Hungry Drunk Rams Wall, Damage Estimated at $10,000

Occurred 9/10, 2:01 a.m.  D.W.I./Criminal Mischief   14301 S. Padre Island Drive   1109100018

Officers contacted a Whataburger employee who reported a White male dressed in a black and blue shirt sporting a black-eye was parked at the drive-thru yelling for his food.  Joseph Green (07/29/83) was told they had been closed for over an hour. 

Green started cursing and yelling at the employee as he drove away.  Shortly thereafter, employees heard a loud crash and observed Green backing up his red Ford F-150 out of the side of the building.  He drove a victory lap around the Whataburger and fled westbound on Park Road 22.  Officers quickly located him at 1802 Ennis Joslin.  His truck was still covered in white brick-dust. 

Green appeared to be intoxicated and was administered Standard Field Sobriety Tests.  A  Blood Warrant was obtained for a Blood Draw.  Green was transported to Spohn Memorial to be medically cleared and the Blood Draw. 

He was arrested and booked at the CDC.  Green was charged with Criminal Mischief and Driving While Intoxicated (State Jail Felony).

In Custody Death, Officers Names Released

The Corpus Christi Police Department’s Criminal Investigation and Professional Standards Divisions are continuing its dual investigation into the “in custody” death of a 32-year-old male.  

As reported Sunday evening, Officers responded to the Waterford Apartments after the police department’s Dispatch Center received several calls reporting a disturbance. 

During their investigation, Officers became involved in a scuffle with the male as they attempted to arrest him.  During the struggle, Officers deployed their “Taser” in addition with OC “Pepper” Spray.  Both tools had little to no effect on the suspect. 

Once the suspect was finally handcuffed, he collapsed.  Officers immediately rendered aid and applied CPR until Corpus Christi Fire Department Medic Units arrived.  The suspect was transported to Doctor’s Regional Hospital where he expired.  

The four Officers involved in the incident are Javier Cantu, 13 years of service; Ismael Ybarra, 13 years of service; Daryl Anderson, six years of service; and Lou Villagomez Jr., six years of service with the police department.  

As per department protocol, all four Officers have been placed on administrative leave pending the conclusion of the investigation. 

Anyone with any information on this incident is encouraged to contact the Corpus Christi Police Department Homicide/Robbery Bureau at 361-886-2841.

In Custody Death

Occurred 9/11/11, 4:41PM     Disturbance in Progress Call 3802 Caravelle        1109110113

             Earlier this evening, as Chief of Police Troy Riggs pointed out in a press conference, Officers responded to a scene to restore order in our Community.  Unfortunately, as a result of the situation, a tragedy occurred.  The tragedy is felt by the family of an individual who lost his life as well as the Corpus Christi Police Officers involved in the incident.  The following is an account of that incident. 

             On 9/11/11, at 4:41 PM, Corpus Christi Police Officers responded to a Disturbance call at the Waterford Apartments.  Numerous calls reporting the disturbance came into the Dispatch Center between 4:41 PM and 4:51 PM.

            Two CCPD Officers arrived at the scene at 4:48 PM.  As the Officers were investigating the disturbance, they contacted a 32 year old male.  After contacting this individual, he charged the Officers and a scuffle began.  The suspect was able to break free and ran down the stairs of the apartment, jumped a wooden railing, and fled on foot. 

            Officers chased the suspect and caught him a short distance away, still in the apartment complex.  Upon catching the individual, another struggle began as back-up Officers arrived to assist.  As Officers attempted to arrest the combative suspect, a conductive energy device (“Taser”) was deployed in addition to OC (“Pepper”) Spray.  Both of these tools had little to no effect on the suspect.

            At 5:02 PM, the Officers were finally able to handcuff the suspect.  Shortly thereafter, the suspect collapsed.  Officers immediately called for a Medic unit.  At 5:06, a Medic Unit from the Corpus Christi Fire Department arrived at the scene and subsequently transported the suspect to Doctor’s Regional Hospital where he expired. 

             Two investigations, which have already started, will take place over the coming days.  One of these investigations will be handled by the CCPD Criminal Investigation Division.  Witnesses, Officers, and anyone else involved in this incident will be interviewed, and the evidence will be gathered and examined thoroughly.  When the investigation is complete, it will be delivered to District Attorney Mark Skurka.  After the case is given to the District Attorney’s Office, it will be presented to the Nueces County Grand Jury.  The Grand Jury will review the case in its entirety and determine whether charges will be filed.

            The second investigation will be an Administrative investigation handled by the Internal Affairs Division.  This investigation will focus on three things; Policies, Procedures, and Training in the Corpus Christi Police Department.  The investigation will determine if those three items were followed appropriately during the incident.

            Also included in this second Administrative investigation, is the required documentation which will be submitted to the Texas Attorney General’s Office.  This is mandatory in all “In Custody Deaths” occurring in Texas, as documented in the Texas Code of Criminal Procedures Article 49.18.  This documentation must be delivered to the Attorney General within 30 days. 

