All posts by Senior Officer Gena Pena

SEVEN WOMEN, ONE MAN ARRESTED DURING NVID PROSTITUTION STING THURSDAY AFTERNOON

An anti-prostitution sting conducted by the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Narcotics and Vice Investigations Division Thursday afternoon resulted in the arrests of seven women and one man on charges ranging from prostitution to criminal trespass, terroristic threats, possession of a controlled substance, and public lewdness. One of the women arrested was charged with Felony prostitution, due to previous convictions.  A 44-year-old woman and 35-year-old man were arrested for public lewdness after officers observed them engaged in sexual conduct in a public place. The other women were arrested after they solicited an undercover CCPD Officer for sex acts in exchange for money.  The operation targeted several north and west side neighborhoods frequented by prostitutes.

NVID Detectives were assisted in the operation by Operations Division Crime Reduction Unit Officers, as well as civilians with the Red Cord Initiative.  The Red Cord Initiative 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 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.

Two of the seven women arrested during Thursday’s operation agreed to participate and were accepted into the program.  Since its inception in 2013, 212 men and women have been arrested for prostitution during these operations, 107 have qualified for the program, 66 were accepted, and 19 have graduated from the program.  The Red Cord initiative receives no government funding and is supported entirely through donations.  To learn more, volunteer or donate, citizens can visit the Coastal Bend Wellness foundation at http://www.cbwellness.org.

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.

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10 ARRESTED FOR RACING

This past weekend Corpus Christi Police Department Officers conducted an operation reference several complaints of racing in the area of North Shoreline Boulevard.

As a result of this operation a total of 10 individuals were arrested and charged with racing, 3 of those individuals were additionally charged for reckless driving and 4 separate traffic citations were issued.

If you have any reports of reckless or aggressive driving, please submit those complaints to saferoadsforcc@cctexas.com.

FATAL CRASH UPDATE

Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 6:46 PM
Location: Staples/Baldwin
Offense: Fatal Crash
Case Number: 1901150116/C1900318

At approximately 6:46 PM on January 15, 2019, Corpus Christi Police Officers responded to a major crash at the intersection of Staples and Baldwin.

Upon arrival, officers determined that 2 vehicles were involved in a head-on collision.

The driver of unit one, 19-year-old male, was determined to be at fault for failing to yield the right of way.  The driver, sole occupant, was cited accordingly and released to the hospital for follow-up care. 

Unit two was occupied times four.  This vehicle was occupied by 2 adults and 2 young children.  A 26-year-old male passenger was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.  One child was transported to Driscoll in critical condition and the second child was transported to Driscoll in critical but stable condition.  The driver of the vehicle, a 28-year-old female, sustained major injuries but was last updated in stable condition.  The 28-year-old female was found to be under the influence and is subsequently being charged with Driving while Intoxicated with a Child. (SJF)

No additional information is available for release at this time.

IDENTIFY A HOME INVASION SUSPECT

Corpus Christi Police Department Investigators are looking to identify a suspect in a home invasion that occurred on December 17, 2018.  A sketch artist worked with the victim to create a sketch of what the suspect may look like.

If you have any information on the identity of this suspect or information about any recent home invasions, 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.

 

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VICTIM RESCUED FROM ENGULFED VEHICLE

On New Year’s Day, civilians and Corpus Christi Police officers worked together to rescue a 70-year-old male from a burning vehicle.  His vehicle was struck by a vehicle traveling the wrong way on SH 358 and had flipped onto its side.

The efforts from the officers and civilians are commended for saving the life of the 70-year-old male, who is believed would not have survived without their heroic efforts.

CAN YOU IDENTIFY THIS AUTO BURGLAR?

Date: Monday, December 10, 2018 2:00 am
Location: 4000 Hurlwood Circle
Offense:  Burglary to a Vehicle
Case Number: 1812110026

Corpus Christi Police Detectives need your help identifying this auto burglar. The suspect is seen on surveillance entering a vehicle which was parked on the 4000 block of Hurlwood Circle around 2 am on December 10, 2018.

If you know the identity of this suspect or have any information about this crime please call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at http://www.cctexas.com/crimestoppers. 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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HELP US IDENTIFY AGGRAVATED ROBBERY SUSPECTS

Date: Sunday, December 16, 2018 20:34 PM
Location: 1100 S Port Ave
Offense:  Aggravated Robbery
Case Number: 1812160107

Corpus Christi Police Department Investigators need your help identifying these aggravated robbery suspects.

Three suspects entered a fast food restaurant located on the 1100 block of South Port. One suspect pointed a gun at the employee and then all three proceeded to run to the back and demand money.

The suspects were able to get away with undisclosed amount of cash.
All three males are described as White or Hispanic males, between the ages of 18-26 years of age. All three were wearing baseball caps or hoodies and attempted to mask their face.

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.

IDENTIFY AGGRAVATED ROBBERY SUSPECTS

Date: Tuesday, December 04, 2018 9:45 PM
Location: 2900 Norton
Offense:  Aggravated Robbery
Case Number: 1812040134

Corpus Christi Police Department Investigators need your help identifying these aggravated robbery suspects.

Two suspects entered a convenience store located on the 2900 block of Norton St. One suspect placed an item on the counter top as if he were going to make a purchase and then both suspects pointed handguns at the employees inside the store, while demanding the money from the register.

The suspects were able to get away with undisclosed amount of cash.

Both males are described as Hispanic males, between the ages of 16-20 years of age.

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.

 

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT ON A PEACE OFFICER

Date:  Monday, November 26, 2018, 04:29 AM
Location: 5200 Ayers
Offense: Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer
Burglary of Building
Unauthorized use of Motor Vehicle
Evading Arrest with a Vehicle
Evading Arrest
Case Number: 1811260020

At approximately 04:29 AM on Monday, November 26, 2018, officers were dispatched to the 5200 block of Ayers for a Burglary in Progress.  As officers arrived on scene, they observed a vehicle that returned as stolen leaving the parking lot.  The responding officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop which resulted in a short vehicle pursuit and ultimately ended with the suspect vehicle crashing into a fence where it became lodged. Officers exited their vehicles in an effort to make contact with the offenders and were standing to the rear of the suspect vehicle, when the driver placed the vehicle in reverse and accelerated to the point where the vehicle dislodged from the fence.  The driver continued to reverse at an accelerated pace in what was perceived as an attempt to run over officers on scene.  The driver struck a marked Corpus Christi Police Unit and nearly struck several uniformed police officers.  Fearing for his life and for the lives of the officers in the path of the vehicle, which was being used as a weapon, a Corpus Christi Police Officer discharged his city issued weapon to stop the threat.

The driver and passenger then exited the vehicle and fled on foot as officers gave chase. The suspects were able to elude the officers and no one has been taken into custody related to this incident.

One Corpus Christi Police Officer has been placed on paid administrative leave at this time in accordance with department practice and policy.

This is still an active and ongoing investigation.  If anyone has any information pertaining to this incident, you are encouraged to call the Corpus Christi Police Department Criminal Investigations 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.cctexas.com/crimestoppers.

COLTON CAVAZOS

On Sunday, November 13, 2016, nineteen-year-old Colton Cavazos was fatally shot in the parking lot of the Marbella Apartments at 5900 Weber Road at 11:58pm. Police have obtained images of a vehicle that was on the scene before the shooting, the driver is considered a person of interest.

Information may be submitted to the Corpus Christi Police Department at 361-886-2600 or to Crime Stoppers by telephone at 361-888-TIPS(8477) or online at http://www.cctexas.com/crimestoppers.

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