All posts by Senior Officer Gena Pena

UPDATE ON SERIES OF EVENTS

We are providing updates to the series of events that occurred this afternoon.

At approximately 3:06 pm officers were dispatched to a shooting at Elizabeth and Brownlee.  Updates provided that the shooting took place at a residence on the 1600 block of Elizabeth.  The victim then ran to a nearby store for help.  Upon arrival, Officers located a 39-year-old male who had been shot.  He was transported to a local hospital in critical but stable condition.

At approximately 3:34 PM Officers were dispatched to the 5400 block of South Padre Island Drive, reference a possible shooting at a business.  Officers quickly arrived and determined it was not an active shooter.

Preliminary information is that an employee arrived at a business and was involved in a disturbance with another employee. It quickly escalated and the suspect shot the victim and fled the scene. The victim was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  

We can confirm that this was an isolated incident between two parties, known to each other.  

At approximately 3:41 pm officers were dispatched to 5100 block of SPID for a bank robbery.  Updates to the call provided that a male entered the business, displayed a weapon and demanded money from the teller.  The suspect was able to get away with an undisclosed amount of cash.  

A CCPD Officer observed a vehicle matching the description of the suspect from the shooting on the 5400 block of SPID.  The vehicle was observed in the area of N. Staples and Leopard.  The officer effected a traffic stop and the suspect was taken into custody at approximately 4:21 PM.

We had three separate incidents that occurred within a short time frame.  They are all being investigated independently with the possibility that they may be related to the same suspect.  We will not be able to confirm anything further until all the investigations have been completed.    

Corpus Christi Police Officers responded accordingly and meticulously with the details they were initially provided for all calls.  We want to thank all of our officers for their prompt and professional response.  

These are still active and ongoing investigations.  If you have any information pertaining to these incidents, 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 https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=

UPDATE ON SHOOTING

Update: The offender was taken into custody at 4:21 pm. There is no active threat to the public. Officers are still actively working at the original scene, please avoid the area if possible.


NO ACTIVE SHOOTER

At approximately 3:34 PM Officers were dispatched to the 5400 block of South Padre Island Drive, reference a possible shooting at a business.

Corpus Christi Police Officers responded accordingly and meticulously with the details they were initially provided with.

We can confirm that this was an isolated incident between two parties, known to each other.

The suspect did leave the scene, but he has been identified and officers are in the process of searching for him.

We are asking the public to avoid the area to allow officers to properly investigate the scene.

NO ACTIVE SHOOTER

At approximately 3:34 PM Officers were dispatched to the 5400 block of South Padre Island Drive, reference a possible shooting at a business.

Corpus Christi Police Officers responded accordingly and meticulously with the details they were initially provided with.

We can confirm that this was an isolated incident between two parties, known to each other.

The suspect did leave the scene, but he has been identified and officers are in the process of searching for him.

We are asking the public to avoid the area to allow officers to properly investigate the scene.

PRACTICE PHYSICAL ASSESSMENT TEST

You are invited to attend the Corpus Christi Police Department Practice Physical Assessment Test (PAT) this Saturday, July 30, 2022.

All applicants will be considered for our upcoming 82nd Police Academy, which is projected to begin October of this year. Attending one of these sessions is a great way to gauge your strengths and have a better understanding of what you need to work on to move forward in this process.

The practice test will take place at the main police station located at 321 John Sartain, Corpus Christi, TX 78401. All applicants shall meet us at the gated entrance directly across from Whataburger on the Bay (Water St. side of the building). Please arrive no later than 7:30 am, as we will being promptly at 8:00 am.

This practice test will be proctored, meaning if you pass all three components, you will receive a 30-day waiver. This waiver which will exempt you from having to complete the physical test on the day of your written exam.

Recruiters will also be available to answer any questions you have about any phase of the testing and hiring process.

Please report to the test site in physical fitness attire and have your driver’s license with you.

Visit the following link to learn more about the three-component fitness test: https://careers.ccpolice.com/ccpd-testing-process. This will give you a better understanding of what you will be measured on.

We are still currently taking applications for the 82nd session of our police academy. You may submit your eligibility questionnaire online, which you can find at careers.ccpolice.com. Please call 361-886-2626 for more information or to rsvp for the Practice PAT.

OFFICERS RESPOND TO ASSIST CALL ON CAUSEWAY

At approximately 10:49 am officers were dispatched to the area of the 2500 block of HWY 181 northbound for a jumper on the bridge and a secondary call for a stalled vehicle.

