Press Releases

SAPD Canine Duke Sniffs Out Meth during Traffic Stop
Dec 13, 2017   12:16 PM

Just before 9:30 p.m. last night, San Angelo Police conducted a traffic stop on a blue, 2001 Ford Mustang in the 200 block of W. 14th Street. 

During the stop, K-9 Officer F. Flores deployed Police Service Dog Duke to conduct an open-air sniff around the vehicle.  During the sniff, Duke alerted Officers to the presence of narcotics. 

During a probable cause search of the vehicle and occupants, one of the passengers resisted and attempted to run.  The passenger, who initially gave Officers a false name and date of birth, was eventually identified as Paul N. Villanueva, 37, of Mertzon, Texas.  Villanueva was in possession of marijuana and a small amount of suspected narcotics that field-tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine.  

Villanueva was charged with State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, Class B Possession of Marijuana, Resist Arrest Search or Transport, Fail to Identify Giving False Fictitious Information, Possession/Delivery Drug Paraphernalia, and a warrant for Parole Violation.  

Another passenger, Carmel Mata, 30, was arrested for warrants.  The driver was released at the conclusion of the field investigation.     

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Police Service Dog Xander, Officers Locate Meth During Traffic Stop
Dec 12, 2017   11:00 AM

A 39-year-old San Angelo man is facing felony drug charges after Police located methamphetamine inside a vehicle during a traffic stop last night. 

The stop occurred around 9:40 p.m. near W. 9th and N. Bryant Boulevard.  During the stop, Police Service Dog Xander conducted an exterior, open-air sniff around the maroon 2000 Chevrolet Suburban.  During the sniff, Xander gave a positive alert for the presence of narcotics.  A subsequent search of the vehicle yielded the discovery of suspected methamphetamine and paraphernalia associated with the trafficking of narcotics.  

A passenger, identified as Rene F. Zuniga, was charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1.  Another passenger, Olga Guerrero, 29, was arrested for two warrants.  Zuniga and Guerrero were transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident.  The vehicle’s driver was released.    

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Police Name Suspect Wanted for Shooting Incident on W. 31st
Dec 08, 2017   02:12 PM

Update: San Angelo Police are actively searching for Ashley Lynne Robertson, 29, in connection to the December 7, 2017 shooting of a 31-year-old San Angelo woman on W. 31st Street.  Robertson has an active warrant for Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon.     

If you have information about Robertson’s whereabouts, call Police Dispatch at 325-657-4315.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247, via text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts, or by phone at 1-855-TIPS-247.  Never attempt to apprehend suspects yourself.  Doing so may be dangerous.

San Angelo Woman Injured in Early Morning Shooting on W. 31st Street
Dec 07, 2017   04:13 PM

December 7, 2017 — Detectives with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division are investigating a shooting involving a 31-year-old San Angelo woman. 

Police were dispatched to the unit block of West 31st Street around 5:30 a.m. for the report of shots fired.  Upon arrival, Officers located the victim suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.  The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment.  Her condition is not being released at this time. 

No arrest(s) have been made at this time.  This is an active investigation and no other information is available for release.   

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Officer’s Eagle Eye, Police Service Dog’s Olfactory Keenness Leads to Meth Arrest
Dec 05, 2017   10:53 AM

Philip S. Horton, a 39-year-old San Angelo man wanted for an outstanding arrest warrant for a narcotics charge out of Howard County, is facing additional narcotics charges after a late-night arrest. 

San Angelo Police Officer W. Bowhay was patrolling the area around the Econo Lodge Motel just before 11:00 p.m. last night when he noticed Horton, whom he knew to be wanted for a narcotics charge, in the motel’s parking lot standing by a blue pickup truck. 

Horton, who had since entered the truck, was arrested for the warrant and taken into custody without incident.  Having reasonable suspicion that narcotics may be inside the vehicle, Officer Bowhay requested K-9 Team Police Service Dog Xander and Officer J. Fincher to the scene to conduct an open-air, exterior sniff around Horton’s 1993 Chevrolet.  During the “sniff”, Xander alerted Officers to the presence of narcotics. 

Subsequent to the search of Horton’s vehicle and property, Officers located a small amount of marijuana, a quantity drug paraphernalia associated with the trafficking of narcotics, and a quantity of suspect methamphetamine.  

Horton was charged with Felony 1 Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and Class B Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana.  Horton was booked into the Tom Green County Jail without incident. 

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LIDAR Traffic Operation Targets Leading Complaint Zone
Nov 30, 2017   09:06 AM

Yesterday, the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a School Zone Traffic Enforcement Operation utilizing LIDAR in the 1700 block of Edmund Boulevard, which is a leading complaint zone for the city. 

Police issued a total of forty-nine (49) citations during the operation.  The highest speed recorded from a violator before the school zone was active was 47 MPH.  The highest speed recorded from a violator after the school zone became active was 43 MPH.  The posted speed limit along the location is 30 MPH.  Once the school zone becomes active, the speed limit is reduced to 20 MPH.  

Breakdown for citations:

Passing School Bus While Stop Sign Activated: 2

Driving While License Invalid: 3

Speeding in a School Zone: 17

Other/Misc. Violations: 10

No Insurance: 3

No Seat Belt: 1

Speeding: 13

Warnings: 9

All children should be able to walk or bike to and from class without fear of being hit by passing vehicles.  School zones are put in place to ensure the safety of children in and around schools. 

Tips for driving in and around school zones:

1) Recognize School Zones: Almost all school zones are preceded by numerous warning signs, flashing lights, and/or speed bumps.  Keep your eyes on the road and your mind on the task at hand at all times.

2) Reduce your speed: Be aware of an upcoming school zone so that you have time to safely reduce your speed without slamming on the brakes at the last minute.

3) Expect Increased Traffic: Expect increased traffic in and around school zones, especially between seven and nine in the morning and two and four in the afternoon.  Drive slowly and carefully during these times to keep students and parents safe.

4) Lookout for Buses: Yield right of way to buses at all times.  Make sure that you stop when their stop sign is deployed. 

5) Obey crossing guards, traffic officers, and law enforcement. 

Nothing is more precious than the life of a child.  The San Angelo Police Department is urging drivers to slow down, pay attention, and ensure the safety of students as they travel to and from school.  

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San Angelo Police Department Welcomes New Chaplain
Nov 21, 2017   03:33 PM

Recently, the San Angelo Police Department welcomed its newest Police Chaplain, Gary Jenkins, to the Department.  Jenkins was sworn in by Police Chief Frank Carter in a private ceremony held in Chief Carter’s office.  Chaplain Jenkins was accompanied by his wife, Pastor Marcella Jenkins.  Jenkins was born in Kansas City, Missouri. 

A Vietnam War Veteran, Jenkins served in the United States Marine Corps.  During his military tenure Jenkins was assigned to President Richard Nixon’s Security Detail at Camp David as well as the White House from 1972-1973.  Jenkins currently works as a civilian Audio Video Specialist at Goodfellow Air Force Base.  

Jenkins is an ordained and licensed minister who received an honorary Doctorate from Covenant Christian College in North Carolina and holds a Bachelor of Science from Christian Leadership Bible College.  Currently, Jenkins presides as a Senior Pastor with Eagles Wings International Ministries.  

Jenkins joins seven other Department Chaplains who act as a resource for counseling for members of the agency and their families, and serve as a liaison with other clergy in the community.  They are called upon to deliver the invocation or benediction at public ceremonies as representatives of the police department and respond to crises situations when called upon.  

  

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Suspect on Felony Bond Caught with Handgun during Vehicle Burglary Investigation in Sunset Mall Parking Lot
Nov 21, 2017   09:27 AM

A twenty-year-old San Angelo man out on bond for a Manslaughter charge was caught with a handgun yesterday afternoon in the Sunset Mall Parking lot, 4001 Sunset Drive. 

Xavior R. Arzola, 20, was detained for suspicious activity surrounding a vehicle’s car alarm that was going off in the parking lot in what appeared to be a vehicle burglary in progress.  Another subject, a twenty-year-old San Angelo man, was also detained but later released. 

During the investigation, the vehicle’s owners eventually exited the mall and advised Police that Arzola and the other man had consent to be in the vehicle; however, Police located a semi-automatic handgun where Arzola had been seated.     

Arzola was charged with Unlawful Carrying Weapon and was transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident. 

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Search Warrant Leads to Multiple Arrests
Nov 14, 2017   12:54 PM

Monday, November 13, 2017 — This afternoon, members of the San Angelo Police Department Street Crimes Division, along with partners from other agencies, executed a search warrant at a home in the 400 block of E. Harris Avenue.

A search of the residence was conducted and quantities of heroin, methamphetamine, paraphernalia, and packaging materials were all discovered.

Officers arrested the following subjects at the residence:

Albert Molina, 37 years of age, for Felony 2 Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Penalty Group 1 (heroin) and a City Warrant.

Raquel Rojas, 36 years of age, for Felony 1 Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Penalty Group 1 (methamphetamine), Class B Possession of Marijuana, and a County Warrant.

Manuel Irlas, 32 years of age, for State Jail Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance, Penalty Group 1 (methamphetamine) and State Jail Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance, Penalty Group 1 (morphine).

 

Irene Lara, 33 years of age, for a County Warrant.

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Memorial Fund Established for Family of Sergeant Dietz
Nov 09, 2017   03:14 PM

A memorial fund has been established at First Financial Bank to assist the family of Fred Dietz Jr. with expenses during this difficult time

Donations can be made out to the Fred Dietz Jr. Memorial Fund mailed to:

First Financial Bank

PO Box 5291

San Angelo Texas, 76902

 

Beloved San Angelo Police Sergeant Found Dead at Police Headquarters from Self Inflicted Gunshot Wound
Nov 06, 2017   04:06 PM

Monday, November 6, 2017 — At approximately 10:41 a.m., San Angelo Police responded to a private office within Police Headquarters where they located the body of Sergeant Freddy Dietz Jr., who was deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.  Justice of the Peace Eddie Howard responded to the scene and formally pronounced Sgt. Dietz deceased. 

Texas Ranger Todd Reed of the Texas Department of Public Safety is assisting with the investigation.  

Sgt. Dietz’s body will be transported to the Lubbock County Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.  There is no further information available at this time. 

The Department is asking the members of the community to keep the Dietz family and Police Department in your thoughts and prayers and to respect their privacy during this difficult time.   

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SAPD Canine Thor Sniffs out Nearly $49K in Narcotics during Traffic Stop
Nov 03, 2017   02:11 PM

November 3, 2017 — Two San Angelo men are facing drug charges fallowing an early morning traffic stop in East San Angelo. 

The stop was conducted around 12:30 a.m. by the Department’s K-9 Unit and Patrol Division, who were conducting narcotics interdiction on North U.S. Highway 67.  The vehicle’s driver, 24-year-old Henry Steven Valverde, was arrested for not having a valid driver’s license and a passenger identified as Randy Lee Avila, 25, was detained. 

During the stop, Police Service Dog Thor was deployed to conduct an open air sniff of the 2014 Chevy Malibu.  Soon after, Thor gave a positive alert to Officers indicating the vehicle contained illegal narcotics.   

Officers located approximately seven (7) ounces of suspected heroin and approximately 2.4 grams of suspected methamphetamine as a result of the stop.  Both substances field-tested positive at the scene. 

Valverde was charged with Felony 3 Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and Driving While License Invalid.  Avila was charged with Felony 1 Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1.  The pair was booked into the Tom Green County Jail. 

This is an ongoing investigation and additional charges may be forthcoming. 

 

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Police Investigate Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Southeast San Angelo
Nov 02, 2017   11:39 AM

November 2, 2017 — San Angelo Police are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash that happened around 12:13 a.m. in the 400 block of East Avenue L. 

The victim, Justino DeLacerda, 35 of San Angelo, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Eddie Howard.  DeLacerda was not wearing a helmet. 

A preliminary traffic investigation indicates DeLacerda was traveling eastbound operating a 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle when he crashed into the back of a 2014 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck that was also traveling eastbound.  The truck’s occupants, a 31-year-old San Angelo man and his 21-year-old male passenger, sustained non-incapacitating injuries.   

Investigators with the Department’s Traffic Section and Crime Scene Investigations Unit responded to the crash and traffic along the roadway was shut down for several hours.    

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

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3rd Murder Suspect Identified, Sought in Shooting on East 24th
Oct 31, 2017   12:23 PM

San Angelo Police are actively searching for Jeremy Dace Perez, 25, of San Angelo.  Perez is wanted in connection to the murder of a 24-year-old San Angelo man that occurred just before 3:00 a.m. on October 28, 2017 in the 1300 block of East 24th Street.    

Two other suspects, 28-year-old Antonio Noe Flores lll and a 15-year-old male juvenile, were arrested on October 28, 2017.  

Perez is approximately 6’, approximately 190 pounds, brown hair and brown eyes.  If you have information about his whereabouts call Detective James Hernandez at (325)659-8015.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247, via text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts, or call the SAPD’s 24-Hour Tip Hotline at 1-855-TIPS-247. 

Perez is considered armed and dangerous.  Never attempt to apprehend suspects yourself; doing so may be dangerous. 

