All posts by Lt. J.C. Hooper

We Are Fighting Mosquitoes, We Need Your Help

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As we recover from Hurricane Harvey, we also need to take heed of the inevitable increase in the mosquito population.  Corpus Christi residents are reminded to dump any standing water around their property that could become a breeding ground for mosquitoes.  It only takes a small amount of water to start the breeding process.  Mosquito dunks are available at local home improvement stores and are a great way for someone to treat standing water.  Vector Control has been deploying larvacide in our local ditches and areas of standing water for the past couple of days as well as monitoring the mosquito counts in the various traps scattered throughout the city.  We will begin adulticiding (foggers that you see in the back of the trucks) tonight.  This will continue until the entire city has been treated. 

We would also like to remind you to protect yourself, children and your dogs.  For yourselves and children be sure to wear long sleeves while outdoors and a mosquito repellent with DEET.  Be sure to follow the directions and seek information about when to use mosquito repellent on a young child.  Dogs need to limit outdoor use since they are susceptible to heart worms caused by mosquitoes.  Please, only use veterinarian approved insect repellents on your animals.

Below is a list of informational resources, to include the Mosquito Abatement Plan for the City of Corpus Christi.

http://cms.cctexas.com/sites/default/files/CCPD-CCACS-mosquito-abatement-plan.pdf

https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/yellowbook/2018/the-pre-travel-consultation/protection-against-mosquitoes-ticks-other-arthropods

https://dshs.texas.gov/preparedness/factsheet_mosquitoes.shtm

 

 

 

 

Major Credit Card Abuse Operation Terminated With An Arrest

On 08-18-18 the CCPD Financial Crimes Section along with several Secret Service agents executed an arrest and search warrant in reference to a Credit Card Abuse operation. The arrested suspect in the case was  Antonio Arteaga 09-01-79.

It appears that as many as 20 citizens were victimized by this offender in the credit card abuse operation.

Two locations were named in the Arrest/Search Warrant.   A residence in the 5700 block of Crest Forest and a business in 5501 Kostoryz,  American Auto Pros.

The following major items of evidence were seized from the residence; credit card encoding machine, a total of $13,093.00, 2 credit card readers, blank credit card stock.

While conducting the search at the American Auto Pros business location, the following major items of evidence were located and seized; a stolen handgun, a stolen ATV,  computers that were used in the commission of the crime, loaded credit cards, a card reader, and a laptop with software designed to harvest and save credit card information.

Mr. Antonio Arteaga was taken into custody and booked on three warrants that were related to this credit card abuse operation.

CCPD Financial Crimes Section officers were assisted by the Crime Reduction Unit, Directive Patrol Officers,  CCPD Gang Unit,  and The U.S. Secret Service.

This series of crimes at that business location remains under investigation and we ask that anybody who suspects that they are a victim or has information pertaining to these crimes to please call the CCPD Financial Crimes Section,  Lt. Michael Pena at 361-886-2862.

You may also call Crime Stoppers at 888-tips or submit the information online at http://www.888tips.com .  If the information you provide leads to an arrest, you could earn a cash reward.

 

CCPD IS SEEKING A POSSIBLE WITNESS TO A FATAL HIT AND RUN CRASH

The Corpus Christi Police Department is seeking help in locating a possible witness to a fatal hit and run crash that occurred on 08/21/2017.  A one year old child was killed in this crash.  CCPD Case #1708210025.

We are hoping to speak with the driver or occupants of what appears to be a Landscape Company Equipment and Crew Truck that was travelling on Everhart Road near Holly Road on Monday 08/21/2017 at about 06:43 A.M.  This Truck turned into the convenience store/gas station at Everhart and Schanen.

The driver of this vehicle is not suspected to be involved in the crash but might be able to provide information to investigators.

Landscape Truck

Anyone who has any  information about this fatal hit and run crash should contact the Corpus Christi Police Department at 886-2600.     The lead investigator is Senior Officer Jesus Solis, 886-2689.  Information about unsolved crimes may be provided to investigators anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or online at 888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

CCPD Is Seeking A Possible Witness To A Fatal Hit And Run Crash

This possible witness has been located.  Thank you for your help.

The Corpus Christi Police Department is seeking help in locating a possible witness to a fatal hit and run crash that occurred on 08/21/2017.  A one year old child was killed in this crash.  CCPD Case #1708210025.

We are hoping to speak with the driver or occupants of what appears to be a maroon Jeep Cherokee or similar vehicle that was travelling on Everhart Road near Holly Road on Monday 08/21/2017 at about 06:43 A.M.

