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CCPD: Officers use cell phone to track armed robbery suspects

Posted: 9:06 AM, Feb 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-02-15 02:08:46-05

An armed robbery at the barge docks on Shoreline led to a major SWAT standoff this morning in Corpus Christi.

Officers with the Corpus Christi Police Department say just after 1 a.m., two men robbed a person while showing a gun. The suspects stole the victim’s phone, and took off in a stolen vehicle, leading police on a high speed chase.

The chase was cut short because officers said their speeds became unsafe for citizens.

Around 4 a.m., CCPD were able to track the suspects by using the stolen victim’s phone, and pinging the suspects’ location, CCPD officers said. The phone tracked police to the stolen vehicle. When police arrived, a K9 was used to track the suspects from the vehicle to the Embassy House Apartments on the 4500 block of Corona Drive.

Officers say they unsuccessfully attempted to make contact with the suspects. Around 6:30 a.m., SWAT was called in, and tear gas was used to force the suspects out of the apartment.

Four people were taken into custody, and two were arrested.

 

Jodaya Tapia was arrested in connection with the incident. He had a warrant out for his arrest and has been charged with aggravated assault.

A 15-year-old boy who was with him has also been arrested, and taken to the Juvenile Justice Center.

The two others were questioned and released.