All posts by Senior Officer Gena Pena

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WANTED OFFENDER

Date: Sunday, February 28, 2021 11:45pm
Location: 1700 block of Ennis Joslin
Incident: Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon
Case Number: 2103010003

Corpus Christi Police Department is asking for your help to locate 22-year-old Starr Lopez who has an outstanding warrant for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon ($80,000 Bond).

The warrant is related to an incident which occurred on Sunday, February 28, 2021 at approximately 11:45 pm at an apartment complex located on the 1700 block of Ennis Joslin. The victim was stabbed by Offender Lopez during an altercation that resulted from an argument. The victim sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries. The parties were known to each other.

Lopez is described as a 22-year-old female who stands 5′ 02″, weighs approximately 150 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

If you know how to locate Starr Lopez, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=, it can earn you a cash reward.

wanted offender from weekend assault

Date: Saturday, March 13, 2021 5:20 pm
Location: 1500 block of Ocean Drive
Incident: Assault Causes Bodily Injury / Endanger Child-Criminal Negligence
Case Number: 2103130139

Corpus Christi Police Department is asking for your help to locate 21-year-old Destiny Garza who has two outstanding warrants related to a weekend assault.     

Garza is described as a 21-year-old female who stands 5′ 02″, weighs approximately 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. 

The warrants relate to an incident which occurred on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at approximately 5:20 pm at a park located on the 1500 block of Ocean Drive.  The victim of the assault contacted police at approximately 8:47 pm notifying officers of the assault.

On Monday, March 15, 2021 Investigators were able to request and obtain an arrest warrant for Assault Causes Bodily Injury (Class A Misdemeanor – $5,000 Bond).  Upon reviewing video evidence of the assault, it was determined that a minor child had been placed in imminent danger by the actions of Destiny Garza, while she intentionally and knowingly assaulted the victim.  As a result, an additional arrest warrant was requested and obtained on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 for Abandon/Endanger Child – Criminal Negligence (State Jail Felony-$20,000 Bond).   

If you know how to locate Destiny Garza, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=, it can earn you a cash reward.

aggravated robbery suspects arrested

Date: March 10, 2021
Offense: Aggravated Robbery
Case Number: 2103100020, 2103100044

Two offenders have been arrested in connection with two aggravated robberies.

At approximately 8:45 am on March 10, 2021, officers were dispatched to the 1800 block of SPID for an attempted robbery.  The victim advised that the suspects demanded personal property, which they were unsuccessful in stealing, but noted that one of the offenders displayed a handgun and then caused damage to the victim’s vehicle.  The offenders were not immediately located.    

At approximately 11:17 am on March 10, 2021, officers were dispatched to the 4100 block of Agnes Street for a Robbery, just occurred.  The suspects matched the description of the suspects from the above-mentioned robbery.  The reporting party advised that they had been robbed of property and noted that the suspect displayed a handgun.  The reporting party provided a description of two suspects along with the suspect vehicle and a short time later officers located the suspect vehicle driving in the area of I-37 and Navigation Blvd.  Officers made contact with 27-year-old Miguel Diaz and 27-year-old Aleia Stovall, who were positively identified and taken into custody.  The stolen item was located and recovered. 

Both offenders were charged with two counts of Aggravated Robbery for the separate incidents.

These offenders have also been connected to additional offenses and may face additional charges as a result. 

NVID MINOR STING RESULTS IN THREE VIOLATIONS

Detectives with the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Narcotics and Vice Investigations Division conducted an undercover operation Friday evening, checking compliance at fifteen beer and wine retailers across the city. Three of the retailers visited by Investigators sold alcoholic beverages to individuals under the age of 21. NVID’s goal is zero.

During the operation, four cooperating individuals, under the direction and close supervision of NVID Detectives attempted to purchase alcoholic beverages from various convenience stores throughout the city. All four individuals are over the age of eighteen but under twenty-one, the legal age to purchase alcoholic beverages in Texas. NVID Detectives checked fifteen businesses and clerks at three of those stores sold alcoholic beverages to the underage operatives.

The store clerks who sold the alcoholic beverages, face a charge of Sale to Minors (TABC 106.3) a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $4000. NVID will forward the results of this operation to the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission for administrative action against the permittees, which could include revocation, suspension and/or fines.

