This week, members of the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division collaborated with members of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to apprehend five San Angelo residents who were recently indicted on federal drug and weapons charges by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, Lubbock.
Jessica Collins, 32, Matt Merrill, 27, Juan Moreno, 42, Tony Ramon, 30, and David Steinbach, 34, were taken into custody over recent days and remanded to U.S. Marshals.
Subsequent to the apprehension operation, investigators located and seized a short-barreled firearm. Additional federal charges may be forthcoming.
The indictments stem from several ongoing investigations into narcotics and weapon trafficking in and around San Angelo.
October 17, 2018 — An investigation in the cause of a morning traffic crash near Shannon Hospital revealed the driver most likely suffered a heart attack prior to the collision.
Just after 10:30 a.m. this morning, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the area of South Magdalen and East Harris for the report of a major motor vehicle crash with injuries.
The driver, a 47-year–old San Angelo man, was located inside his 2012 Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck unresponsive and without a pulse. San Angelo Fire Department personnel performed chest compressions on the man during his transport to Shannon Medical Center where hospital staff reportedly revived him. His current condition is unknown.
Traffic Investigators have since learned the man complained to family members of being in medical distress this morning and he apparently suffered a heart attack while en route to the hospital. His truck left the roadway and collided with a utility pole’s guy-wire before striking a retention wall and launching into the Shannon Medical Center parking lot where it collided with an unoccupied 2014 Nissan Sentra. The force of the collision caused the Nissan to collide with an unoccupied 2017 Toyota Highlander, which then caused the Highlander to collide with an unoccupied 2017 Ford Edge.
There is no further information available at this time.
Two San Angelo men are facing drug charges following a weekend traffic stop.
The charges stem from an Anti-Crime Unit directed traffic stop on a green 1996 Chevrolet Silverado just after 1:00 a.m. Saturday near the 1600 block of W. Avenue L.
The driver, identified as 23-year-old Kyle B. Doty, was arrested for seven outstanding warrants. Two passengers, identified as Devonte W. Franklin, 26, and Clayton C. Stroh, 24, were subsequently arrested after Officers located suspected Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia on them.
Franklin was charged with State Jail Felony Possession Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and Possession/Delivery Drug Paraphernalia. Stroh was charged with Third Degree Felony Possession Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and an outstanding warrant for Burglary of Building. The trio was transported to the Tom Green County Jail.
Franklin Stroh Doty
October 15, 2018 — This morning, San Angelo Police received several inquiries concerning viral social media posts about black-colored zip ties being used to target potential victims of human trafficking. One post was concerning a zip tie that was placed on a San Angelo woman’s vehicle side mirror. In another post, a warning message stated that sex traffickers were placing black zip ties on the lamp posts, houses, apartments, and fences of their intended female targets.
The San Angelo Police Department has not received any reports of human trafficking, kidnappings or attempted kidnappings relating to human trafficking nor have we received any reports of black zip ties being used as a means to mark a target of any type of crime.
Additionally, our administration has reached out to the Angelo State University Police Department and their administration has confirmed that they have not received any such reports.
In researching the reported posts, the Department has confirmed that one of the women who made the original posts was not, in fact, the owner of the vehicle and that the woman had seen the claim online and copied and pasted the photograph and warning as a means to alert women about human trafficking.
Although the San Angelo Police Department believes the original post was made with good intentions as a means to raise awareness, we want to remind citizens that we all have a shared responsibility to not spread rumors or unverified information through social media networks. Spreading rumors misrepresents the dangers, warning signs and risks associated with sex trafficking. Instead, we encourage our citizens to seek out resources concerning the validated warning signs of Human Trafficking and ways to take action. For more information about how you can become an advocate in your community visit Shared Hope International at https://sharedhope.org/aoh.
Although the recent claims proved to be a hoax, we want our citizens to remain aware of their surroundings at all times and if anyone is uncomfortable or in fear at any time, they should call 911 and report the situation.
October 11, 2018 — Just before 5:00 a.m., members of the San Angelo Police Department’s Anti-Crime Unit and Patrol Division who were partnering to conduct targeted patrol in a high crime area near S. Bryant Blvd. noticed two subjects enter the Riverfalls housing area, empty-handed.
A short time later, the subjects were observed exiting the housing area, arms loaded with property.
Officers detained the two men, identified as Clayton C. Stroh, 23, and John H. West, 20, and learned the items were stolen from a vehicle in the 4300 block of Riverfalls Court. Stroh was also armed with a handgun and West was in possession of dangerous drugs.
Subsequent to the field investigation, Stroh was charged with State Jail Felony Theft and Unlawful Carrying Weapon. West was charged with State Jail Felony Theft and Possession Dangerous Drugs. The pair was booked into the Tom Green County Jail where they remain on $8,000 and $8,500 Bond.
The stolen property, valued at approximately $14,500, was returned to the owner. It was later determined that the firearm Stroh was carrying was reported stolen on Wednesday from a vehicle in the 1200 block of Van Buren Street.
October 10, 2018 — A 33-year-old San Angelo man who assaulted a 67-year-old male relative with a metal broom handle this morning has been arrested.
Around 9:15 a.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to Highland Grocery at 1001 S. Chadbourne for the report of an assault.
Officers arrived and located the victim inside an ambulance. The man was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of multiple injuries he sustained in the assault. His injuries are said to be non-life-threatening. His current condition is unknown.
During the follow-up investigation, Officers identified the suspect as Jimmy Perez and determined that the assault occurred at a residence in the 1000 block of Orient Street. Perez was no longer on scene but Officers located evidence of a struggle along with the broom used to commit the assault.
Just before 12:30 this afternoon, a Patrol Sergeant who was searching for Perez observed Perez attempting to hide in the 200 block of W. Avenue N. The Patrol Sergeant attempted to make contact with Perez but Perez ran. Moments later, Perez surrendered and was taken into custody without further incident and transported to Police Headquarters for interview.
Following his interview, Perez was charged with Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon Family Violence and transported to the Tom Green County Jail.
Additional charges are pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation.
On October 4, 2018, Perez was arrested for Terroristic Threat of Family Member/Household at the residence on Orient after he made threats of violence to the same victim while holding hedge clippers.
