Armed Subject Arrested During Traffic Stop

Occurred on 9/25/11, 11:53 p.m.  Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon   3300 W. Surfside Blvd.  1109260007

Officers investigating an auto burglary observed a vehicle leaving the adjacent parking area.  Officers pulled the vehicle over for a traffic violation and contacted the two occupants. 

During the traffic stop, Officers could smell the odor of burnt marijuana coming from the vehicle.  While talking with the occupants, the passenger picked up a sweater from the floorboard which provided a clear view of the handle of a handgun.   

Both subjects were detained and further investigation revealed a loaded handgun along with a scale and multiple baggies containing Marijuana. 

Juan Jose Emilio Angel Guerra (08/06/93) was arrested.  He was charged with Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon and Possession of Marijuana.  The 18-year-old female passenger was released at the scene.

 

Glove Wearing Burglar Caught In The Act

Occurred 9/24/11, 7:37 p.m.  Burglary of a Building     5301 S. Staples     1109240147

Officers responded to Banuelos Tire Shop for a burglary in progress when a 55-year-old homeless woman  reported she observed a Hispanic male attempting to steal a tool box from a boat. 

The woman called police who arrived to find Jose Cortez (12/11/91) inside ransacking the business.  Cortez used bolt cutters to cut the burglary bars and gain access to the Office. 

A bag containing burglary tools and a couple of  company checks was located inside the business.  The burglary bag was tagged as evidence and the checks were returned to the 74-year-old owner.

Cortez was arrested and charged with Burglary of a Building along with an outstanding Nueces County warrant for Failure to Appear, Driving Under the  Influence of Liquor.

Two More Victims Come Forward In Two George’s Restaurant Fraud Investigation

Occurred September 2011   Credit Card Abuse   Two George’s Restaurant, 5884 Everhart Road

The Corpus Christi Police Department is investigating multiple complaints from the public that their credit cards have been billed extra charges by Two George’s Restaurant.  A total of sixteen victim’s have come forward to report these fraudulent charges with an estimated $20,000 charged on the victim’s charge cards.

Investigators with the Forgery Unit ask citizens, who have dined at Two George’s Restaurant in the past, to look at their credit card statements to ensure there are no erroneous charges from this or any other location.

If fraudulent charges are found, please contact the police department at (361) 886-2600 to file a report.  This report can be filed with the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Telephone Reporting Unit.

Update:

Over the weekend Officers contacted two victims who reported fraudulent charges were also billed to their credit cards by Two George’s Restaurant.

One victim reported approximately $14,000 was charged to his credit card when he and his wife invited several friends to join them for a dinner party at the restaurant.  The other victim told Officers over $1,700 in unauthorized charges were also added to her credit card.

The investigation is ongoing and is being conducted by the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Forgery Division.

Again we ask that diners who have eaten at Two George’s Restaurant to check their bank and credit card statements for any fraudulent charges.  Please file a police report with our Telephone Reporting Unit at 361-886-2600.

Anyone having any information regarding this crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or the Corpus Christi Police Department Forgery Division at 361-886-2841.

Drunk Driver Arrested, Seven Children in Vehicle Released to Family Members

Occurred on 9/25/11, 1:43 p.m.  Driving While Intoxicated   Holly & Weber Road     1109250074

Officers responded to reports of drunk driver being followed by the complainant who reported the driver of a white 2001 Chevrolet Tracker was swerving from lane to lane and appeared to be intoxicated.  Further updated information advised Officers the driver had several unrestrained children in the vehicle.

Officers were able to pull the vehicle over and contact the driver Alex Hernandez (12/22/70) who did indeed appear to be intoxicated.  Hernandez was administered Standard Field Sobriety Tests and a Blood Draw.  Hernandez was arrested. 

Inside the Tracker were seven children ranging in age from two to sixteen years of age.    The children were neither in child safety seats nor wearing any seat belts. 

Hernandez was charged with Driving While Intoxicated with Child.  The children were uninjured and released to family members.

Officers Dispatched To Man Down Call, Find One Person Critically Injured And Another Deceased

Occurred on 9/25/11, 9:14 a.m. Aggravated Assault 7218 S.P.I.D. 1109250054

Officers responded early Sunday morning to Sky Harbor Apartments for a man down call. Upon their arrival, Officers found a 47-year-old victim who was rushed to Spohn Memorial. He underwent surgery and is currently listed in Critical Condition. The method of his injury is yet to be established.

Officers on scene, requested the assistance of the police department’s S.W.A.T. Team who evacuated nearby residents and made entry into the apartment without incident. S.W.A.T. Team members found one person deceased inside the apartment.

At this time, the investigation is ongoing and has been turned over to the Homicide/Robbery Bureau.

Officers Arrest Hit and Run Suspect When He Returns to Accident Scene

Occurred on 9/23/11, 11:07 p.m.  Major Accident   4700 Leopard   C1106860/1109230161 

Officers responded to the 4 700 block of Leopard for an accident involving a pedestrian.  Officers arrived to find a 56-year-old Hispanic male lying deceased next to the roadway.  A witness reported to Officers the victim was attempting to cross Leopard at the corner of Flood Street when he was struck. The driver failed to stop and fled eastbound on Leopard. 

