Category Archives: Community Outreach

Police Search for Man who Exposed Himself to Jogger

Occurred on 12/2/12, 8:36am  Indecent Exposure  Cole Park North 1212020050

Police were called to Cole Park and contacted a female jogger who reported a Hispanic man exposed himself as she jogged in the 1700 block of Ocean Drive.  The woman told Officers as she ran southbound near the North entrance to the park she observed the man turn and expose himself.

The jogger continued running and began dialing 911.  The man ran off as she called Police.  She described the man as a 50-year-old Hispanic male, 5’8″ to 5’9″ feet tall, and weighing 160 to 180 lbs.  He was last seen wearing a red Polo shirt, khaki pants, and appeared to be very neatly groomed.

Running is normally a safe activity, but  the Corpus Christi Police Department recommends that runners have a running partner or let someone know where you’re running and when you will return.  Avoid deserted streets and avoid unlighted routes at night. Carry your identification and a cell phone in case of an emergency.

Runners should run to populated areas, if confronted.  If you are attacked, try to keep calm and look for an escape opportunity or chance to call for help.

Anyone with any information on this crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit a tip online.  Callers will receive a cash reward if the suspect is arrested.

Lucky Belt Buckle Deflects Bullet

Occurred on 11/29/12, 03:47am  Aggravated Assault   1800 Morales  1211290020

Police contacted a 29-year-old man who told them he standing in his cousin’s front yard when he was confronted by a complete stranger.  The man drove up to where the men were standing and exited his vehicle armed with a gun.

The man fired a couple of shots, striking the victim’s belt buckle.  The victim took off running as the suspect fired at him once more.  The victim was not injured in the shooting and was unable to provide Officers with a description of the shooter or the vehicle he was driving.  The motive for the shooting is unknown at this time.

The investigation is ongoing and will be conducted by the Police Department’s Homicide/Robbery Bureau.  Anyone with any information on this crime is encouraged to call the Corpus Christi Police Department Criminal Investigation Division at 361-886-2841 or if you would like to remain anonymous call 888-TIPS.  Tips can also be submitted online at www.888TIPS.com.   Tipsters will earn a cash reward if the suspect is arrested.

Police Participate In Toy Drive This Saturday

Officers of the Corpus Christi Police Department will participate in a flag football game for a charity toy drive this Saturday, December 1, 2012 at the John Paul School field located at 3036 Saratoga Boulevard.

The event is organized by the League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council #1 and Judge Robert (Bobby) Balderas. The toys will be collected by LULAC.

The football games will begin at 9:00am on Saturday, December 1 with a game between the Nueces County Sheriff’s Office and the Corpus Christi Fire Department. The second game will be between the Corpus Christi Police Officers and the Robstown Police Officers. The public is encouraged to attend the events. Admission is an unwrapped new toy or a cash donation to the LULAC.

Participants consider this to be a friendly competition to promote generosity in our community.

Copper Cables Stolen in Metal Theft

Occurred on 11/27/12, 8:46am  Theft of Metal  945 Resaca   1211270019

Police were called to the Graham Construction site where an employee reported several cables had been cut and stolen over the Thanksgiving Holiday.  The specialized power cables were made of copper and valued at $10,000.

Further investigation revealed only the detached water pump cables were taken.  The employee told Officers the suspect(s) would have been killed instantly if they had cut the energized cables from the pumps.

Anyone with any information on this crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS  or submit a tip online at www.888TIPS.com.  Tipsters will earn a cash reward if the suspect(s) are arrested.

Shoplifters Beware: Officers on the Prowl

Benito Jose Saldana

Occurred on 11/25/12, 12:44pm  Theft  5202 S. Padre Island Drive  1211250060

An Officer working the Holiday Safety Enforcement observed a man wearing a light purple shirt carrying several bags running out the west side exit of Dillard’s.  The man was being chased by store employees who kept yelling at him to stop.  Officer J. Villarreal began following the man towards the back of the Olive Garden as he ran behind the IHOP.

Jason Jack Wagner

As the Officer drove west through the parking lot he observed a Chevrolet Prism with the suspect sitting in the back seat.    The Officer attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the driver refused to stop.  The driver Jason Jack Wagner (09/04/75) finally stopped at the 5100 block of Mount Vernon.  Further investigation revealed Benito Jose Saldana (01/28/80) was running towards the IHOP where Wagner and the getaway vehicle were waiting.Both Wagner and Saldana were arrested and charged with Theft Shoplifting which is a Class “A” Misdemeanor punishable by one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

Saladana had several facial injuries and told Officers he’d been in a fight a couple of days before.  The three stolen Dooney & Burke purses valued at $994 were returned to Dillard’s.

