Customer Arrested After Making Street Buy

Thu/6:34 p.m.   Possession of a Controlled Substance   1800 Van Loan    1109010130

An Officer following up on several complaints of possible drug being sold in the area of Van Loan and Nueces observed a 22-year-old Black male talking to the driver of a green 2000 Plymouth Neon in the middle of the roadway.  The Black male was standing with his hand inside the open driver’s side window.  As the Officer drove up, the two males parted company.  As Robert Medina (11/26/56) drove away, he was pulled over for a traffic violation.  Medina began to have trouble breathing as he nervously kept grabbing at his pack of cigarettes.  Further investigation revealed the pack of cigarettes contained 11 rocks of Crack Cocaine.  Medina was arrested and booked at the CDC.  He was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance.  The vehicle was released to the 62-year-old passenger and owner of the vehicle.

Drunken Brawler Threatens to Kill Arresting Officers

Fri/12:12 a.m.  Public Intoxication/Retaliation   10514 Leopard        1109020006 

Officers responded to a large fight at Big Sam’s involving several customers.  Officers arrived to find Matthew Lee Franco (09/21/88) being pulled to his vehicle by his co-worker.  The friend told Officers Franco was intoxicated and had been in a fight with another male in the bar.  He was taking Franco home to keep him out of trouble.  Franco refused to listen to his friend or the Officers and became very belligerent and combative.  Franco continued to struggle and threaten to kill Officers while being handcuffed.  He was transported and booked at the CDC.  Franco was charged Public Intoxication, Resisting Arrest, and Retaliation.

Convenience Store Robbery Suspect Sought

Corpus Christi Homicide/Robbery Bureau Detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a suspect involved in the robbery of the Valero Store at 5646 Kostoryz on August 26, 2011.

Shortly before 9:00 am, Officers contacted the distraught 50-year-old store manager who reported a Black male rushed behind the counter and ordered her to open the register.  The male grabbed the cash from the open register and fled northbound on Holly Road taking with him an undetermined amount of money.  The store manager was uninjured during the robbery.

The suspect is described as a Black male, 20 years of age, 5’8” to 6’1” feet tall and weighing 160 to 220 lbs.  He was last seen wearing a black do-rag, a white t-shirt, and shorts.

Please see attached photographs.  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.

Graffiti Vandals in Corpus Christi are Held Accountable

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.

CCPD’s Monthly “No Insurance” Auction Scheduled for September 3rd

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 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.


KJC Auto Title Loan Robbery suspect arrested

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.

Aggravated Assault suspect arrested

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.

Traffic accident leads to DWI

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

Beer Bandit

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.

Corpus Christi Police Daily Blotter

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