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Halloween Safety tips

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Halloween, October 31, 2018, falls on a Wednesday Night. We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable day. Here are a few tips that hopefully will make your night a little safer.

Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult. Have a designated meeting place in case your group gets separated.

Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and for others to see you. Wear reflective clothing while walking in dark areas.

If you are driving through a neighborhood, drive slowly and watch for kids. Sometimes they get distracted and might cross the road without looking.

Always WALK and don’t run from house to house. Look both ways before crossing the street and use crosswalks when possible.

Walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.

Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.

Enter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Don’t stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers.

If you see a house with the lights out and no Halloween decorations, chances are they may not participate in Halloween activities. Please respect their homes and wishes.

Parents if you see any suspicious activity, please contact the police immediately at 361-886-2600. If it is an emergency call 911.

Be courteous to others, be aware of your surroundings and make this Halloween fun and safe for everyone.

As for those who would rather plays tricks than receive treats, remember that damaging a person’s property can be considered “Criminal Mischief”. Don’t ruin your night by having to meet a Police Officer. The costume they are wearing is real and so are the consequences.

Help us identify this suspected burglar

Date: Sunday, September 23, 2018
Location: 700 Avondale Dr.
Offense: Burglary of a Habitation
Case Number: 1809250122

Corpus Christi Police Officers were dispatched to the area of 700 Avondale Dr. in reference to a burglary. The officers contacted the victim who was out of town at the time of the burglary. The victim told officers that the suspect forced his way into his house and took a firearm, coins, liquor and cologne.  Video surveillance showed a young male, wearing a t-shirt and shorts, walking up to the residence.

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Anyone who can identify this suspect, or who has any additional information about this crime should call the Corpus Christi Criminal Investigation Division at 886-2840.  If you have any information about this crime and want to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS 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.

Help us identify this burglary suspect

Date: Monday, September 24, 2018, 5:40 am
Location: 200 Naples St.
Offense: Burglary of a Building
Case Number: 1809290048

Corpus Christi Police Detectives need your help identifying this burglary suspect. Officers were called to the 200 block of Naples St. in reference to a burglary. Officers contacted the owner and she told officers that someone forced their way into the garage and took a bicycle. The owner was able to provide officers with a copy of the surveillance video. The video shows a thin suspect going to the rear of the residence. A short while later the same suspect is seen leaving with a bicycle.

The suspect is thin wearing loose fitting clothing and appears to have tattoos on the right forearm. If you know who is responsible, or have any additional information about this Burglary, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at http://www.cctexas.com/crimestoppers.   If the information you provide leads to an arrest, it can earn you a cash reward.

Help us identify these ATM thieves

Date: September 9, 2018 3:59 am
Location: 900 Corn Products Road
Offense:  Theft
Case #:  1809090032

Corpus Christi Police Detectives need your help identifying these three suspects that were involved in the theft of an ATM from the area of 900 Corn Products.

ATM SuspectsPatrol officers were called out to the area of 900 Corn Products Rd. in reference to a theft. Officers contacted the employee who saw the males enter the hotel through a side door. The suspects then went to the ATM, picked it up and carried it away. Police were provided surveillance video which captured the event. One male arrives in a white 4-door vehicle and enters the hotel. The other two male suspects arrive in a white and black Dodge Ram pickup with an extended cab and a headache rack. Those suspects entered the hotel and are seen carrying the ATM out, loading it into the truck and driving away.

If you have any information about this crime please call the Corpus Christi Police Criminal Investigations Division at 886-2840.  Anyone who would like to keep their identity secret and provide information to the Detectives should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the tip online at  http://www.cctexas.com/crimestoppers.  The information you provide to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.

Can you help us identify these suspected shoplifters?

Date: September 1, 2018 7:17 PM
Location: 4000 S. Port
Offense:  Theft
Case #:  1809010118

Corpus Christi Police Detectives need your help identifying these suspected shoplifters. The suspects were seen on surveillance video going to the tool section and selecting some tools. They then go to the outside register, run past the cashier, enter a white 4 door passenger vehicle and leave the area. The value of the property taken was over $300.00.