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San Angelo Police Department Crimes Against Children Investigation
Oct 30, 2017   11:59 AM

 

Detectives with the San Angelo Police Department’s Crimes Against Children Unit are actively investigating claims of possession of child pornography by Ringo V. Garza, 35, of San Angelo.

The investigation was opened in July 2017 after San Angelo Police received a report of child abuse concerning a 13-year-old female victim. 

Subsequent to the ongoing investigation, Investigators applied for and were granted a Search Warrant for a residence in the 6000 block of Ranch Lane in San Angelo, Texas, as the residence was said to be the suspected place and premises where Investigators could locate evidence of child pornography.  

On July 24, 2017, the Search Warrant was executed by members of the San Angelo Police Department’s Crimes Against Children Unit along with United States Homeland Security.  During the search, Investigators located and seized electronic devices.  

This is an ongoing investigation and no additional details can be released at this time. 

Possession of Child Pornography is a 3rd Degree Felony. 

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Police Investigate Homicide in Northeast San Angelo
Oct 28, 2017   01:01 PM

Update: 7:10 p.m. October 28, 2017, Police have arrested Antonio Noe Flores lll and a 15-year-old male juvenile in connection with this morning's homicide.  A third suspect is being sought.  Flores and the juvenile have been charged with Murder.

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San Angelo Police are investigating a homicide that occurred just before 3:00 a.m. in the 1300 block of East 24th Street. 

Upton arrival, Officers located the unresponsive 24-year-old male victim in the front yard, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.  Officers performed life-saving measures on the victim until San Angelo Fire Department Medics transported the victim to Shannon Medical Center where he later succumbed to his injuries.   The victim’s name is not being released at this time.  His body was sent to the Lubbock County Medical Examiner for autopsy. 

Subsequent to the ongoing investigation, Police have located several persons of interest who are currently being interviewed by members of the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. 

This is an active investigation and no other information is available at this time.  

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Abilene Man Arrested in San Angelo for Online Solicitation of a Minor
Oct 27, 2017   06:07 PM

At approximately 4:00 p.m. this afternoon, San Angelo Police arrested Truong Abor, 22, of Abilene, for Online Solicitation of a Minor. 

Abor was taken into custody outside of Rosa’s Café, 1602 Knickerbocker Road, by Detectives with the Department’s Crimes Against Children Unit and Street Crimes Division.  

Subsequent to an ongoing investigation, Crimes Against Children Detective Rebecca Stuart learned Abor had been communicating online with a 13-year-old female for the purpose of engaging in a sexual encounter.  Abor was supposed to meet the victim at Rosa’s Café this afternoon.  Instead, Abor was greeted by our law enforcement team. 

Online Solicitation of a Minor [younger than 14] is a Second Degree Felony. 

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

This is an ongoing investigation and no further information can be released at this time.    

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San Angelo Public Safety Communications Center Seeks Volunteers
Oct 27, 2017   03:39 PM

San Angelo Public Safety Communications (SAPSC) is looking for highly dedicated individuals to volunteer in our Public Safety Communications Center (Dispatch).  

Volunteers will have the opportunity to support the community while furthering the mission of San Angelo Public Safety Communications, which is to provide a quality and professional communications link between the citizens we serve and the public safety agencies who respond.  SAPSC is located at 323 E. Beauregard in San Angelo, Texas.  They are the answering point for all 911 Emergency calls made within Tom Green County.  Their staff consists of highly skilled and motivated personnel who perform dispatch services for Police, Fire, and Ambulance services. 

Applicants must pass a dispatcher exam and a typing test of 35 WPM before an application will be accepted.  The test is administered at City Hall, Human Resources, 2nd floor, 72 W. College Ave., San Angelo, TX 76903.  City Hall hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - noon, and 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm.  

Applicants must not have any Felony convictions or any Class A or B Misdemeanor convictions in the last ten years.  Applicants must pass a background check and may be subject to a polygraph examination.  Volunteers will undergo comprehensive, in-depth training and will be expected to volunteer a minimum of 20 hours per month.  

For a complete list of eligibility requirements, job description and duties, and volunteer application visit http://bit.ly/VolunteerEmergencyServicesDispatcher

For more information about this volunteer opportunity or media interview opportunities contact Lieutenant Tim Pucci at (325) 657-4537 or email tim.pucci@sanangelopolice.org

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Street Crimes Division and Texas DPS Locate Heroin, Meth, Cocaine, Hydrocodone during Raid on West 20th Street
Oct 27, 2017   02:49 PM

Over recent months, the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division (SCD) has been conducting an investigation into reports of drug related activity at two residences in northwest San Angelo that had been referred to as problem drug houses by members of the community. 

On Thursday, October 26, 2017, SCD Detectives along with members of the Department’s S.W.A.T. Team and the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Criminal Investigations Division executed Search Warrants at the two residences, which are located in the 100 and 200 blocks of West 20th Street. 

The warrants, issued by Justice of the Peace Susan Werner, named several parties to be in possession of narcotics at these residences. 

During the searches, Investigators located and seized a quantity of heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, Hydrocodone, and drug paraphernalia.  

The following suspects were arrested as a result of the field operation: 

Moses Arredondo, 22 – SJF Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, warrants

Brandon A. Banks, 32 - SJF Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1

Bobby L. Dale, Jr., 37 – F3 Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, SJF Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, warrant

Jode H. Ford, 48 - SJF Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1

Jemi Hall, 42 - SJF Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, warrant

William Hollis, Jr., 49, sex offender - SJF Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1

Ahmad R. Jackson, 35 – Class A Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 3

Kelvin D. Menefee, 53 - F3 Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, warrant

Carl E. Mitchell, 62 - F3 Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1

Juanita G. Rodriguez, 38 - SJF Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1

All parties were transported to the Tom Green County Jail.

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

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Stabbing Investigation on West 8th Street
Oct 27, 2017   12:09 PM

October 26, 2017 — Detectives with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division are investigating a stabbing that occurred in the 100 block of W. 8th Street Thursday around 3:00 p.m. 

The male victim, age 72, was transported to an area hospital by ambulance for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries he sustained after he was stabbed by a female acquaintance.  The suspect fled prior to Officer arrival. 

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

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San Angelo Woman Arrested After Purposely Driving Into Pedestrian
Oct 23, 2017   06:28 PM

Sunday, October 22, 2017 — 24-year-old Toni R. Ray has been charged with Aggravated Assault with Deadly weapon after she reportedly struck a 27-year-old female pedestrian in the 1800 block of Hudson Street around 3:15 a.m. 

Subsequent to the field investigation, Police learned that just prior to the crash the victim and Ray had run into one another at the Stripes Convenience Store located at 1821 N. Bryant Boulevard.   The victim, who is known to Ray, reportedly left the store to avoid confrontation and was later struck by Ray’s white 2012 Ford Edge as she was attempting to walk home.  The victim was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of incapacitating injuries.    

Police located Ray and her damaged vehicle in the 3300 block of Sherwood Way.  Ray was booked into the Tom Green County Jail without incident. 

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Update to Shooting Investigation Involving Local Teens
Oct 23, 2017   04:34 PM

Sunday, October 22, 2017 — Through follow-up investigation, Detectives with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division along with members of the Patrol Division identified 17-year-old Dorian Confer as a possible suspect who shot a local teen Saturday night. 

On Sunday afternoon, Police located Confer outside a residence in the 3300 block of Stanford Street.  Confer was transported to Police Headquarters and subsequently charged with Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon. 

The shooting victim, an18-year-old male, remains in serious condition. 

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

 

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Woman Arrested in Weekend Domestic Violence Stabbing
Oct 23, 2017   03:37 PM

October 22, 2017 — 20-year-old Kimberly White of San Angelo was arrested in connection to a stabbing that occurred at a residence in the 1800 block of W. Twohig Avenue Sunday night. 

Police were dispatched to the residence around 10:18 p.m.  Upon arrival, Officers located a 21-year-old man suffering from a non-life-threatening stab wound.  The victim was subsequently transported by private vehicle to a nearby hospital for treatment and later released. 

During the field investigation, Officers learned the man was stabbed when he attempted to stop White from causing further damage to his vehicle.  The pair, who are in a dating relationship, had been arguing prior to the incident. 

White was arrested for Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon and an outstanding warrant.  White was transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident.  

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Teen Injured During Weekend Shooting
Oct 22, 2017   03:08 PM

***Update: 8:00 p.m., 10/22/17***

Dorian Confer, 17, of San Angelo, has been charged with Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon.  Additional information will be released Monday, October 23, 2017

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Saturday, October 21, 2017 — Detectives with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division are searching for a man who shot a local teen Saturday night in the College Hills subdivision.  

Police were dispatched to an area hospital around 9:00 p.m. Saturday for the report of a shooting victim.  Upon arrival, Officers learned the victim, 18, had been brought into the emergency room by friends.  The teen underwent emergency surgery for a gunshot wound to the abdomen and he remains hospitalized in serious condition. 

Further investigation revealed that just prior to the shooting, the victim was attending a party at a residence, possibly near SAC Avenue and Oxford Drive, when the victim became engaged in a in a physical altercation with the suspect.  The suspect was described as a white male in his early-to-mid-twenties, with dreadlocks. 

If you have any information about the suspect’s identity or whereabouts contact Detective Jason Chegwidden at (325) 659-8019.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247, via text by texting: TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts, or by phone at 1-855-TIPS-247.  

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

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SAPD’s Halloween Safety Tips
Oct 20, 2017   03:24 PM

Halloween has been celebrated on October 31 in the United States since the early 1800’s and is traditionally a family-oriented holiday when children (big and small) get to dress up and enjoy candy and other treats.  In order to assist the San Angelo community in enjoying this fun-filled holiday as safely as possible, the San Angelo Police Department has compiled the following Halloween safety tips for children and their parents. 

  • Costumes should be made of light-colored, fireproof material.
  • Children should wear proper fitting, comfortable costumes and shoes.
  • Props such as toy guns or swords should be made of pliable material.
  • Realistic replica firearms should never be used.
  • Masks should not be worn if they impair vision.
  • Wigs should be fireproof and should not restrict vision.
  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers.
  • Children should trick-or-treat during daylight hours.
  • Children should never be allowed to go out alone on Halloween.
  • Parents should know what route their children will be taking.
  • Set a specific time limit for your children to be out on Halloween night.
  • Advise children that they should never enter strangers’ homes.
  • Never invite children into your home.
  • Children should never accept rides from strangers.
  • Children should walk, not run, during their trick-or-treat activities.
  • Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  • Children should never take shortcuts through backyards or alleys.
  • Children should always use sidewalks, not the street, for walking.
  • Children should look in all directions before crossing the street.
  • Instruct children not to stray from their group.
  • A responsible adult should escort children while trick-or-treating.
  • Adult escorts should carry flashlights.
  • Don’t leave your home unattended on Halloween night.
  • Keep pets inside your home, or other safe place on Halloween night.
  • Give wrapped homemade treats only to children you know.
  • Children should never eat any treats until they have been examined.
  • All fruit should be cut and closely examined before eating.

We hope you have a spooktacular time!

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Joint Law Enforcement Apprehension Team Locates Fugitive, Weapons at Residence on North Lillie Street
Oct 18, 2017   03:40 PM

October 18, 2017 – Today, members of the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division along with United States Marshals Service attempted to serve a Federal Arrest Warrant at a residence in the 2100 block of N. Lillie Street. 

The fugitive, 33-year-old Monte D. Jarmon, of San Angelo, was wanted for Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon. 

Once inside the residence, the team encountered a male subject who became aggressive.  A brief raucous ensued and the subject, later identified as 23-year-old Christopher Wick, continued his resistance but was eventually taken into custody after being Tasered.  Jarmon was located inside a bedroom and subsequently taken into custody without incident. 

Pursuant to the field-investigation, Investigators located and seized three (3) firearms and a quantity of suspected methamphetamine.  

Jarmon was arrested for his warrant.  Wick was arrested for Interference with Public Duties.  Additional charges may be forthcoming pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation. 

The Department’s Patrol Division and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Agents assisted with today’s apprehension operation. 

(Left to right: Jarmon, Wick)

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San Angelo Motors Officer Injured in Morning Crash behind Police Headquarters
Oct 18, 2017   02:48 PM

October 18, 2017 — A San Angelo Police Officer assigned to the Department’s Traffic Section was injured in a single-vehicle motorcycle crash that occurred this morning behind Police Headquarters, 401 E. Beauregard.  The crash occurred just before 10:00 a.m.  

The injured Officer, who was hired in 2008, was located in the parking lot by a Patrolman.  Additional Officers rushed to aid the injured Officer, who was then transported to a nearby hospital by San Angelo Fire Department Medics for treatment of incapacitating injuries.  The Officer is reported to be in stable condition. 

A preliminary crash investigation revealed the Officer was traveling south through the parking lot when he lost control of the motorcycle.  After the Officer became disconnected from the motorcycle, the motorcycle continued traveling on its right side a short distance until it came to rest after colliding with a parked city-owned vehicle.  

The Department’s Crime Scene Investigations Unit responded to the crash, which is standard operating procedure for Officer involved incidents.  