Friday’s operation was conducted in advance of next weekend’s anticipated large influx of Spring Breakers, as underage drinkers from colleges and high schools flock to Corpus Christi beaches to enjoy the sun and fun. The goal behind Friday’s operation is to ensure that all Spring Break visitors to our city can enjoy their time here without the tragedy that often accompanies underage drinking. Alcohol is a common denominator in underage traffic fatalities, and frequently leads to numerous other negative consequences. “Thus far, we have had a relatively safe Spring Break, and we need the cooperation of our partners in the business community to help us keep it that way,” said CCPD Investigations Bureau Assistant Chief Todd Green. NVID intends to conduct more of these operations in the near future, including repeat visits of previous offenders. NVID will send letters to all of the businesses that were inspected, including those that were in compliance. For those businesses that were not in compliance, future infractions will likely result in the immediate arrest of the offenders.

The Corpus Christi Police Department continues to collaborate with all government and private entities to combat underage drinking and help accomplish our mission of working with the community to reduce crime, reduce the fear of crime and enhance public safety.

MISSING PERSON

Update on March 02, 2021: Investigators have made contact with Creyton McDermett, he is safe. Thank you for your assistance in sharing.

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

Creyton McDermett was reported missing by his family on February 26, 2021.  Creyton was last seen leaving his residence at approximately 6:30 pm on February 25, 2021. 

Creyton is described as a 24-year-old male who stands 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighs approximately 200 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes.

Creyton was last seen driving 2019 Silver or Gray in color Toyota Prius, License Plate NML2255.

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

VESTAL STREET HOMICIDE

This is an update in regards to the incident that occurred on the 4500 block of Vestal on Sunday, February 14, 2021.  

A 95-year-old female was transported to a local hospital, where she later succumbed to her injuries. A 65-year-old female was treated at a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

33-year-old Jonathan Avery was arrested and charged with Murder and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.  Avery was arrested on scene and transported to the main station to be interviewed by Detectives.  Avery was later transported to the City Detention Center to be processed.   

We can confirm that this was not a random act of violence and the parties involved were known to each other.  

This is still an active investigation and no other details are expected to be released at the moment.  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: VESTAL STABBING | CCPD Blotter

CRIME OF THE WEEK

Date: December 27, 2020 9:30 pm
Location: 2500 block of Waldron
Offense: Arson
Case #: 2012270100

Arson Investigators with the Corpus Christi Fire Department want your help to catch these arson suspects who ignited a fire on the property of a local high school. This is your Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers, Crime of the Week.

The Corpus Christi Police Department and Corpus Christi Fire Department both responded to a fire located on the 2500 block of Waldron Rd at approximately 9:30 p.m. on December 27, 2020. Upon arrival, officers located a fire in an open field behind the Auditorium.

A closer examination of the scene by officers revealed that several items were intentionally set on fire and several others that had been detonated.

The case was turned over to CCFD Arson Investigators who recovered video evidence which shows two males who are believed to be the suspects who intentionally set the fire.

If you can identify the suspects in the video or have any additional information about who is responsible for this crime, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS 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 up to $2,500 dollars in cash.

VESTAL STABBING

Date: Sunday, February 14, 2021 1:18 pm
Location: 4500 block of Vestal
Case Number; 2102140041

At approximately 1:18 pm on Sunday, February 14, 2021 officers were dispatched to the 4500 block of Vestal for a medic call.  The call was later upgraded to a possible stabbing.  

Upon arrival, officers located a 33-year-old male suspect outside of the residence, who was immediately taken into custody.  

Officers then entered the home and located two female stabbing victims.  Both victims were transported to a local hospital and we do not have an update on their injuries or conditions for release at this moment.  

We can confirm that this was not a random act of violence and there are no outstanding suspects.  

Updates will be provided as they are made available for release.

Non-emergency calls

As a result of cold weather that is projected to impact the City of Corpus Christi this weekend, the Corpus Christi Police Department’s response to non-emergency calls may be delayed during this time period. Should the weather deteriorate, officers will be tasked with addressing safety issues to safeguard our residents. When possible, we are asking our citizens to utilize the department’s telephone reporting unit (886-2600) to make reports.

COLD WEATHER TIPS

With the impending cold weather expected to hit the Corpus Christi area over the weekend, we urge our citizens to take precautions and have safety measures in place.

Check trusted sources for information or updates often.

Slow down when traveling on roadways, especially on overpasses and bridges.

Bring your pets inside.

Minimize outdoor activities for your family and pets.

Prepare for possible power outages.

Place flashlights in a common area so if you lose power you know where they are.

When utilizing alternate heating sources, such as an emergency generator, your fireplace, or space heater; take necessary safety precautions.

Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

If you do not have to travel, please stay home.