Holiday Enforcement Safety Plan 2011

Corpus Christi Police Department Holiday Season Safety Plan 2011 

The Corpus Christi Police Department has finalized it 2011 Holiday Season Safety Plan. During the additional enforcement initiative, which begins November 25th and will continue through December 30th, 2011, Officers from several divisions will combine resources to ensure that our citizens enjoy a safe and crime-free holiday season.  This year’s plan provides for increased traffic with enhanced DWI enforcement throughout the city.

As many as 24 additional Officers from the Uniform Division, Traffic Safety Division, Narcotics – Vice, the Auto Theft Task Force and the Criminal Investigation Division will redirect their enforcement efforts on the busiest shopping areas in town.  Among the areas targeted for increased patrol are:

  • La Palmera Mall
  • Moore Plaza
  • Sunrise Mall
  • The Promenade
  • Gulf Way Shopping Center
  • Saratoga Town Center
  • Island Gate Plaza
  • Other busy shopping areas and restaurants along S.P.I.D.

Increased Enforcement

Each day, this assignment will have Officers to supplement the normal contingent of patrol officers who work these areas.  Officers will stagger their work days to ensure adequate coverage seven days a week, with the heaviest concentration of Officers reporting on the weekends.  Shoplifting, auto burglary, auto theft, purse snatching, and robbery are the most common offenses committed by lawbreakers who take advantage of “on the go” and sometimes distracted holiday shoppers.

Officers will be conducting frequent high visibility patrol through the parking lots and be on the lookout for criminals who might choose to prey upon busy shoppers.

Five plain clothes Detectives from the Auto Theft Task Force will also randomly patrol the parking lots and busy shopping areas, attempting to spot crimes in progress.

In addition to patrolling the parking lots, Auto Theft Force Officers will also employ a patrol car equipped with an automated license plate reader.  This vehicle automatically reads thousands of license plates per hour and alerts the Officer whenever a stolen vehicle is encountered.

Traffic Control

Throughout the holiday shopping season, Traffic Officers will direct their efforts toward ensuring a safe and smooth flow of traffic into and out of the malls and other busy shopping areas.

Beginning Friday, November 25th, a minimum of eight Traffic Officers, including four Motorcycle Officers, will be assigned to provide traffic control and enforcement at the major intersections along S.P.I.D., as well as the entrances and exits to the malls and major shopping centers.

Parking Enforcement will put two Officers out to enforce disabled parking throughout the city and will assist uniformed officers in keeping watch for suspicious subjects and events.

DWI Enforcement

Two grants will allow the Department to put additional Officers on the street to focus on DWI enforcement; the STEP grant reimburses overtime costs to hire an additional three Officers Wednesday through Saturdays from 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.

In addition to the overtime Officers, the Southside District has committed to assigning two Officers each night to DWI patrol between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 3:00 a.m.

During the Holiday shopping period between Thanksgiving and Christmas, six Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety will be assigned to assist CCPD officers using State DWI grant monies to increase DWI enforcement. This will be coupled with the District Attorney’s Office to sponsor no-refusal weekends.

Citizens in Support of CCPD graciously funded the posters that are around town and in stores urging people to think before getting behind the wheel drunk during the holidays.

The Holiday Initiative patrols are a continued effort for the  Corpus Christi Police Department to work as an equal partner with the community to reduce crime, the fear of crime and to enhance public safety.

The Crime Prevention Division of the Corpus Christi Police Department would like to include the following safety tips :

Holiday Safety Tips 

During this holiday season, it’s important to be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times.  It’s a perfect opportunity for criminals to commit their crimes. Below are a few safety tips to keep in mind for a safe and happy holiday season.

  • Park in well-lighted spaces and as close to the store as possible, lock your car doors, and hide packages in the trunk or under seats.
  • Do not carry large amounts of cash; pay with a check or credit card if possible.
  • Carry your purse tightly and closely to your body.  Do not carry it by the straps as thieves can easily snatch the purse.
  • Put wallets inside coat or front pants pocket.
  • Do not carry excessive packages while shopping. Place them in the trunk or take them home.
  • Teach your children to look for a police officer or contact a store security guard in the event they become lost or separated.
  • Be aware of suspicious strangers approaching you this holiday season. These are con-artists who are planning to distract you with the intention of taking your money and belongings.
  • Be aware of individuals attempting to sell you items in parking lots.  These items may be stolen goods.
  • For online shopping, only shop with companies you know.
  • Always keep your password private and stray away from using social security numbers or birthdates.

Credit Card Abuse Suspect – New Video

11.15.2011/9:08 pm   Credit Card Abuse   6300 Wooldridge/Cimarron   1111150119

UPDATE: Detectives with the Auto Theft Task Force have obtained additional video of the suspect.

Detectives with the Auto Theft Task Force need your help in identifying the individual who broke into a vehicle and stole and used the victim’s credit card. He used the credit card at two locations on the Southside of town.

The individual is described as a Hispanic male wearing a yellow striped shirt, blue jeans and white tennis shoes. He is seen getting into a blue four door passenger vehicle.

If you can identify this individual we encourage you to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS, or log on at The information you provide could earn you a cash reward.

