Joyride to Corpus Christi, Not So Joyous

10.19.2011/10:33am    Hwy 358@Waldron     Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle    1110190040

MetroCom Dispatch received a call for a drunk driver who was in a white Chevrolet Tahoe. Dispatch notified Officers that the vehicle was reported stolen out of Houston, Texas.

Officers located the vehicle on State Highway 358 where they attempted to make a traffic stop on the vehicle. Once the police unit overhead lights were turned on the driver accelerated and then slammed on his brakes forcing the vehicle to come to a stop in the left median of the freeway.

Sergio Hurtado Jr. (8.24.1993), a Houston native, was taken into custody for the stolen vehicle. The vehicle was impounded for the Auto Theft Task Force.

Wanted Fugitive

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Lance Flanagan (4-8-72). He is wanted for Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession with the Intent to Distribute.

He was last seen driving an older model Black Tahoe.

If you know where Lance Flanagan can be located we encourage you to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS, or log on at www.888tips.com . The information you provide could earn you a cash reward.

Let’s Take a Ride

10.18.2011/5:56pm   Aggravated Robbery   4908 Up River Rd.   1110180107

Officers were dispatched to 4908 Up River Rd., Lone Star Wrecker, for a disturbance with a customer.  As officers were en route, the call was updated and the disturbance was now at 1100 Cantwell St.

When officers arrived on Cantwell, the owner of the wrecker service told police that Khalid Fawaz Alshammary (10-27-1987) had arrived at the yard to pick up his vehicle. The owner explained to Alshammary what he needed in order to get his vehicle returned. Alshammary acknowledged him and told him that he needed to get into his vehicle to retrieve the necessary paperwork.

That is when Alshammary got into his vehicle and attempted to drive it out of the yard without paying the fees that were owed. The wrecker yard attendant then stood in front of Alshammary’s vehicle and told him that he could not take the vehicle until the fees had been paid. Alshammary continued towards the wrecker attendant and struck him with the vehicle. The wrecker yard attendant, fearing he was about to be run over and having nowhere else to go, got onto the vehicle’s hood. Alshammary continued to drive his vehicle out of the wrecker yard and onto Up River Rd. and finally onto Cantwell St. Alshammary attempted to shake the victim off the vehicle on several occasions by steering erratically and braking hard but the wrecker yard attendant stayed on the vehicle. Alshammary finally stopped his vehicle, when another employee from the wrecker yard managed to get his vehicle in front of the Alshammary’s vehicle.

Alshammary was arrested and charged with Aggravated Robbery.

The victim sustained minor injuries, but declined medical treatment at the scene.

Police Nab Robber

10.18.2011/11:15pm   Aggravated Robbery   1303 3rd St.   1110180139

Police responded to the Stripes store located at 1303 3rd St. for a theft of beer. When they arrived witnesses tell police that he saw Herman Grey  (3-21-1972) steal  two beers from the Stripes store.

He then followed Grey to see where he was going, that is when Grey pulled out a small silver handgun and took the witnesses backpack.

When police arrived they viewed the surveillance video in the store and put out a police B.O.L.O. for the suspect.

Grey was located in the area of six points and brought back to the Stripes store were both the clerk and witness identified him as the individual who stole the beer and the backpack at gun point.

Grey was arrested and charged with Aggravated Robbery.

 

Chief Riggs Named Assistant City Manager

CHIEF RIGGS NAMED ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER

City Manager Ron Olson today announced that he has selected Chief of Police Troy Riggs to be Assistant City Manager for Safety, Health, and Neighborhoods. Olson announced the promotion during today’s City Council meeting. The move comes on the heels of the retirement of Assistant City Manager Johnny Perales. Chief Riggs recently celebrated his second anniversary with the Corpus Christi Police Department. Under his leadership, the department has undergone tremendous positive growth, as evidenced by the many changes made during his brief tenure.

Gang Violence

Reorganized Gang Unit
Held first ever Faith Based Summit.
Operation “Enough is Enough”
Two major Gang warrant round-ups
Created Drive-by Shooting Response Team
24% decline in drive-by shootings in 2010 from 2009; downward trend continues in 2011
City’s First Civil Street Gang Injunction
Improved working relationship with federal, state, and local partners to target and disrupt gang activity

Burglaries

Increased emphasis on property crimes; as result, arrests increased 15% for residential and business burglaries, 21% for auto burglaries
Over 300 fewer residential and business burglary reports; 600 fewer auto burglaries

DWI Enforcement

Implemented DWI Enforcement Squad
Increased to nearly 1,000 arrests from approximately 700

New Technology

CCPD Blotter, Facebook, and Twitter
Citizen Observer
Crime Reports.com (Web based crime data)
COPLOGIC – Online Crime Reporting

Budget

Balanced two Budgets
Saved more than $300,000 in spring break overtime, while placing additional officers on the beach
Reducing lease payments by over $200,000
Reduced overall budget by more than two million dollars
Has developed budgets three years in advance

