April 24, 2019 — In an effort to better serve the public, San Angelo Public Safety Communications has launched an information line for citizens that have questions about how to get a police report, need to speak with an officer, speak with a detective, pass on information to crime stoppers, or contact the municipal court.
The new information line, which navigates callers through a brief phone tree, is expected to help diminish the number of general information calls that are being placed to the dispatch center — erroneous calls that take time away from emergency services dispatches that need to remain available to receive emergency and non-emergency calls for police, fire, and EMS service. The Information Line number, 325-657-4411, was chosen because it has 411 as the last three digits, which most people recognize as a general information number.
There are two versions of the information line; Normal Business Hours and After-hours. The entire phone tree for business hours and after-hours is available in English and Spanish.
Normal business hours consist of the following: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., M-F
1. Speak with an officer
2. Speak with dispatch
3. Speak with Records
4. Speak with CID
5. Speak with Municipal Court
6. Speak with Crime Stoppers
After-hours consists of the following: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m., M-F, weekends, and holidays.
1. Speak with Dispatch
2. Leave a message with CID
3. Leave a message with Crime Stoppers
4. Online Services
At approximately 11:20 a.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019, Detectives with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division responded to an apartment complex located at 1810 South Fillmore for the report of a burglary in progress where the suspects were attempting to gain entry through a window.
Upon their arrival, the Detectives located the suspects attempting to flee in a black passenger car. The suspects were taken into custody at gunpoint and found to be in possession of three firearms and suspected Methamphetamine. One of the firearms was reported stolen in a recent unrelated burglary. The men were identified as 20-year-old Brian Garcia and 18-year-old Jacob Martinez. Garcia was arrested for Burglary of Habitation Intend Other Felony and First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1. Martinez was charged with Burglary of Habitation Intend Other Felony and Possession of Prohibited Weapon.
Pursuant to the follow up investigation, the Detectives developed probable cause to believe Garcia and Martinez were involved with the April 2, 2019 murder of Kristian Rose.
In the hours following their arrests, the Criminal Investigations Division applied for Search Warrants for residences located in the 400 block of Angelo Boulevard and the 2400 block of North Lillie Street.
Following the execution of both warrants, the Criminal Investigations Division developed probable cause to obtain warrants of arrest for Garcia and Martinez for the charge of Murder.
Additional charges are pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation.
April 17, 2019 — The Nationwide wave of Social Security imposter scams has reached Tom Green County.
Claiming to be a government authority is a tried and true way that scammers trick people, often senior citizens, into sending money. Among the most common government imposters have been scammers pretending to be agents from the IRS – until now.
In the past few months, the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel Network database has seen Social Security Administration (SSA) imposter reports skyrocket while reports of IRS imposters have declined sharply. In other words, the SSA scam is the new IRS scam. Locally, two senior victims were scammed out of $9K and $2K.
The Inspector General of Social Security, Gail S. Ennis, is warning citizens about a caller-ID “spoofing” scheme misusing the Social Security Administration (SSA) Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG) Fraud Hotline phone number. The OIG has received recent reports of phone calls displaying the Fraud Hotline number on a caller-ID screen. This is a scam; OIG employees do not place outgoing calls from the Fraud Hotline 800 number. Citizens should not engage with these calls, provide personal information, or send money to the caller via pre-paid gift or Visa cards.
How the scam works:
These scammers often use robocalls to reach people, and the message is hard to ignore. SSA imposters tell you your Social Security number has been “suspended” because of suspicious activity, or because it’s been involved in a crime. You may be told to “press 1” to speak to a government “support representative” for help reactivating your Social Security number. With such deception, these scammers are good at convincing people to give up their Social Security numbers and other personal information. They ask you to confirm your Social Security number, or they may say you need to withdraw money from the bank and to store it on gift cards or in other unusual ways for “safekeeping.” You may be told your accounts will be seized or frozen if you don’t act quickly.
The SSA will not contact you out of the blue and they will never call to threaten your benefits or tell you to wire money, send cash, or put money on gift cards. Anyone who tells you to do those things is a scammer. Every time. You can always call the SSA directly at 1-800-772-1213 to find out if SSA is really trying to reach you and why.
If you receive a suspicious call from someone alleging to be from SSA or OIG, you should report that information to the OIG online at https://oig.ssa.gov/report or by calling (800) 269-0271, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time. You can also report these scams to the Federal Trade Commission through a new site specific to Social Security scams: https://identitytheft.gov/ssa
April 16, 2019 — Earlier today, the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division directed a traffic stop on a Honda Accord that was occupied by a wanted subject in the 700 block of Macann Street.