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San Angelo Public Safety Communications Dispatchers Recognized at City Council Meeting for Composure, Quick Action during Rocking Chair Ranch Fire
Oct 17, 2017   12:22 PM

Two San Angelo Public Safety Communications Dispatchers were recognized at the start of today’s City Council Meeting for their outstanding work and support of volunteer fire departments during the September 14, 2017 Rocking Chair Ranch Fire. 

Linda Waller, Public Safety Communications Supervisor and Sarah Rees, SAPSC Dispatcher, were awarded certificates of appreciation by Tom Green County’s Emergency Manager, Steve Mild, for their composure and dedication to coordinating communication efforts during the 800 acre fire, which started during a State prescribed burn overseen by the Wall Volunteer Fire Department.  The Wall Volunteer Fire department requested this recognition, charging Waller’s and Rees’s quick action and coordination helped to minimize further loss of land.  

Police Chief Frank Carter, Assistant Chiefs David Howard and Tracy Fincher, and Public Safety Communications Commanders Lieutenant Tim Pucci and Sergeant Chris Carpenter were also on hand for today’s presentation. 

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Firearm Stolen in Building Burglary Recovered in Early Morning Traffic Stop
Oct 17, 2017   10:06 AM

October 17, 2017 — 25-year-old Juan Manuel Mata, Jr. of San Angelo was arrested for an outstanding warrant during a traffic stop this morning and additionally charged with Theft of Firearm after Police recovered a stolen gun from his vehicle. 

The stop occurred around 3:15 a.m. near E. 7th and Akin Streets.  During the traffic detention, Mata told the Officer he did not have a driver’s license with him.  Mata exited and locked the vehicle, which the Officer perceived as deliberate. 

During a computerized records check through Dispatch, the Officer confirmed Mata’s driver’s license was expired and that he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.  Mata was arrested for his warrant and transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident.  Mata also received a citation for Driving While License Invalid and a written warning for his initial traffic violation.  

During a search of Mata’s vehicle incident to his arrest, Officers located a pistol, which was confirmed to be reported stolen on October 16, 2017, from the Southeast Mini Storage facility, 4469 S. Chadbourne, along with three other firearms, ammunition, and a two-toned blue 2005 Yamaha R6 motorcycle.    

Additional charges may be forthcoming pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation.  If you have information about the whereabouts of the other stolen firearms or stolen motorcycle, call Detective James Hernandez at (325)659-8015.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247, via text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts, or by phone at 1-855-TIPS-247. 

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October 16, 2017 Traffic Enforcement Operation
Oct 16, 2017   03:41 PM

Today, the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a School Zone Traffic Enforcement Operation utilizing LIDAR. 

Police issued a total of twenty-eight (28) citations during the operation, which ran from 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. at the Central Freshman campus, Trinity Lutheran, McGill Elementary, Crockett Elementary, San Jacinto Elementary, TLCA Elementary, Bowie Elementary, Holiman Elementary, Glenmore Elementary, and Bonham Elementary.  Breakdown for citations: 

Driving While License Invalid: 1

Other/Misc. Violations: 6

Child Safety Seat: 2

Speeding: 19

Warnings: 7

Following the School Zone Operation, additional LIDAR Traffic Enforcement was conducted targeting westbound traffic in the 1700 block of East Houston Harte until 10:00 a.m.

Officers issued a total of thirty-six (36) citations during the operation.  Breakdown for citations: 

Speeding: 26 (Highest speed 86 MPH)

Other/Misc. Violations: 10

Warnings: 3 

As a reminder, the Texas Transportation Code requires drivers nearing stopped emergency vehicles with lights activated to change lanes or slowdown by 20 MPH below the speed limit.  Failing to take these actions endangers personnel who provide critical and life-saving services. 

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Couple Jailed After Weekend Stabbing in Downtown San Angelo
Oct 16, 2017   03:02 PM

Zachary Navarro, 22, and Lydia Sharp, 30, were arrested early Sunday morning after Police stumbled upon their assault of a 26-year-old Abilene Man in a downtown parking lot. 

At approximately 1:20 a.m., Police were patrolling the downtown area when they observed an active fight in the northeast corner parking lot at S. Chadbourne and Twohig.  At the time of their intervention, Sharp was on top of the victim, punching him in the face, with Navarro close by.  

Once the parties were separated, Officers were directed to the knife that was used in the assault.  

Subsequent to the field Investigation, Detectives with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division learned the victim and a friend had been walking westbound on the sidewalk when they allegedly heard Navarro yelling profanities at Sharp, who were both across the street.   During the verbal altercation, the victim yelled at Navarro to stop cursing at the female [Sharp].  After the exchange, Navarro ran across the street and physically assaulted the victim.  At some point during the assault, Navarro produced a knife and inflicted superficial wounds to the victim.  Navarro also received a laceration on his hand from the knife during the assault.  San Angelo Fire Department Medics responded to the scene and treated the parties for their minor injuries.

Navarro was charged with Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon and Sharp was charged with Assault Causes Bodily Injury.  The pair was transported to the Tom Green County Jail where they were later released on Bond.

 

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San Angelo Police Lieutenant Attends Revered FBI Academy
Oct 13, 2017   11:01 AM

A 24-year San Angelo Police Department veteran is continuing the Department’s tradition of Senior Officers who have earned the opportunity to attend the Federal Bureau of Investigations training academy. 

Lieutenant Ed Kading, Commander of the San Angelo Police Department’s esteemed Street Crimes Division (SCD), was selected in part due to his experience and leadership abilities.  Prior to his appointment as Commander of SCD, Kading has served in the Patrol Division, Narcotics Section, Criminal Investigations Division, Training Section, and in Internal Affairs. 

The FBI Academy is the world’s premier law enforcement learning and research center and an advocate for law enforcement’s best practices worldwide.  Operated by the Bureau’s Training Division, the academy is situated on 547 acres within the immense Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia. 

During the eleven week program, Kading will be submerged into classes equated to graduate-level courses accredited through the University of Virginia on topics such as; Leadership Essentials for Law Enforcement Executives; Intelligence Theory and Application for Law Enforcement Managers; Cyber Threat Landscape for Law Enforcement Executives; Media and Managing the Law Enforcement Image; Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement; and Fitness for Law Enforcement.  In addition to the academy’s core academics, attendees are required to participate in rigorous physical training and must pass a standardized physical fitness test.  

Trainees who successfully complete the program will graduate during a special ceremony slated for December 15, 2017.  

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Videoed Van Buren Bandit Arrested after Failed Flight from San Angelo Police
Oct 12, 2017   10:54 AM

October 11, 2017 — Frankie Gonzalez Jr., the 32-year-old man sought in connection to a burglary of a building on S. Van Buren that was caught on surveillance video in late September, was taken into custody last night after a brief foot pursuit in North San Angelo. 

Just before 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the Donut Palace, 1917 N. Bryant Boulevard, for the report of a suspicious subject who was in the alley behind the shop and attempting to gain entry.  

An Officer made contact with the suspicious subject and attempted to identify him when the subject, later identified as Gonzalez, broke contact with the Officer and ran westbound towards the 1900 block of Lillie Street.    

Gonzalez was apprehended after a brief foot pursuit and arrested for his outstanding warrant for Burglary of Building.  Gonzalez was additionally charged with Fail to Identify Fugitive from Justice and Evading Arrest Detention.  Gonzalez was taken to the Tom Green County Jail. 

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Man Injured in Shooting at Residence in North San Angelo
Oct 11, 2017   10:33 AM

October 11, 2017 — The San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division is searching for a suspect who shot a 30-year-old San Angelo man at a residence in the 500 block of E. 28th Street. 

Police were dispatched to the residence around 12:21 a.m. for the report of a shooting victim.  Upon arrival San Angelo Police located the victim on the front porch, bleeding from an apparent gunshot wound to the leg.  An Officer applied a Department issued tourniquet to the man’s leg until San Angelo Fire Department medics arrived and assumed medical care.  The victim was transported to Shannon Medical Center for treatment.  The victim’s injuries are said to be non-life threatening.  

The unknown suspect reportedly fled the scene prior to Police arrival.  Police believe the suspect may be a Hispanic male in his teens. 

This is an active investigation and no further information is available at this time.  If you have information about the suspect’s identity or whereabouts please contact Detective Jason Chegwidden at (325) 659-8019. 

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Street Crimes Division Narcotics Arrests on Jones Street
Oct 10, 2017   06:25 PM

October 10, 2017 — Detectives with the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division (SCD) along with members of the Department’s Special Weapons And Tactics Team (SWAT) and K-9 Unit executed a Search and Arrest Warrant at a residence in the 700 block of Jones Street. 

The warrant, issued by Justice of the Peace Fred Buck, named 27-year-old Adriana Marie Cruz to be in possession of a quantity of methamphetamine at the residence.  Cruz was located at the residence along with 26-year-old Jacob Anthony Gonzales and 27-year-old Jason Michael Lujan. 

Pursuant to the field investigation and search of the residence, Investigators located and seized approximately four (4) ounces of suspected methamphetamine, four (4) firearms, a quantity of marijuana, paraphernalia associated with narcotics trafficking, and approximately $3,600 in U.S. Currency. 

Cruz and Gonzales were arrested for First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1.  Lujan was arrested for State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1.  The trio was transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident. 

Members of the Department’s Patrol and Criminal Investigations Division and The Center for Tactical Medicine assisted with today’s operation.  

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Man Injured in Shooting at Residence in Northwest San Angelo
Oct 05, 2017   11:46 AM

A 32-year-old San Angelo man was air-lifted to a San Antonio hospital early this morning after he was shot in the leg by an acquaintance at a residence in the 3200 block of North Street. 

Officers were dispatched to the residence around 2:20 a.m. for the report of a shooting.  Upon arrival, they located the victim who was sitting in the doorway, bleeding from his leg.  Officers applied a tourniquet until medics arrived and assumed first aid measures.  The victim was transported to Shannon Medical Center and later flown to San Antonio.  His current condition and extent of injuries is unknown. 

Officers located the suspect, identified as Joshua Henry, in a bedroom.  Detectives with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene along with Crime Scene Investigations.  The weapon used was also located at the residence. 

Subsequent to the field investigation it was learned the victim, who had been previously staying with Henry, came to the residence to retrieve some of his belongings.  Henry told the victim to leave seconds before he shot the victim in the leg. 

Henry was charged with Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon and transported to the Tom Green County Jail.  

This is an ongoing investigation. 

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Police Arrest Wanted Suspect at Residence on Lillie
Oct 04, 2017   05:16 PM

This morning, San Angelo Police received a tip about the possible whereabouts of Martin Brandon Pena, 20, of San Angelo.  Pena was wanted on an outstanding warrant for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. 

This afternoon, members of the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes and Criminal Investigations Divisions converged on an apartment located in the 2400 block of North Lillie Street where Pena was believed to be.  Pena was located inside and taken into custody without incident. 

Pena was arrested for his warrant and additionally charged with State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group I after Investigators located cocaine on his person. 

The Department’s Patrol Division assisted with this afternoon’s apprehension. 

 

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Street Crimes Division Finds Modified Shotgun, Meth on East 20th Street
Oct 04, 2017   03:19 PM

On Wednesday, October 4, 2017, Detectives with the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division served a search warrant at a residence in the unit block of East 20th Street.  

The warrant, issued by Justice of the Peace Eddie Howard, named 36-year-old Viviana Rivas of San Angelo to be in possession of methamphetamine at the residence.  

During a search, Investigators located and seized a small amount of suspected methamphetamine, paraphernalia associated with narcotics trafficking, and a sawed-off shotgun. 

Rivas was charged with State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon before her transport to the Tom Green County Jail. 

The Department’s K-9 Unit and Center for Tactical Medicine assisted with today’s operation.  

 

(Booking photo from June, 2017)

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Pedestrian Hit by Car, Injured in Northeast San Angelo
Oct 04, 2017   02:51 PM

October 3, 2017— A 9-year-old girl was injured Tuesday after she was struck by a pickup truck in Northeast San Angelo. 

San Angelo Police and Fire Department personnel were dispatched to the 2100 block of East 37th Street around 4:45 p.m. for the report of a little girl that was hit by a vehicle. 

A preliminary investigation found that the driver of the 2013 Chevrolet 1500 pickup, a 54-year-old San Angelo woman, was traveling eastbound on East 37th when the victim, who was running northbound across the street, ran into the vehicle’s path.  

The victim was transported to San Angelo Community Medical Center by ambulance for treatment of non-incapacitating injuries.  

No citations were issued.

 

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San Angelo Police Bid Farewell to Part-Time Officers
Oct 04, 2017   02:23 PM

The recent end to the Meet and Confer contract resulted in the loss of three part-time police officers who have been dedicated to serving the Department and community for many years. 

Robert Lloyd, who was originally hired in September 1974, retired in August 2003.  Lloyd returned in 2009 as a part-time officer assigned to the Department’s Pawn Unit where he has helped recover several hundred thousand dollars in stolen property for San Angelo residents.  

