Crime Central Crime Central en-us Copyright 2014, All Rights Reserved. Feed content is not avaialble for commercial use. () () Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:10:44 GMT Synapse CMS 10 144 25 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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Mom Accused of Abandoning Child Facing a New Charge Crime Central Wed, 22 Oct 2014 3:03:40 PM Veronica Flores Mom Accused of Abandoning Child Facing a New Charge

CORPUS CHRISTI - The woman accused of abandoning her baby at a local H.E.B. after being caught shoplifting is in more trouble today.

Ashlee Castillo was hit with another Theft charge this afternoon.

According to prosecutors, Castillo was caught shoplifting baby formula on ten different occasions from a local Walmart. The incidents happened between late January and mid-March of this year. She's believed to have stolen more than $1,500 worth of baby formula from the store.

During a hearing today, Castillo entered a not guilty plea.

You'll recall, Castillo is already facing a Child Abandonment charge after police say she left her baby at the H.E.B. Plus on Saratoga. An employee said Castillo ran off without her child after they confronted her about stealing baby formula.

A 6 News investigation later uncovered Castillo was selling baby formula online.



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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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