Category Archives: Criminal Investigations Division

**Update. Detectives need your help identifying this suspect

**Police detectives have been contacted by the suspect in the photo and has been identified. The investigation is still ongoing. Thank you for all your assistance.

Date: Thursday, February 9, 2017 8:00 AM
Location:  4400 Weber Rd.
Offense: Credit Card Abuse
Case Number:  1702090105

Corpus Christi Police Detectives need your help identifying this suspect. Detectives were contacted by the victim who told them that there were numerous ATM withdrawals made from their account using a debit card. The victim stated that neither he or his wife gave anyone permission to make these withdrawals. They also advised that they never lost possession of their debit cards. Detectives worked with the bank and were able to obtain several images of a possible suspect.

If you know the identity of this suspect or have any information about this crime please call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers  is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.

Help us Catch these suspected Thieves

Date: Wednesday, March 08, 2017 2:21 PM
Location:  1305 Airline Road
Offense: Theft
Case Number:  1703080080

Corpus Christi Police Detectives need your help identifying these two theft suspects. They are seen on surveillance video entering the store. They walk around before going to the clothing section.  One suspect acts as a lookout while the other takes a stack of jeans. The suspect then quickly exits the store making no attempt to pay for the items.

If you know the identity of either of these suspects or have any information about this crime please call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers  is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.

Aggravated Assault With A Deadly Weapon

Date: Monday, May 08, 2017
Location: 400 Block of Cheyenne
Offense: Aggravated Assault With a Deadly Weapon
Case Number: 1705080113

Officers were dispatched to a shots fired called in the 400 block of Cheyenne.  Upon arrival, Officers found a man in his 20’s with a gun shot wound to his arm.

Through their investigation, Officers determined that the Offender had retreated into a home on the same block.  The Offender, Jesus Zuniga (03/14/1981), barricaded himself in a home for approximately 2 hours, but was eventually taken into custody without further incident.  Zuniga was charged with Felon In Possession Of A Firearm and was transported to the City Detention Center.   The Aggravated Assault With A Deadly Weapon investigation is still ongoing with victim and witness interviews still in progress.

Two Different Theft Suspects, Same Store

Date: April 26 & 30, 2017
Location:  4038 S. Port
Offense:  Theft
Case Numbers: 1704260138, 1704300055

Corpus Christi Police Detectives need your help identifying these two theft suspects from the Home Depot at 4038 S. Port. On April 26, 2017 the suspect is seen entering the store and go to where the power tools are located, The suspect is observed taking a drill and tried to enter out the front. The front exit was blocked so the suspect ran out of a fire exit.

On April 30, 2017 a male is seen entering through the garden center. He grabbed a drill set and a black back pack and exits out the garden center exit making no effort to pay for the items.

If you know the identity of either of these suspects or have any information about this crime please call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers  is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.

Murder Suspect In Custody

Date: Thursday, April 20, 2017, 01:19 AM
Location: 2000 Treyway Lane
Offense: Homicide
Case Number: 1704200013

Corpus Christi Homicide Investigators have advised that Michael Sotelo (05/26/98) is in custody for a murder that occurred last week.

On April 20, 2017 Corpus Christi Police responded to the 2000 block of Treyway Lane for a subject screaming for help.  Officers arrived on scene and located a 23-year-old male with a critical stab wound.

Detectives identified Michael Sotelo as the Offender in this Homicide and obtained an arrest warrant for Sotelo.

The United States Marshal’s Gulf Coast Fugitives and Violent Offenders Task Force located Sotelo and took him into custody earlier this evening.

Police Arrest Suspect in Assault of 69 year old Female

Date: Monday, April 24, 2017, 1:09 PM
Location:  4100 Ayers St.
Offense: Injury to a Elderly Individual
Case Number: 1704240085

Corpus Christi Police Detectives have made an arrest in the assault of a 69 year old female. Detectives arrested Diana Meier (09-30-1962) on 4-27-2017 at 2:55 PM for Injury to a Elderly Individual which is a 3rd Degree felony. Diana was transported and booked into the City Detention Center. There is no further information at this time since it is still an active investigation.

