Category Archives: Community Outreach

Back-2-School Safety

Going back to school can be an exciting and fun time.  Monday, August 27nd, our children head back to school; the Corpus Christi Police Department urges both parents and drivers to help one another to keep our students safe.  Both Traffic Officers and Beat Officers will monitor the school zones during the morning and afternoon to insure our children’s safety.

The Crime Stoppers Program will continue to work with all C.C.I.S.D. schools.  Campus Crime Stoppers works like adult Crime Stoppers with the callers being students with information about a crime that is going to occur or is occurring at their school.  The Crime Stoppers will take the information and pass it on to CCISD Police.  Each student that provides information that leads to an arrest is eligible for a cash reward. 

Car Safety

Make sure all passengers are buckled up or in their car and booster seats.  Drop the children off in the designated area and wait until they are on school grounds before you leave.  Drivers leave a little early; obey all School Zone Speeds and no cell phone use while traveling through posted areas.  Obey the Crossing Guards, as well teachers, volunteers, and student safety patrols. Don’t forget to stop for buses loading and unloading.  

Walking Safety to School

 

Most importantly, consider whether your child should walk to school; make sure they do not walk alone.  Have an adult or older siblings accompany them, if younger than twelve years of age. Plan the safest and simplest route to school; discuss the use of cross walks, along with the different meanings of traffic signals.  Teach them to keep away from vacant fields and any other places that have few people.

Stranger Safety

 

Tell your children not to talk to strangers or accept rides from them.  Let them know if a stranger does approach them, they need to run and tell an adult.  They will call 911.

Phone Numbers

 

Make sure your child has access to emergency phone numbers.  Type or write important phone numbers on an index card, laminate it, and place it in your child’s backpack.  If your child has a cell phone, make sure all emergency contact numbers are listed.

Information Sought on Trio Using Stolen Credit Card, Possibly Involved in Robbery

 

http://youtu.be/Y-ErqgbSbMg

Occurred on Monday August 6, 2012, 2:30 am Robbery/U.U.M.V. 1400 Acapulco Street 1208060040 & C1205871

A 27-year-old man told police four strangers took his black 2012 Ford Mustang by force at 2:30 am in the morning when he arrived at his grandmother’s house.

The man told Police he parked his car in front of his grandmother’s house where he was approached by four men who attacked him.  The man told Officers he was knocked unconscious and woke up two houses away from where he parked, and his car was gone along with his wallet. The victim’s suffered bruises to his face, a busted lip, and scrapes to his leg.

The victim reported the robbery at 8:30 am. The vehicle was found in the city impound lot by Police Officers as it was involved in a hit and run crash on the 1200 block of Calle San Carlos at 5:40 am.

On 8/10/12, the victim reported his stolen credit card had been used at several local businesses by the woman and two men shown in this store surveillance video. 

The robbery and credit card abuse along with the crash are under investigation by the Corpus Christi Police Department. Anyone with any additional information about these crimes should call the Corpus Christi Police or submit tips to Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888TIPS.com.

UPS Delivery Driver Saves Little Boy

Occurred on 8/22/12, 7:09 pm  Drowning Child  6162 Misty Meadows  1208220105    

Officers responding to a possible drowning at Kingston Port Apartments arrived to find the crying one-year-old being held by his grandfather.  The child’s 22-year-old mother told Officers they were at the complex swimming pool for a birthday party when her 11-year-old brother noticed his nephew lying in the water.  The uncle pulled his nephew out of the pool and handed him to an adult.

A 32-year-old UPS delivery man heard the commotion and ran over to help.  He administered CPR on the infant who immediately responded by spitting out a bunch of water.  The child was rushed to Driscoll Children’s Hospital.

CCFD Paramedics told Officers that the quick action and prompt response of the delivery driver saved the infant’s life.  Do you know what to do when every second counts?  The American Heart Association and the American Red Cross provide certification classes for CPR, please visit their websites for class information at www.redcross.org and www.heart.org.

 

Early Morning Shooting Leaves Two Hospitalized

Occurred on 8/21/12, 02:48 a.m.  Aggravated Assault      5638 Weber         1208210014 

Officer R. Vasquez was patrolling the area when he heard several shots being fired.  He found a large crowd in the parking lot of the Texas Star surrounding the victim who appeared to have shot in the chest.  Several vehicles were also seen speeding away. The 21-year-old victim was rushed to Spohn Memorial by CCFD Emergency Personnel. 

While conducting the preliminary investigation, Officers were advised of a walk-in shooting victim at Spohn South.  The 21-year-old had also been at the Texas Star and suffered a gunshot to the abdomen. 

Further investigation revealed several women began to admire a customer’s vehicle when he stopped to gas up.  Several of the males became offended and an altercation ensued with the driver.  During the disagreement, the driver drew a firearm and shot at the men, striking two of the men.

 The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 6’ feet tall and weighing 230 lbs.  He was last seen wearing a black shirt and blue jeans.  He fled in a silver 2011 or 2012 Dodge Challenger. 

As of this posting, the victims are being treated for non-life threatening injuries.  The investigation is ongoing and will be conducted by the Corpus Christi Police Department Homicide/Robbery Bureau.

