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“end the streak”

end the streak

More than 3,600 people lost their lives on Texas roadways in 2018. There’s been a death every day on Texas roads for nearly 19 years straight-that’s almost 67,000 people. And that’s a streak we want to break.

How can we end the streak? Most crashes and fatalities are due to drunkenness, distracted driving or failure to use seat belts. In other words, they’re preventable. Ending the streak is in your hands.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Buckle up: Seat belts are your first line of defense.
  • Drive the speed limit, or slower, depending on road or weather conditions.
  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Plan a sober ride home.
  • When driving, put your phone away or set to “Do Not Disturb”.

Let’s “End The Streak” together!

Show your support for safer driving in Texas by reminding your fellow drivers of our shared responsibility. Use #EndTheStreakTX on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media accounts. And remember, we’re on these roads together!

Corpus Christi Police impound Auction

11-16-19 Impound Lot Auctionhttp://amtauctions.com/

Corpus Christi City Police Impound Auction

5485 Greenwood Drive Corpus Christi TX 78417

Every 1st Saturday of the Month, rain or shine, AMT Auction Marketing will be conducting the abandoned vehicle auction for the City of Corpus Christi Police Impound

This auction may consist of police impounded autos, trucks, SUV’s, RVs. trailers, motorcycles, boats and personal property

**Inventory is subject to change as releases happen during the month prior to the auction**

Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 10:00 am

Viewing and Pre-Registration: Friday, November 15, 2019 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Viewing and Pre-Registration: Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 8:00 am – 10:00 am

AUCTION STARTS at 10:00 am  

Early Registration is highly recommended.

We open at 8:00 am for Registration on Auction Day.

http://amtauctions.com/

Child abuse Video update

On Thursday 11-07-19 the Corpus Christi Police Department received a video from several different sources showing a child being abused.

This video was posted on a local Facebook group and ultimately found its way to us. Since then we have actively attempted to identify the suspect, child, and location of the incident so that this incident can be addressed.

At this time all indications are that the incident did not occur in our jurisdiction and that it occurred in Nuevo Leon, Mexico. We have also received information that this incident may have happened over a year ago.

We are working to identify the specific location of occurrence in Mexico so that the Child Protective Services equivalent in Mexico can be notified, and an investigation can be performed.

We would like to thank all our community that have passed on invaluable information to assist us in this investigation.

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Outlaw Motorcycle Gang arrest operation

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On October 31, 2019, the Corpus Christi Police Department Gang Unit spearheaded a multi-agency operation which included Texas Department of Public Safety, Alice Police Department, U.S. Marshals, U.S. Customs & Border Protection, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The operation apprehended the following Outlaw Motorcycle Gang members and associates for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity (first-degree felony) and Robbery (second-degree felony). The charges are based on an assault and robbery involving a rival Outlaw Motorcycle Gang member at a local business.

Ernesto Benavides (39 years of age)
Francisco Jorge Natal O’Conner (39 years of age)
Joshua Lee Rivas (28 years of age)
Mark Anthony Caton (38 years of age)
Mark Cadena (39 years of age)
Nathan Iruegas (17 years of age)
Nathan Nichols (43 years of age)
Romeo Trevino (39 years of age)
Mark Edward Mandel (55 years of age)

The multi-agency operation is ongoing and is continuing to search for 51-year-old Manuel Hernandez who is wanted for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity and Robbery.

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Manuel Hernandez
Wanted for Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity and Robbery

If you have any information on his location contact the Corpus Christi Police Department at 361-886-2600 or Crime Stoppers at 361-888-TIPS.

 

2019 November Impound Lot Auction

http://amtauctions.com/

Corpus Christi City Police Impound Auction

5485 Greenwood Drive Corpus Christi TX 78417

Every 1st Saturday of the Month, rain or shine, AMT Auction Marketing will be conducting the abandoned vehicle auction for the City of Corpus Christi Police Impound

This auction may consist of police impounded autos, trucks, SUV’s, RVs. trailers, motorcycles, boats and personal property

**Inventory is subject to change as releases happen during the month prior to the auction**

Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 10:00 am

Viewing and Pre-Registration: Friday, November 1, 2019 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Viewing and Pre-Registration: Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 8:00 am – 10:00 am

AUCTION STARTS at 10:00 am  

Early Registration is highly recommended.

