Category Archives: Community Outreach

CCPD OFFICER SHOT IN THE LINE OF DUTY

At approximately 2:14 pm on August 4, 2021, officers were dispatched to a call on the 5900 block of Weber for a disturbance in progress.

During the investigation, the subject started shooting at the officer. The officer was struck multiples times, causing severe injuries.

Senior Officer Manuel Dominguez sustained major injuries but is in stable condition and being treated at a local hospital. Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Dominguez and his family as he recovers from his injuries.

Ideally, we would like to respect the privacy of the officer and that of his family. As his information has already been posted on social media, with the permission of the family, we are releasing the name of the officer.

Senior Officer Manuel Dominguez is a 20-year Veteran of the Corpus Christi Police Department.

We ask that you respect the Officers privacy and that of his family.

WANTED SUBJECT IN ATTEMPTED CAPITAL MURDER

At approximately 2:14 pm on August 4, 2021, officers were dispatched to a call on the 5900 block of Weber for a disturbance in progress.

During the investigation, the subject started shooting at the officers.  One officer was struck multiples times, causing severe injuries.   

The suspect, Joshua Powell, is still outstanding.   Powell is to be considered armed and dangerous.  Powell is described as a 20-year-old male, stands 5’08”, approximately 155 pounds. 

If you know the whereabouts of Powell, call 911 immediately. 

For Chief Mike Markle’s statement, please see:

WANTED FUGITIVE

UPDATE 08-09-21 Damon Villarreal has turned himself in at the Nueces County Sheriff’s Office. Thank you to all of our community for spreading the word on this wanted fugitive.

Corpus Christi Police Department is asking for your help to locate 35-year-old Damon Villarreal who has an outstanding warrant for Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child or Children ($200,000 Bond). An additional warrant for Villarreal was secured for Continuous Trafficking of Young Persons ($200,000 Bond).

Villarreal is described as a 35-year-old male who stands 5′ 07″, weighs approximately 185 pounds, with brown eyes and a bald head. Villarreal has several tattoos on his head, neck and face.

DL Photo – Damon Villarreal
Updated Photo – Damon Villarreal

Teresa Hernandez Villarreal who was also wanted for Continuous Sexual Abuse of a child, turned herself in to the Nueces County Jail on July 27, 2021.

If you know how to locate Villarreal, call 911 or 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.

impound lot auction

On Saturday August 7, 2021 at 10:00 am the Corpus Christi Police Department Impound lot located at 5485 Greenwood will hold an auction of 101 Motorcycles, Cars, Pickups, Trailers, and a Boat.

This will be both an onsite auction sale and live online webcast.

REGISTRATION: visit http://www.siskauction.com/ to register and obtain further on-line auction instructions.

VIEWING: Friday, August 6, 2021 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Only registered bidders will be allowed to view the vehicles.

No purses or backpacks allowed during the viewing.

No one under 18 will be allowed.

Facemasks, face coverings and social distancing strongly encouraged.

TWO ARRESTS MADE IN CAPITAL MURDER

Date: Sunday, July 25, 2021 4:10 am
Location: 4500 block of Weber Rd.
Offense: Capital Murder
Case Number: 2107250024

At approximately 4:10 am on Sunday, July 25, 2021 officers were dispatched to the 4500 block of Weber reference a shooting with injuries. When officers arrived on scene, they found a 32-year-old male victim who had been shot and sustained life-threatening injuries. The victim was transported to a local hospital by medics where he eventually succumbed to his injuries.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division responded and quickly began to investigate the shooting.

Through investigative techniques, Detectives identified suspects and eventually secured arrest warrants. On July 27, 2021, 25-year-old Vanessa Salas was arrested on an outstanding Capital Murder warrant ($500,000 Bond), an additional warrant for Aggravated Robbery ($100,000 Bond) was later secured.

On July 27, 2021, 25-year-old Jean Martinez was arrested on an outstanding Capital Murder warrant ($1,000,000 Bond), an additional warrant for Aggravated Robbery ($100,000 Bond) was later secured.

