Got Weed???

Occurred 9/22/11 – 9:39 p.m.   1050 Nueces Bay   Poss. Marijuana/ Warrant/Resisting    1109220160

An alert patrol officer stopped Cosme Zapata(10-15-67) outside the Stripes store on Nueces Bay after the officer observed Zapata acting suspiciously. The Officer had observed Zapata walking through the field adjacent to the store, but Zapata stopped  when he saw the patrol car.  When the Officer drove around the store, Zapata again began to walk away from the area where the Officer was parked. The Officer  finally contacted  Zapata, who quickly told the Officer that he had marijuana in his pocket. Zapata then retrieved the marijuana from his pants pocket and  handed it to the Officer. When the Officer attempted to arrest Zapata for the marijuana, Zapata became upset and resisted. Zapata fought with the officer for a brief moment and then was handcuffed. He was found to have an outstanding warrant for probation violation as well.

Zapata was arrested for the Marijuana, warrant and Resisting Arrest.

Officer’s Stolen Weapon Recovered, Couple Arrested

Occurred on 9/22/11, 6:00 p.m.  Theft of a Firearm/Possesion of Marijuana  3600 Cypress   1109220128

The Corpus Christi Police Department Narcotics  and Vice Officers served a search warrant in the 3600 block of  Cypress on September 22, 2011.   Officers located three handguns in the possesion of a convicted felon along with a small quantity of Marijuana.

One of the handguns was stolen in an auto burglary in 2008.  The service weapon belonged to a Huntsville PD Officer who originally reported the auto burglary on offense report #0811070079.   The  Hunstville police officer has been notified that his weapon has been recovered and taken of the streets. 

Gilberto Hernandez (05/30/64) and Kayla Hernandez (05/26/88) were both arrested.  They were both charged with Possession of Marijuana, while Gilberto Hernandez was additionally charged with Theft of a Firearm.

Sixteen Victims Report $20,000 In Fraudulent Charges At Local Eatery

Occurred September 2011   Credit Card Abuse   Two Georges Restaurant located at 5884 Everhart   Road

The Corpus Christi Police Department is investigating multiple complaints from the public that their credit cards have been billed extra charges by Two Georges Restaurant.  A total of sixteen victim’s have come forward to report these fraudulent charges with an estimated $20,000 charged on the victim’s charge cards.

Investigators with the Forgery Unit ask citizens, who have dined at Two Georges Restaurant in the past, to look at their credit card statements to ensure there are no erroneous charges from this or any other location.

If fraudulent charges are found, please contact the police department at (361) 886-2600 to file a report.  This report can be filed with the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Telephone Reporting Unit.

Local Law Enforcement – Partnership for a Safer Community

Occurred on 9/22/11,   4:43 PM   Warrant of Arrest   4600 Salazar   1109220114

Alberto Puebla (9/15/1973)

When the CCPD implemented a CompStat program about two years ago, one goal was to bring local Law Enforcement together to fight crime and improve the quality of life in our Community.  The economy and a mobile criminal population make these partnerships a necessity.  As leaner budgets and smaller pools of employees challenge local Law Enforcement, new and more efficient ways of keeping our Community safe have to be planned and acted upon.  CompStat is a great venue to promote that collaboration.

A recent example of this ‘bridge building’ is a growing partnership between the Nueces County Adult Probation Department and the CCPD.  The Nueces County Adult Probation Department is sharing lists of absconders (individuals wanted for Probation Warrants) with the CCPD and both agencies as well as the Community are benefiting.

This is how the program works:

The Probation Department sends the CCPD a list of wanted probationers (both felony and misdemeanor).  The list of absconders goes to the Analysts working in the CCPD CATIC (Crime Analysis and Tactical Intelligence Center).  The Analysts research the wanted individuals and put together an information packet that is sent to the CCPD Patrol Officers.  The Officers then look for the wanted individuals on their patrol districts in the time they have between dispatched calls.

This partnership has already begun yielding success.  On Thursday afternoon (9/22/11) at about 3:30 PM, the CATIC Analysts distributed information on Alberto Puebla (9/15/1973). Puebla was wanted for a Probation Violation warrant, but his original charge was Burglary of a Building, a felony in Texas.  At about 4:45 PM, less than one & ½ hours after the information was sent out, a Patrol Officer went to a residence in the 4600 block of Salazar and arrested Puebla for the warrant.

This example provides a clear understanding of how local Law Enforcement agencies in and around the Corpus Christi area are working together to reduce crime and enhance public safety in our Community.

