NVID ILLEGAL GAMBLING SEARCH WARRANT NETS TWO ARRESTS

An Illegal Gambling Operation was conducted by the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Narcotics and Vice Investigations Division on Tuesday July 13, 2022, that resulted in the arrest of two individuals. 44-year-old David Rivers and 39-year-old Ray Firova were charged with Keeping a Gambling Place (47.04), Possession of Gambling Device (47.06), and Gambling Promotion (47.03) which all are Class A misdemeanors; each punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $4,000.

NVID Detectives were assisted in the operation by Uniform Division Officers, the State of Texas Comptroller’s Office, and other federal agencies. State Law dictates that an individual cannot win a wholesale value available from a single play of the game or device of not more than 10 times the amount charged to play the game or device once or $5, whichever is less.

Game rooms who afford a player an opportunity to obtain, and players who accept anything of value, could be charged.

The Corpus Christi Police Department continues to collaborate with our local state and federal partners to investigate and combat illegal gambling. Investigators will continue to enforce all Texas gambling laws, which will help accomplish our mission to reduce crime, reduce the fear of crime and to improve the quality of life in our community.

19TH ANNUAL BOOTS AND BADGES BLOOD DRIVE CHALLENGE

The 19th annual Boots & Badges Blood Drive Challenge hosted by the Coastal Bend Blood Center will run from July 17th until July 30th.

The challenge is a friendly competition between area law enforcement and firefighting entities to see whether the “boots” or “badges” can bring in the most blood donations during the two-week long challenge. This lifesaving competition helps to boost the blood supply during the summer and aid in the Blood Center’s efforts to reduce summer blood shortages.

The Corpus Christi Police Department would like our community to assist the Coastal Bend Blood Center in gathering as many donations as possible. To view locations that are close to you and fit your schedule visit the Coastal Bend Blood Centers web page calendar here: https://www.coastalbendbloodcenter.org/events/

When you donate blood, let them know that you are doing so on behalf of “Team Badges”!

Go Badges!!

OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING – ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

As is our practice we are releasing the information for the officer who was involved in the shooting on Monday, July 4, 2022.

One Corpus Christi Police Officer discharged her weapon during that critical incident and has been placed on paid administrative leave, which is in accordance with our current department practice and policy.

Senior Officer Jamie Wingo has been a police officer with the Corpus Christi Police Department for 7 years.   

This is still an active and ongoing investigation. 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=

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OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING – ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

As a follow-up to yesterday’s officer involved shooting, the following information has been made available for release. 

All three offenders have been processed by our City Detention Center; thus, we are able to release the identities and charges of the offenders involved.   

17-year-old Jesus Ramos, the driver of the vehicle, was the individual shot.  Ramos was medically cleared and was transported to the City Detention Center on July 5, 2022.  Ramos has been charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Unlawful Possession of Firearm, Manufacture and Delivery of Controlled Substance (PG1), Evading Arrest with a Vehicle and Evading Arrest.  

17-year-old Nathaniel Martinez was transported to the City Detention Center on July 4, 2022.  Martinez has been charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Unlawful Possession of Firearm, Evading Arrest with a Vehicle and Evading Arrest. 

17-year-old Dominic Favela was transported to the City Detention Center on July 4, 2022.  Favela has been charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Unlawful Possession of Firearm, Evading Arrest with a Vehicle and Evading Arrest.

Ramos, Martinez and Favela are expected to face additional charges in relation to the Aggravated Robbery (carjacking). 

This is still an active investigation and updates will follow as they are made available for release.

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OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

Date:  Monday, July 4, 2022 12:16 AM
Location: I-37 SB at Corn Products   
Case Number: 2207040007


At approximately 12:16 am on Monday, July 4, 2022, a CCPD officer was responding to a call when she observed a vehicle matching the description of a car that had been stolen in an aggravated carjacking, several hours earlier. The officer observed the vehicle to not be displaying a rear license plate.

When the officer attempted to effect a traffic stop, the driver attempted to evade in the vehicle.  

Shortly after fleeing, the driver lost control of the vehicle and wrecked in the area of I-37 southbound at Corn Products. 

As officers attempted to contact the suspects, all three occupants attempted to evade on foot.  Upon seeing the officer, the driver of the vehicle produced what was believed to be a weapon, which forced the officer to discharge her service weapon, striking the suspect. 

The offender was provided immediate medical attention and was transported to a local hospital, with non-life-threatening injuries. 

The two additional offenders were also taken into custody without further incident.   

The vehicle the offenders occupied has been confirmed to be the same vehicle that was stolen in the carjacking (Aggravated Robbery).

We can also confirm that 2 handguns were recovered. 

All 3 offenders were transported to a local hospital as a precaution and later to the main station to be interviewed by investigators.   All three offenders have been identified as 17-year-old males. 

All three will all be transported to the City Detention Center for processing, at which point their names and respective charges will be released.

The Corpus Christi Police Officer will be placed on paid administrative leave, in accordance with current department practice and policy.

This is still an active and ongoing investigation. 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=.

CAPITAL MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED

At approximately 4:48 am on Sunday, June 26, 2022, officers were dispatched to the 5000 block of Gollihar Rd. reference a shooting.  When officers arrived, they located a 28-year-old male who had been shot.  Responding officers administered life savings measures on scene until medic units arrived, at which point the male was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.   

Through their investigation, Homicide Detectives followed up on several leads and were able to secure an arrest warrant for 29-year-old Samuel Garcia for Capital Murder ($750,000 Bond). 

US Marshals Gulf Coast Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force followed up on a Corpus Christi Crime Stoppers Tip, which led them to the whereabouts of Garcia. 

