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San Angelo Woman Facing Drug Charges after Street Crimes Detectives Locate Meth at Local Hotel
Mar 11, 2019   09:44 PM

March 11, 2019 — Today, Investigators with the Department’s Street Crimes Division executed a Search and Arrest Warrant at the Super 8 Motel located at 410 W. Avenue L. 

The warrant, issued by Justice of the Peace Susan Werner, named 33-year-old Erica Holiday to be in possession of Methamphetamine at the location.  

Holiday was located and detained during the search, which yielded nearly twenty-one (21) grams of suspected Methamphetamine along with narcotic distribution paraphernalia. 

Holiday was arrested for First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance and was booked into the Tom Green County Jail.  

The Department’s Patrol Division assisted with today’s operation.     

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March 5, 2019 LIDAR Traffic Enforcement Operation
Mar 07, 2019   09:31 PM

On Tuesday, March 5, 2019, the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted LIDAR Traffic Enforcement in the 4200 block of West Houston Harte Expressway from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.  A total of sixty-six (66) citations and eight (8) warnings were issued. 

From 2:30 – 4:00 p.m., a School Zone Traffic Enforcement Operation utilizing LIDAR was conducted in numerous school zones.  A total of forty-six (46) citations and seven (7) warnings were issued. 

Citation Breakdown: 

Houston Harte

Other/Misc. Violations: 10

No Insurance: 5

Speeding: 48

Warnings: 8

No DL: 1

DWLI: 2

 

School Zones

Other/Misc. Violations: 8

No Insurance: 2

Speeding: 32

Warnings: 7

No DL: 1

DWLI: 3

 

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DNA Evidence Leads to Arrest in 32-Year-Old San Angelo Cold Case Murder
Mar 05, 2019   11:02 AM

On Monday, March 4, 2019, Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division arrested 61-year-old Adolph Gonzales in the culmination of the 32-year-old unsolved murder of Dovie Dykes.  Gonzales was located and taken into custody in Lewisville, Texas with assistance from the Texas Rangers and booked into the Denton County Jail.  Gonzales is charged with First Degree Felony Murder.  

83 at the time of her murder, Dovie Dykes’s lifeless body was located inside her residence at 1026 Culberson on the morning of July 11, 1986.  Ms. Dykes was discovered by a family member. 

The subsequent criminal investigation by San Angelo Police Department Detectives revealed Ms. Dykes had been sexually assaulted.  Furthermore, an autopsy conducted by the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office concluded that Ms. Dykes died as a result of cardiac arrhythmia she experienced during the assault. 

With no immediate arrest or viable tips to go on, Ms. Dykes’s murder remained a mystery and the case grew cold.  Several years later, investigative efforts were reinvigorated by San Angelo Police Department Cold Case Detective Jim Coleman, who coordinated with the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Lab for additional DNA testing.  

DPS Crime Lab Officials deemed that the sample, which was found to be from an unknown male, was not sufficient for submission into the Combined DNA Index System (CODUS); however, the sample was adequate for DNA comparison if a known DNA profile was submitted.  At the time of this development, there were no known suspects and the case came to a standstill. 

In March 2015, Detective Coleman re-engaged Officials with the DPS Crime Lab in hopes that the sample could be re-evaluated using the latest scientific techniques.  This new effort proved successful and the sample was deemed a sufficient quantity for submission into CODUS.  

In May 2015, the Federal DNA Database Unit of the FBI conducted a routine search of their Convicted Offender Database.  That routine search resulted in a match with a previously convicted federal offender — Adolph Gonzales.  Furthermore, through follow up investigation, Detectives discovered that Gonzales previously lived at 1023 Culberson.  

As a result, Investigators were granted a search warrant for Gonzales’s DNA, which was obtained and submitted to the DPS Crime Lab for comparison in July 2015.  

In November 2017, a DPS Forensic Scientist notified our investigators that the submitted sample DNA profile was over one (1) billion times more likely to have come from Gonzales than from another subject.  

Following Detective Coleman’s departure from the Department in 2017, the investigation was assigned to Detectives Lynn Dye and Adrian Castro.  Pursuant to their follow up investigation and receipt of a positive DNA evidence confirmation by the DPS Crime Lab, probable cause was established to obtain an Arrest Warrant for Gonzales on March 1, 2019.  

(Dovie Dykes's family member, Pam Guess, holds a handmade quilt Dykes made for Guess's daughter during a press conference at Police Headquarters)

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San Angelo Police Department Academy Graduation
Mar 01, 2019   07:26 PM

Ten (10) San Angelo Police Department Cadets will formally graduate from the police academy during a public ceremony slated for 3:00 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2019, at the McNease Convention Center, 501 Rio Concho Drive.  

The new officers are Jacob Anderson, Amanda Bohannan, Zane Daniel, Ricardo Dominguez, Garry Hamilton, Kelsey Hernandez, Philip Jensen, Jonathan Montana, Joshua Quintero, and Dora Torres. 

The Graduation Ceremony marks the successful completion of an extensive one thousand eighteen (1,018) hour academy learning basic law enforcement skills paired with a multi-week in-service training program.  During the ceremony, the Cadets will be sworn in as Apprentice Police Officers (APO’s).  The Department oath will be administered by Police Chief Frank Carter. 

Following Friday’s commencement ceremony, the Apprentice Police Officers will begin a sixteen (16) week Police Training Program, which is designed to teach the APO’s how best to use the skills acquired during the academy and in-service training. 

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San Angelo Police Apprehend Suspect in Morning Stabbing near ASU
Feb 28, 2019   07:44 PM

February 26, 2019 — 37-year-old San Angelo resident Stephanie Hill has been arrested in connection with an early morning stabbing on South Fillmore Street. 

Just after 8:00 a.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to Shannon Medical Center for the report of a 43-year-old San Angelo man who was being treated for a stab wound to the neck area.  His injuries were non-life-threatening. 

The reported stabbing occurred inside an apartment located in the 1800 block of South Fillmore.  Officers quickly secured the crime scene and additional units flooded the area in partnership with Angelo State University Police in search of Hill. 

Hill was located approximately one and a half (1.5) hours later at the Cliff House Apartments located at 1818 South Harrison Street and taken into custody without incident. 

A preliminary investigation revealed that prior to the stabbing, Hill reportedly engaged in a verbal altercation with family members.  During the altercation, Hill threw a knife towards a 19-year-old male family member before she stabbed the victim.  The teen was not injured.    

Hill will be charged with First Degree Felony Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon-Family Violence. 

This is an ongoing investigation and no further information is available for release. 

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Monday Walmart Bomb Threat Deemed Hoax
Feb 28, 2019   07:31 PM

January 28, 2019 — At approximately 1:19 p.m., San Angelo Public Safety Communications received an anonymous call concerning a bomb threat at area Walmart stores.  

Walmart Officials evacuated each store and members of the San Angelo Police Department, San Angelo Fire Department, Fire Prevention Office, Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office and bomb-sniffing dogs and personnel from Goodfellow Air Force Base responded to each location.  Subsequent to the security sweeps, Fire Officials determined the threat was a hoax.  No evidence of explosive devices was located. 

Following the determination, Walmart Officials re-opened the stores to citizens.  

This is an active investigation and no further information is available for release at this time.  

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Police Smell Marijuana, Find Nearly 54 Grams of Methamphetamine in Parked Vehicle
Feb 25, 2019   07:43 PM

Just before 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 24, 2019, a San Angelo Police Patrol Officer made contact with two occupants in a parked vehicle at the Stripes convenience store located at 1802 S. Bryant Blvd.  

While speaking with the occupants, the Officer smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.  

During the subsequent probable cause search of the vehicle, the Officer located nearly 54 grams of suspected Methamphetamine along with drug paraphernalia used to traffic narcotics.  The investigation revealed the occupants had smoked marijuana inside the vehicle just prior to the police contact.  

The vehicle’s 26-year-old driver, Crystal Garcia, was arrested and charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and Possession Controlled Substance Penalty Group 3 (Xanax) <28G.  The passenger, 28-year-old Ashley Garcia, was arrested and charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and out-of-county warrants for MTR Possession Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, MTR Credit Card or Debit Card Abuse X2, and Possession of Marijuana <2oz.  The pair was booked into the Tom Green County Jail. 

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SAPD Searching for Suspect who Damaged Police Headquarters Roof in Weekend Mischief
Feb 25, 2019   07:42 PM

San Angelo Police are searching for a suspect who caused extensive damage to the roof at Police Headquarters this weekend.  

The damage occurred on Saturday, February 23, 2019.  The initial investigation revealed the unknown suspect swiftly entered the rooftop from the West and used an extreme amount of force to peel back a portion of the roof’s exterior coating before fleeing to the East.  

No arrests have been made at this time but Investigators believe the suspect’s first name is Gale.  Anonymous tips indicate Gale is sometimes referred to by her street name, “Mother Nature”, who is said to be a top-ranking official in the Natural Disaster Gang. 

In a press conference slated for Monday afternoon, Police Department Officials intend to throw caution to the wind by issuing Gale a warning. 

If your roof was the victim of criminal mischief Saturday and you believe Gale was at fault, please do not contact police to file a report.  Call your insurance adjuster. 

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Investigators Obtain Arrest Warrant for Valentine’s Day Burglar Joshua T. Bonner
Feb 22, 2019   07:41 PM

Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division have obtained an Arrest Warrant for Joshua Thomas Bonner, 33, of San Angelo, in connection to the early morning Burglary of a residence in the 2700 block of Tech Avenue on February 14, 2019. 

Bonner is alleged to have used force to enter the backdoor of the occupied residence.  The resident escaped without harm and sought help from a neighbor.  Bonner reportedly stole a purse. 

In the hours following the burglary, Investigators obtained surveillance video of a masked-suspect who was driving a black Nissan Titan pickup truck.  Through follow up investigation, Bonner was developed as a person of interest. 

That same day, San Angelo Police Department Officials released portions of the surveillance video to the public in hopes of soliciting tips.  Although Bonner was already a person of interest, the Department received an anonymous Nixle Tip naming Bonner as the masked-suspect.  

In an unrelated incident on February 20, 2019, the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department conducted a traffic stop on the black 2010 Nissan Titan.  The driver, Bonner, was subsequently arrested for Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon.  Bonner was later released after posting surety bond. 

After learning Bonner had certain items relating to the San Angelo burglary inside the truck, San Angelo Police Detective James Russell applied for a Search Warrant.  Upon completion of the search, Investigators seized several items that link Bonner to the burglary.  

Bonner has an active Arrest Warrant for Burglary of Habitation.  If you have information about Bonner’s whereabouts please contact law enforcement.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts. 

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Investigators Seize Meth during Street Crimes Warrant Operation at Ben Ficklin Residence
Feb 20, 2019   07:36 PM

On Tuesday, February 19, 2019, Investigators with the Department’s Street Crimes Division executed an Evidentiary Search Warrant at a residence in the 5400 block of Ben Ficklin Road. 

The warrant, issued by District Judge Jay Weatherby, named 39-year-old Shannon McGhee to be in possession of Methamphetamine at the residence. 

McGhee and 49-year-old David Steckling were located and detained during the search, which yielded approximately four (4) ounces of suspected Methamphetamine along with narcotic distribution paraphernalia. 

McGhee and Steckling were charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and transported to the Tom Green County Jail.  

The Department’s Patrol Division, K-9 Unit, and the Center for Tactical Medicine assisted with yesterday’s operation. 

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Street Crimes Division Seizes Heroin, Meth, Guns on West Avenue V
Feb 15, 2019   07:35 PM

Valentine’s Day 2019 — Investigators with the Department’s Street Crimes Division executed an Evidentiary Search Warrant at a residence in the 200 block of West Avenue V. 

