Press Releases

San Angelo Police Capture Couple Accused of Numerous Thefts in Numerous States
Aug 10, 2018   12:22 PM

On August 5, 2018, an Officer with the San Angelo Police Department’s Lake Division located a U-Haul Truck at Mary E. Lee Beach and made contact with two subjects concerning a City Ordinance Violation.  

During a computerized records check, the Officer received notification that the U-Haul had been reported stolen from Charleston, West Virginia.  The female subject was identified as 35-year-old Victoria Turner of West Virginia.  The male subject, who originally identified himself to the Officer using a false name, was later identified as 49-year-old Michael Turner of West Virginia.  M. Turner had outstanding non-extraditable warrants out of Arkansas. 

M. Turner was arrested for Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle and Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group I after Officers located a syringe loaded with suspected methamphetamine in his pocket, but it was the search of the U-Haul that led Officers and Criminal Investigators to discover evidence that ultimately cleared several other crimes.    

Officers located and seized numerous pieces of identifying [card] information from victims located in other states as well as San Angelo.  As a result, the couple was additionally charged with Fraudulent Use Possession of Identifying Information 10<50, a Second Degree Felony. 

During extensive follow up investigation by Detectives with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division it was learned the couple were also suspects of an ongoing investigation for Grand Larceny with the Charleston Police Department in West Virginia as well as suspects in an ongoing investigation for Felony Theft and Commercial Burglary with the Marion Police Department in Marion, Arkansas.   

Additional warrants from Arkansas are forthcoming and additional local charges may be pending from the ongoing investigation. 

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Hit and Run Driver Arrested Thanks to Alert Witness
Aug 06, 2018   05:00 PM

August 6, 2018 — A 56-year-old Tom Green County resident has been arrested on multiple charges after he fled a hit and run crash during today’s busy lunch commute. 

Shortly after noon, San Angelo Public Safety Communications received a call about a suspect vehicle that was leaving the scene of a crash that occurred in the eastbound lane of the 5100 block of Sherwood Way. 

The witness began following the white 2001 Ford F250 pickup, which fled San Angelo and made it to Farm to Market Road 1223, just south of U.S. Highway 87. 

Thanks to the witness, Deputies from the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office assisted with locating the vehicle and driver, later identified as 58-year-old Juan Jose Longoria.  Following their investigation, Longoria was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated 3rd or More and Driving While License Invalid with Previous Convictions. 

Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section determined Longoria struck a blue 2013 Nissan Sentra that was stopped at a red light.  The Nissan’s occupants, a 58-year-old female driver and a 10-year-old female passenger, were transported to a nearby hospital by private vehicle for treatment of non-incapacitating injuries.  

In addition to Longoria’s arrest, San Angelo Police issued Longoria Citations for Fail to Stop and Leave Information, Driving While License Invalid, No Insurance, Expired Plates, and Failure to Control Speed.  

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Officers Find Key to Unsolved Case after Morning Chase
Aug 03, 2018   04:49 PM

August 3, 2018 — Around 9:25 this morning, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the area of E. 12th and Akin for the report of suspicious subjects checking vehicles in the area.  

Shortly after, a responding Officer located the subjects in the 700 block of E. 16th Street and initiated contact with the duo; however, the male subject ran and abandoned a backpack and the female subject left in another direction.  

Responding Officers converged on the area, quickly established a perimeter and searched the neighborhood.  Officers eventually located the woman hiding behind vegetation in the north alley of the 600 block of E. 15th street.  She was identified as Jamie L. Hocker, 30, of San Angelo.  Hocker was arrested for an outstanding County Warrant but the male suspect was never located. 

Although the Officers did not initially locate the male, later identified as 31-year-old wanted felon Emmanuel Sanchez, they discovered that Sanchez’s discarded backpack held the key to an unsolved case.  

In addition to locating narcotics and marijuana inside the backpack, Officers discovered a car key that belonged to a vehicle that had been reported stolen earlier this week from the 1100 block of E. 24th ½ Street.  Police recovered the stolen 2014 Hyundai Elantra the same day it was reported stolen but the keys were never located — until today. 

Just after 2:00 p.m. this afternoon, San Angelo Police caught a break on Sanchez’s possible whereabouts when a citizen called dispatch to report a sighting of the man police were searching for earlier in the day.  

