Just before 2:00 a.m. this morning, San Angelo Police attempted to stop the driver of a tan 2002 Toyota Tundra in the 300 block of East 6th street for running a stop sign; however, the driver disregarded Police overhead lights and sirens, additional traffic control devices and a short pursuit ensued throughout the neighborhood.
The pursuit ended in the 700 block of Holcomb Street after the driver lost control of the vehicle, which caused it to spin 180 degrees and come to a stop facing the pursuing Officers. Officers began instructing the driver to exit the vehicle but the driver disregarded their commands, drove towards a police vehicle, and struck it two times. The driver, identified as Luis E. Galarza Jr. (DOB 03-07-94), exited the vehicle after it became disabled and was taken into custody without further incident. Galarza was transported to the Tom Green County Jail, charged with Evading in a Vehicle, and issued Citations for his traffic violations.
Galarza was not injured from the collision, nor were any Officers. The patrol car sustained minor damages.
A San Angelo man wanted in connection to an aggravated assault and theft that occurred at a local Walmart store was arrested yesterday.
On October 25, 2015, just before 3:35 p.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to the Walmart Supercenter located at 610 W. 29th Street for the report of an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and theft.
Once on scene, Police learned Walmart Loss Prevention staff observed a man and woman load items into a shopping cart and leave the store without paying. When Loss Prevention staff attempted to follow and obtain a license plate, the man discarded the stolen items and threatened the employee at knifepoint. The man and woman then fled the area in a vehicle driven by a third subject. Walmart staff recovered the stolen items, which totaled over $300.00. No injuries were reported. The incident was caught on surveillance camera.
During a follow-up investigation, Criminal Investigations Detective Lynn Dye obtained information about the location of the get-a-way vehicle and identity of the male and female suspects. Subsequent to his investigation, Det. Dye obtained an arrest warrant for George Delacruz, Jr. (DOB 7-02-75). Delacruz was located on October 27 at a residence in the 2100 block of Juanita Avenue and taken into custody for questioning.
Following the interview, Delacruz was charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. The female suspect has been identified and charges may be forthcoming.
This is an active investigation and no other information is available.
Halloween is one of the most exciting days of the year for children. Nevertheless, parents and guardians know it also brings with it some potential dangers. Because of that, it is very important for parents and guardians to talk to their children about safety before they head out for a night of trick-or-treating.
- Choose bright costumes, and have children carry flashlights or glow sticks so they are easily visible. (Hint ? Try adding reflective tape to costumes and candy bags!)
- Plan a trick-or-treating route in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets.
- Make sure children know your cellphone number, their home telephone number, and address in case you get separated. Consider giving them a cellphone so they can reach you easily.
- Teach children how to call 911 in an emergency.
- Teach children to say ?NO!? in a loud voice if someone tries to get them to go somewhere, accept anything other than a treat, or leave with them. Tell them to try everything they can to escape, including yelling, hitting, and kicking.
- Make sure older children take friends and stay together while trick-or-treating.
- Never send younger children out alone ? they should be with a parent, guardian, or another trusted adult.
- Always walk younger children to the door to receive treats.
- Don?t let children enter a home unless you are with them.
- Be sure children do not approach any vehicle, occupied or not, unless you are with them.
From making sure children stay together while trick-or-treating to planning trick-or-treating routes in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets, these easy and effective tips will help ensure a safer night of fun.
So this Halloween, please take a moment to review Officer Count Quade's safety precautions with the children in your life and help make this Halloween a spooktacular one!
A 29-year-old San Angelo man is facing drug charges after a Police Service Dog located methamphetamine under his seat during a traffic stop in north San Angelo this weekend.
Jamie S. Watson (DOB 07-18-86) was charged with Felony 1 Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 after police located approximately 28.35 grams of suspected methamphetamine concealed in a pouch underneath his seat Sunday evening. Police Service Dog Vader, who conducted a 'sniff? of the vehicle, alerted police to the substance that later field-tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine.
Watson was the front passenger of the vehicle Police stopped for a traffic violation. The driver, a 30-year-old San Angelo man, was not charged and was released.
Watson was booked into Tom Green County Jail on the listed charge. This is an ongoing investigation and no other information is available.
Starting on November 1, 2015, San Angelo Police Officers will begin to grow goatees and beards to help raise awareness for testicular cancer.
The San Angelo Police Department is partnering with the Testicular Cancer Foundation (TCF) in Austin, Texas to raise donations and awareness for testicular cancer. The TCF was founded in 2009 by Matt Ferstler, a testicular cancer survivor. The mission of the TCF is to provide education and support to men diagnosed with testicular cancer, provide support to families of testicular cancer patients, and to share its resources with the medical and healthcare communities, schools, and various young men's groups. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in males ages 15-35 and is 99% treatable if diagnosed in stage one.
Two years ago the TCF partnered with the Travis County Sheriff's Office in a November Beard Patrol challenge where, for a $25 donation, the Deputies were allowed to grow goatees and beards to raise awareness and support the TCF. Last year, the Austin Police Department also participated. This year the TCF has reached out to other Police Departments and Sheriff's Departments around the state to participate.
The San Angelo Police Department is proud to announce their participation in the Beard Patrol challenge this year. Officers who wish to participate in the challenge will make a $50 donation to a TCF website that has been set up to receive donations and begin to grow goatees and beards on November 1, 2015. SAPD's female Officers can participate by making donations.
If any citizen wishes to learn more about testicular cancer or learn how to detect the signs of testicular cancer, please visit www.tcancer.org. If anyone in the community wishes to participate, donations can be made at http://tcf.causevox.com/san-angelo-police-department. If you grow a goatee or beard we would love to see your progress! Tweet your pictures to @SanAngeloPolice and use the hashtag #SAPDStacheCam!