Diana Meier 9-30-1962

Patrol Report April 24, 2017

Date: Sunday, April 23, 2017, 1:59 AM
Location:  4300 Kostoryz RD
Offense: Burglary of a Habitation, Evading Arrest
Interfering with a Emergency Call
Case Number: 1704230022

Corpus Christi Police Officers were dispatched to the area of 4300 Kostoryz Rd. in reference to a disturbance in progress. Upon arrival officers contacted the 23 year old female victim. Officers observed the victim to visibly upset and to have dried blood on her left arm. The victim told officers that she was asleep when she awoke by a loud bang. At about 1:30 AM as she sat up in her bed the victim heard glass break inside her spare bedroom. The victim opened her bedroom door and recognized the 20 year old male suspect inside her residence. The suspect was wearing blue jeans and no shirt. The victim asked the suspect what he was doing there and the suspect began making his way to her bedroom. The victim tried to call 911 but was pushed to the bed. The suspect got on top of the victim and tried to grab her phone which prevented her from calling 911. The victim stated that she feared for her life and pleaded with the suspect not to hurt her. The victim stated she was able to talk with the suspect and calm him down. The suspect went into the bathroom to wash the blood off himself. The victim used this opportunity to call 911. The suspect left the scene before officers arrived. The victim advised that she only knew the suspect for a short period of time and did not have a relationship with him.

Officers noticed blood in the victim, on the pillows of the bed and in the bathroom sink. As officers were taking pictures of the crime scene, one officer noticed something outside and made eye contact with the suspect who matched the victims description. The officer called out to suspect by name and the suspect took off running. Officers gave chase telling the suspect to stop. The suspect kept running and after three failed attempts to get over fences, he was taken into custody. Officers arrested Silverio Hernandez (03-06-1997) and transported him to the City Detention Center.

Date: Sunday, April 23, 2017, 6:47AM
Location:  1000 Shepard Dr.
Offense: Aggravated Robbery
Case Number: 1704230037

Corpus Christi Police Officers  responded to a call to 1000 Sheppard in reference to an attempted robbery. Officers arrived and made contact with the 67 year old male victim. The victim advised that he works the night shift and he just got home. The victim stated that he was reading the paper in his car when two young males wearing black hooodies approached his vehicle from behind. One suspect went to the drivers side and the other went to the passengers side door. The suspect on the drivers side door displayed a gun and demanded his wallet and money. The victim told the suspect that he did not have any money. The suspect on the passenger side door got mad and starting  cussing and using racial slurs towards the victim. The victim told the suspect that there was no need to talk to him in a vulgar manner. The suspects kept demanding money until they realized they were not going to get anything from the victim. The suspects left the scene in an unknown direction. The victim was not injured.

If you have any information about this crime please call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers  is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward

Date: Monday, April 24, 2017, 12:04 AM
Location:  2500 HWY 181
Offense: Driving While Intoxicated, Possession of Marijuana and
Controlled Substance
Case Number: 1704240004

Corpus Christi Police Offices were dispatched to the Harbor Bridge for a vehicle driving the wrong way (Northbound In the Southbound Lane). Officers arrived in the area and observed a Port of Corpus Christi Police Officer to have the suspect vehicle stopped in the southbound lane of the causeway. Officers made the U-turn and went to assist the officer. The Port PD officer stated that he was making his rounds and was coming back into the city when he observed the vehicle traveling the wrong way. The officer then stopped the vehicle to investigate. A CCPD officer made contact with the 44 year old female driver. The officer could detect an odor of an intoxicating beverage about her breath and other signs of intoxication. The officer walked the suspect to his unit to transport her to a safer place to further investigate the incident. As the officer was walking the suspect he had to hold her arm because she was unsteady on her feet. The officers continued the investigation and developed enough probable cause to arrest the suspect for DWI. The officers conducted a search incident to arrest and discovered a pill and marijuana in her purse. The officer arrested Shannon Falkenburg (11-14-1972) and transported her to the City Detention Center.

Detectives need your help identifying this suspect.

Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2016,2:25 PM
Location:  300 IH 37 Access Rd.
Offense: Theft
Case Number: 1609130117

Corpus Christi Police Detectives need your help identifying this theft suspect. The suspect is seen entering the Stripes store while a local vendor was restocking inventory. The vendor left his work Ipad on a shelf while he was working. The vendor went to get his Ipad and discovered it was missing. The suspect was observed looking at the Ipad on the shelf. He then takes the Ipad and walks out of the store. He is described as a large white male wearing a dark colored shirt and blue jeans.

If you know the identity of this suspect or have any information about this crime please call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers  is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.

Patrol Report April 4, 2017

Date: Monday, April 3, 2017, 8:39 PM
Location:  900 Lexington Ave.
Offense: Aggravated Assault w/Deadly Weapon
Fleeing From a Police Officer
Case Number: 1704030147

Corpus Christi Police Officers responded to a call in reference to a stabbing with injuries in the 900 block of Lexington Ave. An officer arrived and made contact with the 41 year old male victim who was in the middle of the street. The victim advised that the suspect was driving away and pointed at a black vehicle driving away. An officer went after the vehicle and attempted to conduct a traffic stop. The officer activated the overhead lights and the suspect vehicle continued driving running stop signs until finally coming to a stop on Dempsey Street. The 55 year old female suspect was taken into custody and returned to the scene of the stabbing.

The victim advised that he and the suspect are going through a divorce and were trying to work things out. He stated that the suspect appeared to have been drinking and the situation escalated. The victim advised that he had a female friend inside his residence and went inside to avoid the confrontation. The victim stated that he heard the suspect near the side of the dining room. He confronted her with the intention of getting her out of the house. The victim stated that he noticed the suspect raise her right arm and then swing it in a downward motion stabbing the victim in the left arm. The victim wrapped his arm in a towel as the suspect left the scene.

Officers located the knife and tagged it as evidence and impounded the vehicle. Officers arrested Phyllis Thompson (03-11-1962) and transported her to the City Detention Center.

Date: Monday, April 3, 2017, 10:42 PM
Location:  5900 Ayers
Offense: Discharging a Firearm in Certain Municipalities
Case Number: 1704030157

Corpus Christi Police Officers were dispatched to the area of 5900 Ayers Street in reference shots fired in the area. As officers were checking the area they contacted a female who advised them her father had shot a gun in the backyard. Officers contacted and detained the 58 year old male suspect. He displayed signs of intoxication and did not know that firing the gun in the backyard was illegal.  The officers located the handgun in the apartment and 5 spent casings in the back yard. Officers arrested Byron Edwards (03-09-1959) and transported him to the City Detention Center.

Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 1:25 AM
Location:  5100 Weber Rd.
Offense: Robbery
Case Number: 1704040011

Corpus Christi Police Officers responded to a robbery that just occurred at the Whataburger on the 5100 block of Weber Rd. Officers arrived and separated the witnesses. The information the officers received was that the suspect came into the restaurant demanding money. The male teller advised that the suspect began pounding his fists on the counter demanding money and threatened to kill the employee if he did not give him the money. The employee feared the suspect might have a weapon because he was fumbling around with something under his hoodie. The employee opened the drawer and the suspect reached over the counter to grab the money. As the suspect was grabbing the money the employee pepper sprayed the suspect. The suspect ran out the doors and fled the scene.

The suspect is described as possibly a Hispanic male approximately 18-26 years old. He was wearing a pink colored zip up styled hoodie, light colored jeans and hospital style mask over part of his face. The suspect fled towards the Subway restaurant on the other side of the street with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was injured during this robbery.

If you have any information about this crime please call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers  is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.

 

Patrol Report April 03, 2017

Date: Friday, March 31, 2017, 10:24 PM -Saturday, April 01, 2017, 12:18 AM
Location:  Various Locations
Offense: Aggravated Assault w/Deadly Weapon
Case Numbers: 1703310154, 1703310165, 1703310170, 1704010002, 1704010005

Two males were taken into custody early Saturday morning for a series of robberies that began on Friday night at approximately 10:24 PM, ending when they were captured by Corpus Christi Police at approximately 12:18 AM.

