All posts by Senior Officer Gena Pena

NO SHAVE NOVEMBER UPDATE

For the month of November, the department implemented a “No Shave November” campaign to support cancer awareness, while raising money for cancer organizations.

Officers were able to grow beards once they made a donation to the Corpus Christi Police Officers’ Association. The Association graciously collected the donations which totaled $6,688.50. Members of the Corpus Christi Police Officers’ Association Board have since collectively agreed to donate the funds to First Friday Breast Cancer Awareness Program, Brooke’s Blossoming Hope for Childhood Cancer Foundation and Triumph Over Kid Cancer, respectively.

We want to thank our officers for their generous donations and also thank the Corpus Christi Police Officers’ Association for assisting us in our efforts.

In light of all the dashing good looks inspired by “No Shave November”, Chief Markle found it fitting to extend the allowance of facial hair to include beards and goatees, into permanent policy.

LOCAL MAN GETS LIFE FOR TARGETING GIRLS ONLINE 

United States Department of Justice
United States Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Texas
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A 35-year-old Corpus Christi resident has been ordered to federal prison for using social media to entice a young girl to engage in sexual activity, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.  

Robert Velasquez pleaded guilty in January 2020.    

Today, Senior U.S. District Judge Janis Graham Jack ordered he serve the rest of life in prison. At the hearing, the court heard additional information including impact statements from three of his victims. Additional information was also presented about the identification of several victims between the ages eight and 15. In handing down the prison term, the court noted that given the nature of the defendant’s conduct and the damage he had done to the victims and their families, she felt she had no other sentence available to her that could properly protect the community. A restitution hearing will be held at a later date.  

“Using any type of social media to target our children is deplorable,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery. “Such communication avenues can be wonderful tools to share stories and connect with people, but we must remain vigilant and cautious. This defendant abused these systems and hunted for victims who were specifically underage and local. Thankfully, he will be behind bars, but the case is a good reminder to monitor our children’s activity and to be careful about having identifiable information readily available.”  

The investigation began in January 2019. Authorities ultimately reviewed more than 50,000 social media chats which led to the identification of over 10 young girls ranging from 8 to 17 years of age whom Velasquez victimized.  

He had used the victims’ social media accounts to determine they were local and underage. He then targeted them with complimentary messages and long conversations in order to get the girls to meet for sex. In some instances, he photographed the children during their physical encounters.  

Velasquez has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

The FBI and the Corpus Christi Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children conducted the investigation.  

Assistant U.S. Attorney Brittany L. Jensen is prosecuting the case, which was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood (PSC), a nationwide initiative the Department of Justice (DOJ) launched in May 2006 to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section leads PSC, which marshals federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children and identifies and rescues victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit DOJ’s PSC page. For more information about internet safety education, please visit the resources tab on that page.

NUECES COUNTY WANTED SUBJECT

Nueces County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help to locate Adryano Gilberto Medina Gonzalez who has an outstanding warrant for Assault Family Violence – Impedes Circulation or Breath ($30,000 Bond). 

Gonzalez is described as a 20-year-old male, who stands 5’06” feet, weighs approximately 126 pounds, with brown 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.

Gonzalez, Adryano

You may also contact the Nueces County Sheriff’s Office at (361) 887-2239 or (361) 887-2219 after 5:00 pm.

WANTED SUBJECT

The Corpus Christi Police Department is asking for your help to locate 23-year-old Rodney Garza who has an outstanding warrant out of Nueces County for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon ($75,000 Bond).

Garza is described as a 23-year-old male who stands 5′ 06″, weighs approximately 160 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

If you know how to locate Rodney 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 ASSAULT SUSPECT ARRESTED

At approximately 7:00 pm on Tuesday, November 30, 2021, officers arrested 60-year-old Rossie Dennis at a residence, on an outstanding warrant for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon ($50,000 Bond). 

This warrant stems from an incident that occurred at approximately 12:21 pm on November 24, 2021, where officers were dispatched to the 11,100 block of Leopard for a disturbance in progress. 

Upon arrival, officers were advised that a disturbance occurred in the parking lot over a parking space.  The offender pointed a handgun at the victims and made a threat to shoot them.  Officers were able to identify the female from video captured by one of the victims. 

Investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Dennis for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. 