John Palmer, who was originally hired in September 1980, retired in February 2007.  Palmer returned in 2008 as a part-time officer assigned to the Department’s Traffic Section where he has assisted with hundreds of vehicle crashes, traffic enforcement, and traffic control and escorts for countless events in our community. 

Jim Coleman, who was originally hired in 1981, left the Department in 1988 to begin a career with U.S. Customs and Homeland Security, where he served 24 years.  Coleman returned to our Department in 2012 as a part-time Investigator assigned to the Department’s Cold Case Section.  Coleman will be staying on as an unpaid Reserve Officer, continuing his work on San Angelo’s fifteen cold cases.  

These officers’ work has had a profound impact on our Department and their experience and expertise will be sorely missed.    

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Man Dies after Apparent Fall from Highway Overpass
Oct 03, 2017   01:26 PM

October 3, 2017 — At approximately 9:00 this morning, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the area of North Bryant Boulevard and West 6th Street for the report of an unconscious person. 

Officers arrived and located Edward Vigil, 52, of San Angelo, unresponsive on the ground near the overpass.  Vigil had no vital signs and apparently died as a result of injuries he sustained from falling off the overpass.  Justice of the Peace Eddie Howard responded to the location and formally pronounced Vigil deceased.  Vigil’s next of kin was notified. 

Investigators with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division are conducting a follow up investigation.  Although the circumstances around Vigil’s death have not been confirmed, an eyewitness told police they observed Vigil fall from the bridge.  At this time, there are no signs of foul play.  

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Assistant San Angelo Police Chief Retires after 36 years of Public Service
Oct 02, 2017   04:10 PM

The San Angelo Police Department will be honoring Assistant Chief Robert Martinez in a retirement ceremony slated for 3:00 p.m. Friday, October 6, 2017, at the McNease Convention Center, 501 Rio Concho Drive.  The ceremony is open to the public. 

Martinez, who was born and raised in San Angelo Texas, began his career with the San Angelo Police department in October 1981.  During his career, Martinez served six years in the Patrol Division as a patrolman and supervisor, sixteen years with the Criminal Investigations Division as an investigator and supervisor, and fourteen years in the Administration Division where he rounded out his career as the Assistant Chief in charge of Investigations overseeing the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, Intelligence Division, and Street Crimes Division.     

Martinez holds a Master Peace Officers license, has over 2,777 Texas Commission on Law Enforcement training hours, and graduated from the F.B.I. National Academy, class 174, in Quantico, Virginia.  He promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1989 and was appointed to Assistant Chief in 2004. 

During his tenure, Martinez participated in the Goodfellow Air Force Base Honorary Commander Program and he has received countless letters of commendation from the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office, the Concho Valley Department of Community Supervision and Corrections, 1st Community Federal Credit Union, as well as from various citizens who benefitted from his lengthy service and dedication to the community.     

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San Angelo Police Department Welcome Back Officers
Oct 02, 2017   03:36 PM

Friday, September 29, 2017 – The San Angelo Police Department welcomed back two certified peace Officers Friday afternoon. 

Returning Officers Tina Burks and Juan Soto were sworn in during a private ceremony officiated by Police Chief Frank Carter at Police Headquarters. 

Burks and Soto, both former San Angelo Police Department Peace Officers, were recently employed as Angelo State University Police.   

Collectively the pair brings over 12.5 years of law enforcement experience back to the Department.  

With the Meet and Confer Contract’s end in late September, the pair will likely be the last hired as lateral transfers.     

  

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Child in Critical Condition after Nearly Drowning in Lake Nasworthy
Oct 02, 2017   03:30 PM

Saturday, September 30, 2017— A 2-year-old girl is reported to be in critical condition after nearly drowning at Lake Nasworthy Saturday evening. 

The toddler and her parents were reportedly attending a function at the Goodfellow Recreation Camp, 1938 S. Concho Drive, when she became separated from her parents and other attendees.  After the group noticed the toddler was missing, they began searching the area.  Soon after the search began, one of the event’s attendees, a United States Army Firefighter, pulled the toddler from the lake and immediately began life-saving measures.  

San Angelo Police and Fire Departments were notified about the incident just after 7:00 p.m.  Upon arrival, Officers were directed to the shoreline where subjects were performing life-saving measures on the toddler, who was unresponsive.  

SAPD Officers assumed CPR until San Angelo Fire Department Medics arrived.  The toddler was transported by ambulance to San Angelo Community Medical Center for initial assessment and later flown to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas where she was admitted to the facility’s intensive care unit. 

The Department’s Lake Division and Criminal Investigations Division responded.  This investigation is ongoing.

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Area Law Enforcement Rally to Apprehend Louisiana Murder Suspects in San Angelo
Sep 28, 2017   10:12 AM

September 28, 2017 — Two Louisiana fugitives wanted in connection with the brutal murder of an 82-year-old Louisiana woman were apprehended in San Angelo early this morning. 

Just before 2:00 a.m., Officials with DPS Texas Rangers contacted San Angelo Police about the two murder suspects, who were believed to be enroute to San Angelo driving a stolen gold-colored 2005 Honda Accord that belonged to the murder victim. 

A short time later, members of the Department’s Patrol Division and K-9 Unit met with members of the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Department, Texas Rangers, and U.S. Marshals Service in an effort to apprehend Roy Jemane Narcisse, 25, of Alexandria, and Kiana Deraneka Williams, 25, of Ville Platte, Louisiana.    

The apprehension team located the vehicle, which was occupied by Narcisse and Williams, in the parking lot of the Quality Inn, 4613 S. Jackson Street.  Narcisse was treated at the scene by San Angelo Fire Department Medics for minor cuts to his arms, which he received during his extraction from the vehicle.  The pair was booked into the Tom Green County Jail for their respective warrants for Fugitive from Justice-Murder. 

The pair is accused in the stabbing death of Kathleen Cates at her residence in Shreveport, Louisiana on September 26, 2017.  Their warrants were issued by the Shreveport Police Department, Louisiana. 

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National Night Out 2017
Sep 26, 2017   02:48 PM

National Night Out 2017 will be celebrated on October 3 in most Texas cities.  Most of the Country celebrated in August, which is a bit too warm for West Texans! 

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 nine 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.  

Brixton Apartments – 555 Smith Blvd., 6:00-8:00 PM

Solid Rock Church – 1305 Koberlin St., 6:00-8:00 PM

Bent Tree Apartments – 1625 Sunset Dr., 6:00-8:00 PM

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

Northside Boys & Girls Club – 1802 N. Lillie, 5:00-8:00 PM

Sedona Ranch Apartments – 2901 Sunset Dr., 5:00-7:00 PM

Sunset Apartments & Annex – 1701 Sunset Dr., 5:00-7:00 PM

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

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

For more information about National Night Out contact Sergeant Tim Coffman at (325) 481-2709.

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San Angelo Police Nab Car Thieves, Recover Stolen Items Connected to Multiple Vehicle Burglaries
Sep 25, 2017   02:10 PM

Sunday, September 24, 2017—  Two 22-year-old San Angelo men are facing multiple charges following a recovered-stolen vehicle investigation at a residence on E. 21st Street. 

Police were dispatched to the residence around 9:00 p.m. after a victim called to report he located his stolen Buick Verano in the backyard of the residence.  Before releasing the vehicle to the owner, Officers processed the vehicle for evidence and seized several items of suspected stolen property. 

During the field investigation, two subjects pulled up in front of the residence.  Officers made contact with the occupants and observed open containers of alcohol inside.  The subjects were detained and identified as Joshua Gonzalez of San Angelo, who had warrants, and Brady Richardson of Ballinger, Texas.  Gonzalez was arrested for his warrants. 

Subsequent to a search of the vehicle, Officers located numerous items, including credit cards, checkbooks and electronics, which have been reported stolen in recent burglaries.  A computerized record check of the vehicle Gonzalez and Richardson arrived in, a 2008 Toyota Tundra, showed the truck was reported stolen from a residence on Christoval Road on September 18, 2017.  

Gonzalez and Richardson were transported to Police Headquarters for questioning.  Following their interviews, Gonzalez was charged with Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle and several warrants.  He was also issued a citation for Open Container Alcohol.  Richardson was charged with Fraudulent Use of Identifying Information 5<10 and Possession Dangerous Drug X2.  Richardson was also issued a citation for Possession Drug Paraphernalia.  The pair was booked into the Tom Green County Jail.  

Additional charges may be forthcoming pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation.  

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Armed Domestic Disturbance Suspect Arrested after Chase
Sep 25, 2017   11:51 AM

Sunday, September 24, 2017 — Brandon Gonzalez, 18, of San Angelo, was arrested Sunday evening after he broke into a Northside residence looking for his girlfriend and brandished a firearm. 

At approximately 5:50 p.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 3600 block of Bowie Street for the report of an armed subject that was attempting to gain entry.  When Officers arrived, they were told the suspect, later identified as Gonzalez, had forced his way inside, pointed a gun at the resident, and fled prior to Officer’s arrival.   

Officers converged on the area and a suspect who matched Gonzalez’s clothing and physical description was observed near 37th and Bowie Street.  When Officers made contact with Gonzalez he discarded a backpack and ran.  During the foot chase Gonzalez retrieved a handgun from his waistband and threw it.  The gun was recovered by Officers. 

The pursuit ended after Gonzalez jumped a fence and entered a residence in the 3100 block of Bowie Street.  Officers surrounded the residence and Gonzalez exited and yelled at Officers to shoot and kill him.  Gonzalez eventually surrendered without further incident and was treated at a nearby hospital for injuries he possibly sustained as a result of jumping the fence.  After Gonzalez was cleared by medical personnel he was transported to Police Headquarters for interview.  

The investigation revealed Gonzalez’s girlfriend, a 17-year-old San Angelo resident, went to the residence on Bowie that was occupied by a female acquaintance.  A short time later, Gonzalez went to the residence looking for the girlfriend, forced his way into the home and pointed a gun at the female resident.  No one was injured. 

Gonzalez was arrested for Burglary of Habitation Intend Other Felony, Evading Arrest Detention, and Unlawful Carrying Weapon and was subsequently booked into the Tom Green County Jail.  

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Police Investigate Fatality Crash on North U.S. Highway 67
Sep 25, 2017   11:13 AM

Saturday, September 23, 2017 — a 21-year-old Tom Green County man was killed in a single vehicle crash late Saturday evening near Howard College on U.S. Highway 67.  

At approximately 11:20 p.m., San Angelo Police and Fire Department personnel were dispatched to a major motor vehicle crash with entrapment in the 3000 block of North U.S. Highway 67. 

Responding Officers located a white 2004 Dodge Ram pickup truck towing a horse trailer that collided with a utility pole near the median.  The driver and single occupant, later identified as Koly R. Spears, died at the scene along with one horse.  A second horse that had escaped the trailer after the crash was located a short time later, just north of the crash scene.  Animal Services responded and took possession of the horse. 

A preliminary crash investigation revealed Spears was traveling northbound on 67 when he lost control of the truck and left the roadway, striking a utility pole and several traffic signs.  Justice of the Peace J.P. McGuire responded and formally pronounced Spears deceased. 

Investigators with the Department’s Traffic Section responded to investigate the crash.  Southbound lanes of traffic were closed for several hours during the investigation and traffic was diverted to the frontage road.    

This is an ongoing investigation.  

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Shooting Investigation on Honeysuckle Lane
Sep 22, 2017   03:03 PM

Friday, September 22, 2017 — at approximately 6:30 a.m. San Angelo Police were dispatched to Shannon Medical Center’s Emergency Room for the report of a 52-year-old male gunshot victim. 

Officers arrived and spoke with the victim and a family member who indicated the victim was shot in the hand from an unintentional discharge of a firearm at a residence in the 3700 block of Honeysuckle Lane.  

Investigators with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division and Crime Scene Unit responded to the hospital as well as the residence on Honeysuckle.  

The incident is being investigated as an unintentional discharge of a firearm; however, the investigation is ongoing. 

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Police, Fire Marshals Find Shocking Link to Afternoon Hit and Run, Theft of Service Calls
Sep 22, 2017   02:14 PM

Just after 11:30 a.m. Friday, September 22, 2017, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 100 block of E. 11th Street to assist AEP with residents that were misappropriating electricity from a nearby power line. 

A short time after, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the area of 10th and Volney for the report of a hit and run crash involving a gold Cadillac that collided with a mailbox and utility pole.  After colliding with the pole, which was sheared in half, the Cadillac’s driver fled the scene at a high rate of speed towards 11th and Magdalen.  

While responding to these separate calls, Officers received updated information that the suspect vehicle pulled into the driveway of a residence in the 100 block of E. 11th Street where subjects then concealed the vehicle underneath tarps.  

Officers responded to the residence, which, coincidentally, was the residence stealing electricity and subsequently located a gold-colored 2006 Cadillac Deville in the driveway, covered with tarps.  

Further investigation revealed the Cadillac had damage consistent with the hit and run crash.  The vehicle was seized and towed away.  

Fire Marshals were called to the scene to assist with the investigation and assess the danger posed to neighboring residents and utility employees as a result of the tapped power line.  

Investigators attempted to make contact with the residents; however, no one came to the door.  

