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Investigators Obtain Arrest Warrant for Valentine’s Day Burglar Joshua T. Bonner
Feb 22, 2019   04:05 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Taylor County Booking Photo)

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Investigators Seize Meth during Street Crimes Warrant Operation at Ben Ficklin Residence
Feb 20, 2019   12:49 PM

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

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

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

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

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

McGhee                        Steckling

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Street Crimes Division Seizes Heroin, Meth, Guns on West Avenue V
Feb 15, 2019   01:59 PM

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

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

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

Federal charges are pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation. 

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

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Street Crimes Search Warrant Yields Heroin, Meth, Marijuana on West Avenue M
Feb 11, 2019   03:44 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Monday Walmart Bomb Threat Deemed Hoax
Jan 28, 2019   06:00 PM

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

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

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

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

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Street Crimes Division Finds Meth, Heroin during Friday Search Warrant Operation
Jan 28, 2019   10:22 AM

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

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

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

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

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

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Police Search for Suspects in Possible Drug Related Robbery, Shooting
Jan 25, 2019   03:25 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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January 22, 2019 LIDAR Traffic Enforcement Operation
Jan 23, 2019   02:09 PM

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

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

Citation Breakdown:

School Zones:

Other/Misc. Violations: 5

No Insurance: 1

Speeding: 17

Warnings: 4

DWLI: 1

 

Crash Zones:

Other/Misc. Violations: 17

Disregard Red Light: 4

No Insurance: 2

Speeding: 18

Warnings: 15

DWLI: 1 

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Street Crimes Detectives Locate Animal Cruelty, Drugs, Poor Living Conditions during Search Warrant Operation on South Randolph Street
Jan 23, 2019   01:07 PM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  

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

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

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

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

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

  

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

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

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

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

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

Texas School Bus Law 

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

Safety Tips for Motorists 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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