Category Archives: Criminal Investigations Division

Couple steals items from lowe’s

Date: 07/10/2016    6:26 PM
Location: 1530 Airline
Offense: Theft (31.03) B Misdemeanor
Case Number: 1607010084

Corpus Christi Police Detectives need your help identifying this male and female who took some tools from Lowe’s without paying. The couple was seen walking through the store and placing items in their basket. They went to the counter to pay and this is when the male suspect distracted the employee. The female suspect bypassed the counter with the items in the basket and left the store.

Anyone who knows any additional information about this crime should contact the Corpus Christi Police Department at 886-2600. Information about this  crime may be provided to investigators anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or online at 888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

 

Murder Suspect Arrested in Fort Bend County

Corpus Christi Police Detectives and Gang Unit worked with various Law Enforcement agencies in tracking down and arresting the suspect from the city’s latest homicide.

Officers arrested 27 year old Joseph Deark Cancino (07-25-1988) for the murder that occurred at the Office Club in the 2400 block of Rand Morgan. Joseph was located and arrested in Fort Bend County. His bond has been set at $250,000. This was an excellent coordinated effort in getting a dangerous individual off the street.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

Suspect arrested for Murder after a shooting in the 1100 block of Bloomington

Date: 07/08/2016    12:55 AM
Location: 1100 Bloomington
Offense: Murder
P.C.  19.02      First Degree Felony

Case Number: 1607080003

Corpus Christi Police Department officers were dispatched to 1100 Bloomington in reference to a shooting. Officers arrived and observed a 30 year old female victim that appeared to have been shot. The victim was transported to Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital.

Officers observed a black Ford Expedition parked at that location.  Three subjects were detained and transported to the main police station for questioning. Initial information is that the suspect and a witness were arguing outside the vehicle. At some point the argument turned physical and shots were fired striking the victim. The scene was processed and a weapon was recovered.

During the investigation officers and detectives were advised that the 30 year old victim died at the hospital.  33 year old Feliciano Cruz (10/01/1982) was arrested and charged with murder and several other crimes related to the incident. Cruz was transported to the City Detention Center.

This is still an active investigation, information will be released as it becomes available.

Anyone who knows any additional information about this crime should contact the Corpus Christi Police Department at 886-2840. Information about unsolved crimes may be provided to investigators anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or online at 888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers which results in an arrest may earn the caller a cash reward.

Police Want Help From The Public to Locate Missing Woman

Date: Thursday, June 30, 2016
Location: 1000 block of Herndon Street
Event: Missing Person
Case Number: 1606300177

Detectives with the Corpus Christi Police would like help from the public to locate a missing 28-year-old woman.

28 year old Carina Castellanos is reported as a missing person to the Corpus Christi Police Department
28 year old Carina Castellanos is reported as a missing person to the Corpus Christi Police Department

A 48-year-old woman reported 28-year-old Carina Castellanos missing on Thursday, June 30, 2016 after unsuccessful attempts to contact her. The 48-year-old woman told Officers she is the mother to Carina and was concerned for Carina’s health and safety since Carina had been a victim of a violent crime earlier in the month. Officers learned that Carina had a last known address on the 1000 block of Herndon Street in Corpus Christi, and was employed at the McDonald’s located near Staples and Weber. Officers learned that Carina had not shown up for work even though she has valuables at the place of employment which she has not collected.  Officers were provided information that Carina is originally from San Antonio and has not been seen by any friends or family for several days.

Anyone with any information that may aid law enforcement to locate Carina should call the Corpus Christi Police Department at 886-2600.

Police Arrest Local Business Owner For Selling Illegal Narcotics

Date: Thursday, June 30, 2016, 13:46
Location: 9858 Leopard Street
Offense: Manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance (Health and Safety Code Section 481.113) 1st Degree Felony
Case Number: 1606300085

The Corpus Christi Police Narcotics Investigators conducted simultaneous search warrants at two local businesses and a Southside home Thursday afternoon in their campaign to combat the scourge of synthetic cannabis impacting our city.

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Corpus Christi Police Narcotics Investigators seized over eight pounds of synthetic cannabis, over $22,000 in cash, several computers, two handguns, cellular phones, receipts, and drug ledgers during the search of the two businesses.

The search warrants were the culmination of a lengthy undercover investigation into the illegal sales of synthetic cannabis from the two businesses, Tobacco Junction #1, 4346 Ayers Street and Tobacco Junction #2, 9858 Leopard Street. The home, in the 7700 block of Outreau Street, was the residence of the business owner, which Narcotics Investigators believe was also used as a home office for the two businesses.Officers from the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Organized Crime Unit, Directed Patrol, and Bike Team assisted the Narcotics Investigators in this action.

Narcotics Investigators seized over eight pounds of synthetic cannabis, over $22,000 in cash, several computers, two handguns, cellular phones, receipts, and drug ledgers during the search of the two businesses.

Narcotics Investigators arrested the business owner, Shakir Abdul Memon (9-1-62) and employees Catalina Ceballos (2-14-71) and Eva Linda Delapaz (10-18-82). All three face felony charges of manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance, a first degree felony punishable by from five to ninety-nine years in prison.

Narcotics Investigators have maintained close communication with the Texas Attorney General’s Office throughout the course of the investigation, specifically in relation to suspected civil violations under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices–Consumer Protection Act and the Texas Business and Commerce Code. Under these statutes, violators can face civil penalties of up to $20,000 per package of synthetic cannabis. On Thursday, the Attorney General’s Office in District Court filed a motion for a Temporary Restraining Order against Tobacco Junction, asking the court to issue a cease and desist order to prevent the business from continuing operations.

Narcotics Investigators believe this operation will result in a major disruption to the flow of synthetic cannabis within the city, and will hopefully send a message to other business owners who are either selling or considering selling this toxic product.

