The Corpus Christi Police would like help from the public to locate a fugitive wanted for several warrants for his arrest. Law Enforcement Officers are searching for 19-year-old Justin Garza (3/17/1997) for several warrants related to narcotics and a warrant for Assault on a Public Servant.
Garza is described as a 19-year-old man who stands 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighs 130 pounds, has brown hair, brown eyes, a tattoo of the word “Maria” on his neck, a tattoo of the number 4 on his left wrist and the number “40” by his left thumb. The last known address for Garza was on the 2800 block of Elgin Street.
If you know how to locate Garza, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.
Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 22:14
Location: 1821 South Padre Island Drive
Offense: Aggravated Assault (Penal Code Section 22.02) 2nd Degree Felony
Case Number: 1702150144
Corpus Christi Police arrested 34 year old Anthony Richardson (10/29/1982) for Aggravated Assault after Detectives investigated an injury at a store on South Padre Island Drive Wednesday night.
Corpus Christi Police responded to a call of an injured person at a store located at 1821 South Padre Island Drive at 10:15pm Wednesday night. Officers learned that a 63 year old man hired as a contract worker to paint in the store was injured. The 63 year old man was taken to the hospital by ambulance for treatment of head trauma. The Officers conducted an investigation into the injury as an accident until they discovered evidence to lead them to believe the injury was actually the result of an assault.
Corpus Christi Police Detectives responded to the scene and discovered evidence of a confrontation between the injured 63 year old man and another contract employee. Detectives believe the contractors are not employees of the store, but hired to do reconstruction work in the store. Detectives interviewed witnesses and gathered evidence which prompted Detectives to identify this event as a criminal action. Detectives arrested Anthony Richardson (10/29/1982) for Aggravated Assault and delivered Richardson to the city detention center. The charge is a 2nd degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
The last of 130 Body Worn Cameras purchased with a 2015 Department of Justice grant are being deployed to Officers of the Corpus Christi Police Operations Division this week.
The Corpus Christi Police was one of only 73 police departments nationwide to receive funding under the initial DOJ Bureau of Justice Assistance grant award in 2015. In 2015, Congress, after urging by the President, appropriated approximately twenty million dollars in grant funding to assist local and state law enforcement agencies with the development of body worn camera programs. This followed several controversial police/citizen incidents across the nation, including Ferguson, Baltimore, and New York City. The $250,000 grant awarded to the Corpus Christi Police includes $125,000 in city matching funds.
Prior to receiving the cameras, officers must complete three hours of state mandated training. The training includes information on the functions and proper operation of the camera, department policy, state open records law, the effectiveness of digital video evidence, the limitations of body worn cameras, and privacy considerations when recording. To pass the course, officers must successfully demonstrate the ability to record a video, and then properly tag and upload the video into the patrol car or desktop computer. Upon completion of deployment, over one third of the Department’s uniformed officers will be equipped with BWCs.
The new Body Worn Cameras, which will replace the 78 BWCs loaned to Corpus Christi Police by Nueces County under a 2014 Texas Domestic Violence grant, offer several significant advantages to the previous model. Video from the new BWCs can be uploaded directly into the Officer’s patrol car dash cam system, saving officers time at the end of shift and keeping them in the field longer to respond to calls. The new cameras also have a detachable remote camera to allow officers alternative mounting options, and infra-red lights for better recording performance in low light situations.
Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2017, 13:30
Location: 3900 Surfside Boulevard
Offense: Manufacture/Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 (Health and Safety Code Section 481.112) Felony
Case Number: 1702140065
Corpus Christi Police Narcotics Investigators, with the assistance of the Portland Police Department and Corpus Christi Police Uniform Division Patrol Officers, arrested a suspected synthetic cannabis dealer Tuesday afternoon downtown near the Harbor Bridge.
Narcotics/Vice Investigations Division officers conducted surveillance at a local hotel, when they observed what appeared to be a drug transaction. Investigators observed a 24-year-old man deliver two large bags of what investigators suspected was synthetic cannabis to a room at the hotel and then drive away. Investigators followed the suspect vehicle until Corpus Christi Police Patrol Officers conducted a traffic stop on the 600 block of Power Street. Inside that vehicle officers located approximately $2,500 in cash, which they believed to be proceeds of the drug deal. While officers were conducting the stop, Narcotics Investigators observed Longino Castillo (5-22-1990), leave the hotel room with the suspected cannabis and exit the parking lot in a vehicle driven by a second man with a woman passenger. Investigators followed the second car to the same location on Power Street where the first car was stopped and again had Patrol Officers conduct a traffic stop. Inside the vehicle, officers found and seized approximately 3.5 pounds of synthetic cannabinoid. The driver, Justin Flores (11/21/1981), passenger Julissa Rios (2/12/1998) and Castillo were all arrested and charged with first degree felony manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance (Penalty group 2A).