The Corpus Christi Police Department will dedicating extra patrols as part of our annual Holiday Enforcement Initiative throughout the busiest shopping areas and parking lots of the city.   If you will be committing a crime this Holiday Season, expect to spend some time in jail.

Tips for Safe Online Holiday Shopping

The Corpus Christi Police Department Financial Crimes Unit recommends that you visit the following links which have important information to keep you from being a victim as you shop online during the Holiday Season.  Both sites have tips to help keep you safe while shopping online, but please shop wisely and use good judgement.

http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/cyber-monday-online-holiday-shopping-tips-staying-safe/story?id=17806847#.ULOLKeTO1NQ

http://www.pcworld.com/article/244983/5_tips_to_shop_safe_on_cyber_monday.html

Police Chief Announces Anti-D.W.I. Art and Slogan Contest Winners

High School students who contributed an entry to the contest stand with thier families as the winning contestants were displayed on the billboard at the 4300 block of Staples Street Wednesday morning.

The Corpus Christi Police Department hosted a contest in October 2012 for Corpus Christi High School students to develop the new advertising campaign to discourage drunk driving. The winners of the contest were announced November 21, 2012 at 10am at the digital billboard located at the 4300 block of South Staples.

The Corpus Christi Police Department accepted 202 entries for two categories. There were 114 entries for the artwork and 87 slogan entries. The best three entries from each of the two categories were awarded prizes which include ipads, itouches, and nanopods. The artwork and slogans will be displayed on billboards throughout Corpus Christi during the month of December.

The purpose of the contest was to solicit a more creative advertising campaign from the newest vehicle drivers to discourage drunk driving. The prizes were awarded by donation from the Citizens in Support of the Corpus Christi Police non-profit organization.

 

The contest winners are:

1st Place Art – Genevieve Sams                                   (1st place winners receive an ipad)

1st Place Slogan – Julissa Esparza

 

2nd Place Art – Stormy Evans                                       (2nd place winners receive an itouch)

2nd Place Slogan – Victoria Wahlen

 

3rd Place Art – Danielle Watkins                                 (3rd place winners receive an ipod nano)

3rd Place Slogan – Nadia Galvan

Thanks to the Citizens in support of the Corpus Christi Police Department for providing the prizes.

 

Contestant finalists stand with Corpus Christi Police Chief Floyd Simpson as he thanks all who contributed to the contest for their participation.

 

Do You Know These Women? Earn Holiday Cash by Calling Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS

The Corpus Christi Police Department’s Auto Theft Task and Financial Crimes Division are asking the public’s assistance in identifying two females involved in several auto burglaries at church day care centers.

The heavier set woman is the lookout while the woman with the sunglasses will check the parking lot for any unlocked vehicles.  The women like to target purses left in the victim’s automobiles as they rush in to drop off their children at daycare.  The stolen credit cards are used almost immediately.

Detectives report the women are known to drive a grey 2011-2012 Toyota Camry.  Anyone with any information on the identity of these two woman are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit a tip online at www.888TIPS.com.   Tipsters will earn a cash reward if the suspects are arrested.

CCPD Announces Holiday Season Safety Plan

The Corpus Christi Police Department has finalized its 2012 Holiday Season Safety Plan.  Working with the District Attorney’s Office, the Nueces County Sheriff’s Office, City Traffic Engineering, and the Texas Department of Transportation, the Police Department has developed a plan that will provide for both increased enforcement efforts and improved traffic flow around the busiest shopping areas. This year’s plan once again provides for increased traffic control and police presence in and around the busiest shopping areas, along with enhanced DWI enforcement throughout the city. Beginning November 23rd and continuing through December 31st, officers from several divisions will combine resources to ensure that our citizens enjoy a safe and crime-free holiday season.

