Category Archives: Criminal Investigations Division

Theft Supect

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Occurred Feb. 5th, 2012     Theft     3829 Hwy 77     1202050058

Investigators with the Property Crimes Unit need your help identifying the individual seen in this video.  He is believed to have stolen a wallet.

On Saturday February 4, 2012 shortly after 3:00pm, an elderly customer left his wallet on the counter and walked off after he paid for his items.

He did not realize his wallet was missing until later that evening.  He called Wal-Mart and asked security personal if someone had turned in the wallet.

Security personal took the extra step and checked their security video in order to locate the customers wallet.  The Wal-Mart security personnel discovered that the wallet was picked up by another individual, who left with the wallet.

The individual is described as a white male in his early twenties, clean-shaven, with a shaved head. At the time of the theft he was wearing a black jacket with Georgia across the chest and faded jeans. 

The car in the video is the car the man left the store in.  Although the licence plate is visible, the Police Department have been unable to identify all the numbers and letters.

If you can identify this man, 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.

Drug Selling Graffiti Vandal Arrested in Late Evening Raid

Narcotics officers executed a search warrant at 4114 Carlton as part of an initiative to target suspected graffiti offenders selling narcotics in the city.

The search warrant resulted in the seizure of three handguns, one of which is stolen out of this city along with an assault rifle.  Officers also seized 1.83 lbs. of Marijuana which was packaged for sale in addition to 4.76 grams of Cocaine and 7.30 grams of Methamphetamine.

Also seized were numerous graffiti instruments, graffiti documents and other graffiti paraphernalia.

Richard Trevino (08/05/89) a known graffiti vandal was arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession of a Controlled Substance. The inside of this address was covered with the same graffiti that has plagued the 78415 area.

Graffiti Task Force Detective Steve Smith also responded to the residence and assisted in the investigation as part of our new multi-divisional partnership to address the graffiti problem.

Possible charges for graffiti and possession of a stolen weapon may follow after further investigation.

Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Fugitive Task Force Unites Local Agencies in Pursuit of Wanted Criminals

Since January 1, 2012, the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Fugitive Task Force, comprised of the United States Marshals, the Nueces County Sheriff’s Dept., Texas Department of Corrections, and the Corpus Christi Police Department, have arrested over 50 wanted subjects in the Coastal Bend Community. Of the 50 plus arrests, over 30 have been for violent offenders here in Corpus Christi TX.   The following are a few of these very notable arrests. 

Donna Susan Taylor (09/16/69) was arrested for the murder of her boyfriend in the early morning hours of Feb. 4, 2012 by the US Marshalls Fugitive Task Force in College Station, Texas.  After a thorough investigation, CCPD Homicide Detectives were able to gather evidence and obtain a Murder warrant.  Her bond was set at $200,000. (Offense report #1201160057) 

Townsel Myers (06/26/57) was initially arrested for the assault of an acquaintance at a local bar on Christmas Day in 2011.  Due to the severity of the injury, the charge was upgraded to an Aggravated Assault and a new warrant issued.  On January 12, 2012, Myers was tracked to a Corpus Christi address and arrested by the task force.  He was also found to be wanted on a Parole Violation War myersrant for Murder. (Offense report #1112250005 and #1201120031)  

Shahnawaz Umer (07/20/86) was arrested for shooting a 37-year-old male in the hand and identifying himself as a Corpus Christi Police Officer on October 22, 2011.  He was charged with Aggravated Assault and Impersonating a Public Servant.  He was later accused of trying to interfere with the investigation and Tampering with a Witness.  On January 6, 2012, the task force arrested him on three outstanding warrants at 3201 S. Staples one of which was a Felony Bond Violation out of Nueces County. (Offense report #1201130049) 

Jason Michael Garcia (10/07/67) was first placed under arrest when he assaulted and then threatened his wife with a knife.  He was charged with Aggravated Assault w/Deadly Weapon.  Task force members arrested him at 5902 Ayers Street on January 12, 2012, when they were notified of an outstanding Probation Violation warrant for Aggravated Assault.  (Offense report #1009050143 and #1201120101) 

Supervisor Deputy Carlos Alvarado and Supervisor Deputy Russell O’Rielly are in charge of the task force which covers Nueces, Kleberg, San Patricio, Aransas, Brooks, Jim Wells, Duval, Refugio, Kennedy, Live Oak, and Bee Counties.  The task force consists of seven U.S. Marshals, one Sheriff’s Officer, one TDC Officer and two CCPD Officers who daily pursue our most wanted. 

CCPD Senior Officers Matthew Harmon and Heleodoro Cantu who were deputized in 2007 and 2010, respectively, have proven to be a valuable asset to the department and to the task force.

Forgery Suspect Sought

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Corpus Christi Police Department Financial Crimes Unit Detectives would like the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect involved in the forgery at the Stripes Convenience Store located at 2002 Morgan.  On February 6, 2012, Patrol Officers contacted store personnel who reported a fraudulent check was passed at the store.

The store clerk reported the customer asked to reload a pre-purchased debit card using a check which did not clear.  Store personnel received a fraud alert on both the check and cards.

The suspect is described as a red-haired White male, 30 to 40 years of age and 5’10” to 6’2” feet tall.  He fled in a red pick-up truck driven by an unidentified driver and were last seen traveling westbound on Morgan Street.

Anyone having any information regarding this crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or the Corpus Christi Police Department Financial Crimes Unit at 361-886-2841.

 

CCPD Investigating Death of Local Man Following Struggle with Police and Medics

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 Street to assist a man who was reportedly having difficulty breathing.

Officers arrived at the home at 2:17 AM and Fire Fighters arrived at 2:18 AM.  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 handcuffing him.  Officers did not deploy their Tasers 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.

