Category Archives: Criminal Investigations Division

Help Identify This Graffiti Vandal

Occurred Sunday, January 8, 2012 1:30am, Stripes 3238 Buddy Lawrence Dr. 1201080024

     

Corpus Christi Police are seeking additional information from the public to identify those responsible for graffiti and criminal mischief done to the Stripes at 3238 Buddy Lawrence Dr. last January.

A Corpus Christi Police Officer went to the Stripes store on January 8 and noticed a security camera was damaged. The officer learned from the store employee that the damage was new and there was new graffiti on the walls of the store.

The value of the damage to the camera is an estimated $2,000. The criminal mischief charge is a State Jail Felony which, if convicted, the person responsible faces up to 2 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.  The graffiti charge is a Class B misdemeanor which is punishable with up to 6 months in jail and up to a $2,000 fine.

Anyone may search the reported crime in Corpus Christi through Crimereports.com. The site is also a venue to provide information to law enforcement about criminal activity.

Anyone who can identify this person or has additional information about this crime should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or logon to www.888TIPS.com. The information provided could earn the caller a cash reward.

39 Year Old Arrested For Murder

Occurred March 27, 2012 300 Westchester Murder Warrant Service 1203150025

Corpus Christi Police Homicide Detectives supported by the United States Marshal’s Gulf Coast Violent Offender and Fugitive Task Force arrested 39-year-old Xavier Harvey Salinas (5/3/1972) for a warrant for arrest for the murder of Nathaniel Vargas.

Corpus Christi Police investigated the death of Nathaniel Vargas on the 700 block of Omaha Drive on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at about 8am. The investigators with the assistance of the Corpus Christi Police Gang unit evaluated evidence and identified Xavier Salinas as the person responsible for the crime.

Salinas was arrested at his place of employment at the 300 block of Westchester at 8:53am. Corpus Christi Police continue to investigate additional information about this case.

The Corpus Christi Police would like to thank the members of the community who assisted with the collection of information to resolve this investigation.

$8,000 In Copper Taken From A Business

Occurred Monday, March 26, 2012 overnight Copper Theft 1203260034

Over $8,000 worth of copper was stolen from a business overnight and Corpus Christi Police would like help from the community to apprehend the persons responsible.

Police were called to 8421 Up River Road for theft of copper. The manager of the business told police that the air conditioner units for several portable offices were damaged and the copper was removed. The manager of the business said the theft took place over the weekend between Friday at 6pm and Monday at 8am.

Anyone with any information should call crime stoppers at 888TIPS or logon to www.888TIPS.com. The information provided may earn the caller a cash reward.

Detectives Seek Buglary Suspect Who Left Behind Wrestling Mask

Occurred on 3/15/12, 4:26 a.m.   Burglary of a Habitation with Intent to  Commit a Felony   3802 Caravelle Parkway   1203150019

Officers responded to the Waterford Apartment Complex and contacted a 29-year-old female who reported she awoke to find a male covering her face with a blanket.  The victim told Officers the suspect fled when she began to struggle with him.

Th suspect reached over the bed as if looking for something.  A struggle ensued in which the suspect and the victim exchanged punches.  The suspect was able to escape and the victim called police.  The victim sustained a minor injury to her hand during the assault.

The suspect is described as a White or Hispanic male, 5’7″ feet tall, and weighing 140 to 155 lbs.  He was last seen running through complex.  Officers did recover a wrestling mask matching the mask shown below. 

Homicide/Robbery Detectives requested the assistance of the Department of Public Safety’s Forensic Artist who rendered the two attached sketches of the suspect.

Anyone having any information on this crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit a tip via the internet at www.888tips.com.

Update on In-Custody Death

On Sunday February 12th at about 2:14 AM, the Corpus Christi Police Department and the Corpus Christi Fire Department were called to a home in the 1700 block of Morales to assist a man who was reportedly having difficulty breathing. The responding public safety personnel discovered a 48-year-old man displaying obvious signs of medical distress.  Sr. Officer Mike Wertanen and Officer Brandon Cordell assisted the medics by restraining the man and placing him in handcuffs.  This allowed the medics to provide emergency medical treatment.  Medics subsequently transported the man by ambulance to Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later. 

Today, March 15, 2012, the Nueces County Medical Examiner ruled the death as a homicide.  Although a homicide means that the nature of the death was not natural, it does not indicate the death was caused by any wrongdoing.

The Corpus Christi Police Department Criminal Investigation Division will continue with the investigation into the matter.  Once the investigation is complete, the case will be presented to the grand jury.  This is the standard procedure in all in-custody deaths.

As is also standard procedure, an internal administrative review that was started immediately following the event will continue.  This review will determine if the policies and procedures of the Corpus Christi Police Department were followed.

The Officers involved will remain on restricted duty pending the outcome of the investigation and the ruling by the Grand Jury.

