Press Releases

My Name Is Jordan and I Need Your Help Finding My Killer
Jun 21, 2019   02:04 PM

My name is Jordan Holden and I need your help finding the person who took my life. 

In July 2008, some friends and I went to a house on West Harris Avenue to hang out.   Shortly after we arrived we heard our friend, the homeowner, calling for help from inside.  

As I went inside to help, someone shot me.  My friend got shot in his leg.  First responders transported me to the hospital but it was too late.  The gunshot proved fatal.  I was only 22 when I died. 

The preliminary investigation in 2008 revealed that my friends and I stumbled upon armed intruders. 

My friend survived, and for that I am grateful, but my girlfriend was four months pregnant with our son when I died.  Not only did the killer take my life but he stole my son’s right to grow up with a loving father.  My son will grow up knowing that his dad missed his first steps, his first bike ride, games, graduations, and all the other important milestones a dad should be present for.  I can only hope that my son knows I have been watching over him from here.   

There are new investigators looking into my case and they need your help bringing my killer to justice.  You can help by sharing this plea and by asking your friends and family to share it, too.  Sharing it just may lead to a break in the case, which would bring some closure to my family.  Can you help? 

If you have information about the suspect’s identity or whereabouts, please contact the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division at (325) 657-4264.  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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Street Crimes Division Seizes Narcotics, Arrests Two During Bust at Local Motel
Jun 20, 2019   03:54 PM

June 20, 2019 — This afternoon, members of the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division executed a Search Warrant at the Inn of the Conchos, 2021 North Bryant Blvd. 

The warrant, issued by Justice of the Peace J.P. McGuire, named 29-year-old Matthew Wofford and 24-year-old Mariah Marquez to be in possession of Heroin at the motel.  

The pair was located inside a motel room and detained during the search where investigators located and seized a quantity of suspected Heroin, Methamphetamine, U.S. Currency, and an assortment of drug paraphernalia associated with narcotics trafficking. 

Wofford and Marquez were charged with Felony 2 Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group1. 

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

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San Angelo Teen Dead after Mishandling Loaded Firearm
Jun 17, 2019   06:58 PM

On Sunday, June 16, 2019, San Angelo Police and Fire Department personnel were dispatched to a residence in the 2400 block of Junius Street for the report of a shooting victim. 

First responders entered the residence and located a deceased male identified as 19-year-old Nathaniel Lewis.  Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division and Crime Scene Unit responded to the scene along with Justice of the Peace J.P. McGuire.  

This morning, a preliminary autopsy report from the South Plains Forensic Pathology Center in Lubbock, Texas ruled that Lewis died as a result of an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

Further investigation revealed Lewis was reportedly mishandling a loaded firearm prior to the incident. 

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

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San Angelo Police Service Dog Tracks, Helps Apprehend Absconded Prisoners
Jun 11, 2019   10:55 AM

Two men who absconded from the Roy K. Robb Men’s Community Corrections Facility on North Highway 277 were apprehended last night with the help of a San Angelo Police Department Service Dog. 

Just before 10:00 p.m. on June 10, 2019, San Angelo Police were dispatched to Howard College to assist Tom Green County Sheriff’s Deputies with locating two men that fled from the facility.  

Multiple Patrol Officer responded to the location along with K-9 Officer F. Flores and his partner, Police Service Dog Duke.   

Shortly after his deployment, Duke led officers to a bush located in front of the campus along US Highway 67.  Upon approach, Duke showed further interest in the bush and officers observed someone lying in the foliage.  The subject was issued multiple commands to show the officers his hands; however, the subject refused to cooperate.  Duke engaged and detained the subject, later identified as 19-year-old James Anderson, while the second concealed absconder, 24-year-old Jamaukas Guidry, was taken into custody without incident. 

Anderson was treated at the scene for bite-related injuries and subsequently released to Tom Green County Sheriff officials.    

Anderson and Guidry have been charged with Unauthorized Absence from a Community Correction Facility.

 

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Search Warrant Leads to Meth Bust
Jun 04, 2019   03:35 PM

On June 3, 2019, detectives with the Street Crimes Division obtained a search warrant naming 40 year-old Jessica Villa, to be in possession of methamphetamine at a home in the 700 block of Preusser Street.    