We open at 8:00 am for Registration on Auction Day.

http://amtauctions.com/

 

Missing Person Cases

In a recent news story, it was reported that five people are currently missing from the Corpus Christi area.

Due to citizens concern and in effort to clarify, the Corpus Christi Police Department wants to assure our community that these missing person cases are not related to one another. Two of the missing persons listed are not missing from the Corpus Christi jurisdiction.

A detective from the Criminal Investigation Division is assigned to each case and are actively following leads and communicating with the families. Missing person investigations such as these are not uncommon with the Corpus Christi Police Department.

If you have any information relating to any missing person, we encourage you to call the Corpus Christi Police Department at 361-886-2600 or Crime Stoppers at 361-888-TIPS.

Lt. Michael Pena
Corpus Christi Police Department
Public Information Office

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September Officers of the Month

Garcia, Santos

Santos Garcia

Fabie, Victoria #15223

Victoria Fabie

On September 16, 2019, officers responded to an aggravated robbery at a local convenience store located on 3000 Port Avenue. The clerk reported that a white male wearing blue jeans, no shirt and a red hat had just robbed her at gunpoint then departed on a bicycle. The first officers on scene gave a description of the suspect and direction of travel.

Senior Officer Santos Garcia and Officer Victoria Fabie responded to the area of the robbery to assist officers in locating the suspect. Upon entering the area, they observed a male matching the description riding a bike in the area of Chula Vista and Greenwood. The suspect made eye contact with the officers and fled across the street, where he hit the curb and lost control of his bicycle.

Officers immediately exited their police unit, as the suspect raised his hands to surrender.  He complied with the officers’ commands and was taken into custody without further incident. After being apprehended the officers located money, cigarettes and a lighter which were stolen from the store. The suspect additionally was in possession of a stolen black Luger pistol.

Senior Officer Santos Garcia and Officer Victoria Fabie are recognized for their keen observations and diligent investigation resulting in a felony arrest and the recovery of a stolen handgun, cash and other contraband.

 

Burglary Suspects arrested

On October 14th Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division of the Corpus Christi Police Department were investigating two burglary cases in which items were stolen. As the detectives investigated, they found that several of the items were being sold online.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division and the Organized Crime Unit of the Corpus Christi Police Department were able to set up a meeting with the offender so that the stolen items could be recovered.

At the designated meeting two offenders arrived with the stolen items. As the undercover detective was speaking to one offender, he noticed a handgun on the passenger floorboard. Uniformed Officers and Detectives then moved in and placed both offenders into custody. The officers were able to secure the stolen items which included a stolen rifle.

After apprehension one offender complained of an injury that had occurred days prior and he was transported to the hospital before being arrested. The second offender was arrested and transported to the City Detention Center for booking. The offenders were charged with Theft and Unlawful Carrying of a Firearm.

As the detectives continued to investigate, they developed information that additional stolen items could be located at an address on Curtis Clark. The officers went to that location and were able to secure those items.

27-year-old Trinidad Gomez was arrested on two counts of Theft.

26-year-old Dylan Cantu was arrested on two counts of Theft, unlawful carrying of a weapon and an outstanding warrant for Driving While Intoxicated.

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Pull over to the Right for Emergency Vehicles

Pull to the Right

The Corpus Christi Police Department would like to remind drivers that if an emergency vehicle is approaching them with the emergency lights activated, they should do the following:

  1. Yield the right of way.
  2. Immediately drive to a position parallel to and as close as possible to the RIGHT-hand edge or curb of the roadway clear of any intersection; and
  3. Stop and remain standing until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed.

It is important to pull to the RIGHT side of the roadway as an emergency vehicle approaches. This is the safest area for you and this will allow an emergency vehicle to proceed safely.

Transportation Code 545.156 VEHICLE APPROACHED BY AUTHORIZED EMERGENCY VEHICLE