Arson Suspect Arrested

10.10.2011/12:39pm    2610 Dempsey    Arson     1110100080

MetroCom Dispatch received a call for a fire at 2610 Dempsey. Initial calls came in that it was an abandoned home. Witnesses then began calling 911 stating that a Black male was seen running from the location just prior to the fire. Fire crews arrived and began to fight the blaze.

Working off witness descriptions, of the man running from the home, Officers located Anthony Daquan Randle (11.8.1988) in the 3500 block of Leopard and detained him. He was taken to the Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division for an interview by CCFD Arson investigators and then arrested for Arson.

CCFD Arson investigators will continue to work on the investigation.

Aggravated Robbery 3238 Buddy Lawrence

10.09.2011/2:05 am    3238 Buddy Lawrence    Aggravated Robbery    1110090015

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Robbery Investigators are asking for the public’s assistant in identifying the individual responsible for an Aggravated Robbery that occurred on Oct. 9 shortly after 2 am at the Stripes store located at 3238 Buddy Lawrence.

 A witness told police that the suspect came into the store and waited until all the other customers left. The suspect then approached the clerk behind the counter and displayed a steak knife as he demanded the money from the register.

 He is described as a Hispanic male 5’ 8” tall around 180 lbs. with Black hair and Brown eyes. He had tattoo sleeves on both arms, a thin goatee and thick Black eye brows. At the time of the robbery, he was wearing a dark Blue t-shirt, Black jeans and Black tennis shoes.

 After the robbery, he then fled the store on foot towardNandina St.

 If you can identify this individual, we ask 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.

 

Burglary of a Vehicle; Felony Theft

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09.02.2011/5:00 am    100 Atlantic     Burglary of a Vehicle    1109020039

Investigators with the Auto Theft Task Force are asking for your help in identifying this individual who they believe is responsible for an auto burglary in the early morning hours of September 2 on the 100 blk. of Atlantic St.

The individual is described as a white male medium to large build, wearing a tan ball cap and black t-shirt.

If you can identify this individual we encourage 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.

City Begins Rollout of New Parking Meter Rates

On Thursday October 13th, the Parking Control division of CCPD will begin the rollout of the new parking rates approved by City Council in August of this year. The new rates will range from 25¢ to 75¢ per hour, still far below the state average of $1.25 per hour and unlike most cities in Texas and nationwide meters will still only operate Monday through Friday, 8 AM until 6 PM. In fact, most cities nationwide have extended their collection days through Saturdays and evenings.

The rollout will be phased in over a 2 month period. In the first phase existing electronic meters will be increased to 25¢ and 50¢ across the city, from the current 10¢ to 25¢. As the 300 new credit card meters and 200 additional electronic meters come into inventory, most of the older mechanical meters that are 25 to 50 years old will be phased out. Once all the new meters are in place Phase II will see the 300 credit card meters raised to 75¢. These changes will see the end of one hour meter zones and reduction of time frames to just three standardized time frames of two, four or ten hours.

Unlike most cities, Corpus Christi has been able to make these changes utilizing current city staff. Most cities utilize parking consulting firms for design, layout, implementation and installation of new parking programs costing from $100,000 to $300,000 dollars. Vendors will typically charge $25 per meter to install credit card meters and as much as $18,300 for software and training on electronic meters. Following the mandate of Chief Troy Riggs to be better stewards of our city revenues, the Parking Control division was able to negotiate huge savings to the city during this rollout.

Doing our own design, layout, implementation and installation in-house saved over $100,000 in consulting fees. Using refurbished housings, utilizing web-based training and bundling equipment, which reduced software cost, saved the city an additional $50,000 in up-front money. With these savings the upgraded equipment should pay for itself in less than one year.

The most important aspect of this program is the profit-sharing aspect for downtown revitalization. Most successful cities nationwide turn a significant portion of the profits from parking meter revenue back into downtown revitalization. Texas cities like San Antonio, Austin, Galveston and Houston put the profits back into the community by adding trees, planters, benches, cleaning sidewalks and installing decorative lighting which also increases public safety, into their downtown areas. Each of these cities uses a different means of managing those revitalization dollars. Corpus Christi settled on using an advisory committee similar to Austin, Colorado Springs and Tucson. The committee is made up of a cross-section of representatives from uptown, downtown and Corpus Christi Beach businesses, as well as downtown residential representatives.

“The concept is to use community representatives to advise city council, with city staff as liaisons. In this manner we are able to use the many talents of our local citizens to participate in the look of our city center areas. These type programs have been successful in every city utilizing them and there is no reason to suspect that with the combined talent of our citizens and city staff we can’t accomplish the same success in Corpus Christi”, said Marc Denson, Parking Control Supervisor.

Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Arrest

Corpus Christi Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Detectives and Special Agents with the Department of
Homeland Security culminated an investigation with the arrest of Jose Rene Alaniz (10.22.68).

Alaniz had been conversing via internet with what he believed to be an underage female, and attempted to facilitate the female taking explicit pictures of herself for him.

Alaniz was charged with Attempted Production of Child Pornography and is in federal custody.

Case number – 1108290036, Arrest Date: 10/6/2011

Major Accident with Pedestrian – 1100 Saratoga

10.8.2011/9:14pm     1100 Saratoga     Traffic Accident w/Pedestrian     C1107261

The driver of a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado was traveling East in the 1100 block of Saratoga Blvd when he struck a female who was walking in the street.

The 35 year old female victim had been in an argument with Ruben Garcia (9.21.68) while they were in a vehicle, also in the 11oo blk of Saratoga, and had decided to walk. She was walking in the roadway when she was struck by the vehicle driven by David Stuart (7.4.1957). Stuart failed to stop and continued on without checking on the female victim. Seeing this happen, Garcia then chased Stuart’s vehicle down and rammed it, forcing it to leave the roadway.

The female victim was transported to Spohn Memorial with minor injuries.

Traffic Accident – Rollover on IH 37 Access – Sharpsburg

10.9.2011/4:13pm   IH 37 @ Sharpsburg   Traffic Accident/Rollover   C1107294/1110090089

Officers responded to a rollover accident at the IH 37 @ Sharpsburg where a vehicle had rolled over. Officers arrived and found a 2002 Ford Taurus on its rooftop when they arrived. Inside of the vehicle were the driver Alberto J. Rodriguez (2.9.1972) and a passenger Maria Jasso (60 yrs of age). Medic units were able to get both occupants out of the vehicle and take them to Spohn Memorial for injuries.

The initial investigation, by Officers at the scene, indicate that Rodriguez was traveling East on the 4400 block of Sharpsburg and attempted to turn North onto 12600 Up River Road. He lost control of his vehicle and struck a “caution” sign. The vehicle then rolled and landed on its rooftop trapping the driver and his passenger.

Rodriguez was issued citations for “Fail to Control Speed”, “Fail to Maintain Financial Responsibility” and “No Driver’s License”. Officers at the scene suspected Rodriguez to be under the influence of alcohol as well. All paperwork was filled out for a possible “Driving While Intoxicated” charge.

 

Car Burglars Caught in The Act

10.9.2011/11:05pm   4706 Columbia Pkwy   Burglary of Vehicle/Poss of Marijuana   1110090129

Officer Alejandro was conducting Traffic Enforcement on the 4600 block of Columbia when he observed a vehicle turn off its lights before coming to a stop. The Officer then saw the passenger get out of the vehicle, walk up to two homes on Columbia and attempt to burglarize two vehicles. Once the Burglar was back in the vehicle, the Officer was able to call for backup and then make a traffic stop.

Officers made contact with Johnny Barrera (8.8.1990) and Teodoro Anguiano (1.3.1983). One Officer checked the two vehicles on Columbia and found one to have its door open and looked to have been ransacked. The Officer made contact with the vehicle owner who confirmed that his vehicle was damaged and had been burglarized. Both Barrera and Anguiano were arrested for the Burglary.

Barrera was also found to have marijuana in his sock and was additionally charged.

Man Falls Asleep at ATM

10.9.2011/11:57pm    2727 Morgan (Bonilla Plaza)    Warrant of Arrest x2    1110100001

The MetroCom Dispatch Center received a call for a man who was sleeping in his vehicle near the ATM at Bonilla Plaza. Officers arrived and made contact with Alfred Garcia (12.4.1970). He was checked for warrants and found to have two for Larceny (Nueces Co) and a Municipal Court warrant. He was arrested and taken to jail.

Man Stabbed at Local Billiard’s Club

10.7.2011/11:30pm   1621 S.P.I.D. (Rack Daddy’s)   Aggravated Assault w/Deadly Weapon   1110070185

Officers responded to Rack Daddy’s for an Aggravated Assault regarding a victim (35 yoa Hispanic Male) who had been stabbed.

Units arrived and secured the crime scene and requested the assistance of the Criminal Investigation Division. Officers were told that one victim was assaulted by several bar patrons inside the bathroom area of the club. The victim was stabbed several times throughout his body. The victim was taken to Spohn Memorial Hospital where he was listed in critical condition.

Detectives will continue to follow up on witness information as the investigation continues. No arrests were made at the scene.

Corpus Christi Police Daily Blotter

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