All posts by Senior Officer Gena Pena

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.

OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

At approximately 2:08 am on November 13, 2022, officers responded to an emergency backup call for two officers working in an off duty capacity at a bar located on the 5800 block of S Staples.

Investigation of the incident found that one of the off duty officers had been assaulted, during which time the officer was forced to discharge his weapon, striking one adult male.

Officers administered medical assistance to the offender on scene until medics arrived.

Both offender and officer were transported to local hospitals, with non-life-threatening injuries.

The offender is expected to be charged with one count of Aggravated Assault on a Peace Officer.

This is an active and ongoing investigation being conducted by the Corpus Christi Police Criminal Investigation Division. Several witnesses are being interviewed at this time. 

Two Corpus Christi Police Officers will be placed on paid administrative leave at this time in accordance with department practice and policy.

If you have any information about this incident, please call Corpus Christi Police Criminal Investigations Division at 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).

ACTIVE SHOOTER HOAX

At approximately 1:31 pm, on Friday, November 4, 2022, a report of an active shooter was called in for the campus of Miller High School.
 
The entire campus was cleared by police personnel. We can confirm that there is no threat to the school and there are no injuries.  We can also confirm that this call was a hoax, the source of the call is currently being investigated.  
 
The safety and security of our citizens is our highest priority, and we take all threats made toward our campuses, students, and staff seriously.    
 
Students are safe and will be released per CCISD protocol.

ARREST MADE IN CITY’S LATEST HOMICIDE

At approximately 6:50 am on Monday, October 31, 2022, officers were dispatched to the 5800 block of Williams for an unknown man down.

Upon arrival, officers located a 46-year-old deceased male. It was determined that the male died from injuries sustained from a gunshot wound. Through their investigation, Homicide Detectives followed up on several leads and were able to identify a possible suspect. The male identified as 31-year-old Roman Vargas had three outstanding warrants for: Federal Probation Violation (No Bond), Unlawful Carrying of a Firearm by Felon ($25,000 Bond) and Possession of Controlled Substance PG-1 ($1,000 Bond).

At approximately 3:45 pm on Monday, October 31, 2022, Officers with the US Marshals Gulf Coast Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force, along with Officers assigned to our Gang Unit and Patrol Division located and took Vargas into custody on the 5100 block of I-37, without incident.

Vargas was transported to the main police station to be interviewed. Homicide Detectives were able to secure an additional warrant for Vargas for Murder with a $1,000,000 Bond.

Vargas 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 https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=.

HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS

We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable evening. Here are a few tips that hopefully will make your night a little safer.

Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult. Have a designated meeting place in case your group gets separated.

Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and for others to see you. Wear reflective clothing while walking in dark areas.

If you are driving through a neighborhood, drive slowly and watch for kids. Sometimes they get distracted and might cross the road without looking.

Always WALK, do not run from house to house. Look both ways before crossing the street and use crosswalks when possible.

Walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic to stay safe.

Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls.

Only enter a home if you know the residents and are with a trusted adult. Only visit well-lit houses. Do not stop at dark houses. Never accept rides from strangers.

If you see a house with the lights out and no Halloween decorations, chances are they may not participate in Halloween activities. Please respect their homes and wishes.

Parents if you see any suspicious activity, please contact the police immediately at 361-886-2600. If it is an emergency call 911.

Be courteous to others, be aware of your surroundings and make this Halloween fun and safe for everyone.

As for those who would rather plays tricks than receive treats, remember that damaging property can be considered Criminal Mischief.

NVID RAID DISRUPTS SOUTHSIDE DRUG OPERATION

Officers with the CCPD Narcotics & Vice Investigations Division (NVID) believe they have disrupted a major drug distribution operation after serving a search warrant Friday afternoon at a residence in the 1800 block of Leslie Lane.  The search warrant was the culmination of a months-long undercover investigation of the occupants and their involvement in the distribution of illegal narcotics within the City of Corpus Christi. 

During the search of the residence NVID investigators seized approximately ten and a half pounds of cocaine, nearly one pound of methamphetamine, twenty-six pounds of hydroponic marijuana, a quarter ounce of crack cocaine, and a small assortment of other illegal drugs, along with over $8,000.00 in cash believed to be proceeds from drug dealing.  In addition to the illicit drugs and cash, officers seized one semi-automatic rifle, five handguns and body armor.   The drugs had a combined street value of almost $200,000, according to investigators. 

Arrested during the raid were 47-year-old Reynaldo Garcia and 71-year-old Beatrice Mendoza.  Both face felony charges of manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance, a first-degree felony punishable by from five to ninety-nine years in prison.

The large amount of seized drugs, cash and weaponry suggests this residence was a large-scale supplier of narcotics within Corpus Christi. 

STOLEN TRAILER

Corpus Christi Police Detectives need your help identifying the suspect and whereabouts of a stolen trailer.

On Monday, October 10, 2022, a victim reported that a 2022 Wells Cargo Utility Trailer was stolen from an address on the 6000 block of Jefferson Road.

Still images from the surveillance footage shows the suspects that stole the trailer. The suspects left the scene in what appears to be an older model, light in color, Ford Expedition.

If you have any information about this crime and want to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 888-tips (8477) or submit the information online at https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=. If the information you provide leads to an arrest, you could earn a cash reward.

ARREST MADE IN CITY’S LATEST HOMICIDE

At approximately 8:37 am on Monday, October 10, 2022, officers were dispatched to the 6500 block of McArdle.  Officers were advised that someone may have been injured. 

Officers investigated the call and were able to identify an apartment of interest, which led to discovery of a young male deceased inside one of the apartments.  The victim was later identified as an 18-year-old male.

Through their investigation, Homicide Detectives followed up on several leads and were able to identify an offender in the homicide.  Detectives were able to secure an arrest warrant for 18-year-old Andrew Lugo for Murder ($500,000 Bond).

Officers with the US Marshals Gulf Coast Violent Offender Fugitive Task Force developed information on the whereabouts of Lugo.

At approximately 5:30 pm on Monday, October 10, 2022, officers with our Directed Patrol Unit took Lugo into custody on the 1400 block of Corban, without incident.  

Lugo 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 https://www.p3tips.com/TipForm.aspx?ID=343&C=&T=.

Andrew Lugo