During the stop, Officers located 33-year-old Gabriel Lopez, who was wanted on warrants of arrest for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Going Off Bond for Criminal Trespass of a Habitation/Shelter/Superfund/Infrastructure. The driver, identified as 41-year-old Robert Perez, was wanted for Parole Violation.
Pursuant to the field investigation, Street Crimes Division Investigators located and seized approximately thirty-four (34) grams of suspected Methamphetamine along with narcotic distribution paraphernalia.
The pair were arrested for their warrants and Lopez was additionally charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1.
The Department’s Patrol Division assisted with today’s operation.
April 15, 2019 — Today, members of the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division executed a Search Warrant at a residence located in the 2700 block of Jomar Street.
The warrant, issued by Justice of the Peace Fred Buck, named 83-year-old Victor Samaniego to be in possession of Methamphetamine at the residence.
Samaniego was located at the residence along with 36-year-old Soraida Gonzalez. The pair was detained without incident and investigators located and seized approximately twenty-eight (28) grams of suspected Methamphetamine along with narcotic distribution paraphernalia.
Samaniego was charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1. Gonzalez was charged with State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1. The pair was booked into the Tom Green County Jail.
The Department’s Patrol Division, K-9 Unit and the Center for Tactical Medicine assisted with today’s operation.
April 12, 2019 — The San Angelo Police Department will be celebrating the third full week of April (April 14-20) as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.
This week, sponsored by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International and celebrated annually, honors the thousands of men and women who respond to emergency calls, dispatch emergency professionals and equipment, and render life-saving assistance to the world’s citizens.
This week-long event, initially set up in 1981 by Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office in California, is a time to celebrate and thank those who dedicate their lives to serving the public. Our San Angelo Public Safety Communications family will be honored for their hard work and dedication by several local businesses that have made donations as a show of appreciation for the sacrifices dispatchers make in order to make a safer world for the public.
National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week Local Donors:
Christian House of Prayer Women’s Group
Little Caesars Pizza
South 277 BBQ
The San Angelo Police Department is pleased to announce that it has joined the free Neighbors app by Ring to provide the San Angelo community with real-time, local crime and safety information. The Neighbors network already has millions of users and has been instrumental in catching package thieves, stopping burglaries, and keeping neighborhoods safe.
Residents can text ‘StaySafe’ to 555888 from their smartphone to download the Neighbors app for free on iOS and Android and use the app to; join their neighborhood, share crime and safety-related videos, photos and text-based posts; and receive real-time safety alerts from their neighbors, local law enforcement and the Ring team. For more information visit www.ring.com/neighbors.
“I am a proponent of citizens using video technology as an effective way to deter crime on their property and in their neighborhoods. Easily installed and affordable video cameras are readily available to the consumer. The increased use of cameras has already resulted in solving several criminal cases, and aided in the identification of thieves in our community. The San Angelo Police Department is proud to have collaborated with Ring by joining the Neighbors App. This app will provide the San Angelo community with real-time local crime and safety information. It is a virtual neighborhood watch. Citizen safety is always a priority for us.” — Chief of Police, Frank Carter
Jamie Siminoff, Chief Inventor and Founder of Ring, said: “We’re excited to have the San Angelo Police Department join Neighbors to keep their community up-to-date on local crime and safety information. Over the past few years we have learned that, when neighbors, the Ring team and law enforcement all work together, we can create safer communities. Neighbors is meant to facilitate real-time communication between these groups, while maintaining neighbor privacy first and foremost. By bringing security to every neighbor with the free Neighbors app, the San Angelo community can stay on top of crime and safety alerts as they happen.”
How It Works
- Download the Neighbors app on iOS and Android here: download.ring.com/neighbors or by texting ‘StaySafe’ to 555888 from your smartphone.
- Opt-in to join your neighborhood.
- Customize the geographic area you want to receive notifications for (users must verify where they are located and cannot participate in other neighborhoods).
- Receive real-time alerts from your neighbors, local law enforcement and the Ring team that inform of crime and safety alerts as they happen.
- View local crime and safety posts via a live feed or interactive map.
- Share text updates, photos and videos taken on any device, including Ring’s home security devices.
- Work with your community to make neighborhoods safer.
Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division charged a 26-year-old San Angelo woman with Forgery of Government/National Government Instrument/Money/Security following a lengthy field investigation Thursday afternoon, April 11, 2019.