The apprehension of these violent offenders was made possible by the diligent work of the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division, Patrol Officers, Gang Unit and Forensics Division.

We would also like to thank our partners with the United States Marshal Gulf Coast Violent Fugitive Task Force, Ingleside Police Department, Portland Police Department and the San Patricio County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance.

This is still an active investigation and if anyone has any additional information, they are urged to contact Homicide Detectives 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.

CORPUS CHRISTI WOMAN GETS SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS FOR SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF A CHILD

A local woman has been ordered to federal prison for conspiring to entice a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing child pornography.

55-year-old Diana Martinez pleaded guilty on March 2, 2021.   At that time, she admitted to conspiring with Santos Gonzalez, 53, of Robstown, to produce and send illicit photographs of a minor victim.  In exchange, Gonzalez provided her money for groceries and medication.

Today, U.S. District Judge Drew B. Tipton handed Martinez a sentence of 360 months.  Following her incarceration, she will serve 10 years of supervised release, during which time she will have to comply with numerous requirements designed to restrict her access to children and the internet. Martinez will also be ordered to register as a sex offender.

Martinez came to the attention of law enforcement in May 2020.  Authorities learned about the suspected abuse and discovered a tablet used to commit the crimes.

The Facebook accounts of Gonzalez and Martinez revealed they had been communicating since at least January 2016 which continued through May 2020. Throughout the thousands of pages of interaction, Gonzalez wrote of wanting to have sexual intercourse with the minor victim. Martinez would then take nude photographs of the minor victim and send them to Gonzalez in exchange for money.

Martinez has been and will remain in custody pending transfer to a U.S. Bureau of Prisons facility to be determined in the near future.

Judge Tipton previously sentenced Gonzalez to a total term of 420 months in federal prison.

Corpus Christi Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Unit along with the Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation, with assistance from the Texas Department of Public Safety. 

AUTO THEFT SUSPECTS ARRESTED

On Wednesday, July 28, 2021, Detectives with the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Auto Theft Task Force were conducting a follow up investigation reference recent auto thefts and vehicle burglaries. 

Detectives recognized a suspect exiting a vehicle on the 3000 Block of Eisenhower as a burglary suspect that was seen in recent surveillance footage.  He was contacted and identified as 17-year-old Erik Munoz.  Munoz was found to be in possession of a firearm which had been stolen from a vehicle on July 21, 2021.  Munoz was also in possession of marijuana.  Munoz was arrested and charged with Theft of a Firearm-From a Motor Vehicle and Possession of Marijuana. 

A second male was contacted and identified as 17-year-old Adrian Balli.  Balli was also in possession of a firearm.  Balli was arrested and charged with Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon.

If anyone has any additional information about these suspects, they are asked to contact the Corpus Christi Police Department Auto Theft Task Force at (361) 886-2874. You may also call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at https://www.p3tips.com/index.htm. Information provided to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.

NUECES COUNTY WANTED SUBJECT

Update: Garcia has turned herself in at the Nueces County Jail.

Nueces County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help to locate Yvonne Garcia who has an outstanding warrant for Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon ($50,000 Bond).

Garcia is described as a 20-year-old female, who stands 5’04” feet, weighs approximately 130 pounds, with black hair and hazel eyes.

If you know how to locate Garcia, call Crime Stoppers at (361)888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=. The information you provide to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.

You may also contact the Nueces County Sheriff’s Office at (361) 887-2239 or (361) 887-2219 after 5:00 pm. 

NUECES COUNTY WANTED SUBJECT

Nueces County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help to locate J’Lynn Jordan who has an outstanding warrant for 12 counts of Forgery of Financial Instrument on Elderly (No Bond).

Jordan is described as a 53-year-old female, who stands 5’03” feet, weighs approximately 115 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.

If you know how to locate Jordan, call Crime Stoppers at (361)888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=. The information you provide to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.

You may also contact the Nueces County Sheriff’s Office at (361) 887-2239 or (361) 887-2219 after 5:00 pm.