The criminal justice system is sending a strong message to juvenile graffiti offenders in Corpus Christi. The message is that they will be held accountable for the graffiti vandalism they commit. One of the largest tagging crews comprised of juvenile graffiti vandals in Corpus Christi has had three of its members processed through the juvenile criminal justice system in the last few weeks.
On August 29, 2011, a 16-year-old member of this local tagging crew appeared before Judge Brent Chesney in County Court of Law No. 5 and pleads “true” to vandalizing property at a local mall.
This 16-year-old along with Robert Pina (06/11/94) were arrested on July 21, 2011 after they were suspected of etching the acronym of their tagging crew on the mirrors of two men’s restrooms and the elevator doors of a the mall, causing nearly $20,000 in damages.
Judge Chesney sentenced the juvenile offender to 15 months of intensive-supervision probation, to be served mostly at the Nueces County Juvenile Justice Center Boot Camp.
Last month, Judge Chesney also sentenced another 16 year old graffiti vandal from the same tagging crew to probation and ordered him to pay $8,700 in restitution. This juvenile offender was suspected of vandalizing 45 properties with graffiti from June 2010 until the time he was identified, and arrested.
A third 16-year-old graffiti vandal from the same tagging crew was arrested last week by police detectives and Corpus Christi Independent School District Police on a Directive to Apprehend at a local high school. It is currently pending a court hearing. This juvenile offender is suspected of vandalizing more than 60 properties with graffiti over a one year period.
His criminal activity came to an end when was identified and arrested by Officers in March of 2011 for spray-painting graffiti at the vacant hospital building on Tarlton St. The Directive to Apprehend was issued for ten properties which he vandalized with graffiti, including highway overpass exit signs on SH 286 and an electronic message board that was placed on the 4100 block of S. Staples St.
The Corpus Christi Police Department’s commitment to “Keep Corpus Christi Safe” has continued with its “Zero Tolerance No Insurance Initiative”. 31 percent of the vehicles to be auctioned are “No Insurance” impounds.
On Saturday, September 3, 2011, a total of 62 cars and 2 motorcycles will be auctioned at the Corpus Christi Police Department Vehicle Impound Lot located at 2600 Holly Road during our monthly auction. Approximately 20 of these vehicles are “No Insurance” impounds. On Friday, September 2, 2011, the general public will be allowed to register and view the vehicles to be auctioned from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There is no registration fee. On the day of the auction, the general public can continue to register and view the vehicles from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The auction will commence promptly at 10:00 a.m. The vehicles to be auctioned can be viewed at www.siskauction.com. An auction list may also be downloaded from the same website.
The department’s strong stand and enforcement of this “Zero Tolerance No Insurance Initiative” will continue and all vehicles involved in accidents will be impounded and the driver cited if they are unable to provide financial proof of insurance. Driver’s license and proof of financial responsibility checkpoints will continue to be conducted at the Shift Captains’ authorization.
Officers have impounded a total of 867 vehicles solely for Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility since January 1, 2011. Of those impounded vehicles, 81 were impounded during August 2011.
As of March 1, 2011, the towing fees have changed. The owner of the vehicle will be charged an impound tow fee of $153.30 plus a storage fee of $21.65 per day thereafter.
Corpus Christi Police Department Homicide/Robbery Detectives investigated the robbery of the KJC Auto Title Loans which occurred Friday, July 29, 2011 at 2:45 p.m. During the robbery employees reported a Black male armed with a firearm entered the business and demanded they place the money in the backpack he was carrying. Both employees complied and the suspect quickly fled the business taking an undetermined amount of money.
Through further investigation, Detectives were able to obtain an arrest warrant on August 26, 2011, on Lorenzo James Richard (01/03/90) for Aggravated Robbery.
Richard was arrested in Austin, TX on August 31, 2011, by the United States Marshal Service. His bond was set at $100,000.
Wed/6:10 p.m. Wanted Subject 4909 Calvin 1108310120
Officers arrested Brice Anthony Coffman (06/22/88) on an outstanding Nueces County warrant #11000138Y obtained by Corpus Christi Homicide/Robbery Detectives. Coffman struck and stabbed his 48-year-old neighbor with a golf club on August 17, 2011, after a verbal altercation.
