A San Angelo man was arrested last night after he led police on a brief foot pursuit.
Around 7:30 p.m. Friday evening, April 10, 2015, Sector 2 Patrol Officer J. Walston observed a U-Haul van driving in the 1500 block of South Bell Street when he recognized a male passenger as Anthony Davis (DOB 05-29-68), who was wanted by authorities for outstanding county arrest warrants.
Officer Walston followed the van to a parking lot located at 1524 S. Bell and observed the male passenger exit the vehicle. After an unsuccessful attempt to confirm the passenger's identity with the van's driver, Officer Walston soon located the male passenger inside a nearby Laundromat. When Officer Walston attempted to obtain the man's identity, the man said he would get his I.D. but instead pushed his way outside and led police on a brief foot pursuit throughout the neighborhood.
A perimeter was quickly established and Police K-9 Team Officer B. Gesch and his Police Service Dog Duke arrived to assist with tracking the suspect. During the track, Duke alerted to an area near Belmore Baptist Church where Officer Gesch spotted the man hiding underneath a tree. Police took the man into custody without incident and confirmed his identity as Davis.
Davis was transported to the Tom Green County Jail and charged with one Tom Green County Warrant for Class A Misdemeanor Criminal Mischief, one Llano County Warrant for Evading Arrest Detention, two outstanding City Warrants, and Evading Arrest Detention during this incident.
The female driver, identified as Davis's wife, was issued two traffic citations for transporting two children without proper Child Passenger Safety Seats.
At approximately 11:29 am this morning, Police were dispatched to the 3300 block of Ridgemar Dr in reference to a domestic disturbance. Upon arrival, Officers met with the 31 year old Hispanic female victim down the street. She stated that her husband, Fabien Ortiz DOB 3-17-83, had assaulted her.
Officers could see Ortiz getting in a car down the street to leave. Officers drove down the street to prevent Ortiz from leaving so an investigation could be conducted. When Officers arrived at his location, Ortiz rolled down the window of the vehicle and yelled that he had a gun. He then rolled the window back up. Officers took cover and began to try to talk with Ortiz. After several minutes of trying to talk Ortiz out of the car and Ortiz having a phone conversation with the victim, he voluntarily exited the vehicle and was taken into custody without incident. There was no gun located on Ortiz or in the vehicle.
Detectives Lajoie and Castro responded to the scene to conduct an investigation. Through the investigation it was learned the victim and Ortiz had a verbal argument about relationship issues. During the argument, Ortiz assaulted the victim by grabbing her by the throat and impeding her ability to breathe. The victim was able to get away from Ortiz, but Ortiz was able to catch up with the victim and assaulted her again causing minor injury. The victim was able to get out of the house and get to safety. The victim did not require any medical attention.
Ortiz was transported to the Tom Green County Jail where he was charged with Assault Family Violence Impeding Breath or Circulation.
At approximately 7:48 am this morning, San Angelo Police were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident involving an SAISD school bus that was traveling to Lincoln Middle School. It was learned upon arrival some of the children were complaining of non-incapacitating injuries. SAFD Medics responded and transported 4 of the children to Shannon Medical Center for treatment. There is no further information on their condition.
Police learned through the investigation a 2013 dark gray Chevrolet Impala, operated by Martha Valenzuela Castanon DOB 09/27/85, was traveling west bound on 39th Street. Castanon failed to yield the right of way at a stop sign and collided with the bus that was traveling north on Chadbourne.
Castanon was cited for Failure to Yield the Right of Way at a Stop Sign. It was also learned that she had a warrant from El Paso for Theft by Check. Castanon was placed under arrest for the warrant and was transported to the Tom Green County Jail.
The bus involved in the crash was towed from the scene. Some of the children were released to parents at the scene of the crash. A second SAISD school bus arrived and transported the remaining children to school.
The San Angelo Police Department will be honoring Sgt John Rodriguez with a retirement ceremony on Tuesday April 7, 2015 at 3:00 pm at the Police Department.
Sgt John Rodriguez was hired by the San Angelo Police Department on January 24, 1983. Prior to working for the SAPD, Sgt Rodriguez was an Officer for the El Paso Community College and the San Angelo Regional Airport. During his career at SAPD, Sgt Rodriguez worked on patrol and in the traffic section. Sgt Rodriguez was also a D.A.R.E. and G.R.E.A.T. instructor. Sgt Rodriguez was made an acting Sergeant in November 2009 and promoted to the rank of Sergeant in March of 2010. Sgt Rodriguez has a total 34 years and 9 months as a Police Officer, with 32 years and 2 months of that time with the San Angelo Police Department. Sgt Rodriguez has 3,780 hours of training and a Master Peace Officer License.
Following the retirement ceremony, the San Angelo Police Department will be conducting a promotional ceremony for Officer Ali Shah-Tirmizi at 3:15 pm. Officer Shah will be promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
Officer Ali Shah-Tirmizi was hired by the San Angelo Police Department on April 20, 2009. Officer Shah transferred to the Criminal Investigation Division as a Detective on April 22, 2012. On March 22, 2015, Officer Shah transferred back to the Patrol Division as an Acting Sergeant. Officer Shah has 1,727 training hours and holds a Basic Peace Officer License.
On Thursday, April 2, 2015, The Texas Police Chiefs Association named San Angelo Police Chief Tim Vasquez as the organization's 57th President.
The announcement came at the conclusion of the association's final business meeting, which was held during the organization's recent annual conference in Galveston, Texas.
Nominated and elected by a board of past Presidents, Vasquez is the second Hispanic Police Chief to hold the position for the association, which was founded in 1958 to promote, encourage and advance the professional development of the Chiefs of Police and senior police management personnel throughout the State of Texas.
Prior to this seat, Vasquez has served the TPCA since 2005 as the association's First, Second, and Third Vice President, Secretary, Sergeant at Arms, and Region 6 Director.
Vasquez will be officially sworn in as President at the Texas Municipal League's Annual Conference, slated for September 25, 2015 in San Antonio.
?It is an honor to serve all police Chiefs across our great state, as well as to represent San Angelo in such a capacity. I look forward to partnering with my peers to explore creative ideas and find innovative solutions to the many challenges facing our profession today.? ? Tim Vasquez
Vasquez is the first Police Chief from San Angelo voted to the elected board.