 

Members of the Street Crime Division, Criminal Investigation Division, and Lake Division executed the warrant and located Jessica Villa and Pedro Galvan, 35, inside the residence.  Also located was approximately 1 pound of methamphetamine, a firearm, and narcotic distribution paraphernalia.

 

Galvan was arrested for a parole warrant and is pending federal prosecution at this time.

 

Villa is pending Federal prosecution at this time.

Sunday Morning Burglar Nabbed
Jun 03, 2019   07:58 PM

On June 2, 2019, officers were dispatched to the 400 block of Preusser in reference to an unknown problem.  Officers quickly learned that a 23 year old male victim was reporting that an unknown suspect had entered his home while he was sleeping, threatened the victim, and cut him with a knife.  The victim was able to escape and call police.

 

While investigating the call, the victim observed the suspect nearby and alerted officers who captured the suspect, 39 year-old Chad Lavere Jr., after a short pursuit.

 

Evidence linking Lavere to the offense was recovered from Lavere as well as from the burglarized residence.

 

Ultimately, Lavere was charged with Burglary of a Habitation with Intent to Commit Other Felony – 1st Degree Felony, and City Warrants.

 

Local Man Charged with Recent Allsup’s Robbery
May 29, 2019   07:13 PM

Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division have charged Zachery Lucero, 23, with Aggravated Robbery in connection to an armed robbery that occurred at the Allsup’s on Arden Road on May 26, 2019. 

Lucero is accused of displaying a weapon and demanding money from the store’s clerk around 3:15 a.m.  No one was injured. 

Through follow-up investigation, it was learned that Lucero was a regular customer at the store and that he lived nearby. 

On Tuesday, May 28, 2019, investigators located Lucero at the Arden Arms Apartment Complex, 3755 Arden Road.  Following Lucero’s interview with investigators, officers located and seized items that Lucero used in the commission of the robbery.  Lucero was additionally charged with Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and Possession/Delivery of Drug Paraphernalia.  

Following the initial arrest, investigators subsequently developed information that connected Lucero to a recent auto theft at the Pizza Hut on Sherwood Way as well as a burglary that occurred at the Wienerschnitzel on South Bryant Boulevard.  As a result of follow-up interviews with Lucero and the ongoing investigations, investigators will be securing warrants of arrest for Lucero for the charges of Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle and Burglary of Building.  

Investigators are searching for anyone who may have witnessed Lucero’s criminal endeavors.  If you have information regarding these cases or additional crimes concerning Lucero, please contact Detective Chavarria at (325) 657-4229. 

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Bell Street Residence Raid Yields Meth, Cocaine, Marijuana
May 24, 2019   08:29 PM

May 24, 2019— Investigators with the Department’s Street Crimes Division executed a Search Warrant at a residence in the 500 block of N. Bell Street. 

The warrant, issued by District Judge Ben Woodward, named 25-year-old Matthew Porter and 26-year-old Miranda Camarillo to be in possession of Methamphetamine at the residence. 

Porter, Camarillo, and 30-year-old Jeremy Socko were detained during the search, which resulted in the discovery of suspected Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Marijuana, and paraphernalia consistent with narcotics distribution. 

Porter and Camarillo were charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and Class B Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana.  Socko was charged with State Jail Felony Possession Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1. 

The Department’s Anti-Crime Unit, K9 Unit, Patrol Division, and members from the Center for Tactical Medicine assisted with today’s operation.

    

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San Angelo Police Detectives Strike Gold, Solve Local Jewelry Store Capers
May 21, 2019   08:30 PM

Pursuant to the follow-up investigations into two recent burglaries at the Jewelry Doctor, 2211 W. Beauregard, Detectives with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division developed probable cause to name 20-year-old Gabriel Ramirez as the suspect. 

On Monday, May 20, 2019, Detectives obtained two warrants of arrest for Burglary of a Building for Ramirez.  An apprehension team located and arrested Ramirez in the 200 block of Glenna Drive without incident.  Investigators also located and recovered a portion of the store’s stolen jewelry.  

Ramirez was transported to Police Headquarters for interview.  As a result of the interview, Detectives have linked Ramirez to additional ongoing investigations for recent burglaries at the Bridal Boutique, 424 N. Van Buren, and the Dollar General located at 1515 Freeland Avenue.  Additional charges are pending. 

Following the interview, Ramirez was transported to the Tom Green County Jail.    

