Crime Central Crime Central en-us Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:10:37 GMT Synapse CMS 10 144 25 Three Men Rob Elderly Couple Crime Central Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:25:57 AM Veronica Flores Three Men Rob Elderly Couple

CORPUS CHRISTI - Corpus Christi Police are looking for three men who ransacked an elderly couple's home.

According to the 71 year old homeowner, someone knocked on the door of his home on the 3300 block of Case De Amigos Dr. and when he did not answer, three men kicked open the door.
One of the men was described as a thin and Hispanic with a black shirt, black and white shorts, and a mask. The second man was described as a chubby Hispanic. He was wearing black pants and a black sweat shirt and he also was wearing a mask. The men made the homeowner and his wife get on the ground and stay in the restroom while they ransacked the house. The suspects asked where the money was several times and mentioned the couple's son by name. The suspects took several guns from the victims, a jewelry box with several thousand dollars' worth of jewelry inside.

The victim's son arrived shortly after the robbery and said he thought that he might know the name of one of the suspects involved.

Corpus Christi police are looking into this crime. At this time, no arrests have been made. The victims did not have a description of the third suspect involved.


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$1 Million Bond Set for Man Accused of Fatally Shooting Daughter's Ex-Boyfriend Crime Central Tue, 14 Oct 2014 12:37:29 PM Veronica Flores $1 Million Bond Set for Man Accused of Fatally Shooting Daughter's Ex-Boyfriend

CORPUS CHRISTI - The man accused of shooting and killing his daughter's ex-boyfriend last night appeared before a judge this morning.

Fifty year old Daniel Salazar appeared in Magistrate Court just before noon, where he was told he will be charged with Murder. The judge also set his bond at $1 million.

Salazar was arrested last night after police said he shot and killed 30 year old David Hernandez after a fight at his home on the 4000 block of Bray near Weber and Holly. Officers say when they arrived at the home, they found Hernandez has been shot twice, once in the leg and once in the chest. He was taken to Spohn Memorial Hospital where he died from his injuries.



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Suspected Shooter in Convenience Store Murder Facing Death Penalty Crime Central Fri, 10 Oct 2014 3:09:42 PM Veronica Flores Suspected Shooter in Convenience Store Murder Facing Death Penalty

CORPUS CHRISTI - One of the three people charged in the murder of convenience store owner Ben Mustafa will face the death penalty.

Following a hearing this morning, prosecutors announced it will seek the death penalty against Daniel Garcia.

The other two defendants, Victoria Del Cavazos and Arturo Navarro, are facing anywhere from five years to life in prison. All three are charged with Capital Murder in the April 14th robbery attempt that left 59-year old Ben Mustafa dead.

After his arrest, Garcia told police that he shot Mustafa with an assault rifle.


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Bond Denied for Mom Accused of Abandoning Child Crime Central Wed, 8 Oct 2014 11:48:36 AM Veronica Flores Bond Denied for Mom Accused of Abandoning Child

CORPUS CHRISTI - The woman accused of abandoning her baby after she was caught shoplifting, won't be getting out of jail anytime soon.

U.S. Marshals arrested Ashlee Castillo last week after being on the run for three weeks. The 25-year-old was a no-show for a court hearing last month.

Today, her attorney told Judge Stith Castillo became homeless during that time and didn't have a ride to get to court. He asked that her bond be re-instated. So, that she could get out of jail but the judge denied his request.

Meanwhile, the prosecutor said they are looking into charging her for failing to show up in court.

In April, Castillo was arrested after a store employee said she was stealing baby formula and other baby items from the HEB Plus on Saratoga.

Castillo has been charged with Abandoning and Endangering a Child. If convicted, she could face up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 dollar fine.


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Former Freer Teacher Indicted on Indecency with a Child Charges Crime Central Tue, 7 Oct 2014 4:53:07 PM Veronica Flores Former Freer Teacher Indicted on Indecency with a Child Charges

DUVAL COUNTY - A former Freer elementary school teacher accused of inappropriately touching young students will be heading to trial.

