Date: Friday, December 13, 2019 9:05 pm
Location: 500 block of Claride Street
Incident: Capital Murder
Case Number: 1912130148
On Friday, December 13, 2019 at approximately 9:05 pm Corpus Christi Police Officers were dispatched to the 500 block of Claride Street for a Burglary in Progress that was upgraded to a shooting. Upon arrival, responding officers made entry and immediately located three deceased males inside of the residence.
Homicide Detectives continued their investigation and on Saturday, December 14, 2019 Detectives were able to identify and obtain arrest warrants for two suspects. The suspects were located by our Gang Unit and were transported to the Corpus Christi Police Department to be interviewed by Detectives and were later transported to the City Detention Center for processing.
29-year-old Benjamin LeBleu was charged with 1 count of Capital Murder (Capital Felony), 1 count of Tampering with Evidence (3F), as well as an outstanding warrant for theft, bond amount totaling $2,052,500.
27-year-old Myles Dingman was charged with 1 count of Capital Murder (Capital Felony) and 1 count of Tampering with Evidence (3F), with a bond amount totaling $1,550,000. Myles was found to have narcotics in his possession at the time of the arrest and was additionally charged with Possession of Controlled Substance.
A person commits an offense of Capital Murder as defined by Section 19.02 (b)(1) if the person murders more than one person during the same criminal transaction.
This is still an active and ongoing investigation and no additional details are expected to be released at this moment. If you have any information pertaining to this incident, you are encouraged to call the Corpus Christi Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 361-886-2840. Anyone who would like to keep their identity secret and still provide information to Detectives should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the tip online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=.
Jose Luis Ramirez
On Thursday, December 5, 2019 officers were dispatched to 1200 Elgin in reference to two bodies inside a house. When the officers arrived, they found two deceased adult males inside the residence.
Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division responded and quickly began to investigate this incident. A suspect was quickly identified and found to have several active warrants for his arrest. The suspect was picked up on Friday December 6th by the United States Marshal Service and the Corpus Christi Gang Unit for three unrelated warrants for his arrest. At the time of his arrest he was additionally charged with Theft of a Firearm and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. The offender, 27-year-old Jose Luis Ramirez, was then transported to the City Detention Center to be booked in for the charges and active warrants.
The Corpus Christi Police Department Criminal Investigation Division Detectives continued following up on the Capital Murder case that occurred on 1200 Elgin. On Monday, December 9th the detectives were able to secure a Capital Murder warrant with a $1,000,000.00 bond for Jose Ramirez, he remains at the Nueces County jail.
At approximately 5:31 PM Officers were dispatched to the 5400 block of South Padre Island Drive, reference a possible shooter at the location. The initial reporting party noted that they overheard an individual saying there was someone shooting inside the mall, which caused concern that there may be an active shooter. The caller noted that they did not themselves hear gun shots nor did they see anyone with a weapon of any sort.
Corpus Christi Police Officers responded accordingly and meticulously with the details they were initially provided with.
Additional callers reported that individuals were exiting from the location through emergency exits, which caused additional concern and panic.
Upon further investigation it was determined that the incident was not what it was originally believed to be and was a misunderstanding, resulting from a possible prank. There was never a shooter inside the mall, nor was anyone ever in danger.
Above all, we do want to thank the public for being alert and attentive and we are thankful that the call today was a false alarm in the end. We thank our officers, who responded and ensured the safety of those on scene.
As with anything suspicious; if you see something, say something.
Corpus Christi City Police Impound Auction
5485 Greenwood Drive Corpus Christi TX 78417
Every 1st Saturday of the Month, rain or shine, AMT Auction Marketing will be conducting the abandoned vehicle auction for the City of Corpus Christi Police Impound
This auction may consist of police impounded autos, trucks, SUV’s, RVs. trailers, motorcycles, boats and personal property
**Inventory is subject to change as releases happen during the month prior to the auction**
Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 10:00 am
Viewing and Pre-Registration: Friday, December 6, 2019 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Viewing and Pre-Registration: Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 8:00 am – 10:00 am
AUCTION STARTS at 10:00 am
Early Registration is highly recommended.
We open at 8:00 am for Registration on Auction Day.
On Friday November 29th at 2:00 pm the Miller Buccaneers and Veterans Memorial Eagles will face off on the gridiron. We want fans for both teams to have a safe and great time during the game.
If you are going to the game be sure to arrive early and bring your patience as there may be congestion due to all the fans attending this sold out event. Be sure to lock your vehicle and do not leave any valuables in your car.
To be diplomatically correct The Corpus Christi Police Department will simply shout “GO TEAM!”
Date: Monday, September 09, 2019 03:32 A.M.
Location: 1800 block of Sherman
Case Number: 1909090014
On September 09, 2019 at approximately 3:32 AM officers were dispatched to the 1800 block of Sherman for a shooting with injuries. Upon arrival, officers made contact with 36-year-old Jason Herrera, who has sustained life-threatening injuries. Jason Herrera was transported to Christus Spohn Shoreline where he later succumb from his injuries.