A 52-year-old San Angelo man located deceased inside a residence on E. 20th Street Monday afternoon has been identified as Macario Perales of San Angelo.
Officers responded to the home shortly after noon on October 8, 2018. Justice of the Peace J. P McGuire responded and formally pronounced Perales deceased and ordered Perales’s body to be transported to Lubbock, Texas for autopsy.
Preliminary findings indicate Perales suffered a medical complication and narcotics overdose.
Beginning October 20, 2018, San Angelo Public Safety Communications will host testing for Emergency Services Dispatcher positions every two (2) weeks The tests will be held 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 are slated to be held on test days and interview times will be announced on the day of the test.
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
The San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division is conducting a death investigation at a residence in the unit block of E. 20th.
An 18-year-old San Angelo man is facing a plethora of charges after a weekend crime spree in Southland.
Just after 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 6, 2018, San Angelo Police responded to a residence in the 3300 block of Cedar Hill Drive where a 68-year-old San Angelo man reported one of his vehicles was burglarized and that his 2011 Ford F250 pickup truck had been stolen from his driveway. The victim also reported the truck contained a firearm and his credit cards.
As the responding Officer was taking the report, the victim received text messages from his bank inquiring about recent purchases that were made at multiple stores inside the Sunset Mall. During follow up investigation and review of surveillance footage from the mall, Officers learned that a subject who is known to law enforcement, Noah Silva, was using one of the cards to make the unauthorized purchases.
A few hours later, Officers spotted Silva driving the stolen truck in the 2600 block of S. Bryant Blvd. Additional units mobilized and attempted to execute a Felony traffic stop on the vehicle near Ben Ficklin and S. Bryant; however, Silva disregarded the marked units’ lights and sirens and a vehicle pursuit ensued. During the pursuit, Silva reached excessive speeds and drove through Butler Farms and neighboring fields.
Stop-Sticks were utilized near River Valley Lane, which disabled three of the truck’s tires but Silva continued fleeing until he crashed the truck in the 1600 block of Idaho Avenue. Following the crash, Silva fled on foot. Officers quickly established a perimeter and located Silva. Silva actively resisted his arrest.
Silva was charged with Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, Evading Arrest Detention with Vehicle, Evading Arrest Detention, Resisting Arrest Detention, and warrants.
Additional charges are forthcoming pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation and Silva is a person of interest in several thefts and burglaries that have occurred in the Southland area prior to Saturday’s incident.
The victim’s stolen firearm was also recovered from the truck.
This morning, members of the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division executed a Search and Arrest Warrant at a residence in the 3100 block of W. Beauregard.
The warrant, issued by District Judge Jay Weatherby, named 44-year-old Danny Juarez as a suspect who recently threatened to publish intimate visual materials of a female victim. Juarez was located at the residence and taken into custody without incident.
Following a formal interview at Police Headquarters, Juarez was transported to the Tom Green County Jail and charged with Publish/Threat to Publish Intimate Visual Material, which is a State Jail Felony punishable by confinement of up to two years.
Juarez has been named as a person of interest in additional investigations as a subject that is contacting women through fake Facebook profiles to offer tattoo services as well as plaster-cast pregnancy belly, breasts, and genitalia molds and cakes in exchange for payment. In some incidents, Juarez obtained photographs of his victims’ breasts and then threatened to publish them if the victims do not comply with his demands.
Additional charges may be forthcoming pending the outcome of these ongoing investigations.
This morning, investigators with the Street Crimes Division developed information that led to a traffic stop of 42 year old Juan Moreno.
Moreno was found to be in possession of 294 grams (2/3 of a pound) of methamphetamine, a handgun, and a large quantity of cash.
Following the investigation, Moreno was arrested for First Degree Felony Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 > 200 grams <400 grams.
During the evening of September 26, 2018, officers with the Anti-Crime Unit (ACU), Narcotics Division, Criminal Investigation Division (CID), and Patrol coordinated a series of investigations that led to multiple arrests and the recovery of stolen truck and boat.
Investigators with the Narcotics Division provided intelligence to the ACU about a possible vehicle associated with thefts of trailers in the San Angelo area.
Members of the ACU detained the vehicle at the Walmart at 3440 S. Bryant Blvd after confirming that one of the occupants, Kendell Stasey, 20 years old, had a criminal trespass warning from that property. After being arrested for that offense, Stasey was found to be in possession of marijuana.
The driver of the vehicle, 24 year old Colby Hawkins, was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and a quantity of methamphetamine.
Investigation with these subjects led members of CID to a stolen vehicle being operated by Henry Perez, 42. Further investigation led to the recovery of a stolen boat in the 800 block of W. Avenue X.
At the end of the investigation, the arrests were as follows:
Kendell Stasey: Class B Possession of Marijuana, Class B Criminal Trespass, Class C Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Colby Hawkins: Third Degree Felony Possession of Controlled Substance, Penalty Group 1 1-4g, Class B Possession of Marijuana, Class C Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Henry Perez: State Jail Felony Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle
More charges will likely follow.
This morning, at approximately 10:30 am, units were dispatched to the area of the 400 block of Pulliam Street in reference to possible shots fired. Several units quickly responded to the area.
Two SAPD motorcycle units were dispatched to the area, one following the other, actively searching for any possible persons involved with the call. The operator of the back motorcycle collided with the operator of the front motorcycle when he slowed to look down an alleyway.
The collision resulted in non-life threatening injuries to both officers. Both officers were transported to Shannon Medical Center by ambulance and have since been released.
Yesterday, the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a School Zone Traffic Enforcement Operation utilizing LIDAR in numerous school zones throughout San Angelo from 7 – 8 am. A total of fourteen (14) citations and nine (9) warnings were issued.
Following the School Zone Operation, LIDAR Traffic Enforcement was utilized in the 1700 block of E. Houston Harte from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. and in the 4200 block of W. Houston Harte from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. A total of fifty-one (51) citations and twelve (12) warnings were issued.
Breakdown for citations:
Other/Misc. Violations: 3
No Insurance: 2
Speeding: 37 (Highest speed, 86 MPH)
Other/Misc. Violations: 7
No Insurance: 4
No DL: 3
On September 19, 2018, members of the Department’s Street Crimes Division executed a search warrant at a residence in the 700 block of West 16th Street.
