This week, members of the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division collaborated with members of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to apprehend five San Angelo residents who were recently indicted on federal drug and weapons charges by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Lubbock.
Jessica Collins, 32, Matt Merrill, 27, Juan Moreno, 42, Tony Ramon, 30, and David Steinbach, 34, were taken into custody over recent days and remanded to U.S. Marshals.
Subsequent to the apprehension operation, investigators located and seized a short-barreled firearm. Additional federal charges may be forthcoming.
The indictments stem from several ongoing investigations into narcotics and weapon trafficking in and around San Angelo.
October 17, 2018 — An investigation in the cause of a morning traffic crash near Shannon Hospital revealed the driver most likely suffered a heart attack prior to the collision.
Just after 10:30 a.m. this morning, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the area of South Magdalen and East Harris for the report of a major motor vehicle crash with injuries.
The driver, a 47-year–old San Angelo man, was located inside his 2012 Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck unresponsive and without a pulse. San Angelo Fire Department personnel performed chest compressions on the man during his transport to Shannon Medical Center where hospital staff reportedly revived him. His current condition is unknown.
Traffic Investigators have since learned the man complained to family members of being in medical distress this morning and he apparently suffered a heart attack while en route to the hospital. His truck left the roadway and collided with a utility pole’s guy-wire before striking a retention wall and launching into the Shannon Medical Center parking lot where it collided with an unoccupied 2014 Nissan Sentra. The force of the collision caused the Nissan to collide with an unoccupied 2017 Toyota Highlander, which then caused the Highlander to collide with an unoccupied 2017 Ford Edge.
There is no further information available at this time.
Two San Angelo men are facing drug charges following a weekend traffic stop.
The charges stem from an Anti-Crime Unit directed traffic stop on a green 1996 Chevrolet Silverado just after 1:00 a.m. Saturday near the 1600 block of W. Avenue L.
The driver, identified as 23-year-old Kyle B. Doty, was arrested for seven outstanding warrants. Two passengers, identified as Devonte W. Franklin, 26, and Clayton C. Stroh, 24, were subsequently arrested after Officers located suspected Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia on them.
Franklin was charged with State Jail Felony Possession Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and Possession/Delivery Drug Paraphernalia. Stroh was charged with Third Degree Felony Possession Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and an outstanding warrant for Burglary of Building. The trio was transported to the Tom Green County Jail.
Franklin Stroh Doty
October 15, 2018 — This morning, San Angelo Police received several inquiries concerning viral social media posts about black-colored zip ties being used to target potential victims of human trafficking. One post was concerning a zip tie that was placed on a San Angelo woman’s vehicle side mirror. In another post, a warning message stated that sex traffickers were placing black zip ties on the lamp posts, houses, apartments, and fences of their intended female targets.
The San Angelo Police Department has not received any reports of human trafficking, kidnappings or attempted kidnappings relating to human trafficking nor have we received any reports of black zip ties being used as a means to mark a target of any type of crime.
Additionally, our administration has reached out to the Angelo State University Police Department and their administration has confirmed that they have not received any such reports.
In researching the reported posts, the Department has confirmed that one of the women who made the original posts was not, in fact, the owner of the vehicle and that the woman had seen the claim online and copied and pasted the photograph and warning as a means to alert women about human trafficking.
Although the San Angelo Police Department believes the original post was made with good intentions as a means to raise awareness, we want to remind citizens that we all have a shared responsibility to not spread rumors or unverified information through social media networks. Spreading rumors misrepresents the dangers, warning signs and risks associated with sex trafficking. Instead, we encourage our citizens to seek out resources concerning the validated warning signs of Human Trafficking and ways to take action. For more information about how you can become an advocate in your community visit Shared Hope International at https://sharedhope.org/aoh.
Although the recent claims proved to be a hoax, we want our citizens to remain aware of their surroundings at all times and if anyone is uncomfortable or in fear at any time, they should call 911 and report the situation.
October 11, 2018 — Just before 5:00 a.m., members of the San Angelo Police Department’s Anti-Crime Unit and Patrol Division who were partnering to conduct targeted patrol in a high crime area near S. Bryant Blvd. noticed two subjects enter the Riverfalls housing area, empty-handed.
A short time later, the subjects were observed exiting the housing area, arms loaded with property.
Officers detained the two men, identified as Clayton C. Stroh, 23, and John H. West, 20, and learned the items were stolen from a vehicle in the 4300 block of Riverfalls Court. Stroh was also armed with a handgun and West was in possession of dangerous drugs.
Subsequent to the field investigation, Stroh was charged with State Jail Felony Theft and Unlawful Carrying Weapon. West was charged with State Jail Felony Theft and Possession Dangerous Drugs. The pair was booked into the Tom Green County Jail where they remain on $8,000 and $8,500 Bond.
