Press Releases

Police Memorial Week Begins in #SanAngelo
May 10, 2014   03:32 PM

National Police Week 2014: Sunday, May 11 through Saturday, May 17.


In 1962, President Kennedy proclaimed May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week in which May 15th falls, as National Police Week.


Established by a joint resolution of Congress in 1962, National Police Week pays special recognition to those law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty for the safety and protection of others.


On Monday, May 12, the San Angelo Police Department will host a flag raising ceremony at the Police Department.  The ceremony is open to the public and is set to begin at 10:00 a.m.  This is a wonderful way for members of the public to join with us in honoring the memory of the 39 officers who were killed in the line of duty this year as well as the 105 who were killed in 2013. 


2014 Nationwide Line of Duty Deaths: 39

Texas: 1

Assault: 1

Automobile accident: 10

Fire: 1

Gunfire: 14

Gunfire (Accidental): 1

Heart attack: 3

Motorcycle accident: 2

Struck by vehicle: 1

Vehicle pursuit: 2

Vehicular assault: 4


K9 Line of Duty Deaths: 7

Automobile accident: 1

Fall: 1

Gunfire: 3

Stabbed: 1

Struck by vehicle: 1



#SanAngelo Lake?s level forces closure of 2 more public boat ramps
May 07, 2014   08:27 AM

Two more public boat ramps at Lake Nasworthy have been closed because of the lake's declining level. The three ramps that remain open are:

  • At the northern end of South Concho Park.
  • At the entrance of Middle Concho Park.
  • Northeast of the San Angelo Nature Center, 7409 Knickerbocker Road.

Caution is advised in using each of the three ramps that remain open. While the Middle Concho Park ramp has ample water, the ramp's grade is steeper than most. The other ramps have shallow water.

Lake Operations crews closed the Beaty Road and Mary E. Lee boat ramps Monday after inspecting them for safety. The six other ramps that have been closed are at:

  • The southern end of South Concho Park.
  • Knickerbocker Park.
  • Spring Creek Marina and RV Park.
  • Ramp Road.
  • The eastern end of Middle Concho Park.
  • Fisherman's Road.

Warning signs have been posted alerting boaters that the ramps are closed. Boaters are advised to use extreme caution on the lake, where sandbars, brush and other obstructions are barely submerged in some areas. Lake Nasworthy is at 48 percent of its capacity.

Operations Director Shane Kelton said crews will conduct repair and maintenance work on the closed ramps if water levels dip low enough.


Press Release #050514(05)-Police Search for Passenger who Fled Traffic Stop
May 05, 2014   04:13 PM

Police are still looking for a passenger who fled during a traffic stop Saturday night.


On May 3, 2014, just after 6:00 p.m., San Angelo Police initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle near the 1300 block of Walnut St. for an expired registration sticker.


As the officer approached the vehicle, a male passenger exited the vehicle despite the officer's commands and ran away.  The officer radioed backup units with the suspect's description and direction of travel and assisting officers quickly established a perimeter of the area.


When the officer made contact with the driver, he observed an empty handgun holster on the passenger seat. 


Officers, with the assistance of a K9 unit, searched the surrounding area; however, the suspect was not located.  He was described as being a Hispanic male in his mid-to-late twenties.   


The driver was identified as 25-year-old Lydia Tanguma of San Angelo.  Tanguma was arrested for Driving Without a License, Expired Registration and No Insurance.


If you have information about the identity or whereabouts of the passenger, please call the SAPD's 24-hour tipping hotline at 1-855-TIPS-247.  Text a tip by beginning your message with the letters TIP SAPD followed by the tip information and send to 888777.  To submit a tip using the online web form visit



Press Release #050514(04)-San Angelo Man Faces Multiple Charges after Kidnapping Incident
May 05, 2014   12:42 PM

A San Angelo Man is facing multiple charges after he kidnapped a 22-year-old woman from San Angelo and transported her to Rowena, Texas last week.


On Friday, May 2, 2014, Michael A. Mendoza (DOB 10-19-87) was booked into the Runnels County Jail on charges of Aggravated Kidnapping, Fleeing a Police Officer, Fail to Identify Fugitive Giving False Information, and an Outstanding Parole Warrant.


The San Angelo Police Department became aware of the incident Friday after Runnels County Sheriff's Officials called to request assistance with their investigation. 


San Angelo Police K9 Officer J. Fincher and detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division,  A. Callum and A. Shah, traveled to Rowena where they learned Runnel's County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a residence where Mendoza reportedly was keeping the victim against her will. 


During the investigation, police learned Mendoza had kidnapped the victim at gunpoint from north San Angelo and transported her to Rowena in a stolen vehicle.


The vehicle, a 2012 Mitsubishi Galant, was reported stolen from the Sandpiper Apartments, 3310 N. Bryant Blvd., on Friday.  After searching the vehicle, police located the handgun Mendoza used to kidnap the victim. 


The vehicle was later released to the registered owner. 


San Angelo Detectives will be charging Mendoza with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.


For details about the incident in Rowena or to request a booking photo for Mendoza, please contact the Runnels County Sheriff Department at 325-365-2121.



Press Release 050114(02)-Found Stolen Vehicle Ends in Vehicle Pursuit [Previously Released]
May 02, 2014   06:00 PM

On May 1, 2014 at approximately 11:30 am, San Angelo Police Officers were dispatched to the 2000 block of Vaughn Street for a vehicle that had been reported stolen.   San Angelo Police Patrol Officer Delaughter arrived and observed a male subject running from the reported stolen vehicle toward Fairmount Cemetery.


The male subject entered the Fairmont Cemetery and entered a parked Bobcat Utility vehicle used by the cemetery maintenance staff. The subject, now operating the Bobcat, drove through the fence of the cemetery, and began to evade officers while driving the Bobcat through the Santa Rita area. The suspect continued to evade while in the Bobcat until colliding with a tree at the intersection of Yucca and Jefferson


The subject was taken into custody and transported to Shannon Hospital ER for minor injuries he received in the collision.  The subject, Christopher Hires (10/22/86), was arrested for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Evading Arrest and/or Detention on foot, Evading Arrest and/or Detention in a Motor Vehicle and Criminal Mischief.  San Angelo Police Patrol Division, Traffic Division and Criminal Investigation Division are still investigating the incident at this time.