Detectives Capture Murder Suspect for June 8th Homicide

Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 22:51
Location: 1900 Gaslight Lane
Offense: Murder (Penal Code Section 19.02) 1st Degree Felony
Case Number: 1606080177

Corpus Christi Police Homicide Detectives captured 28-year-old Lance Taylor (11/28/1987) at an apartment located at Holly and Weber yesterday afternoon as a suspect for a murder that happened earlier this month.

Corpus Christi Police responded to the 1900 block of Gaslight Lane on June 8, 2016 at 10:51pm after a fisherman found a partially burned lifeless body of an adult woman in an open area near the Oso Bay.

Detectives gathered evidence and information which led them to identify 28-year-old Lance Taylor (11/28/1987) as possibly responsible for the homicide. Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Taylor on  June 17th for murder.

The United States Marshal’s Gulf Coast Fugitives and Violent Offenders Task Force located Taylor at 3942 Holly Road at 4:50pm Monday afternoon as Taylor left an apartment and walked to his truck. The Task Force captured Taylor and delivered Taylor to the city detention center.

Police Investigate Threats Which Prompt School Lock-down

Date: Friday, June 17, 2016, 9:32am
Location: 2505 Waldron Road
Offense: Terroristic Threats
Case Number: 1606170063

Corpus Christi Police are investigating a terroristic threats complaint Friday morning which prompted a lock down of Flour Bluff High School.

A 38-year-old woman reported the threat to Corpus Christi Police Friday morning and explained that she was a concerned parent who saw the threat on her daughters Twitter feed.

The 38-year-old woman told Officers a 17-year-old male former school acquaintance of her daughter got involved in an argument on Twitter. The 38-year-old woman told Officers it appeared to her that personal comments upset the 17-year-old man.

Officers responded to Flour Bluff high school to inform staff of the vague threat which may have involved the High School as a target of a violent action. The school only had the Latchkey program on campus which included 110 students and staff.

Corpus Christi Police Officers stayed on the campus for guard duty while this case was investigated.  Officers learned that the 17-year-old man had transferred to the Corpus Christi Independent School District, and Officers contacted the Chief of School District Police who responded with assistance. Corpus Christi Police contacted the 17-year-old man at a different part of town from the school at 12:07PM for an interview, and the school lock-down was lifted.

The 17-year-old man was released, but Corpus Christi Police continue to investigate this terroristic threats complaint. Anyone with any additional information about this case should contact the Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers is entirely confidential.

Police Investigate Bank Robbery on Staples Street Thursday Afternoon

Date: Thursday, June 9, 2016, 13:46
Location: 5444 Staples Street
Offense: Aggravated Robbery
Case Number: 1606090081

Corpus Christi Police responded to a complaint of a bank robbery at 5444 Staples Street Thursday afternoon.

Responding Officers learned that two men went to the Members First Federal Credit Union at 1:45pm and took money by force from the bank tellers. One man went into the lobby to approach the tellers while the second man stood at the door. The man who went into the lobby wore red shorts, a gray long sleeve hoodie shirt, gloves and a white mask. The man in the red shorts approached each of the tellers of the bank, displayed a handgun, and demanded money from the till. The second man wore a mask and gloves and stood watch at the door. The tellers gave money in a bag to the man in the red shorts and the two men left the bank and ran south toward Tanglewood Drive where they may have gotten into a maroon pickup truck.

There was one customer in the bank at the time of the robbery. No injuries were reported. The Corpus Christi Robbery/Homicide Detectives, forensics services, and federal investigators arrived at the scene to gather information and evidence.

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Anyone who can identify anyone involved in this robbery, 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.

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Suspicious Death-Body Found near Peary Place

Date: June 08, 2016  10:51 p.m.
Location: 1900 Gaslight
Incident: Suspicious Death
Crash Number: 1606070069

A deceased female was found last night near the 1900 block of Gaslight at about 11 p.m. Investigators are working to identify the female and determine the cause of her death.  This area is near the Peary Place Neighborhood and the Cayo Del Oso.  This case is in the early stages of the investigation and we have no further information to release at this time.

Crime Stoppers guarantees to keep the identity secret of anyone who provides information to Crime Stoppers. Anyone who has information about an unsolved crime should call 888-TIPS or submit the information online at http://www.888TIPS.com. If the information leads to an arrest, it may earn the caller a cash reward.

 

 

Cops Search For Plant Thief

Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2016, 10:15am
Location: 1000 Barracuda Place

Offense: Theft
Case Number: 1605250118

Corpus Christi Police Property Crimes would like help from the public to identify and locate a man who stole plants from the front porch of a house on the 1000 block of Barracuda Place last Wednesday.

A 42-year-old man reported the theft of three plants from his front porch to Corpus Christi Police at 5:40pm on May 25th.  The 42-year-old man provided surveillance video images of an unknown man who drove a pickup truck into the driveway of the 42-year-old man’s home at about 10:50am. The 42-year-old man told Officers two men got out of the truck, walked up to the porch, and, without permission, took three plants valued at about $150 dollars.

The 42-year-old man told the Officers the driver of the pick-up was an adult male about 40 years old, 200lbs, with black hair, black mustache, medium skin tone, and wore a blue shirt and blue jeans.
The 42-year-old man told Officers the passenger was an adult male, about 30-35 years old, 200-210 lbs, bald, medium skin tone, and wore a green plaid button shirt and blue jean shorts. The 42-year-old man told Officers the men used a vehicle described as an older model Ford F-150, tan in color, extra cab and appears to have a large dent on the back right quarter panel  between the wheel well and the tailgate.

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Anyone who can identify this man, or has any additional information about this theft should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers is confidential and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn the caller a cash reward.