All posts by Senior Officer Gena Pena

OFFENDER OF THE WEEK


Corpus Christi Police Department is looking for assistance to locate this Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers Offender of the week. Ruben Longoria has an outstanding warrant for Aggravated Assault Causes Serious Bodily Injury ($50,000 Bond).

Longoria is described as a 24-year-old male who stands 6 feet tall, weighs approximately 200 pounds, with dark brown hair and brown eyes.

If you know how to locate Ruben Longoria, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=, it could 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. The reward amount for Longoria is increased for the month to $500.00, as he is considered an offender of the week.

OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING – ADDITIONAL INFORMATION RELEASE

As is our practice we are releasing the information for the officer who was involved in the shooting on November 2, 2021.

One Corpus Christi Police Officer has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is in accordance with current department practice and policy.

Senior Officer Jaime Licon has been a police officer with the Corpus Christi Police Department for 8 years.

Senior Officer Jaime Licon

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 RELEASE | CCPD Blotter

OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING | CCPD Blotter

OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING – ADDITIONAL INFORMATION RELEASE

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

Investigators have diligently continued the investigation into the connection between yesterday’s incident and that which occurred in Aransas Pass. Although the suspect has not been positively identified, our ongoing investigation strongly suggests that the suspect in both incidents will be the same individual.

As detailed in yesterday’s release, the officer discharged his weapon after the suspect produced a handgun.

Anytime an officer must use deadly force it is tragic, it is even more unsettling that a troubled young man with a gun placed an officer in a position that forced him to discharge his firearm. Through our investigation, we believe officers did everything they could to bring this incident to a peaceful resolution.

Officers encountered an armed suspect who had shown intent to harm others.  This incident took place over several blocks and near a high school that had unsuspecting and innocent students and staff. 

It should be noted that the suspect had discharged his weapon toward officers, directly across from the high school on Castenon Street before the foot pursuit ensued.  When confronted with deadly force, officers opted to use less than lethal force at least twice, without success. 

Due to the proximity of the high school when officers were confronted with a serious threat, they placed themselves between the school and threat, to prevent loss of life. 

The suspect continued to resist officers, refused to follow direct commands, and proceeded to evade on foot.  After a foot pursuit and the initial shots fired by the suspect, officers encountered the suspect on the 1700 block of Hickory at which point the suspect produced a handgun forcing the officer to use deadly force to protect his life and that of his fellow officers. 

The age of the suspect has not been positively identified, but we can confirm that he is a juvenile male. 

Any additional updates will be released as they are made available for release. 

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

OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

Update: The suspect has succumbed to his injuries.

Date:  Tuesday, November 2, 2021 2:50 P.M.
Location: 1700 Block of Hickory Place
Offense: Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer
Case Number: 2111020093

At approximately 2:50 pm on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, officers were dispatched to a major traffic accident on the 4600 block of HWY 286.  Updates to the call provided that a vehicle driving the wrong way caused a head on collision and the driver fled from the scene on foot. 

Officers arrived on scene at approximately 2:52 PM and immediately provided a suspect description to officers in the area. 

Officers began searching the surrounding neighborhoods and located a suspect matching the description provided.  At some point the suspect produced a weapon, discharging it in the neighborhood and then fled from officers on foot.     

A foot pursuit ensued; officers surrounded the suspect who then produced a handgun at which point an officer discharged his weapon striking the suspect.  The suspect was provided immediate medical attention and transported to a local hospital.   

We can confirm that the handgun produced by the suspect was located on scene. 

The Corpus Christi Police Officers will be placed on paid administrative leave, in accordance with current department practice and policy.

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=.

HELP US IDENTIFY ROBBERY SUSPECTS

Date: October 10, 2021 4:32 PM 
Location: 4500 block of Ayers
Offense: Robbery
Case Number:  2110100096

Corpus Christi Police Department Investigators need your help identifying two suspects involved in a Robbery of a store.  

At approximately 4:32 PM on October 10, 2021 Officers were dispatched to 4500 block of Ayers for a Robbery. 

A female pictured in the video attempted to leave the store with a shopping cart full of merchandise, with no attempt to pay for any of the items. 

