longoria.

On June 09, 2021, Ezekiel Ramirez was arrested on the outstanding warrant for Murder ($750,00 Bond). Ezekiel was interviewed by Investigators and was later transported to the City Detention Center for processing.

On June 09, 2021, Bethany Longoria was arrested on the outstanding warrant for Injury to a Child by Omission ($750,000 Bond). Bethany was interviewed by Investigators and was later transported to the City Detention Center for processing.

This is still an active and ongoing investigation. If you have any information pertaining to this incident, you are encouraged to call the Corpus Christi Police Department at 361-886-2600. 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 tip online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=.

SECOND ARREST MADE IN DEATH OF 1-YEAR-OLD

Date: May 10, 2021
Offense: Injury to a Child
Location: 6400 Block of Weber
Case Number: 2105100100

At approximately 3:05 pm on Monday May 10th officers were dispatched to the 6400 block of Weber for an unconscious infant.

When the officers arrived, they located a 1-year-old child who was not responsive. Officers attempted to provide life-saving measures before medics arrived and transported the child to a local hospital, where she later passed from her injuries.

Detectives with the Family Violence Section of the Criminal Investigation Division responded to the scene in an effort to investigate. During the investigation they discovered enough cause to arrest the mother’s boyfriend, 31-year-old Mark Hernandez, for Injury to a Child.

Investigators continued their investigation and on June 06, 2021, a warrant was applied for and secured for the mother of the child, 23-year-old Briana Garcia.

On June 09, 2021, Briana Garcia was arrested on the outstanding warrant for Injury to a Child by Omission ($500,00 Bond). Briana was interviewed by Investigators and was later transported to the City Detention Center for processing.

This is still an active and ongoing investigation. If you have any information pertaining to this incident, you are encouraged to call the Corpus Christi Police Department at 361-886-2600. 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 tip online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=.

PRESS RELEASE REFERENCE AMBER/CLEAR ALERT

At approximately 8:50 am this morning, Jezabel and Zaylee Zamora were located safely at a residence on the 6400 block of Weber. Jezabel and Zaylee have since been reunited with their family.

The arrests of Kristian Garcia and Rodrick Garcia, along with the recovery of Jezabel and Zaylee Zamora were the direct result of countless hours of diligent investigation and teamwork with our federal counterparts.

Kristian Garcia was taken into police custody at approximately 9:00 am on several outstanding warrants for: Murder ($1,000,000 Bond), Aggravated Robbery ($100,000 bond), and two counts of Aggravated Kidnapping.  Kristian Garcia will be transported to the City Detention Center for processing.

Rodrick Garcia was arrested at approximately 2:00 pm on June 09, 2021 on the 5100 block of Flynn Parkway.  Rodrick was charged with the following outstanding warrants: Kidnapping ($100,000 Bond) and two additional warrants out of Victoria County for Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 2.

We want to thank our Investigators with the Family Violence and Homicide/Robbery Sections of our Criminal Investigations Division, Officers with our Patrol Division, Gang Unit, SWAT Unit, HNT Unit and Organized Crime Unit.  We also want to thank our Federal counterparts with FBI Corpus Christi, FBI Houston, FBI San Antonio, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and US Marshal Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force.

Lastly, we want to thank the community and media for their assistance.  Your efforts in bringing awareness and remaining observant were crucial in safely locating Jezabel and Zaylee.

For additional information about the kidnapping, please see: https://ccpdblotter.com/2021/06/08/32697/

WARRANT ISSUED FOR KIDNAPPING ACCOMPLICE

In relation to the Kidnapping investigation from June 08, 2021, investigators have identified an accomplice that worked alongside Kristian Garcia.  As a result, a warrant has been secured for 26-year-old Rodrick Garcia for Kidnapping ($100,000 Bond). 

Rodrick is described as a white male, who stands 5’08”, weighs approximately 165 pounds, with dark brown hair and brown eyes. 

Investigators are still seeking assistance from the public to locate the whereabouts of Jezabel and Zaylee Zamora, if you see either, please call 911 immediately. 

Both pictures of Rodrick are from 2020, he may or may not currently have facial hair. 

If you know the whereabouts of Rodrick Garcia, or have any additional information about this kidnapping, call the Corpus Christi Police Department at 911. Information may be provided to investigators anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=. If the information you provide leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.

For additional information about the kidnapping, please see: https://ccpdblotter.com/2021/06/08/32697/

Corpus Christi Police Daily Blotter

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