Coffman was arrested and booked at the CDC. He was charged with the outstanding Nueces County Aggravated Assault warrant. His bond was set at $50,000.
Wed/7:42 p.m. Drowning Cole Park 1108300135
Officers arrived to find a 66-year-old female in the water and persuaded her to return to shore. The victim was approximately 50 feet from shore when she went under. Officers jumped in the water, pulled her out, and initiated CPR. She was transported to Spohn Shoreline where she later died.
Wed/1:59 a.m. Traffic Accident/DWI 1500 Ennis Joslin Rd C1106250/1108310007
Officers responded to a single vehicle accident and arrived to find Cody Walter Kite (09/26/90) attempting to back out his blue 2003 Toyota Tundra out of the bushes and away from the pole he had struck. Kite was contacted and appeared to be intoxicated. He was administered Standard Field Sobriety Tests and a warrant was obtained for a blood draw. Kite was medically cleared and arrested. He was transported and booked at the CDC. Kite was charged with Driving While Intoxicated
Tue/9:59p.m. Burglary of a Vehicle 300 N. Shoreline 1108300145
An Officer, leaving the police department and beginning his shift, noticed a White male looking into vehicles at the Best Western.
The Officer pulled into the parking lot and walked up to the suspect who was too preoccupied to notice him. Robert Baker (08/02/62) was arrested after he stole a couple of beers from a cooler inside the back of a gold 2004 Chevrolet pick-up truck.
He was transported and booked at the CDC. He was charged with Burglary of a Vehicle. The 42-year-old owner of the vehicle arrived during the investigation and the beer was returned to him.
Tue/4:35am Homicide 5800 Crestmore 1108300013
Police received a call at 4:35 a.m. from a passerby reference a man down; when they arrived, they located a 40-year old male lying on the roadway deceased.
The Medical Examiner’s office has released the name of the victim as Michael Olivarez (7.29.1971). They also indicate that the victim had been shot multiple times. The investigation has also revealed that Mr. Olivarez was not from Corpus Christi. Detectives also indicated that a secondary crime scene was located at a car wash at Ayers/Sacky. Detectives collected items at the scene and are currently evaluating them.
If anyone has any information related to this incident we ask them to call Crime Stoppers at 888 TIPS.
3:56 p.m. Assault 1613 Sycamore Place 1108280114
An Officer patrolling his district observed a female waving her hands in the air and pointing down the street towards a vehicle parked in the middle of the road with its doors flung wide open. Next to the vehicle was a group of males and females involved in an all out brawl in front of 1613 Sycamore Place.
The Officer drove up to find two females punching and shoving three males. Through further investigation, Officers were able to determine the fight was between Lauren Cavazos (06/10/92) and the 19-year-old father of her child over a set of keys. The boyfriend wouldn’t turn over the set of house keys and Lauren Lindsey began to assault him in an attempt to force him to turn the keys over. The victim’s two brothers tried to stop the fight, but were jumped by Lauren’s sister Lindsey Lea Cavazos (09/18/90). Lauren’s boyfriend attempted to leave in the vehicle when he was pulled out of his vehicle by the sisters.
During the struggle, Lauren was pushed by one of the brothers. Both sisters attacked the 21-year-old brother until the Officer was able to break up the fight. Both sisters were arrested and booked at the CDC. Lindsey Lea and Lauren Cavazos were both charged with Assault. The 19-year-old had minor injuries, but refused medical attention. All three men refused to file charges on the two women. Lauren’s mother took custody of the infant child.
4:00 p.m. Traffic Accident 5200 S. Staples C1106199
Officers responding to an accident found the 44-year-old cyclist was crossing in the middle of the roadway without assistance of a green light and struck by a black 2004 Mazda Tribute SV. The cyclist sustained minor injuries and transported to Spohn Memorial for medical treatment. The damaged gasoline-powered bicycle was taken to the cyclist’s home by Officers. No one has been cited at this time.