All posts by Senior Officer Gena Pena

CRIME OF THE WEEK

Date: Wednesday, July 08, 2020 6:13 am
Location: 15000 block of S Padre Island Drive
Offense: Robbery
Case Number: 2007080010

Corpus Christi Police Department Investigators need your help identifying suspects believed to be involved in at least one aggravated robbery of a convenience store.

On July 08, 2020 Officers were dispatched to a convenience store located on the 15000 block of S Padre Island Drive. While in the commission of the Robbery, one of the males displayed a handgun and demanded money from the clerk. The suspects were able to get away with undisclosed amount of cash. The suspects were in a early 2000’s blue in color Honda Accord (4-door) with the right front wheel cap missing.

One of the suspects entered the store and attempted to purchase cigarettes without an ID and told the clerk he would be back shortly. A few minutes later, the suspect re-entered the store and demanded that the cashier get on the ground while gesturing that he had a gun. Once the cashier crouched down, the suspect walked behind the counter and grabbed cigarettes from the display case and also took lottery tickets and cash from the register. The two males were seen leaving the area in the Honda Accord.

The getaway driver was described as a black male, approximately 19-25 years of age, standing approximately 5’07”-6’00”, weighing 140-160 pounds. The suspect was wearing a light in color tan hoodie and jeans.

The suspect that committed the robbery was described as a black male approximately 20-25 years of age, standing approximately 5’05-6’00”. weighing 150-170 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. The suspect was observed wearing a black in color t-shirt with AERO design on front, black zip up hoodie and jeans.

If you can identify either of the suspects, or have any additional information about these crimes, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=. Crime Stoppers guarantees to keep your identity anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward of up to $2,500.

MISSING PERSON

08/16/20 Update: Mr. McFarland has been located safely. Thank you for your assistance.

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

Dwayne Elliott McFarland was reported missing by his family on August 14, 2020. Dwayne was last seen at approximately 6:00 am on August 12, 2020. Dwayne also uses the alias Dwayne Holt.

Dwayne was last seen in a black in color 2008 Dodge Caliber with temporary license plate #68842N2. Dwayne may be in need of medical assistance.

Dwayne is described as a 60-year-old black male who stands 6 feet 4 inches tall, weighs approximately 175 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

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If you have any information that may assist Investigators or know the whereabouts of Dwayne Elliott, please call Corpus Christi Police Department directly by calling (361) 886-2600.

KIDNAPPING VICTIM LOCATED/SUSPECT ARRESTED

At approximately 9:00 am this morning, Paulina Hernandez was located safely in Live Oak County. Paulina has since been reunited with her family.

Thomas Hutchins was taken into police custody at approximately 2:20 pm on three outstanding warrants for Aggravated Kidnapping ($80,000 Bond), Aggravated Assault ($40,000 bond) and Burglary of a Habitation with Intent to Commit other Felony ($50,000 bond).

We want to thank the community for their assistance in locating Paulina.

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AGGRAVATED KIDNPAPPING

Date: Thursday, August 13, 2020
Location: 6000 block of Airstream
Offense: Aggravated Kidnapping
Case Number: 2008130003

At approximately 2:33 am this morning, Officers were dispatched to the 6000 block of Airsteam Dr for an aggravated kidnapping.

Upon arrival, officers were informed that 23-year-old Thomas Hutchins entered the residence of his ex-girlfriend 22-year-old Paulina Hernandez without consent. Witnesses told officers that Thomas forced Paulina to leave with him at gunpoint and is she is believed to be in danger. Both were last seen leaving in a Blue in color 2015 Honda Civic with Oklahoma plates (DLH434).

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Paulina Hernandez is described as a 22-year-old female, who stands 5’06”, weighs approximately 215 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes, she was last seen wearing a blue tie-dye t-shirt.

Suspect Thomas Hutchins is described as 23-year-old male, who stands 5’05”, weighs approximately 150 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.

The following warrants have been issued for Thomas Hutchins; Aggravated Kidnapping ($80,000 Bond), Aggravated Assault ($40,000 bond) and Burglary of a Habitation with Intent to Commit other Felony ($50,000 bond).

Investigators are seeking help from the public to locate the whereabouts of Paulina Hernandez.

