All posts by Senior Officer Gena Pena

HELP US IDENTIFY THIS BURGLARY SUSPECT

Date: Thursday, September 13, 2018, 12:42 am
Location: 8000 block of Snake River Dr.
Offense: Burglary of a Habitation
Case Number: 1809130005

Corpus Christi Property Crimes Detectives would like help from the public to identify a male who is believed to be involved in a Burglary of a Habitation on Snake River Dr.

The victim advised that she arrived home at approximately 5:50 pm to find the doors to her residence unsecure.  The victim noted that over $600 worth of personal property was stolen.

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If you know who is responsible, or have any additional information about this Burglary, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at http://www.cctexas.com/crimestoppers.   If the information you provide leads to an arrest, it can earn you a cash reward.

STOLEN VEHICLE USED FOR CRIME

Corpus Christi Detectives are attempting to locate a White in color Ford Focus that was stolen late last week.  The vehicle has been displaying a fictitious paper plate since it was stolen.

This vehicle has been used in the commission of other crimes since it was stolen and we are attempting to locate the whereabouts of the vehicle and identify any of the persons involved in operation of the stolen vehicle or any of the related crimes.

If you have any information, please call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or go online at www.cctexas.com/crimestoppers.  Information you provide could earn you up to $2,500.

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SECOND MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED

A second subject has been arrested in the Murder Investigation of a 22-year-old female. 

Corpus Christi Homicide Detectives were able to obtain the following warrants for Javier Lopez (06/19/1984); Murder ($1,000,000 Bond), 5 warrants for Aggravated Assault ($100,000 each offense), with a total bond amount of $1,500,000.  

Corpus Christi Patrol Officers were able to obtain intelligence on the whereabouts of Lopez and coordinate with Law Enforcement Officers in Borger, Texas.  Borger Police Department and Borger Sheriffs Department were able to locate and arrest Lopez.  

This is still an active and ongoing investigation and if anyone has any additional information they are urged to contact Homicide Detectives at (361) 886-2840.  You may also call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at http://www.cctexas.com/crimestoppers.  Information provided to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.

https://ccpdblotter.com/2018/09/09/murder-suspect-arrested/

 

MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED

On September 07, 2018 at approximately 8:15 pm Corpus Christi Police Officers were dispatched to the area of Holly and HWY 286, reference a shots fired call.  Officers arrived and located a 22-year-old female who had been shot.  The 22-year-old victim was transported to Spohn Shoreline where she succumbed from her injuries.

Through their investigation, Detectives identified a suspect and obtained several warrants for Heriberto Segura (01/13/1997).  The following warrants were obtained, Murder warrant ($1,000,000 bond) and 5 separate Aggravated Assault warrants ($100,000 each), with a total bond amount of $1,500,000.

Officers from our Corpus Christi Gang Unit provided information on the whereabouts of Segura and as a result he was arrested by DPS at a location in Orange Grove, Texas.  Segura was transported to Jim Wells County Jail where he was booked on the charges.

This is still an active investigation and if anyone has any additional information they are urged to contact Homicide Detectives at (361) 886-2840.  You may also call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at http://www.cctexas.com/crimestoppers.  Information provided to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.

INVESTIGATORS WANT YOUR HELP TO SOLVE AN ARSON

The Corpus Christi Police Department and Corpus Christi Fire Department responded to a building fire located on the 4000 block of S. Port Ave at approximately 9:44 a.m. on Friday, July 20, 2018.   Several Storage Units sustained damage as a result of this fire.

Investigators believe the fire originated in an unoccupied unit and have determined that the fire was set intentionally.

The vehicle in the attached pictures is described as a vehicle of interest.  The truck is possibly a red/black 1987-1991 Ford F-150 single cab model with red rims and dual fuel tanks.

If you know who is responsible, or have any additional information about this crime, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at www.cctexas.com/crimestoppers.  Crime Stoppers guarantees to keep your identity anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you up to $2,500 dollars in cash.

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WANTED SUBJECT

Corpus Christi Police Officers are asking for your help to locate 37-year-old Tiffany Smith (09/08/1980) who has an outstanding warrant for Forgery of Financial Instrument (Bond $15,000).

Smith is described as a 37-year-old female who stands 5′00”, weighs approximately 100 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

If you know how to locate Tiffany Smith, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at cctexas.com/crimestoppers, it can earn you a cash reward. The information you provide to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.

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Back to School Safety Tips

On Monday August 27, 2018 the school year is starting for the Corpus Christi ISD, Flour Bluff ISD and many other educational institutions. The Corpus Christi Police Department put together some tips to remind parents, students and everyday drivers to make this school year a safe one.

Back to School Tips for Drivers

  • Observe posted school zone speed limits
  • Do not use cell phones while driving
  • Stop for School bus loading or unloading both directions, unless it is a divided roadway
  • Watch for children who could dart out into traffic around schools

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 Back to School Tips for Students

  • Cross at crosswalks NOT in the middle of the block
  • Cross where there is a crossing guard when possible
  • Walk on sidewalks
  • Do not allow yourself to be distracted with horseplay or cell phones when crossing streets
  • Avoid walking routes with construction when possible.

 Back to School Tips for Parents

  • Walk the route with your child and point out hazards
  • Teach them to look both ways, avoid distractions, and use crosswalks.

