SEVEN WOMEN, ONE MAN ARRESTED DURING NVID PROSTITUTION STING THURSDAY AFTERNOON

An anti-prostitution sting conducted by the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Narcotics and Vice Investigations Division Thursday afternoon resulted in the arrests of seven women and one man on charges ranging from prostitution to criminal trespass, terroristic threats, possession of a controlled substance, and public lewdness. One of the women arrested was charged with Felony prostitution, due to previous convictions.  A 44-year-old woman and 35-year-old man were arrested for public lewdness after officers observed them engaged in sexual conduct in a public place. The other women were arrested after they solicited an undercover CCPD Officer for sex acts in exchange for money.  The operation targeted several north and west side neighborhoods frequented by prostitutes.

NVID Detectives were assisted in the operation by Operations Division Crime Reduction Unit Officers, as well as civilians with the Red Cord Initiative.  The Red Cord Initiative 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 the Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation, social service organizations, the Nueces County District Attorney Office, and the Corpus Christi Police Department.  The 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.

Two of the seven women arrested during Thursday’s operation agreed to participate and were accepted into the program.  Since its inception in 2013, 212 men and women have been arrested for prostitution during these operations, 107 have qualified for the program, 66 were accepted, and 19 have graduated from the program.  The Red Cord initiative receives no government funding and is supported entirely through donations.  To learn more, volunteer or donate, citizens can visit the Coastal Bend Wellness foundation at http://www.cbwellness.org.

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.

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Help Detectives Identify this Purse Thief

Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2019 3:13pm
Location: 6100 Saratoga Blvd
Offense:  Theft, Purse Snatching
Case Number: 1902050080

 

Corpus Christi Police Detectives need your help identifying this suspected thief. Officers responded and contacted the 78 year old female victim. She advised officers that she was looking at some vitamins in the pharmacy department and noticed her purse was missing. The victim looked for her purse and then contacted loss prevention personnel. They reviewed security footage and found the incident on video. The female suspect, wearing white or Khaki pants and a black shirt is observed taking the purse from the victims cart and then walking away.

Theft Suspect

If you know the identity of this suspect or have any information about this crime please call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at http://www.cctexas.com/crimestoppers. Information provided to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.

 

CCPD Officer Arrested

The Corpus Christi Police Department obtained information that Senior Officer Norma Deleon allegedly misrepresented herself as a public servant in an off-duty capacity.

An investigation was launched by the Corpus Christi Police Department Criminal Investigation Division.  The Officer was placed on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.

During their investigation Corpus Christi Police Department Detectives discovered evidence that Norma DeLeon had inappropriately represented herself as a public servant while attempting to conduct a welfare check. On February 6th, 2019, detectives presented the findings of the investigation to the Nueces County District Attorney’s Office, who accepted the case for prosecution.

On February 07, 2019, the Nueces County District Attorney’s Office issued a warrant for Norma DeLeon, charging her with Official Oppression (Class A Misdemeanor) and Impersonating a Public Servant (3F).

Norma DeLeon, a 10-year veteran of the Police Department remains on administrative leave while the department continues with the administrative review process.

10 ARRESTED FOR RACING

This past weekend Corpus Christi Police Department Officers conducted an operation reference several complaints of racing in the area of North Shoreline Boulevard.

As a result of this operation a total of 10 individuals were arrested and charged with racing, 3 of those individuals were additionally charged for reckless driving and 4 separate traffic citations were issued.

If you have any reports of reckless or aggressive driving, please submit those complaints to saferoadsforcc@cctexas.com.

JOINT INVESTIGATION RESULTS IN DRUG ARREST OF LOCAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY

A local criminal defense attorney found himself on the other side of bars yesterday, after Corpus Christi Police Department Narcotics & Vice Investigators conducted an evidentiary search warrant at his residence in the 15000 block of Cruiser Street Wednesday morning. The search warrant was the culmination of a year-long joint investigation between the CCPD Narcotics & Vice Investigations Division and the Nueces County District Attorney’s Office.

