All posts by Senior Officer Gena Pena

OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING – ADDITIONAL INFORMATION RELEASE

As is our practice we are releasing the information of the officers who were involved in the officer involved shooting.

Two Corpus Christi Police Officers have been placed on paid administrative leave due to their involvement, or presence, at the scene of the officer involved shooting.  The administrative leave is in accordance with current department practice and policy.

Senior Officer Gilbert Cantu has been a police officer with the Corpus Christi Police Department for 7 years. Senior Officer Cantu is a Field Training Officer and was working with a Recruit Officer.

Officer Jacqueline Deleon has been a police officer with the Corpus Christi Police Department for less than 1 year and is in the Field Officer Stage of her Training. Officer Deleon did not discharge her weapon during the incident.

 

(Senior Officer Gilbert Cantu)                (Officer Jacqueline Deleon)

As this call was still actively working, additional officers made contact with a vehicle at the intersection of N Staples/Lipan Street with two suspects who matched the description of the robbery suspects. Upon further investigation, it was determined that the two males inside of the vehicle were involved in the commission of the Aggravated Robberies. A total of 3 guns (2 shotguns and a one handgun), clothing and disguises that were used in the commission of both robberies were located and were later tagged into evidence.

Timothy Leal (10/18/1992) was arrested for Aggravated Robbery as well as 10 outstanding Municipal Court Warrants. A 16-year-old male was also arrested and charged with Aggravated Robbery and Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon as he still had one of the weapons used in the commission of the robbery on his person.

Timothy Leal
(Timothy Leal 10/18/1992)

The third suspect involved in the Aggravated Robberies has been identified. A warrant has been issued for Lucas Martinez (12/19/00) for Aggravated Robbery ($75,000 Bond).

Lucas Martinez
(Lucas Martinez 12/19/2000)

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 www.888tips.com.

 

WARRANT ISSUED FOR MURDER SUSPECT

Date: Sunday, March 10, 2019
Location: 2800 Robby
Incident:  Murder
Case Number: 1903100052

Corpus Christi Detectives are asking for your help to locate 39-year-old Zachary Hensley (12/23/1979) who has an outstanding warrant for Murder ($1,000,000 Bond).

Hensley is described as a 39-year-old male who stands 6 feet 04 inches tall, weighs approximately 200 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

The warrant stems from a Murder which occurred on the 2800 block of Robby that Corpus Christi Police Officers responded to on Sunday, March 10, 2019.

See link below for additional information. (https://ccpdblotter.com/2019/03/11/unconscious-subject-call-leads-officers-to-a-homicide-scene-on-2800-robby-dr/)

Hensley

If you know how to locate Zachary Hensley, call Crime Stoppers at (361) 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at http://www.888tips.com. The information you provide to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward up to $2,500.

 

PARKING CONTROL

Starting in April, Corpus Christi Parking Control will begin sending out notices of intent to “Boot or Tow” vehicles with outstanding parking violations.  A 10-day grace period will be given to resolve any outstanding citations before booting a vehicle.

Beginning May 6, 2019, Parking Control will “Boot” vehicles that have not resolved their unpaid citations or parking violations.  Booted vehicles are also subject to being impounded.

The registered owner/lessee of the vehicle whose license plate has been identified as having delinquent parking violations will receive their initial notice by mail.  Notifications will be sent to any owner/lessee whose vehicle has three or more outstanding parking citations in a calendar year owed to the City of Corpus Christi, TX.  Per Section 53-192(i) (1) through (5) of the Corpus Christi Municipal Code, a vehicle with a license plate identified as having delinquent parking violations is eligible for immobilization (boot) or impoundment (tow) unless all fines and penalties are paid in full to the City of Corpus Christi within 10 days from the date of the letter or an Administrative Hearing is requested.

The registered owner of the vehicle, in addition to being responsible for all outstanding parking citations, will be responsible for all fees and costs incurred in immobilizing and/or impounding the vehicle, including storage fees.

Parking Control Flyer Booting 3-19-2019

NUECES COUNTY WANTED SUBJECT

Nueces County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help to locate 20-year-old Roberto Emmanuell Beltran AKA Roberto Emanual Montealegre (02/24/1999) who has four outstanding warrants; Sexual Assault of a Child (No Bond), Evading Arrest with Vehicle (No Bond), Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon/Attempt to commit Aggravated Kidnapping (No Bond) and Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon ($25,000 Bond).

Beltran is described as a 20-year-old male who stands 5′ 5”, weighs approximately 145 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

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If you know how to locate Beltran, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at www.888tips.com, it can earn you a cash reward. 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 887-2239 or 887-2219 after 5:00 pm.

 

NUECES COUNTY WANTED SUBJECT

Nueces County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help to locate 47-year-old Paul Eugene Meyer (04/26/71) who has three outstanding warrants; Assault on Public Servant (No Bond), Larceny (No Bond) and Bail Jumping/Failure to Appear ($10,000 Bond).

