All posts by Senior Officer Gena Pena

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES IN TELEPHONE REPORTING UNIT

In an effort to provide superior service to our community, the Corpus Christi Police Department will be adding additional resources to our telephone reporting unit on the weekends.

The police department will continue to utilize the telephone reporting unit for all not in progress report calls. What this means, is that calls that are not in progress, where there is no imminent danger, where there is no felony type offense being committed, crimes that do not involve criminal acts against minor children, crimes that do not involve sexual contact, or burglaries to a building or residence, will be handled by an officer via telephone.

After gathering the particulars of your call, if your complaint is identified as a not in progress report call, the dispatcher will log your information into our system and a police officer will call you back to assist you with your report. The time and date for the return call will be identified by the dispatcher.

These additional resources are being made in an effort to maintain good service and to reduce the response time for in progress calls.

We hope you all have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.

HEARTFELT CONDOLENCES

The Corpus Christi Police Department would like to extend our most heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims of yesterday’s horrific tragedy. Our sympathies and prayers extend to the entire community of Uvalde, Texas as they continue to process the devastation.

We recognize that such events leave many feeling unsettled and Corpus Christi is no exception.

In an effort to support our school partners and to allay our community’s fears for the safety of their children during these last days of school, the Corpus Christi Police Department will have an increased police presence around our area schools. The safety of our children is our priority.

We would also like to remember the area Law Enforcement who responded to yesterday’s scene, they were the line of defense who put their own lives on the line to save those in desperate need of assistance. The Emergency Medical Responders and Hospital Staff who worked diligently to save the victims are also not forgotten, you are all in our thoughts.

As a reminder, if you see something, say something. Please call 911 to report anything suspicious.

NVID ILLEGAL GAMBLING SEARCH WARRANT NETS ONE ARREST

An Illegal Gambling Operation was conducted by the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Narcotics and Vice Investigations Division on Thursday, May 19, 2022, that resulted in the arrest of one individual.  44-year-old Roman Saenz was charged with Keeping a Gambling Place (47.04), Possession of Gambling Device (47.06), and Gambling Promotion (47.03) which all are Class A misdemeanors; each punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $4,000.

NVID Detectives were assisted in the operation by Uniform Division Officers, Nueces County District Attorney’s Office, and the State of Texas Comptroller’s Office.  State Law dictates that an individual cannot win a wholesale value available from a single play of the game or device of not more than 10 times the amount charged to play the game or device once or $5, whichever is less. 

Game rooms who afford a player an opportunity to obtain, and players who accept anything of value, could be charged.

The Corpus Christi Police Department continues to collaborate with our local state and federal partners to investigate and combat illegal gambling. Investigators will continue to enforce all Texas gambling laws, which will help accomplish our mission to reduce crime, reduce the fear of crime and to improve the quality of life in our community.

MISSING PERSON

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

Leticia Franco was reported missing on May 09, 2022 by family members.  Leticia was last heard from on April 29, 2022.

Leticia is described as a 21-year-old female who stands 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighs approximately 135 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. 

If you have any information that may assist Investigators or know the whereabouts of Leticia, please call Corpus Christi Police Department directly by calling (361) 886-2840 or by calling (361) 886-2600.

STOLEN TRAILER

Date: Friday, May 6, 2022 8:14 am 
Offense: Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle
Case Number: 2205090104

Corpus Christi Police Detectives need your help identifying the suspect and whereabouts of stolen medical equipment.  

At approximately 8:14 am, a victim reported that a 2020 Cargo Mate Trailer was stolen from a business on the 200 block of North Padre Island Drive.

The trailer contained thousands of dollars in medical supplies, mobile loungers, blood pressure monitors, scales, medical supplies and three drawer supply cases, causing the business to disrupt some of their services.  

The trailer has been recovered but the medical equipment is still needing to be recovered. 

If you have any information about this crime and want to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 888-tips (8477) or submit the information online at http://www.cctexas.com/crimestoppers . If the information you provide leads to an arrest, you could earn a cash reward.

NVID PROSTITUTION STING NETS SIX ARRESTS

An anti-prostitution sting conducted by the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Narcotics and Vice Investigations Division on Saturday, April 30, 2022, resulted in the arrest of 6 men on charges of prostitution, a State Jail Felony punishable by up to 2 years in jail and fines up to $10,000. The men were arrested after they solicited an undercover CCPD Officer, posing as a prostitute, for sex acts in exchange for money. The operation targeted several websites and applications that are utilized by prostitutes.

NVID Detectives were assisted in the operation by Uniform Division Officers, as well as civilians with the Red Cord Program. The Red Cord Program is a prostitution diversion program aimed to provide practical and emotional support for those involved in prostitution. The program is successful due to the collaboration between Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation, social service organizations, Nueces County District Attorney Office, and Corpus Christi Police Department. The program affords those involved with sex work an opportunity to address the myriad of behavioral, social, and psychological problems they have faced throughout their lifetime. Since 2013, Red Cord has provided case management, health services, job training, substance abuse treatment, clothing, housing, counseling, and other social services needed to address the circumstances related to their involvement in prostitution. Participants who successfully complete the program have their cases dismissed by the District Attorney’s Office.

