Narcotics/Vice Yields Cash, Guns and Crack Cocaine

In an effort to “Keep Corpus Christi Safe” Narcotics Officers, working on a community tip, executed a search warrant at 2750 Lawton around 3:30pm on Wednesday, 10.5.2011
During the search Narcotics/Vice Officers seized 14.47 grams of crack cocaine (2nd Degree Felony) along with 178 assorted pills. Officers also located a stolen handgun that was reported out of Portland Texas. Officers seized $1633.00 in U.S. Currency as well. Officers arrested Michael Coleman (12.13.1989).

The address is located within a Drug Free Zone as it is near Martin Middle School. A Burglary charge is pending further investigation.

If you have a tip about drugs or crime in your neighborhood call Crime Stoppers @ 888-TIPS, 1-800-827-TIPS.  Crime Stoppers is also available at or on smartphones via the TipSubmit application. To keep up with news and events make sure to follow the Corpus Christi Police Department on Facebook and on Twitter. @CorpusChristiPD

Narcotics Vice Search Warrant

Stolen Vehicle Recovered on Hakel Drive

10.5.2011/7:44am   4600 Hakel Dr.    Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle   111050012

Officers were dispatched for a suspicious vehicle in the area of 4600 Hakel Dr. Callers advised the Dispatch Center that there was a man striking the truck with his hands. Officers arrived and contacted witnesses who stated that the man, had driven up in the truck when it stopped running. The man attempted to restart the vehicle but had no luck. Witnesses said that the man had run down Hakel Dr. Officers inspected the truck and found it to belong to Triple R Motors. Additional Officers went to the location of Triple R Motors and found a crime scene. Officers described the scene of a Burglary and Criminal Mischief as other vehicles had been damaged. The owners of Triple R Motors told the Officers that no one had permission to use the truck that was located on Hakel.

During the investigation on Hakel, witnesses spotted Noe Vela (11.26.1992) and pointed him out to Police as the driver of the stalled truck. Officers made contact with Vela who was in possession of the key belonging to the stranded truck.   He was arrested for the Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle.

The Auto Theft Task Force will continue to follow-up on the other charges.

Victim Claims Theft, Officers Find He Has Warrant

10.4.2011/5:22pm   Taylor/Shoreline Blvd   Warrant of Arrest   1110040092

Jesse Sarmiento (6.16.1966) called into the 911 Dispatch Center stating that he had been robbed. He stated to the dispatcher that he was following the suspects towards the downtown area. Officers were able to get behind the suspect vehicle and made a traffic stop. Once Officers made contact with everyone they heard the rest of the story.

Mr. Sarmiento said that he had dropped some money on the floor of a store in Odem. When he went back to the store to ask about it, the clerk stated that they had given the found money to a lady who was driving away at the time. Mr. Sarmiento followed the lady and two others to an address at Omaha where he confronted them. When the people in the vehicle denied having Mr. Sarmiento’s money, he called Police for assistance. The individuals whom Mr. Sarmiento thought had stolen his money then left towards downtown where they were contacted by Police.

Officers were not able to find the money that Mr. Sarmiento claimed to have lost. What they did find was that Sarmiento was wanted out of Nueces County for Assault Causes Bodily Injury, out of County Court #2. He was arrested for the warrant.

Officers made contact with the San Patricio Sheriff’s Office so that Mr. Sarmiento’s theft case could be reported.


Wanted Subject Walking the Walk

10.4.2011/1:19pm 3938 Naples Poss. of a Controlled Substance/Warrant 1110040055

While on patrol, officers saw and recognized Ashley Silva 7/9/1988, as having an outstanding warrant for her arrest of Abandon/Endangering a Child.

When officers contacted Ashley to place her under arrest they located two small baggies in her possession, which contained a white powdery substance believed to be a Controlled Substance. Therefore, she was additionally charged.

Aggravated Robbery/UUMV/Unlawful Poss. of a Firearm & Evading

10.5.2011/4:08am 5425 S.P.I.D. Agg. Robbery/U.U.M.V./Evading/Unlawful Poss. Of Firearm

Units responded to the HEB located at Moore Plaza reference an Aggravated Robbery. Upon arriving police contacted the victim who told officers that as he was sitting in his 2002 Honda Accord in the parking lot of the HEB, a male subject approached him pointing a small-silvered colored pistol at him.

The suspect then demanded the victim’s wallet and all of his money. He then took the victims cash as well as his cell phone and ordered him out of the car and onto the ground where he began to search him. The suspect then took the victims car keys and stole his car.

The suspect fled the HEB parking lot driving the 2002 Honda Accord towards S.P.I.D. and Staples.