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San Angelo Police Department Publishes Footage of May 18 Tornado Damage, Search and Rescue Efforts Captured by Small Unmanned Aircraft System
May 20, 2019   09:31 PM

On Saturday, May 18, 2019, the San Angelo Police Department’s newly formed Small Unmanned Aircraft System Unit (sUAS) deployed in the Bradford neighborhood following the EF2 tornado incident. 

The deployment was initiated to provide area first responders with real-time observation of the disaster zone as well as to aid first responders in locating victims who may have been trapped in inaccessible areas during the initial and subsequent Search and Rescue operations for citizens and their pets.   

The footage has been made available to both governmental and non-governmental agencies that are assisting San Angelo residents in the ongoing disaster relief efforts. 

(Media is on the Department's Facebook Page)

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Police Investigate Robbery at Local Convenience Store
May 16, 2019   07:26 PM

Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division are searching for a man who robbed the Stripes convenience store located at Sherwood Way and Garfield around 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. 

The suspect reportedly approached the clerk, demanded money and then fled the store on foot.  In addition to the stolen cash, the suspect stole a camouflage baseball cap from the store’s hat display.  The incident was captured on surveillance video. 

The suspect was described as a thin white or light Hispanic male with light brown eyes.  The suspect was wearing a black hoodie, black pants, and black shoes.  The suspect’s face was covered with a white mask or bandana. (See video surveillance footage.) 

If you have information about the suspect’s identity or whereabouts, please contact the Criminal Investigations Division at (325) 659-8019.  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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Warrant Obtained for Mother's Day Deadly Conduct Incident on South Chadbourne
May 15, 2019   09:50 PM

May 15, 2019 — Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division have obtained a warrant of arrest for an 18-year-old San Angelo man in connection to the Mother’s Day Deadly Conduct incident on South Chadbourne Street. 

Christian Perez is wanted for Deadly Conduct Discharge Firearm — a Third Degree Felony. 

If you have information about Perez’s whereabouts, please call the San Angelo Police Department at (325) 657-4411 or send a message to the San Angelo Police Department’s Facebook Page, facebook.com/SanAngeloPoliceDepartment.  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 Investigate Mother’s Day Deadly Conduct Incident on South Chadbourne
May 13, 2019   10:13 PM

San Angelo Police are investigating deadly conduct that occurred in a parking lot located in the 1600 block of S. Chadbourne Street around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 12, 2019. 

At least two vehicles and the front entry of an unoccupied building were shot and damaged during the incident.  No injuries were reported. 

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

If you have information about the suspect(s) identity(s) or whereabouts, contact (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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Citizens Aid San Angelo Police During Felony Shoplifting Suspect Apprehension
May 09, 2019   08:10 PM

May 9, 2019 — A 53-year-old San Angelo woman was arrested on several charges after two separate shoplifting incidents at local Walmart Supercenters. 

This morning,  San Angelo Police were dispatched to the Walmart on Sherwood Way for the report of an older female that stole over $500.00 worth of meat from the store while operating a motorized shopping cart.  

Upon arrival, Officers learned that Walmart Asset Protection Staff recovered the stolen items and that the suspect, who was identified to the Officers through video surveillance footage, had fled the scene in a light brown passenger car.     

During the field investigation, Officers were notified that the same female suspect was now at the Walmart on South Bryant Boulevard attempting to commit another theft.  

The first responding Officer spotted the female suspect, who was operating another motorized shopping cart, attempting to leave the store with merchandise. 

The Officer made several attempts to apprehend the woman, who was later identified as Bessie Limuel; however, Limuel refused to comply with the Officer’s orders and a struggle ensued.  During the struggle, Limuel bit the Officer’s leg.  

Two Good Samaritans who witnessed the struggle intervened and aided the Officer’s apprehension efforts.  The Officer, a 30-year veteran of the Department, sustained minor injuries from the assault.  

Limuel was charged with Assault on Public Servant, Resisting Arrest and two counts of Felony Theft of Property (Enhanced/2 or More Previous Convictions).  Additional charges may be pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation.     

The Department would like to thank the two Good Samaritans for assisting the Officer.

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San Angelo Police Criminal Investigations Charge Fourth Suspect in Rose Murder Investigation
May 02, 2019   09:32 PM

May 2, 2019 — The San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division has charged a fourth suspect in the Kristian Rose Murder investigation. 

