Loose Ammunition Leads to Discovery of Stolen Firearm

Occurred on 10/17/11, 02:40 a.m.   Theft of a Firearm   1800 Van Loan     1110170020

An Officer pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation and contacted the driver Tomas Ortiz (03/22/86).  Further investigation revealed Ortiz was in possession of ammunition and a rifle.  Officers found the rifle to be stolen out of Port Arthur.  The two passengers were released, but Ortiz was arrested for Theft of a Firearm.  His black 2007 Mazda was impounded.

Wanted Fugitive

Jose Ortega

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating Jose Luis Ortega (9-30-1971). He is wanted on two counts of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender. Charges stem from an Aggravated Sexual Assault in February of 1990, in which he was convicted.

Ortega has been on the run for over a year.

If you know where Jose Luis Ortega 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.

Assistant Chief Mylett Named as Southlake Chief of Police


Assistant Chief Mylett Named as Southlake Chief of Police

Asst Chief S. Mylett

Corpus Christi Police Department Assistant Chief Steve Mylett has been selected as the next Chief of Police for the City of Southlake, Texas. Mylett, a 22 year veteran of the CCPD, has served as Assistant Chief of Operations since his promotion in January of this year. Prior to that, Chief Mylett served as Commander of the Office of Accountability, Captain of the Inspections Unit, and Uniform Division Executive Officer. While serving as Inspections Captain, Chief Mylett was a driving force behind the Department’s successful campaign to attain certification from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (C.A.L.E.A).

“Steve’s commitment to the Police Department and our community has been a tremendous asset to me since I took over as Chief,” said Chief of Police Troy Riggs. “The City of Southlake is fortunate to find a Chief with his high degree of professionalism, integrity and work ethic. We will all miss him here, but wish him the very best as Southlake’s new Chief.”

“Chief Mylett represents the type of police leadership that will only enhance Southlake’s commitment to safety and security,” said Southlake DPS Director Jim Blagg. “His commitment to honor and integrity in his personal as well as professional life is just part of the many reasons why he is now embracing a new opportunity here in Southlake.”

“Although I embrace this challenge and opportunity to move forward in my chosen profession, it is going to be very difficult to say good-bye to my family here in the CCPD,” said Mylett. “I thank all who have supported and mentored me along the way.”

Mylett holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Midwestern State University and is on track to earn his master’s degree in Criminal Justice Leadership and Management from Sam Houston State University in the spring of 2012. He comes from a family with a strong law enforcement tradition; his father is a retired New York City Police Officer, and his brother, Tom, is Assistant Chief at the Port of Corpus Christi Police Department.

He is scheduled to start in Southlake by late November after completing several pre-employment tests and screenings.



85 Drivers Cited for Speeding

10.13.2011    Traffic Section Officers Perform Speed Enforcement

On 10.13.2011, the Traffic Section, along with southside officers, worked to enforce the speed limit on SH358 (routinely called S.P.I.D) at SH286 (Crosstown).

During the two-hour time frame from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm, a total of 85 citations for speeding were issued for vehicles traveling significantly over the speed limit. A total of twelve officers took part in the event and the highest speed recorded was 83 mph in the 60 mph zone.

The Traffic Section will be working with officers on the North side of town the week of October 17-21 for the same type of event looking for speeders on the state highway system.

Robber Takes Teenager’s Cell Phone

10.13.2011/6:24pm    5488 S.P.I.D    Aggravated Robbery    1110130103

A call for an Aggravated Robbery was put out at in the parking lot of 5488 SPID (La Palmera Mall). Officers responded and found a 17-year-old victim. He told Officers that he had just been robbed of his cell phone. He went on to say that the suspect had also attempted to take his shoes and when he did not comply, the suspect punched him in the face. The victim then ran back towards the mall to call for help.

Officers were updated by dispatch with the suspect vehicle information. Officers located the vehicle, in the 3200 block of McArdle, and made a traffic stop detaining all the occupants. The victim of the robbery was brought to the location of the traffic stop by the responding officers and identified Marcus Butler (1.20.1979) as the one who had taken his phone and had assaulted him.

The victim’s phone, along with many others, were found in the suspect vehicle.

