Category Archives: Community Outreach

COVID-19 SCAMS

It is unfortunate during any crisis situation that there are criminals that take advantage of people. Scammers will use any opportunity to separate you from your hard-earned money.

There are some easy ways for you to protect yourself from being a victim of a scam. Being skeptical and suspicious about unsolicited calls or emails is a start. If you have older family members of friends, look out for them and educate them about scams. Lets all work together to put scammers out of business.

COVID-19 Scams

If you are victim of a scam contact the Corpus Christi Police Department at 361-886-2600.

The Federal Trade Commissions (FTC) has additional information on COVID-19 scams.
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/features/coronavirus-scams-what-ftc-doing

You can also file a complaint with the FTC here:
https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/#crnt&panel1-1

Rumor Control

Please rely on facts that will come from City and County leaders.

Do not rely on rumors or fear.

For your convenience we have listed social media locations and web pages for information on COVID-19 or any changes that affect our city.

Corpus Christi Police Blotter
https://ccpdblotter.com/

Corpus Christi Police Twitter
https://twitter.com/CorpusChristiPD

Corpus Christi Police Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/CorpusChristiPD/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
https://www.cdc.gov/coron…/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html

Texas Department of State Health Services
https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/

Corpus Christi Fire Department
https://www.facebook.com/CorpusChristiFireDepartment/

City of Corpus Christi web page
http://www.cctexas.com/

City of Corpus Christi Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/citygov/

Thank you for your continued involvement in our community.

68-A INSPECTIONS CANCELLED FOR APRIL 1, 2020

Out of an abundance of caution regarding the health of our community, we do not want to unduly expose any citizen unnecessarily to any health risk.

As a result, we have made the decision to cancel our 68-A Inspection that was scheduled for Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Future scheduled inspections will be re-evaluated as that date nears and an announcement will be made concerning them.

A Form VTR-68-A is an inspection conducted by a law enforcement officer to verify the identify of a vehicle for registration purposes. This inspection is often needed to obtain a bonded title, register a homemade trailer, register a vehicle that previously hasn’t had a title or other reasons.

The Corpus Christi Police Department does not require you to get a 68-A completed on your trailer, but the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles does. According to Texas Transportation Code 501.032, any item that was never assigned a VIN or item that the VIN has been lost, removed, or obliterated; must get one in order to register that item. In this case, that item is a trailer. The CCPD Auto Theft Task Force normally conducts the 68-A inspections on Wednesday mornings in order to assist the citizens of Corpus and surrounding counties with obtaining a VIN through TXDOT.

ROAD CLOSURES

Until further notice the Zahn Road and Newport Pass Road entrances to the beach will be closed.

Access to the beach via Windward Drive at Access Road 3a has been added to the list of locations that have restricted access.

Corpus Christi Police Department will be monitoring the beaches to ensure that crowds adhere to the Governors Executive Order limiting crowds to ten or less people.

The beach is still open at this time.

We encourage visitors to the beach to use other entrances, spread out to other less populated areas, and practice social distancing in an effort to protect yourself from COVID-19.

Texas Governor Abbott has issued an Executive Order restricting the congregating of more than ten people at a time. Pursuant to Texas Government Code 418.173 failure to comply with a rule, order, or ordinance adopted under the plan, including any executive order, proclamation, or regulation issued by the governor during a state of disaster, is an offense punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000, confinement in jail for a term not to exceed 180 days, or both fine and confinement.

How to report price Gouging

Price gouging is defined as:

§17.46(b) of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices-Consumer Protection Act provides that it is a false, misleading or deceptive act or practice to take advantage of a disaster declared by the Governor under Chapter 418, Government Code, or the President by:

  1. Selling or leasing fuel, food, medicine, lodging, building materials, construction tools, or another necessity at an exorbitant or excessive price;
    or
  2. Demanding an exorbitant or excessive price in connection with the sale or lease of fuel, food, medicine, lodging, building materials, construction tools, or another necessity.

If you observe price gouging you can report it to the Attorney General of Texas office at the Consumer Protection Hotline (1-800-621-0508) and you may also file via email using the link below.

How to Spot and Report Price Gouging
https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/consumer-protection/disaster-and-emergency-scams/how-spot-and-report-price-gouging

File a Consumer Complaint
https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/consumer-protection/file-consumer-complaint

As a reminder, effective Saturday, March 21, 2020, all walk-in service at the main police station will be discontinued until further notice.

We will continue to provide essential services to our community.

For department closures and contact numbers, please reference: https://ccpdblotter.com/2020/03/20/change-to-police-response-methods/

If you have any questions, please call 886-2798.

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CHANGE TO POLICE RESPONSE METHODS

Following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local City and County Health Officials; the Corpus Christi Police Department is taking precautionary measures in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

After 11:59 pm on Friday, March 20, 2020, there will be changes to police response methods. We are currently working on operational alternatives to ensure that we are accessible and able to deliver the necessary services to our community, all the while ensuring that we prevent the spread of COVID-19.