A Duval County Grand Jury determined there was enough evidence to indict William Utley on five counts of Indecency with a Child.

The former fourth grade teacher was arrested in February after one young girl said he inappropriately touched her.
Shortly after his arrest, four other girls came forward.

If convicted on all five counts, he could face up to 100 years in prison.



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Son on Trial for Mother's Brutal Murder Crime Central Tue, 7 Oct 2014 12:09:09 PM Son on Trial for Mother's Brutal Murder

CORPUS CHRISTI - Testimony has started in the trial of a man accused of beating his mother to death with a hammer.

Police found 50-year-old Kimberly Hill dead at the Windrush Apartments on Kostoryz back in March. The medical examiner testified that Kimberly Hill died from blood loss as a result of a critical head wound.terview before a lunch break today.

Investigators say her son, 18-year old Kevin Davis, confessed to the brutal crime. Jurors watched a recording of his first police interview.

Detectives told the court they confiscated a computer that belongs to Kevin Davis. On it, they found multiple explicit videos depicting bondage.

According to officers, Davis also told them he had plans to go after his sister next. He's charged with murder.


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Alice Couple Arrested in Drug Bust Crime Central Fri, 3 Oct 2014 5:02:17 PM Alice Couple Arrested in Drug Bust

ALICE - A drug bust in Alice lands a couple in jail for possession of cocaine and synthetic marijuana. The Alice Police Department, Jim Wells Sheriff's Office, and the Central South Texas Criminal Investigative Unit took part in the arrests of Paul Martinez and Angela Charles.

Authorities say they seized 29 grams (~1 ounce) of cocaine, a packet of synthetic marijuana, and $2,050 in cash. Officers also took possession of a computer and cameras the couple is accused of using for security around the house.


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Authorities Close Neighborhood, Raid Home in Rockport Crime Central Thu, 2 Oct 2014 6:21:24 PM Authorities Close Neighborhood, Raid Home in Rockport

ROCKPORT - A neighborhood was shut down today while Aransas County deputies carried out a raid at a trailer home.

Crime scene tape surrounded that home on the 1000 block of San Antonio in Rockport.

The Aransas County Sheriff's office isn't saying anything about the operation but they had the area closed to traffic for at least four hours.

During that time one man was taken into custody.

Deputies could also be seen taking several bags and boxes out of the trailer home.

As of this afternoon, the Sheriff's Department has released no information about the incident.


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Murder Charge Dropped for Car Wash Killing Crime Central Wed, 1 Oct 2014 5:56:21 PM Murder Charge Dropped for Car Wash Killing

CORPUS CHRISTI - The murder charge was dropped against one of the men accused of a 2013 killing at a car wash on 15th Street. Anthony Diaz was given 5 years in prison after entering a plea of guilty for tampering with evidence.

The other defendant in the case, Brian Edwards, is scheduled to go on trial for murder next week.

Back in February 2013, 34-year old Juan Ramirez was shot and killed during a meeting at the car wash. According to arrest affidavits in the case, Ramirez knew he was meeting with a Texas Syndicate gang member known as 'Ant.' CCPD investigators believe that is Anthony Diaz's nickname.

The same documents allege Edwards was texting the victim about setting up a drug deal at the car wash.

A witness who dropped of Ramirez told police he saw who pulled the trigger and followed two suspects as they left the car wash, but backed off when he was threatened with a gun.

Officers arrived to find Ramirez with fatal wounds. Crime scene technicians found several bullet casings in a trash can, plus a baggie believed to contain methamphetamine that was nearby.

U.S. Marshals tracked down Diaz within a week of the murder. Brian Edwards was arrested by a CCPD officer who was conducting a hot check investigation nearly two weeks later.


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Can I Have a Hot Dog and Your Purse? Crime Central Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:15:38 AM Can I Have a Hot Dog and Your Purse?