The warrant named 20-year-old Kelien Thompson to be in possession of a quantity of marijuana at the residence.
Thompson tried to flee the response by jumping out a window. He was taken into custody without incident and treated for numerous lacerations he sustained in his attempted flight.
During a search of the residence Investigators located and seized a quantity of marijuana, Xanax, three (3) firearms, and approximately $1,500.00 dollars in U.S. Currency.
Thompson was charged with Felony Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 3.
A second occupant, 20-year-old Anthony Rivera, was also charged with Felony Possession of Marijuana.
The Department’s Patrol and Criminal Investigations Divisions, Anti-Crime Unit, and members of the Center for Tactical Medicine assisted with today’s operation.
Just after 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 20, 2018, San Angelo Police received a report of two children who may have entered a storm drain near East Avenue G and Burgess Street.
Officers learned that a nearby resident had spotted the children, around six and three-year-of-age, standing near the drain one moment and then go missing.
Personnel from the City’s Water Department also responded and aided Officers by cutting several bars off the drain’s cover. Two Officers crawled nearly forty (40) yards in an attempt to locate the children; however, there were no signs of disturbance in the pipe’s sediment. A remote control camera was also utilized by Sewer Department personnel during the team effort.
The search lasted over two-hours. No children were located and there were no reports of missing children in the area. At the conclusion of the search operation, workers reinforced the drain’s barred-covering as an extra precaution.
Following the search, both Officers noted their soiled uniforms were well worth the outcome and they were happy no children were harmed during the reported incident.
On September 10, 2018, San Angelo Police responded to a residence in the 1800 block of Catalina Drive for the report of a burglary.
While enroute to the call Police learned that the suspect, believed to be a juvenile, fled the scene prior to their arrival.
During the field investigation, Officers learned the suspect gained entry to the residence through an unsecured door and stole several pieces of unique jewelry, and while processing the scene a technician with the Department’s Crime Scene Investigations Unit located and processed a shoe print believed to belong to the suspect. Through extensive follow up investigation, the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division and Crime Analysis Unit identified a 16-year-old male juvenile as a person of interest in the case.
On Wednesday, September 19, 2018, Officers located the juvenile and he was subsequently magistrated by Justice of the Peace J.P. McGuire. The juvenile’s shoes were also seized for comparison.
During the follow up investigation, Investigators conducted a consent search of the juvenile’s residence and two pieces of the stolen jewelry were located.
The suspect was charged with Burglary of Habitation and transported to the Tom Green County Juvenile Justice Center.
This is an ongoing investigation and no further information is available for release at this time.
National Night Out 2018 will be celebrated on October 2 in most Texas cities.
National Night Out is a great opportunity for communities nationwide to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie. While the one night is certainly not an answer to crime, drugs and violence, National Night Out represents the kind of spirit, energy and determination to help make neighborhoods a safer place year round. NNO is about networking and connecting with like-minded people who all want the same thing, to ensure his or her community is a safe place to live and play.
Sir Robert Peel, considered to be the father of modern policing once said, “Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent upon every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.” In other words, Peel was saying we are all responsible for the policing of our community. So how can you become a police-community partner? One way is by getting to know your neighbors and watching over their property. By them doing the same for you, and by keeping your possessions locked up, you are doing a form of police work that contributes to keeping our neighborhoods crime free.
The San Angelo Police Department invites you to attend the seven events scheduled throughout the city. Turn on your porch lights, lock your doors, and spend the evening outside interacting with friends, neighbors and first responders. Join us and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
Vistas at Red Creek Apartments - 5751 Green Hill Rd. - 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Wall Brethren Church - 7921 Loop 570, Wall, TX - 4:30 - 7:30 PM
Angelo Skate & Fun Center - 34 Buick St. - 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Northside Boys & Girls Club - 1802 N. Lillie - 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Trinity Lutheran School - 3516 Lutheran Way - 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Goodfellow Family Housing - 2025 Longhorn Dr. - 5:30 - 7:30 PM
Bent Tree Apartments - 1625 Sunset Dr. - 5:30 - 7:30 PM
For more information, contact Sgt. Tim Coffman at (325) 481-2709.
Last week, 31-year-old Tommy Guzman was indicted by the U.S. District Court in Lubbock, Texas, on two counts of Possession with Intent to Distribute Methamphetamine. The indictments stemmed from an ongoing investigation of narcotics trafficking in San Angelo.
As a result of the indictments, Investigators with the Department’s Street Crimes Division (SCD) obtained a Search Warrant for Guzman’s residence located in the 2800 block of Patrick Street.
The warrant, issued by District Judge Scott Frost, was executed this morning by members of SCD along with the Department’s SWAT Team, K-9 Unit and Patrol Division as well as agents with the Bureau of Alcoh0l, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and Drug Enforcement Administration.
Two adults and one infant were located and detained during the search, which resulted in the discovery and seizure of nearly one-half pound of suspected methamphetamine.
Guzman was taken into custody and is awaiting transport to the Taylor County Jail.
The Center for Tactical Medicine assisted with today’s operation. Child Protective Services also responded to the scene.
September 19, 2018 — Just after 12:00 a.m. this morning, San Angelo Police were dispatched to a residence in the 2800 block of Waco Street for the report of a residential burglary.
During the investigation, Police learned that the victim’s gray 2014 Toyota Tundra pickup had been stolen. In addition, the victim’s Toyota Avalon had been burglarized and the perpetrator(s) stole jewelry, a purse, money, and the vehicle’s key fob.
Less than one hour into the call, San Angelo Police Officer J. Mata conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near W. Avenue J and S. Fillmore. The driver, 24-year-old Ruben Espinola was subsequently arrested for not having a valid driver license. The passenger, 29-year-old Miguel A. Lopez, was arrested for Fail to Identify Giving False Fictitious Information and fourteen warrants.
During an inventory of the vehicle, Officers located jewelry, a purse filled with money, and a key fob to a Toyota. Officers soon realized the items were connected to the burglary on Waco.
Detectives with the Criminal investigations Division and Crime Scene Investigations responded to both scenes for follow up investigation. The stolen truck was eventually located in an alley near the 2200 block of Carlton Way.