The warrant, issued by District Court Judge Carmen Dusek, named a 44-year-old convicted Felon to be in possession of Methamphetamine at the residence. 

The search yielded nearly thirteen (13) ounces of suspected Methamphetamine and one and one half (1.5) ounces of suspected Heroin.  In addition to the narcotics, Investigators located and seized an assortment of drug paraphernalia consistent with narcotics trafficking and two (2) firearms.  

Federal charges are pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation.  

The Department’s Training Division, K-9 Unit and the Center for Tactical Medicine assisted with yesterday’s warrant operation.

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Street Crimes Search Warrant Yields Heroin, Meth, Marijuana on West Avenue M
Feb 11, 2019   07:33 PM

February 11, 2019 — Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division executed a Search Warrant at a residence located in the 500 block of West Avenue M.  

The warrant, issued by Justice of the Peace Fred Buck, named 42-year-old Clayton Grooms to be in possession of Heroin at the residence. 

Grooms was located inside and detained without incident along with 28-year-old Kayla Browne.  

Investigators located and seized a quantity of Heroin, Methamphetamine, Marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and packaging materials consistent with narcotics distribution. 

Grooms was charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 (Heroin) and State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1(Methamphetamine).  Browne was arrested and charged with Class B Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana.  

The Department’s Patrol and Lake Divisions, K-9 Unit and the Center for Tactical Medicine assisted with today’s operation.  

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Street Crimes Division Finds Meth, Heroin during Friday Search Warrant Operation
Jan 28, 2019   07:30 PM

On Friday, January 25, 2019, investigators with the Department’s Street Crimes Division executed a Search Warrant at a residence in the 3800 block of Crockett Street. 

The warrant, issued by District Court Judge Brad Goodwin, named 33-year-old Roy Flores to be in possession of methamphetamine at the residence. 

Flores was located inside the residence and detained during the search, which yielded the discovery and seizure of a quantity of Methamphetamine, Heroin, and assorted drug paraphernalia.  Investigators also requested Child Protective Services Officials to the scene to assist with a child who was inside the residence prior to the search.  

Flores was arrested for an outstanding Parole Warrant as well as 2nd Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1.  

Members of the Department’s Patrol Division, Lake Police, K-9 Unit, Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office and the Center for Tactical Medicine assisted with Friday’s operation.   

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Police Search for Suspects in Possible Drug Related Robbery, Shooting
Jan 25, 2019   07:28 PM

Detectives with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division are searching for suspects who shot a San Angelo man in an apparent drug-related robbery Thursday night. 

Just before 8:30 p.m. on January 24, 2019, San Angelo Police were dispatched to a residence in the 300 block of N. Madison Street for the report of a 23-year-old male shooting victim.  

Upon arrival, Officers located the victim suffering from injuries he sustained in an assault as well as a gunshot wound.  The victim was transported to Shannon Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries and is said to be in stable condition. 

During the investigation, Officers observed evidence of drug paraphernalia consistent with the distribution of narcotics and marijuana.  Further investigation by the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division and Street Crimes Division suggests the victim appeared to have been assaulted and robbed in connection to drug-related activity. 

The suspects, described as one un-masked blonde white male with a mustache and three masked-men, have not been identified.  If you have information about the suspect’s identities and whereabouts, please contact the San Angelo Police Department at (325) 657-4551.  Detective A. Castro is the lead investigator on this case.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts.

 

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January 22, 2019 LIDAR Traffic Enforcement Operation
Jan 23, 2019   07:27 PM

Yesterday, the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a School Zone Traffic Enforcement Operation utilizing LIDAR in numerous school zones throughout San Angelo from 7:00 – 8:15 a.m.  A total of twenty-four (24) citations and four (4) warnings were issued. 

Following the School Zone Operation, LIDAR Traffic Enforcement was utilized in reported “Crash Zones” throughout San Angelo from 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.  A total of forty-two (42) citations and fifteen (15) warnings were issued.  One person was arrested during the operation. 

Citation Breakdown: 

School Zones:

Other/Misc. Violations: 5

No Insurance: 1

Speeding: 17

Warnings: 4

DWLI: 1

 

Crash Zones:

Other/Misc. Violations: 17

Disregard Red Light: 4

No Insurance: 2

Speeding: 18

Warnings: 15

DWLI: 1 

 

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Street Crimes Detectives Locate Animal Cruelty, Drugs, Poor Living Conditions during Search Warrant Operation on South Randolph Street
Jan 23, 2019   07:23 PM

On Tuesday, January 22, 2019, members of the Department’s Street Crimes Division executed a Search Warrant at a residence in the 1900 block of South Randolph Street. 

The warrant, issued by District Court Judge Ben Woodward, named 20-year-old Kelien Thompson to be in possession of a quantity of marijuana at the residence. 

Thompson and two male juveniles, who were observed in the backyard upon arrival, fled on foot; however, the trio was apprehended after a brief foot chase through the neighborhood.  An infant, a third male juvenile, and a second adult, 19-year-old Alexis Comeaux, were located inside the residence and detained. 

During the subsequent search of the residence, Investigators located and seized a quantity of items consistent with the manufacture and distribution of THC products and marijuana along with two firearms and approximately $1,300.00 in U.S. Currency. 

In addition to the discovery of the contraband, Investigators located a puppy that was suffering from significant injuries.  Representatives from COSA Animal Services responded to the scene and took custody of the dog.  COSA Fire Marshals and Water Department Officials also responded due to the residence’s substandard living conditions and illegal appropriation of water utilities.  Child Protective Services Officials responded and took custody of the infant. 

Thompson and Comeaux were ultimately charged with Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 2 >= 4G<400G.  Additional charges may be pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation.  Two of the juveniles were arrested and booked into the Tom Green County Juvenile Justice Center on charges of Evading Arrest Detention.  The third juvenile was released to a parent. 

Members of the Department’s Anti-Crime Unit, Criminal Investigations Division, Patrol Division, and the Center for Tactical Medicine assisted with yesterday’s warrant operation. 

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San Angelo Man Wanted in Connection to Weekend Shooting Incident
Jan 14, 2019   04:07 PM

Dathan L. Knight, 19 of San Angelo, is wanted for Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon in connection to a shooting that occurred at a residence in South San Angelo Sunday morning, January 13, 2019. 

Just after 1:00 a.m., San Angelo Police responded to San Angelo Community Medical Center for the report of a 23-year-old male gunshot victim.  The man was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and is reportedly in stable condition.  After further investigation, Police located a second male shooting victim, age 21, at a residence in the 200 block of Laguna Verde Street.  

Through follow up investigation, Detectives with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division developed Knight as the suspect and subsequently obtained a warrant for his arrest.  

If you have any information about Knight’s whereabouts, please contact San Angelo Police Dispatch at (325) 657-4315.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts. 

  

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December 18, 2018 LIDAR Traffic Enforcement Operation
Dec 19, 2018   10:20 AM

Yesterday morning, from 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted LIDAR Traffic Enforcement in the westbound lanes of the 4100 block of West Houston Harte.  A total of twenty (20) citations and one (1) warning were issued.  The highest speed recorded was 94 MPH.  

Just before 8:00 a.m., the Traffic Section conducted a “Passing School Bus” Traffic Enforcement Operation along routes for Fannin Elementary and Lincoln Junior High.  Officers rode on the bus during the route.  Only one (1) violation was observed along the routes.  A citation was issued.  

In the afternoon, Officers resumed their traffic enforcement operation along bus routes for Lamar Elementary and Glenn Middle School.  Officers rode on the bus during the route.  Only one (1) violation was observed along the routes.  A citation was issued.  

The San Angelo Police Department wants to remind our citizens about the state’s school bus law.  More than a million children and teens depend on buses to get them safely to and from the more than 9,000 Texas schools every day.  They also depend on motorists to know the law and drive safely around school buses. 

Texas School Bus Law 

  • Stop for flashing red lights on a school bus, regardless of which direction you're headed.
  • Continue your trip once the bus has moved, the flashing lights stop flashing or the bus driver signals it's okay to pass.
  • Violations can lead to a $1,000 fine.   

Safety Tips for Motorists 

  • Obey the posted speed limit.
  • Fines double in school zones.
  • Keep an eye on children gathered at bus stops.
  • Watch for children who might dart across the street to catch the bus. 

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Police Locate Pound of Meth, Truck Used in Aggravated Assault Against Public Servant
Dec 14, 2018   02:47 PM

On Wednesday evening, December 12, 2018, members of the Department’s Street Crimes Division located the suspect of a narcotics trafficking investigation inside a white Ford F350 in the 2000 block of N. Bryant Boulevard.  

Street Crimes Investigators attempted to detain the suspect, 52-year-old Jose Torres, however, Torres fled the detention and struck and damaged a San Angelo Police Department vehicle during his escape.  Torres, who fled the scene with his truck lights off, eventually eluded the pursuing Officers. 

During the search for Torres, San Angelo Public Safety Communications received a call from a subject who said Torres was at a nearby Walmart — claiming that his truck had been stolen.  Torres was located and interviewed and his claim was debunked.  

Torres was arrested for Aggravated Assault Against Public Servant and Evading Arrest Detention but his Ford F350 was not located.  

Thursday morning, San Angelo Public Safety Communications received a report from someone who located a suspicious truck that was parked on private property in the 1400 block of Farr Street.  Street Crimes Investigators responded and determined the vehicle was the truck that Torres had been driving when he struck the Police vehicle and fled the Officers.  Investigators also located approximately one (1) pound of suspected methamphetamine.   

Torres is being held at the Tom Green County Jail in lieu of $160,000 Bond and he is facing additional charges pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation.  

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Police Department, Fire Marshal’s Office Investigate Bomb Threat at Cactus Hotel
Dec 13, 2018   04:23 PM

December 13, 2018 — The San Angelo Police Department, in conjunction with the San Angelo Fire Marshal’s Office, are investigating an email message received by individuals at the Cactus Hotel.  

The email message references the detonation of an explosive device(s) unless the email recipient(s) transfer a sum of money to the sender. 

In an abundance of caution, Public Safety Officials are conducting security sweeps and evacuating the building. 

Thus far, this message does not appear to be authentic or a legitimate threat and the email(s) resemble a robo-email message that has been circulating throughout the country in an attempt to scam businesses out of money.  Even though this email threat appears to be a hoax, our agencies take every threat seriously and we will continue to investigate. 

Agency Officials are asking members of the public to avoid the area surrounding the Cactus Hotel for the public’s safety as well as to ensure access to emergency vehicles and personnel. 

As always, San Angelo Public Safety Officials want to remind our citizens to remain vigilant and to promptly report suspicious activities which could represent a threat to public safety. 

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Police Locate Suspect East Due North in Southwest San Angelo
Dec 12, 2018   04:28 PM

A 25-year-old San Angelo man who fled a crash scene and tried to hide from police on the roof of a local convenience store late Tuesday night has been charged with Driving While Intoxicated. 

San Angelo Police responded to a hit and run crash involving a light pole in the 5500 block of Sherwood Way around 10:30 p.m. last night.  While en route, other Officers learned a witness was following the suspect vehicle. 

Officers were directed to the Stripes convenience store at 7410 Knickerbocker Road where they observed the suspect’s vehicle, a 2011 Ford Pickup, in the parking lot.  It was then that the Officers were directed to the back of the building where the suspect was observed climbing to the store’s rooftop. 

The suspect, later identified as Andrew East, was eventually taken into custody without further incident.

Subsequent to the follow-up investigation, East was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated and was transported to the Tom Green County Jail.  East received a citation for Fail to Stop and Leave Information-Duty upon Striking Structure/Fixture/Highway Landscaping.

