Cyclist Chases Down Hit and Run Suspect

Occurred 9/8, 5:05 p.m.   Accident    13500 Northwest Blvd.   C1106468 

Officers responded for a hit and run accident in which silver 2002 Isuzu pulled out from a private drive and struck a bicyclist who was riding on the sidewalk.   The bicyclist was knocked down, but not injured.  The driver of the Isuzu fled, but the bicyclist gave chase.  The cyclist was able to provide Officers with the license plate number of the hit and run vehicle.  The investigation is ongoing.

Anger Over Private Impound Results In Aggravated Robbery

Occurred 9/9, 04:00   Aggravated Robbery   4908 Up River Rd   1109000014

Officers responded for a burglary in progress call which involved several suspects attempting to break into Lone Star Wrecker.  Upon their arrival, Officers contacted the owner of the business who reported they impounded a red Dodge Durango from 2022 Treyway which was parked at a fire zone.

Once back at the wrecker yard, he began to receive threatening phone calls demanding the release of the vehicle.  The owner believing the business would be burglarized hid across the street to keep an eye on his business.

Shortly thereafter, a white Nissan occupied by several Hispanic males drove up to the wrecker yard.  They exited the vehicle armed with bolt cutters and cut the padlock to the front gate.  One of the males walked into the wrecker yard and began to drive the Durgano out of the yard.

The owner attempted to block him in with his tow truck, but the driver drove at them almost running them over.  The driver fled prior to the Officers arrival, but returned as the Officer was conducting his investigation.

Jorell Jay Armadillo (07/27/86) was positively identified by the victims and arrested.  He was transported and booked at the CDC.  He was charged with Aggravated Robbery.  The red Dodge Durango was located by Officers and impounded.

Marijuana Odor Leads to Arrest

Occurred 9/8, 7:36 p.m.  Possession of Marijuana   600 Duncan    1109080137

An Officer contacted two males walking in the middle of street, both males smelled strongly of freshly burnt marijuana.  The Officer checked both males for weapons and found a knife on the 16-year-old male.  As he retrieved the knife, a baggie of marijuana fell out.

The 16-year-old male was detained.  During the investigation, his friend, John Anthony Contreras (09/30/93) was also found to be in possession of several baggies of Marijuana and a scale.  Contreras was arrested and booked at the CDC.   He was charged with Possession of Marijuana and Possession/Delivery of Drug Paraphernalia.  The juvenile was transported and booked at the Nueces County Juvenile Justice Center.  He was charged with Possession of Marijuana.


Shampoo Thief Attempts to Bite His Way Out of Arrest

Occurred 9/8, 3:57 p.m.   Robbery   4102 Ayers   1109080100  

Officers arrived to find the CVS Pharmacy store manager and their loss prevention officer holding down a Hispanic male in the front of the store.  The store manager reported to Officers their loss prevention officer observed Phillip Ace Martinez (09/07/82) hiding twenty-one bottles of shampoo in his pants and walk out the store without paying for them.  Both men attempted to stop Martinez who struggled with them in an attempt to escape. Martinez bit the store manager’s hands and began to choke him with his own tie when he was unable to break away. Martinez was arrested and booked at the CDC.  He was charged with Robbery.  The store manager sustained minor injuries in the assault.  The stolen property valued at $132.00 was returned to CVS Pharmacy.

Arrests of Graffiti Vandals Continues

A local 18 year old graffiti vandal was served with an arrest warrant at his home by a Corpus Christi Police Officers September 7, 2011.  Nathan Andrew Valdez (02/05/93) was accused of participating with another member of a tagging crew in etching graffiti on plate glass windows at theRichard Milburne Academy located at 5333 Everhart Road on August 29, 2011.

TheRichard Milburne Academy is a charter public school, which made the graffiti a state jail felony.  The Graffiti Task Force obtained a felony arrest warrant on Valdez which was served at his residence. Valdez was arrested and booked at the CDC.  His bond was set at $25,000.

If convicted of the offense,Valdez could face up to 2 years in a state jail facility and/or a $10,000 fine.

9-11 Tribute Honoring Coastal Bend First Responders

In memory of the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001, Chief of Police Troy Riggs has announced the first annual Patriot 5K Fun Run/Walk.  The event honors all of those in uniform who are first to respond in times of emergency, including all present and past members of the Armed Forces, Police Officers, Firefighters and Paramedics, Sheriff’s Deputies, Department of Public Safety Troopers, Constable’s Officers, and State and Federal Officers.

