All posts by Senior Officer Gena Pena

OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

At approximately 6:06 p.m. on Friday, November 25, 2022, officers were dispatched to the 3000 block of Antelope for a domestic disturbance.  

Shortly after officers arrived, they made contact with the suspect who brandished a weapon, forcing one officer to discharge his city issued weapon.  

The suspect was struck and did succumb to his injuries on scene.     

The Corpus Christi Police Officers who were involved will be placed on paid administrative leave, in accordance with current department practice and policy. 

This is still an active and ongoing investigation. If you have any information pertaining to this incident, you are encouraged to call the Corpus Christi Police Department Criminal Investigations Division 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 https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=.

UNITED STATES MARSHAL SERVICE WANTED OFFENDER

United States Deputy Marshals are asking for your help to locate Carlos Monsevais who has an outstanding probation violation warrant out of Uvalde County, related to a Sexual Assault of a Child ($40,000 Bond).

Carlos may be in the Corpus Christi area and officers with our Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Fugitive Task Force want your help to locate him. Carlos is described as a 28-year-old male, who stands 5’09” feet, weighs approximately 153 pounds, with dark black hair and brown eyes.

If you know how to locate Carlos, call Crime Stoppers at (361)888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=. The information you provide to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.

You may also contact the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Fugitives Task Force at (361) 267-6500.

NUECES COUNTY WANTED SUBJECT

Nueces County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help to locate Leila Lopez who has an outstanding warrant out of Nueces County for Failure to Appear related to Assault Family Violence (No Bond), Leila has an additional warrant out of Bowie County for Assault Family Violence. (No Bond). 

Leila is described as a 31-year-old female, who stands 5’04” feet, weighs approximately 156 pounds, with dark black hair and brown eyes.

If you know how to locate Leila, call Crime Stoppers at (361)888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=. The information you provide to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.

You may also contact the Nueces County Sheriff’s Office at (361) 887-2239 or (361) 887-2219 after 5:00 pm.

NUECES COUNTY WANTED SUBJECT

Nueces County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help to locate Erasmo Leal Jr. who has an outstanding warrant for Failure to Appear related to Continuous Violence Against the Family and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. (No Bond). 

Erasmo is described as a 48-year-old male, who stands 5’08” feet, weighs approximately 160 pounds, with dark black hair and brown eyes.

If you know how to locate Erasmo, call Crime Stoppers at (361)888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=. The information you provide to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.

You may also contact the Nueces County Sheriff’s Office at (361) 887-2239 or (361) 887-2219 after 5:00 pm.

NUECES COUNTY WANTED SUBJECT

Nueces County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help to locate Michael Dominguez who has an outstanding warrant for Failure to Appear related to Manufacturing/Delivery Controlled Substance (No Bond). 

Michael is described as a 47-year-old male, who stands 5’01” feet, weighs approximately 270 pounds, with dark brown hair and brown eyes.

If you know how to locate Michael, call Crime Stoppers at (361)888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=. The information you provide to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.

You may also contact the Nueces County Sheriff’s Office at (361) 887-2239 or (361) 887-2219 after 5:00 pm.

NUECES COUNTY WANTED SUBJECT

Nueces County Sheriff’s Office is asking for your help to locate Carlos Hernandez who has an outstanding warrant for Probation Violation related to Assault Family Violence (No Bond).

Carlos is described as a 27-year-old male, who stands 5’04” feet, weighs approximately 160 pounds, with dark brown hair and brown eyes.

If you know how to locate Carlos, call Crime Stoppers at (361)888-TIPS (8477) or submit the information online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=. The information you provide to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.

You may also contact the Nueces County Sheriff’s Office at (361) 887-2239 or (361) 887-2219 after 5:00 pm.

OPERATING AN UNLICENSED CAB OR RIDESHARE SERVICE IN THE CITY

The Corpus Christi Police Department received information that individuals were advertising flat rate cab services, noting that the individuals doing so were not licensed or permitted by the city to operate as such. 

The permits for vehicles for hire are regulated by the Municipal Code, Chapter 57.  The permits are required for uniform safety standards which include vehicle safety standards, driver quality, background checks and taxi meter fare standard practices.  It is unlawful for a person to drive or to operate any taxicab or rideshare service in the city unless there has been a license duly issued. 

