Category Archives: Community Outreach

MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED IN TRAVIS COUNTY

On July 31, 2020 Corpus Christi Police Department Officers received information from a Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers Tip that Murder suspect, 31-year-old Marcus Topsy, was at a residence in Austin, Texas.

US Marshals with the assistance from Austin Police Department located Marcus Topsy and he was taken into custody. Topsy had one outstanding warrant for Murder ($1,000,000 Bond) from an incident that occurred on July 24, 2020 on the 3700 block of Rojo.

Topsy was transported to the Travis County Jail where he will be booked until he is extradited to Nueces County.

For additional details: https://genap8877.wordpress.com/2020/07/28/murder-warrant-issued/

MISSING PERSON

Corpus Christi Police Investigators would like help from the public to locate a missing person.

Michael Ortiz was reported missing by his family on June 02, 2020. Michael has not had contact with his family since 2014 and they would like assistance to locate Michael’s whereabouts.

Michael is described as a 53-year-old male who stands 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs approximately 170 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

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If you have any information that may assist Investigators or know the whereabouts of Michael Ortiz, please call Corpus Christi Police Department directly by calling (361) 886-2840 or by calling (361) 886-2600.

CRIME OF THE WEEK

Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2020 9:24 PM
Location: 5600 Carroll Ln
Offense: Aggravated Robbery
Case Number: 2007150100

Corpus Christi Police Department Investigators need your help identifying this aggravated robbery suspect.

On July 15, 2020 a suspect entered a convenience store located on the 5600 block of Carroll Lane. The suspect approached the register, lifted his shirt to display a handgun and demanded money from the clerk. The suspect was able to get away with an undisclosed amount of money. The suspect is described as a black male, between 16-22 years of age, approximately 5’10-6’01, approximately 170 pounds, wearing a black baseball cap, a gray long-sleeve shirt under a black short-sleeve shirt and used a blue bandana as a face cover. The suspect possibly has tattoos on his left hand/wrist area.

The suspect is also believed to be involved in at least one other convenience store robbery.

If you know who is responsible for this aggravated robbery, or have any additional information about this crime, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at http://www.cctexas.com/crimestoppers. Crime Stoppers guarantees to keep your identity anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you up to $2,500 dollars in cash.

PASSING OF DEBRA GARCIA

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Debra Garcia. Debra has been a valued member of our CCPD family for 8 years and worked as a Victim Advocate in our Criminal Investigation Division.

Debra dedicated years of service to our community by providing awareness, support and services to victims of crime. There is no doubt that her selfless efforts to fight for the rights of our most vulnerable resulted in positive and lasting changes in the lives of crime victims.

We send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Debra Garcia.

Garcia, Debra

Reverse Alert Program

Reverse Alert

Emergency Alert Program Overview
The City of Corpus Christi and Nueces County have partnered to provide an emergency alert program for citizens.  The system allows officials to alert you depending on the preferences you chose. When signing up residents enter their contact information and subscribe to notifications, they want to receive based on location. The information residents provide is protected and will not be used for any other purpose.

How It Works
When officials issue a notification about a potential safety hazard or concern, residents will receive a message on the voice or text communication method they have registered. A key feature of the system is the ability to confirm receipt of the alert. If residents opt for the confirmation feature the alert system will continue to attempt to contact through subsequent notification methods until a confirmation is received. This feature is optional.

Sign Up for Notifications
Residents can create an account by adding contact information, location and notification preferences. All information provided will be kept confidential.

Stop Receiving Notifications
Residents can stop receiving alerts or modifying their preferences at any time by removing contact information.

For more information and to sign up for reverse alerts visit the Corpus Christi City web page at https://www.cctexas.com/services/public-safety/alerts-notices

Vehicle of interest in a Hit and Run

Date: Thursday, July 9, 2020 7:59 P.M.
Location: 2200 Tarlton St.
Offense: Hit and Run
Case Number: 2007090106

Corpus Christi Police investigators need your help in identifying a vehicle of interest involved in a recent hit and run.

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Officers were dispatched to the 2200 blk of Tarlton St. in reference to a pedestrian that was struck by a vehicle.  When officers arrived they saw a 26 year old male victim lying on the ground and bleeding from the head. Witnesses did not see the accident but observed what appeared to be a silver Dodge Charger leaving the scene in a hurry. The vehicle has some damage to the front driver side wheel well.

If anyone has any additional information related to this Hit and Run, you are asked to contact the Corpus Christi Police Department at (361) 886-2689. You may also call Crime Stoppers at 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.

Rally Participation

In recent weeks citizens have held rallies in our community for varying causes. We want to encourage those that wish to attend one of these rallies, to please re-consider.  Due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Nueces County, our greatest concern right now is for the health and safety of our community members as well as our officers.

We understand that peaceful protests and rallies are held with the intention of improving our community and our connection to each other. We suggest that this can be accomplished from the safety of your home, rather than potentially causing harm, illness or greater loss within our community.

As always, we thank you for your continued support.

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ARREST MADE IN CITY’S LATEST HOMICIDE

Date: Monday, July 20, 2020 12:40 A.M.
Location: 4500 block of Mokry
Offense: Murder
Case Number: 2007200002

At approximately 12:40 am on Monday, July 20, 2020 officers were dispatched to the 4500 block of Mokry for a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located a 30-year-old male who had been shot. The victim was transported to a local hospital for care. Detectives were later notified that at approximately 6 am the victim succumbed to his injuries.

Corpus Christi Police Detectives continued their investigation into the homicide following up on leads while attempting to identify and locate a suspect.

Detectives were able to identify and obtain an arrest warrant for a suspect, identified as 24-year-old Jared Naranjo.

Corpus Christi Police Department Gang Unit with assistance from the Texas Gulf Coast Violent Offender Task Force located Jared Naranjo on the 1500 block of 15th Street and transported him to the Corpus Christi Police Department to be interviewed by Detectives. Naranjo was later transported to the City Detention Center for processing.

Naranjo was booked on one warrant for Murder ($1,000,000 Bond).

This is still an active and ongoing investigations and if anyone has any additional information related to this Homicide, you are asked to contact the Corpus Christi Police Department at (361) 886-2840. You may also call Crime Stoppers at 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.

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FACT CHECK

We have been made aware of a rumor that HEB will be closing their stores at the end of this week and this is causing people to rush to the stores and panic buy. We have reached out to our community partners at HEB and they have refuted this and advised that this is NOT true. HEB will remain open to the public and there are no plans to shut any of their stores or operations down.

As always, we want our community to be aware, but remember to rely on facts not fear.

We want to take a moment to thank the partners at HEB as they have and continue to work tirelessly to re-stock the shelves.

Please buy for necessity, not for stockpiling.

Keep up to date with HEB operations by visiting:

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PASSING OF CHARLIE “CHUCK” WILLIAMS

It is with great sadness that we announce the untimely passing of Senior Officer Charlie “Chuck” Williams. We mourn the loss of a great co-worker and friend. There are few words to express the pain in our loss not only to the Corpus Christi Police Department but to our community.

Senior Officer Williams has been a dedicated public servant to this community for thirty-five years and was assigned to our Directed Patrol Division.

We send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Senior Officer Williams. Chuck, you will be greatly missed by us all.

Williams, Charlie