For non-emergency calls or not in progress calls, contact the Corpus Christi Police Department non-emergency number at (361) 886-2600. To reduce contact in the field, calls that are of a report in nature will be directed to the Telephone Reporting Unit (TRU). The citizen will speak to an officer who will write the report via telephone and a case number will be given for the incident. We have augmented the current TRU staff with officers to assist our community in documenting each incident.

Walk in service at the main station will be discontinued until further notice. This includes getting copies of reports, finger printing, and any other service as a walk in. The public is asked not to go to the Police Department unless directed by an officer. You will still be able to retrieve a copy of a police offense report via internet through our Central Records Department. You may submit an electronic request for your report by email to ccpdopenrecords@cctexas.com. For any questions related to offense reports, please call (361) 886-2704.

You may still retrieve your accident reports online by visiting: https://cris.dot.state.tx.us/public/Purchase/app/home/welcome

The Criminal Investigations Division (CID) will not be open to the public until further notice. CID Detectives will continue to investigate and file cases, phone interviews will be implemented as much as possible. If you have any questions about your case, please call (361) 886-2840.

The property room located at the police department will not be open to the public until further notice. If you have any questions about retrieval of personal property, please call (361) 886-2700.

We will be postponing all department sponsored community events, programs and presentations for the near future. All civilian ride-a-longs, and police building tours are postponed as well. If you have any questions about community events that you have planned with the Corpus Christi Police Department, please call our Crime Prevention Unit (361) 886-2768.

All impound auctions will be suspended until further notice. The impound lot will remain open and you will be able to retrieve your vehicle, if no hold has been placed. You will be required to bring your Driver’s License or Identification Card, Proof of Insurance, Proof of Ownership and any outstanding fees. If you have any other questions, please call (361) 857-1996.

The Corpus Christi Police Athletic League (CC-PAL) has postponed all of their programs until further notice. For any questions, please call (361) 883-2725.

We are requesting cooperation from the public as we navigate the coming days. For those that believe that they may be experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you are asked to contact the Public Health District by calling (361) 826-7200 where an assessment is conducted to determine if you meet the Centers for Disease Control criteria. This will assist us in our goal of preventing the spread of COVID-19.

For any questions related to another city department, please call (361) 826-CITY, to be directed to the appropriate department.

The Corpus Christi Police Department is monitoring the situation closely, all the while working in partnership with our local, state and federal partners to ensure the safety of our community and employees. Public safety is our number one priority. We want to thank our community for their understanding and cooperation as we all do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Corpus Christi Police Department
Public Information Office

CRIME OF THE WEEK

ATM Theft
March 18, 2020
Crime of the Week #12-2020
Case # 2003180015, 2003180017

Detectives want your help to catch these suspects with this Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week.

Two ATM’s, both outside of banking institutions were broken into during the early morning hours of March 18, 2020 between 3:15-4:30 am. One ATM was located on the 6800 block of Saratoga and the other was located on the 5300 block of S Staples.

Two male suspects drove up to the respective ATM’s and forcefully pried them open. The suspects were able to get away with an undisclosed amount of cash. The vehicles used have been located but Detectives are looking for information that will lead to the arrest of the suspects.

The Investigators were able to obtain a copy of surveillance video which shows the burglary of one of the ATM’s.

If you can provide any information on the identity of these suspects, or have any additional information about this crime, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at 888TIPS.com. Crime Stoppers guarantees to keep your identity secret and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you up to $2,500 dollars in cash.

OFFENDER OF THE WEEK

Nueces County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help to locate 25-year-old Jordan Hernandez who has an outstanding warrant out of Nueces County for Money Laundering – No Bond.

Hernandez is described as a 25-year-old male who stands 5’04”, weighs approximately 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.

If you know how to locate Hernandez call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=, it can earn you a cash reward. The information you provide to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward. The reward amount for Hernandez is increased for the month to $500.00, as he is considered an offender of the week.

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You may also contact the Nueces County Sheriff’s Office at 887-2239 or 887-2219 after 5:00 pm.

OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

Date: Saturday, 03/14/2020 8:08 pm
Location: 4700 block of SPID
Case Number: 2003140100

On Saturday, March 14, 2020 officers conducted a traffic stop at the 4700 block of South Padre Island Drive.

During this incident, the offender struck a vehicle, backed up and struck a marked police vehicle and drove in the direction of one of the officers who then discharged his firearm. The offender then struck a third vehicle as he fled the scene.

On duty officers quickly located the vehicle in the 5900 block of Weber Road. At approximately 9:50 pm officers contacted the suspect who was found to be inside of an apartment with a gunshot wound. The male was provided medical attention on scene and later transported to a local hospital, where he was last listed in stable condition.

Upon his release from the hospital, the offender is expected to face several felony charges. Of the charges, he will face five counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly weapon for striking the two separate vehicles which were occupied by both adults and children.

One Corpus Christi Police Officer has been placed on paid administrative leave at this time in accordance with current department practice and policy.

Officer Dee Munsell has been a police officer with the Corpus Christi Police Department for 4 years. Officer Munsell is the sole officer who discharged his service weapon.

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This is still an active and ongoing investigation. If you have any information pertaining to this incident, you are encouraged to call the Corpus Christi Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 361-886-2840. Anyone who would like to keep their identity secret and still provide information to Detectives should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the tip online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=.