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Electric Company Imposter Burglarizes Elderly Victim’s Residence

Occurred on 11/18/11, 4:39 p.m.   Burglary of a Habitation   1317 Sandstone Drive     1111180124

Officers contacted the 74-year-old victim who reported her residence was burglarized.  The victim who was uninjured told Officers she answered the door and a male subject identified himself as an electric company employee,  He told the victim he would be installing power lines in her backyard.

The victim met the suspect in the backyard, leaving her front door unlocked.  The suspect excused himself  to retrieve equipment from his work truck, but failed to return to the backyard.  The victim waited for several minutes and returned inside her residence.

Once inside she found her residence had been ransacked and several pieces of her jewelry stolen.    The electric company employee was nowhere to be found.  The victim believes the suspect was accompanied by another male.

The first suspect is described as a White male, 25 to 430 years of age, 5’8″ to 6′ feet tall, and weighing 130 to 140 lbs.  He was last seen wearing a plaid shirt and blue jeans.  There is no description available on the second suspect.  Anyone having any information regarding this crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or the Corpus Christi Police Department Property Crimes Unit. at 361-886-2841.

In order to “Keep Corpus Christi Safe” we encourage everyone to be extra careful when unexpected visitors knock on your door.  Please utilize the peep-hole and your door security chain.   The door chain allows you to speak with visitors without allowing them entry into your home.

AEP Texas representative, Andy Heines confirmed  AEP employees who contact residents usually have a pre-arranged appointment.  The employees can be identified by both their AEP identification and company uniform along with the company’s logo on their vehicles.  Should a concern arise, Mr. Heines suggests that the resident call their Customer Service  Office at 1-877-373-4858 for employment verification.

If you are contacted by an individual in a similar situation, write down their vehicle’s license plate number along with a description of the individual.  If you have access to a camera or phone with a camera take a quick picture, but remain inside the safety of your home.  If you feel you are being targeted by one of these imposters, call  911.

Please contact Crime Prevention Advisor Brenda Moreno at 361-886-2568, if you would like any information on Personal and Senior Safety along with Home Safety Inspections.

Employee’s Quick Thinking Foils Robbery Attempt

Occurred on 11/19/11, 7:33 p.m.  Aggravated Robbery   3022 Leopard     1111190138 

Officer Z. Johnson responded to Robbery in progress at the Boat and Net located at 3022 Leopard.  The caller reported they heard loud knocking at the back door and when the employee looked out the peep-hole he saw one male with a black ski mask on and another in the process of putting it on.  The employee called police and kept the door secure. 

The Officer arrived within a minute of the call and observed the two unmasked males walking away from the business and ordered them stop.  One of the males fled as he discarded his mask and knife.  The second suspect Justin Gutierrez (08/12/94) was arrested. 

Gutierrez was charged Aggravated Robbery.  

The second suspect is described as a Hispanic male, 16 to 19 years of age, 5’5″ to 5’8″ feet tall, and weighing 140 to 160 lbs.  He was last seen wearing all black clothing.

Anyone having any information regarding this crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or the Corpus Christi Police Department Homicide/Robbery Bureau.


50 Years of Combined Experience Counts

Occurred on 11/17/11, 10:16 a.m.   Burglary of a Habitation     725 S. Carancahua Street.     1111170044

Homicide/Robbery Detective R.L. Garcia and Reserve Officer D. Langley were working their quarterly Patrol Day when they responded  to the victim’s residence for a burglary.  The Officers contacted the victim who reported she heard the front door of her neighbor’s apartment being kicked open.  She went to investigate and observed a Black male wearing a white t-shirt and khaki shorts run out of her neighbor’s apartment carrying a bag and a guitar.

The Officers searched the area and found a male fitting the suspect’s description  in the 800 block of Coleman Drive.  The suspect denied being the burglar and agreed to return to the crime scene with the Officers.

The 23-year-old witness to the burglary positively identified the suspect as the burglar.  Michael Darnel King (03/12/72) was arrested and charged with Burglary of a Habitation.

Officers searched the area, but were unable to locate the stolen property.  Anyone having any information regarding this crime or the whereabouts of the stolen property is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or the Corpus Christi Police Department Property Crimes Unit.

Composite Drawings Released of Suspect in Robbery of Fajitaville Employee

Occurred on 11/09/11, 8:55 p.m.    Aggravated Robbery/Stolen Vehicle   221 Hotel     1111090124

A 30-year-old female called Police stating that she had been robbed of both her money and vehicle.  Police and CCFD Emergency Personnel made their way to the parking lot of Fajitaville located at 221 Hotel.

Officers contacted the victim who reported she was grabbed from behind by a knife wielding Hispanic male as she walked to her vehicle.  The suspect ordered the victim into her vehicle with him.  The victim complied and shortly thereafter a struggle ensued between the victim and the suspect.

During the struggle, the victim was able to get out of the vehicle in an unsuccessful attempt to get away  The suspect continued to assault the victim using  one of the victim’s  boots to strike her in the face, breaking her nose. 

The suspect then fled in the victim’s 2007 Dodge Caliber.  Officers searched the area for the suspect and vehicle, but were unsuccessful in locating it.