 

  

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Police Arrest Driver Responsible for Leaving Three Seriously Injured in Friday Night Hit and Run on Paint Rock Road
Dec 11, 2018   10:05 AM

Cody Salazar, 28 of San Angelo, has been arrested in connection with Friday night’s single-vehicle hit and run crash on Paint Rock Road.

After extensive follow-up investigation by members of the Department’s Traffic Section and Criminal Investigations Division, Salazar was developed as the possible suspect who abandoned his three seriously injured passengers after he crashed a 2017 Dodge Ram 1500 into a tree in the 200 block of Paint Rock Road just before midnight on Friday, December 7, 2018. 

Yesterday evening, Investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Salazar for the charge of Accident Causing Serious Bodily Injury.  Salazar was located at a residence in the 100 block of North Monroe and was taken into custody without incident.

The preliminary crash investigation revealed Salazar was reportedly involved in a verbal altercation with parties in another vehicle at the Stripes Convenience store located at 1542 S. Bell Street just before the crash occurred and that during the altercation, Salazar was attempting to flee the parking lot in haste when he collided with a gas pump.  Following that collision, Salazar fled westbound from the Stripes at a high rate of speed when the truck left the roadway and collided with the tree.  The force of the collision caused the truck’s passenger side to peel away from the truck’s body.

Salazar’s passengers, a 30-year-old female who Police located inside the truck and two others, a 33-year-old female and a 36-year-old male who were ejected from the truck, were transported to Shannon Medical Center with incapacitating injuries.  They are reportedly in stable condition.

Salazar was booked into the Tom Green County Jail for Accident Causing Serious Bodily Injury, his Bond set at $50,000.

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Street Crimes Division Finds Wanted Suspect, Meth During Search Warrant Operation on West 31st Street
Dec 07, 2018   05:37 PM

Today, members of the Department’s Street Crimes Division executed a Search and Arrest Warrant at a residence in the unit block of West 31st Street. 

The warrant, issued by Justice of the Peace Susan Werner, named 37-year-old James Howell to be in possession of a quantity of Methamphetamine at the residence. 

As a result of the search, Investigators located and seized a quantity of suspected Methamphetamine and narcotics distribution paraphernalia.  

Howell was arrested and booked into the Tom Green County Jail for State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and two County Warrants.  

The Department’s Patrol Division and The Center for Tactical Medicine assisted with today’s operation. 

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Anti-Crime Unit’s Afternoon Haul Clears Multiple Burglary, Stolen Vehicle, Theft Investigations
Dec 07, 2018   05:03 PM

December 7, 2018 — This afternoon, members of the Department’s Anti-Crime Unit located a wanted subject, 27-year-old Joseph Michael Garcia, operating a stolen grey 2017 Ford Edge near Chadbourne and West Avenue L. 

Officers attempted to detain Garcia; however, Garcia fled on foot and a brief foot pursuit ensued.  Garcia was taken into custody without further incident in the 1500 block of S. Irving and transported to Police Department Headquarters for interview.  

As a result of the interview, Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division have linked Garcia to several ongoing investigations involving stolen vehicles, vehicle burglaries, and thefts throughout San Angelo.  Several of the related incidents that were captured on surveillance videos have been circulating on social media.  

Garcia was later booked into the Tom Green County Jail on charges of 3rd Degree Felony Theft, Evading Arrest/Detention, and a warrant for Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle.  Additional charges are forthcoming pending the outcome of these ongoing investigations. 

 

 

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Search Warrant Leads to Heroin Arrest
Dec 05, 2018   10:16 AM

On December 3, 2018, members of the SAPD Street Crimes Division applied for and executed a search warrant in the 400 block of East 22nd Street.

 

The search yielded approximately 8 grams of heroin along with items that are consistent with narcotic distribution.

 

Debbie Gaitan, 48, was arrested and charged with Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Penalty Group 1, 4-200 grams.

San Angelo Police Search for Sendero Drilling Theft Suspects
Dec 04, 2018   11:17 AM

The Sendero Drilling Yard located at 3855 North U.S. Highway 67 has been the victim of several thefts over recent weeks.  

The perpetrators are responsible for stealing copper wire and causing damage to Sendero’s property and drilling rigs.  

If you have any information about these thefts or the identity or whereabouts of the suspects please call Detective Jake Russell at (325) 659-8016.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts. 

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Police Recover Stolen Property, Stolen Vehicle after Locating Teen Suspect Asleep Behind the Wheel
Nov 29, 2018   11:28 AM

November 29, 2018 — Just after 5:00 a.m. this morning, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 1500 block of W. Avenue D for the report of a suspicious vehicle.  

The caller advised that they had gone out to their vehicle and discovered it had been burglarized and then noticed a suspicious vehicle parked across the street.  The victim then discovered the driver of that suspicious vehicle was asleep and the victim’s stolen property was in the front seat. 

Officers arrived and discovered the suspicious vehicle, a red 2011 Toyota Sienna, running and occupied by a young male who was slumped over the wheel.  The Officers attempted to wake the driver multiple times but the driver was unresponsive.  Upon opening the door, Officers smelled a strong odor of marijuana, shut the vehicle off, and fervently attempted to rouse the driver. 

The driver eventually woke up but he did not know where he was due to his level of intoxication.  The driver, identified as a 16-year-old San Angelo resident, was also in possession of several pieces of drug paraphernalia. 

Officers also discovered that the Toyota Sienna’s registered owner lived a few streets away and was unaware their vehicle had been stolen.  

Subsequent to the field investigation the juvenile was charged with Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, Burglary of Vehicle, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.   

The stolen property and stolen Sienna were returned to the owners.  

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November 27, 2018 LIDAR Traffic Enforcement Operation
Nov 28, 2018   08:39 AM

Yesterday, the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a Traffic Enforcement Operation utilizing LIDAR from noon through 1:40 p.m. in the westbound lanes of the 1700 block of E. Houston Harte. 

Following the operation, LIDAR Traffic Enforcement was utilized in the following school zones; Bonham, Bowie, Crockett, Fannin, Glenmore, Holiman, Holy Angels, Lamar, McGill, San Jacinto, and Trinity Lutheran. 

A total of one hundred one (101) citations and thirteen (13) warnings were issued during the enforcement operations. 

Breakdown for citations: 

Houston Harte

Speeding: 43 (Highest speed, 90 MPH)

Other/Misc. Violations: 7

No Insurance: 1

Warnings: 5

No DL: 1

DWLI: 1

 

School Zones

Other/Misc. Violations: 6

No Insurance: 2

Speeding: 36

Warnings: 8

No DL: 2

DWLI: 2 

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Police Thwart Grinch who Tried to Steal Christmas by Recovering Stolen Package and Stolen Vehicle
Nov 27, 2018   06:15 PM

November 27, 2018 — Just after 4:00 p.m. this afternoon, a San Angelo Police Officer conducting patrol noticed a recently reported stolen vehicle traveling on the roadway. 

The Officer initiated a traffic stop on the stolen vehicle, a white 2012 Mitsubishi passenger car, near South Bryant and West Avenue Q; however, the driver failed to stop and a vehicle pursuit ensued.  

The slow speed pursuit ended in the 1700 block of Kenwood Drive where the suspect then exited the car and fled on foot.  

Additional Officers converged on the area and quickly established a perimeter.  During the search, several citizens aided the Officers by pointing out the suspect’s direction of travel.  The suspect was eventually located in the 1900 block of Austin Street and taken into custody without incident.    

The suspect, identified as 24-year-old Landon C. Beatty, matched the physical and clothing description of a package theft suspect that the Department released on social media earlier this afternoon.  The released photographs show Beatty stealing a package from the porch of a residence on Grandview Drive before loading it into the stolen Mitsubishi. 

The stolen package, a KidKraft Shimmer Mansion 30-Piece Dollhouse that was a Christmas present for a little girl, was located inside the recovered stolen vehicle and later released.  The recovered stolen vehicle was also released to the registered owner.  

Beatty was charged with Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, Class B Misdemeanor Theft, and Evading Arrest.  

 

            

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Police Discover Unreported Stolen Car during Suspicious Vehicle Investigation
Nov 26, 2018   05:03 PM

November 26, 2018 — This morning, a San Angelo Police Officer who was conducting patrol near the 1800 block of Brown Street noticed an occupied vehicle with two different plates.  

Upon approaching the vehicle the Officer was alerted to the presence of a firearm on the passenger seat.  The driver, identified as 24-year-old Johnny Villarreal, was arrested for fifteen (15) outstanding warrants.  A 24-year-old male passenger was detained but later released. 

During the field investigation, Officers discovered the suspicious vehicle actually belonged to the Lithia All American Chrysler Jeep and Dodge Dealership and their staff was unaware the vehicle was missing.  Officers also discovered Villarreal was in possession of several credit cards that belonged to other people.  

Villarreal was charged with Theft of Property >=$2,500-<$30K and Fraudulent Use/Possession Identifying Information # Items <5.  

Additional charges are forthcoming pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation. 

Detective R. Cercone is the lead investigator on this case. 

 

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Fatal Hit and Run Driver Arrested
Nov 23, 2018   08:00 AM

The driver who struck and killed a 33-year-old San Angelo man riding his bicycle on North Van Buren Street Wednesday Evening has been arrested.  

48-year-old Clayton Dunn of San Angelo has been charged with Accident Involving Death.  He was taken into custody on Thanksgiving Day — one day after he struck 33-year-old Jacob M. Martinez in the 1900 block of N. Van Buren.  Martinez later succumbed to his injuries at Shannon Medical Center. 

The investigation and search for the suspect began immediately after Police were dispatched to the crash scene, around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 21.  Once investigators received a description of the suspect’s vehicle and video footage, the Department used social media to call on citizens for help in locating the vehicle and driver.  On Thanksgiving Day, a citizen who read the social media posts noticed a suspicious vehicle in the 900 block of Howard Street and called police.   That tip led investigators to locate Dunn and the suspect vehicle, a 2003 GMC 2500 that had damage consistent with the fatal crash. 

Dunn was formally charged following his interview with Detectives from the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division.  Dunn was booked into the Tom Green County Jail.  His Bond was set at $50,000. 

The Department would like to express our gratitude to our citizens who continue to partner with us in a joint effort to solve crimes and improve the quality of life in our community. 

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Street Crimes Division Seizes Several Pounds of Marijuana in Warrant Operation
Nov 21, 2018   03:07 PM

On Wednesday, November 20, 2018, Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division executed a Search Warrant at a residence in the 1100 block of East 24th Street. 

The warrant, issued by Justice of the Peace J.P. McGuire, named 37-year-old Bernabe Mendez of San Angelo to be in possession of a quantity of marijuana at the residence.  Mendez and another subject, identified as 26-year-old Marcy Garcia, were detained during the search. 

Investigators located and seized nearly (5) five pounds of marijuana, a small quantity of suspected Methamphetamine, assorted drug paraphernalia, and a quantity of suspected THC Wax during the operation.  

Mendez was charged with State Jail Felony Possession of Marijuana.  Garcia was charged with State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1. 

The Department’s Patrol Division and K-9 Unit assisted with yesterday’s operation.  

         

MENDEZ                                           GARCIA

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San Angelo Police Seeking Help Identifying Robbery Suspect
Nov 20, 2018   03:25 PM

Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who robbed a local convenience store Sunday night. 

Just after 6:30 p.m. on November 18, 2018, Officers were dispatched to the 7-11 at Kenwood and West Avenue N for the report of a robbery where a male suspect entered the store and brandished a firearm while demanding money from the clerk.  The suspect then fled the store with an undisclosed amount of money. 