Information released on February 15, 2012 by the Corpus Christi Police Department

Corpus Christi Police Department Homicide Detectives are continuing their investigation into the death of a 48 year-old man who died following a struggle with police officers and medics early Sunday morning at a home in the 1700 block of Morales Street. On Sunday February 12th at about 2:14 AM, the Corpus Christi Police Department and the Corpus Christi Fire Department were called to the home to assist a man who was reportedly having difficulty breathing. The responding public safety personnel discovered a 48-year-old man displaying obvious signs of medical distress. Before he could be treated, the man began struggling with the medics. Officers assisted the medics by restraining the man and placing him in handcuffs. Officers did not deploy their Tasers nor utilize pepper spray to subdue the man. After being handcuffed, the man suddenly quit breathing. Officers immediately removed the handcuffs so the medics could begin CPR. Medics then rushed the man by ambulance to Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Homicide Detectives are continuing to interview witnesses to the incident, including family members and the emergency personnel who responded to the scene. The Nueces County Medical Examiner’s Office has completed an autopsy on the man, but the final report has not yet been released pending the results of certain tests. Two of the responding Officers have been placed on Administrative Leave, which is standard Police Department procedure in all such instances. They are Senior Officer Mike Wertanen, a 22 year veteran of the Police Department, and Officer Brandon Cordell, who has four years with CCPD. The Officers will remain on leave pending the outcome of a thorough investigation by the Criminal Investigation Division. Once the investigation is completed it will be submitted to the District Attorneys Office and presented to the Grand Jury, which is standard procedure in all in-custody deaths.

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Morning Homicide on Omaha Drive

Occurred March 15, 2012 8:00am  700 Omaha Dr.  Aggravated Assault    1203150025

Corpus Christi Police were called to the 700 block of Omaha Drive at 8:00am Thursday morning in reference to a shooting.

Police Officers found a man who had an injury consistent with a gunshot wound. The man believed to be an age of early twenties was immediately taken by ambulance to the Spohn Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Police closed off the street to traffic to search for clues about this event. Police are searching for an older model white vehicle that may be related to this event.

The victim of this crime expired at the hospital as a result of the injuries. Homicide detectives are investigating leads and request any information from the public in relation to this crime.

Anyone with any information about this event is encouraged to notify police or call crime stoppers at 888-TIPS or log on to http://www.888TIPS.com.

Please Help Us Find Missing Person Julia Ruiz

The Corpus Christi Police Department Homicide/Robbery Bureau is asking the public’s assistance in locating 59-year-old Julia Ruiz who was reported missing on March 13, 2012.  Ruiz’ ex-husband told Officers he last saw her on Sunday, March 11 when he stopped by to visit.  CCPD Case number: 1203130095

He told Officers he went to pick up dinner and when he returned she was gone.  Julia Ruiz suffers from a medical condition and is on prescribed medication which was left behind. 

Julia  is a five feet tall Hispanic female who weighs 170 lbs.  She has short brown wavy hair and pierced ears.  Julia was last seen wearing a purple nightgown. 

Anyone having any information regarding this Missing Person is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or Corpus Christi Police Department Homicide/Robbery Detective R.L. Garcia at 361-886-2850.

‘Lay Away’ Thief Runs Out of the Store Wearing Stolen Goods

Occurred on 2/2/12, 3:58 p.m.  Theft   4365 S. Port Avenue   1202020092

Corpus Christi Police Department Property Crimes Detectives are asking the public’s assistance in identifying a Hispanic male who was involved in the theft of a gold necklace valued at $2,000.

Cash America Pawn employees reported a Hispanic male selected a gold necklace and was allowed to try it on.  The suspect asked about placing the necklace on lay away, but fled taking the necklace with him. 

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 5’8″ feet tall, and weighing 160 lbs.  He was last seen wearing a blue and white striped shirt, dark pants, and white shoes.

Anyone having any information regarding this crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or the Corpus Christi Police Department Property Crimes Unit.

Theft From Taqueria Jalisco

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2.13.2012   Theft   2433 Cimarron Blvd.   1202130076

Corpus Christi Property Crimes Investigators are asking for help to identify a man who stole money from the Taqueria Jalisco Restaurant on Cimarron on Monday, February 13, 2012.

The cashier for the restaurant was provided an envelope with cash which was placed by the register near the front door to the business. The cashier turned away momentarily and the envelope disappeared. The video camera surveillance system was reviewed and the person that stole the envelope was seen on the video recording. The man who took the envelope is described as a white male with dark hair and wore a black jacket. The man took the envelope that contained the money, concealed the envelope inside his jacket, then he left the business.

Anyone that can identify this person or has any information about this crime are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or log on to www.888TIPS.com. The information you provide could earn you a cash reward.

Sunglass Hut Shoplifter

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Occurred February 13, 2012      5400 S. Padre Island Dr.      Shoplifting          1202140038

Corpus Christi Property Crimes Investigators need your help to identify the woman who stole over $1,200 worth of sunglasses from the Sunglass Hut store in the La Palmera Mall.

The woman is described as a Hispanic female with long straight black hair and wore a tan shirt with blue jean pants. The woman had a gold shoulder bag and carried three shopping bags in her hand. The woman stole several pairs of sunglasses and her image was captured on the video camera recording system inside the store. Store employees have asked for help to identify this woman so that criminal charges may be pursued.

If you can identify this woman 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.