As Officers responded to the area of the sighting, they spotted Sanchez at 21st and Blum.  Sanchez immediately fled and another pursuit ensued until he was taken into custody in the 500 block of E. 20th.  

Sanchez was arrested for his Parole Warrant and Evading Arrest Detention with Previous Conviction.  Charges for State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance PG1, State Jail Felony Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, and Class B Possession of Marijuana are forthcoming.

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San Angelo Teen Arrested in Accidental Shooting Incident at Northside Residence
Aug 02, 2018   03:25 PM

August 2, 2018 — Just before 8:00 a.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to a residence in the 1100 block of E. 20th Street for the report of an 18-year-old male shooting victim. 

The victim was subsequently transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital with serious injuries and later airlifted to Lubbock for specialized treatment.   

While at the scene, Police received information about the suspect’s whereabouts.  Officers responded to a residence in the 600 block of E. 20th Street and initiated contact with the suspect around 8:26 a.m.  The suspect, identified as a 15-year-old male acquaintance of the victim, surrendered around 8:35 a.m. without incident and he was transported to Police Headquarters for interview.  

The Department’s Criminal Investigations Division and Crimes Scene Investigations Unit responded to both locations for follow up investigation. 

Pursuant to the investigation, Detectives learned the suspect was recklessly handling a firearm in the carport at the residence when he caused the firearm to discharge in the direction of the victim.  

The juvenile suspect was subsequently charged with Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon and booked into the Tom Green County Juvenile Justice Center.  

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July 23 LIDAR Traffic Enforcement Operations
Jul 23, 2018   04:11 PM

Today, with assistance from the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office, the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted three LIDAR Traffic Enforcement Operations targeting westbound traffic in the 4100 block of W. Houston Harte, westbound traffic in the 1500 block of W. Loop 306, and eastbound traffic in the 2200 block of W. Houston Harte. 

Police issued a total of one hundred ten (110) citations and sixteen (16) warnings during the operation.  The highest speed of the day was 90 MPH. 

Breakdown of citations; 

4100 W Houston Harte WB

Driving While License Invalid: 3

Other/Misc. Violations: 19

No Insurance: 5

Speeding: 54

Warnings: 12

No DL: 1

1500 W Loop 306 WB/2200 W Houston Harte EB

Other/Misc. Violations: 6

No Insurance: 2

Speeding: 24

Warnings: 4 

Operating a motor vehicle is an important privilege and responsibility for drivers, especially in a state as large as Texas with more than 310,000 miles of public roadways.  Tragically, every year in Texas, approximately 3,000 people are killed in traffic crashes and more than 80,000 are seriously injured. 

Today, more than ever, drivers must avoid distractions in their own vehicle while also staying alert for impaired or unsafe drivers sharing the roadway – failing to do so could have tragic consequences.

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San Angelo Crimes Against Children Detectives Charge 22-Year-Old Man with Trafficking Child for Sex
Jul 18, 2018   03:38 PM

On Tuesday, July 17, 2018, San Angelo Police began searching for a 22-year-old San Angelo man that was wanted on an outstanding warrant for Sexual Assault of a Child.  

Acting on leads, Officers located the suspect, Christopher Thomas Brooks, at a residence in the 1900 block of Spaulding Street.  Brooks was taken into custody and transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident.      

Subsequent to the arrest, Officers located a female under the age of seventeen and an infant child at the same residence.  A follow up investigation revealed Brooks had been harboring the girl and her baby as well as engaging in sexual conduct with the girl since May 2018 when her family reported her missing.  The missing girl and her baby were later released to family members.  

As a result of the follow up investigation, Detectives with the Department’s Crimes against Children Unit obtained an Arrest Warrant for Brooks on the charge of Trafficking Child-Engage in Sexual Conduct, a First Degree Felony.    

This is an ongoing investigation and no other information is available for release at this time. 

 

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San Angelo Police Aim to Reboot Youth Explorer Program
Jul 18, 2018   11:28 AM

The San Angelo Police Department is working to relaunch its Law Enforcement Explorer Program — which is a hands-on program open to young men and women who have completed the 8th grade through 20 years old, interested in a career in law enforcement or a related field in the criminal justice system. 