The victim was transported to Spohn Memorial for treatment of her injuries.

The Port of Corpus Christi Police Department informed the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Auto Theft Task Force they had recovered the victim’s vehicle floating in the inner harbor at 2121 Navigation Boulevard.  

The suspect is described as thin Hispanic males, 24 to 25 years of age, 5’3″ to 5’4″ feet tall, with black hair.  He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a tan jacket, and brown Beanie type hat.

Homicide/Robbery Detectives requested the assistance of the Department of Public Safety’s Forensic Artist who rendered the two attached sketches of the suspect.

Anyone having any information on this crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or the Corpus Christi Police Department Homicide/Robbery Bureau a t

Elderly Victim Escapes Injury During Fire Call

Occurred on 11/17/11, 04:53 a.m.  Fire Alarm   2625 Greenwood     1111180021 

Officers M. Benavides and J. Silva responded to a fire alarm at the Lulac Hacienda Apartments located at2625 Greenwood Drive.  Upon their arrival, the Officers heard the smoke alarm and smelled the strong odor of smoke coming from one of the apartments.  The Officers began knocking on the door, but received no response. 

The Officers found an unlocked window and entered the apartment.  Once inside, they found a burning pan on the stove causing the smoke.  

They searched the apartment and found an elderly female asleep in her bedroom.  The victim told Officers she had removed her hearing aid and fallen asleep while cooking dinner and as a result had been unable to hear the smoke alarm. 

Both Officers and CCFD Emergency Personnel were able to escort the 81-year-old victim safely outside.  She was checked at the scene and released.  The apartment did not sustain any fire damage.

Hit and Run Drunk Driver Arrested, Threatens To Kill Officers

Occurred on 11/17/11, 9:11 p.m.  Evading Arrest   4700 Kostoryz     1111170129/C1108331                  
Wanted Subject/Accident            1111170136/C1108330 

Officers observed a black 2005 Chevrolet Colorado pick-up truck exit the parking lot of J’s Playroom as high rate of speed followed by a blue Chrysler PT Cruiser.   

The driver of the Cruiser pulled over and yelled at Officers the pick-up truck had hit two parked cars in the parking lot.   

Officers located the truck in the area of 4800 Phillip and initiated a traffic stop.  The driver refused to pull over and a pursuit ensued.   

The driver fled until it crashed into a tree at 4834 Queen.  As Officers approached the truck, the driver Jesus Cantu (10/18/86) fled on foot, but lost his balance as he turned to curse at Officers.   

Cantu who appeared to be intoxicated fell to the ground and he was quickly apprehended.  He sustained several lacerations to the face and a bloody nose in the accident. 

While Officers were conducting their investigation, the owner of a gold 2002 Dodge Ram pick-up truck arrived and told them Cantu has also struck his parked vehicle at 2800 Sunnybrook.  Further investigation revealed the accident occurred prior to the pursuit. 

Cantu refused medical treatment, but Officers transported him to Spohn Memorial for medical clearance due to his injuries.   

During the drive to the ER, Cantu continued cursing at the Officer and threatened to kill him.  Upon their arrival at the hospital, a blood warrant was obtained and a blood specimen taken as Cantu continuously cursed, threatened, and struggled with Officers and medical personnel.  Cantu was medically cleared and arrested. 

He was charged with Evading Arrest in a Vehicle, Evading Arrest on Foot, Driving While Intoxicated, and Resisting Arrest, Search, and Transport.  He was cited for Failure to Control Speed, Failure to Display Driver’s License, and also with charged with Failure to Remain and Report an Accident.

Cantu was additionally charged with three outstanding Duval County warrants for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Aggravated Assault, and Motion to Revoke for Aggravated Assault.

Runnin’ to a Different Beat

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11.14.11/3:15 pm   Theft   1250 Flour Bluff   1111140099

Investigators in the Property Crimes Unit need your help in identifying the individual who stole two car stereos from the Wal-Mart located at 1250 Flour Bluff Dr.

On Monday November the 14, the unidentified individual walked out of Wal-Mart without paying for the two car stereos. As you can see in the short clip, the individual is described as a hispanic male 5′ 8″ to 5′ 11″ in height, 170 – 200 lbs. At the time of the theft he was wearing a white jacket,  a red and white striped pull-over shirt, dark-colored shorts, white socks over his calves and white tennis shoes. He had a short hair cut and a small goatee.

If you can identify this individual we encourage you to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS, or log on at the information you provide could earn you a cash reward.

Lookin’ for Trouble

11.16.2011/10:26 pm   Warrant of Arrest/Minor in Possession of Alcohol   10900 Annaville Rd.   1111160140

Officer while on patrol stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction. Upon contacting the driver, officer asked him for his driver’s license, Luis Zapata 8-23-93 told officer he did not have one and that he probably had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Upon checking him thru the state record he indeed have an outstanding warrant for probation violation.

Ricky Zapata 5-25-93 was the front seat passenger in the vehicle and he was discovered to be drinking some beer, therefore he was also arrested for Minor in possession of Alcohol.

The vehicles that both subject were cruzin in was impounded.

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