Subsequent to the lengthy field investigation, Lopez was additionally charged with Burglary of Habitation.
Additional charges may be pending the outcome of this investigation, which is ongoing.
Just after 9:00 p.m. on Monday, September 17, 2018, Officers with the San Angelo Police Department’s Anti-Crime Unit directed a traffic stop on a black 2010 GMC Sierra in the 400 block of N. Washington Street.
The driver, David Steinbach, 37, and two passengers, Kevin Clements, 37, and Hazel Lynn Walker, 31, were arrested for warrants. During a search of the pickup, Officers located a bag containing seven keys that had dealer tags on them — tags belonging to Rays Auto Sales, which had been burglarized around 12:00 a.m. that morning.
During immediate follow-up investigation, Investigators with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division developed information which led them to the Tuscany Apartments at 1815 S. Fillmore where they discovered a black 2006 Hummer H2 — also reported stolen from Rays Auto Sales.
Steinbach was ultimately charged with Burglary of Building, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and his warrants. Additional charges are pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation.
The recovered vehicle and keys were returned to Rays Auto Sales.
San Angelo Police need the public’s help in getting the word out about scammers and thieves that appear to be targeting elderly citizens with a fake-jewelry scam and theft.
On September 12, 2018, an 87-year-old San Angelo man was approached in his driveway by a Hispanic woman that engaged him in conversation and put jewelry on his hand. When the woman left, the man noticed his own ring, a 1954 Naval Academy graduation ring, was missing from his finger. The woman was described as being in her mid-thirties to mid-forties with shoulder length brown hair, 5’5” – 5’7”, with a stocky build. The vehicle was described as a black colored, newer-modeled Ford SUV (Possibly 2017 or 2018). The driver was believed to be a Hispanic male (no further description).
The stolen ring has a ruby inset and a unique crest along with the victim’s name and 1954 inscribed inside the band. The victim’s last name is Powell. (See photo of crest)
This afternoon, Detectives with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division obtained surveillance video of the female suspect at the Neighborhood Walmart on Knickerbocker, confirming she was driving a black 2018 Ford Expedition bearing Texas license plate JTV4343. The vehicle was recently rented out of the Midland/Odessa area.
Investigators believe the suspects chose this location to pick their victim and followed him home to complete the scam/theft. Photos of the vehicle and suspect are attached.
In another report, a second elderly man was approached by a Hispanic male and female in a black SUV. The woman tried to sell jewelry to the potential victim, stating her family needed money for food but the potential victim did not fall for it.
The Criminal investigations Division is urging San Angelo citizens to contact police if they are approached by anyone trying to sell jewelry or other items that appear to be of value for low prices. Investigators suspect the team of thieves may be a family as the suspect was seen with juveniles.
If you have any information about the suspect(s) identities or whereabouts, please contact Detective Noel Anderson at (325) 659-8012. To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts.
Please share this alert, especially with members of our aging community, so we can protect them from these scammers.
The San Angelo Police Department is investigating an apparent drive-by shooting that occurred Thursday night in the 900 block of E. 20th Street.
On September 13, 2018, units were dispatched to the area around 11:35 p.m. for the report of a shooting victim. Officers were directed to a passenger car where they located the 42-year-old male victim suffering from a gunshot wound.
Officers rendered immediate first aid to the victim before his transport to Shannon Medical Center where he received treatment for his non-life-threatening injuries. He has since been released.
The preliminary investigation revealed the victim was an unintended victim of an apparent drive-by shooting, which is believed to be gang-related. The suspects were reportedly driving a dark-colored pickup truck. The shooter was described as a young Hispanic male.
If you have information about the suspect(s) identities or whereabouts, please call the 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.
On Wednesday morning, September 12, 2018, San Angelo Police received a report of a white 2017 Toyota RAV-4 stolen from Goodnight Trail. During extensive follow up investigation, 19-year-old Rocky Ramirez Jr. was developed as a potential suspect.
Late last night, Officers with the Department’s Anti-Crime Unit spotted the RAV-4 being operated in the 2500 block of W. Avenue N.
Pursuant to immediate coordination with the Department’s Patrol Division, a high-risk traffic stop was initiated in the 2200 block of S. Johnson Street. The driver was taken into custody without incident and identified as Ramirez.
During the subsequent search of Ramirez and the recovered stolen vehicle, Officers located and seized numerous pieces of identifying information and credit and debit cards issued to people other than Ramirez as well as electronics and a women’s purse. Some of the items were confirmed to belong to the registered owner of the RAV-4, while other items were confirmed to belong to victims of several recent burglaries.
During the lengthy field investigation, the Anti-Crime Unit Officers discovered Ramirez had committed a yet-to-be reported robbery at the 7-11 Convenience store located at 1801 W. Avenue N. sometime Wednesday morning and subsequently obtained surveillance video of Ramirez arriving at the store in the stolen RAV-4. As a result, an arrest warrant for the offense of Robbery was obtained.
Ramirez was ultimately charged with Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, Credit Card/Debit Card Abuse, and the warrant for Robbery. Ramirez was transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident. His bond was set at $30,000.
On Monday, September 10, 2018, San Angelo Police Patrol Officer P. Potts observed a juvenile male walking in the 1400 block of Volney Street during school hours. The juvenile also matched the description of a recently reported 13-year-old runaway.
After confirming the juvenile was, in fact, the missing runaway Officer Potts discovered the teen was in possession of three firearms, marijuana, clothing, and several watches.
During a lengthy follow up investigation, Detectives with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division discovered the items had been taken during a residential burglary that had not yet been reported.
The teen was transported to the Juvenile Justice Center without incident and subsequently charged with Unlawful Carrying Weapon and Burglary of Habitation.
All of the stolen items were returned to the victim.
Just after 11:00 p.m. on September 10, 2018, a San Angelo Police Patrol Sergeant detained a man for parking in a designated disabled parking area at the Allsup’s located at 514 N. Main Street.
During the detention it was discovered that the driver, identified as 31-year-old David Ellichman of San Angelo, had warrants. Soon after, a responding backup Officer observed a gun case on the passenger floorboard.
