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Eldorado Man Facing Multiple Felony Charges after Ramming Truck through a San Angelo Walmart
Jun 28, 2018   01:39 PM

June 28, 2018 — A 19-year-old Eldorado man is facing multiple Felony charges after he used his truck to drive through the Walmart Supercenter located at 5501 Sherwood Way in San Angelo. 

Police were dispatched to the store around 12:41a.m. for the report of a major motor vehicle collision involving a pickup truck that collided with the building.  As Officers arrived to the storefront, they observed a red 2001 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck exiting the building through the store’s northeast entrance.  Officers utilized lights and sirens in an attempt to stop the truck; however, the truck’s driver disregarded their attempt and drove at a high rate of speed through the parking lot where it collided with an unoccupied 2007 Toyota Camry.  Following the collision, the truck continued at high speeds to the Murphy USA gas station located at 5525 Sherwood Way where the driver was taken into custody after a brief resistance to the application of handcuffs. 

During the apprehension Officers observed a large amount of fuel leaking from the truck’s heavily damaged undercarriage.  Due to safety concerns, Officers immediately activated the fuel pumps’ emergency shutoff.  While detained, the suspect began to exhibit signs of excited delirium and he was subsequently transported by Officers to Shannon Medical Center for evaluation where he became combative with hospital staff. 

Detectives with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division and Crime Scene Investigations responded to the scene for follow up investigation. 

After several interviews of store patrons and staff, Investigators learned the suspect, later identified as Caleb Wilson, was at the store with an 18-year-old female acquaintance when Wilson, whom was exhibiting erratic behavior, attempted to purchase a pallet of water.   After Wilson and his female acquaintance exited the store, a nearby patron observed what appeared to be a verbal argument between Wilson and the woman.  Concerned for the woman’s welfare, the patron intervened and convinced the woman to go back inside the store.  When the woman and the patron later exited the store to see if Wilson had left, they were confronted by Wilson’s truck, which was speeding towards them.  The woman and patron narrowly avoided injury by jumping out of the truck’s path.  

Once inside the store, Wilson drove into multiple displays and store fixtures before exiting the store.  The incident lasted several minutes.  Preliminary damage to the property was estimated to be around $500,000.  No injuries have been reported. 

Investigators have obtained Arrest Warrants for Wilson for First Degree Felony Criminal Mischief and two counts of Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon.  Wilson remains under medical care at this time.

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June 20 LIDAR Traffic Enforcement Operation
Jun 20, 2018   03:47 PM

This morning, the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a LIDAR Traffic Enforcement Operation targeting westbound traffic in the 1700 block of E. Houston Harte.  

Police issued a total of seventy-three (73) citations and sixteen (16) warnings during the operation.  

Breakdown for citations: 

Speeding: 62 (Highest Speed 92 MPH) 

Driving While License Invalid: 3

Other/Misc. Violations: 3

No Insurance: 2

Warnings: 16

No DL: 3 

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. 

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Multiple Chases, Multiple Captures
Jun 20, 2018   12:10 PM

The San Angelo Police Department’s Patrol Division and Anti-Crime Unit were involved in multiple foot pursuits during their recent tour of duty. 

The first pursuit began around 8:15 p.m. last night when members of the Department’s Anti-Crime Unit stopped a vehicle for displaying fictitious license plates in the 2300 block of W. Loop 306.  The suspect fled the traffic detention and ran northbound across the Loop where he was subsequently taken into custody in the parking lot of the Roadway Inn.  A records check on the suspect, Jacob C. Smart, showed he had eight (8) warrants.  This incident resulted in additional charges for Enhanced Evading Arrest/Detention, two counts of Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, and Failure to Identify Giving False/Fictitious Info. 

The second pursuit began just after 9:45 p.m. when a subject fled a traffic stop near East 25th and North Chadbourne.  The subject made it one block before he was taken into custody by Officers.  Jose A. Reyes, 45, had warrants for Bail Jumping and Forgery.  This incident resulted in an additional charge of Evading Arrest Detention. 

The third and fourth pursuits began around 12:25 a.m. this morning when members of the Anti-Crime Unit attempted to make contact with two male juveniles believed to be engaged in criminal activity at commercial buildings located in the 500 block of W. Beauregard.  The juveniles fled on foot and Officers gave chase.  One juvenile was tackled in Santa Fe Park after he refused multiple commands to surrender.  The second juvenile was taken into custody by Patrol Officers at the corner of Twohig and David.  This incident resulted in arrests for Evading Arrest Detention and citations for Curfew Violation.  Both juveniles, age 13, were transported to the Tom Green County Juvenile Justice Center.   

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Meth, Weapon Seized in Connection with Street Crimes Division Warrant Search at Local Mechanic Shop
Jun 19, 2018   04:04 PM

June 19, 2018 – Today, members of the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division executed a Search Warrant at 3719 N. Chadbourne.

The warrant, issued by County Judge Ben Nolen, named a 39-year-old San Angelo man to be in possession of Methamphetamine and associated items at the location. 

As members of the Street Crimes Division converged on the property, an armed acquaintance of the suspect, later identified as Richard Delacruz, 24, alerted the suspect to the enforcement presence.  

Despite Delacruz’s efforts, Investigators swiftly entered the building and detained several people, including the suspect, without incident. 

Subsequent to the search, Investigators located and seized a quantity of suspected Methamphetamine and paraphernalia associated with narcotics trafficking.  The investigation is ongoing and the case will be referred for future indictment and prosecution. 

Delacruz was arrested for Interfere with Public Duties and Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon.  Another subject, identified as Elias Campos, 31, was arrested for eight (8) outstanding City Warrants.  

The Department’s K9 Unit, Center for Tactical Medicine, and San Angelo Fire Department assisted with today’s operation. 

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Street Crimes Division Arrest Two, Seize Meth from Residence on West Avenue Z
Jun 11, 2018   03:53 PM

June 11, 2018 — This Afternoon, members of the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division and Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations executed a Search and Arrest Warrant at a residence in the 700 block of West Avenue Z.  

The warrant, issued by Justice of the Peace Fred Buck, named 49-year-old Bernard Balderaz to be in possession of Methamphetamine at the residence.  

Balderaz and three adults were detained during the search, which resulted in the discovery and seizure of a quantity of Methamphetamine and paraphernalia associated with narcotics trafficking. 

Balderaz was arrested and charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1.  A second suspect, identified as Kimberly Aidala, 20, was arrested and charged with State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1.  

The Department’s K9 Unit and the Center for Tactical Medicine assisted with today’s operation.     

  

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