Officers were initially dispatched to the Smokers Outlet located at 1902 North Chadbourne Street for the report of a woman and two passengers in a white GMC Yukon that drove off after the driver attempted to purchase beer and cigarettes with counterfeit money.
During the follow-up investigation, Patrol Officers determined the Yukon was registered to a local car dealership. Officers went to the dealership and spotted the Yukon in the lot— It was then they learned the Yukon had recently been taken out for a test-drive by three subjects who returned it about an hour later and that the subjects, who were now test-driving another vehicle, were expected to return soon. Officers also learned that the vehicle the suspects arrived in, a green Ford Escape, was parked in the lot.
Once the subjects returned, Officers converged on the area and detained the trio without incident. They were identified as 26-year-old Eternity Sanchez, 28-year-old Albert Garcia, and 26-year-old Crystal N. Garcia of San Angelo.
During an open-air ‘sniff’ of the suspect’s Ford Escape, Police Service Dog Vader alerted the officers to the presence of contraband. Vader’s alert led to a probable cause search of the vehicle where officers located Methamphetamine.
Subsequent to the field investigation, Sanchez was found to be in possession of additional counterfeit U.S. currency. Garcia was arrested for State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 as well as warrants of arrest for GOB Aggravated Robbery, GOB Fleeing Police Officer and GOB Evading Arrest Detention. C. Garcia received a citation for Drug Paraphernalia that was located inside her clothing.
The Department’s Anti-Crime Unit assisted with the investigation.
April 10, 2019 — Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division and SWAT Team executed a Search Warrant at a residence in the 2600 block of Freeland Avenue.
The warrant, issued by District Judge Ben Woodward, named 37-year-old Donald Short to be in possession of Methamphetamine at the residence.
Short was located inside the residence and detained during the search, where investigators located and seized a quantity of Methamphetamine, altered firearms, and narcotic paraphernalia.
Short was arrested for State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1. Additional charges are pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation.
The Department’s Patrol Division, K-9 Unit, and the Center for Tactical Medicine assisted with today’s operation.
The San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division (SCD) was recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)for their investigative achievements and contributions towards operation “Tragic Kingdom” — an investigation spearheaded by the DEA’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF).
The letter of commendation highlights the outstanding and unselfish contribution of the Street Crimes Division to the DEA San Antonio District Office Enforcement Group D-53 and specifically recognizes Street Crimes Case Agents Chris Chappa and Hank Hethcock for working countless hours of surveillance and utilizing sources that ultimately aided the infiltration of the criminal organizations named in Tragic Kingdom — work that has greatly influenced the success of the investigation.
In closing, Special Agent in Charge Will R. Glaspy thanked Police Chief Frank Carter and the San Angelo Police Department Street Crimes Division for their continued support to an environment of cooperation and collaboration within the greater law enforcement community.
Investigation Tragic Kingdom began in December 2017. To date, the investigation has led to the seizure over twenty-six (26) Kilograms of Methamphetamine, nearly two (2) Kilograms of Cocaine, over four (4) Kilograms of gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB), over two hundred eighty-three grams of Heroin, over forty (40) pounds of Marijuana, more than one hundred ten (110) firearms, nearly $105,000.00 in narcotics proceeds, as well as thirty-one (31) federal indictments and nine (9) state cases.
“In 2016, the Street Crimes Division was given a clear mission; investigate and dismantle drug trafficking organizations that affect our quality of life in San Angelo. Operations of this magnitude are simply not possible without the resources of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the commitment of my detectives, the cooperation of our many law enforcement partners, and the support of the San Angelo Police Department. I am extremely proud of our people and this achievement, yet motivated to improve and be even more effective. I want our community to know they are surrounded by talented, well trained, committed law enforcement professionals that care deeply for our city.”
— Lieutenant Ed Kading, SAPD Street Crimes Division Commander
Operation Tragic Kingdom is an ongoing investigation.
Last week, Detectives with the Department’s Street Crimes Division executed a Search Warrant at a residence in the 2400 block of Junius Street.
The warrant, issued by Justice of the Peace Eddie Howard, named 21-year-old Michael Orozco to be in possession of narcotics at the residence.
Orozco was located at the residence and detained during the search where Investigators located and seized a quantity of Cocaine, suspected psilocybin mushrooms, suspected MDMA, marijuana, a large quantity of THC wax and liquid, two (2) firearms, narcotic distribution paraphernalia, and approximately $6,000.00 in U.S. currency.
