All posts by Senior Officer Travis Pace

Safety Tips: Stay Alert!!

Jugging is a term used to describe a crime in which someone carrying money is followed from one location to another. Typically, victims are followed from banks to another location and the offender either burglarizes the victim’s vehicle or robs them. 

Jugging Safety Tips

CCPD wants to spread awareness of this crime and recommends following these safety tips: 

  1. Always be vigilant of your surroundings and stay alert, especially when withdrawing money from your bank or ATM. If something looks suspicious or you feel you are being followed, call the police. 
  2. If you are transporting large sums of money, do not make any detours or stops en route to your destination. Get your money to a safe and secure location as quickly as you can. 
  3.  Always keep your money in an envelope or secure bag and on you at all times. Never leave your money in your vehicle, especially if it is in plain sight. If criminals are jugging you, a smash and grab is very common. 
  4. Be on the lookout for individuals backed into parking spaces, who do not exit their vehicle to conduct business.
  5. Be vigilant when using ATMs, as they typically target individuals using ATMs. Also, individuals leaving the branch should exercise caution as they could also be targeted.
  6. Be vigilant when arriving and departing. Be aware of your surroundings and don’t leave your car or the building if you observe suspicious vehicles parked in or around the parking lot.
  7. Conceal your money before you leave the bank/credit union.
  8. Don’t openly carry bank bags, envelopes or coin boxes.
  9. Watch for people following you.
  10. If you think you are being targeted/followed, call 911 and keep the dispatcher on the line to describe your location, where you are headed, etc. and keep driving until a marked police car finds you.
  11. Make banking the last stop of your errands.

Again pay attention to your surroundings, stay alert and if you feel you are being targeted call 911.

Suspect Arrested for making a fake threat to a local school.

On June 1st at 2:43 pm, officers were dispatched to West Oso Elementary for a shooting in progress. Officers quickly responded and determined that no shooting occurred. MetroCom personnel were able to find an address associated with the caller. Officers went to the area of 4200 Dryer Circle and made contact with the female suspect. Officers arrested the 57-year-old Carmen Mendoza for terroristic threats.

We want to reassure the public that we take these threats seriously and if found to be a hoax we will file charges to the fullest extent of the law.

Carmen Mendoza

WALK IN SHOOTING VICTIM DIES FROM HIS INJURIES

Date: Friday, May 20, 2022 5:36 pm
Offense: Murder
Case Number: 2205200091

On May 20th at approximately 3:12 pm, officers were dispatched to 600 Elizabeth St. in reference to a walk in shooting. The 41 year old male victim was immediately taken in for treatment. At 5:36 pm, as officers were investigating, the victim succumbed to his injuries. CCPD robbery/homicide detectives are actively working this case and have little information .

If you have any information about this murder and want to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 888-tips (8477) or submit the information online at http://www.cctexas.com/crimestoppers . If the information you provide leads to an arrest, you could earn a cash reward.

Cruelty to Animal call leads to 4 arrests

Date: Wednesday, May 18, 2022 2:49 pm 
Offense: Cruelty to Animals
Case Number: 2205180079

On May 18 at approximately 2:49 pm officers were dispatched to the 2800 block of Niagara St. in reference to animal cruelty. Officers arrived and made contact with the property owner. The property owner advised the officers that she came to check on the property and when she arrived she observed dogs inside and outside of the residence. The responding officers made contact and detained four people at the residence. Animal control, Code Enforcement and Crime Scene Investigators were called to the scene.

Animal control investigated and removed 35 dogs and 1 cat from the residence. The officers were advised that the living conditions for the animals was extremely substandard and unsanitary. Officers arrested 3 males and 1 female for animal cruelty and transported them to the City Detention Center.

This is still an active investigation and if you have any information you are asked to contact detectives at 361-886-2840.

HELP US IDENTIFY THIS BANK ROBBER.

Date: Friday, May 13, 2022 5:47 pm 
Offense: Robbery
Case Number: 2205130208

Corpus Christi Police Detectives need your help identifying a suspect who robbed a local bank.

At approximately 5:47 pm, Corpus Christi Police Officers were dispatched to the area of 4100 S. Staples in reference to a robbery. Officers contacted the employees and were advised that a male entered the bank right before closing and passed a note to a teller demanding money. The teller complied and the suspect left with an undisclosed amount of money in an unknown direction.