This vehicle appeared to have a basket type extended cargo carrier mounted on the back of the car.   This vehicle was traveling in close proximity to the suspect vehicle prior to the crash.  The driver of this vehicle is not suspected to be involved in the crash but might be able to provide information to investigators.

 

 

Anyone who has any  information about this fatal hit and run crash should contact the Corpus Christi Police Department at 886-2600.     Information about unsolved crimes may be provided to investigators anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or online at 888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

 

Arrest Made In Pier 99 Aggravated Robbery Case

42 year old Robert Johnnie Garcia was arrested on Thursday 08/03/2017 at about 1:30 in the afternoon.  He was arrested by the The United States Marshal’s Fugitive and Violent Offenders Task Force in Ingleside, Texas.

He has been booked into the Nueces County Jail on a Warrant for the Aggravated Robbery that occurred at a Corpus Christi’s North Beach restaurant last Sunday night. He was also booked on a Parole Violation Warrant.

Johnnie

Robert Johnnie Garcia, 11/30/1974

 

 

 

Stealth Car Is Coming For Traffic Safety

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What you need to know about your CCPD’s upcoming “Stealth Car” traffic safety effort:

  • Stealth Car has numerous red and blue flashing lights but does not have a light bar on the roof.
  • Stealth Car does not display POLICE decals or markings on the body of the car.
  • Stealth Car will be deployed only during daytime/daylight hours.
  • Stealth Car is operated by an Officer wearing a complete CCPD Police Uniform.
  • Stealth Car will spend time on city roadways that have documented high incidences of speed and distracted driving related crashes and fatalities.
  • Stealth Car Officer can tell when a violator continues to travel in an effort to find a safe location for the Officer to make contact. We appreciate a safe location for the stop.

 

 

ANNIVERSARY OF THE DEATH OF SERGEANT RUBEN ALMANZA

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On July 27, 1984, Sergeant Ruben Almanza was assigned to the Narcotics Division and responded to assist officers on an armed robbery of the H.E.B. at Kostoryz and Gollihar.

The suspects fled in a vehicle and bailed on foot in the residential neighborhood at Harold Street and Carroll Lane. Sergeant Almanza, working in plain clothes, walked through yards on Harold Street looking for the suspect when he was ambushed and shot through a hole in a fence board by the suspect.

Almanza fell to the ground and the suspect climbed over the fence and straddled Almanza, taking his service weapon, and then appeared he was going to shoot him again. At that point, now retired Lieutenant Eric Wramp, peered over the fence and fatally shot the suspect. Sergeant Almanza was rushed to the hospital where he later passed away from his injuries a few minutes after midnight on July 28th.

Ruben joined the department on August 28, 1975. He worked in patrol and was later assigned to Special Services. Ruben’s police radio call sign was #419 while assigned to narcotics. The number was retired upon his death.

There are a few officers still working today which had the privilege and honor to have worked with Ruben. Sergeant Almanza is survived by his wife, Irma and three daughters, Melissa, Jennifer, and Tina.

 

Wanted Person-Philip Michael Sanders

Philip Michael Sanders Warrant

We are asking for any person knowing the whereabouts of Philip Michael Sanders to call 886-2600 and report that information to the Corpus Christi Police Department.

You may also call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.

Registered Sex Offender Is Arrested

Date:  Sunday, July 09, 2017
Location: 14000 S. Padre Island Drive
Offense: Texas Penal Code 21.05, Improper Photography
Case Number: 1707090085

37 year old Ismael Anaya was arrested at his residence on Thursday July 13th at about 1 p.m.   The arrest was for a Parole Violation Warrant.  A search warrant for the residence was also executed and evidence was seized.  Mr. Anaya was booked into the Nueces County Jail.

This arrest was the culmination of a quick paced investigation that started when Mr. Anaya was accused of taking pictures up the dress of a nine year old girl at a clothing and souvenir shop on Padre Island on July 09, 2017.  Alert store employees reported that they saw the 37 year old offender taking the pictures of the girl and confronted him. They told police the the offender ran and was able to escape in the residential area behind the store.   CCPD Senior Officer Marty Jasso spent significant time searching for the offender and following up on the incident with the help of store employees.  The offender was identified as a result of this effort at the scene of the crime.

Ismael Anaya

Ismael Anaya,   02/03/1980

https://records.txdps.state.tx.us/SexOffender/PublicSite/Application/Search/Individual.aspx?IND_IDN=4345982