Up to 26 additional officers will be redirecting their enforcement and traffic control efforts toward the busiest shopping areas in town. The officers will work staggered shifts beginning as early as 7:00 AM each day to provide additional resources to this area. Among the areas targeted for increased patrol are:

  • La Palmera Mall
  • Moore Plaza
  • Sunrise Mall
  • The Promenade (includes Toys-R-Us)
  • Gulf Way Shopping Center
  • Saratoga Town Center (includes Kohl’s)
  • Island Gateway Plaza (Best Buy, Bed Bath and Beyond, Ross Department Store)
  • Wal-Marts, Sam’s Club
  • Other busy shopping areas and restaurants along SPID

Officers from the Uniform Division, the Enduro Motorcycle Unit, CID, Gang Unit and the Directed Patrol Program will conduct frequent high visibility patrol through the parking lots of these busy shopping areas. Shoplifting, auto burglary, auto theft, purse snatching, and robbery are the most common crimes committed by those who take advantage of busy and sometimes distracted holiday shoppers. Plain clothes Detectives, including those from the Auto Theft Task Force will also be patrolling the parking lots and busy shopping areas, attempting to spot crimes in progress.

In addition to patrolling the parking lots, Auto Theft Task Force officers will deploy their “bait vehicle” in the parking lots of the busiest shopping areas. The “bait vehicle” is a specially equipped vehicle complete with sensors, video cameras, GPS tracking, and a remote ignition switch that allows officers to disable the vehicle if it is stolen or burglarized.

Throughout the holiday shopping season, Traffic officers will direct their efforts toward ensuring a safe and smooth flow of traffic into and out of the malls and other busy shopping areas.  Beginning Friday the 23rd, traffic officers will be assigned to provide traffic control and enforcement at the major intersections along SPID, as well as near the entrances and exits to the malls and major shopping centers.  Shoppers are urged to monitor the large Texas Department of Transportation message boards located along State Highway 358 (SPID) and State Highway 286 (Crosstown Expressway) for important notices regarding current driving conditions, traffic crashes, and potential alternative routes.  The City Traffic Engineering Department will also be deploying at least two portable electronic message boards to communicate important traffic information to the motoring public. In addition, there will be an increased emphasis on the use traffic cones, delineators and similar traffic control devices to help maintain a smooth flow of traffic into and out of busy shopping locations.  Drivers are urged to drive alertly and be prepared to follow these devices.

Alternative Routes to Major Shopping Centers

With the increased amount of vehicular traffic around the malls during this time of the year, traffic crashes also typically increase proportionally.  Construction on South Staples Street between Williams Drive and Saratoga Boulevard is only expected to exacerbate the problems of traffic congestion and traffic crashes. As a result, shoppers this year are encouraged to take several steps to ensure their shopping trip is accident free:

  • Plan ahead.
  • Leave early.
  • Avoid major thoroughfares and intersections if possible.
  • Utilize less traveled alternate routes.
  • Watch for construction signs and workers.
  • Monitor and follow directions on message boards
  • Watch for traffic cones, delineators and other traffic control devices.
  • Be especially cautious and look out for Officers directing traffic.  Slow down and follow directions.
  • Maintain a safe distance from the vehicle ahead of you.
  • Avoid distractions in your vehicle.
  • Always wear your safety belts.
  • Follow CCPD on Twitter (Corpus Christi Police @CorpusChristiPD)

In addition to the Police Department’s two full time DWI Officers, a State grant reimburses overtime costs to hire an additional 3 officers, allowing the department to place as many five officers at any one time on the street to concentrate solely on DWI enforcement.

 

CCPD Cracks Down on Unpermitted Taxi Cab’s, Limo’s and Buses

Saturday night, 11/17/12, Captain Mark Gutierrez and the interim taxi cab inspector, Keith Langford, conducted spot inspections on taxi cabs, limousines, and party buses. These inspections were based on some recent complaints that drivers and companies were operating within our city without proper permits. As a result of the inspections, 8 taxi cabs representing 4 taxi companies were contacted. All of them were found to be in compliance.

They also contacted 3 party buses and found all of them to be in compliance as well. Of 3 limousines representing 2 different companies that were contacted, 2 were found to be operating with an un-permitted driver as required by city ordinance. Both of these 2 limos were carrying passengers when contacted. Both drivers were given citations for operating a limo w/o a permit, city ordinance 57-166e, and they were not allowed to continue driving.

Alternate arrangements were made for the passengers to continue on in the limousines by having either another company come to assist or having a permitted driver respond to the scene to continue on. Both limousine companies are under investigation for allowing un-permitted drivers to operate which is also a violation of city ordinance. The taxi inspector’s office will continue to go out and conduct spot inspections at night and on the weekends to ensure that all companies are in compliance with law.