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Firearm Stolen in Building Burglary Recovered in Early Morning Traffic Stop
Oct 17, 2017   10:06 AM

October 17, 2017 — 25-year-old Juan Manuel Mata, Jr. of San Angelo was arrested for an outstanding warrant during a traffic stop this morning and additionally charged with Theft of Firearm after Police recovered a stolen gun from his vehicle. 

The stop occurred around 3:15 a.m. near E. 7th and Akin Streets.  During the traffic detention, Mata told the Officer he did not have a driver’s license with him.  Mata exited and locked the vehicle, which the Officer perceived as deliberate. 

During a computerized records check through Dispatch, the Officer confirmed Mata’s driver’s license was expired and that he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.  Mata was arrested for his warrant and transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident.  Mata also received a citation for Driving While License Invalid and a written warning for his initial traffic violation.  

During a search of Mata’s vehicle incident to his arrest, Officers located a pistol, which was confirmed to be reported stolen on October 16, 2017, from the Southeast Mini Storage facility, 4469 S. Chadbourne, along with three other firearms, ammunition, and a two-toned blue 2005 Yamaha R6 motorcycle.    

Additional charges may be forthcoming pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation.  If you have information about the whereabouts of the other stolen firearms or stolen motorcycle, call Detective James Hernandez at (325)659-8015.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247, via text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts, or by phone at 1-855-TIPS-247. 

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October 16, 2017 Traffic Enforcement Operation
Oct 16, 2017   03:41 PM

Today, the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a School Zone Traffic Enforcement Operation utilizing LIDAR. 

Police issued a total of twenty-eight (28) citations during the operation, which ran from 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. at the Central Freshman campus, Trinity Lutheran, McGill Elementary, Crockett Elementary, San Jacinto Elementary, TLCA Elementary, Bowie Elementary, Holiman Elementary, Glenmore Elementary, and Bonham Elementary.  Breakdown for citations: 

Driving While License Invalid: 1

Other/Misc. Violations: 6

Child Safety Seat: 2

Speeding: 19

Warnings: 7

Following the School Zone Operation, additional LIDAR Traffic Enforcement was conducted targeting westbound traffic in the 1700 block of East Houston Harte until 10:00 a.m.

Officers issued a total of thirty-six (36) citations during the operation.  Breakdown for citations: 

Speeding: 26 (Highest speed 86 MPH)

Other/Misc. Violations: 10

Warnings: 3 

As a reminder, the Texas Transportation Code requires drivers nearing stopped emergency vehicles with lights activated to change lanes or slowdown by 20 MPH below the speed limit.  Failing to take these actions endangers personnel who provide critical and life-saving services. 

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Couple Jailed After Weekend Stabbing in Downtown San Angelo
Oct 16, 2017   03:02 PM

Zachary Navarro, 22, and Lydia Sharp, 30, were arrested early Sunday morning after Police stumbled upon their assault of a 26-year-old Abilene Man in a downtown parking lot. 

At approximately 1:20 a.m., Police were patrolling the downtown area when they observed an active fight in the northeast corner parking lot at S. Chadbourne and Twohig.  At the time of their intervention, Sharp was on top of the victim, punching him in the face, with Navarro close by.  

Once the parties were separated, Officers were directed to the knife that was used in the assault.  

Subsequent to the field Investigation, Detectives with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division learned the victim and a friend had been walking westbound on the sidewalk when they allegedly heard Navarro yelling profanities at Sharp, who were both across the street.   During the verbal altercation, the victim yelled at Navarro to stop cursing at the female [Sharp].  After the exchange, Navarro ran across the street and physically assaulted the victim.  At some point during the assault, Navarro produced a knife and inflicted superficial wounds to the victim.  Navarro also received a laceration on his hand from the knife during the assault.  San Angelo Fire Department Medics responded to the scene and treated the parties for their minor injuries.

Navarro was charged with Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon and Sharp was charged with Assault Causes Bodily Injury.  The pair was transported to the Tom Green County Jail where they were later released on Bond.

 

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San Angelo Police Lieutenant Attends Revered FBI Academy
Oct 13, 2017   11:01 AM

A 24-year San Angelo Police Department veteran is continuing the Department’s tradition of Senior Officers who have earned the opportunity to attend the Federal Bureau of Investigations training academy. 

Lieutenant Ed Kading, Commander of the San Angelo Police Department’s esteemed Street Crimes Division (SCD), was selected in part due to his experience and leadership abilities.  Prior to his appointment as Commander of SCD, Kading has served in the Patrol Division, Narcotics Section, Criminal Investigations Division, Training Section, and in Internal Affairs. 

The FBI Academy is the world’s premier law enforcement learning and research center and an advocate for law enforcement’s best practices worldwide.  Operated by the Bureau’s Training Division, the academy is situated on 547 acres within the immense Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia. 

During the eleven week program, Kading will be submerged into classes equated to graduate-level courses accredited through the University of Virginia on topics such as; Leadership Essentials for Law Enforcement Executives; Intelligence Theory and Application for Law Enforcement Managers; Cyber Threat Landscape for Law Enforcement Executives; Media and Managing the Law Enforcement Image; Contemporary Issues in Law Enforcement; and Fitness for Law Enforcement.  In addition to the academy’s core academics, attendees are required to participate in rigorous physical training and must pass a standardized physical fitness test.  

Trainees who successfully complete the program will graduate during a special ceremony slated for December 15, 2017.  

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Videoed Van Buren Bandit Arrested after Failed Flight from San Angelo Police
Oct 12, 2017   10:54 AM

October 11, 2017 — Frankie Gonzalez Jr., the 32-year-old man sought in connection to a burglary of a building on S. Van Buren that was caught on surveillance video in late September, was taken into custody last night after a brief foot pursuit in North San Angelo. 

Just before 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the Donut Palace, 1917 N. Bryant Boulevard, for the report of a suspicious subject who was in the alley behind the shop and attempting to gain entry.  

An Officer made contact with the suspicious subject and attempted to identify him when the subject, later identified as Gonzalez, broke contact with the Officer and ran westbound towards the 1900 block of Lillie Street.    

Gonzalez was apprehended after a brief foot pursuit and arrested for his outstanding warrant for Burglary of Building.  Gonzalez was additionally charged with Fail to Identify Fugitive from Justice and Evading Arrest Detention.  Gonzalez was taken to the Tom Green County Jail. 

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