Through their investigation and with the help of tips from the public; Detectives identified a suspect and obtained a Murder Warrant for 38-year-old Gerardo Cortez. Gerardo Cortez was arrested on November 21, 2019 by Corpus Christi Police Officers and was later transported to the Nueces County Jail on the Murder Warrant ($500,000 Bond). Gerardo was also arrested for three separate outstanding warrants from a prior offense for Burglary of Habitation Warrant ($100,000), Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity ($100,00) and Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon ($75,000). Gerardo Cortez was additionally charged with Burglary of a Habitation with Intent to Commit for a separate incident.
Corpus Christi Police Detectives need your help identifying this vehicle and the owner or driver of this vehicle in these still images. The vehicle was observed in immediate the area of the residence right before the shooting took place. Detectives believe that they may have information about the homicide and need to speak to them.
This is still an active investigation and if anyone has any additional information, they are urged to contact Homicide Detectives at (361) 886-2840. You may also call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at https://www.p3tips.com/index.htm. Information provided to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.
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Date: November 19, 2019
Location: Ocean and Shore
Offense: UUMV, Evading Arrest, Possession of Marijuana
Case Number: 1911190013, 1911200004
At approximately 11 pm on November 19, 2019 officers were dispatched to a car lot located on the 3000 block of SPID for a report of a stolen vehicle.
On November 19, 2019 members of the Corpus Christi Police Department Auto Theft Task Force worked alongside patrol officers to try and track down these subjects that have been stealing and burglarizing vehicles.
At approximately 9 pm Patrol Officers spotted the stolen vehicle driving in the area of Ocean and Shore and were able to identify two of the males in the stolen vehicle as known auto theft suspects. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle by effecting a traffic stop, noting that the driver made no attempt to stop and intentionally fled from the fully marked police units. Due to the unsafe speeds of the driver and not wanting to place the public in danger, officers opted not to pursue.
A short time later officers located the vehicle abandoned and unoccupied. Officers on scene were able to gather information that several males were seen running west through the neighborhood jumping fences. Officers set up a perimeter and a short time later were able to identify a vehicle in the area as a family member of one of the suspects. Officers effected a traffic stop and located 17-year-old Ernest Rodriguez and 17-year-old Ryan Lopez and in the vehicle along with another juvenile male.
17-year-old Ernest Rodriguez was charged with Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and evading arrest with a vehicle. 17-year-old Ryan Lopez was charged with possession of marijuana. A 15-year-old male was released on scene.
This is still an active investigation and if anyone has any additional information, they are asked to contact the Corpus Christi Police Department Auto Theft Task Force at (361) 886-2874. You may also call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at https://www.p3tips.com/index.htm. Information provided to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.
Senior Officer J.D. Garza
On October 29, 2019 at 3:30 am, Senior Officer J.D. Garza contacted a subject at the 2400 block of Morris Street when he believed him to be committing an auto burglary.
As the officer went to contact the suspect, he could smell a strong odor of fresh marijuana coming from the vehicle.
As the officer investigated, he observed narcotics in plain view in the suspects vehicle. In total it was discovered that the suspect had over 3.5 LBS of Marijuana, Heroin, Crack Cocaine, Crystal Meth, Illicit Mushrooms, THC Oil, an assortment of non-prescribed pills and $3,068.00 in assorted bills. Most of the illicit narcotics were discovered within the arrested subject’s vehicle and some on his person.
Senior Officer J. D. Garza’s daily effort to fight crime does not go unnoticed and thus he has been selected as the Operations Officer of the month for October 2019.
Date: October 23, 2019, 11:30 pm
Location: 5700 Curtis Clark Dr
Offense: Burglary of a Building
Case Number: 1910230099
Corpus Christi Property Crimes Detectives would like help from the public to identify a suspect who is believed to be involved in a Burglary of a Building on the 5700 block of Curtis Clark.
The reporting party advised that he walked out of his apartment and found the door to his storage unit to be unsecured. Upon entry to the building, the reporting party discovered that a road bike ($6,500), welder ($300) and shop vacuum ($80) were missing.
If you know who is responsible, or have any additional information about this Burglary, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at http://www.888tips.com. If the information you provide leads to an arrest, it can earn you a cash reward.
Did you know that we offer prior military five (5) additional veteran points on their civil service exam?
Did you know that we offer 240 hours per year for military time, for those who are active reservists? That is in addition to the vacation, sick, personal and comp time officers already accrue.
Did you know that Corpus Christi Police Department currently has 160 Police Officers that have prior military service? We currently have an additional 20 officers that are active reservists.
Call one of our recruiters at (361) 886-2626, they can help you start the process and answer any questions you may have.
In order to qualify for the 5 veteran points, applicants must pass with a minimum of 70% and achieve the cut-off score (if set).
Only an “Honorable” discharge will qualify the applicant for the five (5) veteran points (given to applicant if they receive 70% or better on the written exam). The Honorable discharge must have occurred prior to the entrance exam. “General (under honorable conditions)” allows the applicant to take the test but will not qualify the applicant to be eligible to receive the veteran points. A DD-214 long form (member #4) must be received on or before the written exam date in order to receive veteran points.