All posts by Senior Officer Gena Pena

HELP US IDENTIFY THESE BURGLARY SUSPECTS

Date: Monday, June 17, 2019, 7:00 am
Location: 4100 Weber Rd
Offense: Burglary of a Building
Case Number: 1906170028

Corpus Christi Property Crimes Detectives would like help from the public to identify two suspects who are believed to be involved in a Burglary of a Building on the 4100 block of Weber.

The reporting party advised that when she arrived at her place of work, she discovered the rear entry door open.  Upon entry to the building, the reporting party discovered that a large television and printer were missing and observed that the front area had been rummaged through.  The reporting party noted that the loss to the business was nearly $2,000 in stolen electronics and several hundred dollars in damages.

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.888tips.com.  If the information you provide leads to an arrest, it can earn you a cash reward.

NARCOTICS/VICE OFFICERS MAKE ARREST

An 8-month long investigation into drug trafficking, which was initiated by a http://www.stopdrugscorpuschristi.org tip, ended Friday morning.  Corpus Christi Police Department Narcotics/Vice Investigations Division Investigators, along with the assistance from the Operations Bureau, served a search warrant at a residence located on the 4100 block of Christie Street.  During the search, Investigators found and seized an amount of crack cocaine, methamphetamine, synthetic cannabinoid, a stolen weapon and an amount of US currency.

As a result of the raid, Investigators arrested the following subjects:

Jesse Rose – 2 outstanding warrants

Adam Galindo – Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance, Possession of Controlled Substance and 2 outstanding warrants

Nora Munoz – Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1

Veronica Martinez – Possession of Controlled Substance PG 1, Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 2 and Theft of Firearm

Roberto Pena – Possession of Controlled Substance PG 1, Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 2

Investigators had received numerous complaints from the community regarding suspected drug dealing from the residence and used multiple investigative techniques to obtain the search warrant. The residence located on Christie was described as a nuisance location and the Corpus Christi Police Department is actively working hard to improve the quality of life in the Corpus Christi area.

If you have any information reference a known drug house, please submit those tips to stopdrugscorpuschristi.org or at www.888tips.com NVID Logo 3

PHONE SCAM

BadgeCorpus Christi Police Department wants to warn our citizens of a phone scam. CCPD regularly receives reports from people who allege that they have received calls from scammers impersonating Officers or Federal Agents.  Although this scam isn’t new, CCPD is wanting to warn again about this phone scam.

Impersonators make threats of arrest, deportation and license revocation if they do not receive immediate payment.  The scammers then instruct the citizen to put money on a prepaid debit card or send payment via wire transfer or credit card.

CCPD offers this advice to avoid getting scammed:

* Look out for “spoofing”. Part of scammers tactics include spoofing, which happens when the caller masks their own number and causes the number of a well-known Agency, like CCPD, to appear on caller ID.  Also, the caller might give a badge number and know the last four digits of your Social Security number.

* Write down details.  If you do get a call and are unsure, write down the phone number and name of the caller.

* Protect your personal information. Do not provide any personal or financial information over the phone.

* Know your rights.  Corpus Christi Police Department will never request for prepaid debit cards or wire transfer payments, and will not ask for a credit card number over the phone.

* Don’t be bullied.  Never trust callers who use threats and hostility to push you into doing what they want. Be skeptical of what a caller claims he or she can do if you refuse to meet their demand.

* Hang up and report it. If you’re unsure if the call is real, contact CCPD directly at 361-886-2600.  You can also file a complaint with your local BBB.

The Corpus Christi Police Department will never demand payment from you, ask you for any private or financial information over the phone or threaten to bring the police or other federal law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

Do not fall victim to these scams!

IMPROPER PHOTO/RECORDING IN RESTROOM

Date: Friday, May 24, 2019, 3:15 PM
Location: 1300 Block of 3rd Street
Offense: Improper Photo/Visual Recording to Arouse
Penal Code 21.12 (State Jail Felony)
Case Number: 1905240101

At approximately 3:15 PM on May 24, 2019 Corpus Christi Police Officers were dispatched to a convenience store located on the 1300 block of 3rd Street in reference to a male suspect filming or taking pictures under a bathroom stall.

Upon arrival, Officers were advised by a Father that his 10-year-old Daughter had been improperly photographed or videoed while in the restroom. The father advised that they were out running errands when his 10-year-old Daughter had to use the restroom. The Father advised that he stopped at the convenience store and parked outside of the store, keeping the 10-year-old within view as she was to run in and out of the restroom. When the 10-year-old ran out of the store in a hurry, the Father asked if everything went ok, at which point the 10-year-old told her Father that “it was creepy”. When questioned about her statement, the 10-year-old advised that as she was using the restroom a man’s hand reached under her stall, holding a gold in color iPhone. The 10-year-old advised that she immediately tried to cover herself from the view of the camera and quickly exited the bathroom.

Upon review of the camera footage, the suspect enters the women’s restroom with a phone in hand and spends approximately 12 minutes in the women’s restroom and may have recorded other women improperly. The suspect is described as a White or Hispanic male, approximately 35-45 years of age, 5’06-5’08, 155-165 pounds, dark hair, wearing a gray and white color ball cap with what appears to be a purple emblem, black or dark colored Oakley style sunglasses, blue or purple and white stripe polo shirt, khaki golf shorts and black tennis shoes.

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The Investigators were able to obtain a copy of surveillance images which shows the suspect walking in and out of the women’s bathroom.

If you can identify this suspect, or have any additional information about this crime, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at 888TIPS.com. Crime Stoppers guarantees to keep your identity secret and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you up to $2,500 dollars in cash.

