All posts by Senior Officer Gena Pena

ARRESTS MADE IN DAMAGE TO NATURE PRESERVE

On March 25, 2022, Detectives with the Corpus Christi Police Department asked for assistance from the public concerning suspects involved in Criminal Mischief of a local nature preserve.   

Detectives received several anonymous tips via Crime Stoppers that assisted in identifying two possible suspects.  The lead investigator was able to positively identify the two suspects. 

Warrants were issued for 18-year-old Jadon West and 17-year-old Brandon Ben-David for Criminal Mischief (State Jail Felony). 

West turned himself in at the Corpus Christi Police Department Officers on April 4, 2022.  Ben-David turned himself in at the Nueces County Jail on April 7, 2022.

If you have information about a Crime, you may call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at https://www.p3tips.com/index.htm. 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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NVID PROSTITUTION STING NETS SEVEN ARRESTS

An anti-prostitution sting conducted by the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Narcotics and Vice Investigations Division Wednesday resulted in the arrest of 7 men on charges of prostitution, a State Jail Felony punishable by up to 2 years in jail and fines up to $10,000. The men were arrested after they solicited an undercover CCPD Officer, posing as a prostitute, for sex acts in exchange for money. The operation targeted several neighborhoods frequented 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 men arrested during Wednesday’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.

ARREST MADE ON MARYLAND HOMICIDE

Date:  Thursday, April 7, 2022 5:57 PM
Offense: Murder
Location: 1400 block of Maryland
Case Number: 2204070174

At approximately 5:57 PM on Thursday, April 7, 2022, officers were dispatched to the 1400 block of Maryland reference a shooting.  Upon arrival, officers located a 37-year-old male shooting victim.   The male was later pronounced deceased.  

During the investigation, officers quickly identified two suspects.  On April 8, 2022, Homicide Detectives secured two Murder Warrants for 41-year-old Deontaye Carter and 44-year-old Alonzo Jackson. 

Investigators and officers have worked diligently to locate these two offenders.  Earlier today, officers were able to track down the whereabouts of Deontaye Carter.  At approximately 4:48 pm, officers with the US Gulf Coast Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force, with assistance from CCPD SWAT Officers and Patrol Officers took the offender into custody on the 6900 block of Everhart, without incident.  Deontaye Carter was transported to the main police station for questioning and has since been transported to the City Detention Center for processing at approximately 7:30 pm.  Carter was booked on the outstanding warrant for Murder ($1,000,000 bond). 

Deontaye Carter

The second suspect, Alonzo Jackson, is still outstanding.  Jackson is described as a black male, who stands approximately 5’03” and weighs approximately 190 pounds.  Jackson has an active warrant for Murder ($1,000,000 bond.)   

Alonzo Jackson

If you have any information about this crime, you can contact detectives at 361-886-2840.  If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (361)888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=.   The information you provide to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.

NUECES COUNTY WANTED SUBJECT

Nueces County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help to locate Roland Gonzalez who has an outstanding warrant for Motion to Revoke – Assault Family Violence (No Bond). 

Gonzalez is described as a 23-year-old male, who stands 5’06” feet, weighs approximately 135 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

If you know how to locate Gonzalez, call Crime Stoppers at (361)888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=. 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 (361) 887-2239 or (361) 887-2219 after 5:00 pm.

HELP US IDENTIFY THESE AGGRAVATED ROBBERY SUSPECTS

Date: Monday, March 28, 2022
Location: 1600 block of SPID
Offense: Aggravated Robbery
Case Number: 2203280105

Corpus Christi Police Department Investigators need your help to identify four suspects in connection to an Aggravated Robbery.

At approximately 4:29 pm on March 28, 2022, Officers were dispatched to robbery just occurred at a pawn shop located on the 1600 block of SPID.

While in the commission of the Robbery, the males displayed weapons while demanding items from the employees.  The suspects were able to get away with an undisclosed amount of property in the robbery.  We are actively seeking help from the public to identify these four armed suspects pictured below.

If you can identify either of these suspects, or have any additional information about this crime, 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.

MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED

Date:  Monday, March 28, 2022 5:35 am
Offense: Homicide
Location: 7500 block of South Staples
Case Number: 2203280019

At approximately 5:35 am on Monday, March 28, 2022 officers were dispatched to the 7500 block of S Staples reference a shooting.  Upon arrival, officers located an adult male on scene who was not responsive, he was later pronounced deceased.  

During the preliminary investigation, homicide investigators learned that a verbal disturbance between two patrons of the store escalated to a shooting.  While the shooting occurred inside of the store, no other injuries were reported.  The suspect fled the scene in a vehicle prior to officers arriving.  

Investigators and officers have worked diligently to identify and locate this offender.  At approximately 12:45 pm, officers were able to locate the whereabouts of the offender.  Officers effected a traffic stop on the 4800 block of S Padre Island Drive and were able to take him into custody without incident.  The identity of the offender will be released after he is processed. 

If you have any information about this crime, you can contact detectives at 361-886-2840.  If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (361)888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=.   The information you provide to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.

HELP US IDENTIFY THESE SUSPECTS

Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2022, 12:21 AM
Location: 2400 block of N Oso Parkway
Offense: Criminal Mischief
Case Number: 2203230033

Corpus Christi Police Detectives want your help to identify a pair who caused damage to a nature preserve.

Two unidentified males caused damage to the facility. Employees located several pieces of flagstone broken throughout the area, several windows shattered, and parts of the playground area to be damaged. It is estimated that the suspects caused several thousands of dollars’ worth of damage and needed repairs to the preserve.

Detectives want your help to identify them. If you have any information about this crime, call Crime Stoppers at 361-888-8477 or submit the information online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=. If the information you provide leads to an arrest, you could earn a cash reward.

SEARCH WARRANT SERVED ON LOCAL GAME ROOM

Detectives with the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Narcotics and Vice Investigations Division served a search warrant Wednesday evening at a game room on the 4800 block of South Alameda Street, culminating with the arrests of three men and a woman on illegal gambling charges.   Responding to a tip of illegal gambling taking place inside the Sweetwater Club, 4855 S. Alameda Street Suite 109, Detectives initiated an investigation which ultimately established probable cause to obtain a search warrant for the premises from the 319th District Court. As a result of the search, officers arrested 21-year-old Madysin Kirkpatrick-Tazby, 26-year-old Eden Pena, 35-year-old Even Pena, and 34-year-old Luis Sandoval. All four were charged with Gambling Promotion, Keeping a Gambling Place, and Possession of a Gambling Device.  All three charges are class A misdemeanors under Texas law, punishable by up to a year in prison and/or a $4,000 fine.  The three men were additionally charged with Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon after officers discovered they were all armed with handguns during the commission of another crime.  Fourteen patrons of the game room were issued warning citations for gambling and released at the scene.  During the search, Detectives seized gambling equipment, two vehicles, cash, and other evidence of illegal gambling.

NVID Detectives were assisted in the operation by officers with the CCPD Operations Division and the Organized Crime Unit, as well prosecutors with the Nueces County District Attorney’s Office, and investigators with the State of Texas Comptroller’s Office, which regulates coin operated machines.

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.