If you have any information about this crime please call the Corpus Christi Police Criminal Investigations Division at 886-2840.  Anyone who would like to keep their identity secret and provide information to the Detectives should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the tip online at  http://www.cctexas.com/crimestoppers.  The information you provide to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.

Targeting Heroin in Corpus Christi

On August 30, 2018, in an effort to target the growing opioid problem in our country and to make our community safer, 59 sworn law enforcement officers and support personnel from multiple agencies joined forces to arrest individuals who have been involved in either using or selling heroin in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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Seventeen individuals who were wanted for a myriad of warrants were sought throughout the day. Of the seventeen, the following five were arrested:

  • Melissa Guerra (09-14-1973)
  • Ariel Aceves (03-11-1993)
  • Cynthia Dobbs/Rangel (08-17-1963)
  • Grady Malone (05-04-1960)
  • Christopher Ortiz (08-04-1965)

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In addition to the five individuals listed above, three other individuals who were not on the original list were arrested for warrants. Those three are:

  • Johnathan Marines (7/23/1980)
  • Brett Box (11/29/1967)
  • Melody Lambry (1/7/1969)

Another individual not on the original list, Juan Herrera (12/27/1991), was contacted and arrested for warrants and possession of a stolen firearm.

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The agencies represented in today’s operation were:

  • Corpus Christi Police Department Narcotics and Vice Investigations Division
  • Corpus Christi Police Department Gang Unit
  • Corpus Christi Police Department Crime Reduction Unit
  • Corpus Christi Police Department K9 Unit
  • Corpus Christi Police Department MetroCom
  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Corpus Christi City Marshals
  • Corpus Christi City Detention Center
  • Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Nueces County Sheriff’s Office
  • Nueces County Community Supervision and Corrections
  • Homeland Security Investigations
  • United States Marshals Service

Our goal is to reduce crime, reduce the fear of crime and enhance public safety. If you have any information about drug activity in your area you can contact Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the tip online at  http://www.cctexas.com/crimestoppers. You can also submit a tip to www.stopdrugscorpuschristi.org .

Detectives are Investigating a possible connection between two Aggravated Robberies.

Date: August 26, 2018 6:38 PM
Location: 2800 SPID
Offense:  Aggravated Robbery
Case #:  1808260104

Corpus Christi Police Officers were dispatched to the area of 2800 SPID in reference to a theft in progress. Responding officers were advised that there were people chasing the suspects from the business. Officers arrived and observed several people holding a 16 year old male on the ground. Officers detained the suspect and contacted witnesses. The officers spoke to the 17 year old and 55 year old victims. The victims advised they were working at their business when three males approached, displayed guns, and demanded jewelry. The victims gave the suspects what they wanted and then the suspects fled from the business on foot.  The victims chased the offenders and caught one, holding him for the police while the other two fled the scene. The victims were able to provide officers with the description of the other two suspects. Officers arrested the 16 year old male and transported him to the Nueces County Juvenile Justice Center.

Date: August 26, 2018 7:42 PM
Location: 6000 Ayers
Offense:  Aggravated Robbery, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon
Case #:  1808260113

Corpus Christi Police Officers were dispatched to the area of 6000 Ayers in reference to a shooting. Information on the call stated that someone was shot and two suspects fled the scene. Officers arrived and observed a 23 year old male victim who had been shot. The victim advised he did not know the suspect who shot him.   The victim reported that the offender also tried to steal his truck. The victim was transported to Spohn Shoreline for treatment of his injuries. There are no updates on the victims condition at this time.  A witness reported that she saw two males in front of the store prior to hearing a gunshot. She was able to provide very detailed descriptions to the police. She reported that the suspects fled on foot towards a mobile home park.

Officers began searching the area of 5900 Ayers and observed one of the suspects. The officers chased the suspect on foot and were able to take him into custody. As they were chasing the suspect he threw a backpack which was recovered by the officers. A weapon was recovered at the scene. Officers arrested Leonard Reyna (11-3-1994) and continued their investigation.