The stolen property, valued at approximately $14,500, was returned to the owner. It was later determined that the firearm Stroh was carrying was reported stolen on Wednesday from a vehicle in the 1200 block of Van Buren Street.
October 10, 2018 — A 33-year-old San Angelo man who assaulted a 67-year-old male relative with a metal broom handle this morning has been arrested.
Around 9:15 a.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to Highland Grocery at 1001 S. Chadbourne for the report of an assault.
Officers arrived and located the victim inside an ambulance. The man was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of multiple injuries he sustained in the assault. His injuries are said to be non-life-threatening. His current condition is unknown.
During the follow-up investigation, Officers identified the suspect as Jimmy Perez and determined that the assault occurred at a residence in the 1000 block of Orient Street. Perez was no longer on scene but Officers located evidence of a struggle along with the broom used to commit the assault.
Just before 12:30 this afternoon, a Patrol Sergeant who was searching for Perez observed Perez attempting to hide in the 200 block of W. Avenue N. The Patrol Sergeant attempted to make contact with Perez but Perez ran. Moments later, Perez surrendered and was taken into custody without further incident and transported to Police Headquarters for interview.
Following his interview, Perez was charged with Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon Family Violence and transported to the Tom Green County Jail.
Additional charges are pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation.
On October 4, 2018, Perez was arrested for Terroristic Threat of Family Member/Household at the residence on Orient after he made threats of violence to the same victim while holding hedge clippers.
A 52-year-old San Angelo man located deceased inside a residence on E. 20th Street Monday afternoon has been identified as Macario Perales of San Angelo.
Officers responded to the home shortly after noon on October 8, 2018. Justice of the Peace J. P McGuire responded and formally pronounced Perales deceased and ordered Perales’s body to be transported to Lubbock, Texas for autopsy.
Preliminary findings indicate Perales suffered a medical complication and narcotics overdose.
Beginning October 20, 2018, San Angelo Public Safety Communications will host testing for Emergency Services Dispatcher positions every two (2) weeks The tests will be held 8:30 a.m. at Concho Valley Workforce Solutions, 202 Henry O. Flipper Street.
Interested applicants will need to apply online at https://g.co/kgs/jgP8CZ prior to test dates.
Interviews are slated to be held on test days and interview times will be announced on the day of the test.
The Communications Division is one of the most vital services for both our Police and Fire Departments and Dispatchers serve as the critical link between the citizens in need and responding personnel. There are several positions available.
- Be a United States citizen
- High School Diploma or GED
- Have a Valid Driver's License
- Able to pass all necessary training to perform the functions of the job
- Able to receive the TCOLE Basic Telecommunications Operator Certification prior to completing the one (1) year probationary period
- Dispatch Trainee: $31,868
- Dispatch I: $34,786 (after certification and up to 3rd year)
- Dispatch II: $36,286 (after 3rd year and up to 5th year)
- Dispatch III: $37,364 (after 5th year)
For more information about the job’s description and hiring process visit www.cosatx.us
The San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division is conducting a death investigation at a residence in the unit block of E. 20th.
An 18-year-old San Angelo man is facing a plethora of charges after a weekend crime spree in Southland.
Just after 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 6, 2018, San Angelo Police responded to a residence in the 3300 block of Cedar Hill Drive where a 68-year-old San Angelo man reported one of his vehicles was burglarized and that his 2011 Ford F250 pickup truck had been stolen from his driveway. The victim also reported the truck contained a firearm and his credit cards.
As the responding Officer was taking the report, the victim received text messages from his bank inquiring about recent purchases that were made at multiple stores inside the Sunset Mall. During follow up investigation and review of surveillance footage from the mall, Officers learned that a subject who is known to law enforcement, Noah Silva, was using one of the cards to make the unauthorized purchases.
A few hours later, Officers spotted Silva driving the stolen truck in the 2600 block of S. Bryant Blvd. Additional units mobilized and attempted to execute a Felony traffic stop on the vehicle near Ben Ficklin and S. Bryant; however, Silva disregarded the marked units’ lights and sirens and a vehicle pursuit ensued. During the pursuit, Silva reached excessive speeds and drove through Butler Farms and neighboring fields.
Stop-Sticks were utilized near River Valley Lane, which disabled three of the truck’s tires but Silva continued fleeing until he crashed the truck in the 1600 block of Idaho Avenue. Following the crash, Silva fled on foot. Officers quickly established a perimeter and located Silva. Silva actively resisted his arrest.
Silva was charged with Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, Evading Arrest Detention with Vehicle, Evading Arrest Detention, Resisting Arrest Detention, and warrants.
Additional charges are forthcoming pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation and Silva is a person of interest in several thefts and burglaries that have occurred in the Southland area prior to Saturday’s incident.
The victim’s stolen firearm was also recovered from the truck.