The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, approximately 5’05” and stocky build.  The suspect was wearing a tan-colored Carhartt style jacket and gray sweatpants.  The suspect’s face was partially covered with a white bandana that had blue markings. 

If you have any information regarding this incident or the suspect’s identity and whereabouts please contact Detective James Hernandez at (325) 659-8015.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts.   

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San Angelo Police Nab Butler Farms Felony Theft Suspects
Nov 20, 2018   02:20 PM

On Monday, November 19, 2018, at approximately 10:30 p.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 1500 block of Barbara Avenue for the report of a vehicle burglary in progress.  

Officers quickly converged on the area and began canvassing the neighborhood for suspects when they located a suspicious vehicle parked in the 1500 block of Butler Drive that was occupied by two men.  Officers also observed discarded personal property on the ground outside the vehicle. 

When speaking with the men, later identified as 19-year-old David Gandar and 17-year-old Michael A. Andros, Officers observed property inside their vehicle that had just been reported stolen from the burglary on Barbara Avenue.  Gandar and Andros were detained and interviewed by the Criminal Investigations Division and later charged with Felony Theft of Property, Burglary of Vehicle, Criminal Trespass, and Possession of Marijuana.    

In addition to recovering the victim’s stolen property, Officers seized numerous items of suspected stolen property that were also located inside their gray Chrysler 300.   

Some of the seized property has since been identified by additional victims who live in Butler Farms and discovered their vehicles had been burglarized overnight. 

This is an active investigation and additional charges are forthcoming. 

 

                            

 

    GANDAR                                  ANDROS

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Reece Albert Truck Thieves Nabbed by Officers after Foot Pursuit
Nov 20, 2018   12:43 PM

November 20, 2018 — Just before 7:00 a.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to the unit block of E. 20th Street for the report of an unauthorized use of a motor vehicle in progress involving a 2018 Nissan Frontier registered to Reece Albert.  

During the immediate follow-up investigation, Officers learned that the two male suspects that stole the truck had backed into an occupied SAISD school bus before they fled the scene.   The bus was reportedly stopped and picking up children at the time of the collision.  No injuries were reported.     

Shortly after, information was developed regarding the location of the stolen truck.  When Officers responded to the area in question, the 600 block of E. 42nd Street, they spotted the truck in the backyard of a residence along with two men.  Officers attempted to detain the men; however, the men fled the area and a foot pursuit ensued. 

Additional units converged on the area and the men were located several blocks apart from one another.  One suspect was apprehended by a pursuing Patrol Sergeant who jumped a chain link fence in order to thwart the suspect’s escape.  The second suspect was taken into custody without incident.  They were identified as Juan M. Pena, 20, and Andrew J. Reyna, 17 of San Angelo. 

Pena and Reyna were interviewed by Detectives with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division and subsequently charged with Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle and Evading Arrest Detention.  Pena also received citations for Unsafe Backing, Fail to Stop and Leave Information, Violation of B Restriction, and Passing School Bus. 

Pena and Reyna are being held on Bond at the Tom Green County Jail. 

            

                PENA                                           REYNA                

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Fatality Crash Investigation on Knickerbocker Road
Nov 14, 2018   11:07 AM

UPDATE TO PRESS RELEASE: November 14, 2018 - At approximately 11:00 a.m., 21-year-old Brianna Lucas succumbed to her injuries.  Lucas was pronounced deceased by Shannon Medical Center Physicians.  


 

 

Just before midnight on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 6000 block of Knickerbocker Road for the report of a single vehicle crash with injuries. 

Upon arrival, Officers located a dark-gray 2016 Ford Mustang down the embankment by the Packsaddle Bar-B-Que.  

The driver, identified as 23-year-old San Angelo resident Aaron Boatright, was located deceased inside the vehicle.  The front passenger, identified as 22-year-old San Angelo resident Christopher Pena, was transported to Shannon Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries and later released.  Boatright and Pena were wearing seatbelts. 

Two back seat passengers who were not belted in were ejected from the vehicle.  18-year-old San Angelo resident Adolfo Toriz was located deceased at the scene.   21-Year-old San Angelo resident Brianna Lucas was transported to Shannon Medical Center with incapacitating injuries.  

The preliminary crash investigation has shown the Mustang was southbound on Knickerbocker Road when it lost control and left the roadway at Red Bluff Road and traversed through Packsaddle’s parking lot where it struck a fiberglass street light.  Following the collision, the vehicle flipped and rolled several times before it came to rest on the embankment.  

Alcohol and speed are believed to be contributing factors to this crash.  Blood evidence was collected from Boatright.  Results are pending.  

This is an ongoing investigation and additional information will be released when it becomes available.       

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San Angelo Woman Arrested for Weekend Robbery at Cavender’s
Nov 13, 2018   05:57 PM

A San Angelo woman who robbed Cavender’s Western Outfitter this weekend is being held at the Tom Green County Jail on $75,000.00 Bond. 

The investigation began just before noon Saturday, November 10, 2018, after Officers were dispatched to the Cavender’s Western Outfitter on Southwest Boulevard for the report of a theft in progress. 

Upon arrival, Officers interviewed several witnesses and determined the incident was, in fact, an aggravated robbery after learning the suspect used a knife to injure a store employee during the suspect’s escape.  After causing injury to the employee, the suspect fled the scene driving a black Toyota Camry — but not before her license plate was recorded.  The injured employee did not require medical treatment. 

Within hours of the initial investigation, police developed Valarie Mae Geuea as the suspect.  Less than ten hours later, Geuea was apprehended by members of the Department’s Anti-Crime Unit who had been surveilling Geuea and followed her to the McDonald’s located on Southwest Boulevard.  Geuea was taken into custody without incident and subsequently interviewed by detectives with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division.  Police also located and seized a knife that is believed to have been used in the robbery. 

Amended charges may be pending.  This investigation is ongoing.    

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Five San Angelo Residents Arrested in Joint Law Enforcement Apprehension Operation
Oct 19, 2018   08:21 AM

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.  

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Traffic Investigation on Magdalen Reveals Driver Suffered Medical Emergency Prior to Crash
Oct 17, 2018   03:19 PM

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. 

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Anti-Crime Unit Officers Locate Meth during Weekend Traffic Stop
Oct 15, 2018   02:59 PM

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 

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San Angelo Police Dispel Social Media Posts Regarding Local Attempted Abductions for Human Trafficking
Oct 15, 2018   02:18 PM

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.

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Anti-Crime Unit Nab Thieves, Recover Thousands of Dollars in Stolen Tools in Early Morning Bust
Oct 11, 2018   10:24 AM

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.   

  

 

Stroh                           West

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Man who Assaulted Elderly Family Member Nabbed by Police
Oct 10, 2018   03:57 PM

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.  

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Medical Examiner Releases Preliminary Findings for E. 20th Street Death Investigation
Oct 10, 2018   02:59 PM

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.   

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Public Safety Communications Center to Host Dispatcher Tests Every Two Weeks
Oct 10, 2018   09:37 AM

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.  

Tests Dates:

October 20th

November 3rd

November 17th

December 1st

December 15th

January 5th

January 19th 

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. 

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

  • 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 

PAY SCALE:

  • 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

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SAPD Death Investigation
Oct 08, 2018   05:54 PM

The San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division is conducting a death investigation at a residence in the unit block of E. 20th.  

Police responded to the residence shortly after noon today for the report of a subject down and subsequently located a 52-year-old deceased male inside the residence.  The cause of the man’s death is undetermined.
 
The victim was transported to Lubbock, Texas for autopsy. 
 
There is no further information for release at this time.
 
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San Angelo Man Arrested after Southland Crime Spree
Oct 08, 2018   04:23 PM

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. 

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San Angelo Man Using Fake Facebook Profiles to Lure Women Arrested
Oct 02, 2018   03:49 PM

This morning, members of the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division executed a Search and Arrest Warrant at a residence in the 3100 block of W. Beauregard. 

The warrant, issued by District Judge Jay Weatherby, named 44-year-old Danny Juarez as a suspect who recently threatened to publish intimate visual materials of a female victim.  Juarez was located at the residence and taken into custody without incident.  

Following a formal interview at Police Headquarters, Juarez was transported to the Tom Green County Jail and charged with Publish/Threat to Publish Intimate Visual Material, which is a State Jail Felony punishable by confinement of up to two years. 

Juarez has been named as a person of interest in additional investigations as a subject that is contacting women through fake Facebook profiles to offer tattoo services as well as plaster-cast pregnancy belly, breasts, and genitalia molds and cakes in exchange for payment.  In some incidents, Juarez obtained photographs of his victims’ breasts and then threatened to publish them if the victims do not comply with his demands.  

Additional charges may be forthcoming pending the outcome of these ongoing investigations.  

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Traffic Stop Yields Large Quantity of Methamphetamine
Sep 28, 2018   04:13 PM

This morning, investigators with the Street Crimes Division developed information that led to a traffic stop of 42 year old Juan Moreno.

 

Moreno was found to be in possession of 294 grams (2/3 of a pound) of methamphetamine, a handgun, and a large quantity of cash.

 

Following the investigation, Moreno was arrested for First Degree Felony Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 > 200 grams <400 grams.

Investigation Results in Multiple Arrests, Vehicles and Property Recovered
Sep 28, 2018   04:10 PM

During the evening of September 26, 2018, officers with the Anti-Crime Unit (ACU), Narcotics Division, Criminal Investigation Division (CID), and Patrol coordinated a series of investigations that led to multiple arrests and the recovery of stolen truck and boat.

 

Investigators with the Narcotics Division provided intelligence to the ACU about a possible vehicle associated with thefts of trailers in the San Angelo area.

 

Members of the ACU detained the vehicle at the Walmart at 3440 S. Bryant Blvd after confirming that one of the occupants, Kendell Stasey, 20 years old, had a criminal trespass warning from that property.  After being arrested for that offense, Stasey was found to be in possession of marijuana.

 

The driver of the vehicle, 24 year old Colby Hawkins, was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and a quantity of methamphetamine.

 

Investigation with these subjects led members of CID to a stolen vehicle being operated by Henry Perez, 42.  Further investigation led to the recovery of a stolen boat in the 800 block of W. Avenue X.

 

At the end of the investigation, the arrests were as follows:

 

Kendell Stasey: Class B Possession of Marijuana, Class B Criminal Trespass, Class C Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

 

Colby Hawkins: Third Degree Felony Possession of Controlled Substance, Penalty Group 1 1-4g, Class B Possession of Marijuana, Class C Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

 

Henry Perez: State Jail Felony Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle

 

More charges will likely follow.

Shots Fired Call Response Results in SAPD Motorcycle Crash
Sep 28, 2018   04:07 PM

This morning, at approximately 10:30 am, units were dispatched to the area of the 400 block of Pulliam Street in reference to possible shots fired.  Several units quickly responded to the area.

 

Two SAPD motorcycle units were dispatched to the area, one following the other, actively searching for any possible persons involved with the call.  The operator of the back motorcycle collided with the operator of the front motorcycle when he slowed to look down an alleyway.

 

The collision resulted in non-life threatening injuries to both officers.  Both officers were transported to Shannon Medical Center by ambulance and have since been released.

September 24, 2018 LIDAR Traffic Enforcement Operation
Sep 25, 2018   10:38 AM

Yesterday, the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a School Zone Traffic Enforcement Operation utilizing LIDAR in numerous school zones throughout San Angelo from 7 – 8 am.  A total of fourteen (14) citations and nine (9) warnings were issued. 

