“Drag Racer” Arrested, Vehicle Impounded

Occurred on 11/6/11, 10:57 p.m.   Racing On Highway   Cooper’s Alley St./n. Shoreline Boulevard     1111060160 

An Officer was in the 200 block of S. Shoreline when he heard the distinctive sound of two vehicles racing.  A black Chevrolet Camaro and brown Chevrolet Blazer were seen racing one another as they traveled northbound on Shoreline.

The Officer was able to pull over the black Camaro, but the Blazer raced on, fleeing northbound on Shoreline.  The driver, Cesar Acosta (05/26/92) was arrested and charged with Racing on a Highway.  The Camaro was impounded.

DWI Driver Arrested in “Bumper Car” Accident

Occurred on 11/05/11, 2:17 a.m. Driving While Intoxicated Staples St. and Williams St. 1111050017

Officers were at the Stripes Convenience Store located at Staples and Williams when they were witnesses to an unusual accident. Officers observed a red 1998 Chevrolet Cavalier strike a black 2006 Buick Le Sabre from behind. The driver of the Cavalier then backed up and hit a black 2010 Dodge Charger.

The driver of the Cavalier continued to drive forward and backwards, striking both vehicles a couple of more times. The Officers detained the driver, Kaitlin Marie Gomez (12/13/90) who appeared to be intoxicated. She was administered Standard Field Sobriety Tests and a Blood Draw.

Gomez was medically cleared and arrested. She was charged with Driving While Intoxicated.

The occupants of the Buick Le Sabre were not injured, but the driver and passenger of the Dodge Charger were transported to Spohn Shoreline with minor injuries.

Wanted San Patricio Murder Suspect Arrested in Corpus Christi

Occurred 11/04/11, 1:51 a.m.  Wanted Suspect   3918 Leigh Drive     1111040011, 1111040015, 11110400116

Corpus Christi Police Department Officers assisted the U.S. Marshal’s Gulf Coast Violent Offenders  and Fugitive Task Force in the arrest of  a Mathis murder suspect who was found to be hiding out at 3918 Leigh Drive.   

Daniel Lara (08/18/87) was arrested and charged with an outstanding San Patricio county warrant for Murder.  

Further investigation revealed Eric Elizondo (07/24/85) aided Lara in an attempt to avoid arrest.  Elizondo was charged with Hindering Apprehension.

Anthony Diaz (09/21/83) who was also inside the residence was found to be wanted.  Diaz was arrested and charged with an outstanding Nueces County warrant for Assault. 


CCPD Holds Monthly Auto Auction

The C.C.P.D.’s commitment to “Keep Corpus Christi Safe” has continued with its “Zero Tolerance No Insurance Initiative”.  

On Saturday, November 5th, 2011, a total of 64 cars and 4 motorcycles will be auctioned at the Corpus Christi Police Department Vehicle Impound Lot located at 2600 Holly Road during our monthly auction. Approximately 12 of these vehicles are “No Insurance” impounds. On Friday, November 4th, 2011, the general public will be allowed to register and view the vehicles to be auctioned from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There is no registration fee.

On the day of the auction, the general public can continue to register and view the vehicles from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  The auction will commence promptly at 10:00 a.m. The vehicles to be auctioned can be viewed at www.siskauction.com. An auction list may also be downloaded from the same website.

The department’s strong stand and enforcement of this “Zero Tolerance No Insurance Initiative” will continue and all vehicles involved in accidents will be impounded and the driver cited if they are unable to provide financial proof of insurance. Driver’s license and proof of financial responsibility checkpoints will continue to be conducted at the Shift Captains’ authorization.

Officers have issued 4,584 citations for Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility since January 1, 2011.

The City of Corpus Christi will also hold a Heavy Equipment Auction on November 19th, 2011

Dude! Where is my ???

11.2.2011/6:06pm   Poss. of a Controlled Substance & Poss. of a Dangerous Drug   4600 Corona   1111020112

Vernon Hornsby (07/15/1952) called MetroCom Dispatch and wanted to report his vehicle as stolen. He proceeded to tell Officers that he picked up a female that needed a ride. The thing was, that he could not answer were it was he was taking her.

Hornsby told Officers that when he parked at the Stripes store, located at 2781 Rodd Field, and went inside to purchase some personal items, the female drove away in his vehicle. The Officer on scene  put out  a “be on the look out” (b.o.l.o.) via the police radio for Hornsby’s vehicle. Upon doing so an Officer, in the 4600 blk. of Corona, located the vehicle and detained the female driver.

Vernon was then transported to that location to identify his vehicle and to press charges for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle on the female driver. Hornsby told Officers that he would not press charges on the female, if nothing was taken from his vehicle. He told Officers he just wanted to make sure everything was in his vehicle. Vernon then went straight to the center console of his vehicle and retrieved an Advil bottle and began to shake it, listening to the bottle rattle to make sure something was still inside. Obviously those actions raised questions in the Officer’s mind as to why Mr. Hornsby would be so concerned that the female, who stole his truck, would have had a headache and needed to have taken some of his Advil. When the Officer checked the contents of the bottle, he located several pills, none of which were Advil. Officers did find several pills in the bottle which were listed under the Controlled Substance section of the Health & Safety Code.