The employees attempted grab the cart when the female exited the store and a male accomplice walked in and immediately assaulted a manager of the store, striking him several times in the face.  The female then re-entered the store and also assaulted an employee, striking an employee several times. 

Both suspects are shown in the video, there is also one still image of the male suspect. 

The suspects were last seen leaving the store on foot. 

If you can identify either of these 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.

MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED

On November 1, 2021, the US Marshals Gulf Coast Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force in conjunction with US Marshals Rhode Island developed information from a Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers Tip which resulted in tracking 40-year-old Eugene Reid, wanted for murder out of Nueces County that occurred in Corpus Christi, TX to a residence located in Waltham, Massachusetts.

On November 2, 2021, the US Marshals Massachusetts, Rhode Island State Police Violent Fugitive Task Force, Massachusetts State Violent Fugitive Apprehension Section, and the Waltham Police Department executed an operation to arrest Eugene Reid.  At approximately 7:30 AM Reid was taken into custody without incident.

Reid was booked in on one outstanding warrant for Murder ($1,000,000 Bond) from an incident that occurred on May 13, 2021 on the 2800 block of Ruth.

Reid will be held in Massachusetts until he is extradited to Nueces County.

For additional details: WARRANT ISSUED FOR MURDER SUSPECT | CCPD Blotter

NUECES COUNTY WANTED SUBJECT

UPDATE: Joseph Contreras turned himself in at the Nueces County Jail.

Nueces County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help to locate Joseph Contreras who has two outstanding warrants for Aggravated Assault w/Deadly Weapon ($50,000 Bond) and Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon ($5,000 Bond). 

Contreras is described as a 24-year-old male, who stands 5’05” feet, weighs approximately 160 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

If you know how to locate Contreras, 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.

NUECES COUNTY WANTED SUBJECT

Nueces County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help to locate Cassandra Benavides who has an outstanding warrant for Arson ($25,000 Bond).

Benavides is described as a 31-year-old female, who stands 5’07” feet, weighs approximately 330 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

If you know how to locate Benavides, 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.

HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS

This year, Halloween falls on a Sunday.  We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable evening. Here are a few tips that hopefully will make your night a little safer.

Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult. Have a designated meeting place in case your group gets separated.

Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and for others to see you.  Wear reflective clothing while walking in dark areas.

If you are driving through a neighborhood, drive slowly and watch for kids. Sometimes they get distracted and might cross the road without looking.

Always WALK and don’t run from house to house.  Look both ways before crossing the street and use crosswalks when possible.

Walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.

Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.

Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult.  Only visit well-lit houses.  Don’t stop at dark houses.  Never accept rides from strangers.

If you see a house with the lights out and no Halloween decorations, chances are they may not participate in Halloween activities.  Please respect their homes and wishes.

Parents if you see any suspicious activity, please contact the police immediately at 361-886-2600.  If it is an emergency call 911.

Be courteous to others, be aware of your surroundings and make this Halloween fun and safe for everyone.

As for those who would rather plays tricks than receive treats, remember that damaging a person’s property can be considered “Criminal Mischief”.  

NVID PROSTITUTION STING NETS THREE ARRESTS

An anti-prostitution operation conducted by the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Narcotics and Vice Investigations Division Wednesday afternoon resulted in the arrests of eleven women on charges of prostitution. The ages ranged from 19-49 years of age. The women were arrested after they solicited an undercover CCPD Officer for sex acts in exchange for money. The operation targeted individuals that solicit via high traffic, public places.

NVID Detectives were assisted in the operation by Operations Division Officers, as well as civilians with the Red Cord Initiative. The Red Cord Initiative 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 the Coastal Bend Wellness Foundation, social service organizations, the Nueces County District Attorney Office, and the 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.

None of the women during Saturday’s operation agreed to participate with the program. Since its inception in 2013, 413 men and women have been arrested for prostitution during these operations, 168 have qualified for the program, and 35 have graduated from the program. The Red Cord initiative receives no government funding and is supported entirely through donations. To learn more, volunteer or donate, citizens can visit the Coastal Bend Wellness foundation at http://www.cbwellness.org.

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.