South Texas Crime/Court News


Chief Riggs Announced a $10,000 Reward for Missing Explosives

 CORPUS CHRISTI–A refinery company with local ties in Corpus Christi is offering a reward for the return of some dangerous explosives taken from a CCPD storage unit last week.

About 12 pounds of TNT and C4, which are used to detonate explosive devices, were taken from two storage units used by the Corpus Christi Police Department at an Annaville location where CCPD keeps its explosives.

 Police commanders were surprised more explosive items, like commercial grade ammonia nitrate, weren’t taken and believe the criminals don’t know what they have.

CITGO is offering the reward and emphasized the importance of getting back the explosives because they don’t want it to end up in the wrong people’s hand.

If you have any information, call CCPD Crimestoppers at 361-888-TIPS.

BPD Roxanne Cantu Urbina 10122077 child Endangerment[1] click for booking photo

BROWNSVILLE–A Brownsville woman gets arrested on a child endangerment charge after her young child is found wandering around an apartment building.

Roxanne Cantu Urbina, 21, was booked on the criminal charge and her bond set at $10,000.

Officers received a call a 3-year-old child was knocking on doors and walking around without any supervision. Police made contact with Urbina who was unaware her child was gone from the apartment.

Child Protective Services was contacted. The child was placed with his grandfather.

CORPUS CHRISTI–A 29-year-old man gets caught red-handed breaking into a car when the owner comes out of a store to catch him in the act.

Maria Pena, 24, walked out of the Dollar General Store on Agnes when she saw a man running away with her car stereo from her car.

Pena called police and told the officers where Jaime Jalomo was last seen before she lost him in an apartment building.

They searched the apartment and found Jalomo hiding in a bedroom with the covers of his face. He pretended he was sleeping, but was positively identified by Pena as the man who was involved with the car burglary.

The car stereo was returned to the owner and Jalomo booked on a charge of burglary of a vehicle.

Investigators are also investigating a robbery of a westside convenience store around 9 on Monday night.

Officers said a man pulled out a knife and demanded money at the K Store on the 300 block of Mohawk from two employees inside the store.

The suspect got away with about $100, then walked out the door. Police are looking for him.

An officer was involved in a car accident when a man ran a stop sign and hit him around 2 in the afternoon on Agnes.

Michael Davis, 47, failed to stop and hit the officer’s two side doors of his police car. The officer didn’t suffer serious injuries and was treated at Doctor’s Center.

Davis was given a ticket for the traffic violation.

Fire in Alfred, Texas Claims the Life of a Man

ORANGE GROVE–Fire investigators are looking into a mobile home fire that claimed the life of a 61-year-old man in Jim Wells County.

Authorities said Ben Vallejo perished in the fire on a small county road Sunday night  in Alfred, which is located near Orange Grove.

Neighbors said he had just left their house a half hour earlier and they tried to rescue him, but the flames were too intense.

It’s believed the blaze was accidental due to bad wiring in a space heater being used because of the cold weather.  

–Manuel De La Rosa, South Texas Tribune,

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