Crime Central Crime Central en-us Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Sat, 29 Nov 2014 03:11:08 GMT Synapse CMS 10 144 25 Camera Planted Inside Starbucks Restroom Crime Central Tue, 25 Nov 2014 1:41:07 PM Camera Planted Inside Starbucks Restroom

CORPUS CHRISTI - Detectives released video of a man seen placing a camera in the bathroom of a Starbucks earlier this year.

The smiling man is seen on video placing the camera beneath a countertop in order to have a clear view of near the toilet.

This is one of three incidents in Corpus Christi involving a camera found inside a restroom.


This particular cell phone, with camera, was found on July 11th. Detectives were able to track down the owner of the phone, but determined it is not the same person seen in this video.

Another cell phone was found inside a Stripes at Kostoryz and Holly on August 12. The third was found hidden inside a laundromat on the 11300 block of Leopard on August 28th

If you have any information on this man's identity, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS, or submit a tip online at

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String of Smash and Grab Burglaries along SPID Crime Central Mon, 24 Nov 2014 5:52:41 AM Sara Donchey String of Smash and Grab Burglaries along SPID

CORPUS CHRISTI - Police are on the lookout for a man they say used a crow bar to burglaries a few local businesses early Monday morning.

The man pried open the door of the Boing Boing Bounce business on the 3400 block of South Padre Island Drive, according to police.

There was no money in the register though, so police said it didn't appear that the man got away with any cash.

Police said he also smashed in the windows of the Carino's restaurant on the 1600 block of SPID at Greenwood.

At least one security camera at one of the business caught a glimpse of the suspect.

Police described him as a Hispanic man wearing black clothes and white shoes who was seen driving a white Nissan Maxima.

If you have any information about these burglaries, call the Corpus Christi Police at 361-888-TIPS.

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Kingsville Police Officer Arrested, Facing Assault Charges Crime Central Fri, 21 Nov 2014 1:24:02 PM Kingsville Police Officer Arrested, Facing Assault Charges

KINGSVILLE - A Kingsville Police Officer is behind bars after an investigation into claims of domestic violence.

Officer Joshua Grant was arrested this morning and charged with Obstruction or Retaliation, Assault Bodily Injury of a Family or Household Member and Tampering with a Witness.

According to a press release from the Kingsville Police Department, Grant has been employed with the department since 2009. He has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the results of its criminal investigation. The release also stated since Grant is an employee,no additional information will be released at this time.

Chief Ricardo Torres released the following statement "The City of Kingsville and the Kingsville Police Department will not tolerate any acts or threats of violence. The City of Kingsville and Kingsville Police Department will not tolerate any form of retaliation with regards to domestic violence and insure that victims are treated with dignity and respect."


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Border Patrol Agents Find Liquid Meth in Truck at Falfurrias Checkpoint Crime Central Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:50:04 PM Border Patrol Agents Find Liquid Meth in Truck at Falfurrias Checkpoint

FALFURRIAS, Texas - Border Patrol agents confiscated 112 pounds of liquid methamphetamine at the Falfurrias Border Patrol Checkpoint on Wednesday.

According to Border Patrol, a K-9 alerted them to the white Ford pickup truck. Shortly after, agents found the liquid meth in the truck's gas tank. The meth has a value of more than $3.5 million. A San Antonio Hazardous Material Team was summoned to safely extract the narcotics from the gas tank. The driver,the liquid methamphetamine, and the truck were turned over to the Corpus Christi Office of Homeland Security Investigations.


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Detectives Looking for Car Linked to Vandalism Crime Central Thu, 20 Nov 2014 2:27:33 PM Detectives Looking for Car Linked to Vandalism

ARANSAS PASS - Detectives are looking for one car believed to be involved in the shattering of windows at businesses in Aransas Pass and Ingleside over the weekend.

Video released today shows a 4-door sedan driving by one of the shops. It isn't the best quality, but maybe someone will recognize the car.

In one case, someone broke or damaged all of the windows outside Peerless Cleaners in Aransas Pass. The owner estimates the damages at $10,000.

If you have any information, call authorities at 361-758-8477.


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Robstown Detective Accused of Hiding Evidence in Case Against Former Officer Crime Central Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:30:49 PM Sara Donchey Robstown Detective Accused of Hiding Evidence in Case Against Former Officer

CORPUS CHRISTI - There's a huge development in the case against a former Robstown police officer accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year old girl. The detective who handled the case is accused of hiding evidence.