Orozco was subsequently charged with Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 2, Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, and Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 2.
The Department’s Patrol Division and the Center for Tactical Medicine assisted with the operation.
Update: The death of Kristian Rose has been ruled a homicide. If you have information about the suspect(s) identity or whereabouts, please call Detective L. Dye at (325) 657-4322. To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts.
April 2, 2019 — Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division are conducting an investigation into the death of 26-year-old Kristian Rose, of San Angelo.
Police located Rose just after 3:40 a.m. at a residence in the 600 block of East 39th Street suffering from undetermined injury. Rose was conscious but not responsive.
Officers initiated life-saving techniques until San Angelo Fire Department Medics arrived. Despite their efforts, Rose succumbed to his injuries at the scene. Justice of the Peace Eddie Howard responded and formally pronounced Rose deceased and requested that Rose be sent to the South Plains Forensic Pathology Center in Lubbock, Texas for autopsy.
This is an active investigation and no other information is available for release at this time.
Beginning April 6, 2019 through May 11, 2019, San Angelo Public Safety Communications will host testing for Emergency Services Dispatcher positions at 8:30 a.m. at Concho Valley Workforce Solutions, 202 Henry O. Flipper Street.
Interested applicants will need to apply online at https://g.co/kgs/jgP8CZ prior to test dates.
Interviews will be held immediately after each test for those that pass.
The Communications Division is one of the most vital services for both our Police and Fire Departments and Dispatchers serve as the critical link between the citizens in need and responding personnel. There are several positions available.
- Be a United States citizen
- High School Diploma or GED
- Have a Valid Driver's License
- Able to pass all necessary training to perform the functions of the job
- Able to receive the TCOLE Basic Telecommunications Operator Certification prior to completing the one (1) year probationary period
- Dispatch Trainee: $31,868
- Dispatch I: $34,786 (after certification and up to 3rd year)
- Dispatch II: $36,286 (after 3rd year and up to 5th year)
- Dispatch III: $37,364 (after 5th year)
For more information about the job’s description and hiring process visit www.cosatx.us
On Friday, March 29, 2019, the San Angelo Police Department will host a Retirement Ceremony for Officer Brian Bylsma. The ceremony is slated for 10:30 a.m. at the McNease Convention Center, 501 Rio Concho Drive, in Council Chambers. The ceremony is open to the public.
Bylsma began his career with the City of San Angelo as a dispatcher in 1998. After becoming an officer in 1999, Bylsma served in the Patrol Division as well as the Criminal Investigations Division’s Gang Unit before spending the last six years of his career in the Traffic Section. Throughout his tenure with the Department, Brian has completed nearly 3,500 law enforcement training hours and he holds a Master Peace Officers License. Other awards include the 2010 Community Service Award, Intermediate Peace Officer Certification, Military Service Award, United Way, Best Practices, Investigative Services, and Uniformed Services. Brian has also received numerous Letters of Recognition and Commendation from citizens and partnering law enforcement agencies.
Bylsma is also well-known in the community for his efforts in coordinating the S.A.C.O.P. Blue Santa Program and Thanksgiving Meal Delivery Program. To date, both programs have raised and spent nearly $116,000 to enrich the lives of 580 local families.
Prior to his civilian law enforcement career, Bylsma served in the Security Forces of the United States Air Force for twenty years.
This evening, Detectives with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division obtained two warrants of arrest for the offense of Murder for 36-year-old Dwayne Chance Chadwick.
Chadwick is accused of murdering 27-year-old Jared Anthony Lohse and 50-year-old Jack Harris Jr. — the two men found dead inside a burning house in the 4800 block of North Chadbourne on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Preliminary autopsy reports for Lohse and Harris determined the manner of death was homicide resulting from gunshots wounds.
Chadwick, who was developed as a suspect early on in the investigation, was already in custody at the Tom Green County Jail on unrelated charges when the murder complaints were signed. Chadwick’s bond was set at two million dollars.
This is an active investigation and no further information is available for release at this time.
March 21, 2019 — An armed Felon was taken into custody after a brief struggle with San Angelo Police this afternoon.
Just before 1:00 p.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to a residence in the unit block of East 22 Street for the report of an unwanted subject.
Upon arrival, the first officer on scene began speaking with a male subject in front of the home when the resident exited and alerted the officer about the subject being in possession of a gun.
