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.

Help us identify this forgery suspect

Date: Between October 4-9, 2022
Offense: Forgery of a Financial Instrument, Fraudulent use or possession of Identifying info
Case Number: 22010100070

Detectives need your help identifying a suspect believed to be involved in a forgery and fraud case.

On October 10, 2022 officers were contacted by a victim who advised that someone was passing forged checks with his account number. The victim provided a list of the locations and times the checks were passed. Detectives investigated and were able to obtain video of the suspect at several different locations.

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.

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.

CCPD is investigating 2 reported shooting incidents.

The Corpus Christi Police Department has been made aware of a social media post about vehicles being shot in the area of Flour Bluff Dr. and are actively investigating these incidents.

The first incident occurred on October 31 and was reported at approximately 9:30 p.m. Officers investigated and discovered that a vehicle had been shot. The victim had stated that a vehicle passed him in the area of 2600 Flour Bluff Dr. and he heard a gunshot. The victim told officers that his vehicle was struck by a bullet. No one was injured and spent casings were found at the scene.

The second incident occurred on November 1 at approximately 8:00 p.m. officers responded to 10300 SPID in reference to a possible shooting. Officers arrived and contacted the victim. He advised that he was driving in the area of 1300 Glenoak turning onto 2600 Flour Bluff Dr. when he heard his right rear window shatter. No one was injured and officers searched the area but were unable to locate anything. The victim called and advised officers that he was cleaning his vehicle and located a ball bearing type projectile.

Officers are actively investigating and checking the area using all available resources. We want to remind our community to be aware of your surroundings and if you see suspicious activity or are a victim of crime, please call the police immediately.

If you have any information about these incidents, please call 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=.

Winston Lawrence Breeding Remembrance

On November 2, 2004, retired Arlington Police Officer Winston Lawrence Breeding came to the aid of one of our officers attempting to apprehend a bank robber.

During the apprehension the offender discharged a weapon mortally wounding Winston Breeding.

On the 18th anniversary of his passing the Corpus Christi Police Department remembers Winston Breeding’s sacrifice and offer our condolences to the Breeding family. May he rest in peace.

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=.

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