Crashes in School Zone Statistics

CRASH YEAR TOTAL CRASHES SERIOUS INJURY POSSIBLE OR MINOR INJURY
2015 7 0 2
2016 16 0 4
2017 31 6 9

 

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Most Common Contributing Factors over the Three Year Period

  • Fail to Control Speed
  • Driver Inattention
  • Changed Lane When Unsafe

The National Traffic Highway Safety Administration and TxDOT have some great tips for both students and drivers during the school season. Please read more at:

https://www.nhtsa.gov/back-school-safety-0 

If your child heads back to school soon, you’re likely already making a to-do list: new clothes, classroom supplies, and maybe a talk about your expectations for the school year.  Here’s a topic that needs to be discussed before they head to their first class: road safety.  All parents and caregivers should talk with their children about how to get to and from school safely, whether they take the bus, walk, take a bike, or ride in the family vehicle.

School Buses

School buses are the safest way for children to travel to and from school, but there are dangers when children are boarding and leaving the bus. Over the last decade, nearly two-thirds of school-age pedestrians fatally injured in school transportation-related crashes were struck by school buses or other vehicles when the children were getting on or off a school bus. Teach your child to always:

  • Wait five giant steps away from the road and, when the school bus arrives, wait until the driver says to board.
  • Quickly find a seat after boarding, sit facing the front, and do as the bus driver says.
  • Before you get to your stop, put your phone away.
  • Before getting off the bus, look out the door—left, right, and then left again—for approaching vehicles.
  • Once off the bus, take five giant steps away from the school bus.
  • Before crossing the street in front of the bus, go to the edge of the bus, look left-right-left to make sure no traffic is coming, and wait for the driver to signal it’s safe to cross.

Walking

Walking to school is great exercise, but children under 10 years old should be accompanied by an adult or with someone who will make sure they walk safely. Always set a good example, and teach your child to:

  • Watch the road, not your phone.
  • Walk on the sidewalk or, if there is none, walk facing traffic.
  • Never play, push or shove others when you walk around traffic.
  • When crossing the street, cross at a corner or marked crosswalk.
  • Stop and look left-right-left for vehicles, motorcycles, and bicyclists. Wait to cross after traffic has passed.
  • Make sure to push the pedestrian button and wait for pedestrian crossing signals, if available.

Biking

Biking is a fun, healthy way to get to and from school, too. Teach your child to always:

Wear a properly fitted helmet and make sure to buckle the chin strap.
Always ride in the same direction as traffic and stop at all stop signs and signals.
Plan to use routes that offer bike lanes when possible and that have lower traffic volume and speeds.

  • Only ride on the sidewalk when necessary; ride in the same direction as traffic, be careful of pedestrians, and use caution when crossing streets.
  • Never use headphones or cell phones while riding.

Vehicles

Make sure there’s a safe driver behind the wheel. Every ride begins with everyone wearing seat belts, using a booster, or being properly secured in an appropriate car seat. Every child rides in the back seat; children in the front seat are 40 percent more likely to be injured in crashes.

A Safe Journey to and from School

From 2007 to 2016, there were 281 school-age children killed in school transportation-related crashes. But you can help keep children safe. Discuss these tips. Model road safety behaviors, including always buckling up in the car, and following all the rules of the road every time you drive, ride or walk. Make sure school transportation safety is the very first lesson of the new school year. 

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TxDOT Back to School Driving Tips

The end of summer means millions of Texas children will soon return to school. TxDOT reminds drivers to be extra cautious as school zones become more active and be aware of school bus safety.

Last year, 663 vehicle crashes occurred in school zones in Texas, resulting in zero deaths and 21 serious injuries. August and September of 2014 alone saw 107 crashes in school zones. The most common factors contributing to these crashes were driver inattention, failure to control speed and failure to yield the right of way at stop signs.

Following these simple tips can help Texas children reach school safely and help drivers avoid costly fines and tickets.

 

Tips for Driving in School Zones 

  • Put away your cell phone. Cell phone use is banned in active school zones, and violators face fines of up to $200 in school zones where signs are posted.
  • Always obey school zone speed limit signs. Remember, traffic fines usually double in school zones.
  • Drop off and pick up your children in your school’s designated areas, not the middle of the street.
  • Keep an eye on children gathered at bus stops.
  • Be alert for children who might dart across the street or between vehicles on their way to school.

 

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Tips for Children Walking or Biking to School

  • Always cross at intersections and designated crosswalks. Look left, right and then left again before proceeding.
  • Look for traffic when stepping off a bus or from behind parked cars.
  • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street.
  • Always obey crossing guards.
  • Always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.

Let’s work together to ensure that all of our children have a happy and safe school year. 

PERSON OF INTEREST

UPDATE: THIS SUBJECT HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED

Corpus Christi Police Investigators are seeking assistance from the public to identify a person of interest in a recent Criminal Case.

If anyone knows the identity of this male, please contact the Criminal Investigation Division at (361) 886-2840.

You can also submit your information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at (361) 888-TIPS or online at http://www.cctexas.com/crimestoppers.

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SEXUAL ASSAULT SUSPECT ARRESTED

On August 15, 2018, Jacob Perez (01/07/78) turned himself into the Nueces County Sheriff’s Office for an outstanding warrant for Sexual Assault ($75,000 Bond).

Through the Investigation a second victim was identified; at which point a second warrant was issued and registered for Sexual Assault ($250,000 Bond).

Perez is currently at the Nueces County Jail.  

If there are any additional victims that have not reported an incident, please contact Detective Loraine Mathews at (361) 886-2883.

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ACCIDENTAL EXPLOSION

At approximately 10:04 am on August 5th, 2018, Officers were dispatched to the area of Meandering Lane and Player Street for a possible explosion of a moving truck.

Upon arrival, Officers and Fire Department personnel ensured that no one on scene was injured and then proceeded to set up a permiter in order to contain the scene.

Members of the Corpus Christi Bomb Squad arrived at the location and determined that the explosion was accidental and resulted from a leaking propane tank.

The scene was deemed to be safe and was released for clean up.