Corpus Christi Police responded to several complaints of two Hispanic Males, displaying a handgun, while threatening and demanding money from victims in various locations throughout the city.  It should be noted that in two of the incidents a handgun was fired, placing the victims in further fear.  The last victim in this string of robberies was able to provide a description of the males, along with a license plate of the vehicle used by the Offenders.  Officers were then able to locate the vehicle, which is described as a white in color 4-door Nissan Altima.

The Offenders attempted to evade from Officers in the noted vehicle and later on foot.

Both males, Antonio Aguilera (10/18/97) and Elijah Cantu (09/23/83) were apprehended by Corpus Christi Police Officers and were later identified by victims through field Identification.

Aguilera was charged with Evading in a Vehicle and both Aguliera and Cantu were charged with Aggravated Robbery, two counts of Possession of a Control Substance, Possession of Marijuana, Evading on Foot, Resisting Arrest and Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon.

Date: Saturday, April 01, 2017, 01:35 AM
Location:  4650 Kostoryz
Offense: Aggravated Assault w/Deadly Weapon
Case Number: 1704010012

Corpus Christi Police arrested Mauricio Martinez (04/05/88) for Aggravated Assault w/Deadly Weapon after Officers investigated a stabbing at a Bar.

Corpus Christi Police Officers initially responded to 4650 Kostoryz, reference a report of a stabbing.  Upon arrival, they discovered a 41-year-old male who had sustained 2 severe lacerations to his arm and torso.  Officers administered critical first aid by applying a tourniquet to the male, at which point Medics arrived to further treat the victim.  The 41-year-old male advised that he was attempting to break up a scuffle in the parking lot, when he was stabbed by an unknown male.

Through the investigation Officers followed up on leads that led them to the 700 block of Villa, where they arrested Martinez for Aggravated Assault w/Deadly Weapon.

Date: Sunday, April 02, 2017, 11:33 AM
Location: 1000 Vaky
Offense: Criminally Negligent Homicide
Case Number: 1704020058

Corpus Christi Police Officers were dispatched to the 1000 block of Vaky, reference a 2-year-old child with a gunshot wound to the facial area. Officers arrived shortly after CCFD Medics, who were on scene providing critical care to the child.  The 2-year-old child was transported to Christus Spohn Memorial to be treated, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

The Father, Eric Morales (09/01/94), was not on scene at the time of the shooting.  Morales later arrived at the Hospital where he was notified of the child’s passing.  Morales was later interviewed by Detectives who identified enough probable cause to arrest and charge Morales with Criminally Negligent Homicide.  Morales was then transported to the City Detention Center without incident.

 

Date: Sunday, April 02, 2017, 4:37 PM
Location: SH 358/Paul Jones
Offense: Major Crash
Case Number: 1704020090 – Crash Number: C1702560

Corpus Christi Police Officers responded to a major traffic accident.  A Grey Ford Mustang being driven by a 24-year-old male, was described to be traveling at a high rate of speed and weaving in and out of traffic, according to witnesses. The 24-year-old male struck a Jeep Wrangler, causing minor injuries to that driver.  The driver of the mustang then lost control, striking a Ford Explorer, who then hit a GMC Canyon.  The Mustang then began to roll off the highway and into the soccer field near the access road.  The driver suffered major injuries, but none were considered to be life threatening.  The drivers of the Explorer and Canyon were also taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

The Investigation is still ongoing but the driver of the Ford Mustang may face criminal charges.

 

Date: Sunday, April 02, 2017, 10:42 PM
Location: 14th and Coleman
Offense: Aggravated Assault
Case Number: 1704020139

Corpus Christi Police responded to a call of a man down in the middle of the road at 14th and Coleman.  Officers arrived to find a 52-year-old male with multiple blunt force injuries to his head and face.  The victim was transported to the hospital by ambulance for treatment of severe head trauma.  The victim is still in ICU as of this date, with non-life threatening injuries.

Officers are continuing to follow-up on leads and the investigation is still ongoing.