The 24-year-old man in the first car was arrested in Portland for first degree felony manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance by Portland Police Officers, who assisted Corpus Christi Police with this investigation.
Text messages may be sent to 911 in the Corpus Christi area and Nueces County.
MetroCom 911 Program Manager Kathleen Porche said the pubic should send a text only if a voice call is not possible. Porche said to call 911 if you can, but you can text if you are not able to call. Porche said to text your location and not rely on cell phone locator systems. Porche said to use plain language and do not use slang or acronyms. Porche said the public should not send emojis, group messages, photos, or videos because the system will not work with those features.
If you have an emergency in Corpus Christi, call 911 if you can, text if you can’t.
Date: Friday, February 10, 2017, 21:36
Location: Weber Road at South Padre Island Drive Offense: Possession of a Controlled Substance (Health and Safety Code Section 481.115) 3rd Degree Felony Case Number: 1702100141
Corpus Christi Police arrested 17-year-old Alaric Flores (12/6/1999) for cocaine possession Friday night after Flores ran a stop light at South Padre Island Drive and Weber.
A Corpus Christi Police Officers saw a blue 2005 Ford F-150 pickup run the red light at Weber and SPID at 9:36pm Friday night, so, the Officer initiated a traffic stop. The Officer discovered the F-150 did not have insurance, the Officer impounded the vehicle. The Officer noticed from the exterior of the vehicle (front windshield) cash inside a plastic bag stuffed in the headliner. The Officer got the bag and discovered it also contained several bags of cocaine. Officers arrested the driver, Alaric Flores (12/6/1999) for possession of a control substance (cocaine) which is a third degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. Officers impounded the vehicle and delivered Flores to the city detention center.
Corpus Christi Police arrested 22-year-old Andrew Powell (2/2/1995) Friday at a home on the 2100 block of Peabody for murder.
Detectives investigated an aggravated assault of a 47-year-old man at the 1400 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard Wednesday, but the 47-year-old man did not survive the stab wounds suffered in the attack. Detectives identified Powell as responsible for the stabbing and obtained a warrant to arrest Powell for murder. Corpus Christi Police Officers found Powell at a home on the 2100 block of Peabody Friday afternoon and arrested Powell for the warrant for murder. Detectives interviewed Powell and then delivered him to the city detention center. A 16-year-old girl was also apprehended at the same place and time as Powell, but the girl had a Directive to Apprehend for an unrelated offense, then delivered to the Nueces County Juvenile Detention Center.
The original post of this event was written in this blog Thursday:
Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 5:40 PM
Location: 1400 Martin Luther King Dr. Offense: Aggravated Assault Case Number: 1702080149
Corpus Christi Police Officers responded to a stabbing in the area of 1400 Martin Luther King Dr. CCFD Medics were on the scene and were transporting the 47 year old male to Spohn Memorial Hospital. Medics advised the victim had an injury to his neck consistent with a stabbing. Officers located the crime scene near a tree behind the old police station. Officers contacted a witness who heard a argument between the victim and another person. At some point the victim was stabbed. The last update we had on the victim was that he had surgery and was in critical condition.There is not much more information available at this time.
Date: Monday, February 6, 2017, 18:05
Location: 11500 Gulf Beach Road
Offense: Assault Case Number: 1702060124
Corpus Christi Police would like help from the public to identify and locate men believed to be involved in an assault on Padre Island Monday evening.
A 53 year old man reported the assault to Corpus Christi Police at 6pm Monday evening at Zahn Road near State Highway 361. The 53 year old man told Officers he saw a fight between several men and those men left the area before law enforcement arrived.
Officers did not find a victim on scene, but witnesses said the group of men took the victim away in a white truck. Detectives are working to better understand this case. Detectives believe they have images of the men involved in the assault and would like help to identify and locate the men.
The men were in a white Ford F-150 pickup truck that had two doors, a toolbox in the back, and had damage to the driver’s side rear quarter panel.
Anyone who can identify or locate these men should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit the information online at http://www.888TIPS.com. Information provided to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.
Date: Monday, February 6, 2017, 1:19am
Location: Agnes at Navigation
Event: Injured Person
Case Number: 1702060011
Corpus Christi Police Officers with the Traffic Safety Section have preliminarily ruled out that a 32 year old man was injured in a vehicle crash on Agnes Street Monday morning.
Corpus Christi Police responded to a call of an injured man who laid in the middle of Agnes with a very apparent broken leg. Officers arrived and discovered a 32 year old man was uncooperative with Officers and only stated he was hit by a car and provided no further information. Officers found there was no debris in the roadway and the 32 year old man did not have any road rash or marks that would indicate that he was struck by a vehicle. The man was taken to the hospital by ambulance for treatment of his injured leg.
Investigators located and reviewed video from the area and believe the man was not struck by a vehicle, but do not yet know how the man was injured.
If you have any additional information about how this man may have been injured, call the Corpus Christi Police at 886-2600.