Charges are pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation. 

  

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Buckle Down & Stay Strapped In Seat Belt Survey Results — June
Sep 22, 2017   11:15 AM

As a part of the Buckle Down & Stay Strapped In campaign, approximately 662 seat belt observations were conducted in San Angelo during the month of June. 

Results indicate that the overall seat belt use rate is 97%.  This is 6.3% higher than the state average of 90.7%, 10% higher than the national average of 87%, and 3.1% higher than San Angelo’s October 2016 baseline of 93.1%. 

June’s surveys took place in five locations in the area.  In addition to the general use rate data, findings showed the following: 

Women – 98.2%

Men – 95.7%

Highest Age Group for Belt Use: 60 +

Lowest Age Group for Belt Use: <24

Highest Vehicle for Belt Use: SUV

Lowest Vehicle for Belt Use: Van 

The San Angelo Police Department would like to thank San Angelo’s vehicle occupants who have contributed to this measurable increase.  Although we hit 97%, we are urging vehicle occupants not to become complacent.  If we work together, we can remind one another to buckle up every trip, every time.  Reaching 100% would be wonderful, but our ultimate goal is to save lives and reduce serious injury in San Angelo vehicle crashes. 

Take the seat belt challenge and encourage your family and friends to do the same.  You might just safe a life! 

Buckle Down & Stay Strapped In is made up of the San Angelo Police Department and a network of community partners, including SAISD and Live Design and Print Shop. 

This public safety initiative was created to increase belt use, save lives, and reduce injuries in San Angelo.  For more information about Buckle Down & Stay Strapped In or to become a partner, please visit contact Officer Tracy Gonzalez at tracy.gonzalez@sanangelopolice.org. 

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Crash Investigation into Police Cruiser, Civilian Motorist on Main and Koberlin Streets
Sep 22, 2017   10:39 AM

Around noon yesterday, September 21, 2017, San Angelo Police responded to the area of North Main and Koberlin Streets for the report of a two-vehicle, officer involved crash with possible injuries. 

The police vehicle, a 2012 Dodge Charger, was conducting traffic enforcement on southbound traffic in the 200 block of N. Main Street just prior to the collision with a 2015 Chevrolet Traverse.  The 32-year-old San Angelo Police Officer received non-incapacitating injuries as a result of the collision.  He was treated for his injuries at a nearby clinic.  The driver of the Traverse, a 42-year-old San Angelo woman, reported minor injuries but refused medical treatment and transport.  

San Angelo Police Motor’s Officer Brian Bylsma responded to the scene to investigate the crash.  A review of the police cruiser’s in-car-video showed The SAPD Officer was parked on the west side of Main Street, facing south, when he pulled into the roadway to conduct a traffic stop on a speeding motorist.   After the Officer established himself on the roadway he was struck by the Traverse, which entered the intersection traveling westbound on Koberlin from the stop sign, colliding with the Cruiser’s driver side door panel. 

The driver of the Traverse will be issued a citation for Fail to Yield Right of Way at Stop Sign. 

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Body Found behind Chic-Fil-A Parking Lot Identified
Sep 21, 2017   02:37 PM

The body of a man located on top of a tractor-trailer behind Chick-Fil-A, near the new HEB on Sherwood Way and FM 2288, has been identified as Clarence Hill, 55, of Green Bay, Wisconsin.  

Hill was reportedly in San Angelo for work and was observed yesterday afternoon securing the load atop his tractor-trailer by a Chic-Fil-A patron.  Roughly 45 minutes later, the patron spotted Hill slumped over the load and subsequently alerted a nearby employee. 

San Angelo Police secured the area and the Department’s Crime Scene Investigations Unit responded to process the scene.  Justice of the Peace J.P. McGuire was summoned to the location and formally pronounced the man deceased.  

A preliminary investigation revealed no signs of foul play and McGuire indicated Hill most likely died as a result of an undetermined medical condition.  McGuire did not order an autopsy.  

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Ongoing Narcotics Trafficking Investigation Leads to Arrest, Seizure of Cocaine in North San Angelo
Sep 20, 2017   02:55 PM

A 65-year-old Del Rio man was arrested in San Angelo today after Police caught him with several ounces of cocaine in a parking lot in north San Angelo. 

Today, members of the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division (SCD) located Israel Talamantez Faz, who was a person of interest in an ongoing narcotics trafficking investigation, near the 1900 block of N. Bryant Blvd.  

Subsequent to today’s enforcement action, Investigators located and seized approximately nine (9) ounces of cocaine from Faz’s vehicle. 

Faz was arrested for First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and transported to the Tom Green County Jail.

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

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Ongoing Narcotics Trafficking Investigation Leads to Arrest, Seizure of Several Pounds of Methamphetamine
Sep 20, 2017   02:02 PM

A 45-year-old Abilene man was arrested in San Angelo yesterday after Police caught him with nearly 3.30 pounds of methamphetamine during a traffic stop.  

On Tuesday, September 19, 2017, members of the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division (SCD) located Kenneth Collins, who was a person of interest in an ongoing narcotics trafficking investigation, driving a white 2007 Chevrolet pickup truck near the 4300 block of W. Houston Harte.  

Collins was stopped in the 600 block of E.  Houston Harte Expressway after he made a traffic violation.   During the stop, San Angelo Police Service Dog Duke conducted an open air sniff around the vehicle and subsequently alerted Officers to the presence of contraband. 

During a probable cause search of the vehicle, Officers located approximately 3.30 pounds of suspected narcotics, which field-tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine. 

Collins was arrested for First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and transported to the Tom Green County Jail where he remains on $100,000 bond. 

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Police K-9, Detectives Locate Assault Suspect Hiding Under Residence on North Jackson
Sep 19, 2017   06:43 PM

Just before 7:30 a.m. this morning, San Angelo Police responded to a residence in the 300 block of North Jackson Street for the report of a domestic disturbance where 29-year-old Christopher Delacruz had forced entry inside the residence and assaulted his 24-year-old ex-girlfriend.  Delacruz, who had been previously criminally trespassed from the residence, fled the scene prior to police arrival. 

At approximately 12:15 p.m. this afternoon, San Angelo Police were dispatched back to the residence after a family member of the victim located Delacruz inside.  Officers converged on the area and quickly surrounded the residence.  

During a search of the residence Officers located evidence that Delacruz had accessed the crawl space beneath the residence.  San Angelo Police K-9 Team Sergeant Gesch and Police Service Dog Thor responded to the scene and entered the crawl space.  Soon after, Thor alerted Officers to a secluded area in the northeast corner beneath the residence.  After the alert, Detectives with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division entered the crawl space and located Delacruz hiding behind insulation and other debris.  Delacruz was taken into custody without further incident. 

Delacruz was charged with Burglary of Habitation with Intent to Commit Assault and outstanding warrants for Motion to Revoke-Probation Violation.  Delacruz was transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident. 

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Search Warrant Leads to Heroin Arrest
Sep 14, 2017   04:26 PM

On September 13, 2017, members of the San Angelo PoliceDepartment Street Crimes Unit served a search and arrest warrant at a residence in the 200 block of East 3rd Street.

A search of the home resulted in the discovery of a quantity of heroin.   

Two individuals, 53 year old Eva Gaitan and 51 year old Rosalie Perez, were arrested for Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 more than 4 grams, less than 200 grams. 

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Dispute Leads to Stabbing
Sep 13, 2017   03:50 PM

 

On September 12, 2017, at approximately 4:45 pm, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the Riverpoint Apartments in reference to a stabbing. 

Upon arrival, officers located a 15 year old male victim with multiple stab wounds to the abdomen.

It was learned that a dispute between two children who reside in separate apartments led to the parents of those children engaging in an argument.  The argument resulted in the suspect, 32 year old Ala Abdelhadi, getting involved in a physical altercation with the 15 year old victim.

During the altercation, Abdelhadi used a pocket knife to stab the victim multiple times.  Abdelhadithen fled the scene in a vehicle.  The victim was transported to Shannon Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  

Officers on the scene were able to provide a license plate to the vehicle in which Abdelhadi fled.  Other officers located the vehicle near the intersection of Bell Street and Pulliam Street.  Abdelhadiwas taken into custody at that time with no further incident.

Abdelhadi was charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and booked into the Tom Green County Jail.

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September 12, 2017 Traffic Enforcement Operation
Sep 12, 2017   03:07 PM

Today, the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a School Zone Traffic Enforcement Operation utilizing LIDAR. 

Police issued a total of fifty (50) citations during the operation, which ran from 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. at the Central Freshman campus, Trinity Lutheran, McGill Elementary, Crockett Elementary, San Jacinto Elementary, TLC Elementary, Bowie Elementary, Holiman Elementary, Glenmore Elementary, and Fannin Elementary.  Breakdown for citations: 

Driving While License Invalid: 2

Other/Misc. Violations: 12

No Insurance: 2

Speeding: 34

Warnings: 6

Following the School Zone Operation, additional LIDAR Traffic Enforcement was conducted targeting eastbound traffic in the 2300 block of West Houston Harte until 10:30 a.m. 

Officers issued a total of fifty-four (54) citations during the operation.  Breakdown for citations: 

Fail to Change Lanes/Slow While Passing Emergency Vehicle: 3

Speeding: 38 (Highest speed 95 MPH)

Other/Misc. Violations: 12

No Insurance: 1

Warnings: 4

As a reminder, the Texas Transportation Code requires drivers nearing stopped emergency vehicles with lights activated to change lanes or slowdown by 20 MPH below the speed limit.  Failing to take these actions endangers personnel who provide critical and life-saving services. 

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Street Crimes Division Finds Meth at Pulliam Residence
Sep 12, 2017   08:54 AM

On Monday, September 11, 2017, Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division and S.W.A.T. Team executed a Search Warrant at a residence in the 800 block of Pulliam Street. 

The warrant, issued by Judge Tom Gossett, named 32-year-old Damien Ray Medina to be in possession of methamphetamine at the residence.  

Medina was located at the residence and detained.  Prior to the search, San Angelo Police Service Dog Duke was deployed to conduct an open air sniff around and inside the residence.  After deployment, Duke alerted Officers to the presence of narcotics and Investigators subsequently located a quantity of suspected methamphetamine and marijuana. 

Medina was arrested for State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and Class B Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana.  Medina was transported to the Tom Green County Jail. 

The Department’s Patrol Division and Center for Tactical Medicine Team assisted with yesterday’s operation and SAISD Officials were notified prior to the search due to the residence’s close proximity to San Jacinto Elementary School. 

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San Angelo Police Seek Tips for Recent Vehicle Burglaries at Auto Dealerships
Sep 11, 2017   03:23 PM

San Angelo Police are seeking tips regarding recent vehicle burglaries at local auto dealerships. 

San Angelo Police have recently responded to multiple vehicle burglaries at Jim Bass Ford, 4032 W. Houston Harte Expressway, All American Chevrolet, 203 N. Bryant Boulevard, All American Autoplex, 4310 Sherwood Way, Mitchell Buick-GMC, 4105 Sherwood Way, and Mitchell Toyota, 1500 Knickerbocker Road.  

In most incidents, the suspect(s) forced entry into secured areas, jacked up the vehicles and removed tires, wheels, rims, and in-bed toolboxes. 

Although the primary target has been auto dealerships, the Department has responded to several residential vehicle burglaries with similar details.  

If you have information about the suspect(s) who are responsible for these incidents, please contact the Crime Stoppers 24/7 Tip line (325-658-4357) or submit a tip through their website, sanangelocrimestoppers.com.  You can also download the P3 Tips app.  Information that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000. 

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Found Autistic Boy's Parents Located Thanks to Nixle Subscriber's Quick Response
Sep 11, 2017   10:50 AM

Just after 8:15 a.m. on September 10, 2017, San Angelo Police Dispatch received a call about an unattended child who was seen walking in the street near the 700 block of North Van Buren Street. 

Police responded and located the boy, who was barefoot and only wearing pajama pants.  The boy was shivering and unable to communicate his name, address, or the names of his parents.  

Responding Officers issued a Nixle Community Alert along with the boy’s picture in hopes that the alert would lead to reuniting the boy with family.  

Within minutes, a Nixle subscriber read the alert, immediately recognized the boy as her neighbor and ran to alert the boy’s parents; who had only just realized he was missing.  

Because of the woman’s swift response, San Angelo Police were quickly able to identify the 12-year-old Autistic boy.  

The CDC estimates that 1 in 68 children have been identified with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.  Even more staggering is that approximately half of all children with autism engage in wandering behavior according to a research project completed by the Interactive Autism Network (IAN).  Many of the children that wander are not able to communicate their basic needs to a person that finds them, including their name.  In today’s world of technology, Nixle can be a valuable tool when reaching out to the community and creating community engagement. 

To become a Nixle community partner, register for a free account at https://local.nixle.com/register/ or text your zip code to 888777.  

For resources on how to prevent Autism Spectrum Disorder wandering, visit:  

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Active Duty Airman Arrested for Online Solicitation of Minor
Sep 08, 2017   01:42 PM

An Active Duty Airman identified as Robert Dean Brice, 22, of Alabama, has been arrested in connection with an investigation into the online solicitation of a minor. 

