Category Archives: Criminal Investigations Division

In Custody Death, Officers Names Released

The Corpus Christi Police Department’s Criminal Investigation and Professional Standards Divisions are continuing its dual investigation into the “in custody” death of a 32-year-old male.  

As reported Sunday evening, Officers responded to the Waterford Apartments after the police department’s Dispatch Center received several calls reporting a disturbance. 

During their investigation, Officers became involved in a scuffle with the male as they attempted to arrest him.  During the struggle, Officers deployed their “Taser” in addition with OC “Pepper” Spray.  Both tools had little to no effect on the suspect. 

Once the suspect was finally handcuffed, he collapsed.  Officers immediately rendered aid and applied CPR until Corpus Christi Fire Department Medic Units arrived.  The suspect was transported to Doctor’s Regional Hospital where he expired.  

The four Officers involved in the incident are Javier Cantu, 13 years of service; Ismael Ybarra, 13 years of service; Daryl Anderson, six years of service; and Lou Villagomez Jr., six years of service with the police department.  

As per department protocol, all four Officers have been placed on administrative leave pending the conclusion of the investigation. 

Anyone with any information on this incident is encouraged to contact the Corpus Christi Police Department Homicide/Robbery Bureau at 361-886-2841.

Suspect Arrested in the Murder of Michael Olivarez

At 4:35 a.m. on August 30th, 2011, Corpus Christi Police Department Officers responded to the 5800 block of Crestmore for a man down call. Upon their arrival, Officers found Michael Olivarez, 40, lying in the roadway dead from multiple gunshot wounds.

At 10:24 a.m., Officers responded to the 7200 S. Padre Island Drive for reports of a disturbance, which turned into a report of a stolen vehicle.  During the investigation Officers discovered the stolen vehicle was connected to the murder of Olivarez.

Later the same day, Homicide/Robbery Detectives recovered the stolen vehicle at an apartment complex on the South side of Corpus Christi.

Through further investigation, Corpus Christi Police Department Homicide/Robbery Detectives were able to identify two suspects and obtained warrants for their arrest on August 31, 2011.

A Murder warrant was issued for Miguel Del Toro Jr. (02/15/86), while an Aggravated Sexual Assault warrant was issued for Christina Turner (12/12/83).

On September 2, 2011, at approximately 1:40 pm, Del Toro and Turner were arrested in the 4900 block of Curtis Clark by the Corpus Christi Police Department S.W.A.T. Team and the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders & Fugitive Task Force without incident.  They were both taken to the Corpus Christi Police Department Criminal Investigation Division for questioning.  They were then transported and booked at the CDC.

Del Toro was charged with the outstanding warrant for Murder.  His bond is set at $500,000.  Homicide/Robbery Detectives are still investigating Aggravated Kidnapping, Aggravated Sexual Assault, and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle (Stolen Vehicle).

Turner was charged with the outstanding warrant for Aggravated Sexual Assault.  Her bond is set at $250,000.

Graffiti Vandals in Corpus Christi are Held Accountable

The criminal justice system is sending a strong message to juvenile graffiti offenders in Corpus Christi.  The message is that they will be held accountable for the graffiti vandalism they commit.  One of the largest tagging crews comprised of juvenile graffiti vandals in Corpus Christi has had three of its members processed through the juvenile criminal justice system in the last few weeks.  

On August 29, 2011, a 16-year-old member of this local tagging crew appeared before Judge Brent Chesney in County Court of Law No. 5 and pleads “true” to vandalizing property at a local mall.  

This 16-year-old along with Robert Pina (06/11/94) were arrested on July 21, 2011 after they were suspected of etching the acronym of their tagging crew on the mirrors of two men’s restrooms and the elevator doors of a the mall, causing nearly $20,000 in damages.  

Judge Chesney sentenced the juvenile offender to 15 months of intensive-supervision probation, to be served mostly at the Nueces County Juvenile Justice Center Boot Camp.  

Last month, Judge Chesney also sentenced another 16 year old graffiti vandal from the same tagging crew to probation and ordered him to pay $8,700 in restitution.  This juvenile offender was suspected of vandalizing 45 properties with graffiti from June 2010 until the time he was identified, and arrested. 

A third 16-year-old graffiti vandal from the same tagging crew was arrested last week by police detectives and Corpus Christi Independent School District Police on a Directive to Apprehend at a local high school.   It is currently pending a court hearing.  This juvenile offender is suspected of vandalizing more than 60 properties with graffiti over a one year period. 

His criminal activity came to an end when was identified and arrested by Officers in March of 2011 for spray-painting graffiti at the vacant hospital building on Tarlton St.  The Directive to Apprehend was issued for ten properties which he vandalized with graffiti, including highway overpass exit signs on SH 286 and an electronic message board that was placed on the 4100 block of S. Staples St.

KJC Auto Title Loan Robbery suspect arrested

Corpus Christi Police Department Homicide/Robbery Detectives investigated the robbery of the KJC Auto Title Loans which occurred Friday, July 29, 2011 at 2:45 p.m. During the robbery employees reported a Black male armed with a firearm entered the business and demanded they place the money in the backpack he was carrying. Both employees complied and the suspect quickly fled the business taking an undetermined amount of money.

Through further investigation, Detectives were able to obtain an arrest warrant on August 26, 2011, on Lorenzo James Richard (01/03/90) for Aggravated Robbery.

Richard was arrested in Austin, TX on August 31, 2011, by the United States Marshal Service. His bond was set at $100,000.

Man found dead at 5800 Crestmore

Tue/4:35am                  Homicide               5800 Crestmore                       1108300013

Police received a call at 4:35 a.m. from a passerby reference a man down; when they arrived, they located a 40-year old male lying on the roadway deceased.

The Medical Examiner’s office has released the name of the victim as Michael Olivarez (7.29.1971). They also indicate that the victim had been shot multiple times. The investigation has also revealed that Mr. Olivarez was not from Corpus Christi. Detectives also indicated that a secondary crime scene was located at a car wash at Ayers/Sacky. Detectives collected items at the scene and are currently evaluating them.

If anyone has any information related to this incident we ask them to call Crime Stoppers at 888 TIPS.

CCPD Business Summit

On Thursday, August 18th, 2011, the Corpus Christi Police Department will host its second Business Summit at the Del Mar Economic Development Center located at 3209 S. Staples. Corpus Christi businesses encounter theft, credit card abuse and identity theft on a daily basis.

The Corpus Christi Police Department invites you to attend this free event to assist in our continued effort to combat these types of crimes. Our businesses also face the threat of a devastating natural disaster during hurricane season. The purpose of the Summit is to bring together business owners and managers to share information to better protect themselves against these types of incidents. Topics presented by expert speakers include theft prevention, disaster preparation and identity theft.

Please RSVP as soon as possible to Sandra Cantu at 361-886-2615 or Candyce Hedrick at 361-886-2844.

Feel free to forward this message to any person or business you feel would benefit from attending the event.

Please see the attached: Summit Flyer