NVID MINOR STING RESULTS IN FIVE ARRESTS

NVID Logo 3Detectives with the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Narcotics and Vice Investigations Division conducted a minor sting operation Friday evening, checking compliance at beer and wine retailers across the city. NVID targeted the twelve convenience stores that sold alcoholic beverages to underage minors during a similar operation in March.

During Friday’s operation, two cooperating individuals, under the direction and close supervision of NVID Detectives attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages from convenience stores throughout the city.  Both individuals are over the age of eighteen but under twenty-one, the legal age to purchase alcoholic beverages in Texas.   Of the twelve businesses checked, clerks at four sold alcoholic beverages to the underage operatives and were subsequently arrested.  Detectives also checked a local nightclub and arrested a bartender after she sold an alcoholic beverage to one of the cooperating minors.

The four store clerks and bartender who sold the alcoholic beverages face a charge of Sale to Minors (TABC 106.3,) a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $4000.  NVID will forward the results of this operation to the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission for administrative action against the permittees, which could include revocation, suspension and/or fines.

Clerks at twelve of the twenty-two businesses checked during NVID’s March compliance operation sold alcoholic beverages to the minors. NVID sent warning letters to the management of all twelve convenience stores, informing them of the previous violations, and warning them of the consequences for continued violations.  “Hopefully this operation sends a clear message to the owners of these businesses,” said NVID Deputy Chief Todd Green.  “With high school graduation just over the horizon, we intend to do everything within our power to prevent underage consumption.”  Alcohol is a common denominator in underage traffic fatalities, and frequently leads to numerous other negative consequences.

The Corpus Christi Police Department has been working closely with TABC and the Nueces County District Attorney’s Office on these operations.  NVID will continue to collaborate with all government and private entities to combat underage drinking and help accomplish our mission of working with the community to reduce crime, reduce the fear of crime and enhance public safety.

NUECES COUNTY WANTED SUBJECT

Nueces County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help to locate 35-year-old Gilberto Guerrero Ballesteros (09/13/1983) who has two outstanding warrants; Forgery (No Bond) and Theft ($5,000 Bond).

Ballesteros is described as a 35-year-old white male who stands 5′ 08”, weighs approximately 130 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

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If you know how to locate Ballesteros, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at www.888tips.com, 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. You may also contact the Nueces County Sheriff’s Office at 887-2239 or 887-2219 after 5:00 pm.

MISSING PERSON

Corpus Christi Police Investigators would like help from the public to locate a missing person.

Brandon Alexander Rios (06/12/00) was reported missing on May 04, 2019 and was last seen by family members on May 03, 2019.

Brandon is described as an 18-year-old male who stands 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs approximately 130 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

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If you have any information that may assist Investigators or know the whereabouts of Brandon Rios, please call Corpus Christi Police Department directly by calling (361) 886-2600.

HELP US IDENTIFY THIS AGGRAVATED ROBBERY SUSPECT

Corpus Christi Police Department Investigators need your help identifying this aggravated robbery suspect.

On May 05, 2019 a suspect entered a convenience store located on the 7100 block of Staples. The suspect displayed a weapon and was able to get away with an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 5’07-5’10, between 30-40 years of age, wearing a black baseball cap, green long sleeve shirt, black pants, brown shoes, with a mustache and eye glasses.

On May 06, 2019 a suspect matching the same description as the earlier robbery entered a convenience store located on the 5600 block of Leopard. The suspect displayed a weapon in this robbery as well and was able to get away with an undisclosed amount of money.

This male is suspected in least one other convenience store robbery.
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The suspect vehicle is described as a late 90’s to early 2000’s Chevy Silverado Extended Cab with damage to the passenger side of the vehicle.
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If you know who is responsible for these aggravated robberies, or have any additional information about these crimes, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at www.888tips.com. Crime Stoppers guarantees to keep your identity anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward of up to $2,500.

 

OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

At approximately 10:56 pm on Friday, May 3, 2019, officers were patrolling the area near Cuiper Park when they were advised of suspicious males in the area.  As one of the officers attempted to make contact with three males, one of the subjects fired upon a second responding officer striking his fully marked police unit several times.  The initial officer returned fire but the subject was able to evade on foot.  Two of the males remained on scene and were immediately detained.  A perimeter was quickly set up for the surrounding area and the third subject was located on the 4300 block of Brentwood. No injuries were sustained by anyone on scene.

A 16-year-old male was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer.  A 15-year-old male was charged with Possession of Substance in Penalty Group 2-A.  A 17-year-old male was released on scene.

Two Corpus Christi Police Officers have been placed on paid administrative leave in accordance with current department practice and policy.

Officer Michael Love has been a police officer with the Corpus Christi Police Department since July 2017.

Officer John Garza has been a police officer with the Corpus Christi Police Department since December 2015.

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This is still an active and ongoing investigation. If you have any information pertaining to this incident, you are encouraged to call the Corpus Christi Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at (361) 886-2840. Anyone who would like to keep their identity secret and still provide information to Detectives should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the tip online at www.888tips.com.

HELP US SOLVE THE MURDER OF KATHLEEN SUCKLEY

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Today marks the 26th Anniversary of the murder of Kathleen Suckley.  Investigators want your help to discover any new information which could help locate the individual responsible for her Murder.

On April 8, 1993 the body of 29-year-old Kathleen Suckley was found at her residence located on the 5000 block of Meandering Lane.   Kathleen was found with several fatal stab wounds.  Kathleen’s two young children were inside the home at the time of the Murder.

If you know who is responsible, or have any additional information about this murder, please call Detective Edward Alvarado (361) 886-2866.  You may also call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at http://www.888TIPS.com.  Crime Stoppers guarantees to keep your identity secret and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you up to $2,500 dollars in cash.