All posts by Senior Officer Gena Pena

NVID ONLINE PROSTITUTION STING LEADS TO MULTIPLE ARRESTS

An anti-prostitution sting conducted by the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Narcotics and Vice Investigations Division over the weekend resulted in the arrest of seven men on charges of solicitation of prostitution, a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in jail and a fine up to $10,000. The men were arrested after they solicited female undercover officers, posing as online “escorts”, for sex acts in exchange for money.

NVID Detectives were assisted in the operation by Operations 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 the Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation, social service organizations, the Nueces County District Attorney’s Office, and the 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 Red Cord Program includes a diversion education program that 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.

BURGLARY OF A HABITATION

Date: Sunday, September 25, 2022, 12:26 AM
Location: 4300 block of McArdle
Offense: Burglary of a Habitation
Case Number: 2209250068

Corpus Christi Police Department Detectives would like help from the public to identify three suspects who burglarized a local church located on the 4300 block of McArdle Road.

The victim advised that at approximately 2:43 pm on Sunday, September 25, 2022, employees arrived to find the front door to the residence, which doubles as a church, unsecured.  Video surveillance showed that at approximately 11:13 am, three women arrived at the location in a Navy Blue in color Volkswagen sedan.

Three females can be seen on surveillance using a screwdriver to pry open the front door.  The offenders were seen exiting the residence with various items of personal property.

The three suspects were captured on surveillance footage and the following still images are being released. 

The victim noted that nearly $6,000 worth of personal property was stolen.

If you can identify these suspects, or have any additional information about this burglary, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=.  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.

CORPUS CHRISTI CRIME STOPPERS CRIME OF THE WEEK

Investigators want your help to discover any new information that will help catch a murder suspect, with this Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week. 

Homicide Detectives need your help to locate the individual responsible for the Murder of James Michael Quiroz.   Today is the 14th Anniversary and we want to give his family some closure. 

At approximately 12:54 am on September 20, 2008, officers responded to the 13,000 block of Teague Lane for a shooting.  Witnesses advised that an unknown male knocked on the front door and when 30-year-old James Quiroz went to answer the door, he was shot.  James was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Detectives are seeking your help to identify the person who committed this murder. 

If you know who is responsible, or have any additional information about this murder, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=.  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.

James Michael Quiroz

MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED

At approximately 5:15 PM on Thursday, June 9, 2022, officers were dispatched to the 9800 block of Redbud Drive for a shooting.

Upon arrival, officers located a 45-year-old shooting victim.  The victim was transported to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.  Through their investigation, Homicide Detectives followed up on several leads and were able to secure an arrest warrant for 37-year-old Joshua Lomas for Murder ($250,000 Bond). 

US Marshals Gulf Coast Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force followed up on a Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers Tip, which led them to the whereabouts of Lomas. 

At approximately 12:10 pm on Monday, September 19, 2022, Officers with the US Marshals Lone Star Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force, along with Austin Police Department, Travis County Sheriff’s Office, Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, Homeland Security Investigators, Texas Attorney Generals Office and Texas Department of Public Safety, located and took Lomas into custody without incident at a residence in Kingsland, Texas.  

Lomas is awaiting extradition to Nueces County. 

If you have any information about this murder, please call Corpus Christi Police Robbery & Homicide Detectives 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 https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=.

NUECES COUNTY WANTED SUBJECT

Nueces County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help to locate Jordan Padilla who has an outstanding warrant for Robbery ($20,000 Bond). 

Jordan is described as a 20-year-old male, who stands 6’02” feet, weighs approximately 160 pounds, with dark brown hair and brown eyes.

If you know how to locate Jordan, 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.

Jordan Padilla

CCPD ANTI-GAMBLING OPERATION RESULTS IN DUAL SEARCH WARRANTS AND MULTIPLE ARRESTS

On Wednesday, September 14, 2022, Detectives with the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Narcotics and Vice Investigations Division served simultaneous search warrants at two independent game rooms located on the city’s south side, resulting in the arrests of 2 men and 3 women on illegal gambling charges.

