Category Archives: Criminal Investigations Division

Credit Card Abuse Suspect

12.08.2011/10:22pm   Credit Card Abuse   4038 S.Port   1112120042

Investigators with the Forgery Unit are asking for your help in identifying the individual responsible for using a stolen credit card at a local Home Depot.

The subject is described as a white male in his early twenties, 5′ 8″ tall, 150 lbs.  At the time of the theft he was wearing a black ball cap, shades, a white jacket with black designs on it, black jeans, and black tennis shoes.

If you can identify this individual or if you have any information about this incident we encourage you to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS, or log on at www.888tips.com The information you provide could earn you a cash reward.

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ATTF Seeks Auto Burglary/Credit Card Abuse Suspect

12.5.2011   Auto Burglary/Credit Card Abuse   13500 Peseta Ct.   1112050024/1112050044

Auto Theft Task Force investigators need your help in identifying the individual responsible for the auto burglary and credit card abuse that occurred on Dec. 5, 2011 in the 13500 blk of Peseta Ct.

The suspect is described as a white male, short dark hair, 18-22 years of age. At the time of the credit card abuse he was wearing a white shirt dark stripes and jeans.

He was driving, what appears to be a dark-colored SUV possibly a Honda Element.

If you recognize this individual or the vehicle he was driving we ask you to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS, or log on at www.888tips.com The information you provide could earn you a cash reward.

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Murder Suspect Arrested, Son Found Safe

Occurred on 12/12/2011    7:36 a.m.,   Murder   109 Highwood Street    1112120024

911/MetroCom dispatchers received a call, at 7:36 a.m., for a shooting at 109 Highwood. Officers and medics were dispatched and responded to the home, which is located within Jackson Woods Mobile Home Park at 3701 McKenzie. Upon their arrival, Officers found a   31-year-old female victim deceased from multiple gunshot wounds.

Witnesses reported to Officers that the victim’s live-in boyfriend showed up at their home and forced his way inside.  The suspect, who was armed with a handgun, chased the victim to her parent’s bedroom and shot the victim. The suspect then left the home with his 8-year-old son, who had been at the home at 109 Highwood.

Further investigation revealed the suspect had possibly fled to his residence in Alice, TX in a blue 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pick-up truck. A B.O.L.O. was put out on the vehicle. Officers from the Alice Police Department, the Department of Public Safety, the Coastal Bend Violent Offenders and Fugitive Task Force, along with C.C.P.D.’s  S.W.A.T. and Hostage Negotiation Team worked together to locate the suspect at his residence.

At the location the victim’s son, who was uninjured, was released by the suspect Jose Gonzales III (09/12/67). Gonzales turned himself in shortly thereafter.

The Murder investigation is active and ongoing and will be conducted by the Corpus Christi Police Department Homicide/Robbery Bureau with the cooperation of the Alice Police Department.

Update:

On 12/12/11, Corpus Christi Police Department Homicide/Robbery Detectives transported and booked Jose Gonzales III (09/12/67) at the Corpus Christi Police Department City Detention Center.  He was charged with Murder and his bond set at $250,000. Gonzales is currently booked at the Nueces County Jail.

Bank Robbery Suspects in Custody

UPDATE AT 9:24 p.m., 12/6/2011             4:00pm  Robbery (Suspects Arrested)    3640 Leopard (Safari Inn)

At around 4:oo p.m. Officers and U.S. Marshals with the Gulf Coast Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force located a possible suspect, in the Charter Northwest Bank Robbery, near the Safari Inn at 3640 Leopard. Further investigation led them to a room where three other individuals were located within at the hotel. All four of the individuals were detained and transported to the Police Main Station for questioning.

Detectives were able to identify Victor Gutierrez (1.22.1968) as the person in the video surveillance footage from the robbery. He was charged. While awaiting transport to jail, Gutierrez claimed a medical emergency. Medic units responded to the Main Station and transported Gutierrez to the hospital to be seen by physicians, while still under guard by Officers. Once cleared at the hospital, Gutierrez was transported to the City Detention Center.

The female seen on the video, Francisca Cuellar (3.2.1984) was arrested on a Parole Violation and taken to the City Detention Center. Detectives will continue the investigation to determine her role in the Robbery.

The two other individuals were interviewed and released by Detectives.

 

 

Occurred on 12/06/11, 12:29 p.m.  Robbery   10502 Leopard Street     1112060047

Officers responded to the Charter Bank for a bank robbery involving two suspects.  Upon their arrival, Officers contacted bank personnel who reported a Hispanic male accompanied by a Hispanic female passed one of the tellers a note demanding money.  The note stated the male was armed with a firearm.

The teller complied with the demands and the suspects fled on foot southbound towards Leopard Street taking with them an undetermined amount of money.

The first suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 30 to 35 years of age, 5’5″ to 5’8″ feet tall, and weighing 180 lbs.  He was last seen wearing a red shirt with a bear logo on it.  No weapon was seen

The second suspect is described as a curly-haired Hispanic female, 35 to 40 years of age, 5’2″ to 5’5″ feet tall, and weighing 130 lbs.  She was last seen wearing a hooded turquoise jacket and blue jeans.

Anyone having any information regarding this crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or the Corpus Christi Police Department Homicide/Robbery Bureau 361-886-2841.

Bank Robbery Suspects On The Loose (Video)

Occurred on 12/06/11, 12:29 p.m.  Robbery   10502 Leopard Street     1112060047

Officers responded to the Charter Bank for a bank robbery involving two suspects.  Upon their arrival, Officers contacted bank personnel who reported a Hispanic male accompanied by a Hispanic female passed one of the tellers a note demanding money.  The note stated the male was armed with a firearm.

