All posts by Lt. Michael Pena

Neighborhood on Watch Program

Neighborhood on Watch is a voluntary program organized by concerned citizens to reduce crime in their immediate communities. Working together with local law enforcement agencies, citizens can learn when and how to report suspicious activities, assist in property identification, conduct home security surveys and implement home security measures and precautions.

Neighborhood Watch meetings offer valuable information that helps neighbors cooperate effectively with one another. It also promotes effective security practices, creates more cognizant neighbors, and enhances the partnership between citizens and law enforcement.

If you are interested in starting your own Neighborhood on Watch program in your community call, Corpus Christi Police Department, Crime Prevention at 361-886-2768.



Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

The Corpus Christi Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) in conjunction with Homeland Security Investigations (Corpus Christi office) and Texas Department of Public Safety (Criminal Investigation Division Corpus Christi office) conducted an online solicitation operation.

The operation which spanned over 5 days targeted individuals who were actively seeking to solicit inappropriate pictures of underage children or in some cases meet with children for the purpose of sexual activity. During the operation the following individuals were apprehended and arrested for the following charges:

Shane Smith Seay 03/12/64
Online Solicitation of a Minor (2nd degree felony)

Lazaro Benito Rocha 12/07/92
Online Solicitation of a Minor (2nd degree felony)
Distribution or Display of Harmful Material to a Minor (A misdemeanor)

*Additional warrants on other offenders related to this operation are forthcoming and those offenders will be arrested at a later date*

The CCPD Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Homeland Security Investigations and Texas Department of Public Safety continually strives to protect the children of the Corpus Christi and surrounding communities from these online predators. The CCPD ICAC unit reminds parents and guardians to be diligent in monitoring their children’s online activities on all their electronic devices.

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How the scam works.

You are contacted by an individual via email, text or you find an advertisement about earning money by shrink wrapping your vehicle with an advertisement for a major company.

The suspect tells you that they will send you a check for a couple hundred dollars but when the check arrives it is for several thousand.

The suspect then tells you to deposit the full amount in your account and then wire most of the money to the company that will wrap your vehicle.

Weeks after you wire the money the check bounces and your bank tells you that it was a fake check. Now you are on the hook for the money that you wired, and you must pay back your bank.

How to keep from being a victim.

Trust your gut feeling, if it sounds too good to be true then it is.

If a company or anyone sends you more money than what you are expecting and then they ask you to wire the money back to them or to another person, it is most likely a scam.

Check the internet. You should do your research about the company or the deal that they are offering. A good place to find out about scams is the Better Business Bureau, Federal Trade Commission, or the Texas Attorney Generals Office.


Federal Trade Commission

Texas Attorney General Office

What to do if you are a victim.

If you are a victim be sure to contact the Corpus Christi Police Department so that a report can be generated to document the crime.

Corpus Christi Police Department

You can also file a report with the Federal Trade Commission.

Wrapped Vehicle

Alternate Routes to Downtown for Buc Days night parade

Here are some recommended routes to the 82nd Annual Buc Days Night Parade on Saturday May 4th.

Be sure to leave early and expect possible delays.

Morgan Ave. / Ocean Dr.
State Highway 286 to Morgan Ave then onto Ocean Dr.

Morgan Ave

Baldwin Blvd. / Ayers St. / Ocean Dr.
Take State Highway 286 to Baldwin Blvd then to Ayers St. then onto Ocean Dr.

Baldwin to Ayers

Kostoryz / South Staples St. / Louisiana Ave. / Ocean Dr.
Take State Highway 358 to Kostoryz Rd. then to South Staples. Follow South Staples to Louisiana Ave then onto Ocean Dr.

Kostoryz Staples Louisiana

Weber Rd. / Doddridge St. / Ocean Dr.
Take State Highway 358 to Weber Rd. which turns into Doddridge St. then onto Ocean Dr.

Weber Doddridge

Airline Rd. / Ocean Dr.
Take State Highway 358 to Airline Rd. and then onto Ocean Dr.

Airline to Ocean

Ennis Joslin Rd. / Ocean Dr.
Take State Highway 358 to Ennis Joslin Rd. then onto Ocean Dr.

Ennis Joslin

buc Days Night parade road closures

During Buc Days Night Parade on Saturday May 4th, their will be several road closures due to the event.
Be sure to leave early to the event and expect delays.

IH 37 Eastbound and IH 37 Westbound at Chaparral
Will be closed at 7:45 pm just prior to the start of the parade.
Any traffic that arrives on IH 37 WB after 7:45 pm will be diverted onto Mesquite either back on to IH 37 EB or southbound on Mesquite then uptown.

IH 37 Closure Buc Day Parade

Highway 181 Southbound to Twigg and North Upper Broadway
This off ramp area will be closed at 5:00 pm as we prepare for the start of the parade.
Any traffic that arrives at this off ramp after 5:00pm will be directed towards IH 37 Eastbound.

181 SB Buc Day Closure

East Port Ave from Chaparral St. to West Broadway St.
This area will be closed at 6:00 pm.
Any traffic that arrives at this location after 6:00 pm will be directed back to IH 37.

Port Ave Buc Day Closure

inclement weather safety

During inclement weather we want our community to be safe as they travel on the roadways.

Here are a few helpful tips:

-Drive slower than usual so that you have time to react to other traffic on the roadway.
-Turn on your head lights so that you are visible to other vehicles and pedestrians.
-Be aware of possible flooding in low lying areas.
-Do not drive through flooded streets.
-It only takes 6 inches of flowing water to knock a pedestrian off their feet.
-It only takes 12 inches of flowing water to float a car or SUV.


Corpus Christi Police Impound Auction

AMT Auctions – Home Page

May 4th Auction

5485 Greenwood Drive Corpus Christi TX 78417

129 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, RVs. trailers, motorcycles, boats and personal property.

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

Start: Saturday May 4th, 2019 10:00 am
Preview and Pre-Registration: Friday May 3rd, 2019 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Early Registration is highly recommended

We open at 8:00 am for registration on auction day.

AMT Auctions – Home Page

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 4th. No marking of these spots is allowed.
  • Parade viewing spots from Schatzell St. to Buford St. may mark their spots in chalk only. There will be limited spots on Schatzell 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 3rd.
  • 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 4th 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.


Off duty probationary officer arrested for DWI

Date: April 14, 2019 8:13 pm
Location: 3500 South Padre Island Drive
Offense: Driving While Intoxicated
Crash Number: C1902724
Case Number: 1904140121

On April 14th, 2019 at approximately 8:13 pm off duty probationary officer in training Elise Tamez (10-23-86) was involved in a minor crash on the 3500 block of South Padre Island Drive.

When officers arrived, they found Elise to be intoxicated and she was subsequently arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. Prior to transport to the City Detention Center, Elise was transported to the hospital to be medically cleared due to being involved in a minor crash.

The Corpus Christi Police Department takes this incident seriously and at this time she has been separated from service with the Police Department.