If you see the suspect vehicle or either Hutchins or Hernandez, or have any additional information about this aggravated kidnapping, call the Corpus Christi Police Department at 911. Information may be provided to Investigators anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=. If the information you provide leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.

MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED IN TRAVIS COUNTY

On July 31, 2020 Corpus Christi Police Department Officers received information from a Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers Tip that Murder suspect, 31-year-old Marcus Topsy, was at a residence in Austin, Texas.

US Marshals with the assistance from Austin Police Department located Marcus Topsy and he was taken into custody. Topsy had one outstanding warrant for Murder ($1,000,000 Bond) from an incident that occurred on July 24, 2020 on the 3700 block of Rojo.

Topsy was transported to the Travis County Jail where he will be booked until he is extradited to Nueces County.

For additional details: https://genap8877.wordpress.com/2020/07/28/murder-warrant-issued/

MISSING PERSON

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

Michael Ortiz was reported missing by his family on June 02, 2020. Michael has not had contact with his family since 2014 and they would like assistance to locate Michael’s whereabouts.

Michael is described as a 53-year-old male who stands 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs approximately 170 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

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If you have any information that may assist Investigators or know the whereabouts of Michael Ortiz, please call Corpus Christi Police Department directly by calling (361) 886-2840 or by calling (361) 886-2600.

CRIME OF THE WEEK

Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2020 9:24 PM
Location: 5600 Carroll Ln
Offense: Aggravated Robbery
Case Number: 2007150100

Corpus Christi Police Department Investigators need your help identifying this aggravated robbery suspect.

On July 15, 2020 a suspect entered a convenience store located on the 5600 block of Carroll Lane. The suspect approached the register, lifted his shirt to display a handgun and demanded money from the clerk. The suspect was able to get away with an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect is described as a black male, between 16-22 years of age, approximately 5’10-6’01, approximately 170 pounds, wearing a black baseball cap, a gray long-sleeve shirt under a black short-sleeve shirt and used a blue bandana as a face cover. The suspect possibly has tattoos on his left hand/wrist area.

The suspect is also believed to be involved in at least one other convenience store robbery.

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.

PASSING OF DEBRA GARCIA

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Debra Garcia. Debra has been a valued member of our CCPD family for 8 years and worked as a Victim Advocate in our Criminal Investigation Division.

Debra dedicated years of service to our community by providing awareness, support and services to victims of crime. There is no doubt that her selfless efforts to fight for the rights of our most vulnerable resulted in positive and lasting changes in the lives of crime victims.

We send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Debra Garcia.

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ARREST MADE IN CITY’S LATEST HOMICIDE

Date: Monday, July 20, 2020 12:40 A.M.
Location: 4500 block of Mokry
Offense: Murder
Case Number: 2007200002

At approximately 12:40 am on Monday, July 20, 2020 officers were dispatched to the 4500 block of Mokry for a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located a 30-year-old male who had been shot. The victim was transported to a local hospital for care. Detectives were later notified that at approximately 6 am the victim succumbed to his injuries.

Corpus Christi Police Detectives continued their investigation into the homicide following up on leads while attempting to identify and locate a suspect.

Detectives were able to identify and obtain an arrest warrant for a suspect, identified as 24-year-old Jared Naranjo.

Corpus Christi Police Department Gang Unit with assistance from the Texas Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force located Jared Naranjo on the 1500 block of 15th Street and transported him to the Corpus Christi Police Department to be interviewed by Detectives. Naranjo was later transported to the City Detention Center for processing.

Naranjo was booked on one warrant for Murder ($1,000,000 Bond).

This is still an active and ongoing investigations and if anyone has any additional information related to this Homicide, you are asked to contact the Corpus Christi Police Department at (361) 886-2840. You may also call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=. 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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FACT CHECK

We have been made aware of a rumor that HEB will be closing their stores at the end of this week and this is causing people to rush to the stores and panic buy. We have reached out to our community partners at HEB and they have refuted this and advised that this is NOT true. HEB will remain open to the public and there are no plans to shut any of their stores or operations down.

As always, we want our community to be aware, but remember to rely on facts not fear.

We want to take a moment to thank the partners at HEB as they have and continue to work tirelessly to re-stock the shelves.

Please buy for necessity, not for stockpiling.

Keep up to date with HEB operations by visiting:

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