While Officers were blocking the roadway and securing the crime scene, when the hit and run vehicle returned to the accident site.  The driver again failed to stop or attempt to contact Officers.  An Officer observed the silver Hyundai Sonata to have a damaged windshield and followed the suspect vehicle.   

Officers were able to stop the Sonata over at the Stripes Convenience Store parking lot located at Leopard and Baldwin.  Officers observed the driver throw a beer can out the window as he pulled over.   

The driver Clarence Edward Perkins Jr. (07/23/64) appeared to be intoxicated when contacted.  He was administered Standard Field Sobriety Tests and a Blood Draw was taken. 

Through further investigation, Officers were able to determine Perkins was the hit and run suspect. Perkins was arrested and charged with Intoxicated Manslaughter with a Vehicle and an Accident Involving Injure or Death. 

The deceased’s identity is not being released at this time, pending notification of family members.

 

Got Weed???

Occurred 9/22/11 – 9:39 p.m.   1050 Nueces Bay   Poss. Marijuana/ Warrant/Resisting    1109220160

An alert patrol officer stopped Cosme Zapata(10-15-67) outside the Stripes store on Nueces Bay after the officer observed Zapata acting suspiciously. The Officer had observed Zapata walking through the field adjacent to the store, but Zapata stopped  when he saw the patrol car.  When the Officer drove around the store, Zapata again began to walk away from the area where the Officer was parked. The Officer  finally contacted  Zapata, who quickly told the Officer that he had marijuana in his pocket. Zapata then retrieved the marijuana from his pants pocket and  handed it to the Officer. When the Officer attempted to arrest Zapata for the marijuana, Zapata became upset and resisted. Zapata fought with the officer for a brief moment and then was handcuffed. He was found to have an outstanding warrant for probation violation as well.

Zapata was arrested for the Marijuana, warrant and Resisting Arrest.

Officer’s Stolen Weapon Recovered, Couple Arrested

Occurred on 9/22/11, 6:00 p.m.  Theft of a Firearm/Possesion of Marijuana  3600 Cypress   1109220128

The Corpus Christi Police Department Narcotics  and Vice Officers served a search warrant in the 3600 block of  Cypress on September 22, 2011.   Officers located three handguns in the possesion of a convicted felon along with a small quantity of Marijuana.

One of the handguns was stolen in an auto burglary in 2008.  The service weapon belonged to a Huntsville PD Officer who originally reported the auto burglary on offense report #0811070079.   The  Hunstville police officer has been notified that his weapon has been recovered and taken of the streets. 

Gilberto Hernandez (05/30/64) and Kayla Hernandez (05/26/88) were both arrested.  They were both charged with Possession of Marijuana, while Gilberto Hernandez was additionally charged with Theft of a Firearm.

Sixteen Victims Report $20,000 In Fraudulent Charges At Local Eatery

Occurred September 2011   Credit Card Abuse   Two Georges Restaurant located at 5884 Everhart   Road

The Corpus Christi Police Department is investigating multiple complaints from the public that their credit cards have been billed extra charges by Two Georges Restaurant.  A total of sixteen victim’s have come forward to report these fraudulent charges with an estimated $20,000 charged on the victim’s charge cards.

Investigators with the Forgery Unit ask citizens, who have dined at Two Georges Restaurant in the past, to look at their credit card statements to ensure there are no erroneous charges from this or any other location.

If fraudulent charges are found, please contact the police department at (361) 886-2600 to file a report.  This report can be filed with the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Telephone Reporting Unit.

Local Law Enforcement – Partnership for a Safer Community

Occurred on 9/22/11,   4:43 PM   Warrant of Arrest   4600 Salazar   1109220114

Alberto Puebla (9/15/1973)

When the CCPD implemented a CompStat program about two years ago, one goal was to bring local Law Enforcement together to fight crime and improve the quality of life in our Community.  The economy and a mobile criminal population make these partnerships a necessity.  As leaner budgets and smaller pools of employees challenge local Law Enforcement, new and more efficient ways of keeping our Community safe have to be planned and acted upon.  CompStat is a great venue to promote that collaboration.

A recent example of this ‘bridge building’ is a growing partnership between the Nueces County Adult Probation Department and the CCPD.  The Nueces County Adult Probation Department is sharing lists of absconders (individuals wanted for Probation Warrants) with the CCPD and both agencies as well as the Community are benefiting.

This is how the program works:

The Probation Department sends the CCPD a list of wanted probationers (both felony and misdemeanor).  The list of absconders goes to the Analysts working in the CCPD CATIC (Crime Analysis and Tactical Intelligence Center).  The Analysts research the wanted individuals and put together an information packet that is sent to the CCPD Patrol Officers.  The Officers then look for the wanted individuals on their patrol districts in the time they have between dispatched calls.

This partnership has already begun yielding success.  On Thursday afternoon (9/22/11) at about 3:30 PM, the CATIC Analysts distributed information on Alberto Puebla (9/15/1973). Puebla was wanted for a Probation Violation warrant, but his original charge was Burglary of a Building, a felony in Texas.  At about 4:45 PM, less than one & ½ hours after the information was sent out, a Patrol Officer went to a residence in the 4600 block of Salazar and arrested Puebla for the warrant.

This example provides a clear understanding of how local Law Enforcement agencies in and around the Corpus Christi area are working together to reduce crime and enhance public safety in our Community.

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