Butler was arrested. During a search Officers found several Hydrocodone pills and marijuana. He was additionally charged.

Yard Equipment Bandits Go to Jail

10.13.2011/3:04pm   Stonewall/McKenzie   Theft and Recovery   1110130076

Units received a call for stolen lawn equipment, an Echo blower and an edger. The victim was able to give the Officer a good description of both the suspects and the vehicle they were driving.

While checking the area Officers located Brandon Portillo (7/10/1993) and Javier Pena (1/23/1991) at the Gold and Things Pawn Shop attempting to pawn the Echo blower. The edger was still in the bed of the truck.

Both Portillo and Pena were arrested for Theft. The blower and edger were released to the owner.

Major Accident Involving a Pedestrian

10.13.2011/7:36pm   3200 McArdle   Accident involving a Pedestrian   C1107407

Units responded to major accident involving a pedestrian. When they arrived the driver of the vehicle told Officers that he was driving West on McArdle when he struck the child, who happened to be in the roadway. The driver of the vehicle told Officers that he never saw the child.

According to the child’s guardian, the three-year old was playing in the back yard and managed to exit the yard through a hole in the fence. He then attempted to cross the street and was struck by the vehicle.

The child was transported to Driscoll Children’s Hospital by his guardian to be treated for minor injuries.

The driver of the vehicle was not cited.

Forged Traveler’s Checks Lead to Arrest

10.12.2011/10:36pm   5488 SPID   Forgery & Tampering w/ a Government Document   1110120148

Officers responded to La Palmera Mall after receiving a call for two individuals being detained by mall security for having used an altered travelers’ check.

Upon investigating the allegations, Officers learned that Teniqua Moffatte (2-9-1988) and Marcus Bailey(5-26-1972), both of Georgia, had visited several stores in the mall and used forged traveler’s check to make their purchases.

After having been arrested Moffatte told Officer’s that she had her pet dog in the vehicle which was parked in the mall parking lot. Officer’s then located her vehicle and impounded it. During the impound inventory Officers located 53 forged traveler’s checks as well as several other shopping bags from various stores in Corpus Christi and other cities around the state.

Both Moffatte and Bailey were arrested. The vehicle was impounded and the dog was released to Animal Control.

Police Athletic League Receives $96,000 Donation

The Corpus Christi Police Athletic League (CC-PAL) received two checks from Valero Refinery today. The initial check was in the amount of $14,600 and was raised in part at the Valero Texas Open 2011. The CC-PAL was one of many who received funding.

The second check, in the amount of $81,500, was raised through the efforts of the more than 23 sponsors at the First Annual CC Police Athletic League & Valero – Bill Greehey Refinery Dove Hunt/Skeet Shoot Fundraiser held on October 1, 2011 at the Berry “Lonesome Ranch”.

Chief of Police Troy Riggs said that today’s generous donation is an outstanding example of what can be accomplished when the community and their police department are engaged towards building a future for their children.

CC-PAL is a non-profit, 501(c) 3 registered organization that is sponsored by the Corpus Christi Police Department for at-risk children. CC-PAL operates solely on the generous donations and financial contributions of the local community.

CC-PAL was formed in 2002 with a mission to offer athletic and educational programs to at-risk children in an ongoing effort to reduce juvenile crime, and to do so in a safe environment. The organization has been so successful that it now offers numerous programs for over 2000 at-risk children. CC-PAL introduces these children, many for the first time, to martial arts, baseball, softball, cheerleading, basketball, volleyball and tutoring all at either no charge or at a minimal fee. CC-PAL is open to any child between the ages of 3 to 18.

Aggravated Assault (Drive-by) 2800 Topeka

10.13.2011/12:53am   2800 Topeka   Aggravated Assault   1110130005

Units responded to the 2800 blk. of Topeka reference a drive -by. When Officers arrived and spoke to witnesses they learned  that someone in a silver Honda had shot several times in the direction of the victim, while he was standing between two homes.

It does not appear that anyone was struck by the shots. Officers on scene recovered 3 shell casings on the roadway.

The case is under investigation. If you have any information about this incident you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or log into www.888tips.com

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