Officers were in the area of 6100 Ayers checking for the second suspect. Officers were checking the area on foot and contacted a security guard who saw a suspect matching the description a few minutes earlier. Officers walked to the area the suspect was last seen. The officers observed a suspect matching the description talking on a cell phone. Officers contacted and arrested Carlos Moreno (9-21-1993). Both suspects were transported to the main police station for questioning and later booked into the City Detention Center.

Detectives are actively investigating these two events and checking to see if they are related.

If you have any information about this crime please call the Corpus Christi Police Criminal Investigations Division at 886-2840.  Anyone who would like to keep their identity secret and provide information to the Detectives should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the tip online at  http://www.cctexas.com/crimestoppers.  The information you provide to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.

Help us Catch this Burglar

Date: July 28, 2018 8:00 PM
Location: 5000 Cain Drive
Offense:  Burglary
Case #:  1807280131

Corpus Christi Police Detectives need your help in catching this suspected burglar. Officers were called to the 5000 block of Cain Dr. in reference to a burglary not in progress. Officers contacted the victim and she told officers that an unknown male took items from a shed behind her residence. The adult male is seen on video pulling up in a red Suzuki and then going to of the rear of the residence. He then forces his way into a shed taking a various tools. The suspect then returns to the vehicle and leaves the scene.

If you know the identity of this suspect or have information about this crime please call the Corpus Christi Police Criminal Investigations Division at 886-2840.  Anyone who would like to keep their identity secret and provide information to the Detectives should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the tip online at  http://www.cctexas.com/crimestoppers.  The information you provide to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.

Arrest Made in Double Homicide

On August 19, 2018 at approximately 3:30 pm Corpus Christi Police Officers were dispatched to a residence in the 1700 block of Buford Street after a witness saw a person that they believed to be the suspect from the double homicide that occurred in the 2900 block of Mary Street on 08/17/2018.  Officers arrived, set up a safe perimeter around a residence, and then entered the residence.  They announced that they had a felony warrant.

As officers entered the residence the suspect,  Joe Angel Guerrero (2/27/1989), started to raise a firearm at officers but quickly dropped it. The suspect was taken into custody without incident.  Joe Guerrero was arrested for the Capital Murder warrant and additionally charged with Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

He was transported to the City Detention Center and booked on the charges. This is still an active investigation and if anyone has any additional information they are urged to contact the police at 886-2840.

You may also call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.

Three suspected burglars arrested in the area of 6100 Pebble Beach.

Date: July 30, 2018 2:20 PM
Location: 6100 Pebble Beach
Offense:  Burglary
Case #:  1807300086

Corpus Christi Police officers were dispatched to the area of 6100 Pebble Beach in reference to a burglary in progress. Information on the call advised that several witnesses were following the suspects as they were fleeing the scene. An officer arrived and detained one of the suspects who had jewelry and a black hoodie in his possession. Officers were checking the area for the other two male suspects. An officer was flagged down in the area of 4700 Wooldridge by a citizen who advised that she saw a subject run into a back yard. Officers checked the area and located a male suspect, wearing a light blue collared shirt and blue jeans, who appeared to be out of breath on Shea Pkwy near Killarmet. Information was put out that a suspect wearing a grey shirt and dark blue basketball shorts was walking near Everhart and Holly. Officers found the suspect matching the description walking quickly and sweating profusely. All three suspects were detained and transported back to the scene.

Officers contacted the victim of the burglary in the area of 6100 Pebble Beach. The victim advised that she was shocked to find the door to her residence kicked in and her house burglarized. All three suspects were positively identified by witnesses. Officers were also advised that the suspect wearing the light blue collared shirt and jeans threw a gun over a fence on Champions. A handgun was later discovered in a pool in the area of 4600 Champions. Officers arrested Adrian Camacho (4-1-2001), Damon Leija (5-30-2001) and a 16 year old male suspect. Adrian and Damon were transported to the City Detention Center and the juvenile male was transported to the Nueces County Juvenile Justice Center.

This was an excellent example of the community and CCPD working together to catch these three suspects.