Press Releases

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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