Category Archives: Criminal Investigations Division

Crime Stoppers Offers Cash Reward to Capture Burglar

Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward to the first person who calls 888-TIPS and provides information to capture a fugitive wanted for burglary.

Pedro Garcia (10/7/1969) has a warrant for his arrest out of Nueces County for burglary of a habitation with a bond amount of $60,000. Garcia is described as a 47-year-old male who stands 6 feet tall, weighs about 265 pounds, has black hair, brown eyes, has a tattoo of a cross and a tattoo of a woman on his left arm.

Pedro Garcia (10/7/1969) Photo date: April 16, 2016
Pedro Garcia (10/7/1969)
Photo date: April 16, 2016

If you can help law enforcement locate Garcia, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at http://www.888-TIPS. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which leads to an arrest may earn you a cash reward.

Men Commit Daytime Burglary To A Vehicle At Convenience Store

Date: Saturday, November 12, 2016, 13:06
Location: 4754 South Padre Island Drive
Offense: Burglary of a Motor Vehicle
Case Number: 1611120071

Corpus Christi Police are investigating a burglary of a vehicle that happened Saturday afternoon at a convenience store on South Padre Island Drive which has similar traits to a crime trend that happened last year in Corpus Christi.

A 32 year old woman reported the burglary at a convenience store located at  Everhart and South Padre Island Drive to Corpus Christi Police on Saturday. The 32 year old woman told Officers she went to a bank to make a cash withdrawal for the business for which she is employed. The 32 year old woman explained that she left the bank and stopped at the convenience store and left the bank bag in her vehicle when she went inside the store. The 32 year old woman told Officers that while the vehicle was unattended, two unknown men broke the window to her vehicle and stole the bank bag full of cash.

A 26 year old man in the parking lot confronted to two unknown men, and the 26 year old man told Officers one of the suspects threatened to shoot him for the intervention. The 32 year old woman told Officers the unknown men left in a white 2004 Nissan Murano with paper tags. The 32 year old woman provided Officers with the tag number and Officers determined the vehicle is registered to a person in Houston, Texas.

No injuries were reported. Corpus Christi Police Detectives are working with the bank and the convenience store and other locations to gather video and images of the suspects, but those images are not available at the time of this post.

Corpus Christi was targeted for this type of crime early last year and the Police Department responded with a massive public information effort, enhanced bank patrols, and undercover special assignments. Some of the offenders were identified and it was confirmed that they were part a well-organized street crimes gang from Houston.

Everyone, especially business employees, are encouraged to be very aware and vigilant when leaving the bank after any transaction.   It appears that the preferred method of the criminal is to follow the person from the bank and then take the money from a vehicle if the money is left in an unattended vehicle.  These types of criminals will also approach people to forcibly take the money if it was not left in the vehicle. If you make a withdrawal from a bank, and then notice someone is following you, call Corpus Christi Police immediately at 886-2600 or call 911.

Anyone who can identify anyone involved in this burglary, or has any additional information about this crime should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Crime Stoppers guarantees to keep the identity secret of anyone who provides information and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn the caller a cash reward.

Patrol Report November 14, 2016

Date: Sunday, November 13, 2016, 11:58 PM
Location: 5900 Weber Rd.
Offense: Murder
Case Number: 1611140001

Corpus Christi Police Officers responded to 5900 Weber in reference to shots fired. As officers arrived at the apartments they were directed to the location of the shooting. Officers observed numerous people gathered around the scene. Officers were directed to the 19 year old male victim. The victim was located in between two vehicles and was bleeding from possible gun shot wounds. Officers provided first aid until the medics arrived. The victim was transported to Spohn Memorial Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds.

Corpus Christi Detectives are still investigating. The basic information is that there was a disturbance which led to a shooting. There may have been numerous individuals present that fled the scene in vehicles. Detectives are still investigating and interviewing witnesses.

If you have any additional information about this crime call CCPD Detectives at 361-886-2840, 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, November 14, 2016, 2:40 AM
Location: 100 Green Point Dr
Offense: Burglary with Intent to Commit a Felony
Case Number: 1611140011

Corpus Christi Police Officers were dispatched to 100 Green Point in reference to a burglary in progress. As officers were en route the call was updated that there was a gun involved and shots were fired. Officers arrived and were advised that 2 males fled and were jumping over fences to get away.

Officers contacted a 33 year old female advised that she heard a loud glass break and observed a male with a gun enter the residence. The female locked herself in her bedroom and called police. Officers contacted the 24 year old male victim. He advised that two males entered his bedroom and pointed a gun at him. They told him to keep his head down as they went through his room. The suspects were trying to open a lock box but were unsuccessful. The suspect fired a round into the lock box trying to get it open. The suspects then started ransacking his room. The suspects took jewelry and personal property from the victim.