Detective Gonzalo Jimenez was back in court to face questions about his earlier testimony and the evidence concerning former coworker, Ernest Martinez.

Martinez was arrested in late 2013 and was charged with having sex with a minor--a 14-year-old girl he allegedly met while working patrol at Ortiz Intermediate School. His family says he's being set up for a crime he never committed.

"(Jimenez) is not being truthful," Shamsie said. "He's been lying for the last four months...This case is falling apart and he's hiding evidence that shows that (Martinez) is innocent."

The evidence in question includes several handwritten notes Jimenez took during the course of his investigation that weren't submitted as evidence.

Shamsie also pointed out about a dozen phone calls Jimenez had with a Wells Fargo Bank in Arizona asking for Martinez's bank records. In earlier hearings, Jimenez denied having made any calls about the case.

Those inconsistencies could land Jimenez in contempt of court, but Judge Longoria decided not to make an official ruling until the end of the trial.

The judge demanded that Jimenez find the missing evidence.

"Detective Jimenez, you will make a search of every item there is at that police station, your home, your car, personal car," Judge Longoria said in court. "You come up with those notes that you keep telling us that you gave to the prosecutor and the prosecutor never got them...Look for it, you find it, and I will deal with how much time you're going to go to jail for and how much money it's going to cost you."

Judge Longoria gave Jimenez until the following Monday afternoon to submit the notes and other evidence that was missing from his report.


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Woman Allegedly Stabs Sister Over Cell Phone Crime Central Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:57:22 AM Kirsten Schaffer Woman Allegedly Stabs Sister Over Cell Phone

CORPUS CHRISTI - Corpus Christi Police said a woman stabbed her younger sister over what appeared to be a fight about a cell phone.

Police were called to the 1400 block of Acapulco Street Monday around 1:15 p.m for a report of a disturbance.

They said a 17-year-old female victim reported her sister, Angela Ramirez, 23, borrowed her phone and when she was done with it, did not want to give it back.

When the victim tried to get the phone back, police said Ramirez punched her and put her in a headlock.

The younger sister said when she got up, she felt a sharp pain in her lower back. She told officers she saw her sister holding a black knife and then she realized she had been stabbed.

The victim ran outside to her mom's car and locked herself inside. 

Police said Ramirez left walking, but they were able to track her down in the 5800 block of Ayers Street.

Ramirez was arrested and charged with aggravated assault.

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CCPD Looking for Man Who Robbed Alameda Street Stripes Store Crime Central Tue, 11 Nov 2014 6:42:12 AM Sara Donchey CCPD Looking for Man Who Robbed Alameda Street Stripes Store

CORPUS CHRISTI - Corpus Christi Police are on the lookout for a man who robbed a Stripes convenience store early Tuesday morning.

According to police, the robbery happened around 4:00 am when a man driving a grey SUV pulled up to the store wearing a bandana over his face.

He walked inside, told the cashier he had a gun, and demanded cash from the register.

Police said the cashier only had about $25 dollars, which the man took before he drove away.

Officers are skeptical that the man had a weapon, since he never showed it to the clerk.

An officer also said that the clerk had just wiped down the door handle before the robbery, which allowed police to get clean fingerprints.

CCPD did not have a physical description of the suspect.


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Unknown Attackers Assault Woman and Teen in Flour Bluff Crime Central Mon, 10 Nov 2014 6:00:34 PM Unknown Attackers Assault Woman and Teen in Flour Bluff

CORPUS CHRISTI - Take extra caution when walking around alone at night. That's the takeaway message from two recent violent attacks in Flour Bluff.

On Thursday, a woman told police she was walking on Waldron Road after 2am when an unknown man placed a knife to her throat. He took her money and walked away. The suspect was described as 25-35 years old, about 6 feet tall, weighing 180 pounds, and wearing a red hoodie with black, muddy tennis shoes.

The next night, a 16-year old told police he was forced off of his bike on Waldron Road. The teen claims he was pulled towards a house and beaten. The teen was able to fight back, causing the suspect to run away. The suspect was described as being between 18-32 years old, about 180 pounds with bleached white hair and a thick Spanish accent.

Both of the attacks happened on the stretch of Waldron between Graham and Hustlin Hornet Drive.

If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS.


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Man Accused of Child Indecency Claims He Didn't Do It Crime Central Fri, 7 Nov 2014 10:21:10 AM Veronica Flores Man Accused of Child Indecency Claims He Didn't Do It

CORPUS CHRISTI - A Corpus Christi man accused of luring a 9-year-old boy into his home, then exposing himself, claims he didn't do it.

