Suspicious Death leads to Murder Arrest.

Date:  Thursday, February 01, 2018 7:02 AM
Location: 6700 Everhart Road.
Incident:  Murder
Incident Number:  1802010019

Corpus Christi Police Officers were dispatched to 5900 Saratoga Blvd at Spohn South Hospital in reference to a deceased 24 year old female with bruising to her body. Officers arrived and made contact with the 26 year old male suspect. Detectives arrived and took over the investigation. The suspect was transported to the main police station where he was interviewed and released. Detectives received the autopsy report and developed enough probable cause to have a murder warrant issued. On Sunday February 4, 2018 officers in San Patricio County arrested Steven Urias (03-30-1991) for the murder warrant and transported him to the San Patricio County Jail. This is still an ongoing investigation and there is no further information at this time.

It Could Be Dangerous To Catch A Ride On Social Media

 

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The Vehicles for Hire Office wants to educate the citizens of Corpus Christi about individuals advertising for local rides on social media and ad websites like craigslist without having the proper city permits and or a Certificate of Operations to conduct themselves as a driver.  This has been an ongoing situation and we want citizens to be aware of it.

Individuals engaging in this activity of offering rides and charging money, will face several fines including driving without having a permit and Driving without a Certificate of Operations, and impoundment of the vehicle (s) among others.

Our priority is the safety of the public and, mostly for the citizens taking a ride with a driver.  We want to make sure that when an individual gets into a vehicle with a driver that they feel confident that a background check has been done on the driver and that the company is meeting all the requirements and is compliant with city codes.

Vehicle for Hire Drivers will need to have their city permit always visible to the public. If you don’t see one, ask the driver to show you their city permit, if the driver doesn’t have a permit, we advise to get out of the vehicle and call the Police.  Also, be advise that another way to determine if a vehicle is permitted is to look for a maroon windshield sticker.  Each vehicle is required to have one on the front windshield on the upper passenger side and on the rear windshield on the bottom driver’s side.

We all would like to envision that we are putting a love one (Mother, wife, or daughter) in a vehicle and they would make it to their destination safely.  Especially, if our love one calls for a driver in the middle of the night.

Vehicles for Hire Office also wants to remind the public that Ride Sharing Companies such as Uber or Lyft are now State Regulated by the Texas Department of Licensing and registration TDLR. If there’s any complaint in regards to those specific companies please go to https://www.license.state.tx.us/

If you ever have a doubt or complaint about a Taxi or Vehicle for Hire Company or you are not sure if the company is permitted, or the driver please do not hesitate to contact the Vehicle for Hire Office at (361) 826-3558 Respectfully,

 

Grace Elledge
Vehicle for Hire Inspector
Corpus Christi Police Department
Office: 361-826-3558
Email: GraceE@cctexas.com

 

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Animal Care Services Seizes 80 Dogs From A Residence

Corpus Christi Animal Care Services along with the Corpus Christi Police Department executed a search and seizure warrant today at a residence in the 200 Block of Glendale Drive. This was an all-day event which resulted in the seizure of 61 adult dogs and 19 puppies. Fortunately, the homeowner has chosen to surrender a majority of these animals before his day in court.

CCACS has started medically assessing these animals and will start working with rescue organizations when these dogs become available for rescue or adoption. CCACS will send out an update on our Facebook page when these animals are ready to be rescued or adopted.  https://www.facebook.com/corpuschristianimalcareservices/

Please remember to keep an eye out on PetHarbor.com as well.

CCACS would like to thank the citizens of Corpus Christi for their continued support of our organization.

Thank you,
Captain Patrick McMenamy
Corpus Christi Police Department/Corpus Christi Animal Care Services

12 Young Girls Claiming To Be Sexual Assault Victims Have Now Come Forward

The Corpus Christi Police Department’s  Internet Crimes Against Children unit working with officers from the Family Violence unit were able to secure and execute an arrest warrant for Mathew Joseph Lucio, 08/12/1987.   He was booked at the Nueces County Jail on 12/27/2017 with a total bond of $500,000.

Since that time, several more victims claiming that they were sexually assaulted by Mathew Joseph Lucio have come forward.  There are now 12 girls, ages 12-16, that have made allegations of sexual assault against Mathew Joseph Lucio.  The sexual assaults are reported to have occurred between 2007 and 2017.

It has been reported to us that Mathew Joseph Lucio was identifying himself as Kane Luciano on at least one of his social media accounts.  It appears that some of the victims knew him only as Kane Luciano.

Several additional charges of sexual assault of a child and aggravated sexual assault have been added and Mr. Lucio remains in the Nueces County Jail.  His  bond for release from jail has been increased to 1.9 million dollars.

This investigation is ongoing and there exists the possibility of witnesses or other victims that have not come forward at this time.  Anybody with information concerning this case is encouraged to call the lead investigator, Senior Officer Alicia Escobar
at 826-2996.

