All posts by Senior Officer Gena Pena

MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED IN TRAVIS COUNTY

On July 31, 2020 Corpus Christi Police Department Officers received information from a Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers Tip that Murder suspect, 31-year-old Marcus Topsy, was at a residence in Austin, Texas.

US Marshals with the assistance from Austin Police Department located Marcus Topsy and he was taken into custody. Topsy had one outstanding warrant for Murder ($1,000,000 Bond) from an incident that occurred on July 24, 2020 on the 3700 block of Rojo.

Topsy was transported to the Travis County Jail where he will be booked until he is extradited to Nueces County.

For additional details: https://genap8877.wordpress.com/2020/07/28/murder-warrant-issued/

MISSING PERSON

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

Michael Ortiz was reported missing by his family on June 02, 2020. Michael has not had contact with his family since 2014 and they would like assistance to locate Michael’s whereabouts.

Michael is described as a 53-year-old male who stands 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs approximately 170 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 Michael Ortiz, please call Corpus Christi Police Department directly by calling (361) 886-2840 or by calling (361) 886-2600.

CRIME OF THE WEEK

Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2020 9:24 PM
Location: 5600 Carroll Ln
Offense: Aggravated Robbery
Case Number: 2007150100

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

On July 15, 2020 a suspect entered a convenience store located on the 5600 block of Carroll Lane. The suspect approached the register, lifted his shirt to display a handgun and demanded money from the clerk. The suspect was able to get away with an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect is described as a black male, between 16-22 years of age, approximately 5’10-6’01, approximately 170 pounds, wearing a black baseball cap, a gray long-sleeve shirt under a black short-sleeve shirt and used a blue bandana as a face cover. The suspect possibly has tattoos on his left hand/wrist area.

The suspect is also believed to be involved in at least one other convenience store robbery.

If you know who is responsible for this aggravated robbery, or have any additional information about this crime, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at http://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.

PASSING OF DEBRA GARCIA

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Debra Garcia. Debra has been a valued member of our CCPD family for 8 years and worked as a Victim Advocate in our Criminal Investigation Division.

Debra dedicated years of service to our community by providing awareness, support and services to victims of crime. There is no doubt that her selfless efforts to fight for the rights of our most vulnerable resulted in positive and lasting changes in the lives of crime victims.

We send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Debra Garcia.

Garcia, Debra

ARREST MADE IN CITY’S LATEST HOMICIDE

Date: Monday, July 20, 2020 12:40 A.M.
Location: 4500 block of Mokry
Offense: Murder
Case Number: 2007200002

At approximately 12:40 am on Monday, July 20, 2020 officers were dispatched to the 4500 block of Mokry for a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located a 30-year-old male who had been shot. The victim was transported to a local hospital for care. Detectives were later notified that at approximately 6 am the victim succumbed to his injuries.

Corpus Christi Police Detectives continued their investigation into the homicide following up on leads while attempting to identify and locate a suspect.

Detectives were able to identify and obtain an arrest warrant for a suspect, identified as 24-year-old Jared Naranjo.

Corpus Christi Police Department Gang Unit with assistance from the Texas Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force located Jared Naranjo on the 1500 block of 15th Street and transported him to the Corpus Christi Police Department to be interviewed by Detectives. Naranjo was later transported to the City Detention Center for processing.

Naranjo was booked on one warrant for Murder ($1,000,000 Bond).

This is still an active and ongoing investigations and if anyone has any additional information related to this Homicide, you are asked to contact the Corpus Christi Police Department at (361) 886-2840. You may also call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=. Information provided to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.

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FACT CHECK

We have been made aware of a rumor that HEB will be closing their stores at the end of this week and this is causing people to rush to the stores and panic buy. We have reached out to our community partners at HEB and they have refuted this and advised that this is NOT true. HEB will remain open to the public and there are no plans to shut any of their stores or operations down.

As always, we want our community to be aware, but remember to rely on facts not fear.

We want to take a moment to thank the partners at HEB as they have and continue to work tirelessly to re-stock the shelves.

Please buy for necessity, not for stockpiling.

Keep up to date with HEB operations by visiting:

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PASSING OF CHARLIE “CHUCK” WILLIAMS

It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of Senior Officer Charlie “Chuck” Williams. We mourn the loss of a great co-worker and friend. There are few words to express the pain in our loss not only to the Corpus Christi Police Department but to our community.

Senior Officer Williams has been a dedicated public servant to this community for thirty-five years and was assigned to our Directed Patrol Division.

We send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Senior Officer Williams. Chuck, you will be greatly missed by us all.

Williams, Charlie

MISSING ELDERLY PERSON

July 18, 2020 Update: Mr. Edwards has been located and reunited with his family. Thank you for your assistance.

Corpus Christi Police would like help from the public to locate a missing, elderly person. Jesse Edwards was reported missing on July 10, 2020. Mr. Edwards may be in need of medical assistance.

Mr. Edwards was last seen by family members at a residence located on the 5100 block of Margaret at approximately 7 am on July 9, 2020. Mr. Edwards is described as a 92-year-old male, who stands 6 feet tall, approximately 200 pounds, with gray hair and brown eyes.  Mr. Edwards was last seen wearing a bright orange long sleeve shirt and blue pajama style pants.

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If you have any information or see Mr. Edwards, please call Corpus Christi Police Department directly by calling 911 or (361) 886-2600.

ARREST MADE IN CITY’S LATEST HOMICIDE

Date: Sunday, June 21, 2020 10:38 P.M.
Location: 5800 block of Everhart
Offense: Murder
Case Number: 2006210113

Corpus Christi Police Officers continued their investigation into the city’s latest homicide which occurred Sunday, June 21, 2020 at an apartment complex on the 5800 block of Everhart.

Detectives were able to identify and obtain four arrest warrants for the suspect, identified as 21-year-old Jimmie Lee Williams.

On Tuesday, June 23, 2020, with assistance from the Texas Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force, Jimmie Williams was located and transported to the Corpus Christi Police Department to be interviewed by Detectives. Williams was later transported to the City Detention Center for processing.

Williams was booked on one warrant for Murder ($500,000 Bond) and on three separate warrants for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon (each with $100,000 Bond).

This is still an active and ongoing investigations and if anyone has any additional information related to this Homicide, you are asked to contact the Corpus Christi Police Department at (361) 886-2840. You may also call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=. Information provided to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.

HIT AND RUN CRASH

Date: Wednesday, June 03, 2020 12:23 AM
Location: 3700 block of Ayers
Incident: Hit and Run Crash
Case Number: 2006030003, C2002980

The Corpus Christi Police Department is seeking help in locating the driver or any possible witnesses of a hit and run crash that injured two individuals on Wednesday, June 03, 2020.

Officers were dispatched at approximately 12:23 am to the 3700 block of Ayers for a major accident involving a bicycle. The reporting party advised that a driver of a black car hit the bicycle and drove off. Upon arrival, officers discovered a 54-year-old male and 55-year-old female who described being hit from behind by a black sports car with a missing bumper. The victims advised that the male suspect turned around and asked if they were ok and despite the victims having serious, visible injuries, the suspect drove off. The male is described as a Hispanic male, in his 30’s with soft features. Investigators are attempting to make contact with anyone who may be able to provide information about the incident.

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If anyone was in the area around that time frame and believes they may have seen the incident or suspect vehicle, you are urged to contact the Corpus Christi Police Department at 886-2600. You may also call the lead investigator, Senior Officer Enrique Roman at 886-2679. Information may be provided to investigators anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.