Dennis was transported to the City Detention Center for processing. 

WANTED OFFENDER IN CUSTODY

33-year-old Louis Maldonado has been arrested. 

At approximately 8:13 On November 23, 2021, Corpus Christi Police Department Patrol Officers located Maldonado on the 5900 block of S Padre Island Drive. 

Maldonado was booked in on six outstanding warrants with several counts to include:  Aggravated Assault with Weapon, Aggravated Assault on Public Servant, Aggravated Assault w/ Deadly Weapon, Evading Arrest in a Vehicle, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Evading Arrest in a Vehicle, Aggravated Assault on Public Servant, Possession of Firearm by Felon, Forgery of Financial Instrument, Evading Arrest in a Vehicle, Injury to Child, and Abandon/Endanger Child.  All warrants have no bond.

For additional information related to the search for Maldonado, see: 
WANTED FUGITIVE | CCPD Blotter

CREDIT CARD ABUSE SUSPECTS

Date: October 21, 2021
Offense: Credit Card Abuse
Case Number: 2110210047

Corpus Christi Police Detectives need your help identifying suspects who used a stolen credit card to make several unauthorized purchases, totaling several hundred dollars.

On October 21, 2021, a victim reported that his credit card had been compromised.  The victim advised that he discovered that several purchases had been made on October 18, 2021 and October 19, 2021.  The victim still has possession of his credit card so believes he was a victim of a skimming device.  

The two suspects are described as adult males pictured in the attached photos.

If you have any information about this crime and want to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 888-tips (8477) or submit the information online at http://www.cctexas.com/crimestoppers . If the information you provide leads to an arrest, you could earn a cash reward.

HELP US IDENTIFY POSSIBLE WITNESSES TO HOMICIDE

Date:  November 13, 2021 2:14 A.M.
Location:  Staples @ Holly  

Corpus Christi Police Homicide Detectives are seeking assistance from the public to identify possible witnesses to a recent homicide. 

Detectives have obtained surveillance footage of a vehicle of interest, that is being described as a dark in color sedan. 

The passenger that was traveling inside the dark in color sedan was assaulted by a passenger that was traveling inside the Red in color Dodge Journey.  The incident occurred at approximately 2:14 a.m. on November 13, 2021, at the intersection of Staples at Holly.  The passenger of the vehicle of interest is considered a victim of an assault and the parties inside the vehicle are possible witnesses.   They are not considered suspects in any criminal investigation.  

The vehicle of interest was last seen turning east on Holly, toward the direction of Airline Rd.  If you have any information about this vehicle or the occupants, please call our Criminal Investigations Division at 886-2840.     

This investigation relates to a homicide that occurred at approximately 2:19 a.m. on Saturday, November 13, 2021.

Officers were dispatched to a shooting on the 6000 block of Holly.  Upon arrival, officers located three adult females with injuries.  One of the Officers were dispatched to a shooting on the 6000 block of Holly.  Upon arrival, officers located five victims.  One of the victims, a 20-year-old female, was pronounced deceased on scene.  Two additional victims were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.  The remaining two victims did not sustain major injuries.  Investigators are still actively working on this case and following up on leads.  The suspect in this homicide has been arrested and is in custody.     

This is still an active and ongoing investigation 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 361-888-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. 

NVID PROSTITUTION STING NETS THREE ARRESTS

An anti-prostitution sting conducted by the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Narcotics and Vice Investigations Division on Monday, November 15, 2021 resulted in the arrest of three 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 Nueces District Attorney’s Office.

The men arrested during Monday’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 diseases. 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.

VEHICLE OF INTEREST

Date: November 13, 2021 2:14 A.M.
Location: Staples @ Holly

Corpus Christi Police Detectives are seeking assistance from the public to locate the occupants of a vehicle of interest, that is being described as a dark in color sedan.

The passenger that was traveling inside the dark in color sedan was assaulted by a passenger that was traveling inside the Red in color Dodge Journey. The incident occurred at approximately 2:14 a.m. on November 13, 2021, at the intersection of Staples at Holly.

The vehicle of interest was last seen turning east on Holly, toward the direction of Airline Rd. If you have any information about this vehicle or the occupant(s), please call our Criminal Investigations Division at 886-2840.

You may also call Crime Stoppers at 361-888-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.