As Officers attempted to arrest Ellichman for his warrants, Ellichman refused to exit his vehicle and used his extremities to wedge himself inside. A struggle ensued and only diminished after a Taser deployment allowed Officers to remove Ellichman from the vehicle. Once out of the vehicle, Ellichman continued to actively resist the Officers and additional Taser deployments were utilized. Ellichman was eventually handcuffed with assistance from additional responding Officers and it is believed Ellichman was intoxicated on an unknown substance.
K-9 Officer Fincher utilized his partner, Police Service Dog Xander, to conduct an open-air sniff around Ellichman’s white 2002 Buick Lesabre. During the sniff, Xander alerted to the presence of contraband. During a search of the vehicle, Officers located a quantity of suspected Heroin, Methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and a stolen firearm. In addition to the stolen firearm and narcotics, Officers also located and seized various items of jewelry, phones, and watches that are suspected as stolen. The firearm had been reported stolen from a vehicle burglary on S. Madison Street that morning.
Ellichman was transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident and subsequently charged with Prohibited Weapon, two counts of Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, and Resisting Arrest Search or Transport.
Just after 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 9, 2018, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the Juvenile Justice Center located at 1253 W. 19th Street for the report of an escape attempt by inmates possibly armed with homemade knives.
Upon arrival, the first Officer on scene discovered broken windows leading to a secured area. Soon after, the Officer encountered three male juvenile inmates with shirts covering their faces.
During an attempt to take the juveniles into custody, a 15-year-old inmate actively resisted and a brief struggle ensued. The teen was eventually Tasered and taken into custody. A second inmate, age 16, also became combative and attempted to fight his way past Officers; however, his attempt failed.
Due to the quick police response, none of the juvenile inmates escaped and no Officers were injured during the incident.
Follow up investigation is being handled by the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office.
A 26-year-old San Angelo man who sustained life-threatening injuries after he fell from the Cactus Hotel Saturday night remains hospitalized.
Dylan Kohutek-Bottalico, 26, who was initially treated at Shannon Medical Center, was later flown to a Lubbock area hospital for specialized care.
Kohutek-Bottalico was the subject of a welfare check call regarding a man that was reportedly climbing the northeast corner of the Cactus Hotel located at 36 E. Twohig Avenue around 8:00 p.m. on September 8, 2018.
Upon arrival, Officers located Kohutek-Bottalico holding onto the brick façade approximately five stories up from the roof of the hotel’s ballroom. As Officers requested Fire Department Personnel to respond with a ladder truck, Kohutek-Bottalico fell and landed on the roof of the ballroom.
In a coordinated response, Officers and Fire Department Medics gained access to the roof and rendered aid to Kohutek-Bottalico. Fire Department Personnel navigated power lines and successfully extricated Kohutek-Bottalico from the rooftop with the aid of ladder truck. Oakes Street was temporarily closed to vehicle traffic during the incident.
Personal property belonging to Kohutek-Bottalico was later located at the parking structure adjacent to the hotel, which is where Kohutek-Bottalico is believed to have gained access to one of the hotel’s rooftops.
No other persons were located on the roof and no foul play is suspected. This is an active investigation and no further information is available for release at this time.
Shortly after 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, August 30, 2018, San Angelo Police responded to the 1100 block of N. Pope Street for the report of an unauthorized use of a white 1988 Ford Ranger pickup.
Just after 12:00 a.m. this morning, a San Angelo Police Officer spotted the stolen truck traveling in the 400 block of W. 14th Street. When the Officer initiated a traffic stop near the 500 block of W. 16th Street, the driver jumped out and ran and a foot pursuit ensued.
Additional Officers responded to the area and quickly established a perimeter. Soon after, Police located the suspect, later identified as 30-year-old Angel Paul Enriquez, hiding in a nearby shed behind a trash can.
Enriquez was charged with Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, Evading Arrest Detention, Possession/Delivery of Drug Paraphernalia, and an outstanding warrant. Enriquez was transported to the Tom Green County Jail where he remains on $8,642.00 Bond.
August 28, 2018 — This morning, the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division executed a Search Warrant at the Windmill Apartments, 1929 Raney Street.
The warrant, issued by District Judge Jay Weatherby, named 33-year-old Jerrod Johnson to be in possession of a quantity of Cocaine.
Johnson was located on the property and detained and investigators located and seized a quantity of Cocaine, Xanax, and marijuana during their search.
Johnson was arrested for state Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, Class A Misdemeanor Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 3, and Class B Possession of Marijuana. Johnson’s Bond was set at $2,000.
Members of the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Criminal Investigations Division, San Angelo Police Patrol Division, and the Center for Tactical Medicine assisted with today’s operation.
On August 24th, 2018, the San Angelo Police Department responded to Shannon Medical Center at approximately 3:15 pm for a report of a shooting victim. Information provided at that time was that the victim was a 2 year old child.
Investigation revealed that the shooting was an accident that resulted from another young child gaining access to a gun. No charges will be filed against that child, as per Texas law. The victim was flown to Cook Children’s Medical Center where he is still receiving treatment.
Subsequent investigation resulted in the issuance of an arrest warrant for 26 year old Juan Manuel Mata Jr. for Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence, a Third Degree Felony. Pursuant to that portion of the investigation, the firearm that was involved in the shooting was located.
Mata was arrested on August 25th, 2018 and booked in on the listed charge. This is an ongoing investigation and more charges may be forthcoming.
On August 21, 2018, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 2400 block of Abilene Street for the report of an unwanted subject.
Officers arrived and made contact with the subject, who stated he was charging his cell phone in his neighbor’s carport because the electricity to his residence had been disconnected. The subject was identified as 24-year-old Estevan Rubio.
During the contact with Rubio, Officers learned Rubio’s 2-year-old son was unsupervised inside the residence. Officers requested to check the child’s welfare but Rubio denied them entry. When Rubio opened his front door to retrieve this son, Officers smelled a strong odor of marijuana emitting from the residence. When Rubio came back outside with his son, the Officers noticed the child was covered with insect bites.
Fearing the child was endangered; Officers requested a response from Child Protective Services. In addition, Officers requested a response from the Street Crimes Division (SCD) and a search warrant for the residence, issued by Justice of the Peace J.P. McGuire, was obtained.