Brice was taken into custody near Bell Park, 515 Lowrie Street, at approximately 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 7, 2017.  The arrest came as a result of a joint investigation involving the San Angelo Police Department’s Crimes Against Children Unit and the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations. 

Brice was charged with Online Solicitation of Minor Under the Age of 14 and was transported to the Tom Green County Jail.  Additional charges may be forthcoming pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation. 

Brice is stationed at Goodfellow Air Force Base.  

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Street Crimes Division and ATF Run Search Warrant, Find Methamphetamine in Southeast San Angelo Residence
Sep 07, 2017   09:36 AM

On Wednesday, September 6, 2017, Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division along with Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) executed a Search Warrant at a residence in the 200 block of Lipan Street. 

The warrant, issued by Justice of the Peace Eddie Howard, named 31-year-old Kathryn McWilliams to be in possession of a quantity of methamphetamine. 

McWilliams and four subjects, identified as 39-year-old Michael Korthals, 26-year-old Kayla Browne, 39-year-old Theresa Allen, and 25-year-old Brandon Blanke, were detained during the search, which subsequently yielded the seizure of a quantity of suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.  

Following the operation, McWilliams and Korthals were charged with State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1.  Brown and Allen were charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Blanke was arrested for outstanding warrants.  

The Department’s Patrol Division assisted with the operation. 

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San Angelo Police Capture Wanted Fugitive
Sep 06, 2017   10:15 AM

A fugitive who was wanted for violating the terms of his bond after a Grand Jury Indictment for his role in the brutal stabbing of a 32-year-old San Angelo man on March 5, 2017 has been taken into custody. 

Around 6:00 p.m. yesterday evening, San Angelo Police received information that 32-year-old Michael Lorenzo Sanchez was at Tire World, 4258 Sherwood Way.  Police responded and Sanchez was observed walking on the property.  An Officer called out to Sanchez and ordered him to stop; however, Sanchez disregarded the command and fled on foot.  During the brief foot pursuit, Sanchez was observed throwing a small baggy from his pocket.  

Shortly after the pursuit began, Sanchez was taken into custody without further incident.  Officers located the discarded baggy, which contained suspected narcotics, and field-tested the contents.  The test showed positive for the presence of methamphetamine that weighed approximately 14.9 grams with packaging.  During a search of Sanchez incident to his arrest, Officers located and seized $732.00 in U.S. currency. 

In addition to his warrant arrest, Sanchez was charged with Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and Evading Arrest Detention with Previous Conviction. 

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Two Pedestrians Struck, Injured in Wednesday Crashes
Aug 31, 2017   04:44 PM

Two San Angelo men were hospitalized following two separate vehicle crashes involving pedestrians, yesterday. 

A 56-year-old San Angelo man underwent emergency surgery after he was struck by a 2014 Ford F-350 Super Duty Pickup truck in the Shannon Clinic Magdalen parking lot located at 102 North Magdalen Street just before 2:15 p.m.  The victim, an employee of Scherz Landscaping Company, was working at the location when the truck entered the parking lot at a high rate of speed and struck the man before it crashed into a brick-covered pillar that supports the clinic’s covered entrance.   The victim suffered incapacitating injuries and is said to be in critical yet stable condition.  The driver was not injured. 

The pickup truck’s driver, a 70-year-old San Angelo man, told reporting Officers his vehicle experienced a mechanical issue just prior to the crash.  This crash is still under investigation. 

In another crash across town, a 21-year-old San Angelo man’s injuries were initially assessed at San Angelo Community Medical Center and subsequently treated at Shannon Medical Center after he was struck by a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe in the 4400 block of Knickerbocker Road near the West Loop 306 frontage road around 8:45 p.m.  Witnesses stated the pedestrian appeared to be on his cell phone as he walked eastbound across Knickerbocker into vehicle traffic.  

Investigators with the Department’s Traffic Section listed the pedestrian’s failure to yield the right of way to vehicle traffic as the primary contributing factor to the crash and under the influence of unknown intoxicant as a possible contributing factor.   

The Tahoe’s driver, 27, and passenger, 21, were not injured.  No citations were issued.  

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Joint Agency Undercover Sting at Local Massage Parlors Results in Two Arrests
Aug 30, 2017   05:41 PM

Over the course of several months, the San Angelo Police Department has received several citizen complaints regarding prostitution occurring inside two local massage parlors.  

Today, Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division (SCD), with assistance from Homeland Security Investigations Agents (HSI), conducted undercover operations at Sakura Massage, 1021 Caddo Street and Asian Massage, 3292 Sherwood Way. 

During the field investigation, SCD Investigators and HSI Agents interviewed massage personnel in an attempt to determine if the personnel were victims of Human Trafficking.  Based on those interviews, it was determined there was no evidence of Human Trafficking. 

At the conclusion of today’s operation, Prostitution was identified at one (1) establishment; however, both establishments were in violation of various statutes of Chapter 455 of the Occupations Code, which states [in part]; persons cannot operate as Massage Therapists unless they are properly educated and licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services; licenses have to be openly displayed inside the business; and that it is a violation for the owner/operator to allow unlicensed Massage Therapists to work at a Massage Establishment. 

Hai Xiang Liu, 53, was charged with Class B Misdemeanor Massage Therapy License/Owner Violation.  Mei Fang Shi, 35, was arrested for Class B Misdemeanor Prostitution.  Both suspects were transported to the Tom Green County Jail. 

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San Angelo Police Department Street Crimes Detectives Sworn In as DEA Task Force Officers
Aug 30, 2017   01:52 PM

This week, two San Angelo Police Department Street Crimes Detectives were sworn in as Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Task Force Officers. 

This achievement has been a lengthy endeavor, which came about as the result of their dedication and hard work assisting the DEA with several Federal level narcotics investigations over recent years.    

Their new role as Task Force Officers facilitates ease in Federal prosecution, expands the Officer’s jurisdiction, and enables access to resources, which ultimately leads to the ability to more efficiently dismantle Drug Trafficking Organizations from distributing large quantities of Narcotics in San Angelo. 

Established in 1973, the mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and bring to the criminal and civil justice system of the United States, or any other competent jurisdiction, those organizations and principal members of organizations, involved in the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States; and to recommend and support non-enforcement programs aimed at reducing the availability of illicit controlled substances on the domestic and international markets. 

These Detectives have over 30 years of combined law enforcement experience. 

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Street Crimes Division Directed Traffic Stop Leads to Meth Seizure
Aug 30, 2017   10:44 AM

Detectives with the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division (SCD) seized approximately fourteen (14) ounces of suspected methamphetamine during a traffic stop yesterday morning. 

Throughout August 2017, SCD Detectives have been conducting a drug trafficking investigation on Chance C. Hudspeth, 40, of San Angelo.  Recently, Detectives developed probable cause to believe Hudspeth would be in possession of methamphetamine in a tan-colored 2000 Buick passenger car.  

At approximately 7:30 a.m., Hudspeth was observed operating the vehicle in the 2600 block of North US Highway 67 and was subsequently stopped for a traffic violation.  During the traffic contact, Hudspeth was placed under arrest after an Officer observed digital scales inside the vehicle.  A female passenger, Brandee M. Murphy, 27, was detained during the investigation. 

SAPD Police Service Dog Duke and his handler arrived to assist with the stop and during an open-air “sniff” around the vehicle, Duke alerted Officers to the presence of illegal narcotics.  Police located and seized the suspected methamphetamine, which had been concealed inside a false compartment.  

Hudspeth was arrested for First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1.  Murphy was arrested for State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and Possession/Delivery Drug Paraphernalia.  The pair was transported to the Tom Green County Jail. 

The Department’s Patrol Division assisted with yesterday’s field operation. 

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Woman in Stolen Vehicle Causes Crash, Injures Other Driver
Aug 28, 2017   01:57 PM

A 24-year-old San Angelo woman was arrested Sunday evening after she fled from Police in a stolen vehicle and collided with another driver Sunday evening. 

Just after 5:30 p.m. on August 27, 2017, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 2500 block of Martin Luther King Drive for the report of a 2004 Chevrolet Trail Blazer that had just been stolen by a woman with black and red hair. 

A short time after taking the report, the Officer observed the stolen vehicle traveling northbound in the 1400 block of Irving Street.  The Officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop; however, the driver attempted to evade the Officer at a high rate of speed, failed to stop at a stop sign and subsequently collided with another motorist near West 15th Street and North Bryant Boulevard.  The force of the collision caused the stolen vehicle to flip over. 

The suspect, Marisol A. Zapata, exited the vehicle and complained of injuries.  Zapata, who has short brown hair, was transported to Shannon Medical Center for treatment of non-incapacitating injuries.  Police located a black and red-streaked wig amongst the debris that spilled out into the roadway during the collision. 

Upon her release, Zapata was transported to the Tom Green County Jail and charged with Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle and Evading Arrest Detention.  

The passing motorist who Zapata injured, a 29-year-old Midland man, was also transported to Shannon Medical Center where he was treated for non-incapacitating injuries and later released.  

(Tom Green County Booking photo 8/24/17)

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Police Arrest Aggravated Assault Suspect
Aug 25, 2017   03:53 PM

A 24-year-old San Angelo man was arrested in connection with an aggravated assault that occurred yesterday afternoon near downtown San Angelo. 

At approximately 4:11 p.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to the Shell Fuel Station located at 107 South Abe Street for the report of a woman who entered the store and was bleeding from a neck wound.  Prior to officer arrival, dispatch received information that the victim, age 20, was transported to Shannon Medical Center by private vehicle where she later underwent emergency surgery for life-threatening injuries.  

Through follow up investigation Officers learned the suspect, identified as Chance Robert Taylor, used a box cutter to slash the victim’s neck and then fled the scene westbound on foot towards the intersection of W. Beauregard and Sherwood Way. 

Officers converged on the area and Taylor was located in the Neighborhood Walmart Parking lot, 1852 Sherwood Way, and taken into custody at gunpoint.  Police located a utility knife commonly referred to as a box cutter in Taylor’s pocket. 

Taylor was charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and was transported to the Tom Green County Jail where he is being held on $20,000.00 bond. 

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

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Social Media May Hold Key to Returning Suspected Stolen Gear to Firefighter
Aug 23, 2017   10:59 AM

The San Angelo Police Department is asking for help in sharing information about recovered fire-fighting gear to social media sites in hopes of identifying the owner.  

The following suspected stolen property was recently recovered during an eviction: 

Large red bag with Fire Fighter emblem: contains black bunker boots, yellow suspender pants, yellow top, and yellow helmet.  The boots and helmet are marked with “C. Key”.

Please share this information with adjoining City, County, and volunteer fire departments. 

If you are the owner, contact the San Angelo Police Department’s Evidence and Property Section at (325) 657-4379.

          

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Traffic Stop Leads to Narcotics Seizure
Aug 22, 2017   11:26 AM

San Angelo Police seized a quantity of cocaine, ecstasy, Xanax, and marijuana on Monday, August 21, 2017, during a late-night traffic stop on Millspaugh Street. 

At approximately 11:45 p.m., a San Angelo Police Officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation in the 800 block of Millspaugh Street.  During the stop, the Officer smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from the passenger compartment.  Police subsequently discovered approximately 36 grams of suspected powder and crack cocaine, approximately 6.8 grams of suspected ecstasy and Xanax, and approximately 3 ounces of marijuana.  

Two passengers, Erick J. Leday, 30, of San Angelo and Jamaukas J. Guidry, 23, of Lafayette, Louisiana were arrested during the traffic investigation.  Leday was charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, Resist Arrest Search or Transport, and Class A Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana.  Guidry was charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, Class A Misdemeanor Possession Controlled Substance Penalty Group 3, and Class A Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana.  Leday and Guidry were booked into the Tom Green County Jail. 

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San Angelo Police Find Meth in Whitehouse Purse During Traffic Stop
Aug 21, 2017   02:26 PM

On Friday, August 18, 2017, at approximately 1:30 p.m., a San Angelo Police Department Motors Officer conducted a traffic stop on a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu in the 800 block of South Irving Street for expired vehicle registration.

The driver, identified as Mary J. Whitehouse, 35, had an expired Driver’s License as well as warrants, to include a Felony Arrest Warrant out of Schleicher County for Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance.  A passenger, identified as Jane Ramirez, 56, had a misdemeanor warrant.   

Due to the nature of the warrant, the Officer believed Whitehouse could potentially be in possession of contraband.  

Whitehouse was arrested for her warrant and the Officer subsequently located suspected methamphetamine inside several small plastic jeweler style bags that were inside Whitehouse’s purse.  The contents of the bags field-tested positive for a combined weight of approximately 26 grams of methamphetamine, with packaging. 

Whitehouse was arrested for First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and three warrants.  Whitehouse was transported to the Tom Green County Jail.  Ramirez was released from the scene on a PR Bond.      

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August 17, 2017 Traffic Enforcement Operation
Aug 18, 2017   09:24 AM

Yesterday, the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a School Zone Traffic Enforcement operation utilizing LIDAR. 