Following the School Zone Operation, LIDAR Traffic Enforcement was utilized in the 1700 block of E. Houston Harte from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. and in the 4200 block of W. Houston Harte from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.  A total of fifty-one (51) citations and twelve (12) warnings were issued.  

Breakdown for citations:

School Zones

Other/Misc. Violations: 3

No Insurance: 2

Speeding: 9

Warnings: 9

 

Houston Harte

Speeding: 37 (Highest speed, 86 MPH)

Other/Misc. Violations: 7

No Insurance: 4

Warnings: 12

No DL: 3

 

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Criminal Street Gang Member Arrested after Street Crimes Division Finds Drugs, Guns, Cash during Search Warrant Operation on West 16th
Sep 21, 2018   03:23 PM

On September 19, 2018, members of the Department’s Street Crimes Division executed a search warrant at a residence in the 700 block of West 16th Street.  

The warrant named 20-year-old Kelien Thompson to be in possession of a quantity of marijuana at the residence.  

Thompson tried to flee the response by jumping out a window.  He was taken into custody without incident and treated for numerous lacerations he sustained in his attempted flight. 

During a search of the residence Investigators located and seized a quantity of marijuana, Xanax, three (3) firearms, and approximately $1,500.00 dollars in U.S. Currency. 

Thompson was charged with Felony Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 3.  

A second occupant, 20-year-old Anthony Rivera, was also charged with Felony Possession of Marijuana. 

The Department’s Patrol and Criminal Investigations Divisions, Anti-Crime Unit, and members of the Center for Tactical Medicine assisted with today’s operation. 

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San Angelo Police Search for Children in Storm Drain after Welfare Concern Call
Sep 21, 2018   01:59 PM

Just after 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 20, 2018, San Angelo Police received a report of two children who may have entered a storm drain near East Avenue G and Burgess Street. 

Officers learned that a nearby resident had spotted the children, around six and three-year-of-age, standing near the drain one moment and then go missing.  

Personnel from the City’s Water Department also responded and aided Officers by cutting several bars off the drain’s cover.  Two Officers crawled nearly forty (40) yards in an attempt to locate the children; however, there were no signs of disturbance in the pipe’s sediment.  A remote control camera was also utilized by Sewer Department personnel during the team effort.  

The search lasted over two-hours.  No children were located and there were no reports of missing children in the area.  At the conclusion of the search operation, workers reinforced the drain’s barred-covering as an extra precaution.   

Following the search, both Officers noted their soiled uniforms were well worth the outcome and they were happy no children were harmed during the reported incident. 

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San Angelo Detectives, Crime Analysts Crack Burglary Case
Sep 20, 2018   03:48 PM

On September 10, 2018, San Angelo Police responded to a residence in the 1800 block of Catalina Drive for the report of a burglary. 

While enroute to the call Police learned that the suspect, believed to be a juvenile, fled the scene prior to their arrival.  

During the field investigation, Officers learned the suspect gained entry to the residence through an unsecured door and stole several pieces of unique jewelry, and while processing the scene a technician with the Department’s Crime Scene Investigations Unit located and processed a shoe print believed to belong to the suspect.  Through extensive follow up investigation, the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division and Crime Analysis Unit identified a 16-year-old male juvenile as a person of interest in the case. 

On Wednesday, September 19, 2018, Officers located the juvenile and he was subsequently magistrated by Justice of the Peace J.P. McGuire.  The juvenile’s shoes were also seized for comparison. 

During the follow up investigation, Investigators conducted a consent search of the juvenile’s residence and two pieces of the stolen jewelry were located.  

The suspect was charged with Burglary of Habitation and transported to the Tom Green County Juvenile Justice Center.  

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

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October 2-National Night Out 2018
Sep 20, 2018   11:09 AM

National Night Out 2018 will be celebrated on October 2 in most Texas cities. 

National Night Out is a great opportunity for communities nationwide to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie.  While the one night is certainly not an answer to crime, drugs and violence, National Night Out represents the kind of spirit, energy and determination to help make neighborhoods a safer place year round.  NNO is about networking and connecting with like-minded people who all want the same thing, to ensure his or her community is a safe place to live and play.  

Sir Robert Peel, considered to be the father of modern policing once said, “Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent upon every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.”  In other words, Peel was saying we are all responsible for the policing of our community.  So how can you become a police-community partner?  One way is by getting to know your neighbors and watching over their property.  By them doing the same for you, and by keeping your possessions locked up, you are doing a form of police work that contributes to keeping our neighborhoods crime free. 

The San Angelo Police Department invites you to attend the seven events scheduled throughout the city.  Turn on your porch lights, lock your doors, and spend the evening outside interacting with friends, neighbors and first responders.  Join us and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.  

LOCATIONS

Vistas at Red Creek Apartments - 5751 Green Hill Rd. - 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Wall Brethren Church - 7921 Loop 570, Wall, TX - 4:30 - 7:30 PM

Angelo Skate & Fun Center - 34 Buick St. - 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Northside Boys & Girls Club - 1802 N. Lillie - 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Trinity Lutheran School - 3516 Lutheran Way - 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Goodfellow Family Housing - 2025 Longhorn Dr. - 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Bent Tree Apartments - 1625 Sunset Dr. - 5:30 - 7:30 PM 

For more information, contact Sgt. Tim Coffman at (325) 481-2709. 

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Street Crimes Detectives Find Nearly Half Pound of Meth during Search Warrant on Patrick Street
Sep 19, 2018   04:23 PM

Last week, 31-year-old Tommy Guzman was indicted by the U.S. District Court in Lubbock, Texas, on two counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine.  The indictments stemmed from an ongoing investigation of narcotics trafficking in San Angelo. 

As a result of the indictments, Investigators with the Department’s Street Crimes Division (SCD) obtained a Search Warrant for Guzman’s residence located in the 2800 block of Patrick Street. 

The warrant, issued by District Judge Scott Frost, was executed this morning by members of SCD along with the Department’s SWAT Team, K-9 Unit and Patrol Division as well as agents with the Bureau of Alcoh0l, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Drug Enforcement Administration.  

Two adults and one infant were located and detained during the search, which resulted in the discovery and seizure of nearly one-half pound of suspected methamphetamine. 

Guzman was taken into custody and is awaiting transport to the Taylor County Jail. 

The Center for Tactical Medicine assisted with today’s operation.  Child Protective Services also responded to the scene. 

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an Angelo Police Recover Stolen Vehicle Taken from Residential Burglary
Sep 19, 2018   03:45 PM

September 19, 2018 — Just after 12:00 a.m. this morning, San Angelo Police were dispatched to a residence in the 2800 block of Waco Street for the report of a residential burglary. 

During the investigation, Police learned that the victim’s gray 2014 Toyota Tundra pickup had been stolen.  In addition, the victim’s Toyota Avalon had been burglarized and the perpetrator(s) stole jewelry, a purse, money, and the vehicle’s key fob. 

Less than one hour into the call, San Angelo Police Officer J. Mata conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near W. Avenue J and S. Fillmore.  The driver, 24-year-old Ruben Espinola was subsequently arrested for not having a valid driver license.  The passenger, 29-year-old Miguel A. Lopez, was arrested for Fail to Identify Giving False Fictitious Information and fourteen warrants.  

During an inventory of the vehicle, Officers located jewelry, a purse filled with money, and a key fob to a Toyota.  Officers soon realized the items were connected to the burglary on Waco. 

Detectives with the Criminal investigations Division and Crime Scene Investigations responded to both scenes for follow up investigation.  The stolen truck was eventually located in an alley near the 2200 block of Carlton Way.  

Subsequent to the lengthy field investigation, Lopez was additionally charged with Burglary of Habitation.  

Additional charges may be pending the outcome of this investigation, which is ongoing.  

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Traffic Stop Leads San Angelo Police to Stolen Keys, Hummer H2 from Rays Auto Sales Burglary
Sep 19, 2018   03:07 PM

Just after 9:00 p.m. on Monday, September 17, 2018, Officers with the San Angelo Police Department’s Anti-Crime Unit directed a traffic stop on a black 2010 GMC Sierra in the 400 block of N. Washington Street.  

The driver, David Steinbach, 37, and two passengers, Kevin Clements, 37, and Hazel Lynn Walker, 31, were arrested for warrants.  During a search of the pickup, Officers located a bag containing seven keys that had dealer tags on them — tags belonging to Rays Auto Sales, which had been burglarized around 12:00 a.m. that morning.  

During immediate follow-up investigation, Investigators with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division developed information which led them to the Tuscany Apartments at 1815 S. Fillmore where they discovered a black 2006 Hummer H2 — also reported stolen from Rays Auto Sales. 

Steinbach was ultimately charged with Burglary of Building, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and his warrants.  Additional charges are pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation. 

The recovered vehicle and keys were returned to Rays Auto Sales. 

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SAPD Warns Citizens of Scammers, Thieves Targeting Local Elderly
Sep 14, 2018   06:03 PM

San Angelo Police need the public’s help in getting the word out about scammers and thieves that appear to be targeting elderly citizens with a fake-jewelry scam and theft. 

On September 12, 2018, an 87-year-old San Angelo man was approached in his driveway by a Hispanic woman that engaged him in conversation and put jewelry on his hand.  When the woman left, the man noticed his own ring, a 1954 Naval Academy graduation ring, was missing from his finger.  The woman was described as being in her mid-thirties to mid-forties with shoulder length brown hair, 5’5” – 5’7”, with a stocky build.  The vehicle was described as a black colored, newer-modeled Ford SUV (Possibly 2017 or 2018).  The driver was believed to be a Hispanic male (no further description).   

The stolen ring has a ruby inset and a unique crest along with the victim’s name and 1954 inscribed inside the band.  The victim’s last name is Powell. (See photo of crest)  

This afternoon, Detectives with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division obtained surveillance video of the female suspect at the Neighborhood Walmart on Knickerbocker, confirming she was driving a black 2018 Ford Expedition bearing Texas license plate JTV4343.  The vehicle was recently rented out of the Midland/Odessa area. 

Investigators believe the suspects chose this location to pick their victim and followed him home to complete the scam/theft.  Photos of the vehicle and suspect are attached.   

In another report, a second elderly man was approached by a Hispanic male and female in a black SUV.  The woman tried to sell jewelry to the potential victim, stating her family needed money for food but the potential victim did not fall for it.

The Criminal investigations Division is urging San Angelo citizens to contact police if they are approached by anyone trying to sell jewelry or other items that appear to be of value for low prices.  Investigators suspect the team of thieves may be a family as the suspect was seen with juveniles.  

If you have any information about the suspect(s) identities or whereabouts, please contact Detective Noel Anderson at (325) 659-8012.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts. 

Please share this alert, especially with members of our aging community, so we can protect them from these scammers.

    

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Shooting Investigation on East 20th Street
Sep 14, 2018   12:56 PM

The San Angelo Police Department is investigating an apparent drive-by shooting that occurred Thursday night in the 900 block of E. 20th Street.  

On September 13, 2018, units were dispatched to the area around 11:35 p.m. for the report of a shooting victim.  Officers were directed to a passenger car where they located the 42-year-old male victim suffering from a gunshot wound. 

Officers rendered immediate first aid to the victim before his transport to Shannon Medical Center where he received treatment for his non-life-threatening injuries.  He has since been released. 

The preliminary investigation revealed the victim was an unintended victim of an apparent drive-by shooting, which is believed to be gang-related.  The suspects were reportedly driving a dark-colored pickup truck.  The shooter was described as a young Hispanic male. 

If you have information about the suspect(s) identities or whereabouts, please call the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division at (325) 657-4264. 

To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts. 