A short time later officer located the stolen vehicle in the area of Gollihar and Ayers and attempted to pull it over, but the suspect refused to stop. After a short vehicle pursuit, the suspect wrecked at Agnas and 14th street. Although this did not stop his attempt to get away from the officer, he then fled on foot. After a short foot pursuit he was captured in the 1700 blk. of Marguerite St.

Officer located the 25 caliber semi-automatic pistol used in the robbery as well as the victims’ phone in the stolen vehicle.

The suspect was taken back to the HEB, where the victim identified him as having been the subject that robbed him.

Alan Michael Pena, 1-29-1988 was charged with Aggravated Robbery, Unlawful Poss. of a Firearm, Unauthorized use of a Motor Vehicle, and Evading both in a vehicle and on foot.

Forgery Suspects

9.13.9011/12:40pm   3033 S. Port   Forgery   1109130059

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Investigators with the Financial Crimes Unit are asking for your help in identifying  two individuals involved in forging checks at a local grocery store.

On August 24 of this year, the victim filed a police report with our department indicating someone had stolen her checkbook.

On September 14, the victim was contacted by the grocery store and told that someone had forged three of her checks for a total of $336.08.

The store was able to provide us with the video showing the individuals in the act.

As you can see in the video, the first subject is described as a middle age white male possibly in his late forties or early fifties; he stands around 5’ 10” to 6’ in height, and weighs around 230 lbs. he is wearing a tan-colored cap, a white polo style shirt with a blue stripe, shorts and work boots; in the other video, he is wearing the same cap with a dark-colored polo, shorts and work boots.

The second subject is a heavy-set Hispanic male around 260 lbs. he is around 5’ 10” tall, wearing a red muscle shirt and shorts.

They were last seen driving an older model white suburban with a blue stripe.

If you can identify these individuals, we encourage you to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or log on to our website at , the information you provide could earn you a cash reward.

Kirkland’s Theft

9.21.2011/8:05pm  5425 S.P.I.D  Theft  1109210155
Investigators with the Property Crimes unit are looking to identify the two individuals who visited Kirkland’s on Wednesday September 21 shortly after 8:00 pm and stole several items.

The first subject is a Hispanic female wearing an orange outfit with shoulder length Brown hair. She stands around 5’5″ tall and weighs around 150 lbs.

The second subject is a Hispanic male wearing a ball cap, grey t-shirt, faded jeans and white tennis shoes. He stands around 5’5″ tall and weighs around 180 lbs.

If you recognize either one of these individuals we encourage you to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or log on to our website at  The information you provide could earn you a cash reward.

Woman Applies For Job, With Fake I.D.

10.3.2011/1:55pm   4717 SPID   Fraudulent Use/Poss of Identifying Information   1110030083

Members of the Best Buy management team called Police reference a female who was trying to apply for a job with what they thought was a fake ID. Officers were able to speak to the applicant who claimed that the ID presented to Best Buy was hers and was legitimate.

Officers were able to check the information on the Texas ID card and found it to be for a male out of the Dallas area. The job applicant, Tania Franco (7.13.1980) was arrested. During an inventory of her purse she was found to have two Social Security cards with different names and numbers.

Officers made contact with the Customs Border Protection Office (CBP) who asked to interview Franco. She was taken to the CBP Office and released to their custody.



Speed Limit Sign Says 40 Miles Per Hour, Driver Goes 106.

11.3.2011/11:19pm   4700 Holly   Reckless Driving/Poss of Marijuana/Unlawful Carrying of a Weapon   1110030148

An Officer, running radar on Holly Road, saw a vehicle that was traveling at a high rate of speed as it was traveling West on Holly. The radar showed the speed of the vehicle to be 106 miles per hour (mph). The speed limit in the area is posted at 40 mph.

The Officer was able to make the traffic stop as the vehicle slowed to just under 90 mph as it got closer to the patrol unit. Once stopped, the driver was arrested for Reckless Driving.

During the inventory of the vehicle, prior to impoundment, Officers found some marijuana and a loaded handgun. The driver, Justin Perez (8.12.1992), was arrested.


Arson Suspected in Residential Fire

Occurred on 10/02/11, 11:06 a.m.  Arson   1322 Stillman     1110020072

Officers, along with CCFD firefighters, responded to a house fire at 1322 Stillman.  The vacant house was fully engulfed and the firemen were unable to save the home, but they did keep the fire from spreading to nearby homes. 

A witness told Officers he observed three Hispanic juveniles running eastbound on Hulbirt away from the burning house.  They were last seen southbound on 1400 Peabody Street.

The juveniles are described as fourteen to sixteen years of age with one wearing a white t-shirt, while the other two were last seen wearing black t-shirts. 

Anyone having any information regarding this crime is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS.

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