The suspect is described as Hispanic male approximately 30-50 years old. He stands about 5 feet 8 inches tall weighing between 150-200 pounds. The suspect was wearing a dark colored plaid shirt, large black hat, surgical mask, sunglasses and dark colored pants.

If you have any information about this crime and want to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 888-tips (8477) or submit the information online at http://www.cctexas.com/crimestoppers . If the information you provide leads to an arrest, you could earn a cash reward.

Update to DEATH INVESTIGATION 900 NAS Drive

During the initial investigation the cause of death had not been determined yet the Robbery Homicide Section continued to diligently investigate the case. On April 26, 2022, the Medical Examiner’s Office found that the cause of death was by gun shot. As Robbery Homicide investigated, they received information that the offender was 39-year-old Robert Thompson. The detectives were able to secure a warrant of arrest for Murder with a $1,000,000.00 bond. The Narcotics Vice Section along with the Gang Unit responded to Robert Thompsons residence, placed him into custody, and transported him to the City Detention Center for booking.

Original Post

On April 25, 2022 at approximately 5:49pm officers responded to an unresponsive male in the area of 900 NAS drive. Officers arrived and located an adult male deceased in the wooded area. Detectives and our Crime Scene Investigators processed the scene and the deceased male was taken to the medical examiners office. Detectives are still investigating to determine the cause of death.

Today Directed Patrol Officers, Crime Scene Investigators, Code Enforcement, Developmental Services and the property owner are in the area working together to determine the best way to clean the property.

There has been social media post stating that numerous bodies are being removed from that location. That information is NOT TRUE, there are no other bodies being removed from that location.

Detectives are still investigating and if you have any information about the death investigation of the adult male you are asked to call 361-886-2840 or call Crime Stoppers at 361-888-TIPS.

Help Us Identify this Burglar

Date: Sunday, December 5, 2021 3:11 AM
Location: 5400 SPID
Incident: Burglary
Case Number: 2112060048

Corpus Christi Police Detectives need your help identifying this suspected burglar. Officers were dispatched to a business in the 5400 block of SPID. The officers made contact with the caller who advised the suspect forced his way inside the business and proceeded to take various items. The suspect also broke into a vending machine inside the break room.

The suspect is described as a male in his 30’s wearing a black hat, blue jeans, a green plaid shirt and checkered shoes.

If you know the identity of the suspect or have any information about this crime, please call 361-886-2600. You may also call Crime Stoppers at 361-888-TIPS or submit the information online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=. Information provided to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.

Pier Taggers Arrested

On December 23, 2021, at approximately 2:10 am,  the Corpus Christi Police Department responded to a complaint of vandalism on the pier. A fisherman  observed individuals spray painting benches, trashcans and light poles on the pier and promptly called CCPD. Our officers arrived on the scene quickly and took two male individuals into custody. The suspects, who were identified as Emanuel  Ysaguirre (20 yrs. old) and Ethan Flores (20 yrs. old), were arrested for the offenses of graffiti and possession of criminal instruments.

Emanuel Ysaguirre
Ethan Flores



We thank the individuals who reported this crime and encourage our community to report crime when they observe it.

Help us Identify this Suspect

Date: October 20, 2021
Offense: Credit Card Abuse
Case Number: 2110200099

Corpus Christi Police detectives need your help identifying this suspect who used a stolen credit card. On October 20 the victim contacted the police department and advised that her credit card had been used without her consent. Detectives were able to obtain video of the suspect.

Credit Card Abuse suspect

This male suspect was seen going into a convenience store and using the victims credit card.

If you know the identity of the suspect or have any information about this crime and want to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 888-tips (8477) or submit the information online at http://www.cctexas.com/crimestoppers . If the information you provide leads to an arrest, you could earn a cash reward.

Arrest Made in Recent Murder at 6000 Holly

On Saturday November 13, 2021 at 2:19 am officers were dispatched to a shooting on 6000 Holly.

When the officers arrived they found a vehicle had crashed after the driver and a passenger had been shot. One female was transported to the hospital with non life threatening injuries while the other 20 year old female was deceased at the scene. Three other occupants in the vehicle were not injured.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division Robbery Homicide Section responded to the scene to investigate.

Detectives worked non-stop and followed up on all the information they had obtained and identified a possible suspect. They contacted a 28 year old male suspect and questioned him about the incident. On November 14, 2021 at 12:23 a.m. detectives arrested Esten Chavez for murder and 4 counts of aggravated assault and transported him to the City Detention Center. This is still an ongoing investigation, if you have any information about the case please call detectives at 361-886-2840.