New Programs

Created over 30 Reorganization and Efficiency Teams
Established the Office of Accountability
Vastly Improved Communication with Community and Employees
Implemented CompStat
Crime Analysis & Tactical Intelligence Center
Created Police Foundation- “Citizens in Support of CCPD”
Business Summits
Chief for a Day
Police Awards Banquet
Promotions Ceremonies
Created Public Information Office
Faith Based Services Coalition
Approved K-9 Patrol Dog Program
Instituted No Insurance, Automatic Tow policy
Keep Corpus Christi Safe
886-COPS
Shadow the Chief
Healthy Heroes
Parking Patrol Improvements

Riggs said, “I want to thank all sworn officers and the civilian employees for their hard work and dedication during my time as Chief of Police. The success of the police department is due to them and the tremendous support from the citizens of our great city. I look forward to working with City Manager Olson as he continues to move our city government in a new direction.”

Riggs will begin transitioning into his new position within the next several weeks.

Contact:

Commander Todd Green
Office of Administration
(361) 826-2984
(361) 533-2129
toddg@cctexas.com

Super Quick Thief

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10.12.2011/8:48pm   Theft   3133 S.Alameda   1110120145

Police responded to the H.E.B. reference a theft of a briefcase. When they arrived the victim told officer that he had already placed his items on the conveyor belt and was waiting to pay. That is when he turned to talk to the customer behind him in line. When he turned back he noticed that his briefcase was missing.

The victim then contacted the store security and upon checking the store surveillance and they observe the suspect exiting the store with the briefcase.

The suspect is described as Hispanic female in her thirties, she is about 5′ 5″ to 5′ 7″ in height, she weights 140 – 150 lbs. at the
time of the theft she was wearing a black t-shirt, blue jeans and white tennis shoes and she was carrying a tan purse.

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

Bail Out Unsuccessful as Driver Quickly Apprehended

Occurred 10/17/11. 4:08 a.m.   Evading Arrest with a Vehicle     5300 Leopard     1110170028/C1107502

Officers set up surveillance on a maroon 2000 Chevrolet pickup truck being driven without the owner’s permission.   The truck pulled out from the Stripes Convenience Store at 4849 Leopard St. and began to head west bound on Leopard.

The Officers attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the driver refused to pull over swerving into oncoming traffic lanes as he attempted to flee from Officers.

Officers report the driver was looking for a location to bail out of the vehicle.  The driver swerved into a drainage ditch and bailed out.  The truck traveled on striking the Diesel Engine and Injection building located at 5558 Leopard Street.

The driver Matthew Lee McCabe (08/07/63) was apprehended and arrested.  He was found to not be eligible for a driver’s license renewal.  McCabe was charged with Driving While License Suspended/Invalid, Evading Arrest/Detention with a Vehicle, and Felony Criminal Mischief.

Neither the driver nor anyone in the building was injured.  The damage was estimated in excess of $1,500.

Speed Violations Leads to Arrest

Occurred 10/17/11, 10:01 p.m.   Possession of a  Controlled Substance   600 N. Omaha     1110170167 

Officers pulled over a  white 2000 Mitsubishi Mirage for a traffic violation at Leopard and Omaha. The driver was found not to have a valid driver’s license.  Libby Cruz, a passenger in the vehicle was found in possession of a rock of cocaine.

Cruz (05/20/76) was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance. 

The vehicle was impounded as the 27-year-old driver did not have a valid license  and unable to provide proof of insurance.  He was cited for speeding, No Driver’s License, and Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility.

Mall Security Nabs Auto Burglars

Occurred on 10/17/11, 4:55 p.m.  Burglary of a Vehicle     5488 S. Padre Island Drive     1110170125

Officers responded to La Palmera Mall for an auto burglary in progress.  Mall security working the parking lot recognized the auto burglar and followed the Hispanic male and his partner in anticipation of the suspects committing a crime.

Unsurprisingly, Juan Angel Gonzalez (09/19/90) and Oscar Gonzalez (10/19/91) burglarized a blue 2001 Ford Excursion.  Mall security detained both suspects until Officers arrived.  Both suspects were arrested and charged with Burglary of a Vehicle. 

Juan Angel Gonzalez was additionally charged with Possession of Marijuana when a baggie of Marijuana was found on his person.

Sting Uncovers Prostitution Ring

Occurred on 10/14/11, 5:34 p.m.   Prostitution    510 N. Chaparral St.     1110140111/1110140112

Corpus Christi Police Department Vice and Narcotics Officers received complaints of a prostitution ring which was operating out of a local downtown hotel.  Further investigation revealed the prostitution ring consisted of three females and two males from the Amarillo, TX area.

An undercover sting resulted in the arrest of Lisa McLean (01/04/85) and Sharmra Johnson (12/15/88) at 510 N. Chaparral St.  Both women were charged with Prostitution.  Their arrests led to the remaining members of the prostitution ring being booted out of the hotel.

 

Corpus Christi Police Daily Blotter

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