At approximately 8:00 AM, NVID Officers arrived at the residence and contacted the 66-year-old man as he was leaving for work. Upon detaining the suspect, John R. Perry, (DOB: 9-21-52), officers discovered he was in possession of a small amount of controlled substance and he was immediately arrested. During the execution of the search warrant, Narcotics Investigators found and seized an additional small quantity of suspected cocaine, methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia from inside the residence, along with other items of evidence. Perry was charged with possession of a controlled substance, a second-degree felony punishable by between two and twenty years in prison. Also arrested during the raid was Maria Torres (DOB:9-23-70), whom Investigators discovered had an outstanding motion to revoke warrant for possession of a controlled substance. While searching Torres, Investigators discovered a small quantity of suspected methamphetamine, for which she was additionally charged.

This is an ongoing investigation by NVID Detectives and Investigators with the Nueces County District Attorney’s Office. Additional charges are possible.

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child safety seat awareness

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It is important to choose the proper child safety seat or booster for your child as the restraint type is dependent on the age, height, and weight of the child.

In Texas, a person commits an offense if the person operates a passenger vehicle, transports a child who is younger than eight years of age, unless the child is taller than four feet, nine inches, and does not keep the child secured during the operation of the vehicle in a child passenger safety seat system according to the instructions of the manufacturer of the safety seat system.

Here are some helpful resources:

Texas Department of Public Safety
Answers to frequently asked questions on child safety seats.
https://www.dps.texas.gov/director_staff/public_information/occSafetyPrgmFAQs.htm

National Highway Transportation Administration (NHTSA)
Information on how to choose the proper seat for your child and vehicle.
https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/car-seats-and-booster-seats#find-compare-seats

Driscoll Children Hospital Injury Prevention
Call 361-694-6700 & employees with the Injury Prevention at Driscoll Children’s Hospital can have your car seat inspected to ensure that it is properly installed.

FATAL CRASH UPDATE

Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 6:46 PM
Location: Staples/Baldwin
Offense: Fatal Crash
Case Number: 1901150116/C1900318

At approximately 6:46 PM on January 15, 2019, Corpus Christi Police Officers responded to a major crash at the intersection of Staples and Baldwin.

Upon arrival, officers determined that 2 vehicles were involved in a head-on collision.

The driver of unit one, 19-year-old male, was determined to be at fault for failing to yield the right of way.  The driver, sole occupant, was cited accordingly and released to the hospital for follow-up care. 

Unit two was occupied times four.  This vehicle was occupied by 2 adults and 2 young children.  A 26-year-old male passenger was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.  One child was transported to Driscoll in critical condition and the second child was transported to Driscoll in critical but stable condition.  The driver of the vehicle, a 28-year-old female, sustained major injuries but was last updated in stable condition.  The 28-year-old female was found to be under the influence and is subsequently being charged with Driving while Intoxicated with a Child. (SJF)

No additional information is available for release at this time.

How to report traffic issues and aggressive driving

lidarIf you have seen an ongoing traffic issue or notice an aggressive driver you may contact the Corpus Christi Police Department at saferoadsforcc@cctexas.com.

This email will be received by several different sections within the city so that the issue may be addressed. These sections include Corpus Christi Police Department Uniform Patrol Captains, Traffic Safety Section Lieutenants, and Traffic Engineering at city hall.

To report an aggressive driver be sure to list the following information in the email.

  • Date
  • Time
  • Location
  • Description of the vehicle
  • License plate

Aggressive Driving behaviors would include:

  • Speeding
  • Following too closely
  • Abrupt lane changes
  • Distracted driving (cell phone use while driving)
  • Failing to signal lane change

IDENTIFY A HOME INVASION SUSPECT

Corpus Christi Police Department Investigators are looking to identify a suspect in a home invasion that occurred on December 17, 2018.  A sketch artist worked with the victim to create a sketch of what the suspect may look like.

If you have any information on the identity of this suspect or information about any recent home invasions, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at http://www.cctexas.com/crimestoppers.  Crime Stoppers guarantees to keep your identity anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you up to $2,500 dollars in cash.

 

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VICTIM RESCUED FROM ENGULFED VEHICLE

On New Year’s Day, civilians and Corpus Christi Police officers worked together to rescue a 70-year-old male from a burning vehicle.  His vehicle was struck by a vehicle traveling the wrong way on SH 358 and had flipped onto its side.

The efforts from the officers and civilians are commended for saving the life of the 70-year-old male, who is believed would not have survived without their heroic efforts.

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