CORPUS CHRISTI - A woman was punched in the face and had her purse stolen by someone who asked her to buy a hot dog.

This all happened before 5am today at Stripes right across from Corpus Christi City Hall.

The victim told CCPD she was buying a hot dog when another woman asked her to buy one for her. Once they were outside, the attacker allegedly punched her in the face and took the purse worth $125.

The suspect is a hispanic female with brown hair and brown eyes, wearing a lime green shirt and light blue pants. Officers have not found her.

The victim was taken to the hospital to be treated for her injuries.


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Burglary Suspect Caught in the Act Crime Central Thu, 25 Sep 2014 11:51:48 AM Burglary Suspect Caught in the Act

CORPUS CHRISTI - A witness called police Wednesday evening to report a guy breaking into cars outside a hotel at Nile and SPID.

That same witness led the officers right to 21-year old Andrew Parker who was sitting in the front seat of a Ford Escape. Parker does not own the car.

Officers were able to recover a 9mm pistol and other property that was about to be stolen, according to police. All of the items were returned to the owner.

Parker now faces a misdemeanor charge of burglary.


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Deputies Recover Stolen Trailers, Oil Field Equipment Crime Central Tue, 23 Sep 2014 5:50:02 PM Deputies Recover Stolen Trailers, Oil Field Equipment

SAN PATRICIO COUNTY - If your tools or other equipment have been stolen recently you'll want to check with the San Patricio County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies found stolen trailers, tools and oil field equipment at a couple's home this morning on County Road 4241.

42-year old William Beck and his wife, 35-year old Julie Woll are charged with theft.

If you've bought anything from them investigators want to hear from you.


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October Trial Date Set for Woman Accused of Running Over Boyfriend Crime Central Mon, 22 Sep 2014 3:25:17 PM Veronica Flores October Trial Date Set for Woman Accused of Running Over Boyfriend

CORPUS CHRISTI - The woman accused of running over and killing her boyfriend will be going to trial soon.

Dena Gomez, 22, appeared before a judge this afternoon. Both her attorney and the prosecutor said they're ready for her October 20th trial.

Gomez is charged with Murder after police say she assaulted her boyfriend Freddie Ayala, 24, inside a bar in Annaville. When he left the bar, police say she followed him and ran him over.

The couple had two children together.


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Three Arrested in Road Rage Incident Crime Central Thu, 18 Sep 2014 3:49:47 PM Three Arrested in Road Rage Incident

CORPUS CHRISTI - Police say a single road rage incident lead to three arrests. It started around 2:20 Thursday morning at the intersection of South Staples and Saratoga.

Investigators say Rudy Valencia was cut off by another driver then tried to pursue the vehicle all the way to Holly and Weber.

Both vehicles pulled into a parking lot where Valencia told officers he got out of his car and got punched in the face and beaten with golf clubs.

But officers say Valencia may have used his car to hit the two men. They're identified as Orlando Garcia and Rudy Moreno.

Garcia and Moreno were taken to the hospital for minor injuries and were then arrested. Valencia was also arrested.

All three face aggravated assault charges.


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Several Baggies of Cocaine Found During DWI Arrest Crime Central Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:06:21 AM Several Baggies of Cocaine Found During DWI Arrest

CORPUS CHRISTI - An officer on patrol noticed a pickup stopped on the wrong side of Morgan Avenue last night and arrested the man behind the wheel for driving while intoxicated.

As the officer was taking a closer look at 43-year-old Shane Turner's truck he found a Crown Royal bag in the center console. The officer reports the bag containing several smaller plastic bags which are suspected to be cocaine.

Turner is in the Nueces County Jail on a felony drug charge and the misdemeanor DWI charge.


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Wrong Way Driver Charged with DWI Crime Central Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:41:43 AM Wrong Way Driver Charged with DWI

CORPUS CHRISTI - A 67-year old woman ends up going to jail after police catch her driving the wrong way on SPID.

