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

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

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

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

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

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

 

  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Breakdown for citations: 

Houston Harte

Speeding: 43 (Highest speed, 90 MPH)

Other/Misc. Violations: 7

No Insurance: 1

Warnings: 5

No DL: 1

DWLI: 1

 

School Zones

Other/Misc. Violations: 6

No Insurance: 2

Speeding: 36

Warnings: 8

No DL: 2

DWLI: 2 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

            

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

         

MENDEZ                                           GARCIA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is an active investigation and additional charges are forthcoming. 

 

                            

 

    GANDAR                                  ANDROS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

            

                PENA                                           REYNA                

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

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


 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Amended charges may be pending.  This investigation is ongoing.    

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

This week, members of the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division collaborated with members of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to apprehend five San Angelo residents who were recently indicted on federal drug and weapons charges by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Lubbock. 

Jessica Collins, 32, Matt Merrill, 27, Juan Moreno, 42, Tony Ramon, 30, and David Steinbach, 34, were taken into custody over recent days and remanded to U.S. Marshals.  

Subsequent to the apprehension operation, investigators located and seized a short-barreled firearm.  Additional federal charges may be forthcoming. 

The indictments stem from several ongoing investigations into narcotics and weapon trafficking in and around San Angelo.  

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

October 17, 2018 — An investigation in the cause of a morning traffic crash near Shannon Hospital revealed the driver most likely suffered a heart attack prior to the collision. 

Just after 10:30 a.m. this morning, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the area of South Magdalen and East Harris for the report of a major motor vehicle crash with injuries. 

The driver, a 47-year–old San Angelo man, was located inside his 2012 Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck unresponsive and without a pulse.  San Angelo Fire Department personnel performed chest compressions on the man during his transport to Shannon Medical Center where hospital staff reportedly revived him.  His current condition is unknown.  

Traffic Investigators have since learned the man complained to family members of being in medical distress this morning and he apparently suffered a heart attack while en route to the hospital.  His truck left the roadway and collided with a utility pole’s guy-wire before striking a retention wall and launching into the Shannon Medical Center parking lot where it collided with an unoccupied 2014 Nissan Sentra.  The force of the collision caused the Nissan to collide with an unoccupied 2017 Toyota Highlander, which then caused the Highlander to collide with an unoccupied 2017 Ford Edge. 

There is no further information available at this time. 

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

Two San Angelo men are facing drug charges following a weekend traffic stop.  

The charges stem from an Anti-Crime Unit directed traffic stop on a green 1996 Chevrolet Silverado just after 1:00 a.m. Saturday near the 1600 block of W. Avenue L. 

The driver, identified as 23-year-old Kyle B. Doty, was arrested for seven outstanding warrants.  Two passengers, identified as Devonte W. Franklin, 26, and Clayton C. Stroh, 24, were subsequently arrested after Officers located suspected Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia on them. 

Franklin was charged with State Jail Felony Possession Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and Possession/Delivery Drug Paraphernalia.  Stroh was charged with Third Degree Felony Possession Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and an outstanding warrant for Burglary of Building.  The trio was transported to the Tom Green County Jail. 

    

Franklin                      Stroh                                   Doty 

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