Category Archives: Community Outreach

Crime Stoppers Has A Cash Reward If You Know How to Find This Identity Thief

Elisa Rangel (10/18/1992)  Wanted for Fraudulent Possession of Identifying Information
Elisa Rangel
Wanted for Fraudulent Use  of Identifying Information

Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers has a cash reward for the first person to call 888-TIPS and provides information to lead law enforcement to locate 33-year-old Elisa Rangel (10/18/1992). Rangel is a fugitive wanted out of Nueces County for fraudulent use of identifying information, a state jail felony offense.

Rangel is described as a 33-year-old woman who stands 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighs 155 pounds, has brown hair and brown eyes. Rangel has a tattoo of a ribbon and praying hands on her neck, a tattoo of a rosary and a bible on her back, and a tattoo on her right leg that reads, “Isabel.” The last known address for Rangel was on the 1400 block of 19th Street in Corpus Christi.

If you know how to locate Rangel, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at Information provided to Crime Stoppers which leads to an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

Corpus Christi Police Remember Officer John Sartain

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The Corpus Christi Police Department remembers Patrol Officer John William Sartain who was shot and killed by a sniper on August 20, 1971 at 11pm.

Officer Sartain walked to his patrol unit to begin his shift with partner, Gilbert Lazo. A 16 year old sniper shot Officer Sartain in the head from an apartment 200 yards away. Officer Sartain was 22 years of age and is survived by a wife and daughter.

The sniper pled not guilty to the charges and was convicted and sentenced to 50 years in 1971. He was later paroled in 1984.

Corpus Christi’s founder, Henry L. Kinney, named many of the city streets after nature, including one of the city’s original streets; Laguna St. Laguna St. was renamed in 1991 as John Sartain St.

Police Chief Announces Promotions

Corpus Christi Chief of Police, Mike Markle announced today there will be five Officers promoted in rank in a ceremony scheduled for Friday, August 26, 2016 at Police Headquarters.

Kelly Isaacks
Kelly Isaacks

Kelly Isaacks will advance from Captain to the rank of Commander.

William Broyles
William Broyles

William Broyles will advance from Lieutenant to the rank of Captain.

Patrick McMenamy
Patrick McMenamy

Patrick McMenamy will advance from Lieutenant to the rank of Captain.

Steven Gonzalez
Steven Gonzalez

Steven Gonzalez will advance from Senior Officer to the rank of Lieutenant.

Colby Burris
Colby Burris

Colby Burris will advance from Senior Officer to the rank of Lieutenant.

Their new assignments will be announced on August 26 and the time of the ceremony will be announced at a later time. The promotions will take effect on Monday, August 29, 2016.


Crime Stoppers Offers Cash Reward For the Capture Of This Burglar

Armando Garza (8/3/1979) Wanted For Burglary and Theft of a Firearm
Armando Garza
Wanted For Burglary and Theft of a Firearm

Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward for the first person to call 888-TIPS and provides information which leads to capture 37-year-old Armando Garza.

Garza has two felony warrants for his arrest for Burglary of a Habitation and Theft of a Firearm. Garza is described as a white male who stands 6 feet 1 inch tall, 185 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. Garza has a tattoo on his left wrist that reads, “Sariah Ariel Garza” and has a tattoo on his right forearm of praying hands and reads, “Only God Can Judge Me.”

Garza was featured on the KZTV “Wheel of Shame” on August 10th and a Crime Stoppers tip led law enforcement to the 800 block of Elizabeth where Garza fled from Officers. Officers ask the public for more information to capture Garza.

If you have any information which can direct law enforcement to capture Garza, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS. Crime Stoppers guarantees to keep your identity, you will never be called into court, and it could earn you a cash reward.

The Rain Was Nice But Let’s Work To Prevent Mosquitoes Now

Mosquito Control Around the Home

The most important thing citizens can do to reduce the risk of exposure to West Nile virus is to eliminate mosquito-breeding areas around the home and limit exposure to feeding mosquitoes. Many female mosquitoes can lay 100-300 eggs on the surface of fresh or stagnant water every third night during its life span. Here are some simple things citizens can do to eliminate potential mosquito breeding sites around the home:

  • Do not allow water to accumulate in the saucers of flowerpots, cemetery urns, or in pet dishes for more than two days.
  • Get rid of tin cans, old tires, buckets, unused plastic swimming pools, or other containers that collect and hold water.
  • Clean debris from rain gutters, remove standing water from flat roofs, and repair leaks around faucets and air conditioners.
  • Change the water in birdbaths and wading pools at least once a week.
  • Fill or drain puddles, ditches and swampy areas.
  • Check for trapped water in plastic or canvas tarps used to cover boats or pools, and arrange the tarp to drain the water.