James Neil Kight appeared before a judge Friday morning. He pleaded not guilty to charges of indecency with a child. The judge agreed to set a trial date.

In August, police arrested Kight after a child said Kight took his friend inside his home. The child then told his father, who then ran to Kight's home and found the 50-year-old dressed in a skirt, exposing himself to the boy. The man took the boy and punched Kight in the face twice.

When police arrived, Kight told them it was a misunderstanding. He said he was just trying to hire the boy to kill some rats in his attic.


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Flour Bluff Man Stabbed, Wife Arrested Crime Central Tue, 4 Nov 2014 11:47:11 AM Veronica Flores Flour Bluff Man Stabbed, Wife Arrested

CORPUS CHRISTI - A Flour Bluff woman has been arrested after being accused of stabbing her husband, possibly with a machete.

According to police, the victim said his wife, 56-year-old Tamara Andrews, who lives next door with her boyfriend, stabbed him in the hand with a machete. However, she told police her husband stabbed her in the hand with a knife and she was defending herself. Officers say Andrews has a mark on her hand and the victim has a pretty deep cut and needed stitches but he refused to be taken to the hospital.

Officers interviewed the wife, her live-in boyfriend, the victim, who lives in the trailer next door, and his live-in girlfriend and believe it or not, they're still trying to figure out what went wrong.

This all went down on the 700 block of Webb Street before 9 a.m.

Officers arrested Andrews. She'll be charged with Aggravated Assault and Family Violence.


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Three Teens Arrested for Attacking, Robbing a Man Crime Central Tue, 4 Nov 2014 11:38:27 AM Veronica Flores Three Teens Arrested for Attacking, Robbing a Man

CORPUS CHRISTI - Three teens are behind bars after police say they robbed a man this morning.

Police say a 16 year old man and two 17 year old men attacked a man and took his wallet and cell phone. It happened just after 7:45 a.m. in the parking lot of the Sun Suites on the 5100 block of Oakhurst Drive.

The victim just had redness to his face. One suspect was taken to the Juvenile Detention Center. The other two teens were taken to the Nueces County Jail.


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Mom Accused of Abandoning Child May Not Go to Trial Crime Central Mon, 3 Nov 2014 3:11:58 PM Veronica Flores Mom Accused of Abandoning Child May Not Go to Trial

CORPUS CHRISTI - The woman accused of abandoning her baby at a grocery store after being caught shoplifting may not go to trial.

A hearing was held this afternoon for Ashlee Castillo. Prosecutors told the judge they have offered Castillo a plea deal but she hasn't accepted the offer. There's no word yet on the terms of the deal.

Meanwhile, Castillo remains jailed on several Theft charges and one count of Child Abandonment. Police say she left her baby at the H.E.B. Plus on Saratoga back in April after she was confronted about stealing baby formula.

A 6 news investigation later found Castillo was selling baby formula online.



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Police Searching for Man Who Tried to Abduct Flour Bluff Girl Crime Central Mon, 3 Nov 2014 12:01:08 PM Veronica Flores Police Searching for Man Who Tried to Abduct Flour Bluff Girl

CORPUS CHRISTI - Corpus Christi police are looking for a man who may have tried to kidnap a young girl in Flour Bluff.

It happened around 7:15 last night on the 800 block Quetzal Street.

According to police, the 11-year old girl and her family had just returned from a birthday party. The girl was in her apartment complex's parking lot as her mother unloaded their car. She was playing ball with a friend. When the ball got away, the girl went after it. That's when a man walking down the sidewalk went after her. The girl ran towards her friend and the man left.

Police are now looking for a white man, between 5'10" and 6"0". He weighs between 200 and 220 pounds and is about 45 to 50 years in age with gray hair. He was wearing a white baseball cap, green t-shirt, black shorts, and white tennis shoes. Officers searched the area last night and couldn't find him.

If you know who he is, you're asked to call police.


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Corpus Christi Man Had More Than 5 Million Child Porn Images Crime Central Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:58:33 AM Corpus Christi Man Had More Than 5 Million Child Porn Images

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - A Corpus Christi man who acknowledged having more than 5 million pornographic images has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography.

Terry Lee Clark faces up to 20 years in federal prison during sentencing scheduled for February.

This morning, prosecutors announced the plea from the 48-year-old Clark, who remains in custody over the investigation that began in July.

