At approximately 8:38 am on Thursday, December 8, 2022, officers were dispatched to the 5800 block of S. Alameda reference a welfare check.

Upon arrival, officers located a 60-year-old adult male deceased on scene.  As with all unattended deaths, Investigators with our Robbery/Homicide Unit began an investigation. It was determined that the 60-year-old male was a victim of foul play.  

Through their investigation, Homicide Detectives followed up on several leads and were able to identify a suspect.  On Tuesday, January 3, 2023, Detectives were able to secure an arrest warrant for 42-year-old Phillip Cheatham for Murder ($750,000 Bond).

At approximately 6:15 pm on Friday, January 6, 2023, Officers with the US Marshals Gulf Coast Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force, along with Officers assigned to our Gang Unit, K-9 Unit, Traffic Unit and Patrol Officers located and took Cheatham into custody on the 4500 block of E Causeway, near HWY 181 access road, without incident. 

Cheatham was transported to the main station to be interviewed and was later transported to the City Detention Center for processing.

If you have any information about this murder, please call Corpus Christi Police Robbery & Homicide Detectives at (361) 886-2840. Anyone who would like to keep their identity secret and still provide information to Detectives should call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS (8477) or submit the tip online at