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Murder and Aggravated Assault Arrest

Date:  Wednesday, February 07, 2018
Location: 1200 Cambridge Drive
Incident:  Homicide and Aggravated Assaults 
Incident Number:  1802070129

Corpus Christi Police patrol units were dispatched to a residence in the 1200 block of Cambridge Drive on 02/07/2018 at about 07:07 p.m. for reports of a stabbing.  When the Officers arrived they were directed inside the house where they found a total of four people had been stabbed.   Witnesses identified the offender as 28 year old Marco Antonio Moreno who was still inside the house.   Witnesses reported that as many as 20 people were present in the house for a worship service when Mr. Moreno stabbed the four people.  Witnesses told police that the offender was part of the congregation and his motive for the assault is unknown at this time.    Witnesses took possession of the knife that was used and turned it over to police.  A 61 year old male victim has died as a result of the stabbing and three other male victims suffered injuries, one of them is reported to be in serious condition at a local hospital.

Marco Antonio Moreno was booked at the Nueces County Jail on a Murder charge and three charges of Aggravated Assault.

This is still an active investigation and no other information is available at this time. If you have any information about this crime please call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at http://www.888TIPS.com.

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INFORMATION RELEASE ON DOUBLE HOMICIDE

Date:  Saturday, February 03, 2018
Location: 4600 Block of Up River Rd
Incident:  Homicide
Incident Number:  1802030096

On the afternoon of February 3, 2018, Corpus Christi Police Department responded to a missing person report in the 4600 Blk of Up River Rd.  Responding officers found Jesus Gomez was missing along with a potential homicide scene.  The Criminal Investigations Section was requested to assist with the investigation.  With the assistance of Robstown Police Department, the Texas Rangers and the Nueces County Medical Examiner’s office, it was determined that the bodies found early February 3, 2018 in Robstown were that of the missing person, 51-year-old Jesus Gomez and 35-year-old Isabel Cuellar.

At this time, it appears that Jesus Gomez and Isabel Cuellar were victims of a homicide in the 4600 Blk of Up River Rd and transported to Robstown where their bodies were burned.

The Corpus Christi Police Dept. is looking for any information regarding this double homicide.  Please contact Det. C. Mendez at 361-886-2881 or if you want to remain anonymous call 361-888-TIPS or visit cctexas.com/crimestoppers.

 

Bodycam Video Released From The Officer Involved Shooting That Occurred On 10/19/2017

Date:  October 19, 2017
Location: 2800 Minton Street
Incident:  Officer Involved Shooting
Incident Number:  1710190014 

 

A Message From Mike Markle,  Chief of Police
City Of Corpus Christi Police Department

As you know, On October 19th of last year, The Corpus Christi Police Department had an Officer involved shooting.  Tragically, this incident resulted in the death of one of our citizens, Mr. Dewboy Lister.  Within hours of the shooting, I invited the family of Mr. Lister, the District Attorney’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigations, along with local media, and members of our Community Coalition to view the body camera footage of this event. Being transparent while maintaining the integrity of this investigation has been and remains a priority for the Corpus Christi Police Department.

Since that time, a robust investigation has been conducted with oversight from the District Attorney’s Office.  The case was presented to a Grand Jury.  The Officer involved was no billed.   The case was reviewed by the Federal Bureau of Investigations, and it is currently being reviewed by the United States Department of Justice.

This week, the Texas Attorney General’s Office has allowed the release of video footage of this incident. Along with releasing the video to the media, I have chosen to make this available to our community through our Social Media channels.

It is my thought that releasing this type of video can be hurtful to those involved and possibly divisive to our community. It is my hope that this does not occur. Please keep all of those involved, to include their families, in our prayers.

Thank you and God Bless you.

Corpus Christi Police Chief Mike Markle

 

 

 

 

ANIMAL CRUELTY

Date: Thursday, February 01, 2018 4:00 pm
Location: 4900 block of Concorde
Offense: Animal Cruelty
Case Number: 1802010118

On Thursday afternoon, a call for service was made to our Animal Care Services office regarding a dog that was seen hanging from a fence. Animal Control Officers arrived at the location and found a dog that was dead. The initial investigation indicated that the dog had attempted to jump over a fence but its leash became entangled in the fence, and that led to its death. Contact was made with the homeowner, who claimed the dog. A concurrent investigation was initiated by both ACS and the Criminal Investigation Division.

A necropsy will be conducted by our veterinarian this afternoon.

FANS DON’T LET FANS DRIVE DRUNK

 

Super Bowl Sunday is here – and there is still time to make a plan for a sober ride home.

Here are a couple of links with educational content that can be downloaded and shared. 

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
https://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/get-materials/drunk-driving/super-bowl

TxDOT:
http://www.txdot.gov/driver/sober-safe/football.html

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