25-year-old Alexis Jackson, AKA Alexis Taylor, was taken into custody on a warrant of arrest for Murder this afternoon by members of the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division and Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office. 

Three other suspects, 20-year-old Brian Garcia, 18-year-old Jacob Martinez, and 21-year-old Joshua D. Jaquez, have all been charged with Murder. 

26-year-old Kristian Rose was murdered in the 600 block of East 39th Street on April 2, 2019. 

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San Angelo Police Criminal Investigations Charge Third Suspect in Rose Murder Investigation
May 02, 2019   12:25 PM

The San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division has charged a third suspect in the Kristian Rose Murder investigation. 

Joshua D. Jaquez, 21, was taken into custody on a warrant of arrest for Murder on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, by the Pecos County Sheriff’s Department.  Jaquez was located at a residence in the 200 block of 10th Street in Iraan, Texas.  The apprehension was coordinated with the assistance of the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Texas Rangers Division and the Pecos County Sheriff’s Department. 

Two other suspects, 20-year-old Brian Garcia and 18-year-old Jacob Martinez, were charged with Murder on April 19, 2019. 

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

 

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2019 Police Memorial Week Events
May 01, 2019   03:56 PM

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which it falls as Police Week.  

The San Angelo Police Department has a number of planned events to honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.  

The following events are open to the public: 

Monday, May 13: 

  • Flag Raising Ceremony, 10:00 a.m., Police Headquarters, 401 E. Beauregard.
  • Police Monument Dedication Ceremony, 10:30 a.m., Police Headquarters, 401 E. Beauregard. 

Wednesday, May 15:

  • Coffee With a Cop, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., Cactus Hotel, 36 E. Twohig.
  • Running With The Blue 5K – 1 Mile Run/Walk, 6:30 p.m., Police Headquarters, 401 E. Beauregard.  Registration: $20.00. FMI: Melanie Dickman 325-657-4333 http://getmeregistered.com/runningwiththeblue 

Friday, May 17:

  • Ecumenical Service, 11:00 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, 32 N. Irving.  

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Street Crimes Division Locates Heroin during Search Warrant Operation on North Street
May 01, 2019   03:14 PM

On Tuesday, April 30, 2019, the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division executed a Search Warrant at a residence in the 1900 block of North Street. 

The warrant, issued by Justice of the Peace Susan Werner, named 22-year-old Fabian Alfaro, 31-year-old Kristen Reyes, and 64-year-old Mark Rose to be in possession of Heroin at the residence. 

The trio was located at the residence and detained for the search where investigators located and seized approximately thirty-two (32) grams of suspected Heroin, a quantity of Marijuana, and narcotic paraphernalia. 

Alfaro was arrested for First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1.  Charges for Reyes and Rose are pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation.  

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

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April 29, 2019 LIDAR Traffic Enforcement Operation
Apr 29, 2019   07:23 PM

This morning, the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted LIDAR Traffic Enforcement in numerous school zones.  A total of eleven (11) citations and five (5) warnings were issued. 

Following the school zone enforcement, LIDAR was conducted in the 2100 block of the Houston Harte Expressway.  A total of forty-four (44) citations and eight (8) warnings were issued.   

Citation Breakdown: 

School Zones

Other/Misc. Violations: 1

Speeding: 10

Warnings: 5

 

Houston Harte

Other/Misc. Violations: 4

No Insurance: 1

Speeding: 38

Warnings: 8

No DL: 1

 

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San Angelo Police Department Launches New Small Unmanned Aircraft System
Apr 25, 2019   08:41 PM

The San Angelo Police Department has recently launched a Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) program, which will be comprised of newly acquired Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (sUAV), or drones. 

The Departments newly formed unit can deploy officers who have specialized training in sUAS operation and hold Part 107 certificates through the Federal Aviation Administration, which regulates the commercial use of drones.  The Unit’s missions will include video and photographic documentation of crime and accident scenes, searches in large or inaccessible locations, HAZMAT incidents, critical incident support, assistance to fire suppression efforts, disaster area damage assessments, and search and rescue operations.  The Unit has already utilized the sUAS on-site at crash scenes, crime scenes, and to search for missing persons. 

