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Homicide Victim Identified As Yvonne Villanueva. Murder Warrant Issued.

Date:  06/14/2018
Location:  4900 Weber Road
Offense: Murder
Case Number: 1806100064

On Sunday 06/10/2018, The Corpus Christi Police Department received information that a murder might have occurred at a residence in the 4900 block of Weber Road.  Investigators were informed that 28-year-old Yvonne Villanueva was missing and foul play was suspected.

CCPD investigators working with the Nueces County Sheriff Office were able to locate the deceased Yvonne Villanueva on Wednesday 06/13/2018 outside of city limits near Petronila.

A murder warrant has been issued for Trinidad Perez, 06/22/1968.   This warrant has a 500,000 dollar bond.  He was a known associate of the victim.   Mr. Perez is described as a Hispanic male,  5’08”, 220 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes.

This is an ongoing investigation.  If you have any information on the whereabouts of Trinidad Perez please call 911.    You may also contact Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) if you have any information about this crime and you wish to remain anonymous.  Information provided to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest or conviction, it could earn you a cash reward.

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Trinidad Perez, 06/22/1968

Arrest For Continuous Sexual Abuse Of Young Children and Child Pornography

Date:          06/06/2018   08:30 A.M.
Location:  700 Chase Dr.
Offenses:  Continuous Sexual Abuse of Children, 1st Degree Felony
Possession or Promotion of Child Pornography, 2nd Degree Felony  

Case Number: 1806040102

The Corpus Christi Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested 43-year-old Mario Moreno on charges of continuous sexual abuse of children and also possession of child pornography.  The children were under the age of 14.

This investigation is still active and ongoing and there exists the possibility of additional victims that have yet to come forward.  Anybody with information concerning this case is encouraged to call the lead Investigator, Senior Officer Michael Ilse at 361-826-2995.

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Mario Moreno     01-28-1975

 

We want to urge parents to speak to their children about internet safety.

  • Create and set clear rules for your child and enforce those rules.
  • Know about privacy settings and ensure that your child uses them.
  • Speak to your child about the danger of befriending those that they do not know.
  • Contact law enforcement if the child reports being solicited, threatened, stalked, or if a person requests to meet the child in person.
  • Ensure that the child does not give out any personal information about themselves, whether it be identifying information or personality traits.

 

CORPUS CHRISTI DOCTOR ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ASSAULT ARRESTED IN EL SALVADOR

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release June 1, 2018 Contact: Deputy U.S. Marshal Adrian Collins
Southern District of Texas
(361) 533-7522
CORPUS CHRISTI DOCTOR ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ASSAULT
ARRESTED IN EL SALVADOR; RETURNED TO THE US
US Marshals, Law Enforcement Partners Help Bring Doctor-Turn-Fugitive to Justice

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — On May 31, U.S. Marshals and Texas authorities took custody of fugitive Jaime Sandoval, after he was located and arrested in El Salvador on May 16.
Sandoval is facing a charge of suspicion of sexual assault and for violating his bond conditions in Nueces County, Texas. He allegedly committed the sexual assault while practicing as a medical doctor in Corpus Christi.
Sandoval was to appear in court May 2, but he did not show up. Authorities issued an arrest warrant for the doctor-turn-fugitive on May 3. The Nueces County Sheriff’s Office then asked the U.S. Marshals-led Gulf Coast Violent Offender and Fugitive Task Force to assist in the manhunt.
The fugitive investigation for Sandoval gained momentum when authorities received a tip that led them to believe he was in San Salvador, El Salvador. U.S. Marshals coordinated with in-country authorities, who were able to locate and arrest Sandoval on May 16.
Sandoval is now in custody in the U.S. with no bond, awaiting extradition to Nueces County.
“The key to this case was teamwork, said Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Norm Merkel of the Southern District of Texas. “By local, federal, and international partners working together, we got the job done.”
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The Gulf Coast Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force is a team comprised of law enforcement officers from the U.S. Marshals, Corpus Christi Police Department, Nueces County Sheriff’s Department, Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Office of Inspector General, and the Texas Department of Public Safety. The task force objective is to seek out and arrest violent criminals, gang members, and sex offenders. U.S. Marshals-led task forces cleared 107,933 fugitive warrants in FY 2017, clearing approximately 79,930 state and local warrants, and 28,003 federal warrants. U.S. Marshal task forces combine the efforts of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to locate and arrest the most dangerous fugitives. Anonymous tips can be made by texting 411TIPS (847411) keyword GULFCOAST or by going to http://www.usmarshals.gov/district/tx-s/index.html.
For more information about the U.S. Marshals, go to http://www.usmarshals.gov.