The suspects headed to the victims parents room and were confronted by the victims 58 year old father. The father was struck in the face with the gun, causing a laceration to his left cheek. The father advised when he was hit with the gun, it caused it to go off. The father was transported to Spohn Memorial to be treated for his injuries. Officers checked the area and located some clothing which had the victims jewelry that was taken from him. The scene was processed and photographed.

The only description available is two males, one about 6′ tall with his face covered wearing gloves, a brown or grey jacket with his face covered. There was no description on the second suspect.

If you have any additional information about this crime call CCPD Detectives at 361-886-2840, 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.

Crime Stoppers Offers Cash Reward For First Person To Call 886-2600 & Identifies This Thief

Date: Tuesday, July 19, 2016, 15:51
Location: 5041 South Padre Island Drive
Offense: Theft (Penal Code Section 31.03)
Case Number: 1607260044

Corpus Christi Police Property Crimes Detectives would like help from the public to identify and locate a man who stole a Ryobi air hammer valued at $120 dollars from a home improvement store on SPID last July.

Loss Prevention employees of the store provided Detectives with images of the man and woman and Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward to the first person to call 886-2600 to provide information that leads to their arrest.

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If you recognize either of these individuals, or have any additional information about this crime, 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.

Couple Steals From Jewelry Store in Calallen, Crime Stoppers Offers Reward To Capture Them

Date: Tuesday, July 21, 2016, 14:10
Location: 14241 Northwest Boulevard
Offense: Theft (Penal Code Section 31.03)
Case Number: 1607210108

A 50 year old man reported a theft from a jewelry store on July 21st and Crime Stoppers offers a cash reward for information that leads to the suspects arrest.

A 50 year old man reported the theft to Corpus Christi Police and explained that a man and a woman came into the store and looked at some jewelry while the store employee helped another person. The 50 year old man told Officers once the customers left the store, the store employees discovered some missing jewelry. The 50 year old man provided Officers video surveillance exists of the man and woman who stole the jewelry and Detectives now would like help from the public to identify and locate the man and woman responsible for this theft.

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If you can identify either of these individuals responsible, or have any additional information about this theft, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn you a cash reward.

Detectives Need Your Help Catching These Burglars

Date: Friday, November 11, 2016, 2:15 AM
Location: 2300 White star Drive
Offense: Burglary
Case Number: 1611110040

Corpus Christi Police Detectives need your help identifying the vehicle that was involved in a burglary. The vehicle is caught on camera approaching the area and then turning out its lights. The vehicle then turns down the street. The suspects, who were not caught on camera, enter the residence and take electronics and other items. The vehicle then can be seen driving away in the opposite direction. The vehicle appears to be a red compact car possibly a 4 door.

If you can identify this vehicle, or have any additional information about this crime, 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.

 

Man Steals Security Cameras, But Police Have His Picture

Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2016, 18:56
Location: 2602 Prescott Street
Offense: Theft (Penal Code Section 31.03)
Case Number: 1610070051

Corpus Christi Police Would like help from the public to identify and locate a man accused in October of theft from the CASA of the Coastal bend.

A 67 year old man reported the theft to Corpus Christi Police on October 7 and explained that an unknown man stole the security cameras from the building located at 2602 Prescott Street. The man is described as an adult male with light color skin, short brown hair, hazel eyes, and at the time of the theft had a goatee and wore a black shirt and tan pants.

casaburgIf you can identify this person, or have any additional information about this crime, 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.

Officers Searching for a Suspicious Subject Uncovers Major Stash of Marijuana

Date: Sunday, November 6, 2016 5:05 PM
Location: 5000 Carroll Lane
Incident: Possession Of Marijuana
Case Number: 1611060089

Corpus Christi Police Department Uniform Division Officers searching for a suspicious person Sunday evening uncovered a major stash of marijuana, weapons and cash at a residence on the city’s south side. At approximately 5:30 pm, Patrol Officers responded to the 5000 block of Carroll Lane to investigate reports of suspicious man knocking on doors, who was possibly involved in a prior burglary. Officers were directed to a particular residence that the caller stated the suspicious man had entered. Officers knocked on the door of the home searching for the suspicious man; a 23 year-old man answered the door and gave officers permission to enter and look for the suspicious man.

Once inside the residence, officers immediately observed a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside, as well as a large bag of marijuana on the kitchen table. Officers searched the residence for the suspicious subject, who was not found, but did observe other large bags of marijuana in open view throughout the home.

Officers then secured the crime scene and requested assistance from the Narcotics Vice Investigations Division. Narcotics Investigators responded to the scene, obtained a search warrant, and conducted a thorough search of the premises. As a result of the search, Officers found and seized approximately 40 to 45 pounds of hydroponic marijuana, four handguns, a shotgun, and approximately $438,000 in cash from throughout the home.

