All posts by Lt. Michael Pena

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND 2022

With Memorial Day Weekend 2022 upon us, the Corpus Christi Police Department has a few reminders for the residents and visitors to our wonderful city.

Please be patient. Traffic may be congested as you make your way to the beach. The Corpus Christi Police Department will have additional officers patrolling the beach and roadways.

Know the Beach Rules:

On ALL beaches:
-No glass containers.
-Must be 21 years old to consume alcohol.
-Dispose of litter in trash receptacles.
-No canopies left overnight.

On Gulf beaches (additional rules)
-Speed limit is 15 mph. All traffic laws apply including Driving While Intoxicated.
-Beach Parking Permits are required.
-No Campfires – Burn Ban in effect.
-No Golf Carts or Off-Highway Vehicles (OHVs) allowed on Park Rd 22, SH361 or any road with speed limit of more than 35 mph.
-Camping is prohibited in front of condos and hotels. Allowed for 3 days & nights consecutively, but no more than 6 days within 1 month.
-Dogs are not allowed on the beach between Zahn Rd to Beach Access Road 3. You may have a dog on the beach between the Packery Channel and Bob Hall Pier, but they must be on a leash.

On North Beach and McGee Beach (additional rules)
-No driving on the beach.
-No BBQ pits allowed.
-No moonwalks or other inflatable games.
-No campfires.
-Dogs must be on a leash or under verbal command

We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend!

Ways to protect your equipment

The Auto Theft Task Force has a few safety tips to protect your fleet inventory:

-Ensure all cameras, alarms and lighting are working properly.
-Don’t assume that fences and gates provide a complete barrier to adjoining businesses and vacant land. Walk your fence line to be sure everything is intact.
-Move light or highly targeted equipment into service bays and away from the fence.
-Do not stage machines and trucks in a way that they provide cover to thieves.
-Don’t leave ANYTHING on a trailer. Secure any trailers, whether loaded or not, so that thieves cannot use them to steal your equipment.

Review your fleet inventory before locking up to enjoy the weekend!

Happy Memorial Day and thank you to all those that gave the ultimate sacrifice. #IfYouLikeItLockIt

Capital Murder Offender Arrested

Date: Saturday May 14, 2022
Time: 12:36 pm
Location: 4300 Kostoryz
Offense: Capital Murder
Case #: 2205140157

On Saturday May 14, 2022, at 12:36 pm officers were dispatched to 4300 Kostoryz for a welfare concern. When the officers arrived, they attempted to contact the occupants and when this was unsuccessful apartment staff were contacted to assist. The staff opened the apartment, and it was at this time that the officers located two deceased females.

Detectives with the Robbery Homicide Section of the Criminal Investigation Division responded to the scene and quickly began to investigate the Capital Murder. As the investigation progressed the detectives were able to identify 37-year-old Jason Lara as the offender. Lara was found to have an outstanding warrant out of Nueces County for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm with a $50,000.00 bond.

On Wednesday, May 18, 2022, Officers with the US Gulf Coast Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force, with assistance from officers with our Organized Crime Unit, located Jason Lara on the 2100 block of Airline.  Officers placed Lara in custody for the outstanding warrant, without incident.  Detectives with the Corpus Christi Robbery Homicide Section were later able to secure a warrant for Capital Murder ($1,000,000.00 bond), which was served to Lara, while he was in custody at the Nueces County Jail.

Buc Day Night Parade Do’s and Don’ts

Large crowds are expected Saturday for the annual Buccaneer Days Illuminated Night Parade. The City of Corpus Christi and the Police Department want everyone to enjoy the parade and promote a safe environment for all who attend.

Here are some rules for spectators to follow:

-Parade viewing spots on Chaparral St. are first come first serve basis beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday May 7th. No marking of these spots is allowed.

-Parade viewing spots from Lowmax St. to Park Ave. may mark their spots in chalk only. There will be limited spots on Lowmax St. to North Upper Broadway as some areas will be closed off for spectator safety. People are not permitted to camp along the route before 5:00 p.m. May 6th.

-Spectators are not allowed to use spray paint to mark their spots along the parade route, residents should use chalk.

-Dogs must be on a leash.

-Keep an eye on your children and should you lose your child be sure to contact the nearest officers as soon as possible. Instruct your children to find an officer should they get lost so that you can be reunited.

-Citizens can rent portable toilets and place them on City property along the parade route, if the toilets do not block the sidewalk, public right of way, or other’s access to the parade route.

-No “poppers” or other noise makers, silly string, or laser lights are allowed along the parade route.