CCPD Is Hosting An Active Threat Training Symposium For School And Law Enforcement Officials

SURVIVE – An Active Threat Training Symposium

The Corpus Christi Police Department invites staff responsible for school security, and local police department representatives from around the Coastal Bend who would be the first responders to a major incident.

It is our intention to share information, strengthen ties, and discuss contemporary approaches to preventing and responding to violent school attacks.  Police officers and school staff serve in different capacities with one common interest – to protect our children and our teachers.

Please join us on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 for “SURVIVE – A Comprehensive Symposium on Surviving a Violent School Attack”

We are asking one or two representatives from each local law enforcement agency and one or two representatives from each school system to register and attend the symposium. The class is free, but you must register.  Click this link:  Symposium Registration Form   The registration deadline has been extended.

Survive

 

Home Invasion Robbery/Officer Involved Shooting

Date: 04/04/2018  12:30 A.M.
Location: 2300 Capitan Dr.
Offense: Home Invasion Robbery/Officer Involved Shooting
Case Number: 1804040004

CCPD Units were dispatched to a residence in the 2300 block of Capitan Drive at about 12:30 A.M. on Wednesday 04/04/2018.  A  female caller was reporting that several men had forced their way into an apartment and at least one of the men was armed with a long gun.  The first arriving Officers confronted the offenders as they were leaving the apartment and one armed offender was shot by police.  He died at the scene.    A 25 year old male was taken into custody and another male, believed to be 20-30 years of age, fled the scene on foot.  He was last seen fleeing north from the scene.  Units are currently searching the area for this offender.

Further investigation revealed that the offenders physically assaulted several residents of the apartment before the police arrived and the offenders were also in the process of taking property from the victims.  A least one firearm used by the offenders was recovered at the scene.

This is an ongoing investigation being conducted by the Corpus Christi Police Criminal Investigation Division and the Nueces County District Attorneys Office.   Numerous victims and witnesses are being interviewed at this time.  Two Corpus Christi Police Officers are being placed on paid administrative leave at this time in accordance with department practice and policy.

If you have any information about this incident, please call Corpus Christi Police Criminal Investigations Division at 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 www.cctexas.com/crimestoppers.

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38 Year Old Man Dies In What Appears To Be A Case Of Excited Delirium

Date: March 16, 2018  01:26 A.M. 
Location: 2240 N. Padre Island Drive
Case Number: 1803160015

CCPD Officers responded to several calls of a disturbance with destruction inside an apartment unit at the Costa Tarragona Apartment Complex.  The first arriving Officers reported that a 38 year old male was behaving violently and irrationally.   They suspected he was suffering from drug intoxication or drug induced excited delirium.  Officers immediately requested CCFD EMS and attempted to calm the person.  Paramedics arrived and transported the individual to Spohn Shoreline Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Four CCPD Officers have been placed on administrative leave as per department policy.  This leave requirement is not punitive in nature.   Policy requires that the Officers be interviewed by a staff psychologist prior to returning to work.

This death is being investigated by CCPD, The Nueces County District Attorneys Office, and The Nueces County Medical Examiners Office.

 

CCPD Is Investigating A Shooting In The 2700 Block Of Waldron Road

At about 10:20 a.m. this morning, CCPD officers were dispatched to an apartment complex in the 2700 block of Waldron Road.  A 17 year old male reported that he had been shot in the hand.

The initial report to police was that this injury occurred as part of a robbery near  Caribbean and Laguna Shores Drive.   Investigators now believe that the shooting might have been accidental in nature and might have occurred at the apartment complex.  This investigation is ongoing.

FBISD was notified about this incident.  The apartment complex is one block away from the FBISD  School Campus.

