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.

Phony Employees Arrested for Burglary of a Building

Occurred on 11/17/11, 05:08 a.m.   Burglary of a Business   5701 Curtis Clark     1111170015

Officers responded to Top Gun Automotive for a possible burglary in progress.  Officers were advised a witness was watching the suspects load up equipment onto a dark-colored pick-up truck.

Upon their arrival, Officers found a black Dodge pick-up backed up to the bay door and detained Aaron Nunez (08/29/91) and Michael Salinas (11/13/90) who had a load of metal in the bed of the truck.

The suspects claimed to be employees and were starting their workday a little early.  Further investigation revealed the suspects were not employees and the scrap metal had been taken from inside the business.

Both Nunez and Salinas were arrested and charged with Burglary of a Building.

The scrap metal valued at $2,000 was returned to the business.

Officer Safely Maneuvers Out Of The Way, Avoids Head-On Collision with Drunk Driver

Occurred on 11/16/11, 04:23 a.m.   DWI & Possession of Dangerous Drugs   3500 Saratoga Boulevard     111160006 

An Officer who was traveling eastbound in the 3800 block of Saratoga observed a white 2001 Chevrolet Silverado was headed westbound in his lane and coming straight at him. 

The Officer is able to swerve out of harm’s way and chases after the pick-up truck.  The driver narrowly misses hitting two other vehicles head-on, before being pulled over in the 3200 block of Saratoga. 

The driver Jena Lynn Persinger (11/15/85) appears to be intoxicated and administered Standard field Sobriety Test and a Breath Test.  

Persinger is arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated and an outstanding Municipal Court warrant with a Failure to Appear fine in the amount of $317.  She was additionally charged with Possession of Dangerous Drugs when she was found to be possession of several pills.

Burglar Stabs Victim When Confronted

Occurred on 11/15/11, 7:30 a.m.   Aggravated Assault/Burglary of a Building 850 Stone     1111150013 

Officers responded to Martha’s Vineyard for a stabbing.  Upon their arrival, Officers contacted the 59-year-old victim who reported he heard noises coming from storage shed at 5:30 a.m.  He went out to investigate and found two men trying to steal his lawn equipment. 

Both males were wearing masks over their faces.  The victim told Officers he was attacked and stabbed by one of the males.   The suspects fled leaving the victim unconscious.  He came to a couple of hours later and called police. 

The victim was transported to Spohn Memorial for medical treatment by CCFD Emergency Personnel with stab wounds to chest and neck. 

The suspects are believed to be two males wearing Halloween masks.  No other description is available at this time. 

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 at 361-886-2841.

Burglar Sentenced To A Lengthy Prison Term

Occurred on 04/23/11, 9:40 p.m.   Burglary of a Habitation   2820 Swanter     1104230173 
                                                    Burglary of a Habitation   613 Texas Avenue      1104230178

Officers V. Ortiz and A. Carrizales were investigating a residential burglary at 2820 Swantner that had just occurred.  Officers contacted the 60-year-old victim who told Officers she believed someone was in her residence when she arrived home.  Officer A. Lopez heard the call on the radio and began to search for the suspect.  

While checking the area, several calls were received to 613 Texas Avenue for a female yelling for help in the front yard of  her residence along with a burglary in progress call with the suspect being held down by the homeowner.  

Officer Lopez drove up on the residence prior to the calls being dispatched and found the 30-year-old victim whose face was covered in blood holding the suspect in a headlock, while his 29-year-old wife held the suspect’s legs.  Brian Steer (08/25/65) was taken into custody. 

Further investigation revealed, the couple arrived home to find their front door kicked open and Steer walking out the front door.  A struggle ensued in which Steer struck the husband with a crow bar causing a laceration to the victim’s head.  Steer kept on fighting back and attempting to escape until Officer Lopez arrived.  

The husband sustained a laceration to the forehead and to the back of his head when he was assaulted by Steer.  He was transported to Spohn Memorial for medical treatment by CCFD Emergency Personnel.  

Steer was found with stolen property on him belonging to the victim at 2820 Swantner.   Steer was arrested and charged with Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon, Burglary of a Habitation, and an outstanding Austin State Parole warrant for Burglary of a Building. 


