All posts by Lt. Michael Pena

Preparing for an active Shooter situation

Unfortunately, active shooters incidents have become too common. The Corpus Christi Police Department wants all our community to be safe no matter where they are.

I heard this saying once and it has stuck with me “Your body will not go where your mind has not already been”. Officers are trained to think of the “What if’s”, what if this happens what will I do. We are taught to constantly go over scenarios in our mind so that when something bad happens we have a plan to act.

This will work with our community as well.

When you are at out during your day think about the “what ifs”. What if there is an active shooter at my current location? Do I know where the exits are? If one of the exits is in the path of the shooter, do I have a secondary exit? If I can not get out, can I barricade a door to keep the shooter from entering? If I must defend myself what can I use as a weapon?

Have a plan, know your exits, run from the threat, hide if you can’t, and fight if you must!

Know that the Corpus Christi Police Department is on the way to stop the threat.

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“Keep the change” when it comes to Panhandlers

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The Corpus Christi Police Department knows that there are a lot of kind-hearted people in our community and that they want to help whenever they can. Rather than giving panhandlers money when approached we suggest that you donate to one of the many shelters and outreach centers.

If you are approached by a panhandler and they are aggressive in their request for money you can always call the non-emergency number at 361-886-2600 to report the incident.

If you would like to participate in resolving issues with the homeless, we suggest becoming a member of the Corpus Christi Homeless Issue Partnership (HIP) which is a non profit organization and meets every second Thursday of each month at City Hall in the sixth-floor conference room at 11:00 am.

To become a member of the Homeless Issue Partnership, visit the cities web page here:

We do encourage our community to “Keep the Change”.

Corpus Christi City Police Impound Auction

Aug 2019 Impound Auction

AMT Auctions – Home Page

5485 Greenwood Drive Corpus Christi TX 78417

125 Cars, Pickups, & Motorcycles

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, August 3, 2019 at 10:00 am

Viewing and Pre-Registration: Friday, August 2, 2019 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Viewing and Pre-Registration: Saturday, August 3, 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.

AMT Auctions – Home Page


Operation Gang Busters 2019

On July 15th and 16th , 2019 the Corpus Christi Police Department Gang Unit with the assistance of the K9s, Enduro Unit, Directed Patrol Unit, Organized Crime Unit, state partner, Texas Department of Public Safety, and federal partners, Homeland Security Investigations and United States Marshal Service conducted Operation Gangbusters.

This operation targeted known gang members in our community that had active warrants for their arrest. During the two-day operation 28 wanted individuals were picked up for a variety of offenses.

These warrants include but not limited to Parole Violations, Assault, Sexual Assault, Fail to Appear, Burglary, Human Trafficking, and Child Neglect.


Warrant for suspects in Aggravated Robbery at 3900 South Padre Island Drive

The Corpus Christi Police Department is asking for help in locating two suspects that were involved in an Aggravated Robbery of a business at the 3900 block of South Padre Island Drive on Monday July 22nd, 2019.

The first suspect is 20-year-old Matthew Reyna and he is described as a Hispanic male, 6’0”, 175 lbs., with Black hair and Brown eyes.  He has an active warrant for Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon with a bond of $200,000.00 dollars.

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The second suspect is 17-year-old Aaron Reyes and he is described as a Hispanic male, 5’0”, 130 lbs., with Brown hair and Brown eyes. He has an active warrant for Aggravated Robbery with a Deadly Weapon with a bond of $100,000.00 dollars.

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If you have any information on where these suspects can be located you are asked to call either 911, the non-emergency line at 361-886-2600 or Crime Stoppers at 361-888-TIPS (8477).

Victoria Garza Wanted on a murder warrant

***Update: Victoria Garza has been taken into custody by CCPD.***

The Corpus Christi Police Department are asking for help in locating 20-year-old Victoria Garza who has an outstanding warrant for Murder with a $250,000.00 bond.

Victoria Garza is described as a Hispanic female who stands 5’5”, weighs approximately 165 pounds, with Brown eyes and Brown hair.

If you know where Victoria Garza can be located, we encourage you to call 911 or the non-emergency number 361-886-2600.

If you would like to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at, it can earn you a cash reward.

