Press Releases

Press Release #101515(05)-San Angelo Man Arrested for Discharging Firearm in Santa Rita Neighborhood
Oct 15, 2015   03:56 PM

On Wednesday, October 14, 2015 just before 10:15 p.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 1700 block of W. Avenue J. for the report of several shots fired. 


Upon arrival, officers searched the area but could not locate any origin or evidence of gunfire.  When they were about to leave, Dispatch received a call from a resident in the same area who was concerned about yelling and loud noises coming from a neighbor's house.  Officers located the residence in question and heard a man call for help.  The man sounded distressed, and after several unsuccessful attempts at making contact with the man, the Officers entered the residence and discovered several spent shell casings on the floor and bullet holes throughout the house. 


Soon after, Officers responded to the back of the residence after hearing a man say he had someone at gunpoint inside a bedroom closet.  Officers located the man, later identified as Michael Fort (DOB 03-11-83), laying on the floor with a high-powered rifle pointed into the closet.  Police searched the entire residence but no one other than Fort was inside. 


Fort appeared to be distressed and was transported to Shannon Medical Center by ambulance for evaluation.  He was later released by medical staff and transported by Officers to the Tom Green County Jail and charged with Discharging a Firearm in the City Limits.



Press Release #101215(03)-Man Arrested after Using Vehicle as a Weapon
Oct 12, 2015   01:41 PM

On Sunday, October 11, 2015, around 5:30 a.m., Officers were dispatched to the intersection of S. Emerick Street  and E. Beauregard for a rolling domestic dispute that reportedly began in the 300 block of N. Bryant Boulevard and was headed towards Police Headquarters, 401 E. Beauregard.  While enroute, Officers learned the suspect had rammed his vehicle into the victim's vehicle.


The suspect, later identified as Julio Mendoza-Badillo (DOB 01-26-91), pursued the victim's vehicle through the back parking lot of the Police Station at a high rate of speed before stopping his vehicle for Officers near the intersection of S. Emerick Street and E. Beauregard.   During an interview with Police, Mendoza-Badillo showed signs of intoxication but refused to take complete field sobriety tests at the scene.   


During the field investigation, Police learned Mendoza-Badillo intentionally used his vehicle to strike the victim's vehicle at least two separate times before the chase terminated.  The victim, Mendoza-Badillo's wife, drove to Police Headquarters after being guided there by a 9-1-1 Dispatcher. 


Mendoza-Badillo was charged with Aggravated Assault Family Violence and transported to the Tom Green County Jail where he underwent Intoxilyzer testing.  Following the test, Mendoza-Badillo was also charged with Driving While Intoxicated.


Neither Mendoza-Badillo nor the victim reported being injured from the vehicle collisions.  There is no further information at this time.


Press Release #100815(03)-Man Arrested after Hospital Parking Lot Foot Chase
Oct 08, 2015   10:51 AM

San Angelo Police arrested a 33-year-old Wanted Suspect after a brief foot chase that began in the parking lot behind West Texas Medical Associates, 3501 Knickerbocker Road yesterday evening.


Just after 7:00 p.m., Officers received a broadcast message about a Wanted Subject at the facility.  Officer A. Nandin arrived and recognized the subject, Tarren Watson (DOB 09/29/82) of San Angelo, standing amongst a group of people in the parking lot.  Officer Nandin exited his patrol car and attempted to make contact with Watson but Watson ran away.  A second Officer who responded to assist, C. Gonzales, observed Watson flee and gave chase.  Officer Gonzales pursued Watson and gave several verbal commands to stop but Watson disregarded the commands and continued to run.  Officer Gonzales caught Watson about 80 yards from where the pursuit began.  Watson actively resisted until Officers Gonzales and Nandin secured him in handcuffs.   


During a search of Watson, Officers located an electronic scale and a glass pipe commonly used to ingest illicit drugs.  Watson was issued a citation for Drug Paraphernalia and arrested for two outstanding City Warrants, two Midland County Warrants, Two Tom Green County Warrants, and Felony Enhanced Evading.  Watson was transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident.


Officers cannot speculate about why Watson was at the medical facility but are certain he may have felt a little run down after the chase.


Press Release #100615(02)-San Angelo Police Partner with Community Members to Host National Night Out Against Crime
Oct 06, 2015   10:22 AM

San Angelo? National Night Out 2015 will be celebrated on October 6 in most Texas cities.  Most of the Country celebrated in August, which was a bit too warm for us West Texans!


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.  There is no better way to do this than to get to know some of the people who live around you. 


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 our possessions locked up, we are all doing a form of police work and keeping our neighborhoods a little more crime free.


The San Angelo Police Department invites you to partner with us by attending one of the many events scheduled throughout the city.  Join us and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. 


Please join us at of these locations on Tuesday, October 6:


Wesley Trinity United Methodist- 18th/MLK, 5:30-8:00pm

Bethel Assembly of God- 1902 Childress, 6:00? 8:00pm

Solid Rock Church- 1305 Koberlin, 6:00- 8:00pm

Goodfellow Family Housing- 2025 Longhorn Drive, 5:30-7:30pm 

Bent Tree Apartments- 1625 Sunset Drive, 6:00-8:00pm  

Angelo Skate and Fun Center- 34 Buick St., 5:00-8:00pm 

Wall Brethren Church- 7921 Loop 570, Wall, TX, 4:30-7:30pm


For more information contact:  Officer Zach Upton @ 325.657.4332



Press Release #100515(01)-Police Respond to Shots Fired Call at Comfort Suites
Oct 05, 2015   02:46 PM

Yesterday, October 4, 2015, at 9:07 am, San Angelo Police responded to a call at the Comfort Suites, 4450 Houston Harte, about gunshots being fired in room 108.  When Police arrived, they observed bullet holes in the door of room 108.  It was unknown how many people were in the room or if anyone was injured.  The hotel was evacuated and a perimeter established around the room.


Officers attempted to make contact with anyone in the room by phone, but they were not successful.  The San Angelo Police SWAT Team and Crisis Negotiation Team were contacted and responded to the hotel.  While these teams were arriving on scene, Officers in the hallway near room 108 could hear a male subject talking inside.  Officers started to give the male subject commands to exit the room unarmed.  The male subject complied with the orders and was taken into custody without incident.  The male subject as identified as 47 year old Mateo Flores.  There was no one else in the room with Flores.


Flores has been charged with Deadly Conduct.  It was also learned, Flores is a convicted felon.  He was also charged with Felon in Possession of a Firearm.  Other charges against Flores are possible pending further investigation.  Detective Jeremy Cannady is the lead investigator for this case.