 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.  Tips that lead to the arrest of suspect are eligible for cash rewards. 

Police Remember John Sartain

John William Sartain
End of Watch: August 20, 1971

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.

46-Year-Old Man Seriously Injured in Assault

Occurred on 8/20/12, 02:13 a.m.  Aggravated Assault     621 Chaparral    1208200026 

Police were dispatched to Mulligan’s Pub for a fight with injuries.  Officers arrived to find the 46-year-old unconscious victim lying in the street.    Further investigation revealed the victim and several friends were walking to Mulligan’s Pub from the House of Rock when a Black male followed them.  The man punched the victim who fell back and struck his head on the street. 

A friend was checking on the victim’s welfare when he also was assaulted by the suspect who began punching him in face and sprayed mace in his face before fleeing.  The suspect was accompanied by two White males and they fled in a blue passenger car.

The suspect is described as a Black male known as “Ace” who is 5’8″ feet tall and weighing 170 lbs.  He was last seen wearing a blue t-shirt and blue jeans.

Anyone with information on this crime  is encouraged to call  Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or Corpus Christi Police Department Homicide/Robbery Detectives at 362-886-2841.

Police Launch Internal Investigation into Animal Control Incident

On July 30th, 2012 a CCPD Patrol Officer and Animal Control Officer responded to an address on the 3600 block of Wright Street to investigate an allegation of animal neglect. Upon their arrival officers discovered the carcass of dog that appeared to have died due to neglect, ie-lack of adequate water, shade, etc.. The Animal Control Officer impounded a second dog that also appeared to be neglected, while the Patrol Officer generated an incident report for animal cruelty against the dogs’ owner. A necropsy was later conducted upon the deceased dog and the veterinarian determined it had died due to dehydration and excessive body heat. On or about July 31st, the animal cruelty case was forwarded to the District Attorney’s office Misdemeanor section for prosecution.

Earlier today, the investigating Animal Control Officer and the dog’s owner appeared in Municipal Court for a hearing regarding the impounded dog. A Municipal Court Judge ruled to release the impounded animal back to the owner, assessing impound fees and associated costs. The Animal Control Officer returned to the Animal Control Facility, where he discovered that the impounded dog had been inadvertently euthanized on August 16th, 2012 by another Animal Control Employee. Paperwork associated with the animal clearly indicated that the dog was being held pending the August 17th municipal court hearing and could not be euthanized prior to August 28, 2012. The incident was brought to the attention of Animal Control Supervisors, who referred the incident to the Police Department’s Internal Affairs Unit for investigation. The employee in question has been reassigned duties within Animal Control pending the outcome of the investigation, which could result in discipline up to and including demotion, suspension or termination.

“I am just as upset as those in the community over this needless destruction of an animal in our custody,” stated Commander Todd Green, whose duties include the supervision of Animal Care and Control Services. “I assure you that we will conduct a thorough investigation into this incident and take whatever corrective measures are appropriate to ensure that this never occurs again.” Commander Green added that since the Police Department assumed responsibility over Animal Care and Control in January of the year, it has made tremendous strides forward toward improved service, but this is certainly an unacceptable event and will not be tolerated.

Photos of Hit & Run Suspect Vehicle Released


Occurred Sunday, August 5, 2012, 2033, Ocean Drive at Poenisch Drive, Accident Involving Injury or Death 1208050122 & C1205862

Corpus Christi Police Hit & Run Investigators are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect involved in the hit & run accident involving a 21-year-old jogger in the 6400 block of Ocean Drive.  The driver of the light-colored vehicle left without providing any aid to the young woman. The woman jogger was taken by ambulance to the hospital with serious injuries. 

Investigators are looking for a light-colored, sport utility vehicle which was seen by witnesses to travel a block away from the crash site and slowed down as if to turn around. The driver waited a moment, and then sped away toward Ennis Joslin Road.

Corpus Christi Police Hit and Run Investigators recovered evidence from the scene and are now searching for a late Chevrolet S-10 Blazer or GMC Jimmie with front end damage to include a missing passenger side head light assembly.

Anyone with additional information about this crime should call Corpus Christi Police Hit and Run Investigators immediately at 361-886-2600.  Anonymous tips may be made to Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888TIPS.com.

Police Believe Kidnapper May Be In The Corpus Christi Area

Aaron Cox
Cara Cox with age progression

The United States Marshall’s Office has provided photographs of 53-year-old Aaron Cox who is wanted by the Volusia County, Florida Sheriff’s Office for non-custodial parental abduction and may be living in the Corpus Christi area under a false name.

Cox kidnapped his daughter, Cara Cox, on August 14, 2009 when she was 8 years old. Cox kidnapped his 8-year-old daughter from her mother in Florida. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has provided an age accelerated photograph of Cara Cox to show what she may look like today at age 11.

Aaron Cox is 53 years old and is described as a white man, 5ft. 8inches tall, 145 pounds, with brown eyes and gray hair.

Anyone with any information to locate Aaron or Cara Cox, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit an online tip at www.888TIPS.com. If the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.