Once inside, SCD Detectives discovered a filth-ridden residence along with several ounces of suspected powder cocaine, Xanax, ecstasy, and marijuana. Over $1,000.00 in U.S. Currency was also located and seized.
Rubio was ultimately charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and Third Degree Felony Possession Controlled Substance Penalty Group 3.
This morning, the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a School Zone Traffic Enforcement Operation utilizing LIDAR in numerous school zones throughout San Angelo from 7 – 8 am. Following the School Zone Operation, LIDAR Traffic Enforcement targeting high crash areas was conducted in the 5100 block of Knickerbocker, 1000 block of S. Abe, and the 3400 block of Sherwood Way from 8 – 10 am. From 9:30 am – noon, additional LIDAR Traffic Enforcement was conducted targeting the 4200 block of Houston Harte.
Breakdown for citations:
Other/Misc. Violations: 4
No Insurance: 3
No DL: 1
Other/Misc. Violations: 4
No Insurance: 3
Driving While License Invalid: 1
Other/Misc. Violations: 1
No Insurance: 2
No DL: 3
Just after 11:00 a.m., a San Angelo Motors Section Officer that was running LIDAR enforcement in the 4400 block of the W. Houston Harte Expressway observed a vehicle traveling over 100 MPH in a 65 MPH zone.
The Officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle by activating lights and sirens; however, the driver failed to stop, continued at high speeds, disregarded traffic lights, and traversed across highway medians in an attempt to evade. Due to the high rate of speed and out of concern for public safety, a pursuit was not initiated.
When the Motors Officer came to the area of College Hills Blvd. at the frontage road, several citizens alerted the Officer to the suspect’s vehicle, which was disabled under the bridge in the turnaround lane. The alert citizens also told the Officer that the suspect fled on foot after his vehicle collided with one of the bridge’s concrete support pillars. Traffic in the turnaround lane was temporarily diverted until the disabled vehicle, a 2007 Buick Rendezvous, was towed from the scene.
Additional responding Motors Officers that converged on the area were directed by more citizens to the suspect’s direction of travel. The suspect, later identified as 23-year-old Thomas Ray Rose, Jr., was subsequently located at the intersection of Forest Trail and Sunset Blvd. and taken into custody without incident.
Rose apologized for running from the Police and requested medical assistance. He was transported to Shannon Medical Center for evaluation. Upon release, Rose was transported to the Tom Green County Jail where he was booked in for County Warrants, Evading Arrest Detention with Vehicle, Duty Upon Striking Fixture/Highway Landscape, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Class B Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana.
August 20, 2018 — A San Angelo teen was arrested for Class A Misdemeanor Deadly Conduct after he crashed his Ford Truck through a residence in Bluffs subdivision late last night.
Just before midnight, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the HEB located at 5502 Sherwood Way for the report of a reckless driver. The vehicle, described as a white pickup truck, was reportedly doing donuts in the parking lot and narrowly missed colliding with the gas pumps before it fled north on Highway 2288.
Minutes later, Police were dispatched to a residence in the 1000 block of Hunters Glen Road for a possible structure fire. Upon arrival Police located a white 2010 Ford Truck that had driven through the home’s a corner bedroom. Although the home was occupied at the time of the collision, no one was in the room that sustained damage and what initially appeared to be smoke was determined to be dust and debris caused from the collision.
A witness that was walking a dog in the area told Police the truck was traveling at a high rate of speed just prior to the collision.
The suspect, identified as Nicholas S. Garza, 18, was located at the scene and transported to the Tom Green County Jail following the field investigation.
Preliminary damage was estimated to be upwards of $50,000.
A 30-year-old San Angelo man driving a stolen vehicle was arrested on multiple charges last night thanks to a keen-eyed Patrolman.
Just before 11:00 p.m., San Angelo Police began investigating an aggravated robbery where the suspect, identified as 30-year-old Miguel Angel Fernandez, Jr., stole a white Nissan passenger car from a male acquaintance at gun point.
Shortly after receiving information about the incident, an Officer Patrolling near Ben Ficklin and S. Bryant observed the stolen vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed before it pulled into the Executive Inn Motel, 4205 S. Bryant Blvd.
Upon further investigation, Officers located Fernandez in the driver’s seat. Additional Officers arrived and attempted to take Fernandez into custody without incident; however, Fernandez disobeyed their commands by refusing to exit the vehicle and by reaching into his pockets. He was eventually taken into custody after a lengthy struggle.
During a search of the recovered-stolen vehicle, Officers located open containers of alcohol, a rifle, and a baggy that contained over ten (10) grams of suspected methamphetamine.
Fernandez was ultimately charged with Aggravated Robbery, Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, Resist Arrest Search or Transport, First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, and outstanding warrants for GOB Evading Arrest Detention, Unlawful Possession Firearm by Felon, Possession Controlled Substance PG1, and GOB Evading Arrest Detention with Vehicle.
Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division have obtained an Arrest Warrant for 35-year-old Sergio Eduardo Coyac-Aguilar in connection to the July 2, 2018 Homicide and suspected Arson investigation at the Arden Ridge Apartments.
Coyac-Aguilar, a Mexican National that was working in San Angelo under a false name, is believed to have murdered his co-worker, 59-year-old Miguel Mendez, by beating him to death.
Autopsy results indicate Mendez died from blunt force trauma to the head. Justice of the Peace J.P. McGuire declared the death a homicide due to assault. It is believed that Coyac-Agular set fire to the apartment to conceal the crime scene.
Investigators developed Coyac-Agular as a person of interest during the initial field investigation; however, his positive identification was hindered due to Coyac-Agular’s use of a false name. Through investigation it was learned that Coyac-Agular obtained work in the United States under the guise of falsified permanent residency status and with a fictitious social security card.
It is believed Coyac-Agular fled to Mexico after the murder. If you have information about Coyac-Agular’s 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.
On August 5, 2018, an Officer with the San Angelo Police Department’s Lake Division located a U-Haul Truck at Mary E. Lee Beach and made contact with two subjects concerning a City Ordinance Violation.