Upon arrival, the reporting party advised that they were attempting to corral a cat that was on the causeway, unsuccessfully.    

It was determined that the cat had retreated in the wheel well of their vehicle.  Despite the location and the dangerous situation for all involved, officers attempted to remove the cat to a safe location.  

At the moment the officer grabbed the cat, the cat bit the officer on the hand, resulting in the officer releasing the cat.  The cat landed on the topside of the jersey barricade; the cat then scurried on to the ledge of the roadway.   As the reporting party and an officer attempted to retrieve the cat from the ledge, the cat jumped into the water.  The cat was observed swimming away.  

Officers utilized drones and a boat to search for the cat for over two hours, without success. 

The officer is currently at a local hospital and received a total of seven shots for rabies prevention, as the cat appeared to be diseased and feral. 

While we understand the compassion of citizens wanting to rescue an animal, we highly discourage our citizens from stopping on a highway or causeway. This places not only our citizens but our officers in a highly dangerous environment. 

NVID PROSTITUTION STING NETS ONE ARREST

An anti-prostitution sting conducted by the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Narcotics and Vice Investigations Division Friday resulted in the arrest of 1 man on charges of prostitution, a State Jail Felony punishable by up to 2 years in jail and fines up to $10,000. The man was 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 man arrested during Friday’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.

NVID ILLEGAL GAMBLING SEARCH WARRANT NETS TWO ARRESTS

An Illegal Gambling Operation was conducted by the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Narcotics and Vice Investigations Division on Tuesday July 13, 2022, that resulted in the arrest of two individuals. 44-year-old David Rivers and 39-year-old Ray Firova were 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, the State of Texas Comptroller’s Office, and other federal agencies. 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.

19TH ANNUAL BOOTS AND BADGES BLOOD DRIVE CHALLENGE

The 19th annual Boots & Badges Blood Drive Challenge hosted by the Coastal Bend Blood Center will run from July 17th until July 30th.

The challenge is a friendly competition between area law enforcement and firefighting entities to see whether the “boots” or “badges” can bring in the most blood donations during the two-week long challenge. This lifesaving competition helps to boost the blood supply during the summer and aid in the Blood Center’s efforts to reduce summer blood shortages.

The Corpus Christi Police Department would like our community to assist the Coastal Bend Blood Center in gathering as many donations as possible. To view locations that are close to you and fit your schedule visit the Coastal Bend Blood Centers web page calendar here: https://www.coastalbendbloodcenter.org/events/

When you donate blood, let them know that you are doing so on behalf of “Team Badges”!

Go Badges!!

OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING – ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

As is our practice we are releasing the information for the officer who was involved in the shooting on Monday, July 4, 2022.

One Corpus Christi Police Officer discharged her weapon during that critical incident and has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is in accordance with our current department practice and policy.

Senior Officer Jamie Wingo has been a police officer with the Corpus Christi Police Department for 7 years.   

This is still an active and ongoing investigation. If you have 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 https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=

For additional information on this incident: 
OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING – ADDITIONAL INFORMATION | CCPD Blotter

OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING | CCPD Blotter

OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING – ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

As a follow-up to yesterday’s officer involved shooting, the following information has been made available for release. 

All three offenders have been processed by our City Detention Center; thus, we are able to release the identities and charges of the offenders involved.   

17-year-old Jesus Ramos, the driver of the vehicle, was the individual shot.  Ramos was medically cleared and was transported to the City Detention Center on July 5, 2022.  Ramos has been charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Unlawful Possession of Firearm, Manufacture and Delivery of Controlled Substance (PG1), Evading Arrest with a Vehicle and Evading Arrest.  

17-year-old Nathaniel Martinez was transported to the City Detention Center on July 4, 2022.  Martinez has been charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Unlawful Possession of Firearm, Evading Arrest with a Vehicle and Evading Arrest. 

17-year-old Dominic Favela was transported to the City Detention Center on July 4, 2022.  Favela has been charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Unlawful Possession of Firearm, Evading Arrest with a Vehicle and Evading Arrest.

Ramos, Martinez and Favela are expected to face additional charges in relation to the Aggravated Robbery (carjacking). 

This is still an active investigation and updates will follow as they are made available for release.

For more information related to this incident:   OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING | CCPD Blotter