All posts by Officer Gena Pena

Missing Elderly Person

Corpus Christi Police would like help from the public to locate a missing, elderly person.
Esperanza Rojas was reported missing on May 18, 2017 and is described as having the late stages of Dementia.
Esperanza was last seen in the area of the 200 block of Norton sometime between 7:50 pm last night and 8:00 am this morning. Esperanza is described as an 85-year-old female who stands 5 feet 4 inches tall, approximately 130 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. Esperanza is also known to walk at a good pace and may be wearing the same pink jacket seen in the posted picture.
If you have any information or see Esperanza, please call Corpus Christi Police Department directly by calling 911 or (361) 886-2600.

Narcotics Search Warrant

Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 9:45 AM
Location:  1000 Block of Burr
Offense:  Possession of Marijuana (SJF)
Case Number:  1705100050

Narcotic Investigators executed a search warrant on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 9:45 am in the 1000 block of Burr.  The warrant  was the result of several months of investigation into a marijuana grow operation believed to be located inside the residence.  Once inside the house, Investigators located a sophisticated grow operation consisting of two grow rooms and a drying room. There were 85 plants located during the search, in various stages of growth. The rooms were well equipped with grow lamps and a sophisticated ventilation system.  All grow evidence was seized as well as the marijuana plants.  Two 12-gauge shotguns were also recovered in the residence.  

Marc Wynder-Miller 06/07/83 was charged with felony possession of marijuana.




Aggravated Assault With A Deadly Weapon

Date: Monday, May 08, 2017
Location: 400 Block of Cheyenne
Offense: Aggravated Assault With a Deadly Weapon
Case Number: 1705080113

Officers were dispatched to a shots fired called in the 400 block of Cheyenne.  Upon arrival, Officers found a man in his 20’s with a gun shot wound to his arm.

Through their investigation, Officers determined that the Offender had retreated into a home on the same block.  The Offender, Jesus Zuniga (03/14/1981), barricaded himself in a home for approximately 2 hours, but was eventually taken into custody without further incident.  Zuniga was charged with Felon In Possession Of A Firearm and was transported to the City Detention Center.   The Aggravated Assault With A Deadly Weapon investigation is still ongoing with victim and witness interviews still in progress.

Police Need Your Help To Locate Missing Disabled Person


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





Jacob Munoz was reported missing on May 07, 2017 and is a special needs child.

Jacob was last seen in the area of Buccaneer Apartments, near Ray High School.  Jacob is described as a 16-year-old male who stands 5 feet 5 inches tall, approximately 200 pounds, with a shaved head, brown eyes and wearing glasses.  Jacob was last seen wearing camo pants, a camo shirt and brown boots.

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



Date: Sunday, April 30, 2017, 03:22 AM
Location:  3800 Caravelle
Offense:  Injury to a Child/Assault
Case Numbers: 1704300026


Several units responded to the 3800 block of Caravelle in reference to a large fight. Upon arrival and through the investigation, it was determined that an 18-year-old victim left her infant in the care of her roommate, Offender Florencia Gonzalez (12/13/1997).  Gonzalez became upset with the victim and when the 18-year-old victim arrived home there was a confrontation.  A second Offender, Teresa Gonzalez (12/29/1994) became involved in the dispute along with another male, who all began to assault the 18-year-old victim.  During the assault the 18-year-old victim was knocked to the ground, while holding her baby.  The baby fell out of the 18-year-old victims  arms and landed face down.  There 18-year-old sustained minor injuries and the infant child did not have any visible injuries.  Both Offenders were arrested and charged with Injury to a Child (3rd Felony) and Assault Causes Bodily Injury (Class A Misdemeanor).


Date: Monday, May 01, 2017, 12:25 AM
Location:  700 block of 12th Street
Offense:  Robbery
Case Number:  1705010007

Corpus Christi Police responded to the 700 block of 12th Street for a Robbery.  The victim advised that he went to the Stripes at Brownlee and Agnes to retrieve money from the ATM.  The victim stated that as he was walking home he was approached by 3 Hispanic males who initially asked him for a cigarette but then became aggressive and began assaulting him.  The suspects took the victim’s wallet containing $400 cash.


Date: Monday, May 01, 2017 02:25 AM
Location:  3700 Mueller
Offense:  Aggravated Assault W/Deadly Weapon, Theft of Firearm, Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon
Case Number:  1705010019

Corpus Christi Police Officers were dispatched to the 3700 block of Mueller reference shots fired. Upon arrival, units observed several bullet casings and obtained a suspect vehicle description.  Additional Officers in the area observed the suspect vehicle and were able to stop and detain the drivers.  Offenders Joe Banda (07/16/87) and Julian Salas (07/10/1989) were discovered to be in possession of a stolen firearm which matched the caliber of the firearm used in the drive-by.  Banda was arrested for Theft of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon and Salas was arrested for Theft of a Firearm.    Additional charges for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon are pending.


Date: Sunday, April 30 2017, 01:15 AM
Location:   3100 Peachtree
Offense:  Aggravated Robbery
Case Number: 1704300011

Corpus Christi Police Officers responded to the 3100 block of Peachtree for a report of an aggravated Robbery. Upon arrival, Officers were advised by the 18-year-old victim that he was robbed at his front door by three hispanic males wearing masks and black hoodies.  The victim advised that all three exhibited handguns during the Robbery and that he feared for his safety.  The 18-year-old male advised that his wallet along with the contents were taken.  The male did not sustain any injuries during the commission of the Robbery.


Date: Sunday, April 30, 2017, 8:57 PM
Location:   Airport/Santa Elena
Offense:  Evading with Vehicle/ Warrant
Case Number:  1704300107

Corpus Christi Police Officers observed a pickup traveling with no headlights near the intersection of Airport/Santa Elena.  Officers attempted to initiate a traffic stop, noting that the vehicle refused to stop.  The vehicle eventually came to a stop in the 1000 block of Mendoza, at which point the driver exited the vehicle and a short foot pursuit ensued.  Officers took Cosme Zapata (10/15/1967) into custody and discovered that Zapata had run because he had an active warrant for a parole violation.



Murder Suspect In Custody

Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017, 01:19 AM
Location: 2000 Treyway Lane
Offense: Homicide
Case Number: 1704200013

Corpus Christi Homicide Investigators have advised that Michael Sotelo (05/26/98) is in custody for a murder that occurred last week.

On April 20, 2017 Corpus Christi Police responded to the 2000 block of Treyway Lane for a subject screaming for help.  Officers arrived on scene and located a 23-year-old male with a critical stab wound.

Detectives identified Michael Sotelo as the Offender in this Homicide and obtained an arrest warrant for Sotelo.

The United States Marshal’s Gulf Coast Fugitives and Violent Offenders Task Force located Sotelo and took him into custody earlier this evening.


Date: Sunday, April 09, 2017
Location: 5500 Lipes
Incident: Missing Person
Case Number: 1704090113


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

Robbie Maier


Robbie Maier was reported missing on April 09, 2017 and may be in need of medical assistance.  Robbie was last seen on Friday, April 07, 2017 at a Senior Living Center in the 5500 block of Lipes.

Robbie is described as a 60-year-old female who stands 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs about 230 pounds, and has blonde hair and brown eyes.

If you have any information or know the whereabouts of Robbie Maier please call Corpus Christi Police Department directly at (361) 886-2600.  For additional information, please contact Corpus Christi Police Department Homicide/Robbery Detective R.L. Garcia at 361-886-2850 or 361-774-5630.