The Department is hosting an open house on Thursday, July 26th at 6 PM at the San Angelo Police Department Community Services Division located at 505 S. Chadbourne Street, to explain the Explorer Program to perspective applicants. 

The program offers young adults a personal awareness of the criminal justice system through training, practical experiences, competition and other activities. Additionally, the program promotes personal growth through character development, respect for the rule of law, physical fitness, good citizenship, patriotism, and community service. 

If you know of anyone between the ages of 14 and 20 that are considering a law enforcement career, please inform them of this meeting or have them contact Sgt. Tim Coffman with the San Angelo Police Department Community Services Division at (325) 481-2709. 

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Street Crimes Investigators Recently Seize Nearly Nine Pounds of Methamphetamine from San Angelo Resident
Jul 16, 2018   05:09 PM

Over recent months, members of the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division (SCD) have been investigating a person suspected of trafficking Methamphetamine in San Angelo and the surrounding area. 

Pursuant to the ongoing investigation, SCD Investigators recently located and seized approximately nine pounds of suspected methamphetamine as well as paraphernalia consistent with the distribution of narcotics.  The Department’s Patrol Division, K9 Unit, and the Center for Tactical Medicine have played a vital role in these arduous narcotics investigations. 

The suspects’ names are being withheld at this time as Federal charges are pending.  

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Street Crimes Investigators Apprehend Indicted Drug & Weapons Suspect after Vehicle Pursuit in North San Angelo
Jul 13, 2018   11:35 AM

On Thursday, July 12, 2018, Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division (SCD) were actively searching for 40-year-old Alonso Arredondo — a San Angelo resident recently indicted in the U.S. Northern District Court of Texas for drug and weapons charges stemming from multiple ongoing investigations that have led to the seizure of nearly twenty-one (21) guns, approximately twelve (12) ounces of suspected Methamphetamine, a vehicle, and approximately $14,000 in U.S. Currency. 

Just before 2:30 p.m. yesterday, Investigators observed Arredondo traveling with an unknown female in a gray Chrysler PT Cruiser.  

Patrol units were also deployed to assist with Arredondo’s apprehension and a traffic stop was initiated near the 400 block of the E. Houston Harte Expressway; however, Arredondo failed to stop and a slow-speed vehicle pursuit ensued.  

The pursuit concluded in the 900 block of E. 23rd after Arredondo came to a stop in a private driveway.  Arredondo was taken into custody and transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident.  He has since been transferred to another detention facility to await his Federal Court appearance.  A 28-year-old female companion was detained during the investigation and later released.    

During the field investigation Officers located a loaded firearm and a First Degree Felony amount of suspected Methamphetamine. 

This is another successful outcome for Street Crimes Division Investigators who are dedicated to making a positive impact on local illicit drug trafficking and decreasing the availability of controlled substances in San Angelo.  

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San Angelo Police Designate Safe Exchange Zone for Child Custody Exchange, Internet Transactions Beginning July 20th
Jul 10, 2018   04:14 PM

To assist our citizens with child custody arrangements and online exchanges, the San Angelo Police Department has designated two parking spots as a “Safe Exchange Zone” at Police Headquarters.  

The spots are located towards the southeast side of the north (public) parking lot, 401 E. Beauregard.  The Safe Trade Zone will be up and running for public use on Friday, July 20, 2018. 

Although the Department’s Headquarters parking lot has been informally used for years to make child custody exchanges, the Department is publicly inviting parents and guardians as well as online buyers and sellers to use this newly designated area for in-person exchanges. 

The Safe Exchange Zone is designated by signs and will be well-lit at all hours of the day so that members of the public can trade legal items, including internet sales, or conduct child custody exchanges in a safe atmosphere promoted by our police-protected and camera-monitored environment. 

If you cannot use the San Angelo Police Department’s Safe Exchange Zone, please always keep these safety tips in mind: 

  • Use a public parking lot that is well-lit and under surveillance.
  • Never go alone, there is safety in numbers!  Bring a friend or family member with you.
  • Always let others, friends or family, know where you are going, what you are doing, and what time you are meeting.
  • Don’t meet at your home and never agree to transactions occurring at night.
  • Call 911 immediately in an emergency! 

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