Report abandoned property with high grass and standing water by email:

Report Mosquito Water



The Corpus Christi Animal Control and Vector Services received a confirmation of West Nile virus in a mosquito in the 400 Block Bartlett, 5900 Colorado, and 2800 Dempsey from traps that were submitted August 9, 2016. A total of three detections, all repeat areas.

Vector Services has implemented the Mosquito Management Response Plan to this detection. The response entails the following:

  1. The spraying of a 1/2 mile radius around the area of the detection for three consecutive nights beginning tonight, weather permitting.
  2. Police Directed Patrol Officers and Neighborhood Services personnel will be attempting to locate any standing water in the affected neighborhood including examining abandoned properties.
  3. Vector Services will conduct continuing surveillance of mosquito traps in the immediate area for signs of the Culex species of mosquito responsible for West Nile virus.

The need to spray a larger area is not necessary based on the entomology of the Culex species mosquito and the normal travel distance of this mosquito. Vector Control will be conducting the aerial spray in the evening, and at dusk, since that is the time the Culex is most active.  Residents are reminded to check their property for standing water and to avoid, if possible, outdoor activities at dusk and dawn, wear long sleeve shirts and long pants. Use appropriate mosquito repellent with DEET for themselves and their children. Please call 361-826-2489 if you wish to report abandoned property or high grass or standing water.


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Island Hit And Run Driver Being Sought

Date: 08/14/2016    01:32 AM
Location: 14400 S.P.I.D.
Offense: Accident Involving Injury/Death
Traffic Code 550.021     Felony

Case Number: 1608140016

Police Hit and Run investigators are asking for your help in locating a suspect vehicle and the driver of that vehicle in a crash that seriously injured a 21 year old woman and a 23 year old man.   The crash occurred on Padre Island in the 14400 block of S. Padre Island Drive access road at about 1:32 a.m., Sunday morning near the Sonic restaurant.  The pedestrians were walking south bound on the access road toward Commodores Drive and the hit and run vehicle was also south bound when it struck them. The driver failed to stop and the vehicle fled the scene, continuing south bound after the crash.

Several witness reported that the suspect vehicle was a dark colored pick up truck.  The truck should have some degree of front end damage.

Update August 15, 2016 15:00-
Investigators released images of a truck for which they believe the operator may have information about this case. Investigators have not identified the truck as the suspect vehicle, but would like to speak to the operator of the truck to learn more details of this crash. Investigators would like help from the public to identify this vehicle and the person who operated the truck on the night of the crash. There are key features to point out about this truck which include side steps, and a trailer hitch.

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Anyone who has any  information about this crime should contact the Corpus Christi Police Department at 886-2600.   Senior Officer Earl Kronk is the lead investigator on this case.   He can be reached at 886-2688 or   Information about unsolved crimes may be provided to investigators anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or online at Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

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Prop Movie Money Has Been Used Locally As Counterfeit Money

Prop Movie Money which is being sold on numerous internet sites has recently been passed locally as counterfeit money.   Be vigilant when accepting cash of any denomination.   The bills are printed with disclaimers and warnings that they are movie prop money but a hurried transaction might aid an offender that is attempting to pass the fake money to an unsuspecting victim.

Prop Movie Money

Here are some of the disclaimers that are found on internet sites that sell the fake money:

prop money disclaimer

Here is a link to the secret service publication that police officers use to help detect counterfeit bills.

Crime Stoppers Has Cash Reward To Capture Fugitive Wanted For Intoxicated Assault

Caitlin Cifuentes (9/20/1990) Wanted for Intoxicated Assault
Caitlin Cifuentes (9/20/1990)
Wanted for Intoxicated Assault

Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward to the first person to call 888-TIPS and helps law enforcement locate 25-year-old Caitlin Cifuentes.

Cifuentes is a fugitive and has two warrants for her arrest for motions to revoke her probation for the original charges of Intoxication Assault, and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. The Intoxicated Assault happened on August 8, 2013 at Airline and Holly and Cifuentes was accused of operating a silver 2000 Honda Accord while intoxicated at about 1am and caused a vehicle crash which seriously injured a 22-year-old woman.

Cifuentes is described as a 25-year-old woman who stands 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighs 120 pounds, with straight brown hair, brown eyes and has a tattoo on her back of an elephant with three heads and the words, “The World is Yours” in latin. The last known address for Cifuentes was on the 7000 block of Smokewood in Corpus Christi and she was last known to be employed at Murdock’s as a bartender.

If you can provide information to help law enforcement locate Caitlin Cifuentes, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at Information which leads to an arrest of Cifuentes may earn the caller a cash reward.