Meyer is described as a 47-year-old male who stands 5′ 11”, weighs approximately 175 pounds, with blonde hair and blue eyes.

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Meyer

If you know how to locate Paul Meyer, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at http://www.888tips.com, it can earn you a cash reward.  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 887-2239 or 887-2219 after 5:00 pm.

ACCIDENTAL DISCHARGE

At approximately 5:46 pm Corpus Christi Police Department was dispatched to a retail store located on the 5400 block of S Padre Island Drive for a shot fired call.

Upon arrival, officers contacted a witness who advised that he heard a gunshot in the common area of the mall. The witness contacted the subject who told the him that the weapon accidentally discharged. Before the officers arrived, the subject had departed.

No injuries have been reported and there is no active threat to the public.  Our officers are on scene investigating the matter.

 

2019 SPRING BREAK PRESS CONFERENCE

This afternoon we held a press conference reference our 2019 Spring Break Action Plan.

Below are some of the frequently asked questions and answers.

We want everyone to enjoy their Spring Break, but please do it responsibly and safely.

Will there be extra patrolling on roads and beaches?

  • Yes, Traffic Safety Section and additional uniform patrol officers will be patrolling the beach.
  • We will also have additional DWI units on patrol.

Beach rules?

  • No dogs on the beach from Access Road 3 to Zahn Road on the North side of Packery Channel.                              
    •   City Ordinance 10-59 (Abbreviated)
      (d) The city manager, or the city manager’s designee, is authorized to prohibit all animals on portions of the beach during specified periods, including, but not limited to, high use periods, such as during spring break, holiday weekends, and special events, and in areas designated as animal free zones.
      (e)The city manager, or the city manager’s designee, is authorized to prohibit animals, which are not on a leash, on portions of the beach during high use periods, such as during spring break, holiday weekends, and special events.
  • No glass bottles.
  • Speed limit is 15 mph and all traffic laws apply on the beach.

Will you be able to build fires and if so where?

  • Yes but the size will be restricted to 3x3x3 and no palettes will be allowed on the beach.

Parking on the beach, will you need special permits?

  • Yes, permits can be purchased at most beach entrances and at convenience stores. The cost for a permit is $12.00.

Drinking on the beach, only certain containers or drinks? Or is it free for all?

  • Yes, but must be of legal drinking age and no glass bottles.

Any road closures?

  • No, but there will be an emergency lane for emergency vehicles.
  • Traffic Section will be directing traffic as required by congestion.

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US MARSHALS, INGLESIDE PD ARREST CORPUS CHRISTI MURDER SUSPECT

Members of a U.S. marshals task force and Ingleside police officers today arrested a man here wanted for a Feb. 24 murder in Corpus Christi.

Ralph Espinoza Jr.  (07/10/95) allegedly shot and killed 20-year-old Parris Tipton during a shooting near Glen Arbor Park.   On March 7, the Corpus Christi Police Department asked the U.S. Marshals-led Gulf Coast Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force to assist in the manhunt

Members of the U.S. Marshals task force, with the assistance of the Ingleside Police Department, arrested Espinoza after locating him at an address near 2000 State Highway 361.

Espinoza was taken to the Corpus Christi Police Department to speak with Detectives and was later transported to the City Detention Center for processing.  There is a $500,000 bond set at this time.

See link for additional information:  https://ccpdblotter.com/2019/02/26/suspect-vehicle-in-citys-latest-homicide/

WARRANT ISSUED FOR MURDER SUSPECT

Date: Sunday, March 03, 2019
Location: 4700 Ayers
Incident:  Murder
Case Number: 1903030002

Corpus Christi Detectives are asking for your help to locate 39-year-old Derek Parra  (12/01/1979) who has an outstanding warrant for Murder ($500,000 Bond).

Parra is described as a 39-year-old male who stands 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs approximately 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

The warrant stems from a Murder which occurred on the 4700 block of Ayers that Corpus Christi Police Officers responded to on Sunday, March 03, 2019.

See links below for additional information. (https://ccpdblotter.com/2019/03/03/can-you-identify-this-suspect-in-the-cities-latest-homicide/) (https://ccpdblotter.com/2019/03/04/detectives-release-video-of-murder-suspect/)

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(Derek Parra 12/01/1979)

If you know how to locate Derek Parra, call Crime Stoppers at (361) 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at http://www.888tips.com. The information you provide to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward up to $2,500.

ONLINE SOLICITATION OF A MINOR

The Corpus Christi Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) has initiated an investigation in which a 32-year-old male, Robert Velasquez, was soliciting minor female children between the ages of 11 to 17 years of age to engage in sexual activity through social media.

Robert Velasquez is currently in custody for one count of Online Solicitation, one count of Sexual Assault and a Motion to Revoke.

The Corpus Christi Police Department is asking that anyone with additional information or if you were a victim to contact ICAC Detective Alicia Escobar at 361-826-2996.

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(Robert Velasquez 09/23/1986)