During critical incidents, the sUAS Unit will provide real-time observation of the scene to Incident Commanders, while keeping the public and first responders at a safe distance if necessary.  Assistance in large, inaccessible areas for Search and Rescue operations will be quicker, safer, and less time-consuming.  Aerial documentation of crime and accident scenes offers perspectives that are not able to be obtained from ground sources and will assist with presentations of evidence in court settings.  

In addition, the use of the sUAS along with mapping software will allow accurate documentation of accident scenes and would significantly reduce the length of time streets are closed following a fatality.  

In recent years, advances in sUAS technology have made it possible for smaller public safety operations to utilize air support which was previously limited to larger departments who could afford the expense of manned aircraft.  Across the country, there are more than 900 state and local police, fire and emergency units with UAVs.   

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San Angelo Public Safety Communications Launch Information Line
Apr 24, 2019   03:59 PM

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 

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Thursday Morning Burglary Apprehension Leads to Arrests in Rose Murder Investigation
Apr 19, 2019   11:21 AM

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.

  

GARCIA                         MARTINEZ

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Police Urge Citizens to Educate Senior Population about the Growing Trend of Social Security Scams
Apr 17, 2019   08:13 PM

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 

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Police Seize Nearly Thirty-four Grams of Meth during Street Crimes Division Directed Traffic Stop
Apr 16, 2019   08:37 PM

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. 

  

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Street Crimes Division Locates Methamphetamine during Search Warrant Operation on Jomar Street
Apr 15, 2019   07:45 PM

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.   

  

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San Angelo Public Safety Dispatchers to be honored by Local Businesses during National Telecommunicators Week
Apr 12, 2019   09:34 PM

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: 

Chick-Fil-A

Christian House of Prayer Women’s Group

Coffee 101

Dr. Fandal

HEB

Jerky Outlet

Little Caesars Pizza

Market Street

Nobilitea

Olive’s Nursery

South 277 BBQ

Target

Which-Wich

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San Angelo Police Department Joins ‘Neighbors’ by Ring to Provide Users with Real-Time, Local Crime and Safety Information
Apr 12, 2019   06:25 PM

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.

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San Angelo Patrol Officers Locate, Arrest Counterfeit Money Suspect during Follow-up Investigation
Apr 12, 2019   03:55 PM

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. 

  

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Street Crimes Division Finds Methamphetamine, Firearms at Freeland Avenue Residence
Apr 10, 2019   08:59 PM

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.   

  

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San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Investigators Receive Commendation from DEA
Apr 10, 2019   07:42 PM

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. 

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Street Crimes Division Locates Variety of Narcotics during Search Warrant Operation
Apr 08, 2019   02:46 PM

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.  

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Death Investigation in North San Angelo
Apr 02, 2019   10:49 PM

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.

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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.   

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Public Safety Communications Center to Host Dispatcher Tests
Mar 25, 2019   07:25 PM

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. 

Tests Dates:

April 6th

April 27th

May 11th 

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. 

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

  • 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 

PAY SCALE:

  • 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 

 

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SAPD Retirement Ceremony
Mar 25, 2019   06:28 PM

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. 

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North Chadbourne Double Homicide Suspect Charged
Mar 22, 2019   02:53 AM

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.  

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Armed Convicted Felon Arrested after Brief Struggle with SAPD Officers
Mar 21, 2019   10:11 PM

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. 

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Group of Teen Vehicle Burglars Arrested in Early Morning Bust
Mar 21, 2019   09:31 PM

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.  

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Fire Homicide Investigation on North Chadbourne
Mar 20, 2019   12:23 PM

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. 

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San Angelo Man Charged with Murder in Connection to Shooting Investigation on Bailey Street
Mar 20, 2019   01:55 AM

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.  

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March 18, 2019 LIDAR Traffic Enforcement
Mar 19, 2019   05:35 PM

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.  

Citation Breakdown:

School Zones

Other/Misc. Violations: 2

No Insurance: 2

Speeding: 16

Warnings: 7

DWLI: 2

Houston Harte

Other/Misc. Violations: 2

No Insurance: 1

Speeding: 35

Warnings: 9

DWLI: 1 

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San Angelo Woman Facing Drug Charges after Street Crimes Detectives Locate Meth at Local Hotel
Mar 11, 2019   09:44 PM

March 11, 2019 — Today, Investigators with the Department’s Street Crimes Division executed a Search and Arrest Warrant at the Super 8 Motel located at 410 W. Avenue L. 

