All posts by Senior Officer Gena Pena

MISSING ELDERLY

Update: 12:05 pm Ms Palmer has been found. Thank you for your help in locating her safely.

Corpus Christi Police would like help from the public to locate a missing, elderly person. Carol Jane Palmer was reported missing on August 17, 2019. Ms. Palmer also goes by the name Mrs. Janie. Ms. Palmer suffers from Dementia and other medical conditions that require medical assistance.

Ms. Palmer was last seen in the area of McArdle and Rodd Field around 9:45 am this morning.  Ms. Palmer is described as an 83-year-old female, who stands 5 feet 5 inches tall, approximately 180 pounds, with white hair and light colored eyes.  Ms. Palmer was last seen wearing a light gray zip up hoodie and denim or blue in color capri style pants.

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

CITY’S LATEST HOMICIDE

Date:  Thursday, August 15, 2019
Location: Misty/Moody
Incident:  Homicide
Incident Number: 1908150126

At approximately 9:29 pm on August 15, 2019 officers were dispatched to the area of Trojan near Greenwood for a shooting victim.

Upon arrival, officers made contact with a 21-year-old female who had sustained a gun shot while driving in the area of Misty/Moody. The 21-year-old female was transported to Shohn Shoreline in critical condition and later succumb from her injuries.

Detectives with the Corpus Christi Police Department are seeking help from the public regarding this homicide.  If you have any information about this case, please contact Detectives at 361-886-2840 or if you wish to submit your information anonymously, you can call Crime Stoppers at 361-888-TIPS or online at http://www.888tips.com. If the information you provide leads to an arrest it could earn you a cash reward up to $2,500.
 

ARREST MADE ON SCHOOL THREAT

On August 13, 2019, Corpus Christi Police Department Officials received information that a threat had been made to harm students at Tuloso-Midway Schools. All threats to schools are taken seriously, investigated thoroughly, and disciplined to the fullest extent possible.

Corpus Christi Police Department Officers immediately began to assess the situation and increased police presence at the campuses as a precaution and in order to ensure that the students felt safe while at school.

A thorough investigation was completed by Corpus Christi Police Investigators, through which they determined that the suspect did not take any steps toward carrying out the threats but were able to positively identify the suspect. The suspect has been identified as a 15-year-old female student and she is being booked into the Nueces County Juvenile Justice Center on charges of Terroristic Threats. Due to the threat being made to a school, the charge is being enhanced and the student is facing a 3rd Degree Felony.

School officials have also taken appropriate action in response to the incident in accordance with school policies.

The safety of our school community is one of our department’s highest priorities. We want to stress that threats such as these will not be taken lightly, we will exhaust all efforts to ensure that our students are safe and further want to stress that those who make these threats will be charged accordingly.

We want to thank the community for their attentiveness and bringing this to our attention. This is an example of the importance of reporting threats, it allowed officers and school officials to move quickly to ensure the safety of students and staff.

NEED TO LOCATE

Corpus Christi Police Detectives are seeking assistance from the public to locate a person of interest. The person of interest has been identified as 26-year-old Gavino Ybarra. Gavino is described as 5’08” and 130 pounds.

Detectives believe that Gavino may have some information related to a string of robberies.

If anyone knows the whereabouts of Gavino, please contact Detective David Perez at (361) 886-2676.

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

Corpus Christi Police Detectives are seeking assistance from the public to identify a person of interest. Detectives obtained surveillance video of a person they believe may have some information related to a string of robberies.

If anyone knows the identity of this male, please contact Detective David Perez at (361) 886-2676.

You can also submit your information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at (361) 888-TIPS or online at http://www.888tips.com. 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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UPDATE ON CITY’S RECENT HOMICIDE

An update on the city’s most recent Homicide, which occurred at Cleo and Headly,on July 11, 2019.

Four males have been taken into custody.

Larry Ramos was arrested by Corpus Christi Police Officers on July 16, 2019. Larry Ramos was arrested on a warrant for Murder – $500,000 Bond.

Arnold Riojas, Rayvon Rodriguez and Gilbert Cuevas all turned themselves in at the Nueces County Jail on July 25, 2019.

Rayvon Rodriguez was booked on an outstanding warrant for Murder – $250,000 Bond.
Arnold Riojas was booked on an outstanding warrant for Murder – $500,000 Bond.
Gilbert Cuevas was booked on an outstanding warrant for Murder – $500,000 Bond.