             As is standard in this type of incident, the four Officers who were involved have been placed on Administrative Leave.  The CCPD PIO Office will update the Community when additional information becomes available.

CCPD Honor Guard Performs at 9/11 Ceremony

The Corpus Christi Police Department Honor Guard performs at the CCFD 9/11 Memorial Ceremony at Sherrill Park on 9/11/2011.

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Patriot Run Video

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A short video with clips from the Patriot Run 5K at Sherrill Park.


Narcotics/Vice Division conducts Eight Liner Investigation

Working off citizen complaints, Officers with the Narcotics/Vice Division conducted an undercover investigation at Cody’s Sports Bar. The bar is located at 5637 ½ Carroll Lane @ Holly Road.
Complaints indicated that cash was being distributed to those “winning” on the Eight Liner gambling Machines.

Undercover Officers were able to obtain a warrant and executed it on Sept. 9, 2011. Officers seized Eight – Electronic Gambling Devices and $3436.00 in U.S. Currency.

No arrests were made as the case is still under investigation.

If you have any information on other gambling locations in Corpus Christi, call Crime Stoppers @ 888-TIPS


“Long Lost” Nephew Scam Artist Thwarted

Occurred 9/9, 11:21 p.m.   Theft    4833 S. Padre Island Drive   1109090082 

Officers responded to a theft scam at the Wal-Mart customer service desk involving an 85-year-old victim.  Customer service representative reported an elderly victim sent $2,500 via a Money Gram to Monterrey,Mexico.

The victim told Officers she received a phone call from a person claiming to be her “long lost” nephew from Mexico.  He went on to ask for $2,500.00 to keep from being imprisoned over a traffic accident.

The elderly victim agreed to send the money via Money Gram.  The transaction was similar to a fraud which occurred earlier in the week and the customer service representative was able to reverse the transaction.  The money was returned to the victim.

As of today, the Corpus Christi Police Department has received several reports of unscrupulous individuals taking or attempting to take advantage of Senior Citizens in our community.  Please talk to your family, friends, and neighbors and warn them of this theft scam.

We’ve included several tips for seniors and their caregivers:

  • NEVER give personal or financial information over the telephone
  • Do Not offer any family names to callers unknown to you.  They will assume the identity of these family members.
  • Remove yourself from telephone calling and mailing lists.
  • Remember, if the caller asks to keep the call a secret, he doesn’t want outsiders to know about the fraud.
  • Check with other family members before sending money or any other assistance.

Please contact Crime Prevention Advisors Imelda Benavides and Brenda Rodriguez at 361-886-2765 to schedule a personal safety presentation.

Female Arrested And $2,330 Seized In Narcotics Raid

Occurred 9/8, 4:06 p.m.   Possession of a Controlled Substance   910 N. Omaha 1109080113

Corpus Christi Narcotics & Vice Division Detectives and Patrol Officers served a search warrant at 910 N. Omaha.  A total of seven individuals were contacted inside the apartment.  During the search of the residence, Officers located a couple of scales along with a small quantity of Crack Cocaine.  Officers also found $2,330.00 in U.S.currency.  Desiree Lanay Rabb 09/23/82 was arrested after a pill bottle containing several yellow pills was found in her purse.  She was transported and booked at the CDC.  Rabb was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance.   The drugs and the money were seized as evidence.  The other occupants of the apartment were released.

Juveniles Caught Trying to “Boost” Vehicles

Occurred 9/9, 12:42 a.m.   U.U.M.V. (Stolen Vehicle)   2730 S.P.I.D.   1109090009

A passerby reported two suspicious males looking into several cars in the parking lot at 2730 S. Padre Island Drive.  Officers detained two 16-year-olds for violating nighttime curfew.  Further investigation revealed the two males had been attempting to steal a silver Honda passenger car along with a silver Volvo.  Both were transported and booked at the Nueces County Juvenile.  They were each charged with two counts of Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.

Girlfriend Threatens To Kill Cheating Boyfriend At Knifepoint

Occurred 9/8, 11:23 p.m.   Aggravated Assault   5833 Woodhaven   1109090002 

Officers responded to the residence for a female holding a butcher knife to a male’s throat.  Upon their arrival, Officers the parties involved denied the claims, but witnesses told Officers they were enjoying their evening when Felicia Nicole Salazar (08/28/91) discovered her 24-year-old boyfriend and another female had been involved in an intimate relationship. 

Salazar became angry and assaulted the boyfriend, punching him in the nose.  Salazar grabbed a butcher knife and held it against her boyfriend’s neck as she threatened to kill him.   

The victim escaped without being injured and locked himself in the bathroom.  Salazar chased after the victim, using a credit card to open the bathroom door and again threatened to kill him at knifepoint. 

Salazar was arrested and booked at the CDC.  She was charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.  The knife was recovered and tagged as evidence.

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