During a computerized records check, the Officer received notification that the U-Haul had been reported stolen from Charleston, West Virginia. The female subject was identified as 35-year-old Victoria Turner of West Virginia. The male subject, who originally identified himself to the Officer using a false name, was later identified as 49-year-old Michael Turner of West Virginia. M. Turner had outstanding non-extraditable warrants out of Arkansas.
M. Turner was arrested for Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle and Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group I after Officers located a syringe loaded with suspected methamphetamine in his pocket, but it was the search of the U-Haul that led Officers and Criminal Investigators to discover evidence that ultimately cleared several other crimes.
Officers located and seized numerous pieces of identifying [card] information from victims located in other states as well as San Angelo. As a result, the couple was additionally charged with Fraudulent Use Possession of Identifying Information 10<50, a Second Degree Felony.
During extensive follow up investigation by Detectives with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division it was learned the couple were also suspects of an ongoing investigation for Grand Larceny with the Charleston Police Department in West Virginia as well as suspects in an ongoing investigation for Felony Theft and Commercial Burglary with the Marion Police Department in Marion, Arkansas.
Additional warrants from Arkansas are forthcoming and additional local charges may be pending from the ongoing investigation.
August 6, 2018 — A 56-year-old Tom Green County resident has been arrested on multiple charges after he fled a hit and run crash during today’s busy lunch commute.
Shortly after noon, San Angelo Public Safety Communications received a call about a suspect vehicle that was leaving the scene of a crash that occurred in the eastbound lane of the 5100 block of Sherwood Way.
The witness began following the white 2001 Ford F250 pickup, which fled San Angelo and made it to Farm to Market Road 1223, just south of U.S. Highway 87.
Thanks to the witness, Deputies from the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office assisted with locating the vehicle and driver, later identified as 58-year-old Juan Jose Longoria. Following their investigation, Longoria was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated 3rd or More and Driving While License Invalid with Previous Convictions.
Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section determined Longoria struck a blue 2013 Nissan Sentra that was stopped at a red light. The Nissan’s occupants, a 58-year-old female driver and a 10-year-old female passenger, were transported to a nearby hospital by private vehicle for treatment of non-incapacitating injuries.
In addition to Longoria’s arrest, San Angelo Police issued Longoria Citations for Fail to Stop and Leave Information, Driving While License Invalid, No Insurance, Expired Plates, and Failure to Control Speed.
August 3, 2018 — Around 9:25 this morning, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the area of E. 12th and Akin for the report of suspicious subjects checking vehicles in the area.
Shortly after, a responding Officer located the subjects in the 700 block of E. 16th Street and initiated contact with the duo; however, the male subject ran and abandoned a backpack and the female subject left in another direction.
Responding Officers converged on the area, quickly established a perimeter and searched the neighborhood. Officers eventually located the woman hiding behind vegetation in the north alley of the 600 block of E. 15th street. She was identified as Jamie L. Hocker, 30, of San Angelo. Hocker was arrested for an outstanding County Warrant but the male suspect was never located.
Although the Officers did not initially locate the male, later identified as 31-year-old wanted felon Emmanuel Sanchez, they discovered that Sanchez’s discarded backpack held the key to an unsolved case.
In addition to locating narcotics and marijuana inside the backpack, Officers discovered a car key that belonged to a vehicle that had been reported stolen earlier this week from the 1100 block of E. 24th ½ Street. Police recovered the stolen 2014 Hyundai Elantra the same day it was reported stolen but the keys were never located — until today.
Just after 2:00 p.m. this afternoon, San Angelo Police caught a break on Sanchez’s possible whereabouts when a citizen called dispatch to report a sighting of the man police were searching for earlier in the day.
As Officers responded to the area of the sighting, they spotted Sanchez at 21st and Blum. Sanchez immediately fled and another pursuit ensued until he was taken into custody in the 500 block of E. 20th.
Sanchez was arrested for his Parole Warrant and Evading Arrest Detention with Previous Conviction. Charges for State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance PG1, State Jail Felony Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, and Class B Possession of Marijuana are forthcoming.
August 2, 2018 — Just before 8:00 a.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to a residence in the 1100 block of E. 20th Street for the report of an 18-year-old male shooting victim.
The victim was subsequently transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital with serious injuries and later airlifted to Lubbock for specialized treatment.
While at the scene, Police received information about the suspect’s whereabouts. Officers responded to a residence in the 600 block of E. 20th Street and initiated contact with the suspect around 8:26 a.m. The suspect, identified as a 15-year-old male acquaintance of the victim, surrendered around 8:35 a.m. without incident and he was transported to Police Headquarters for interview.
The Department’s Criminal Investigations Division and Crimes Scene Investigations Unit responded to both locations for follow up investigation.
Pursuant to the investigation, Detectives learned the suspect was recklessly handling a firearm in the carport at the residence when he caused the firearm to discharge in the direction of the victim.
The juvenile suspect was subsequently charged with Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon and booked into the Tom Green County Juvenile Justice Center.
Today, with assistance from the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office, the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted three LIDAR Traffic Enforcement Operations targeting westbound traffic in the 4100 block of W. Houston Harte, westbound traffic in the 1500 block of W. Loop 306, and eastbound traffic in the 2200 block of W. Houston Harte.
Police issued a total of one hundred ten (110) citations and sixteen (16) warnings during the operation. The highest speed of the day was 90 MPH.
Breakdown of citations;
4100 W Houston Harte WB
Driving While License Invalid: 3
Other/Misc. Violations: 19
No Insurance: 5
No DL: 1
1500 W Loop 306 WB/2200 W Houston Harte EB
Other/Misc. Violations: 6
No Insurance: 2
Operating a motor vehicle is an important privilege and responsibility for drivers, especially in a state as large as Texas with more than 310,000 miles of public roadways. Tragically, every year in Texas, approximately 3,000 people are killed in traffic crashes and more than 80,000 are seriously injured.
Today, more than ever, drivers must avoid distractions in their own vehicle while also staying alert for impaired or unsafe drivers sharing the roadway – failing to do so could have tragic consequences.
On Tuesday, July 17, 2018, San Angelo Police began searching for a 22-year-old San Angelo man that was wanted on an outstanding warrant for Sexual Assault of a Child.