The Patriot 5K Fun Run & Walk will take place Saturday, September 10, 2011, at 7:30 a.m. at Sherrill Park, 222 S. Shoreline.  The event is sponsored by Citizens in Support of the CCPD, a not-for-profit foundation whose mission is to create a safer Corpus Christi by strengthening the bond between the Corpus Christi Police Department and the citizens it serves.

Other sponsors include Ed Hicks Mercedes Nissan & Infinity, Bay Ltd., H.E.B., Stripes, CITGO, and the Corpus Christi Police Officer’s Association.  Entry fees have been covered by the sponsors and participants will receive, t-shirts, sports towels, and water bottles, until the items run out.

A 9-11 tribute ceremony will take place at 7:45 a.m. and will include the Corpus Christi Veteran’s Band and the Patriot Guard Riders.  The Patriot 5K Fun Run/Walk honorary starter will be Lieutenant General Marc Cisneros, U.S. Army, Retired.

Participants are also encouraged to bring along any tattered or torn American Flags.  A local Boy Scout who is working on becoming an Eagle Scout will exchange American Flags for free and retire the older ones properly.


DeAnna McQueen, Special Projects Coordinator
Corpus Christi Police Department
Office: 361-826-2940
Cell:  361-673-3563

Suspects Vandalize Church and Church Bus

Reported 9/7, 11:13 a.m.   Criminal Mischief   3101 McArdle   1109070047

Officers contacted the Maranatha Church Pastor who reported that four church buildings and the church bus were spray painted with graffiti within the last month.   The vandals used red, green, and black paint to cause approximately $1,650. in damages.  Anyone having any information regarding this crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or the Corpus Christi Police Department Graffiti Task Force.

Gunshots Ruin 21-year-old’s Birthday Celebration

Occurred 9/8, 02:42 a.m.   Discharging Weapon   1201  Nancy Dr.   1109080017

An Officer responding to a theft call was travelling in the area of Nile and McArdle when he heard a couple of gunshots just east of his location.  The Officer was rerouted to 1201 Nancy and arrived to find the residents celebrating a 21st birthday.   The homeowner told Officers that several uninvited partygoers arrived and they became out of control.  One of the partygoers grabbed a shotgun from his truck and fired several times in the air.  No one was injured. The suspect fled in a dark colored Sports Utility Vehicle prior to police arriving.  Cody Dell Lewis (09/20/85) was a passenger in a vehicle pulled over leaving the residence. He told Officers they left the residence due to the gunfire.  He was found to be wanted and arrested.  Lewis was transported and booked at the CDC.  He was charged with an outstanding New Braunfels warrant for Larceny over $500.  No Bond. 

Street Dealer Keeps Money and Marijuana, “Buyer” Arrested

Occurred 9/7, 11:03 p.m.   False Report   2919 Waldron Rd.   1109070157  

Several Officers were sent on an emergency run to Shady Grove MHP for a robbery which had just occurred. Officers were advised the victim had been assaulted and his money taken during the robbery.  The Officer located the victim who reported “Joey” assaulted and threatened to hurt him if he didn’t hand over his money.  The victim complied and the suspect fled.  During the Officers investigation, the victim’s story changed.  It was determined the victim was not robbed, but had given “Joey” the $10.00 dollars to go buy him some Marijuana.  When “Joey” failed to return, he decided to call 911 to help him get his money back.  Willie Limuel Avery (10/11/74) showed Officers his cell phone from which he dialed 911.  Avery was arrested and booked at the CDC.  He was charged with filing a False Alarm or Report.

Witness Calls Police, Auto Burglar Arrested

Occurred 9/7, 11:45 p.m.   Burglary of a Vehicle   3802 Caravelle   1109080002

A witness reported to police a Hispanic male had driven into the Waterford Apartment complex parking lot, exited his vehicle, and began pulling at several car door handles until he found an unlocked black Saturn.  Officer located the vehicle’s owner who told them it had been ransacked, but nothing appeared to taken.   Officers pulled over John Garcia (09/26/88) as he attempted to leave the complex.  He was positively identified by the witness and arrested.  Garcia was also found to be in possession of several pills.  He was transported and booked at the CDC.  Garcia was charged with Burglary of a Vehicle and Possession of a Control Substance.

Corpus Christi Police Daily Blotter

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