Police got the call just before midnight after someone spotted a truck headed west on the eastbound side of the freeway.

Officers tried to stop the driver at the Kostoryz exit but the drier kept going. The woman was finally pulled over near the West Point Road exit.

The driver, Elva Mejia, was arrested for suspicion of DWI and evading arrest.


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New Warrant Issued for Mom Accused of Child Endangerment Crime Central Thu, 11 Sep 2014 3:19:16 PM New Warrant Issued for Mom Accused of Child Endangerment

CORPUS CHRISTI - Another arrest warrant has been issued for the mom accused of abandoning her baby after being caught shoplifting.

24-year old Ashlee Castillo was due in court today for a hearing on her charges, but she never showed up. That's the reason behind the new arrest warrant.

Earlier this year she plead not guilty to charges of child endangerment for allegedly leaving her infant behind as she was confronted at an HEB.


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Mother and Children Hurt in I-37 Crash Crime Central Wed, 10 Sep 2014 10:43:25 AM Mother and Children Hurt in I-37 Crash

CORPUS CHRISTI - A rush hour accident on Interstate 37 sent three children and their mom to the hospital this morning.

Police say they were in a PT Cruiser headed north when the driver stopped suddenly in the fast lane near McKinzie Road.

A pickup rear-ended the car, causing severe damage.

Three kids in the back seat, ages 6 to 12 years old were taken to Driscoll Children's Hospital. Their mother was taken to Spohn Memorial.

The driver of the truck wasn't seriously injured.

Corpus Christi PD had to close off at least one lane of traffic for emergency personnel. They've mapped out the crash scene to try and figure out what happened.


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Arrest Warrant Issued After $60k in Stolen Stuff Found Crime Central Tue, 2 Sep 2014 10:45:37 AM Arrest Warrant Issued After $60k in Stolen Stuff Found

CORPUS CHRISTI - An arrest warrant was issued this morning for 32-year-old Daniel Martinez on charges of burglary and theft. Right around noon, CCPD spotted him driving around town and arrested him.

Last month, Corpus Christi PD officers recovered more than $60,000 of stolen property form a home on Nile Drive.

No one was home at the time. According to police, Martinez is the person who lives there.

A trailer and cement spreader were among the stash of stolen loot police found when they searched the home. Officers also recovered stolen welding equipment and a table saw.

CCPD had been investigating a rash of burglaries in the area when they got a tip that some of the property was stashed at the home.


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Man Nearly Beaten to Death, Left Behind Downtown Church Crime Central Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:34:25 PM Sara Donchey Man Nearly Beaten to Death, Left Behind Downtown Church

CORPUS CHRISTI - Father John Hayden Haby set out for an early morning; it was a day of religious celebration at the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church.

But when medics knocked on Haby's door to tell him there was an emergency, what he found behind the building was anything but pious.

"(I saw) a gentlemen who looked like he was bloody all over," Haby said. "It looked like he had been in a fight or assaulted or something."

Corpus Christi Fire Department medics were already there treating him, Haby said.

The gruesome discovery stemmed from a 911 call police received around 7:30 am. It was from a passerby who saw a man lying in a pool of his own blood.

He appeared to have been beaten, nearly to death, and left behind the church on South Chaparral Street, according to police.

Police said the victim appeared to be in his 40s, but could not immediately identify him.

He was rushed to Spohn Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

Church goers were shocked to be met with crime tape and police cars.

"I was just really concerned making sure everybody at the church was okay," said Anastasia Strates.

Strates, who owns the nearby Tango Tea Room Restaurant, said she was surprised to see the crime scene tape and police cars.

Another challenge for crime scene investigators was rain; it was washing away evidence, namely, blood on the ground.

Haby conceded that he often sees people passing near his building late at night, but said he didn't recognize the victim.

Police said that upon last check he was still in critical condition, but was making slight improvements.

They still don't have a suspect in the case, but if that person is found, they could face charges of aggravated assault.


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