Authorities received an anonymous tip and contacted Clark, who allowed them to search his home and examiner computer devices. Investigators recovered images and videos. Some show girls engaging in sex acts with men.

Clark, as part of the plea deal, acknowledged possessing millions of pornographic images and downloading items from various websites.

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Travis Magill Deemed Fit to Stand Trial Crime Central Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:38:46 AM Sara Donchey Travis Magill Deemed Fit to Stand Trial

CORPUS CHRISTI - Travis Magill, the man accused of shooting two Corpus Christi Police officers, has been found competent to stand trial.

Magill appeared in Judge Missy Medary's courtroom this morning for a hearing.

The trial was originally set to begin the last week of September, but was postponed while Magill's mental state was reviewed.

Magill is being charged with two counts of attempted capital murder for allegedly opening fire on two police officers in March.

Police said Magill fired shots at them while they tried to stop him after they received a call about a suspicious person near the Corpus Christi Country Club.

Magill's attorney has said his client was acting in self defense.

The trial has been tentatively set for December 8, but District Attorney Mark Skurka raised concerns about the availability of one key witness.

A ballistics expert who is set to testify has other military commitments during the week of the trial, according to the prosecution.

Judge Medary asked that the defense and prosecution attempt to schedule her testimony accordingly so that the trial can begin on its scheduled date.

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Robstown Man Who Stabbed Mother to Death Sentenced to 45 Years Crime Central Mon, 27 Oct 2014 12:38:53 PM Veronica Flores Robstown Man Who Stabbed Mother to Death Sentenced to 45 Years

NUECES COUNTY - The Robstown man who fatally stabbed his mother is heading to prison.

Gualberto Marines III pleaded guilty to a Murder charge Monday morning. He was sentenced to 45 years in prison.

Last November, Marines confessed to stabbing his mother, 47-year-old Rosa Linda Marines, during an argument at their home.

At the time, police said marines had a history of mental problems and was supposed to be on medication.


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Coffee Can Full of Cash Found During Traffic Stop Crime Central Fri, 24 Oct 2014 4:42:14 PM Coffee Can Full of Cash Found During Traffic Stop

JIM WELLS COUNTY- Jim Wells Sheriff's deputies find an expensive can of coffee during a traffic stop.

Deputies pulled over a car Thursday north of Alice for a routine violation.

As they were talking to the driver, the driver allows officers to look in the car.
That's where they find over $35,000 dollars in a Folgers coffee can, mixed into the coffee.

A K-9 dog sniffed the money and determined that drugs were found on the bills.

30 year old Roberto Aurioles, a Mexican national, was arrested on drug charges.


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Police Working To Track Down Ninja Thief Crime Central Thu, 23 Oct 2014 5:13:38 PM Kirsten Schaffer Police Working To Track Down Ninja Thief

CORPUS CHRISTI - Corpus Christi Police released new surveillance video Thursday of a man they have nicknamed the "ninja thief," after what appeared to be a multi-part theft at an H-E-B Plus store.

Police said the male suspect walked into the store on Saratoga Boulevard Saturday around 5 a.m. 

In the video, it shows the man walking to a cabinet with a sliding door, where he nabbed cologne and an electric razor. He apparently placed the cologne in his pocket and the razor in his boot.

The man then spoke with the store manager, asking if the store sold bolt cutters. After being shown where they were, the man used them in an attempt to cut the lock off the security gate where electronics are stored.

Police said the man broke the bolt cutters and the gate alarm was activated. 

The man then climbed the shelving in the aisle, walking on top of shelves until he reached the entertainment section and jumped down.

He was able to take a wireless audio speaker, which he then stuffed in his pants.

The man appears to be wearing a dark Fedora hat, a dark tie and a white button down shirt, with dark dress shoes.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 888-TIPS or submit information online at 


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Former Teacher Accused of Having Sex with Student Appears in Court Crime Central Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:34:35 AM Former Teacher Accused of Having Sex with Student Appears in Court

CORPUS CHRISTI - A former King High school teacher accused of having sex with a student was in court this morning.

Tanya Ramirez pleaded not guilty to the charge of Having an Improper Relationship with a Student.

Ramirez has been out on bond since her arrest on that charge in late July.

Her attorney asked the judge to remove Ramirez's ankle monitor while she awaits trial and looks for a job. The judge said that would be okay.

After the hearing, we asked Ramirez about the allegations against her but she wouldn't comment.

Her trial is now set for December 15th.


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