Acting on leads, Officers located the suspect, Christopher Thomas Brooks, at a residence in the 1900 block of Spaulding Street. Brooks was taken into custody and transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident.
Subsequent to the arrest, Officers located a female under the age of seventeen and an infant child at the same residence. A follow up investigation revealed Brooks had been harboring the girl and her baby as well as engaging in sexual conduct with the girl since May 2018 when her family reported her missing. The missing girl and her baby were later released to family members.
As a result of the follow up investigation, Detectives with the Department’s Crimes against Children Unit obtained an Arrest Warrant for Brooks on the charge of Trafficking Child-Engage in Sexual Conduct, a First Degree Felony.
This is an ongoing investigation and no other information is available for release at this time.
The San Angelo Police Department is working to relaunch its Law Enforcement Explorer Program — which is a hands-on program open to young men and women who have completed the 8th grade through 20 years old, interested in a career in law enforcement or a related field in the criminal justice system.
The Department is hosting an open house on Thursday, July 26th at 6 PM at the San Angelo Police Department Community Services Division located at 505 S. Chadbourne Street, to explain the Explorer Program to perspective applicants.
The program offers young adults a personal awareness of the criminal justice system through training, practical experiences, competition and other activities. Additionally, the program promotes personal growth through character development, respect for the rule of law, physical fitness, good citizenship, patriotism, and community service.
If you know of anyone between the ages of 14 and 20 that are considering a law enforcement career, please inform them of this meeting or have them contact Sgt. Tim Coffman with the San Angelo Police Department Community Services Division at (325) 481-2709.
Over recent months, members of the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division (SCD) have been investigating a person suspected of trafficking Methamphetamine in San Angelo and the surrounding area.
Pursuant to the ongoing investigation, SCD Investigators recently located and seized approximately nine pounds of suspected methamphetamine as well as paraphernalia consistent with the distribution of narcotics. The Department’s Patrol Division, K9 Unit, and the Center for Tactical Medicine have played a vital role in these arduous narcotics investigations.
The suspects’ names are being withheld at this time as Federal charges are pending.
On Thursday, July 12, 2018, Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division (SCD) were actively searching for 40-year-old Alonso Arredondo — a San Angelo resident recently indicted in the U.S. Northern District Court of Texas for drug and weapons charges stemming from multiple ongoing investigations that have led to the seizure of nearly twenty-one (21) guns, approximately twelve (12) ounces of suspected Methamphetamine, a vehicle, and approximately $14,000 in U.S. Currency.
Just before 2:30 p.m. yesterday, Investigators observed Arredondo traveling with an unknown female in a gray Chrysler PT Cruiser.
Patrol units were also deployed to assist with Arredondo’s apprehension and a traffic stop was initiated near the 400 block of the E. Houston Harte Expressway; however, Arredondo failed to stop and a slow-speed vehicle pursuit ensued.
The pursuit concluded in the 900 block of E. 23rd after Arredondo came to a stop in a private driveway. Arredondo was taken into custody and transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident. He has since been transferred to another detention facility to await his Federal Court appearance. A 28-year-old female companion was detained during the investigation and later released.
During the field investigation Officers located a loaded firearm and a First Degree Felony amount of suspected Methamphetamine.
This is another successful outcome for Street Crimes Division Investigators who are dedicated to making a positive impact on local illicit drug trafficking and decreasing the availability of controlled substances in San Angelo.
To assist our citizens with child custody arrangements and online exchanges, the San Angelo Police Department has designated two parking spots as a “Safe Exchange Zone” at Police Headquarters.
The spots are located towards the southeast side of the north (public) parking lot, 401 E. Beauregard. The Safe Trade Zone will be up and running for public use on Friday, July 20, 2018.
Although the Department’s Headquarters parking lot has been informally used for years to make child custody exchanges, the Department is publicly inviting parents and guardians as well as online buyers and sellers to use this newly designated area for in-person exchanges.
The Safe Exchange Zone is designated by signs and will be well-lit at all hours of the day so that members of the public can trade legal items, including internet sales, or conduct child custody exchanges in a safe atmosphere promoted by our police-protected and camera-monitored environment.
If you cannot use the San Angelo Police Department’s Safe Exchange Zone, please always keep these safety tips in mind:
- Use a public parking lot that is well-lit and under surveillance.
- Never go alone, there is safety in numbers! Bring a friend or family member with you.
- Always let others, friends or family, know where you are going, what you are doing, and what time you are meeting.
- Don’t meet at your home and never agree to transactions occurring at night.
- Call 911 immediately in an emergency!
***Update to previous release: The victim was identified as Darren J. Martinez***
July 10, 2018 — The San Angelo Police Department’s Motors Section is investigating a fatality crash that occurred early this morning at the intersection of Arden Road and Sherwood Way.
Police were dispatched to the scene shortly after 3:00 a.m. First responders located the driver, a 17-year-old San Angelo resident, deceased. Justice of the Peace Susan Werner responded to the scene and formally pronounced the teen dead due to injuries sustained in the crash.
The preliminary crash investigation revealed the victim was traveling westbound on Avenue N. towards Sherwood Way at a high rate of speed when his 2007 Dodge 3500 pickup truck left the roadway and collided with the Napa Auto Parts in-ground sign near the 3200 block of Arden Road. After colliding with the sign, the truck continued into a parked, unoccupied Napa Auto Parts company truck. That collision caused a chain reaction which led to three additional Napa trucks to become damaged before the victim’s truck came to rest on its driver’s side. The victim was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision.
Volunteers with San Angelo REACT assisted Officers during the investigation by blocking traffic at the intersection. Traffic is expected to be diverted away from the area for several hours.
This is an ongoing investigation and additional information will be released when it becomes available.
The victim’s name is not being released at this time.
A 21-year-old San Angelo man was arrested Sunday night after the Department’s Anti-Crime Unit found him in possession of approximately 147 grams (with packaging) of suspected Methamphetamine during a traffic stop.
The stop occurred just before 9:00 p.m. in the unit block of E. Avenue J. The driver, Eric M. Rivera, was also in possession of approximately $6,200 in U.S. Currency and approximately 12.9 grams of Marijuana.
Rivera was charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and Class B Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana.
Rivera was transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident.