All posts by Lt. Michael Pena

impound lot auction

Date: Saturday, August 6, 2022
Time: 10:00 am gates open at 8:00 am
Location: 5485 Greenwood


REGISTRATION: visit to register and obtain further on-line auction instructions.

VIEWING: Friday, August 5, 2022, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm


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

Arrest made in 2012 Fatal hit and run

On Saturday February 11, 2012, at 11:39 pm Corpus Christi Police officers responded to a major crash hit and run at the 7500 block of McArdle. The officers located 24-year-old Kimberly Encinia on the side of the roadway suffering from severe injuries. Kimberly was transported to a local hospital where she ultimately succumbed to her injuries.

Detectives with the Traffic Section Follow-Up responded to the scene and took over the investigation from the first responding patrol officers. Over the months that followed, the detectives were unable to determine the identity of the suspect and the case went cold.

On July 12, 2022, the Traffic Section received information on a possible suspect in the 2012 fatal hit and run crash. The detectives were able to conduct additional interviews and presented this information to the Nueces County District Attorney’s Office to secure an arrest warrant. 45-year-old Michael Atkinson was served the warrant for Accident-Causing Death or Bodily Injury ($250,000.00 bond) while he was incarcerated at the Nueces County Jail on unrelated charges.

School Threat Assessment & Active Shooter Symposium

On Monday July 25, 2022, the Corpus Christi Police Department will be conducting a closed event for local school administrators & law enforcement professionals on school threat assessment and active shooters.

The attendees will review case studies of past active shooter incidents, how to react to an active shooter, investigating social media threats and reporting threats, and bullying and mental well-being for students. The class will be taught by Corpus Christi Police Department, CCISD Police, and a CCISD Youth mental health specialist.

Arrest made on April 9th Homicide

Date: Saturday April 9, 2022
Time: 2:05 am
Location: 4200 South Padre Island
Offense: Murder

At approximately 2:05 am on Saturday, April 9, 2022, officers were dispatched to the 4200 block of SPID for a shooting with injuries.  

Patrol along with Gang Unit officers arrived and were able to locate a male shooting victim.  The male was provided immediate medical attention on scene and then transported by CCFD to a local hospital for treatment but later succumbed to his injuries. During the initial investigation the Gang Unit officers were able to identify 26-year-old Enmanuel Cavedo-Vergara as the offender.

Detectives with the Robbery Homicide Section of the Criminal Investigation Division responded to the scene and began investigating the homicide. With the information the detectives gathered from the first responding officers they were able to secure a warrant of arrest for murder with a $1,000,000.00 bond.

CCPD Officers along with the United States Marshal Service Gulf Coast Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force attempted to locate Enmanuel in Corpus Christi but received information that he had fled the city. On Wednesday June 15, 2022, Enmanuel was located in Miami Florida by their local United States Marshal Service Task Force and placed into custody.

If anyone has any information related to this incident, please call us at 886-2600.  You may also call Crime Stoppers at 361-888-8477.  


The Corpus Christi Police Department will be hosting a practice Physical Assessment Test (PAT) for potential applicants on Saturday, June 11, 2022, at 8:00 am.

Even if you have not rsvp’d in advance, you can join us. Please be at the Water Street entrance of the Police Department no later than 7:30 am. The practice PAT is a great way to gauge your strengths and figure out what you need to work on to move forward in this process.

This practice test will be proctored, meaning if you pass all three components of the PAT, you will receive a waiver for the date of the written exam.

Visit the following link to learn more about the three-component fitness test: This will give you a better understanding of what you will be measured on.

We are currently taking applications for the 82nd Session of our Police Academy. You may submit your eligibility questionnaire online, which you can find at

Please call 361-886-2626 for more information.

reverse alert sign up

Emergency Alert Program Overview
The City of Corpus Christi and Nueces County have partnered to provide an emergency alert program for citizens.  The system allows officials to alert you depending on the preferences you chose. When signing up residents enter their contact information and subscribe to notifications, they want to receive based on location. The information residents provide is protected and will not be used for any other purpose.

How It Works
When officials issue a notification about a potential safety hazard, concern, or threat, residents will receive a message on the voice or text communication method they have registered. A key feature of the system is the ability to confirm receipt of the alert. If residents opt for the confirmation feature the alert system will continue to attempt to contact through subsequent notification methods until a confirmation is received. This feature is optional.

Sign Up for Notifications
Residents can create an account by adding contact information, location and notification preferences. All information provided will be kept confidential.

Stop Receiving Notifications
Residents can stop receiving alerts or modifying their preferences at any time by removing contact information.

For more information and to sign up for reverse alerts visit the Corpus Christi City web page at

Impound lot auction

Date: Saturday, June 4, 2022
Time: 10:00 am (gates open at 8:00 am)
Location: 5485 Greenwood


REGISTRATION: visit to register and obtain further on-line auction instructions.

VIEWING: Friday, June 3, 2022, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm


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


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.