Two of the responding Officers have been placed on Administrative Leave, which is standard Police Department procedure in such instances. The Officers will remain on leave pending the outcome of a thorough investigation by the Criminal Investigation Division.  The man’s name is being witheld pending notification of family members and will be released by the Nueces County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Any additional information about this incident will be released by the Corpus Christi Police Department PIO Office on www.ccpdblotter.com.

Woman Arrested for Murder Warrant

Corpus Christi Police Department Homicide Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Donna Susan Taylor (11/22/56) on one count of Murder.  The warrant, issued on February 3, 2012, had Taylor’s bond set at $200,000.

The arrest warrant stems from a January 16, 2012 emergency call to 548 Stingray Street for a male having difficulty breathing.  Corpus Christi Fire Department Medics responded and found a 55-year-old gunshot victim who was rushed to Spohn Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.   Original CCPD Blotter post – http://wp.me/p1D8kP-Ss.

Corpus Christi Police Department Patrol Officers along with Homicide/Robbery Detectives also responded and contacted Taylor who was the only other occupant in the home at the time of the shooting.

After a thorough investigation, Homicide Detectives were able to gather evidence and obtain a Murder warrant for Taylor.

In the early morning hours of Feb. 4, 2012, Taylor was arrested by the US Marshalls Fugitive Task Force in College Station, Texas.  She will be extradited back to Corpus Christi some time in the next several days.

There are no further details available at this time.  Any updates will be published by the CCPD PIO Office via the CCPD Blotter.

Burglary to a Building Suspect

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Detectives with the Property Crime Unit need your help in identifying the individual responsible for the burglary of a building at the Vein Center located at 1756 Santa Fe.

On January 31 shortly after 4:00 am surveillance video captured the suspect casing the center shortly before the alarm went off. The individual gained access through a smashed window on the north side of the building. The individual made off with several office items from within the business.

The suspect is described as male in his forties 5′ 8″ to 5′ 10″ in height 170 -180 lbs., at the time of the burglary he was wearing a bandanna on his head, a t-shirt and jeans. He also appears to have several tattoos on his right arm.

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.

Yellow Cab – Theft

1.17.2012/5:46am   Theft   Ayers/Ocean   1201170016 

Detectives with Property Crimes Unit are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the individual responsible for a theft of a money bag from a local cab driver.

In the early morning hours of  Tuesday January 17th the cab driver picked up a passenger at a local motel on Leopard St. Upon doing so the passenger saw and grabbed a money bag from within the cab and jumped out of vehicle in the area of Ayers and Ocean Dr. and fled on foot.

The suspect is described as a male in his thirties, 5′ 7″ to 5′ 9″ in height, around 200 lbs. At the time of the theft he was wearing a cap and had a 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.

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Theft Suspect – 2101 Morgan

1.17.2012/7:34pm   Theft   2101 Morgan   1201170118

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Investigators with the Property Crimes Unit are asking for your help in identifying the individual responsible for the Theft at a local pharmacy store.

The subject was seen by store personal concealing 4 curling irons down the front of his trousers and then walking out of the store without paying for the items.

The individual is described as male in his late teens to early twenties, he stood 5’2″ – 5’4″ in height 150 -170 lbs., at the time of the theft he was wearing a black jacket over a dark-colored shirt, black jeans and black tennis shoes.

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.

Missing Children

Occurred 1/21/12 at 9:06 AM           4500 Hogan            Missing Children           1201210046, 1201210051

At about 9:06 AM, Officers were called to the 4500 block of Hogan Dr, responding to the report of two missing children.  When they arrived, they contacted a foster mother who stated the two children, 8-year-old Diamond Boortz, and 6-year-old Billy Boortz were not in their room when she woke up at about 8:30.  Another foster child at the home said Diamond told him this morning that the foster-mother was mean and that she and her brother were going back to their grandmother’s house in Alice, TX.  The two children then left the home through a window. 

The foster-mother, upon realizing the two were missing, drove around the neighborhood looking for the children and when she did not find them, she returned home and called the Police.  When Officers arrived at the home, the foster-mother stated the two children were placed in her home by Child Protective Services one day earlier (1/20/12).

The two children were described as follows:

Diamond Boortz: 8-years-old, 4 foot tall, 60 pounds, brown hair and eyes, dressed in a pink robe

Billy Boortz: 6-years-old, 3 foot 6 inches tall, 40 pounds, brown hair, dressed in green pajamas (pants and shirt).

Although there was no reason to suspect foul play, the Corpus Christi Police Department called out both Homicide and Family Violence Detectives to initiate a full investigation and promptly locate the children.  This complimented the many Patrol Officers who were already canvassing the neighborhood looking for the children.

Through a partnership with the local news media, information about the missing children was immediately distributed to the community.

Working with Child Protective Services, the Corpus Christi Police Department contacted the Alice Police Department.  Alice Police went to the grandmothers’ home and located Diamond and Billy; both were safe and unharmed.

Detectives have discovered that the children were contacted by a 37-year-old ‘good-Samaritan.’  This individual observed the children walking in the area of Bratton Rd and Weber and stopped to ask them if they were okay.  Diamond told him they needed to call their grandmother, and then gave him the number to call.  The grandmother was contacted and drove to the location to pick up the children.

Child Protective Services has taken over the case and will determine where the children will go from this point further.  At this time, no criminal charges will be filed by the Corpus Christi Police Department on anyone involved. 

The Corpus Christi Police Department would like to remind everyone: If you see someone or something suspicious, please call us to investigate.  The CCPD non-emergency number is 361-886-2600.

The Corpus Christi Police Department would like to issue a special thanks to the Corpus Christi Caller Times, KIIITV, KRIS, and KZTV.  All responded immediately to the scene to assist the Corpus Christi Police Department in the search for these missing children.