I’ll take a reward for that…

Lawrence Daniel (11/25/1965)

Occurred 9/22/10, 9:00 AM  Warrant of Arrest   1400 Clare   1109220039

A local auto parts store was the victim of a recent business burglary. The manager of that store received a phone call from someone claiming to be “Larry” early Thursday morning. Larry told the manager he was in possession of an air compressor that he (Larry) believed was stolen from the auto parts store. Larry told the manager he would return the compressor, but he wanted a reward. Larry then gave the manager his address.

With this information, the manager contacted the Police Department and Officers escorted the manager to a house in the 1400 block of Clare Dr. At that location, the group met Lawrence Daniel (11/25/1965) and discovered that he did have the a stolen air compressor. Unfortunately for Lawrence it was discovered he had a felony arrest warrant for DWI. Lawrence was arrested and the property was returned to the manager of the store. Burglary Detectives are investigating where Lawrence got the property.

Detectives Arrest Suspect Involved In Rash Of Robberies

Occurred Aug & Sep 2011    South Side Robberies     1109190108, 1109020120, 1108260047

On 9/21/11, Detectives with the Corpus Christi Police Department Homicide/Robbery Bureau arrested Jerry Jerome Anderson (10/24/62) for robbery.   Detectives discovered Anderson was responsible for the robberies at the Family Dollar Store (5815 Weber Road), the Valero Corner Store (5646 Kostoryz), and the Dollar General Store (6726 Saratoga Boulevard).

Officers Nab 9-year-old and 11-year-old “Music Room” Burglars

5:21 p.m.   Burglary of a Building   1110 Woodlawn     1109180107

A CCISD employee was monitoring video surveillance in which he observed two juveniles enter the “music room” of Woodlawn Elementary.  The pair was later seen fleeing the school on bicycles.  Officers located the two males and detained them.  The 11-year-old was found to be carrying a tambourine and wooden xylophone mallet, along with a matchbox containing a cigar.  The musical instruments were returned to the school custodian who secured the school.  Both juveniles were released to their mothers.  The 11-year-old was cited for Possession of Tobacco Products.  The investigation is ongoing.

Victim’s Stolen Vehicle Mysteriously Reappears

Reported on 9/21/11, 8:19 a.m.   Stolen Vehicle   901 Utica     1109210028

Victim reported to Officers his red 1993 Toyota Celica was stolen from his residence early Wednesday morning.  Several hours later, Officers contacted the neighbor who reported he observed a Dash Recovery wrecker drive up to 901 Utica, drop off the stolen vehicle, and drive away.  The neighbor followed the wrecker and was able to write down the license plate.  The victim told the Officer that he had a clear title to his vehicle. The Officer confirmed the victim’s information and was told by the finance company the vehicle was paid in full and a clear title was to be sent to the victim.  The investigation is ongoing. 


Victim Assaulted Over Theft Accusation

Occurred on 9/21/11, 4:45 p.m.   Aggravated Assault   11030 Mayfield     1109210110

Officers responded to an assault call involving a knife.  Officers contacted the 42-year-old victim who was bleeding from the left side of his face.    He told Officers he was involved in argument over the theft of a cell phone. 

The victim told Officers his friend stopped by and accused him of taking his cell phone.  The suspect assaulted the victim punching him in the face several times. 

Further investigation revealed the victim’s face was cut, possibly from a knife.  The victim told Officers he did not see a knife, but a witness to the assault observed the suspect with a silver-colored knife.  The suspect fled taking a weed eater from the victim’s truck. 

The victim was transported to NorthWest Hospital  by CCFD Emergency Personnel for treatment of his facial injuries.

The investigation is ongoing into the Aggravated Assault and Theft from a Motor Vehicle.

Customer Falls Asleep At Drive-Thru, Provided A Place To Stay

Occurred on 9/21/11, 10:50 p.m.   Driving  While Intoxicated   4831 S. Staples     1109210171

Officers responded to the Long John Silver’s drive thru for a male passed out in his pickup truck and found Mark Castillo (10/10/82) sleeping soundly in the driver’s seat of a Chevy Silverado pick-up.  The truck was still running.  The Officers blocked Castillo’s truck with their units so when they woke him he wouldn’t become startled and accidentally drive off.  Officers were able to wake Castillo who appeared to be intoxicated.  A Blood Search Warrant was obtained and Castillo was taken to Spohn Shoreline for a Blood Draw.  Castillo was arrested and charged with Driving While Intoxicated.

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