Police issued a total of forty-three (43) citations during the operation, which ran from 7:00 – 8:00 a.m.  Breakdown for citations: 

Driving While License Invalid: 1

Other/Misc. Violations: 9

No Insurance: 4

No Seat Belt: 2

Speeding: 27

Stop Sign: 2

Warnings: 4 

Following the School Zone Operation, additional LIDAR Traffic Enforcement was conducted in the westbound lanes of the 1700 block of East Houston Harte until 11:00 a.m. 

Officers issued a total of fifty-five (55) citations during the operation.  Breakdown for citations:

Fail to Change Lanes/Slow While Passing Emergency Vehicle: 5

Speeding: 38 (Highest speed 84 MPH)

Other/Misc. Violations: 10

No Insurance: 2

Warnings: 6

As a reminder, the Texas Transportation Code requires drivers nearing stopped emergency vehicles with lights activated to change lanes or slowdown by 20 MPH below the speed limit.  Failing to take these actions endangers personnel who provide critical and life-saving services. 

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McDonald's Deadly Conduct Suspect Named
Aug 16, 2017   03:54 PM

Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department have obtained an Arrest Warrant for Ben T. Nelms, 20, for the charge of Deadly Conduct in connection to yesterday’s shooting incident at the McDonalds located at 520 N. Bryant Boulevard. 

Nelms is alleged to have discharged a firearm in the direction of a 19-year-old acquaintance after a verbal dispute and crash in the restaurant’s parking lot around 2:35 p.m. August 15, 2017.  Nelms fled the scene driving a dark pickup truck.  Police later located the truck, abandoned, near the 1500 block of Spaulding. 

Nelms is also wanted on an outstanding warrant for Endangering a [7-year-old] Child in connection to an incident that occurred in early August, 2017. 

If you have information about this suspect’s whereabouts, call Detective Jake Russell at (325) 659-8016.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247, via text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts, or call 1-855-TIPS-247. 

Nelms is considered armed and dangerous.  Never attempt to apprehend suspects yourself; doing so may be dangerous.

(TGCSO Booking Photo 07/15/17)

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SAPD Urges Drivers to Avoid Loop 306 during Back-to-School Commute
Aug 16, 2017   11:05 AM

The start of the school year can bring a variety of stressors for students and parents alike—for many reasons.  

Stricter bedtimes, overwhelming shopping lists, first-day outfit blunders, and difficult morning commutes can all be contributing factors to this back-to-school stress.  

So how can the SAPD help parents and families stay calm under this new pressure?  Well, we cannot control your student’s revolt against their new bedtime.  We cannot ensure that local stores have enough school supplies to accommodate those impossibly too specific yet not specific enough school supply lists.  We cannot help with first-day outfit blunders either (Although we suggest wearing a uniform….It works for us).  What we can do is offer a driving “tip” to help with your morning commute—Avoid Loop 306. 

The recent rain interfered with the proposed project completion date for the Loop, which means one-lane traffic will continue throughout the remainder of the week and many of the Loop’s on-ramps and off-ramps will remain closed.   So, your best bet for a safer, less stressful back-to-school commute means finding an alternate route and leaving a few extra minutes earlier.  Pre-planned alternate routes can help prevent unnecessary crashes and traffic congestion during an already hectic week for commuters. 

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Street Crimes Directed Traffic Stop Leads to Narcotics Arrest
Aug 11, 2017   04:15 PM

During a recent ongoing investigation, Detectives with the Department’s Street Crimes Division (SCD) developed intelligence about a 34-year-old San Angelo man who is distributing methamphetamine in our community. 

The suspect, identified as Todd W. Taylor, was arrested around noon today during a traffic stop in the 400 block of West Avenue U.  The stop was directed by SCD. 

During the stop, Investigators located and seized a quantity of methamphetamine and assorted narcotics distribution paraphernalia.  

Taylor was charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group1 and transported to the Tom Green County Jail. 

Members of the Department’s Patrol Division, Traffic Section, and K-9 Unit assisted with today’s field investigation.

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Love Shack Aggravated Robbery Suspect Arrest
Aug 11, 2017   11:27 AM

On August 9, 2017, Detectives with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division obtained an Arrest Warrant for Brian R. Garcia III, 19, of San Angelo in connection to the August 6, 2017 Aggravated Robbery at the Love Shack Express, 1807 South Lincoln Street. 

Through follow up investigation, Garcia was developed as the suspect who entered the store and inquired about glass water pipes, and after settling on one pipe, Garcia told the clerk he would take the pipe.  Garcia then walked towards the door with the pipe, pointed a gun at the clerk, and left the store. 

Garcia was taken into custody by San Angelo Police at approximately 8:30 this morning at the Parole Office, 1070 Gateway Drive.  Garcia was subsequently booked into the Tom Green County Jail where he remains confined on $50,000 bond. 

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San Angelo Street Crimes Detective Aids in Apprehension of Kansas Double Homicide Suspect near Hutto, Texas
Aug 10, 2017   01:48 PM

Yesterday, an off duty Detective assigned to the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division who was attending training near Taylor, Texas, received a crime bulletin about 19-year-old Keith Hawkins, who was the suspect in a double homicide that occurred in Newton, Kansas this week. 

The bulletin stated Hawkins was believed to be traveling to a residence in the 1200 block of West Fourth Street in Taylor, Texas, driving the victim’s black 2011 Dodge Avenger bearing Kansas license plate 481FLP. 

The Detective, who happened to be close to the target residence, drove by and observed Hawkins in the driveway.  The Detective notified officials with the Taylor Police Department who then responded in an effort to apprehend Hawkins. 

The response subsequently led to a vehicle pursuit that was terminated in Hutto, Texas, where Hawkins’s vehicle drove over ‘stop sticks’, which caused the vehicle to leave the roadway and become airborne.  Hawkins lost control of the vehicle and it crashed into three cars in the Parking lot of Christian Brothers Automotive, 580 U.S. Highway 79.  Hawkins failed to flee on foot due to his injuries and was taken into custody. 

Hawkins is suspected in the deaths of 24-year-old Alyssa Runyon and 4-year-old Zaylynn Paz, whose bodies were found late Tuesday morning inside a bedroom of their apartment in Newton, Kansas, which is about 20 miles north of Wichita. 

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Evidentiary Warrant Yields Guns, Meth on Country Club Road
Aug 10, 2017   01:46 PM

Yesterday, members of the Department’s Street Crimes Division, Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) executed an Evidentiary Search Warrant at a residence in the 2400 block of Country Club Road.  The warrant was issued by District Judge Ben Woodward. 

A search of the residence yielded four firearms, ammunition, approximately one and one half ounces of suspected methamphetamine, and assorted narcotics distribution paraphernalia.  

This is an ongoing investigation and Federal charges are pending. 

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Suspect Arrested After Burglary Call on South Jefferson Street
Aug 08, 2017   03:14 PM

Around noon today, San Angelo Police were dispatched to a residence in the unit block of South Jefferson Street for the report of a possible burglary in progress and that the suspect(s) may still be inside the residence, possibly in the attic. 

Responding Officers were updated with information that a suspect fled the residence and was seen running through the backyard and over a fence.  During an exterior search of the property, Officers located evidence indicating someone may have entered an enclosed carport.  Upon searching the carport, Officers located a man, who matched the description of the suspect, hiding on the ground.  He was taken into custody without incident and identified as Chance Taylor, of San Angelo. 

Officers cleared the residence for the homeowner, and although no other suspects were located, Police found evidence that Taylor had been inside the attic and at some point, had partially fallen through the ceiling’s sheet rock.  

Taylor was arrested for Criminal Trespass of Habitation and transported to the Tom Green County Jail. 

 

(Pevious Booking Photo: 07/21/17)

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San Angelo Police Apprehended Car Thief, Recover Stolen Vehicle
Aug 08, 2017   10:23 AM

At approximately 7:00 p.m. on Monday, August 7, 2017, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the Action Pawn located at 2105 S. Bryant Boulevard for the report of an unknown problem where a distressed woman was screaming outside the building. 

Upon arrival, Officers learned that an acquaintance of the woman, a man named Elvis, had stolen her 2010 Toyota Camry from the parking lot.  Additional Officers searched the area for the vehicle; however, it was not located. 

About one hour later, a San Angelo Police Officer on patrol in the 1100 block of Burgess Street observed a vehicle and driver that matched the description of the stolen Toyota and reported suspect.  The vehicle’s driver, who noticed the Officer looking at him, began driving at a high rate of speed and failed to stop at a stop sign, presumably in an attempt to elude the Officer.  The Officer caught up to the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop; however, the driver failed to stop and a short vehicle pursuit ensued.  The pursuit ended in the 600 block of Parson’s Street after the suspect abandoned the moving vehicle, which crashed into a fence.  

Responding Officers, who quickly established a perimeter of the surrounding area, were directed to a suspicious man who was at a nearby apartment complex.  The man, who matched the suspect’s description, was detained and identified as Elvis C. Ramirez, 22, of San Angelo. 

Subsequent to the field Investigation, the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division charged Ramirez with Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle and Evading Arrest Detention with Vehicle.  Ramirez is being held at the Tom Green County Jail on $15,000.00 bond. 

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Multi-Agency Narcotics Operation Results
Aug 07, 2017   03:50 PM

After a lengthy investigation, Investigators and Agents with the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Texas Department of Public Safety conducted a Joint Narcotics Operation which resulted in the arrests of twenty-four suspects stemming from their role in a methamphetamine distribution conspiracy that operated in San Angelo, Texas.  Five of the suspects are gang affiliated. 

The defendants were prosecuted in Federal Court with the assistance of Assistant United States Attorneys Jeff Haag and Juanita Fielden.  Charges against the [listed] defendants ranged from possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine over 50 grams, unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime, and conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.  Other Defendants are still awaiting sentencing. 

Rudolfo Ledezma Castaneda, 31

Nancy Ann Flores, 42

Sylvia Prado, 36

Orlando Cardenas, 41

Heath Sanchez, 40

Jose Marquez, 49

Adam Castaneda, 30

Daniel Lombrana, 30

Jesse Huerra, 32

Antonio Flores, 52

Bruno Velasquez, 33

Joe Lopez III, 34

Jose Montez, 38

Shayna McCann, 26

Louis Lavaris, 51

Richard Jasso, 40

Benito Martinez, 38 

Pursuant to the Operation, which included the execution of nine Search Warrants, Investigators seized 72 pounds of methamphetamine, 2.29 pounds of cocaine, 3.6 ounces of heroin, 26 guns, 1 vehicle, and $90,000 in U.S. currency.  

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Love Shack Express Aggravated Robbery Investigation
Aug 07, 2017   10:20 AM

The San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division is investigating an aggravated robbery that occurred at the Love Shack Express, 1807 South Lincoln Street, on Sunday, August 6, 2017. 

At approximately, 2:15 p.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to the location for the report of a robbery.  The complainant told responding officers that at approximately 12:00 p.m., a Hispanic male entered the store and asked to see water pipes that were on display.  After inspecting a large glass water pipe, the suspect stated, “I’ll take it”, walked towards the door with the pipe, pointed a gun at the clerk, and left the store.  Surveillance footage shows the suspect fled the location in a white Nissan Altima. 

If you have any information about the suspect’s identity or whereabouts, call Detective James Hernandez at (325) 659-8015.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247, via text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts, or by phone at 1-855-TIPS-247. 

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

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Jailed San Angelo Man Faces Child Pornography Charge
Aug 04, 2017   02:18 PM

On August 3, 2017, Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department filed a Complaint with the District Attorney’s Office stating probable cause to charge Nathaniel D. Hibben, 24, of San Angelo, with Possession with Intent to Promote Child Pornography.  Hibben has been incarcerated at the Tom Green County Jail since April 21, 2017 on an unrelated charge. 

The Complaint stemmed from a string of ongoing storage unit burglary investigations that began in 2016.  On October 20, 2016, San Angelo Police executed a Search Warrant at a residence in the 400 block of N. Jefferson Street.  Hibben, who was located inside, was detained during the search where Investigators located and seized suspected stolen property, including a laptop computer.  

Through follow up investigation, Detectives learned Hibben transferred videos depicting children under the age of 18 years of age engaged in sexual conduct to his personal Dropbox account, which Hibben accessed on the laptop computer.  The electronic device was processed at the Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory in Dallas, Texas, in March of this year.  

Detective James Russell is the lead Investigator on this case.  Investigators with the Department of Homeland Security assisted with the investigation.

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San Angelo Police Need Help Identifying Home Invasion Robbery Suspect
Aug 03, 2017   03:55 PM

San Angelo Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who robbed a residence in the 1500 block of Bryan Street yesterday afternoon. 

At approximately 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday, August 2, the man featured in these videos entered through the front of the residence.  Once inside the residence, which was occupied by two children ages 12 and 8, the suspect displayed a gun.  The suspect left the residence carrying a large Coca Cola shaped novelty bottle that contained an undisclosed amount of money.  The children were not harmed.   

The suspect was described as a Hispanic male wearing a purple/dark blue shirt, baseball style cap, a tan colored backpack with thick straps, jeans, and athletic shoes. 