The warrant, issued by Justice of the Peace Susan Werner, named 33-year-old Erica Holiday to be in possession of Methamphetamine at the location.  

Holiday was located and detained during the search, which yielded nearly twenty-one (21) grams of suspected Methamphetamine along with narcotic distribution paraphernalia. 

Holiday was arrested for First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance and was booked into the Tom Green County Jail.  

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

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March 5, 2019 LIDAR Traffic Enforcement Operation
Mar 07, 2019   09:31 PM

On Tuesday, March 5, 2019, the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted LIDAR Traffic Enforcement in the 4200 block of West Houston Harte Expressway from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.  A total of sixty-six (66) citations and eight (8) warnings were issued. 

From 2:30 – 4:00 p.m., a School Zone Traffic Enforcement Operation utilizing LIDAR was conducted in numerous school zones.  A total of forty-six (46) citations and seven (7) warnings were issued. 

Citation Breakdown: 

Houston Harte

Other/Misc. Violations: 10

No Insurance: 5

Speeding: 48

Warnings: 8

No DL: 1

DWLI: 2

 

School Zones

Other/Misc. Violations: 8

No Insurance: 2

Speeding: 32

Warnings: 7

No DL: 1

DWLI: 3

 

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DNA Evidence Leads to Arrest in 32-Year-Old San Angelo Cold Case Murder
Mar 05, 2019   11:02 AM

On Monday, March 4, 2019, Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division arrested 61-year-old Adolph Gonzales in the culmination of the 32-year-old unsolved murder of Dovie Dykes.  Gonzales was located and taken into custody in Lewisville, Texas with assistance from the Texas Rangers and booked into the Denton County Jail.  Gonzales is charged with First Degree Felony Murder.  

83 at the time of her murder, Dovie Dykes’s lifeless body was located inside her residence at 1026 Culberson on the morning of July 11, 1986.  Ms. Dykes was discovered by a family member. 

The subsequent criminal investigation by San Angelo Police Department Detectives revealed Ms. Dykes had been sexually assaulted.  Furthermore, an autopsy conducted by the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office concluded that Ms. Dykes died as a result of cardiac arrhythmia she experienced during the assault. 

With no immediate arrest or viable tips to go on, Ms. Dykes’s murder remained a mystery and the case grew cold.  Several years later, investigative efforts were reinvigorated by San Angelo Police Department Cold Case Detective Jim Coleman, who coordinated with the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Lab for additional DNA testing.  

DPS Crime Lab Officials deemed that the sample, which was found to be from an unknown male, was not sufficient for submission into the Combined DNA Index System (CODUS); however, the sample was adequate for DNA comparison if a known DNA profile was submitted.  At the time of this development, there were no known suspects and the case came to a standstill. 

In March 2015, Detective Coleman re-engaged Officials with the DPS Crime Lab in hopes that the sample could be re-evaluated using the latest scientific techniques.  This new effort proved successful and the sample was deemed a sufficient quantity for submission into CODUS.  

In May 2015, the Federal DNA Database Unit of the FBI conducted a routine search of their Convicted Offender Database.  That routine search resulted in a match with a previously convicted federal offender — Adolph Gonzales.  Furthermore, through follow up investigation, Detectives discovered that Gonzales previously lived at 1023 Culberson.  

As a result, Investigators were granted a search warrant for Gonzales’s DNA, which was obtained and submitted to the DPS Crime Lab for comparison in July 2015.  

In November 2017, a DPS Forensic Scientist notified our investigators that the submitted sample DNA profile was over one (1) billion times more likely to have come from Gonzales than from another subject.  

Following Detective Coleman’s departure from the Department in 2017, the investigation was assigned to Detectives Lynn Dye and Adrian Castro.  Pursuant to their follow up investigation and receipt of a positive DNA evidence confirmation by the DPS Crime Lab, probable cause was established to obtain an Arrest Warrant for Gonzales on March 1, 2019.  

(Dovie Dykes's family member, Pam Guess, holds a handmade quilt Dykes made for Guess's daughter during a press conference at Police Headquarters)

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San Angelo Police Department Academy Graduation
Mar 01, 2019   07:26 PM

Ten (10) San Angelo Police Department Cadets will formally graduate from the police academy during a public ceremony slated for 3:00 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2019, at the McNease Convention Center, 501 Rio Concho Drive.  