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Anti-Crime Unit Recovers Stolen Vehicle, Stolen Credit Cards, Solve Robbery during High Risk Traffic Stop on Avenue N
Sep 13, 2018   05:56 PM

On Wednesday morning, September 12, 2018, San Angelo Police received a report of a white 2017 Toyota RAV-4 stolen from Goodnight Trail.  During extensive follow up investigation, 19-year-old Rocky Ramirez Jr. was developed as a potential suspect.  

Late last night, Officers with the Department’s Anti-Crime Unit spotted the RAV-4 being operated in the 2500 block of W. Avenue N.  

Pursuant to immediate coordination with the Department’s Patrol Division, a high-risk traffic stop was initiated in the 2200 block of S. Johnson Street.  The driver was taken into custody without incident and identified as Ramirez. 

During the subsequent search of Ramirez and the recovered stolen vehicle, Officers located and seized numerous pieces of identifying information and credit and debit cards issued to people other than Ramirez as well as electronics and a women’s purse.  Some of the items were confirmed to belong to the registered owner of the RAV-4, while other items were confirmed to belong to victims of several recent burglaries.  

During the lengthy field investigation, the Anti-Crime Unit Officers discovered Ramirez had committed a yet-to-be reported robbery at the 7-11 Convenience store located at 1801 W. Avenue N. sometime Wednesday morning and subsequently obtained surveillance video of Ramirez arriving at the store in the stolen RAV-4.  As a result, an arrest warrant for the offense of Robbery was obtained.     

Ramirez was ultimately charged with Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, Credit Card/Debit Card Abuse, and the warrant for Robbery.  Ramirez was transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident.  His bond was set at $30,000.  

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San Angelo Police Locate Runaway, Stolen Guns in North San Angelo
Sep 11, 2018   01:52 PM

On Monday, September 10, 2018, San Angelo Police Patrol Officer P. Potts observed a juvenile male walking in the 1400 block of Volney Street during school hours.  The juvenile also matched the description of a recently reported 13-year-old runaway. 

After confirming the juvenile was, in fact, the missing runaway Officer Potts discovered the teen was in possession of three firearms, marijuana, clothing, and several watches. 

During a lengthy follow up investigation, Detectives with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division discovered the items had been taken during a residential burglary that had not yet been reported. 

The teen was transported to the Juvenile Justice Center without incident and subsequently charged with Unlawful Carrying Weapon and Burglary of Habitation. 

All of the stolen items were returned to the victim. 

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Patrol Sergeant, Police Service Dog Find Stolen Gun and Narcotics during Parking Violation Investigation
Sep 11, 2018   10:50 AM

Just after 11:00 p.m. on September 10, 2018, a San Angelo Police Patrol Sergeant detained a man for parking in a designated disabled parking area at the Allsup’s located at 514 N. Main Street. 

During the detention it was discovered that the driver, identified as 31-year-old David Ellichman of San Angelo, had warrants.  Soon after, a responding backup Officer observed a gun case on the passenger floorboard. 

As Officers attempted to arrest Ellichman for his warrants, Ellichman refused to exit his vehicle and used his extremities to wedge himself inside.  A struggle ensued and only diminished after a Taser deployment allowed Officers to remove Ellichman from the vehicle.  Once out of the vehicle, Ellichman continued to actively resist the Officers and additional Taser deployments were utilized.  Ellichman was eventually handcuffed with assistance from additional responding Officers and it is believed Ellichman was intoxicated on an unknown substance. 

K-9 Officer Fincher utilized his partner, Police Service Dog Xander, to conduct an open-air sniff around Ellichman’s white 2002 Buick Lesabre.  During the sniff, Xander alerted to the presence of contraband.  During a search of the vehicle, Officers located a quantity of suspected Heroin, Methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and a stolen firearm.  In addition to the stolen firearm and narcotics, Officers also located and seized various items of jewelry, phones, and watches that are suspected as stolen.  The firearm had been reported stolen from a vehicle burglary on S. Madison Street that morning.  

Ellichman was transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident and subsequently charged with Prohibited Weapon, two counts of Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, and Resisting Arrest Search or Transport. 

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San Angelo Police Thwart Attempted Escape at Juvenile Justice Center
Sep 10, 2018   02:07 PM

Just after 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 9, 2018, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the Juvenile Justice Center located at 1253 W. 19th Street for the report of an escape attempt by inmates possibly armed with homemade knives. 

Upon arrival, the first Officer on scene discovered broken windows leading to a secured area.  Soon after, the Officer encountered three male juvenile inmates with shirts covering their faces.  

During an attempt to take the juveniles into custody, a 15-year-old inmate actively resisted and a brief struggle ensued.  The teen was eventually Tasered and taken into custody.  A second inmate, age 16, also became combative and attempted to fight his way past Officers; however, his attempt failed. 

Due to the quick police response, none of the juvenile inmates escaped and no Officers were injured during the incident.  

Follow up investigation is being handled by the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office.    

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Man Who Fell From Cactus Hotel Flown to Lubbock for Specialized Care
Sep 10, 2018   10:28 AM

A 26-year-old San Angelo man who sustained life-threatening injuries after he fell from the Cactus Hotel Saturday night remains hospitalized. 

Dylan Kohutek-Bottalico, 26, who was initially treated at Shannon Medical Center, was later flown to a Lubbock area hospital for specialized care. 

Kohutek-Bottalico was the subject of a welfare check call regarding a man that was reportedly climbing the northeast corner of the Cactus Hotel located at 36 E. Twohig Avenue around 8:00 p.m. on September 8, 2018.  

Upon arrival, Officers located Kohutek-Bottalico holding onto the brick façade approximately five stories up from the roof of the hotel’s ballroom.  As Officers requested Fire Department Personnel to respond with a ladder truck, Kohutek-Bottalico fell and landed on the roof of the ballroom.  

In a coordinated response, Officers and Fire Department Medics gained access to the roof and rendered aid to Kohutek-Bottalico.  Fire Department Personnel navigated power lines and successfully extricated Kohutek-Bottalico from the rooftop with the aid of ladder truck.  Oakes Street was temporarily closed to vehicle traffic during the incident.   

Personal property belonging to Kohutek-Bottalico was later located at the parking structure adjacent to the hotel, which is where Kohutek-Bottalico is believed to have gained access to one of the hotel’s rooftops. 

No other persons were located on the roof and no foul play is suspected.  This is an active investigation and no further information is available for release at this time. 

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Thief That Stole Vehicle from Pope Nabbed by “Angelo” Police
Aug 31, 2018   04:34 PM

Shortly after 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 30, 2018, San Angelo Police responded to the 1100 block of N. Pope Street for the report of an unauthorized use of a white 1988 Ford Ranger pickup.  

Just after 12:00 a.m. this morning, a San Angelo Police Officer spotted the stolen truck traveling in the 400 block of W. 14th Street.  When the Officer initiated a traffic stop near the 500 block of W. 16th Street, the driver jumped out and ran and a foot pursuit ensued.  

Additional Officers responded to the area and quickly established a perimeter.  Soon after, Police located the suspect, later identified as 30-year-old Angel Paul Enriquez, hiding in a nearby shed behind a trash can. 

Enriquez was charged with Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, Evading Arrest Detention, Possession/Delivery of Drug Paraphernalia, and an outstanding warrant.  Enriquez was transported to the Tom Green County Jail where he remains on $8,642.00 Bond. 

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Search Warrant on Raney Street Yields Array of Narcotics
Aug 28, 2018   03:31 PM

August 28, 2018 — This morning, the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division executed a Search Warrant at the Windmill Apartments, 1929 Raney Street.      

The warrant, issued by District Judge Jay Weatherby, named 33-year-old Jerrod Johnson to be in possession of a quantity of Cocaine. 

Johnson was located on the property and detained and investigators located and seized a quantity of Cocaine, Xanax, and marijuana during their search. 

Johnson was arrested for state Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, Class A Misdemeanor Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 3, and Class B Possession of Marijuana.  Johnson’s Bond was set at $2,000. 

Members of the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Criminal Investigations Division, San Angelo Police Patrol Division, and the Center for Tactical Medicine assisted with today’s operation.

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Update on Tragic Shroeder Street Shooting
Aug 27, 2018   11:34 AM

On August 24th, 2018, the San Angelo Police Department responded to Shannon Medical Center at approximately 3:15 pm for a report of a shooting victim. Information provided at that time was that the victim was a 2 year old child.

 

Investigation revealed that the shooting was an accident that resulted from another young child gaining access to a gun.  No charges will be filed against that child, as per Texas law. The victim was flown to Cook Children’s Medical Center where he is still receiving treatment.

 

Subsequent investigation resulted in the issuance of an arrest warrant for 26 year old Juan Manuel Mata Jr. for Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence, a Third Degree Felony.  Pursuant to that portion of the investigation, the firearm that was involved in the shooting was located.

 

Mata was arrested on August 25th, 2018 and booked in on the listed charge.  This is an ongoing investigation and more charges may be forthcoming.

Father Arrested for Narcotics, Toddler Removed After Police Locate Drugs and Horrid Living Conditions at House on Abilene Street
Aug 23, 2018   03:05 PM

On August 21, 2018, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 2400 block of Abilene Street for the report of an unwanted subject. 

Officers arrived and made contact with the subject, who stated he was charging his cell phone in his neighbor’s carport because the electricity to his residence had been disconnected.  The subject was identified as 24-year-old Estevan Rubio. 

During the contact with Rubio, Officers learned Rubio’s 2-year-old son was unsupervised inside the residence.  Officers requested to check the child’s welfare but Rubio denied them entry.  When Rubio opened his front door to retrieve this son, Officers smelled a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the residence.  When Rubio came back outside with his son, the Officers noticed the child was covered with insect bites.  

Fearing the child was endangered; Officers requested a response from Child Protective Services.  In addition, Officers requested a response from the Street Crimes Division (SCD) and a search warrant for the residence, issued by Justice of the Peace J.P. McGuire, was obtained.  

Once inside, SCD Detectives discovered a filth-ridden residence along with several ounces of suspected powder cocaine, Xanax, ecstasy, and marijuana.  Over $1,000.00 in U.S. Currency was also located and seized.  

Rubio was ultimately charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and Third Degree Felony Possession Controlled Substance Penalty Group 3.  

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Drivers Receive “F” During Back-to-school LIDAR Traffic Enforcement
Aug 22, 2018   04:17 PM

This morning, the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a School Zone Traffic Enforcement Operation utilizing LIDAR in numerous school zones throughout San Angelo from 7 – 8 am.  Following the School Zone Operation, LIDAR Traffic Enforcement targeting high crash areas was conducted in the 5100 block of Knickerbocker, 1000 block of S. Abe, and the 3400 block of Sherwood Way from 8 – 10 am.  From 9:30 am – noon, additional LIDAR Traffic Enforcement was conducted targeting the 4200 block of Houston Harte.  

Breakdown for citations: 

School Zones

Other/Misc. Violations: 4

No Insurance: 3

Speeding: 30

Warnings: 13

No DL: 1

 

Crash Zones:

Other/Misc. Violations: 4

No Insurance: 3

Speeding: 37

Warnings: 3

 

Houston Harte

Driving While License Invalid: 1

Other/Misc. Violations: 1

No Insurance: 2

Speeding: 27

Warnings: 3

No DL: 3 

 

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San Angelo Man Arrested after Traffic Incident
Aug 20, 2018   04:42 PM

Just after 11:00 a.m., a San Angelo Motors Section Officer that was running LIDAR enforcement in the 4400 block of the W. Houston Harte Expressway observed a vehicle traveling over 100 MPH in a 65 MPH zone. 

The Officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle by activating lights and sirens; however, the driver failed to stop, continued at high speeds, disregarded traffic lights, and traversed across highway medians in an attempt to evade.  Due to the high rate of speed and out of concern for public safety, a pursuit was not initiated.  

When the Motors Officer came to the area of College Hills Blvd. at the frontage road, several citizens alerted the Officer to the suspect’s vehicle, which was disabled under the bridge in the turnaround lane.  The alert citizens also told the Officer that the suspect fled on foot after his vehicle collided with one of the bridge’s concrete support pillars.  Traffic in the turnaround lane was temporarily diverted until the disabled vehicle, a 2007 Buick Rendezvous, was towed from the scene.    

Additional responding Motors Officers that converged on the area were directed by more citizens to the suspect’s direction of travel.  The suspect, later identified as 23-year-old Thomas Ray Rose, Jr., was subsequently located at the intersection of Forest Trail and Sunset Blvd. and taken into custody without incident.  

Rose apologized for running from the Police and requested medical assistance.  He was transported to Shannon Medical Center for evaluation.  Upon release, Rose was transported to the Tom Green County Jail where he was booked in for County Warrants, Evading Arrest Detention with Vehicle, Duty Upon Striking Fixture/Highway Landscape, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Class B Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana. 

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Teen Arrested After Night of Reckless Driving that Ended in a Crash
Aug 20, 2018   02:38 PM

August 20, 2018 — A San Angelo teen was arrested for Class A Misdemeanor Deadly Conduct after he crashed his Ford Truck through a residence in Bluffs subdivision late last night. 

Just before midnight, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the HEB located at 5502 Sherwood Way for the report of a reckless driver.  The vehicle, described as a white pickup truck, was reportedly doing donuts in the parking lot and narrowly missed colliding with the gas pumps before it fled north on Highway 2288.  

Minutes later, Police were dispatched to a residence in the 1000 block of Hunters Glen Road for a possible structure fire.  Upon arrival Police located a white 2010 Ford Truck that had driven through the home’s a corner bedroom.  Although the home was occupied at the time of the collision, no one was in the room that sustained damage and what initially appeared to be smoke was determined to be dust and debris caused from the collision. 

A witness that was walking a dog in the area told Police the truck was traveling at a high rate of speed just prior to the collision. 

The suspect, identified as Nicholas S. Garza, 18, was located at the scene and transported to the Tom Green County Jail following the field investigation.  

Preliminary damage was estimated to be upwards of $50,000. 

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San Angelo Police Nab Wanted Felon with Meth, Stolen Vehicle, Rifle
Aug 15, 2018   04:00 PM

A 30-year-old San Angelo man driving a stolen vehicle was arrested on multiple charges last night thanks to a keen-eyed Patrolman. 

Just before 11:00 p.m., San Angelo Police began investigating an aggravated robbery where the suspect, identified as 30-year-old Miguel Angel Fernandez, Jr., stole a white Nissan passenger car from a male acquaintance at gun point. 

Shortly after receiving information about the incident, an Officer Patrolling near Ben Ficklin and S. Bryant observed the stolen vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed before it pulled into the Executive Inn Motel, 4205 S. Bryant Blvd.  

Upon further investigation, Officers located Fernandez in the driver’s seat.  Additional Officers arrived and attempted to take Fernandez into custody without incident; however, Fernandez disobeyed their commands by refusing to exit the vehicle and by reaching into his pockets.  He was eventually taken into custody after a lengthy struggle. 

During a search of the recovered-stolen vehicle, Officers located open containers of alcohol, a rifle, and a baggy that contained over ten (10) grams of suspected methamphetamine.   

Fernandez was ultimately charged with Aggravated Robbery, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Resist Arrest Search or Transport, First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, and outstanding warrants for GOB Evading Arrest Detention, Unlawful Possession Firearm by Felon, Possession Controlled Substance PG1, and GOB Evading Arrest Detention with Vehicle. 

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San Angelo Detectives Identify Suspect in Arden Ridge Homicide, Suspected Arson Investigation
Aug 15, 2018   02:37 PM

Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division have obtained an Arrest Warrant for 35-year-old Sergio Eduardo Coyac-Aguilar in connection to the July 2, 2018 Homicide and suspected Arson investigation at the Arden Ridge Apartments. 

Coyac-Aguilar, a Mexican National that was working in San Angelo under a false name, is believed to have murdered his co-worker, 59-year-old Miguel Mendez, by beating him to death.  

Autopsy results indicate Mendez died from blunt force trauma to the head.  Justice of the Peace J.P. McGuire declared the death a homicide due to assault.  It is believed that Coyac-Agular set fire to the apartment to conceal the crime scene. 

Investigators developed Coyac-Agular as a person of interest during the initial field investigation; however, his positive identification was hindered due to Coyac-Agular’s use of a false name.  Through investigation it was learned that Coyac-Agular obtained work in the United States under the guise of falsified permanent residency status and with a fictitious social security card.  

It is believed Coyac-Agular fled to Mexico after the murder.  If you have information about Coyac-Agular’s whereabouts, please contact the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division at (325) 657-4264.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts.

 

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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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San Angelo Police Investigate Fatal Crash at Arden, Sherwood Way
Jul 10, 2018   10:50 AM

***Update to previous release: The victim was identified as Darren J. Martinez***

 

July 10, 2018 — The San Angelo Police Department’s Motors Section is investigating a fatality crash that occurred early this morning at the intersection of Arden Road and Sherwood Way. 

Police were dispatched to the scene shortly after 3:00 a.m. First responders located the driver, a 17-year-old San Angelo resident, deceased.  Justice of the Peace Susan Werner responded to the scene and formally pronounced the teen dead due to injuries sustained in the crash. 

The preliminary crash investigation revealed the victim was traveling westbound on Avenue N. towards Sherwood Way at a high rate of speed when his 2007 Dodge 3500 pickup truck left the roadway and collided with the Napa Auto Parts in-ground sign near the 3200 block of Arden Road.  After colliding with the sign, the truck continued into a parked, unoccupied Napa Auto Parts company truck.  That collision caused a chain reaction which led to three additional Napa trucks to become damaged before the victim’s truck came to rest on its driver’s side.  The victim was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision. 

Volunteers with San Angelo REACT assisted Officers during the investigation by blocking traffic at the intersection.  Traffic is expected to be diverted away from the area for several hours. 

This is an ongoing investigation and additional information will be released when it becomes available.  

The victim’s name is not being released at this time. 

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Anti-Crime Unit Seizes Meth, Money, Marijuana During Traffic Stop
Jul 09, 2018   03:34 PM

A 21-year-old San Angelo man was arrested Sunday night after the Department’s Anti-Crime Unit found him in possession of approximately 147 grams (with packaging) of suspected Methamphetamine during a traffic stop. 

The stop occurred just before 9:00 p.m. in the unit block of E. Avenue J.  The driver, Eric M. Rivera, was also in possession of approximately $6,200 in U.S. Currency and approximately 12.9 grams of Marijuana.  

Rivera was charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and Class B Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana. 

Rivera was transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident.  

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San Angelo Police Nab Teen Girl Sought in Weekend Convenience Store Robbery
Jul 09, 2018   11:35 AM

A teenaged girl sought in a weekend Aggravated Robbery at a local convenience store has been apprehended. 

The suspect, 15, was arrested on a Juvenile Pickup Order that was issued by Judge Brad Goodwin following an investigation that began on Sunday, July 8, 2018, at the Stripes Convenience store located at 2701 Sunset Drive. 

Police were dispatched to the location around 4:35 a.m. for the report of an armed robbery involving a juvenile female that brandished a firearm and demanded a lighter and cigars from the clerk before fleeing the area in a black passenger car. 

Following a review of the store’s surveillance video and follow up investigation, the suspect was identified, located, and later interviewed. 

Following the interview, the juvenile was transported to the Tom Green County Juvenile Justice Center.  

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Police Search for Suspect in Sunday’s College Hills Shooting
Jul 09, 2018   11:14 AM

San Angelo Police are searching for a suspect who reportedly shot a San Angelo Teen during a house-party in College Hills early Sunday morning. 

Police were dispatched to the area of Harvard Avenue and Johnson Street around 2:40 a.m. for the report of shots fired and a large number of juveniles and vehicles fleeing the area.  

During Police response, Officers located one of the reported involved vehicles disabled in the parking lot of the Holy Angels Church, 2309 A & M.  Police determined the vehicle was occupied by several juvenile partygoers, including a shooting victim, who told Officers they fled the location following the incident.  The male victim, 18, was subsequently transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation and treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  

Detectives with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene.  Following multiple interviews, Investigators learned the shooting happened outside a residence in the 2600 block of Harvard during an altercation between the victim and a suspect that was described as a male wearing a red T-shirt.  The suspect reportedly fled the scene driving a silver or light-colored Dodge Charger prior to police arrival.  

This is an active investigation and no additional information is available for release at this time.  

If you have information about the suspect’s identity and whereabouts please call (325) 657-4473.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts. 

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San Angelo Police & Fire Departments Investigate Arson, Suspicious Death at Arden Ridge Apartment Complex
Jul 03, 2018   03:12 PM

Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division along with the San Angelo Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating a suspicious death and arson that occurred at the Arden Ridge Apartments located at 3801 Arden Road on Monday, July 2, 2018. 

Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to the location just before 1:40 p.m. for the report of an active structure fire.  Upon arrival, First Responders engaged the burning apartment.  A deceased male subject was located inside and subsequently removed from the fire.  An examination of the body revealed injuries to the victim that are inconsistent with those incurred in a fire.  Justice of the Peace J.P. McGuire responded to the scene and formally pronounced the victim deceased.  An autopsy was ordered. 

The victim has been identified as Miguel Mendez, 59, of Roswell, New Mexico.  Mendez was reportedly working construction in the San Angelo area and sharing the residence with his fellow construction workers.  

If you have information about the incident please contact the San Angelo Police Department at (325) 657-4551 or 657-4264.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts. 

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Over Two Pounds of Methamphetamine Seized by Streets Crimes Division Thursday
Jun 28, 2018   06:39 PM

Over recent months, Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division (SCD) have been investigating suspects reportedly involved in the distribution of Methamphetamine in and around San Angelo. 

On Thursday, June 27, 2018, members of the Division directed a K-9 Unit’s traffic stop on a vehicle, which led to the discovery of over one (1) pound of suspected Methamphetamine, a quantity of Marijuana, and drug paraphernalia consistent with the distribution of illegal narcotics.  

The Department’s Patrol Division, K-9 Division, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and Drug Enforcement Administration San Antonio assisted with the investigation. 

In a separate Street Crimes Division investigation, Investigators developed information about a San Angelo man that was reportedly transporting large quantities of Methamphetamine into our community.  

On Thursday, June 27, 2018, members of the Division conducted a follow-up investigation, which led to the discovery and seizure of approximately one (1) pound of suspected Methamphetamine.  

The Department’s K-9 Unit and Investigators with the Texas department of Public Safety’s Criminal Investigations Division assisted with the investigation. 

The suspects involved in both investigations were not arrested due to pending Federal prosecution. 

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Street Crimes Division Seizes Various Narcotics from North Street Residence
Jun 28, 2018   06:19 PM

Over recent weeks, the Department’s Street Crimes Division (SCD) has been investigating a San Angelo man reportedly involved in the distribution of narcotics in San Angelo.  

On Tuesday, June 26, 2018, the Division acquired a Search Warrant for a residence located in the 1900 block of North Street.  

The warrant, issued by Justice of the Peace Susan Werner, named 40-year-old Stephen Brice Hammer to be in possession of a quantity of Heroin at the residence. 