The Nueces County District Attorney’s Office notified the Corpus Christi Police Department that Brian Steer had been sentenced to 75 years for Aggravated Robbery and two counts of Burglary of a Habitation on November 10, 2011.

Drunk Driver Arrested Driving Wrong Way On Causeway

Occurred on 11/15/11, 01:55 a.m.   D.W.I.   10600 SH 358     1111150006

An off-duty Corpus Christi Police Department Identification Technician reported a blue 1997 Pontiac Firebird traveling west bound in the east bound lane of SH 358 on the causeway approaching Laguna Shores Road.

Officers responded to the area and were able to pull over the Firebird driven by Billy Long (07/13/81) who appeared intoxicated and was oblivious that he traveling the wrong way.  He was administered Standard Field Sobriety Tests and a Breath Test.

Long was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated.

60-year-old Female Arrested After She’s Found “Dancing in the Street”

Occurred on 11/15/11, 12:47 a.m.   Possession of Controlled Substance   4101 Ayers     1111150005

Officers responded to a suspicious female hanging around the gas pumps at the Stripes Convenience Store.  The caller advised she had been there for about an hour.  Upon their arrival, Officers found her dancing in the parking lot.   

Further investigation revealed, Cheryl Liscano (10/05/51) was in possession of two bags containing Cocaine.  Liscano was arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Police Investigate Unusual Shooting

Occurred on 11/13/11, 02:52 a.m.   Aggravated Assault   3049 Greenwood     1111130032

Officers responded to the Whataburger located at 2424 Baldwin and contacted a 33-year-old female who told Officers she had been shot in the area of 3000 Greenwood.

The victim and the three other female passengers in the her vehicle told Officers they were meeting up with a friend when she failed to make a turn.  The victim pulled into the Lone Star parking lot and made a u-turn when they observed a Hispanic female yelling at them.

The female was standing in front of a residence at 3049 Greenwood and accompanied by a Hispanic male who handed her a firearm.   The female then pointed the firearm and shot at the victim’s vehicle striking the driver.

The victim sustained a small puncture wound to her face and transported to Spohn Memorial.

The female suspect is described as a small built Hispanic female about 25 to 35 years of age.  She was last seen wearing a t-shirt with shorts.  No additional suspect description available on the male at this time.

The shooting remains an active and ongoing investigation.  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 at 361-886-2841.

Pedstrian Struck Crossing Ocean Drive

Occurred on 11/13/11, 11:59 p.m.   Major Accident   3500 Ocean Drive C1108211     

Officers responded to a major accident involving a pedestrian in the 3500 block of Ocean Drive.  Upon their arrival, Officers were told a 30-year-old male was walking across the street in an area in which a cross walk is not provided.  

He was struck by a gold 2000 Chevrolet S-10 pick-up truck driven by a 34-year-old female.  He sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Spohn Memorial for medical treatment by CCFD Emergency Personnel.

The driver was questioned and released pending the results of the investigation.  No charges have been filed at this time.

Drunk Driver Arrested, Also Charged with Two Counts of Evading Arrest

Occurred on 11/13/11, 02:06 a.m.   D.W.I./Evading Arrest   1111130024

An Officer was approaching the intersection at Baldwin and S. Port when he observed a white 1993 Chevrolet Lumina approaching him at a  high rate of speed.   The Officer pulled to a stop just as the vehicle ran the stop sign and nearly  struck him.

The Officer attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the driver refused to stop and fled.  The driver who had his headlights off continued driving recklessly, running several stop signs, and swerving all over the road.  

Officers pursued the vehicle to the area of Noakes and Palm where he threw out a beer can.  He then drove onto IH 37  towards the SH 286 interchange, and pulled to a stop on the southbound side of SH 286. 

The driver fled on foot across SH 286 onto the northbound lanes as Officer gave chase.  The driver Islas Candelario (09/16/85) was tased and arrested. 

Candelario who appeared to be intoxicated was issued a  Breath Test and charged with Driving While Intoxicated, Evading Arrest in a Vehicle, and Evading Arrest on Foot.

A passenger in the vehicle was released at the scene.

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