The new officers are Jacob Anderson, Amanda Bohannan, Zane Daniel, Ricardo Dominguez, Garry Hamilton, Kelsey Hernandez, Philip Jensen, Jonathan Montana, Joshua Quintero, and Dora Torres. 

The Graduation Ceremony marks the successful completion of an extensive one thousand eighteen (1,018) hour academy learning basic law enforcement skills paired with a multi-week in-service training program.  During the ceremony, the Cadets will be sworn in as Apprentice Police Officers (APO’s).  The Department oath will be administered by Police Chief Frank Carter. 

Following Friday’s commencement ceremony, the Apprentice Police Officers will begin a sixteen (16) week Police Training Program, which is designed to teach the APO’s how best to use the skills acquired during the academy and in-service training. 

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San Angelo Police Apprehend Suspect in Morning Stabbing near ASU
Feb 28, 2019   07:44 PM

February 26, 2019 — 37-year-old San Angelo resident Stephanie Hill has been arrested in connection with an early morning stabbing on South Fillmore Street. 

Just after 8:00 a.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to Shannon Medical Center for the report of a 43-year-old San Angelo man who was being treated for a stab wound to the neck area.  His injuries were non-life-threatening. 

The reported stabbing occurred inside an apartment located in the 1800 block of South Fillmore.  Officers quickly secured the crime scene and additional units flooded the area in partnership with Angelo State University Police in search of Hill. 

Hill was located approximately one and a half (1.5) hours later at the Cliff House Apartments located at 1818 South Harrison Street and taken into custody without incident. 

A preliminary investigation revealed that prior to the stabbing, Hill reportedly engaged in a verbal altercation with family members.  During the altercation, Hill threw a knife towards a 19-year-old male family member before she stabbed the victim.  The teen was not injured.    

Hill will be charged with First Degree Felony Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon-Family Violence. 

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

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Monday Walmart Bomb Threat Deemed Hoax
Feb 28, 2019   07:31 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 and personnel 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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Police Smell Marijuana, Find Nearly 54 Grams of Methamphetamine in Parked Vehicle
Feb 25, 2019   07:43 PM

Just before 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 24, 2019, a San Angelo Police Patrol Officer made contact with two occupants in a parked vehicle at the Stripes convenience store located at 1802 S. Bryant Blvd.  

While speaking with the occupants, the Officer smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.  

During the subsequent probable cause search of the vehicle, the Officer located nearly 54 grams of suspected Methamphetamine along with drug paraphernalia used to traffic narcotics.  The investigation revealed the occupants had smoked marijuana inside the vehicle just prior to the police contact.  

The vehicle’s 26-year-old driver, Crystal Garcia, was arrested and charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and Possession Controlled Substance Penalty Group 3 (Xanax) <28G.  The passenger, 28-year-old Ashley Garcia, was arrested and charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and out-of-county warrants for MTR Possession Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, MTR Credit Card or Debit Card Abuse X2, and Possession of Marijuana <2oz.  The pair was booked into the Tom Green County Jail. 

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SAPD Searching for Suspect who Damaged Police Headquarters Roof in Weekend Mischief
Feb 25, 2019   07:42 PM

San Angelo Police are searching for a suspect who caused extensive damage to the roof at Police Headquarters this weekend.  

The damage occurred on Saturday, February 23, 2019.  The initial investigation revealed the unknown suspect swiftly entered the rooftop from the West and used an extreme amount of force to peel back a portion of the roof’s exterior coating before fleeing to the East.  

No arrests have been made at this time but Investigators believe the suspect’s first name is Gale.  Anonymous tips indicate Gale is sometimes referred to by her street name, “Mother Nature”, who is said to be a top-ranking official in the Natural Disaster Gang. 

In a press conference slated for Monday afternoon, Police Department Officials intend to throw caution to the wind by issuing Gale a warning. 

If your roof was the victim of criminal mischief Saturday and you believe Gale was at fault, please do not contact police to file a report.  Call your insurance adjuster. 

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Investigators Obtain Arrest Warrant for Valentine’s Day Burglar Joshua T. Bonner
Feb 22, 2019   07:41 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. 

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Investigators Seize Meth during Street Crimes Warrant Operation at Ben Ficklin Residence
Feb 20, 2019   07:36 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. 

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