The Corpus Christi Police Department responded to 763 calls for service and generated 219 reports for formal criminal complaints from 7:00 a.m. December 20 to 7:00 a.m. on December 21, 2015. These are samples of the criminal complaints filed by the Corpus Christi Police for that time period.
Date: 12/20/2015 9:36 PM
Location: 1600 South Padre Island Drive
P.C. 29.02 Second Degree Felony
Case Number: 1512200165
An employee of a restaurant, located at 1620 South Padre Island Drive, called Corpus Christi Police after the business was robbed by a man wearing a black mask and a hoodie.
The female employee told Officers that she was working in the back of the restaurant when she heard the door open and then the lights turn off. She was then grabbed from behind by a male suspect who had has face covered. The suspect made the employee take him behind the counter and demanded that she unlock the safe, and the cash register.
After taking the cash, the suspect fled the restaurant on foot. At this time Officers continue to investigate this case, however, no suspects have been arrested.
Date: 12/20/2015 8:20 PM
Location: 4500 Garfield Drive
Offense: Burglary with Intent to Commit Other Felony
P.C. 30.02 First Degree Felony
Case Number: 1512200160
Corpus Christi Police arrested a man after he went into his neighbors’ home with a gun when his request to turn down the music was ignored.
Officers responded to a home in the 4500 block of Garfield Drive and were told by a 57 year old man that he was outside in his front yard fixing his truck when his neighbor came out and told him to turn his music down. When he refused, the neighbor came over armed with a handgun. The man said he grabbed a bat to defend himself but his neighbor chased him inside of his home and into a back room. The neighbor made threats and then then left and returned to his home next door.
Officers arrived and went to the home next door and after a brief struggle, arrested the neighbor, Marcus Gonzales (08/20/1989). He was charged with burglary with intent to commit other felony and resisting arrest.
Officers recovered a .25 caliber automatic handgun.
Date: 12/20/2015 8:45 PM
Location: 5400 South Padre Island Drive
Offense: Aggravated Robbery
P.C. 29.03 First Degree Felony
Case Number: 1512200161
A 20 year old female was robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot of La Palmera Mall, located at 5488 South Padre Island Drive, after she was done shopping and had returned back to her car.
The victim told Officers that she was walking to her vehicle when she noticed a black male wearing a black hoodie and black shorts in the parking lot. The female got inside of her car and the suspect ran over to her and forcefully pulled the driver’s door open. He put a gun into her side and demanded her purse. After grabbing the females’ property, the suspect took off running toward South Staples Street through the parking lot.
Officers were able to find the victims cell phone that had been discarded by the suspect. Tracking on the cell phone led Officers to a ditch at Carroll Lane and Crestside Drive where they found the phone.
At this time, no suspects have been identified.
Date: 12/21/2015 4:45 AM
Location: 1000 South Padre Island Drive
P.C. 30.04 First Degree Felony
Case Number: 1512210031
Corpus Christi Police arrested a man and a women after a guest spotted them both breaking into cars in the parking lot of a hotel, located at 1026 South Padre Island Drive.
By the time Officers arrived, the suspects were attempting to flee in a car that had its trunk open.
The 2005 Buick sedan the suspects were in pulled into a field near the intersection of Bear Lane and Green Point Drive and the male took off running. The Police K9 was requested and the dog located him a short time later trying to hide near a home on Green Point Drive.
Officers arrested the suspect Christopher Valdarrama (12/21/1986) for burglary. The female driver of the car, Natalie Morris (07/23/1984) was also arrested for burglary.
The backseat and trunk of the Buick was filled with property that Officers believe was all stolen for several burglaries committed by the suspects. It was all recovered as evidence.
Date: 12/20/2015 4:45 PM
Location: 5000 Leopard Street
Offense: Serious Injury Crash
Case Number: C1505533
A 17 year old female remains in critical condition at Spohn Memorial Hospital after she was thrown out of the back of a truck in the 5000 block of Leopard Street.
Officers responded to the crash and were told by the driver, who is the mother of the female, that they were transporting two mattresses in the back of her 2001 Ford truck. The mattresses were tied down with a single strap and kept lifting up from the wind. They stopped and the teenager got in the bed of the truck to try and hold them down. While driving east on Leopard Street over the railroad tracks one of the mattresses and the girl blew out.
The female struck her head on the pavement and was transported to hospital by CCFD EMS.
Officers continue to investigate this accident.
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