Following up on tips which detailed illegal gambling occurring at game rooms located on the 4600 block of Kostoryz Road and on the 4700 block Kostoryz Road; NVID Detectives initiated an investigation.  Detectives were able to establish probable cause which allowed them to apply for and obtain search warrants for the respective premises.

As a result of the search, officers arrested 31-year-old Justin Cantu, 71-year-old Mary Galvan, 30-year-old Yvette Herrera, 57-year-old Concepcion Rosas, and 20-year-old Jamie Luqueno.  All 5 were charged with Gambling Promotion, Keeping a Gambling Place, and Possession of a Gambling Device.  All three charges are class A misdemeanors under Texas law, punishable by up to a year in prison and/or a $4,000 fine.  34 patrons of the game rooms were issued warning citations for gambling and released at the scene.  Two other patrons were arrested for Outstanding Felony Warrants.  During the search, Detectives seized gambling equipment, cash, and other evidence of illegal gambling.

NVID Detectives were assisted in the operation by officers with the CCPD Operations Division and the Organized Crime Unit, as well as compliance inspectors from the City of Corpus Christi Development Services, and investigators with the State of Texas Comptroller’s Office, which regulates coin operated machines.

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.

CAPITAL MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED

At approximately 4:21 am on Friday, September 2, 2022, officers were dispatched to the 5300 block of Kostoryz for a shooting.

Upon arrival, officers observed an adult male deceased on scene.

The preliminary information revealed that the suspect, who was described as a 23-year-old male, came into the business with a weapon in an attempt to commit a robbery.  An employee of the business fired a weapon, striking the suspect, who succumbed to his injuries at the scene.  

Through their investigation, Homicide Detectives followed up on several leads and were able to identify an accomplice in the attempted robbery.  Detectives were able to secure an arrest warrant for 19-year-old Justin Perez for Capital Murder ($400,000 Bond).  An additional warrant for Aggravated Robbery($75,000 Bond) was also secured. 

At approximately 7:30 pm on Friday, September 2, 2022, Officers with the US Marshals Gulf Coast Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force, along with Officers assigned to our Gang Unit and K-9 Unit located and took Perez into custody on the 6600 block of Everhart Rd, without incident.  

Perez was transported to the main station to be interviewed and was later transported to the City Detention Center for processing.

If you have any information about this murder, please call Corpus Christi Police Robbery & Homicide Detectives 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 https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=.

MISSING ELDERLY


Update 11:38 pm – Mr. Murillo has been located safely.

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

Ricardo Murillo was reported missing on Friday, September 2, 2022. Mr. Murillo lives with a mental disability and may be in need of medical assistance.

Mr. Murillo was last seen near the area of Weber near Saratoga at approximately 7:00 pm, and is most likely on foot. Mr. Murillo is described as a 64-year-old male, who stands 5’08”, weighs approximately 189 pounds, with gray hair and brown eyes. Mr. Murillo was last seen wearing a yellow shirt with gray pants. Mr. Murillo has a noticeable limp and has been know to walk long distances, so he may be in a different area of town. Mr. Murillo is not familiar with the Corpus Christi area but has been known to frequent gas stations or well lit areas.

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

STUDENT FOUND WITH WEAPON ON CAMPUS

At approximately 9:15 am on Wednesday, August 31, 2022, an off-duty Corpus Christi Police Department Officer was working at a school campus located on the 1100 block of Villarreal. 

The off-duty CCPD Officer called in for assistance advising that a 4-year-old student was in possession of a loaded handgun on campus.  The CCPD Officer immediately took possession of and secured the weapon. 

Additional officers responded to the school to assist with the investigation.  Investigators arrived at the residence of the student and were able to identify the owners of the handgun, which were identified as the parents of the child.

30-year-old Paul Torres was arrested and charged with Making a Firearm Accessible to Children and was additionally charged with Abandoning or Endangering a Child.

The Corpus Christi Police Department wants to remind all our citizens to ensure that firearms are safely stored.  We recommend that all guns are unloaded, trigger locked, and in a locked gun safe, or pistol box with the ammunition locked away separately.  Keys for the guns and ammunition should be located out of reach of children, away from the weapons and ammunition.  Check frequently to make sure the items are stored properly and remain secure.