Hammer and six adults were detained without incident during the search, which resulted in the discovery of a quantity of Heroin, Methamphetamine, Fentanyl, Morphine, and an assortment of packaging and drug paraphernalia consistent with narcotics trafficking. 

Subsequent to the investigation, Hammer was arrested for two counts of First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, two counts of State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, and a MTR Warrant.  Misty Hernandez, 30, and Edward Parker, 26, were arrested for Second Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1.  Alexus Kingsland, 21, was arrested for a Felony Warrant for Possession of Controlled Substance PG1.  

The Department’s Patrol Division, Center for Tactical Medicine, and Investigators with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assisted with Tuesday’s Operation.  

 

      

 

LEFT TO RIGHT: HAMMER, HERNANDEZ, PARKER, KINGSLAND

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Eldorado Man Facing Multiple Felony Charges after Ramming Truck through a San Angelo Walmart
Jun 28, 2018   01:39 PM

June 28, 2018 — A 19-year-old Eldorado man is facing multiple Felony charges after he used his truck to drive through the Walmart Supercenter located at 5501 Sherwood Way in San Angelo. 

Police were dispatched to the store around 12:41a.m. for the report of a major motor vehicle collision involving a pickup truck that collided with the building.  As Officers arrived to the storefront, they observed a red 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck exiting the building through the store’s northeast entrance.  Officers utilized lights and sirens in an attempt to stop the truck; however, the truck’s driver disregarded their attempt and drove at a high rate of speed through the parking lot where it collided with an unoccupied 2007 Toyota Camry.  Following the collision, the truck continued at high speeds to the Murphy USA gas station located at 5525 Sherwood Way where the driver was taken into custody after a brief resistance to the application of handcuffs. 

During the apprehension Officers observed a large amount of fuel leaking from the truck’s heavily damaged undercarriage.  Due to safety concerns, Officers immediately activated the fuel pumps’ emergency shutoff.  While detained, the suspect began to exhibit signs of excited delirium and he was subsequently transported by Officers to Shannon Medical Center for evaluation where he became combative with hospital staff. 

Detectives with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division and Crime Scene Investigations responded to the scene for follow up investigation. 

After several interviews of store patrons and staff, Investigators learned the suspect, later identified as Caleb Wilson, was at the store with an 18-year-old female acquaintance when Wilson, whom was exhibiting erratic behavior, attempted to purchase a pallet of water.   After Wilson and his female acquaintance exited the store, a nearby patron observed what appeared to be a verbal argument between Wilson and the woman.  Concerned for the woman’s welfare, the patron intervened and convinced the woman to go back inside the store.  When the woman and the patron later exited the store to see if Wilson had left, they were confronted by Wilson’s truck, which was speeding towards them.  The woman and patron narrowly avoided injury by jumping out of the truck’s path.  

Once inside the store, Wilson drove into multiple displays and store fixtures before exiting the store.  The incident lasted several minutes.  Preliminary damage to the property was estimated to be around $500,000.  No injuries have been reported. 

Investigators have obtained Arrest Warrants for Wilson for First Degree Felony Criminal Mischief and two counts of Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon.  Wilson remains under medical care at this time.

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June 20 LIDAR Traffic Enforcement Operation
Jun 20, 2018   03:47 PM

This morning, the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a LIDAR Traffic Enforcement Operation targeting westbound traffic in the 1700 block of E. Houston Harte.  

Police issued a total of seventy-three (73) citations and sixteen (16) warnings during the operation.  

Breakdown for citations: 

Speeding: 62 (Highest Speed 92 MPH) 

Driving While License Invalid: 3

Other/Misc. Violations: 3

No Insurance: 2

Warnings: 16

No DL: 3 

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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Multiple Chases, Multiple Captures
Jun 20, 2018   12:10 PM

The San Angelo Police Department’s Patrol Division and Anti-Crime Unit were involved in multiple foot pursuits during their recent tour of duty. 

The first pursuit began around 8:15 p.m. last night when members of the Department’s Anti-Crime Unit stopped a vehicle for displaying fictitious license plates in the 2300 block of W. Loop 306.  The suspect fled the traffic detention and ran northbound across the Loop where he was subsequently taken into custody in the parking lot of the Roadway Inn.  A records check on the suspect, Jacob C. Smart, showed he had eight (8) warrants.  This incident resulted in additional charges for Enhanced Evading Arrest/Detention, two counts of Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, and Failure to Identify Giving False/Fictitious Info. 

The second pursuit began just after 9:45 p.m. when a subject fled a traffic stop near East 25th and North Chadbourne.  The subject made it one block before he was taken into custody by Officers.  Jose A. Reyes, 45, had warrants for Bail Jumping and Forgery.  This incident resulted in an additional charge of Evading Arrest Detention. 

The third and fourth pursuits began around 12:25 a.m. this morning when members of the Anti-Crime Unit attempted to make contact with two male juveniles believed to be engaged in criminal activity at commercial buildings located in the 500 block of W. Beauregard.  The juveniles fled on foot and Officers gave chase.  One juvenile was tackled in Santa Fe Park after he refused multiple commands to surrender.  The second juvenile was taken into custody by Patrol Officers at the corner of Twohig and David.  This incident resulted in arrests for Evading Arrest Detention and citations for Curfew Violation.  Both juveniles, age 13, were transported to the Tom Green County Juvenile Justice Center.   

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Meth, Weapon Seized in Connection with Street Crimes Division Warrant Search at Local Mechanic Shop
Jun 19, 2018   04:04 PM

June 19, 2018 – Today, members of the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division executed a Search Warrant at 3719 N. Chadbourne.

The warrant, issued by County Judge Ben Nolen, named a 39-year-old San Angelo man to be in possession of Methamphetamine and associated items at the location. 

As members of the Street Crimes Division converged on the property, an armed acquaintance of the suspect, later identified as Richard Delacruz, 24, alerted the suspect to the enforcement presence.  

Despite Delacruz’s efforts, Investigators swiftly entered the building and detained several people, including the suspect, without incident. 

Subsequent to the search, Investigators located and seized a quantity of suspected Methamphetamine and paraphernalia associated with narcotics trafficking.  The investigation is ongoing and the case will be referred for future indictment and prosecution. 

Delacruz was arrested for Interfere with Public Duties and Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon.  Another subject, identified as Elias Campos, 31, was arrested for eight (8) outstanding City Warrants.  

The Department’s K9 Unit, Center for Tactical Medicine, and San Angelo Fire Department assisted with today’s operation. 

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Street Crimes Division Arrest Two, Seize Meth from Residence on West Avenue Z
Jun 11, 2018   03:53 PM

June 11, 2018 — This Afternoon, members of the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division and Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations executed a Search and Arrest Warrant at a residence in the 700 block of West Avenue Z.  

The warrant, issued by Justice of the Peace Fred Buck, named 49-year-old Bernard Balderaz to be in possession of Methamphetamine at the residence.  

Balderaz and three adults were detained during the search, which resulted in the discovery and seizure of a quantity of Methamphetamine and paraphernalia associated with narcotics trafficking. 

Balderaz was arrested and charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1.  A second suspect, identified as Kimberly Aidala, 20, was arrested and charged with State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1.  

The Department’s K9 Unit and the Center for Tactical Medicine assisted with today’s operation.     

  

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Street Crimes Investigators Seize Narcotics, Arrest Two at Local Tire Shop
Jun 08, 2018   12:45 PM

Over recent months, Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division (SCD) have tenaciously pursued suspects reportedly involved in the distribution of narcotics in San Angelo.              

Yesterday, the SCD acquired an Evidentiary Search Warrant for Lorenzo’s Tire Shop, located at 201 West 29 Street.  The warrant, issued by County Judge Ben Nolan, named fifty-year-old Jose M. Ibarra to be in possession narcotics at the location. 

Warrant in hand, members of the SCD and Drug Enforcement Administration (San Antonio Office) executed the warrant.  Ibarra and his brother, 46-year-old Jesus Q. Ibarra, were detained without incident during the search, which resulted in the discovery of a substantial quantity of suspected Methamphetamine and Cocaine, three (3) guns along with assorted ammunition, packaging consistent with narcotics trafficking, and approximately $9,000 in U.S. Currency.  Two (2) additional guns were later seized at a nearby residence.  

Jose Ibarra, a convicted Felon, is facing federal gun charges pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation.  At the conclusion of yesterday’s operation, he was charged with two counts of Felony 1 Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1.  Jesus Ibarra was charged with one count of Felony 1 Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and a Motion to Revoke (MTR) warrant for Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1.  The brothers were placed on immigration detainers at the request of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  

The Department’s Anti-Crime Unit (ACU), Patrol Division, K9 Unit, and Center for Tactical Medicine (CTM) assisted with yesterday’s operation.  

 

Ibarra, Jose M                           Ibarra, Jesus Q

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Numbers Show New Anti-Crime Unit is Measuring Up by Reducing Crime
Jun 07, 2018   05:06 PM

Just a few weeks shy of their six-month anniversary, the San Angelo Police Department’s newest specialized unit has made a measurable impact in reducing crime, despite having limited manpower and resources.  

Working in concert with the Department’s Patrol, Division, Street Crimes Division, and Criminal Investigations Division, the ACU focuses their attention on the city’s most recurrent crimes that are primarily committed by repeat offenders — a small segment of San Angelo’s population. 

Logging nearly one hundred fifty (150) arrests comprised of nearly three hundred thirty (330) Misdemeanor and Felony charges, the Department’s Anti-Crime Unit (ACU) has been working tirelessly to make an indelible impact in the reduction of San Angelo’s crime. 

Not only has their targeted approach resulted in clearing roughly two-hundred warrants, the unit has seized over twenty (20) firearms from the hands of criminals engaged in and/or planning nefarious activities.  Some of these weapon seizures and arrests have led to Federal investigations.   

The Unit credits their success to having the assistance and support from their colleagues within the Department as well as having the ability to work covert operations, which allows them to avoid detection in an effort to interrupt crime in progress. 

“What they have been able to accomplish in such a short amount of time is a direct result of their commitment to team work.  Their colleagues on Patrol as well as the specialized divisions enable their success in combating the street-level crime that affects the citizens in this community.  I feel that the ACU has only scratched the surface in our long-term goals of improving the quality of life in San Angelo.  It’s exciting to think about what they might be able to accomplish if [we] had additional Officers in the Unit as well as other resources needed to sustain their mission.” — San Angelo’s Chief of Police, Frank Carter. 

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Street Crimes Division Tally Two More Busts to This Weeks' Haul of Narcotics, Guns, Cash
Jun 01, 2018   02:55 PM

Over recent months, members from 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. 

Today, investigators received information that the subject was in possession of a quantity of Methamphetamine.  After further investigation, SCD Investigators seized  approximately four (4) ounces of suspected Methamphetamine, a loaded handgun, approximately $2,790 in U.S. Currency, and an assortment of drug paraphernalia associated with drug trafficking.  

This investigation also revealed a co-conspirator.  The suspects’ names are being withheld at this time as Federal charges are pending the outcome of the investigation, which is ongoing.  The Department’s Patrol Division and K9 Unit assisted with today’s operation.  

In a separate, unrelated investigation, SCD Investigators executed a Search and Arrest Warrant at a residence in the 1900 block of W. Beauregard.  

The warrant, issued by Justice of the Peace Eddie Howard, named Rick Allen Hirst, 30, to be in possession of a quantity of Methamphetamine at the location.  

Hirst and a female subject identified as Derrian E. Hammons, 25, were detained during the search, which yielded approximately two (2) ounces of suspected Methamphetamine along with drug paraphernalia associated with drug trafficking.  

Hirst and Hammons were charged with Felony 1 Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1.  The pair was booked into the Tom Green County Jail.    

 

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