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Officers also seized a Nissan Maxima and GMC Yukon believed to be used in the distribution of the marijuana. Estimated street value of the marijuana is between $750,000 and one million dollars.

Officers arrested Jared Langley (DOB: 9-2-1993) and Michael Laurel (DOB: 12-7-1992) and charged them with third degree felony possession of marijuana.

Patrol Report November 7, 2016

Date: Saturday, November 5, 2016 12:24 AM
Location: 4400 Willow
Incident: Aggravated Assault
Case Number: 1611050006

Officers were dispatched to 4400 Willow in reference to an assault in progress. Upon arrival officers could hear a male and female yelling loudly. The front door was open and officers observed the house to be in disarray. A 28 year old male (victim) appeared in the hallway yelling.

Officers detained the subject until they were able to determine what happened. A 27 year old female (witness) came out and told officers that he did not do anything and that he was being beaten with a broomstick. Officers observed the male to have a swollen right eye and blood coming out of his nose. The male victim advised that he and the female were in the middle of a verbal argument when the 57 year old female suspect told the victim she was tired of them arguing and for the victim to get out of her house. The victim told the suspect that he did not have to leave because he lives there with the witness, who is the suspects step daughter.

The suspect went and got a broomstick and began striking the victim numerous times with it. The victim advised that it was a white metal broomstick with a bent end where he was struck. Officers located the broomstick which was exactly the was the victim described it.  The victims injuries were photographed for evidence. Officers arrested Debra Faye Shepherd (01/27/1959) and transported her to the City Detention Center.

Date: Saturday, November 5, 2016 5:10 AM
Location: Park Road 22 and Whitecap
Incident: Driving While Intoxicated
Case Number: 1611050042

A Corpus Christi Police Officer was getting gas for his patrol unit at Park Road 22 and Highway 361. The officer observed a red Chevy pick up make a u-turn and travel East bound in the West bound land. The officer got into his patrol unit and caught up to the vehicle. As the officer was approaching the vehicle, it crossed the grassy median into the proper lane of travel. The truck was stopped at Park Road 22 and Whitecap. The officer made contact with the driver and immediately noticed a strong odor of an intoxicating beverage.  The officer also observed a 16oz beer in the cup holder of the truck. The suspect was asked to exit the vehicle. The suspect dropped his phone and nearly fell trying to pick it up. The officer conducted a field sobriety test. There was enough probable cause to believe the suspect was driving while intoxicated. The officer arrested Manual Barrera (11/01/1968) and transported him to the City Detention Center.

Date: Sunday, November 6, 2016 1:42 AM
Location: 4000 Barnes
Incident: Assault
Case Number: 1611060017

Corpus Christi Police Officers were dispatched to 4000 Barnes in reference to a disturbance in progress. As officers were en route they were advised that the female was running from a male. As officers arrived and were exiting their patrol unit, they could hear loud arguing from inside the house. As officers approached they could hear a male and female arguing. Officers heard a female tell someone to get out of my house and heard a noise as if something was thrown.

Officers went to the door and knocked loudly. Officers heard loud banging and then they looked through a window in the door. Officers observed a male on top of a female and he was assaulting her. Due to the assault in progress and to prevent further injuries officers kicked in the locked front door to stop the assault. Officers stated that as the door was opening the victim and suspect ran to the back bedroom. Officers ordered the suspect out of the room and took him into custody. Officers observed scratches to the right side of the victims neck and her dress was torn. Officers arrested Christian Mendoza (12/31/1989) and transported him to the City Detention Center.

 

Police Investigate Shooting at 3200 Block of Ayers Sunday Morning

Date: Sunday, November 6, 2016, 1:22am
Location: 3200 Ayers Street

Offense: Murder (Penal Code Section 19.02)
Case Number: 1611060010

Corpus Christi Police are investigating a homicide that happened Sunday morning at a bar on the 3200 block of Ayers Street.

Corpus Christi Police responded to the El Rincon bar located at 3200 Ayers Street for a call of a shooting at 1:22am. Officers found a 34-year-old man in the parking lot with obvious injuries and the 34-year-old man was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital where he died, Officers gathered information about the suspect and are following up on several promising leads. No arrest has been made by the time of this post.

The Corpus Christi Police Robbery and Homicide Detectives went to the scene to gather information and evidence. Detectives have several witnesses who are providing recorded statements, but there is a concern that not all witnesses have spoken to Detectives. Detectives would like anyone with any additional information about this crime to contact them at 886-2841. Information may be provided to Detectives anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or online at http://www.888TIPS.com.

Update November 6, 2016, 16:04 

Corpus Christi Police arrested Gregorio Garcia (8/8/1978) at the 700 block of Osage Street for murder related to this homicide.