At approximately 7:00 pm on Thursday, June 30, 2022, Officers with the US Marshals Gulf Coast Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force, with assistance from Beeville Police Department, took Garcia into custody at a residence on the 1100 South St. Marys Street in Beeville, Texas.  

Garcia was transported to the Bee County Jail for processing.  He is awaiting extradition to Nueces County Jail. 

If you have any information about this murder, please call Corpus Christi Police Robbery & Homicide Detectives 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=.

UPDATE ON FATAL CRASH

DATE: May 31, 2022 11:24 AM
LOCATION:  N Broadway Street @ E Port Avenue
OFFENSE: Racing on a Highway Resulting in Death

CASE #2205310066

At approximately 11:24 am on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, Officers were dispatched to the intersection of North Broadway St and East Port Avenue for a major traffic accident involving a single vehicle.  Updates to the call provided that victims were trapped in the vehicle. 

Upon arrival, officers located that a white in color Chevrolet Camaro was flipped on its roof and had three occupants trapped in the vehicle.  Two 18-year-old male occupants were pronounced deceased on scene.  Firefighters with Corpus Christi Fire Department arrived on scene and were able to extract the driver of the vehicle and he was transported to a local hospital for treatment. 

After a thorough investigation, Corpus Christi Police Department Traffic Investigators were able to gather enough information to warrant that the Camaro, being driven by 18-year-old Hector Martinez, was in the act of racing another vehicle at the time of the crash. The other vehicle, a blue in color Ford Mustang, was driven by 18-year-old Juan Cortez, who remained on scene and was interviewed by Investigators.

Traffic Investigators requested and were granted two arrest warrants for Martinez and Cortez. Both Martinez and Cortez are being charged with Racing on a Highway; because this criminal act resulted in death, the charge is upgraded to a second degree felony.

On Wednesday, June 22, 2022, at approximately 9:13 am, patrol officers located the whereabouts of, and took 18-year-old Hector Martinez into custody for the outstanding warrant for Racing on a Highway ($30,000 bond). Martinez was arrested on the 200 block of Richard Street. Martinez was arrested without incident and was transported to the City Detention Center for processing.

Juan Cortez turned himself into the Nueces County Sheriffs Office on 06-27-22 for the outstanding warrant for Racing on a Highway ($30,000 bond).

Juan Cortez

BANK ROBBERY SUSPECT

Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2022, 4:21 PM
Location:  1400 block of S. Port 
Offense: Robbery
Case Number: 2206150097

At approximately 4:21 pm on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, Corpus Christi Police Officers responded to a robbery at a bank located on the 1400 block of S. Port.  

Upon arrival, officers were advised that a robbery had just occurred.  The suspect displayed a note demanding cash from the teller.  The suspect and was able to get away with an undisclosed amount of money.

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 40-50 years of age, approximately 5’08”- 5-10”, with tattoos on his right hand, wearing a maroon in color long sleeve shirt, blue jeans, traffic safety vest, a surgical mask which was used in an attempt to cover the lower part of his face and a black hat.  

Investigators are also seeking to identify the driver and owner of a vehicle of interest. The vehicle appears to have damage or paint chipping on several parts of the vehicle; including the roof of the vehicle, along the body, and on the hood. 

Anyone who can identify this suspect, or who has any additional information about this crime should call the Corpus Christi Criminal Investigation Division at 361-886-2840.  If you have any information about this crime and want to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at .  If the information you provide leads to an arrest, you could earn a cash reward.

Vehicle of Interest

Arrest made on April 9th Homicide

Date: Saturday April 9, 2022
Time: 2:05 am
Location: 4200 South Padre Island
Offense: Murder

At approximately 2:05 am on Saturday, April 9, 2022, officers were dispatched to the 4200 block of SPID for a shooting with injuries.  

Patrol along with Gang Unit officers arrived and were able to locate a male shooting victim.  The male was provided immediate medical attention on scene and then transported by CCFD to a local hospital for treatment but later succumbed to his injuries. During the initial investigation the Gang Unit officers were able to identify 26-year-old Enmanuel Cavedo-Vergara as the offender.

Detectives with the Robbery Homicide Section of the Criminal Investigation Division responded to the scene and began investigating the homicide. With the information the detectives gathered from the first responding officers they were able to secure a warrant of arrest for murder with a $1,000,000.00 bond.

CCPD Officers along with the United States Marshal Service Gulf Coast Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force attempted to locate Enmanuel in Corpus Christi but received information that he had fled the city. On Wednesday June 15, 2022, Enmanuel was located in Miami Florida by their local United States Marshal Service Task Force and placed into custody.

If anyone has any information related to this incident, please call us at 886-2600.  You may also call Crime Stoppers at 361-888-8477.  

MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED IN BOLIVAR HOMICIDE

At approximately 12:39 am on Saturday, February 19, 2022, officers were dispatched to the 2200 block of Bolivar Street reference a shooting.  When officers arrived, they located a 17-year-old male who had been shot.  Responding officers administered life savings measures on scene until medic units arrived, at which point the male was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.   

Through their investigation, Homicide Detectives followed up on several leads and were able to secure an arrest warrant for 17-year-old Michael Rodela for Murder. 

At approximately 10:50 am on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, Officers with the US Marshals Gulf Coast Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force, with assistance from CCPD Patrol Officers, located and took Rodela into custody on the 3000 block of S Port. Rodela attempted to evade from officers on foot, he was additionally charged with Evading Arrest as a result.   

Rodela was transported to the main police station to be interviewed, before being transported to the City Detention Center for processing. 

If you have any information about this murder, please call Corpus Christi Police Robbery & Homicide Detectives 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=.

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