-Spectators are asked to bag their trash before leaving and remove any large items brought to the parade route (e.g., barbeque pits, chairs, coolers).

Consumption of alcohol is only allowed Saturday, May 7th from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. during the parade, along the parade route.

Police ask spectators to please drink responsibly so the parade is enjoyable for everyone. Officers will keep an eye out for incidents of public intoxication, including people who are drunk and disorderly.

Impound lot auction

Date: Saturday, MAY 7, 2022
Time: 10:00 am (gates open at 8:00 am)
Location: 5485 Greenwood

ON SITE AUCTION SALE AND LIVE ONLINE (WEBCAST)

REGISTRATION: visit https://siskauction.hibid.com/ to register and obtain further on-line auction instructions.

VIEWING: Friday, May 6, 2022, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

-Only registered bidders with bidder numbers will be allowed to view the vehicles.
-No purses or backpacks allowed during the viewing.
-No one under 18 will be allowed in the auction lot.
-Facemasks, face coverings and social distancing strongly encouraged.

Recovered Stolen Vehicle

Date: Thursday April 21, 2022, 9:30 am
Location: 900 Shoreline
Charges: Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle & Possession of a Controlled Substance
Case Number: 2204210038

On April 21, 2022, the Corpus Christi Police Department Auto Theft Task Force responded to the 2600 block of Hospital Blvd regarding a vehicle that had been stolen earlier at the 900 block of Shoreline. The stolen vehicle was located by an observant patrol officer patrolling his beat.

When the detectives arrived, they located the stolen vehicle and were able to affect a traffic stop when the offender, 26-year-old Dillon Mohn, got in the vehicle and drove away.

When Dillon was arrested the officers’ located narcotics in his possession, and he was additionally charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance in addition to the Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.

At the initial report of the stolen vehicle the victim told the officer that there had been a shot gun in the vehicle when it was stolen. The detectives were able to determine the location of the shotgun and retrieve it for the victim.

Aggravated Robbery Arrest

On April 12, 2022, at 4:04 pm officers were dispatched to the 13400 block of Leopard for an Aggravated Robbery.

Lt. Lance Tagle arrived and upon speaking to the victim found that he had offered to pay for the offender’s bus ticket. When the victim pulled out his wallet the offender, 45-year-old Charles Busby, grabbed the victim’s wallet and fled on foot. The victim chased Charles Busby who then turn on the victim and displayed a knife. The victim stopped chasing the offender and called the Police Department to report the crime. Lt. L. Tagle found Charles Busby close by and placed him into custody. Among the items in Charles Busby’s possession was the wallet with money and the knife displayed.  

Charles Busby was transported to the City Detention Center for booking on the charge of Aggravated Robbery.

South Port Homicide suspect arrested

On Monday April 11, 2022, at 7:45 am officers were dispatched to the 3700 block of South Port in reference to a shooting.

When the officers arrived, they found a 46-year-old victim in the apartment with a gunshot wound and immediately began CPR until Corpus Christi Fire Department paramedics arrived. The victim was transported by CCFD to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division Robbery Homicide Section responded and quickly began to investigate. During the investigation the detectives were able to identify the offender as 30-year-old Manuel Fernandez III. The detectives were able to secure a warrant of arrest for Capital Murder with a $950,000.00 Bond.

On Tuesday April 12, 2022, at 11:51 am officers were dispatched to the 3700 block of Port in reference to a disturbance between a male and a female. When the officers arrived, they contacted Manuel Fernandez III and placed him into custody for the outstanding warrant of arrest.

Manuel Fernandez was transported to the City Detention Center for booking on the charge of Capital Murder.

Impound lot auction

Date: Saturday, April 2, 2022
Time: 10:00 am, Gates open at 8:00 am
Location: 5485 Greenwood

ON SITE AUCTION SALE AND LIVE ONLINE WEBCAST

Registration: visit https://siskauction.hibid.com/ to register and obtain further on-line auction instructions.

Viewing: Friday, April 1, 2022, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Only registered bidders with bidder numbers will be allowed to view the vehicles.

-No purses or backpacks allowed during the viewing.
-No one under 18 will be allowed in the auction lot.
-Facemasks, face coverings and social distancing strongly encouraged.

rip current safety for Kids

The Corpus Christi Police Department would like for all visitors to have a safe and fun time while visiting our beaches during spring break.

Take the time to view this video presented by the National Ocean Service on “Rip Current Safety for Kids”.

You can also get daily updates on surf conditions by monitoring the City of Corpus Christi Beaches Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/CCBeaches).