In a recent news story, it was reported that five people are currently missing from the Corpus Christi area.
Due to citizens concern and in effort to clarify, the Corpus Christi Police Department wants to assure our community that these missing person cases are not related to one another. Two of the missing persons listed are not missing from the Corpus Christi jurisdiction.
A detective from the Criminal Investigation Division is assigned to each case and are actively following leads and communicating with the families. Missing person investigations such as these are not uncommon with the Corpus Christi Police Department.
If you have any information relating to any missing person, we encourage you to call the Corpus Christi Police Department at 361-886-2600 or Crime Stoppers at 361-888-TIPS.
Lt. Michael Pena
Corpus Christi Police Department
Public Information Office
Date: Monday, September 09, 2019 03:32 A.M.
Location: 1800 block of Sherman
Case Number: 1909090014
Investigators are seeking help from the public to discover any new information that will help catch a murder suspect.
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 were he later succumb from his injuries.
If anyone has any information about this murder, please call Corpus Christi Police 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&fbclid=IwAR1RLaY1QPjLkysDI4koC4Jvl–6IvWgZjXn83H_xVpIW60qWIngVSwyhDU. Information provided to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.
UPDATE: Contact has been made with Jessica Martinez. Corpus Christi Police Officers spoke with Jessica Martinez in person and verified that she is safe. We thank the community for the assistance.
Date: Thursday, October 23, 2019
Incident: Missing Person
Case Number: 1910230107
Corpus Christi Police Investigators would like help from the public to locate a missing person.
Jessica Martinez was reported missing on October 23, 2019.
Jessica is described as a 22-year-old female who stands 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs approximately 150 pounds, has brown hair and brown eyes.
If you have any information that may assist Investigators or know the whereabouts of Jessica Martinez, please call Corpus Christi Police Department directly at (361) 886-2600.
On September 16, 2019, officers responded to an aggravated robbery at a local convenience store located on 3000 Port Avenue. The clerk reported that a white male wearing blue jeans, no shirt and a red hat had just robbed her at gunpoint then departed on a bicycle. The first officers on scene gave a description of the suspect and direction of travel.
Senior Officer Santos Garcia and Officer Victoria Fabie responded to the area of the robbery to assist officers in locating the suspect. Upon entering the area, they observed a male matching the description riding a bike in the area of Chula Vista and Greenwood. The suspect made eye contact with the officers and fled across the street, where he hit the curb and lost control of his bicycle.
Officers immediately exited their police unit, as the suspect raised his hands to surrender. He complied with the officers’ commands and was taken into custody without further incident. After being apprehended the officers located money, cigarettes and a lighter which were stolen from the store. The suspect additionally was in possession of a stolen black Luger pistol.
Senior Officer Santos Garcia and Officer Victoria Fabie are recognized for their keen observations and diligent investigation resulting in a felony arrest and the recovery of a stolen handgun, cash and other contraband.
**Ruben Galvan has been located and he has been reunited with his family.**
Corpus Christi Police Investigators would like help from the public to locate a missing person.
Ruben Galvan was reported missing by his family on September 22, 2019. Ruben is known to frequent the downtown area and may be in need of medical assistance.
Ruben is described as a 48-year-old male who stands 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighs approximately 175 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes.
If you have any information that may assist Investigators or know the whereabouts of Ruben Galvan, please call Corpus Christi Police Department directly by calling (361) 886-2840 or by calling (361) 886-2600.
On October 14th Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division of the Corpus Christi Police Department were investigating two burglary cases in which items were stolen. As the detectives investigated, they found that several of the items were being sold online.
Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division and the Organized Crime Unit of the Corpus Christi Police Department were able to set up a meeting with the offender so that the stolen items could be recovered.
At the designated meeting two offenders arrived with the stolen items. As the undercover detective was speaking to one offender, he noticed a handgun on the passenger floorboard. Uniformed Officers and Detectives then moved in and placed both offenders into custody. The officers were able to secure the stolen items which included a stolen rifle.