For additional information on the murder, see the original blotter post:
https://ccpdblotter.com/2019/07/18/detectives-need-your-help-with-the-citys-latest-homicide-2/

SEXUAL ASSAULT SUSPECT ARRESTED

The Corpus Christi Police Departments’ Criminal Investigation Division was able to secure and execute an arrest warrant for 45-year-old Cruz Zamudio. Zamudio was transported to the City Detention Center for processing and was later booked at the Nueces County Jail on 07/03/2019 with a total bond of $175,000.

Zamudio was booked on the following charges:
Warrant for Sexual Assault – $125,000 Bond
Warrant for Improper Photo/Visual – $50,000 Bond

This investigation is still ongoing and there exists the possibility of witnesses or other victims that have not come forward at this time. Anyone who may have been victimized or who may have information concerning Cruz Zamudio is encouraged to call the lead investigator, Senior Officer Michael Manzano at 886-2891. You may also call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or go online by visiting http://www.888tips.com. If the information you provide leads to an arrest, it may earn you a cash reward up to $2,500.

Please note that several photos of Cruz Zamudio are being released due to a change in his appearance over the years. An array of photos showing his age progression through the years may serve as a visual for witnesses or victims who may not otherwise recognize him in his most recent photo.

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Cruz Zamudio – July 2019

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Cruz Zamudio – Facebook Photo

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Cruz Zamudio – Facebook Photo

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Cruz Zamudio – April 2017

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Cruz Zamudio – August 2012

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Cruz Zamudio – December 2011

MISSING CHILD

Update: 10:06 pm Chloe has been located. Thank you for your help in sharing our post.

Corpus Christi Police Department needs your help to locate the whereabouts of a missing child. Chloe Ann Rodriguez has been reported missing on today’s date. Chloe was last seen at approximately 7:30 pm in the area of the 1500 block of 17TH Street. Chloe was last known to be walking toward Sarita Street. If anyone has seen Chloe or knows her whereabouts, please contact 911 immediately.

Chloe is described as a 10-year-old female, with brown hair and brown eyes and is wearing a black shirt with the word “wicked” on it and black shorts. Chloe is said to be 4 feet, 103 pounds and wears glasses with black frames.

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The Corpus Christi Police Department asks that anyone who may have any additional information about the whereabouts of Chloe please contact the Corpus Christi Police. Information may be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or online at http://www.cityofcc.com/crimestoppers.

JUGGING TYPE ROBBERIES

The Corpus Christi Police Department wants to remind citizens to be aware of their surroundings when they leave their financial institutions after making withdrawals. Corpus Christi was targeted for this type of crime last year and the department responded with a massive public information effort, enhanced bank patrols, and undercover special assignments. Some of the offenders were identified and it was confirmed that these individuals were part a well-organized street gang.

There have been several reported incidents of the “jugging” type robberies since January of this year and we want to warn citizens to not become complaisant.  We cannot be sure that these aggressive thieves have stopped targeting our citizens.

Our department does have strategies implemented to address these types of crimes, but we also ask that citizens do their part in protecting themselves.

The offenders are known to target mainly bank customers after they leave a financial institution with a deposit or money bag in hand. The offenders park in the bank parking lot or very close by.  They are usually in newer model cars with paper license plates and tinted windows. They watch the front door or commercial lane of the drive through looking for business related transactions.   It appears that the preferred method of the criminal is to follow the person as they leave the bank and then follow the victims back to their business, or any location where they park their vehicle.  One the victim is parked, the criminal takes the money from the vehicle, if the money is left in an unattended vehicle, or these offenders will also approach the victims to forcibly take the money.

All citizens, especially business employees, are once again asked to be very aware and vigilant when leaving the bank after any transaction.  

In one of the most recent documented incidents, Corpus Christi Police Officers were dispatched to 2600 block of Gollihar in reference to a burglary of a motor vehicle. Officers arrived and contacted the victim who advised that someone broke into his vehicle.  The victim stated that he went inside his place of business at which point he heard his vehicle alarm going off and went to the window where he observed his vehicle being burglarized. The victim noted that the divers side window had been broken out and actively saw the male jump in his vehicle with his legs dangling out of the window, ransacking the vehicle before being startled by the victim and fled the scene.  The suspect jumped into a waiting vehicle with a getaway driver, the suspect vehicle is described as a white in color Toyota Camry.  The victim told officers that he had stopped at a bank drive thru and withdrew some money.  The victim remembered seeing a white in color Toyota Camry circling the parking lot and believes that he may have been followed from the bank.

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The Corpus Christi Police Department wants to remind everyone to be aware of their surroundings and to not leave valuables or cash in your car. If you feel you are being followed to or from a bank call 911. Anyone who can identify anyone involved in this robbery, or has any additional information about this crime should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Crime Stoppers guarantees to keep the identity secret of anyone who provides information and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn the caller a cash reward.