The Corpus Christi Police received several reports of violent crimes Sunday night and have the following suggestions for the public to reduce their risk. These are general safety tips which may reduce your risk of becoming a victim of a violent attack.
Be alert and aware. Pay attention to who is around you and avoid distractions.
Travel well-lighted, busy routes and avoid shadowed areas. Have your keys in your hand as you approach your door, and remember to be alert to what and who is around you.
Be alert when using, or simply carrying, your cellular phone, especially after dark. There is a market for stolen smart phones. If you do not need to use the phone, keep it secured and out of sight.
Carry a purse close to your body, but do not loop or wrap straps around you. Keep wallets in an inside pocket. Itís best practice to travel with others.
Your safety is most important. If you are the victim of a crime, report it immediately. Also be aware of crime in the areas you frequent.
The public may search the site, Crimereports.com for current information about all the criminal activity reported to the Corpus Christi Police Department. Below are three violent episodes in which the public should be aware because of the similar nature of the crime, and the similarity in suspect descriptions.
The suspects in these cases remain at large and the Corpus Christi Police work as an equal partner with the community to solve these crimes.
On Sunday April 26 on the 4700 Block of Angela St. a 49-year-old man was injured by gunfire Sunday night when two men robbed the man in front of his home on the 4700 block of Angela Drive. A 45-year-old woman told Corpus Christi Police Officers that she and her 49-year-old husband parked in their driveway at about 10:50 P.M. and were approached by two men.
The 45-year-old woman told Officers that one of the two men asked if they wanted to buy a cell phone, but then displayed a pistol and demanded the purse and wallet from the 45-year-old woman and 49-year-old man. The 45-year-old woman told Officers that the man with the gun shot the 49-year-old man after the valuables were handed over.
The 49-year-old man was taken to the hospital by ambulance with an injury to his chest and leg which Officers believe are consistent with gunshot wounds. Medical staff told Officers the man is expected to recover from his injuries. Officers contacted at least one other witness to the event.
The 45-year-old woman described the two attackers as men about 18 years of age with dark-colored skin and the men were last seen running from the scene toward West Point Road. The 45-year-old woman said one of the men wore a gray hoodie with dark pants and the other man wore a white shirt with dark pants. The woman did not report any other injuries or property damage.
The two suspects have not been captured.
Also on April 26, at 700 St. a Pius Drive a 26-year-old man told Officers he was injured by gunfire at 9:50 P.M. Sunday night at the 700 block of Saint Pius Drive after a robbery. The 26-year-old man told Officers that 2 slender black males who wore dark hoodies robbed him of his wallet and then shot him once in the chest.
The 26-year-old man was transported to the hospital with possible life threatening injuries. The two suspects in this case have not been captured.
Also, a 36-year-old woman reported a robbery at 2022 Treyway Lane Sunday night to Corpus Christi Police. The 36-year-old woman told Officers that she arrived home at 9:30 P.M. with her 10-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son when she was approached by two men who wore gray hoodies.
The 36-year-old woman told Officers that one of the men displayed a large revolver and demanded all her money. The 36-year-old woman told Officers when she told the suspects she had no money the men took her purse and ransacking her vehicle.
The 36-year-old woman told Officers the two men then ran south through the complex towards Holly Road. The 36-year-old woman described the two men as about 20 years in age, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and had dark-colored skin. The suspects have not been captured and no injuries were reported.
The Corpus Christi Police Department advices that residents should be aware of these crimes as they have similarities that could point to further incidents. At this time no other crimes have been reported matching those listed here but residents should do their best to ensure their safety in the area and not travel alone.