After apprehension one offender complained of an injury that had occurred days prior and he was transported to the hospital before being arrested. The second offender was arrested and transported to the City Detention Center for booking. The offenders were charged with Theft and Unlawful Carrying of a Firearm.
As the detectives continued to investigate, they developed information that additional stolen items could be located at an address on Curtis Clark. The officers went to that location and were able to secure those items.
27-year-old Trinidad Gomez was arrested on two counts of Theft.
26-year-old Dylan Cantu was arrested on two counts of Theft, unlawful carrying of a weapon and an outstanding warrant for Driving While Intoxicated.
Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019 4:10 AM
Location: 700 block of Alhambra Drive
Offense: Aggravated Robbery
Case Number: 1910160015
At approximately 4:10 am on October 16, 2019 Officers were dispatched to the 700 block of Alhambra Drive reference a burglary to a motor vehicle. The call was upgraded to shots fired.
Upon arrival, officers made contact with a homeowner who advised that he confronted a juvenile male breaking into one of his vehicles. The homeowner advised that as he was attempting to restrain the juvenile male he heard a second suspect demand that the juvenile be released and the sound of a gunshot. The homeowner released the juvenile male out of fear for his safety. When the juvenile male was released, a second shot was fired directly at the homeowner by that juvenile.
The two males then ran to a white in color 4 door pickup truck parked on the 2200 block of Sussex drive and they left the scene. The vehicle has since been recovered but the males have not been identified.
The Corpus Christi Police Department wants to urge the public to please not take criminal matters into your own hands. If you see a crime in progress, please call 911 and wait for police personnel to arrive on scene. It is best to be a good witness, call the police and remember as much descriptive information as possible about the suspects, but allow officers to handle any dealings with criminals. Please do not place yourself in harm’s way for property. We understand the frustrations that come with being burglarized or victimized, but we want to stress that your life is far more valuable than any possessions.
There is a significant danger in personally confronting criminals, their actions can be unpredictable and violent. Criminals are known to carry weapons or tools they use to commit crimes; either of which can be used against someone who interrupts their crime and can cause serious bodily harm or even death.
Property can be replaced, your life cannot.
As is our practice we are releasing the information for the officers who were involved in the shooting on October 13, 2019.
Four Corpus Christi Police Officers have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is in accordance with current department practice and policy.
Officer Phillip Peterson has been a police officer with the Corpus Christi Police Department for 4 years. Peterson is the sole officer who discharged his service weapon.
(Officer Phillip Peterson)
Officer Antonio Contreras has been a police officer with the Corpus Christi Police Department for 3 years.
(Officer Antonio Contreras)
Officer Zakquery Rodgers has been a police officer with the Corpus Christi Police Department for 1 year.
(Officer Zakquery Rodgers)
Officer Jimmy Leal has been a police officer with the Corpus Christi Police Department for 1 year.
(Officer Jimmy Leal)
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 http://www.888tips.com.
For additional information on this incident:
Date: 10/13/2019 11:01 pm
Incident: Officer Involved Shooting
Case Number: 1910130108
At approximately 11:01 pm Corpus Christi Police Department Officers were dispatched to the 4300 block of Brentwood for a disturbance. The original call came in from a family member who was at a secondary location. Call notes provided that a male was armed with a baseball bat and the homeowner who was at the location did not feel safe.
Upon arrival, officers encountered a 22-year-old male who was in the street, armed with a baseball bat. Officers attempted to gain compliance from the male who was not following commands.
On four separate occasions during the incident officers attempted less than lethal force, by use of their tasers, which were all ineffective.
The 22-year-old male continued to be aggressive and threatening with the baseball bat, at which point one of the officers discharged his service weapon striking the male.
Officers administered life saving measures on scene until medics arrived. The 22-year-old male was transported to Christus Spohn Shoreline where he later succumb from his injuries.
This is an active and ongoing investigation being conducted by the Corpus Christi Police Criminal Investigation Division. Several witnesses are being interviewed at this time.
Four Corpus Christi Police Officers have been placed on paid administrative leave at this time in accordance with department practice and policy.
If you have any information about this incident, please call Corpus Christi Police Criminal Investigations Division at 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 http://www.888tips.com.