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17th Annual Boots and Badges Blood Drive Challenge

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The 17th annual Boots & Badges Blood Drive Challenge hosted by the Coastal Bend Blood Center has started. The challenge is a friendly competition between area law enforcement and firefighting entities to see whether the “boots” or “badges” can bring in the most blood donations during the two-week long challenge. This lifesaving competition helps to boost the blood supply during the summer and aid in the Blood Center’s efforts to reduce summer blood shortages.

The Corpus Christi Police Department would like our community to assist the Coastal Bend Blood Center gather as many donations as possible. To view locations that are close to you and fit your schedule visit the Coastal Bend Blood Centers web page calendar here:

When you give blood let them know that you are doing so on behalf of the Corpus Christi Police Department!

Go Badges!!

How to avoid being the victim of a scam

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There are many scams that criminals will use to separate you from your hard-earned money. You have the pigeon drop, romance, arrest warrant, law suit, IRS, and warranty scam, just to name a few. Here are a few tips to avoid being a victim.

-If it sounds to good to be true, it is!
This should go without saying but sometimes it needs to be said.
If you did not play the Nigerian Lotto you can’t win the Nigerian Lotto. That prince that wants to give you some of his fortune is the prince of thieves. Also, you have to apply for Federal grants, the government will not call you to see if you just want some money.

-Do not answer unfamiliar phone numbers or emails.
If you receive a call and do not recognize the number, let it go to voicemail. Do a search of the number in a search engine to see if it is associated with a scam.
For emails never click on attachments from an email that you were not expecting. Malware could be embedded in the attachment which would allow the criminals access to your information.

-Do not give out your financial or personal information.
Never give out this information to anyone that calls you unsolicited. For example, you get a call from “Planet Express” that they have a package for you. They need your name, date of birth and credit card to verify it is yours. You tell yourself “Self, I was not expecting a package from Planet Express” but instead giving them your information, you tell them you will call them back. Do not use the number they give you but rather look up the number yourself so that you know it is the legitimate company. Scammers will just give you their number and you end up talking to them again.

-Using gift / iTunes card to pay a debt.
If a business or anyone asks you to purchase gift cards or iTunes cards, then call them with the numbers be wary. Gift cards are used to purchase goods but should never be used to pay a debt. The IRS does not take iTunes card as payment for outstanding debt.

If you find that you are a victim of a crime be sure to contact us at 911, or the non-emergency number 361-886-2600 to file a report.


8th Annual “Operation Safe Return”

The Corpus Christi Police Department is hosting its 8th annual back-to-school health & safety fair Saturday July 27th 2019 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at the American Bank Center 1901 North Shoreline. Operation Safe Return gives every child the opportunity to receive necessary school supplies, obtain valuable safety information and ensure a healthy start to the upcoming school year.

Last year, we welcomed approximately 4,000 attendees with over 100 vendors offering health and safety information. School supply kits were provided to over 3,000 students, as well as 300 sports physicals and vaccines combined.

It is our mission to give every child the opportunity to receive school supplies, obtain valuable safety information and ensure a healthy start to the upcoming school year.  To meet our mission and provide services in our community, we rely on the generosity of individuals and businesses for support. Without the assistance of community-minded individuals just like you, we wouldn’t be able to serve those in our community each year.

You may find our Sponsorship form with incentives that we are offering this year here:

We hope you consider experiencing firsthand the pride we take in supporting our community.  The Corpus Christi Police Athletic League – Operation Safe Return is a Section 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization and as such, your gift may be tax-deductible. Remember that every donation makes a difference, regardless of size.

Please make checks payable to Corpus Christi Police Athletic League MEMO: “Operation Safe Return”. Check can be mailed to: Corpus Christi Police Department; Crime Prevention Unit; Attn: Raquel Ramos; 321 John Sartain Street; Corpus Christi, TX 78404.  Checks can also be arranged to be picked up by a uniformed officer for your convenience. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (361) 886-2768.

You can visit the city web page for additional information.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!


corpus Christi police Impound auction

On Saturday, July 6th, 2019 the Corpus Christi Police Impound Lot will be conducting an auction at 10:00 am.

The auction will take place at the Corpus Christi Police Impound Lot located at 5485 Greenwood Dr.

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

Viewing and Pre-Registration:
Saturday July 6th, 2019 from 8:00 am to 10:00 am

The auction will start at 10:00 am on Saturday July 6th.

There will be 110 Cars, Pickups and Motorcycles

To view pictures visit:

For online bidding visit:

07-06-19 Impound Auction