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It Could Be Dangerous To Catch A Ride On Social Media

 

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The Vehicles for Hire Office wants to educate the citizens of Corpus Christi about individuals advertising for local rides on social media and ad websites like craigslist without having the proper city permits and or a Certificate of Operations to conduct themselves as a driver.  This has been an ongoing situation and we want citizens to be aware of it.

Individuals engaging in this activity of offering rides and charging money, will face several fines including driving without having a permit and Driving without a Certificate of Operations, and impoundment of the vehicle (s) among others.

Our priority is the safety of the public and, mostly for the citizens taking a ride with a driver.  We want to make sure that when an individual gets into a vehicle with a driver that they feel confident that a background check has been done on the driver and that the company is meeting all the requirements and is compliant with city codes.

Vehicle for Hire Drivers will need to have their city permit always visible to the public. If you don’t see one, ask the driver to show you their city permit, if the driver doesn’t have a permit, we advise to get out of the vehicle and call the Police.  Also, be advise that another way to determine if a vehicle is permitted is to look for a maroon windshield sticker.  Each vehicle is required to have one on the front windshield on the upper passenger side and on the rear windshield on the bottom driver’s side.

We all would like to envision that we are putting a love one (Mother, wife, or daughter) in a vehicle and they would make it to their destination safely.  Especially, if our love one calls for a driver in the middle of the night.

Vehicles for Hire Office also wants to remind the public that Ride Sharing Companies such as Uber or Lyft are now State Regulated by the Texas Department of Licensing and registration TDLR. If there’s any complaint in regards to those specific companies please go to https://www.license.state.tx.us/

If you ever have a doubt or complaint about a Taxi or Vehicle for Hire Company or you are not sure if the company is permitted, or the driver please do not hesitate to contact the Vehicle for Hire Office at (361) 826-3558 Respectfully,

 

Grace Elledge
Vehicle for Hire Inspector
Corpus Christi Police Department
Office: 361-826-3558
Email: GraceE@cctexas.com

 

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Animal Care Services Seizes 80 Dogs From A Residence

Corpus Christi Animal Care Services along with the Corpus Christi Police Department executed a search and seizure warrant today at a residence in the 200 Block of Glendale Drive. This was an all-day event which resulted in the seizure of 61 adult dogs and 19 puppies. Fortunately, the homeowner has chosen to surrender a majority of these animals before his day in court.

CCACS has started medically assessing these animals and will start working with rescue organizations when these dogs become available for rescue or adoption. CCACS will send out an update on our Facebook page when these animals are ready to be rescued or adopted.  https://www.facebook.com/corpuschristianimalcareservices/

Please remember to keep an eye out on PetHarbor.com as well.

CCACS would like to thank the citizens of Corpus Christi for their continued support of our organization.

Thank you,
Captain Patrick McMenamy
Corpus Christi Police Department/Corpus Christi Animal Care Services

12 Young Girls Claiming To Be Sexual Assault Victims Have Now Come Forward

The Corpus Christi Police Department’s  Internet Crimes Against Children unit working with officers from the Family Violence unit were able to secure and execute an arrest warrant for Mathew Joseph Lucio, 08/12/1987.   He was booked at the Nueces County Jail on 12/27/2017 with a total bond of $500,000.

Since that time, several more victims claiming that they were sexually assaulted by Mathew Joseph Lucio have come forward.  There are now 12 girls, ages 12-16, that have made allegations of sexual assault against Mathew Joseph Lucio.  The sexual assaults are reported to have occurred between 2007 and 2017.

It has been reported to us that Mathew Joseph Lucio was identifying himself as Kane Luciano on at least one of his social media accounts.  It appears that some of the victims knew him only as Kane Luciano.

Several additional charges of sexual assault of a child and aggravated sexual assault have been added and Mr. Lucio remains in the Nueces County Jail.  His  bond for release from jail has been increased to 1.9 million dollars.

This investigation is ongoing and there exists the possibility of witnesses or other victims that have not come forward at this time.  Anybody with information concerning this case is encouraged to call the lead investigator, Senior Officer Alicia Escobar
at 826-2996.

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