AUTO THEFT SUSPECTS ARRESTED

Date: November 19, 2019
Location: Ocean and Shore
Offense: UUMV, Evading Arrest, Possession of Marijuana
Case Number: 1911190013, 1911200004

At approximately 11 pm on November 19, 2019 officers were dispatched to a car lot located on the 3000 block of SPID for a report of a stolen vehicle.

On November 19, 2019 members of the Corpus Christi Police Department Auto Theft Task Force worked alongside patrol officers to try and track down these subjects that have been stealing and burglarizing vehicles.

At approximately 9 pm Patrol Officers spotted the stolen vehicle driving in the area of Ocean and Shore and were able to identify two of the males in the stolen vehicle as known auto theft suspects. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle by effecting a traffic stop, noting that the driver made no attempt to stop and intentionally fled from the fully marked police units. Due to the unsafe speeds of the driver and not wanting to place the public in danger, officers opted not to pursue.

A short time later officers located the vehicle abandoned and unoccupied. Officers on scene were able to gather information that several males were seen running west through the neighborhood jumping fences. Officers set up a perimeter and a short time later were able to identify a vehicle in the area as a family member of one of the suspects. Officers effected a traffic stop and located 17-year-old Ernest Rodriguez and 17-year-old Ryan Lopez and in the vehicle along with another juvenile male.

17-year-old Ernest Rodriguez was charged with Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and evading arrest with a vehicle. 17-year-old Ryan Lopez was charged with possession of marijuana. A 15-year-old male was released on scene.

This is still an active investigation and if anyone has any additional information, they are asked to contact the Corpus Christi Police Department Auto Theft Task Force at (361) 886-2874. You may also call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at https://www.p3tips.com/index.htm. Information provided to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.