Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 11:07am
Location: Broadway Street at Fitzgerald Street
Offense: Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer (Penal Code Section 22.02) 1st Degree Felony
Case Number: 1701310060
A Corpus Christi Police Officer credits his Patrol K9 for the apprehension of a man armed with a machete and de-escalating a deadly force situation Tuesday afternoon at Broadway and Fitzgerald Street.
Corpus Christi Police Officers responded to Broadway Street at Fitzgerald Street to investigate a burglary suspect who was located by the victim of the burglary. A 33-year-old man reported the burglary on January 30, 2017 at the 1400 block of North Mesquite Street. The 33-year-old man told Officers he arrived at his shop and found the burglary suspect in his shop. The 33-year-old man told Officers several items were moved around and the male had a machete that belonged to the shop. The 33-year-old man took a photograph of the suspect who was described as a skinny adult male with black hair and a long beard. The case number for the burglary on Monday is 1701300049. The 33-year-old man told officers he located the suspect in that burglary on Broadway and requested Officers to contact the burglary suspect.
A Corpus Christi Police Officer and his K9- L-Tvingo attempted to contact 38-year-old Ranuel Bocanegra (11/20/1978), but Bocanegra avoided the Officer and tried to leave in the opposite direction.
As the Officers and his K9 got closer, Bocanegra opened his jacket to display a full size machete (same one that was stolen the previous day). The Officer gave commands for Bocanegra to put his hands in the air and not grab the machete.
Bocanegra ignored all commands given to him by the Officer, then Bocanegra reached to grab the machete. The Officer deployed K9- L-Tvingo as Bocanegra reached for the machete. The K9 L-Tvingo immediately grabbed Bocanegra and provided safety for the Officer to take Bocanegra into custody and avoid a deadly force situation.
Corpus Christi Police medics tended to Bocanegra and then transported him to the hospital for further medical attention. Bocanegra was released from the hospital and delivered to the city detention center.
Bocanegra was arrested for Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer (1st degree felony), Possession of a Prohibited Weapon (3rd degree felony), Fail to Identify as a Fugitive (Class A misdemeanor), Theft (Class B misdemeanor), and for two warrants for his arrest.