If you have any information about the suspect or his whereabouts call Detective Kelli Reeves at (325)657-4308.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247, via text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts, or by phone at 1-855-TIPS-247. 

Surveillance Footage

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Street Crimes Division Narcotics Arrest
Aug 03, 2017   09:32 AM

On Wednesday, August 2, 2017, Detectives with the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division (SCD) developed intelligence about a local San Angelo man who was said to be trafficking narcotics.  

The subject in question, 37-year-old Kevin O. Townsend, was located driving a 2010 Dodge Charger near 17th and Irving Streets.  Townsend does not have a valid driver’s license. 

At the direction of SCD, Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Townsend in the 100 block of W. 16th Street but Townsend failed to stop and continued traveling to a residence in the 100 block of W. 15th Street where he exited the vehicle and began walking towards the residence holding his car keys and a red object.  

Townsend ignored the Officer’s verbal commands but was detained as he was entering the residence.  

Officers located the red object that Townsend discarded as he was entering the residence and discovered that it contained approximately eight grams of suspected crack cocaine.  

Townsend was arrested for First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and Fleeing Police Officer.  He was transported to the Tom Green County Jail.    

The Department’s K-9 Unit assisted with the field investigation.  

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San Angelo Man Burned by Hot Security Camera on Bell Street
Aug 02, 2017   02:57 PM

A 47-year-old San Angelo man was arrested last night after he stole an exterior security camera from the old Action Pawn building, 432 N. Bell Street. 

Police were initially dispatched to the 1500 block of Pulliam Street in reference to a welfare check on a male subject who was seen walking in the street carrying a ladder. 

A responding Officer located the man on the north side of the old Action Pawn building, climbing down the ladder with a security camera in hand.  The man was identified as Joe P. Ramirez.   

Ramirez was arrested for Class C Theft and a warrant for Grand Jury Indictment Sex Offender Duty to Register.  Ramirez was transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident. 

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San Angelo Police Department Earns Recognition from Texas Crime Prevention Association
Aug 02, 2017   12:05 PM

On July 27, 2017, the San Angelo Police Department was recognized by the Texas Crime Prevention Association as the 2017 Outstanding Crime Prevention Agency — Medium Agency. (Population 100,000 – 249,999)           

Awards are presented to departments with crime prevention sections that are active in community events as well as providing citizens with crime prevention programs, presentations, and literature to help citizens assist their police department in reducing crime in their community. 

The Department’s Community Services Section was nominated for conducting over 300 crime prevention program presentations as well as over 15,000 citizen contacts during the reporting period.  In addition to the crime prevention presentations, the Community Services Section organized the annual National Night Out event for 2016, which expanded from five locations in 2015 to 9 locations in 2016.  The award was announced by the Texas Crime Prevention Association Executive Board during a luncheon at their summer training conference held in Rockwall, Texas. 

In addition to the agency award, three employees from the Department were recognized in other categories for which they were nominated; Lt. Tim Pucci was nominated for Outstanding Crime Prevention Manager, Sgt. Timothy Coffman was nominated for Outstanding Crime Prevention Specialist – Overall and Outstanding Crime Prevention Specialist – Medium Agency, and Officer Tracy Gonzalez was nominated for the Outstanding Media Award – Electronic Media.

  

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San Angelo Police Work with Local Retailers, Residents to Address Concerns of Social Media Posts about Attempted Kidnappings, Human Trafficking
Jul 31, 2017   06:39 PM

The San Angelo Police Department has received multiple messages from citizens asking about recent social media posts concerning reports of women with children being followed by suspicious men at HEB and Target — the posts have since gone viral. 

Officials from both retailers, who were aware of the reported incidents, have been cooperating with our Department in a shared concern for the safety and wellbeing of their customers.  

After preliminary investigation and review of surveillance footage, it appears both incidents were not cases of attempted human trafficking or kidnapping as suggested by social media commentary.  In both cases, women perceived behavior they felt inappropriate and acted on instinct.   The San Angelo Police Department applauds these women for speaking up about the concerning behavior as it has sparked conversation about personal safety and concern for their fellow citizens. 

While these preliminary investigations showed there was no criminal activity involved, the San Angelo Police Department wants to reiterate that everyone should remain vigilant and these reports serve as a reminder to be aware of your surroundings and to report suspicious activity to store staff and local law enforcement. 

Investigations concerning both claims are ongoing.  

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Street Crimes Division Finds Meth, Heroin During Search on Austin Street
Jul 31, 2017   04:53 PM

On Monday, July 31, 2017, Investigators with the Department’s Street Crimes Division executed a Search and Arrest warrant at a residence in the 1400 block of Austin Street. 

The warrant, issued by Justice of the Peace Susan Werner, named 48-year-old Monica Lopez to be in possession of a quantity of methamphetamine.  

Lopez and six adults were detained during the search, which yielded the seizure of a quantity of suspected methamphetamine, suspected heroin, and drug packaging materials. 

Following the operation, Lopez was charged with State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1.  Manuel Zapata, 25, was charged with State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 (X2), Possession Delivery Drug Paraphernalia, and three warrants. 

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

 

  

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Smoking Proves Hazardous for Colorado Avenue Burglary Suspects
Jul 28, 2017   06:45 PM

Early this morning, San Angelo Police were dispatched to a residence in the 2800 block of Colorado Avenue for the report of a burglary. 

Investigating Patrol Officers obtained a detailed description of the stolen property and noted a cigarette butt on the ground where forced entry was made.  

During the field investigation, Officers obtained information about potential suspects who lived nearby.  Upon further inspection of the front of the suspects’ residence, an Officer located the same brand of discarded cigarette butts located at the burglarized residence.  In addition to the discarded butts, the Officer observed personal property inside an outdoor trash can that resembled stolen items described to him by the victim.  

Officers then made contact with a woman at the potential suspects’ residence; however, the woman refused to cooperate with their investigation.  Detectives with the Department’s Criminal investigations Division responded to the scene and subsequently applied for a search warrant.  Officers detained the woman, who was identified as Jessica Storts, 30, of San Angelo. 

As Officers waited for the warrant, a male subject exited the residence.  When the man opened his wallet to get his identification, Officers observed two rings that matched the description of stolen rings described by the victim.  Officers detained the man, who was identified as Jacob Martinez, 18, of San Angelo. 

Subsequent to the lengthy field investigation and search of the suspects’ residence, Officers located the stolen property and returned it to the victim.  

Storts and Martinez were charged with Burglary of Habitation.  The investigation is ongoing.

(Booking photos were not available at the time of this release)

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Fleeing Suspect Gets the Point after Morning Chase in north San Angelo
Jul 27, 2017   04:21 PM

At approximately 9:00 a.m. this morning, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the Resort at Riverside Apartments, 3306 N. Bryant Boulevard, for the report of a possible burglary in progress where a male and female were observed entering a second-story apartment through a window.  

Officers arrived and as they approached the apartment, a man who matched the suspect’s description jumped from the window and took off running.  The female was taken into custody without incident after she exited the apartment through the front door. 

Officers pursued the fleeing suspect on foot and additional responding units quickly established a perimeter of the surrounding area.  The suspect fled through neighboring streets and into a nearby field where Officers temporarily lost sight of him.  He was eventually spotted running into the backyard of a residence near the 3500 block of Lake Drive where he was confronted by Officers on the perimeter.  The suspect attempted to backtrack but quickly abandoned his flight and surrendered without further incident.  The suspect was identified as Willie C. Montgomery, 38, of San Angelo. 

Officers requested San Angelo Fire Department Medics to the scene to evaluate Montgomery, who was suffering from a copious amount of cactus needle injuries and apparent exhaustion.  Montgomery was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment and arrested following his release from medical care.  

Following the field investigation, Investigators charged Montgomery with Criminal Trespass Habitation, Evading Arrest Detention, and seven outstanding warrants.  Montgomery’s female accomplice, 23-year-old Haley Winn, was charged with Criminal Trespass Habitation, Third Degree Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 (methamphetamine), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. 

  

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Police Arrest Three Suspects in Connection to Stabbing on North Malone
Jul 27, 2017   03:59 PM

Three San Angelo residents have been arrested in connection to yesterday’s stabbing investigation in the unit block of N. Malone Street. 

Christopher Lange, 24, Selina Parsons, 22, and Danielle Huckabee, 20, were booked into the Tom Green County jail last night charged with Aggravated Assault with Deadly weapon. 

The charges stem from a lengthy investigation that began around 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 after Police were dispatched to Shannon Medical Center for the report of a stabbing victim who later underwent surgery for treatment of multiple stab wounds.  The victim remains hospitalized and is reportedly in critical condition.   

At the conclusion of yesterday’s investigation, Detectives with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division developed probable cause to charge the trio after learning the assault on the victim, who is Parson’s 34-year-old fiancé, was premeditated and that prior to the assault the trio discussed telling the Police that the incident was a burglary gone bad and the victim was stabbed by an unknown suspect who was wearing a mask.  

Lange is alleged to have entered the residence while the victim was asleep and that Parsons and Huckabee directed Lange to the bedroom where the stabbing occurred. 

The Department’s Street Crimes Divisions and Crime Scene Investigations Unit assisted with the investigation.    

 

Lange

Parsons

Huckabee

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Street Crimes Division Weathers Storm in Southwest San Angelo
Jul 27, 2017   10:52 AM

On Wednesday, July 26, 2017, Investigators with the Department’s Street Crimes Division located wanted Felon 42-year-old Nathan Storm, outside the Huntington Place Apartments, 4042 Huntington Lane. 

Storm was taken into custody and placed under arrest for his outstanding Parole Warrant.  

Subsequent to the field investigation and search of a nearby residence, Investigators located and seized over one pound of suspected methamphetamine, two stolen firearms, and approximately $4,000 in U.S. currency. 

The Patrol Division and K-9 Unit assisted with the operation. 

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July 24, 2017 Traffic Enforcement Operation
Jul 24, 2017   03:15 PM

This morning, the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a LIDAR Traffic Enforcement operation in the 1600 block of E. Houston Harte from 8:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. 

Police issued a total of ninety-two (92) citations during the operation.  Breakdown for citations: 

Fail to Change Lanes/Slow While Passing Emergency Vehicle: 4

Speeding: 62 (Highest speed 103 MPH)

Driving While License Invalid: 3

Other/Misc. Violations: 12

No Insurance: 8

No Seat Belt: 3

Warnings: 14 

As a reminder, the Texas Transportation Code requires drivers nearing stopped emergency vehicles with lights activated to change lanes or slowdown by 20 MPH below the speed limit.  Failing to take these actions endangers personnel who provide critical and life-saving services. 

A Seatbelt Enforcement Zone sign was utilized during the operation pursuant to the Department’s Buckle Down & Stay Strapped in campaign, which is geared to remind all vehicle occupants that buckling down is their best bet to prevent serious injury or death in a crash.  Texas law requires all vehicle occupants to be secured by a seat belt or child safety seat.

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SAPD Partners with Project Childsafe to Offer Free Firearms Locks, Promote Safe and Responsible Firearm Ownership, Storage
Jul 21, 2017   04:54 PM

The San Angelo Police Department has partnered with Project ChildSafe, a program of the National Shooting Sports Foundation to promote firearm safety and education. 

The partnership stems from a desire to raise awareness about safe and responsible firearm ownership and the importance of proper storage to help reduce accidents and access by children.  

Project ChildSafe works with law enforcement partners across the U.S. to help make communities safer by providing free gun locks and safety kits.  

The locks will be available at Police Headquarters, 401 E. Beauregard, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

“If we can prevent senseless injuries or save the life of one child by preventing an unnecessary, accidental shooting then the impact of this partnership will prove to be invaluable.  Safe storage is the number one way we can reduce these accidents.”

—     Police Chief Frank Carter    

Tips and information about safe and responsible firearm storage are available at www.projectchildsafe.org.

 

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Criminals Experience Nightmare on Elm Street after Traffic Stop
Jul 20, 2017   10:20 AM

San Angelo Police arrested four people on Felony drug charges after a traffic stop near the 600 block of Elm Street Monday morning. 

At approximately 12:30 a.m. on July 17, 2017, San Angelo Police attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a 2014 Chrysler 200 but the vehicle failed to stop and the driver was observed throwing an item from the window. 

A pursuit ensued and the driver fled through a nearby alleyway, continuing to discard items from the window until the vehicle eventually came to a stop.  The vehicle’s occupants were detained by several responding Officers. 

Subsequent to the field investigation, which included a search of the vehicle, occupants, and recovery of the discarded items, Officers located a sizable quantity of suspected methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia associated with the trafficking of narcotics, and a stolen handgun.  

The driver, identified as 38-year-old Dora Gaona, was ultimately charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, Possession/Delivery of Drug Paraphernalia, Driving While License Invalid/No Financial Responsibility, and a warrant.  

Charles Q. Mitchell, 23, was charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and Possession/Delivery of Drug Paraphernalia.  Javare L. Smith, 36, was charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and a parole warrant.  Antonio N. Flores III, 27, was charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1. 

All parties were transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident.  Additional charges may be forthcoming pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation. 

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