Officers then located another bottle in the center console that contained more illicit drugs.

Vernon was arrested and his vehicle was impounded. The female was identified and released at the scene.

Wanted Subject – Richard Ballesteros

Nueces County Sheriffs Deputies are asking for your help in locating Richard Ballesteros 10-03-90, he is a hispanic male blk/bro, 5′ 9″ in height and weighs 150 lbs.

 Ballesteros is wanted for Injury to a Child, 10CR3452-C.

If you know where  Richard can be located we ask you to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or you can log on at www.888tips.com the information you provide could earn you a cash reward.

Aggravated Assault

11.2.2011/9:15pm   Aggravated Assault   227 Hialeah   1111020135

Police responded to 227 Hialeah reference a shooting. When they arrived the 56-year-old male victim told officers that as he was sitting in his living room watching television, an unknown white male in his fifties, opened the front door to his home and shot him.

The victim was hit one time in the upper torso. He was transported to the hospital where he was listed in stable condition.

The victim told officers he does not know why someone would have done this to him.

If you have any information or know who is responsible for this Aggravated Assault we encourage you to call Crime Stoppers at 888 TIPS or log on to www.888tips.com The information you provide could earn you a cash reward.

Decision House, a Success For All

Decision House
Decision House

Over the weekend, nearly 3500 people along with volunteers from area churches, law enforcement agencies, school districts, and organizations took part in the first annual Decision House Fall Festival.  The event, which was sponsored by Citizens in Support of the CCPD Police Foundation, Corpus Christi Caller Times and the Scripps Howard Foundation, and the Faith Based Services Coalition, offered people of all ages live music, games, and food.

The most popular part of the festival featured a walk through drama called, “Decision House.”  Volunteer actors profiled two teenaged boys whose decisions have devastating results, which not only gravely impact them, but their families, friends and many others.

On Friday 494 people toured Decision House , on Saturday the number increased to 826. Decision House included four scenes.  The first, a videotape featuring actors from the Police Department’s Explorer Post#133, which set up the scenario, the second, a wreck scene featuring several Corpus Christi Police Officers, the third scene, a death notification scene, and the fourth, a courtroom scene which featured several members of the Nueces County District Attorney’s Office, including District Attorney Mark Skurka and City of Corpus Christi Municipal Court Judge Maria Flores.

Before participants left the tour, they heard testimonials from three local men, who told tour groups how their bad decisions sent them to prison for many years, how difficult it has been being accepted again by family and friends and the public, gaining employment and what changes they have made to lead a more positive life.

Many participants also took advantage of an area called “Crossroads” where clergy of all faiths and professional counselors offered assistance requested by participants, from prayer to just listening.

The first annual Decision House Fall Festival was a wonderful example of how volunteers from different faiths, organizations, school districts, and area law enforcement agencies, can work together to provide a meaningful event for the enjoyment of all ages.

For more information on Decision House please visit their Facebook page.

Missing Person Jose Villafranco Rivera Located in San Antonio, TX


Detectives with the Missing Person Unit are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 65-year-old Jose Villafranco Rivera.  Jose was last seen by his family on November 1, 2011 at 7:00 pm when he left his home driving his 1985 white Dodge Truck, L.P. 04JYY3. 

The family last spoke to Jose by phone around 8:oo pm that evening and he has not been heard of since.

Jose is a local minister and a retired school teacher here in our area.  He is an insulin dependent diabetic and is on several medications for various illnesses.

If anyone knows where Jose can be located or if you have seen his vehicle we ask you to contact Detective R.L. Garcia  361-886-2850 or call the Corpus Christi Police Department at 361-886-2600.

Updated on 11/02/11, 3:19 p.m.

Thank you for the assistance provided involving Missing Person Jose Villafranco Rivera.  His family has notified the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Missing Person’s Unit of  his whereabouts.  Mr. Villafranco Rivera was found safe just north of San Antonio, TX.

Victim Succumbs From Injuries Sustained in Accident

 Occurred on 11/01/11, 11:45 a.m.   Major Accident   4500 Kostoryz     C1107897

Officers responded to a major accident involving a red 2011 red Chevrolet Malibu which swerved across the oncoming lane of traffic, jumped the curve, and hit an AEP light pole.

The impact sheared the light pole which was held upright by the power lines.  The 50-year-old female driver and her 61-year-old male passenger were both injured.  The passenger was not wearing a seatbelt and sustained severe lacerations to his head.

Both were transported to Spohn Memorial for medical treatment by CCFD Emergency Personnel.

The driver was cited for Failure to Control Speed/Unsafe/Inappropriate Speed, No Driver’s License, and Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility.  The vehicle was impounded.

The Traffic Division reported the passenger died on November 02, 2011 from the injuries he suffered in the collision.  The investigation is ongoing.

Corpus Christi Police Daily Blotter

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