On November 21, 2022, officers were notified of an online posting that advertised flat rate cab rides.  Officers made contact with and were subsequently met by a 45-year-old female, who arrived in a vehicle that was not marked as a cab, had no fare meter, and did not have any display to identify the driver or any cab company.  The driver was provided the opportunity to produce the proper license and permits required for cab service in the city, she was unable to do so. 

The 45-year-old female was found to be operating as a cab in the city, without the permits required and was also found to not have complied with the requirements to obtain such permits.  The 45-year-old female was cited for the following violations: Fail to have permitted driver, Fail to Use Posted Fares, Fail to Post Rates, Fail to Secure Certificate, Fail to Pay Operation Fee, and Fail to License Vehicle. 

The public should be conscious of hiring only reputable cab companies or rideshare services.  

If you call for a cab service and do not see the clear identification of the company, the fare meter, and the identity of the driver displayed; you should not get into the vehicle for your own safety.  Unlicensed cab or rideshare services could present the opportunity to make someone a victim of a crime.  If you have any information about an individual operating as an unlicensed vehicle for hire, please call 361-886-2600.

The Corpus Christi Police Department will continue to monitor complaints of unlicensed cab and ride share services.   Officers will continue to enforce all Texas Vehicle for Hire Ordinances, which will help accomplish our mission to reduce crime, reduce the fear of crime and to improve the quality of life in our community.

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT ON ELDERLY

Corpus Christi Police Detectives need your help locating an Aggravated Assault suspect.

At approximately 12:05 P.M. on Monay, October 24, 2022, officers were dispatched to the area of S Port and Ayers, for an assault just occurred.

Upon arrival, officers discovered that a 64-year-old male had been assaulted by an unknown suspect in an unprovoked attack. The suspect punched the victim, causing the victim to fall to the ground hitting his head on the pavement. The suspect then stood over the victim and struck him with his fists directly to the face and head, causing injuries.

The male suspect is seen in the attached still image, he is described as an adult male, approximately 5’9″, 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. The male was seen wearing a gray in color t-shirt and black pants.

The suspect was seen leaving the scene on foot.

If you have any information about this crime or the suspect, please call our Criminal Investigations Division at 361-886-2840.

You may also call Crime Stoppers at 361-888-TIPS or submit the information online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=. Information provided to Crime Stoppers is anonymous and if the information leads to an arrest, it could earn you a cash reward.

CHIEF ROCHA ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

After serving the citizens of Corpus Christi for eleven years, Chief Rocha is retiring.

Chief Rocha will begin his retirement in January of 2023. The City of Corpus Christi has benefited greatly from Chief Rocha’s professionalism and dedicated service to our community.

We want to thank Chief Rocha for his years of service to the Corpus Christi Fire Department and to the citizens of Corpus Christi.

Please help us wish Chief Rocha the best in his new endeavors.

ARREST MADE FOR INTOXICATION MANSLAUGHTER

At approximately 7:20 pm on Wednesday, November 2, 2022, officers were dispatched to the 2100 block of US HWY 181 South for a major crash.

Upon arrival, officers located 3 vehicles, with a total of 4 injured parties. The occupants of the vehicles were all extracted from their respective vehicles with help from the Corpus Christi Fire Department.

A 37-year-old female driver and a 27-year-old male passenger of one vehicle were pronounced deceased on scene.

A 39-year-old female driver of a separate vehicle sustained serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

The at-fault driver was transported to a local hospital and was admitted for injuries sustained in the crash.

Investigators were able to determine that the at-fault driver was possibly under the influence of an intoxicating substance and was traveling north in the southbound lanes on US HWY 181. A blood specimen was collected from the driver, which will be sent off to a Crime Lab for processing.

Investigators secured 3 warrants for the Offender: Intoxication Manslaughter ($250,000 Bond), Intoxication Manslaughter ($250,000 Bond), and Intoxication Assault ($150,000 Bond).

The driver, identified as a 35-year-old Roxanne Palacios, was released from the hospital and transported to the City Detention Center for processing, at approximately 4:15 pm on Sunday, November 13, 2022.

If you have any additional information reference this crash, please call 361-886-2600.