Patrol Report 01/19/2015

The Corpus Christi Police Department generated 190 reports for formal criminal complaints from midnight January 18 to 7:00 a.m. on January 19, 2015. These are samples of the criminal complaints filed by the Corpus Christi Police for that time period.


“Charlie” District
Date: 1/18/2015          1:00 PM
Location: 5400 South Padre Island Drive
Offense: Theft P.C. 31.03       (Class A Misdemeanor)
Case Number: 1501180073
Corpus Christi Police responded to the Target Store located at 5425 S. Padre Island Drive after two males attempted to push a shopping cart with a television and other goods out the front door without paying.

As officers approached both males in the parking lot, one of the males fled on foot.  The other got into a 1988 white Chevrolet Celebrity that was being driven by a 34 year old female that was waiting in the parking lot. The male told the female to drive away but she refused.

Jesus Lopez (11/01/1988) was taken into custody. The other male ran across both east and west bound lanes of the freeway and into the La Palmera mall parking lot. He was not located.

Inside the getaway car officers found a 32 inch television valued at $289.99, a baby digital video monitor valued at $259.99, and a sleep aid monitor valued at $99.99.

The female was identified and released.   Officer are still investigating this case, and are attempting to identity the other male that fled the scene.



“Charlie” District
Date: 1/18/2015          3:40 PM
Location: 5400 South Padre Island Drive
Offense: Theft P.C. 31.03       (Class A Misdemeanor)
Case Number: 1501180095
An off-duty Corpus Christi Police Officer walking into shop at Dillards in La Palmera Mall went into action to stop a thief.

The officer heard a female screaming and saw a man running towards him. The officer was able to push the fleeing man into the wall when he ran past him and he then attempted to detain him. The man’s jacket slipped off and he broke free from the officer.

The officer ran after the male and was able to catch him behind a nearby restaurant.  While trying to take him into custody, a struggle ensued and the man wound up biting the officer.

Responding officers arrived and took Alejandro Vela Jr. (12/16/1982) into custody. He was found to have an outstanding warrant for his arrest for larceny and a previous criminal trespass warning from the mall. In all, the suspect was charged with seven different offenses. The most serious was a third degree felony assault charge for biting the officer.

Officers also recovered over $600 in stolen merchandise that was in the suspect’s possession.




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.