The Corpus Christi Police Department responded to 795 calls for service and generated 176 reports for formal criminal complaints from 7:00 a.m. December 6 to 7:00 a.m. on December 7, 2015. These are samples of the criminal complaints filed by the Corpus Christi Police for that time period.
Date: 12/06/2015 8:20 PM
Location: 2700 Saratoga Boulevard
P.C. 32.21 Third Degree Felony
Case Number: 1512060118
A vehicle stopped by a Corpus Christi Police Officer for speeding in the 2700 block of Saratoga Boulevard led to an arrest of a man for forgery.
Once the Officer stopped the 2001 Ford Expedition they determined that the driver, Ray Griffin Jr. (04/26/1973), did not have a driver’s license or insurance on his vehicle.
The Officer was impounding the vehicle when he observed a small zip lock bag which contained methamphetamine. Also found in the pants pockets of the suspect was four counterfeit $50 dollar bills.
He was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and forgery, both felony offenses.
Date: 12/07/2015 2:05 AM
Location: 4600 Hamlin Drive
P.C. 28.02 Second Degree Felony
Case Number: 1512070017
A teenager was arrested by Corpus Christi Police after she intentionally set her home, located in the 4600 block of Hamlin Drive, on fire while her family slept inside.
Officers arrived to find the home emitting heavy smoke from all windows and doors. The 33 year old homeowner told Officers that he had got his 36 year old wife along with their newborn baby and their 3 year old daughter out and they were not injured.
He told Officers his 17 year old daughter was still inside. Officers went into the house to look for the girl but due to the smoke they could not locate her. Once back outside, they asked the mother to call her daughter on her cell phone. The daughter answered and said that she was with her boyfriend and would return.
Once the teenager returned Officers and Arson Investigators determined that the girl had started multiple fires in four different rooms of the home. Candles were placed over drapes in rooms, and a shower curtain was set on fire in the bathroom. An accelerant was used to set fire to the bed in the girls room.
After setting the fires, the teenager left the home not alerting her family to the danger of the fire, locking the front door behind her and never calling 911. She then met up with her 22 year old boyfriend and did not return until she was called on her cell phone by her mother.
Officers arrested Sadie Caraballo (06/23/1998) for arson, a second degree felony.
Date: 12/07/2015 3:10 AM
Location: 900 Texan Trail
P.C. 30.02 Second Degree Felony
Case Number: 1512070016
A 29 year old male victim called Corpus Christi Police after a man showed up at his home, located in the 900 block of Texan Trail, trying to kick his front door in.
The man told Officers he was asleep with his wife when they heard loud banging on the front door of their apartment. He looked out the peep hole and saw a man kicking his front door and yelling threats. The victim opened his door and attacked the man and held him down until police arrived.
While investigating this call, it was determined that the man kicking on the door had also slashed three tires on the victim’s car. The female in the apartment recognized the man as an ex-boyfriend.
Officers arrested the suspect, Edward Nesmith (12/24/1989), for burglary and criminal mischief.
Date: 12/07/2015 12:20 AM
Location: 3200 MacArthur Drive
Offense: Driving While Intoxicated
P.C. 49.04 Third Degree Felony
Case Number: 1512070005
A Corpus Christi Police Officer observed a female driver run a stop sign in the 3200 block of MacArthur Drive.
After stopping the 1999 Dodge Durango, Officers found the driver, Michelle Mata (06/24/1982) had a suspended driver’s license.
After an investigation, Officers determined she was intoxicated. The driver was arrested for felony driving while intoxicated due to prior convictions she had for the offense.
Search the website Crimereports.com 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 888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.