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.

CCPD Launches On Line Reporting System

The Corpus Christi Police Department is proud to announce yet another convenient method to file certain types of police reports. This web based reporting system will allow the public to file Lost Property, Theft from a Vehicle, Theft, Vandalism, and Vandalism to a Vehicle reports directly and immediately online.

We believe that our web based reporting option will allow officers in the field more time to focus on in progress calls and preventative patrols while allowing citizens another option to receive police service via the internet.

The service will allow the public to file a report at a time that is best for them without having to wait for an officer to respond or the Telephone Reporting Unit to call back.

In order to file a report, the crime or loss must have occurred within the City of Corpus Christi, the individual must be 17 years of age, and the total value of the crimes must be less than $1,500.  The public will be able to print a temporary copy of the report immediately upon submission. They will be issued a number that they can provide to their insurance company at that time.

The report will then be reviewed by police personnel and once approved, the reporting party will receive an e-mail attachment of the official police report free of charge. The report will be transferred into the Corpus Christi Police Department’s records management system and receive the same statistical analysis as if the report had been filed by a police officer.

The On Line Reporting Link is available and can be accessed via the link.    It is available in English with the Spanish version becoming available with the next few months.  The $27,000 cost of this On Line Reporting system was purchased from federally seized drug funds.

Complaints of Prostitution, Lead to Arrest

Occurred 9/7, 1:06 a.m.     Wanted Subject   900 Omaha   1109070006 

An Officer working his district received complaints of known prostitutes working the Omaha area.  The Officer located Erica Lopez (02/11/76) in the 900 block of Omaha and arrested her. She was transported and booked at the CDC.  Lopez was charged with an outstanding Nueces County warrant for Possession of a Controlled Substance.

Corpus Christi Police Daily Blotter

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