The men arrested during Saturday’s operation will be required to attend a mandatory prostitution diversion education program at their expense. This program educates men about the negative consequences of prostitution, circumstances that may lead someone to purchase sex, and the impact they have on the individual they attempt to solicit sex from in exchange for money. The fees raised from this program are then used to provide some of the resources mentioned above, to assist women seeking to escape the bondage of prostitution.

Although often inaccurately referred to as a “victimless” crime, prostitution is inextricably linked to multiple other crimes including assault, human trafficking, sexual abuse, drug abuse, and the spread of sexually transmitted infectious disease. Neighborhoods where prostitution is prevalent experience a drastic degradation of the quality of life that citizens expect and deserve. The Corpus Christi Police Department will continue to collaborate with all government and private entities to combat prostitution 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 Alexander Quinones who has an outstanding warrant for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon – Family Violence ($1,000,000 Bond). 

Quinones is described as a 36-year-old male, who stands 6’00” feet, weighs approximately 238 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

If you know how to locate Quinones, call Crime Stoppers at (361)888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=. 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 (361) 887-2239 or (361) 887-2219 after 5:00 pm.

WELFARE CONCERN

Update: 10:15 PM Contact was made with Rosa Gonzalez and Fabian Jr. They are safe. Thank you for the assistance in sharing our post.

Corpus Christi Police Department needs your help to locate the whereabouts of 20-year-old Rosa Reyna Gonzalez and her 11-month-old son, Fabian Espinoza Jr.  Rosa and Fabian Jr. may be with 22-year-old Fabian Espinoza Sr.  Rosa and Fabian Jr. were last seen on foot at approximately 4:30 pm on the 5000 block of Moravian Dr, walking toward SPID.

The attached pictures are of Rosa, Fabian Sr. and Fabian Jr.

If anyone has seen Rosa or Fabian Jr., please call 911.

Neighbors in the area are asked to please check their doorbell or surveillance cameras for any sightings of Rosa and Fabian Jr.

Rosa is described as a 20-year-old female, who is 8 months pregnant, she stands 5’02”, with long black hair and brown eyes.  Rosa was last seen wearing a red shirt and black in color Jordan sweatpants. 

Fabian Espinoza Jr. is described as 2 ft tall, weighs approximately 20 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.  Fabian Jr. was last seen wearing a navy-blue Jordan shirt, gray and black shorts, white air force one shoes, and was seen being pushed in a blue in color toy stroller.

The pair may be with Fabian Espinoza Sr., who is described as 22-year-old male, who stands 5’08, weighs approximately 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.  Fabian Sr. may be driving a black in color Dodge Avenger (TXLP GRR6239). 

If anyone sees the vehicle or the trio, please call 911.  As of right now, this is being worked as a welfare concern for Rosa and Fabian Jr.

Rosa Gonzalez and Fabian Espinoza Sr.
Fabian Espinoza Jr.

WARRANT ISSUED FOR MURDER SUSPECT

Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2022 6:54 PM
Location: 3000 block of Buford Ave
Incident: Murder
Case Number: 2204130126

Corpus Christi Police Department is asking for your help to locate 19-year-old Francisco Campos III, who has an outstanding warrant which was issued on April 14, 2022 for Murder ($250,000 Bond).

Campos is described as a 19-year-old male who stands 6′02″, weighs approximately 200 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes.

Campos was last known to be driving a Grey in color Chrysler 300. 

This murder warrant relates to an incident which occurred at approximately 6:54 pm on Wednesday, April 13, 2022.  Officers were dispatched to the 3000 block of Buford for a shooting with injuries.  Upon arrival, they found a 61-year-old gunshot wound victim who had critical injuries.  The male was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

If you know how to locate Francisco Campos, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=, it can earn you a cash reward.

NVID ILLEGAL GAMBLING SEARCH WARRANT NETS ONE ARREST

An Illegal Gambling Operation was conducted by the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Narcotics and Vice Investigations Division on Thursday, April 14, 2022, that resulted in the arrest of one individual. 39-year-old Andrew Ortiz was charged with Keeping a Gambling Place (47.04), Possession of Gambling Device (47.06), and Gambling Promotion (47.03) which all are Class A misdemeanors; each punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $4,000.

NVID Detectives were assisted in the operation by Uniform Division Officers, Nueces County District Attorney’s Office, and the State of Texas Comptroller’s Office. State Law dictates that an individual cannot win a wholesale value available from a single play of the game or device of not more than 10 times the amount charged to play the game or device once or $5, whichever is less.

Game rooms who afford a player an opportunity to obtain, and players who accept anything of value, could be charged.

The Corpus Christi Police Department continues to collaborate with our local state and federal partners to investigate and combat illegal gambling. Investigators will continue to enforce all Texas gambling laws, which will help accomplish our mission to reduce crime, reduce the fear of crime and to improve the quality of life in our community.