When the officer attempted to conduct a pat-down of the subject to check for the presence of weapons, the subject became uncooperative and resisted the officer. During this struggle, the resident began yelling that the subject was reaching for the gun.
Additional units arrived and the subject, later identified as 29-year-old Michael Sanchez Lopez, was taken into custody. The gun, which had been reported stolen early this morning from a vehicle burglary, was located inside Lopez’s waistband.
Once inside the patrol car, Lopez began kicking the windows and he was subsequently placed in a Ripp-hobble to prevent injury to himself.
Lopez was charged with Assault on Public Servant, Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon, Resist Arrest Search or Transport, and an outstanding Parole Warrant. Lopez was booked into the Tom Green County Jail.
Additional charges may be forthcoming pending the outcome of the ongoing Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle investigation.
The officer sustained minor injuries during the altercation. He was treated at the scene by medics and released.
March 21, 2019 — Several teens were arrested on various charges connected to a vehicle burglary in a South San Angelo neighborhood this morning.
Just after 2:00 a.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to the El Conquistador Apartments located in the 1700 block of Knickerbocker Road for the report of suspicious subjects in the parking lot. The subjects were reportedly dressed in dark clothing, carrying backpacks and looking through vehicles.
When officers arrived, the subjects fled on foot. Additional units converged on the area and two of the subjects were quickly located and detained without incident.
Shortly after, two additional subjects were observed crossing Knickerbocker Road and entering the PAYS Academic Alternative School parking lot. The subjects were also detained without incident. One of the subjects was carrying a backpack.
Through further investigation, it was discovered the subjects matched the description of a group of subjects who were observed in the area of a recent Burglary of a Motor Vehicle at the Sunset Apartments where a Coach purse had been stolen.
Subsequent to the field investigation, the stolen Coach purse was located inside the backpack and later returned to the victim of the vehicle burglary.
Martin Cano, age 17, was charged with Evading arrest Detention. Angel Ledesma, age 17, was charged with Criminal Trespass. A 16-year-old male was charged with Burglary of Motor Vehicle and a 15-year-old male was charged with Evading arrest Detention and Resisting Arrest. Cano and Ledesma were transported to the Tom Green County Jail. Both juveniles were transported to the Tom Green County Juvenile Justice Center.
March 20, 2019 — Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division along with the San Angelo Fire Department’s Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating a fire where the bodies of two men were found inside a North San Angelo residence.
Just before 3:00 a.m., Police and Fire were dispatched to the 4800 block of North Chadbourne Street for the report of a structure fire. Upon arrival, the residence was fully engulfed. After the fire suppression efforts ceased, officials located two deceased men. Their identities have not been confirmed.
Justice of the Peace Fred Buck responded to the scene to formally pronounce the men deceased. The cause and manner of the men’s death are undetermined and their bodies were sent for autopsy. Detectives are investigating the incident as a homicide.
There is no further information available for release at this time.
March 19, 2019 — Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division are conducting a homicide investigation in northwest San Angelo.
At approximately 4:26 p.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 2000 block of Walnut Street for the report of a shooting victim.
While en route, responding officers were updated with the suspect’s clothing description and location of the victim.
At approximately 4:30 p.m., responding officers located the suspect in the 2000 block of Bailey Street. The suspect, who was later identified as Gabriel James Ortiz Sr., was taken into custody and detained without incident. The shooting victim, 28-year-old San Angelo resident Ernesto Hernandez, was located deceased in the backyard of a nearby residence. Justice of the Peace J.P. McGuire responded to the scene and formally pronounced Hernandez deceased.
The Department’s Crime Scene Investigations Unit responded to assist with the follow-up investigation and multiple patrol units were utilized to cordon off the area.
Ortiz will be charged with Murder. This is an ongoing investigation and additional information will be released when it becomes available.
On Monday, March 18, 2019, the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a School Zone Traffic Enforcement Operation utilizing LIDAR near the Bonham Elementary, Bowie Elementary, Crockett Elementary, Fannin Elementary, Glenmore Elementary, Holiman Elementary, Lamar Elementary, and McGill Elementary campuses. A total of twenty-two (22) citations and seven (7) warnings were issued.
Following the School Zone Enforcement, officers conducted LIDAR Traffic Enforcement in the westbound traffic lanes of the 1700 block of East Houston Harte. A total of thirty-nine (39) citations and nine (9) warnings were issued.
Other/Misc. Violations: 2
No Insurance: 2
Other/Misc. Violations: 2
No Insurance: 1