The teller complied with the demands and the suspects fled on foot southbound towards Leopard Street taking with them an undetermined amount of money.

The first suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 30 to 35 years of age, 5’5″ to 5’8″ feet tall, and weighing 180 lbs.  He was last seen wearing a red shirt with a bear logo on it.  No weapon was seen

The second suspect is described as a curly-haired Hispanic female, 35 to 40 years of age, 5’2″ to 5’5″ feet tall, and weighing 130 lbs.  She was last seen wearing a hooded turquoise jacket and blue jeans.

Anyone having any information regarding this crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or the Corpus Christi Police Department Homicide/Robbery Bureau 361-886-2841.

 

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Theft

11.25.11/5:58pm   Theft   6101 Saratoga   1111250108

Detectives with the Property Crimes Unit are asking for your help in identifying the individual responsible for the theft of a purse of a Salvation Army Bell Ringer at 6101 Saratoga.

On Friday Nov. 25 shortly before 6 p.m. the victim, a Salvation Army Bell Ringer, placed her purse on a game machine just inside the front door of the business she was volunteering at. When she returned back to area she noticed that her purse was missing. She then contacted the store manager who was able to provide the police with a great camera shot of the incident.

The suspect is described as a white female possibly in her 50’s, 5’4″ to 5’6″ in height 180 to 220 lbs. grey or white hair and glasses. At he time of the theft she was wearing a green shirt which had printed on it “Ski naked it adds color to your cheeks” and blue jeans. She was last seen getting into a Grey or Beige Chevy Suburban.

If you can identify this individual we encourage you to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS, or log on at www.888tips.com The information you provide could earn you a cash reward.

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“Not So” Candid Camera

11.28.11/8:44am   Theft   4461 S. Staples   1111280035

Detectives in the Property Crimes Unit need your help identifying the individual responsible for a theft of a security camera.

Police were called to the office of Vaughan & Vaughan Orthodontics reference a stolen security camera. When they arrived they were given pictures of the suspect taken from the very same camera he had stolen.

The individual is described as a Hispanic male 25 – 35 years of age, 5’7″ to 5’10” in height. At the time of the theft he was wearing a black ball cap, and a black shirt. He left the area on a bicycle.

If anyone can identify this individual or if you have any information regarding this Theft we encourage you to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or log on at www.888tips.com the information you provide could earn you a cash reward.

Credit Card Abuse Suspect – New Video

11.15.2011/9:08 pm   Credit Card Abuse   6300 Wooldridge/Cimarron   1111150119

UPDATE: Detectives with the Auto Theft Task Force have obtained additional video of the suspect.

Detectives with the Auto Theft Task Force need your help in identifying the individual who broke into a vehicle and stole and used the victim’s credit card. He used the credit card at two locations on the Southside of town.

The individual is described as a Hispanic male wearing a yellow striped shirt, blue jeans and white tennis shoes. He is seen getting into a blue four door passenger vehicle.

If you can identify this individual we encourage you to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS, or log on at www.888tips.com The information you provide could earn you a cash reward.

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Runnin’ to a Different Beat

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11.14.11/3:15 pm   Theft   1250 Flour Bluff   1111140099

Investigators in the Property Crimes Unit need your help in identifying the individual who stole two car stereos from the Wal-Mart located at 1250 Flour Bluff Dr.

On Monday November the 14, the unidentified individual walked out of Wal-Mart without paying for the two car stereos. As you can see in the short clip, the individual is described as a hispanic male 5′ 8″ to 5′ 11″ in height, 170 – 200 lbs. At the time of the theft he was wearing a white jacket,  a red and white striped pull-over shirt, dark-colored shorts, white socks over his calves and white tennis shoes. He had a short hair cut and a small goatee.

If you can identify this individual we encourage you to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS, or log on at www.888tips.com the information you provide could earn you a cash reward.

Citizen Alert on Online Bank Phishing Scams

The Corpus Christi Police Department has been made aware that several banks were a target of online phishing scams where their customers were contacted by email. The scam went on to ask customers to login to an attached website address, that was not an official bank site. While these types of emails go out on a daily basis, according to FraudWatch International.com, 14 different banks were mentioned on November 8, 2011.

The Corpus Christi Police Department would like to remind citizens to check with their banks directly before giving any information on an online email or follow a request to change usernames and passwords. While many of the emails look legitimate by adding the bank official logos they simply redirect customers to third-party websites in other countries.

Here are few tips to follow regarding online banking:

1. Use https when logging into banking and credit card sites, utilizing a “secure” connection.

2. Don’t be fooled by emails. If you are asked to “reply” to a bank the best option is to pick up a phone and speak to someone directly.

3. Don’t be fooled by fake log in screens. Verify that the page you are on is actually the page of the banking institution that you do business with.

4. Reset your passwords often and make them tough to guess.

If you have received an email, that you believe may be a phishing scam, please contact your bank provider. Most bank websites have email addresses set up to contact them of phishing scams.

SAMPLE WORDING ON PHISHING  and FAKE BANK EMAILS

This is your online banking after verification processing was completed on 11/08/2011.

There are numbers of invalid attempts on your online banking:

This has placed an extra verification on your account .

Subsequent login attempt may have put your account on restrictions .

Please click here (which leads you to a third party site) to continue the verification process and ensure your account security.