A twenty-seven year old San Angelo man was rescued from a burning vehicle early Mother's Day morning by one of San Angelo's Police Sergeants.
Just before 12:30 a.m. this morning, Sgt. Daniel Williams was on patrol when he heard dispatch broadcast a call about a vehicle fire at 16th and Magdalen Streets. Sgt. Williams responded and located a 1998 Plymouth Breeze stopped at the stop sign. The vehicle's passenger compartment was filled with smoke and flames were coming from the engine area.
Sgt. Williams retrieved his fire extinguisher and quickly approached the vehicle when he heard a witness say they were not sure if anyone was inside the car. When Sgt. Williams reached the vehicle, he observed an arm hanging from the driver's side window. The driver, later identified as Richard Montanez, did not respond to Sgt. Williams? calls.
Sgt. Williams entered the vehicle, observed flames emitting from the floorboard around Montanez's feet, and pulled Montanez to safety. Sgt. Williams then returned to the burning vehicle to see if any additional occupants were trapped, but no one else was inside.
A witness who called 9-1-1 told police she observed Montanez's vehicle stopped at the stop sign for about an hour before she heard the vehicle's engine rev for several minutes followed by a pop, then smoke and flames.
A disoriented Montanez later told police he was not aware of any vehicle issues that would have started the fire. Montanez was released to the care of a family member who was called to the scene.
San Angelo Fire Marshal Steppe was called to the scene to conduct an origin and cause investigation.
"I'm proud of Sgt. Williams' selfless act. Because he put himself in a dangerous situation, Mr. Montanez survived. We will investigate why the vehicle was at the stop sign for one hour. I'm glad everyone is safe.? ? Tim Vasquez, Police Chief
On Monday May 11, 2015 at 10:00 am, a Flag Raising Ceremony will be held at the San Angelo Police Department to begin Police Memorial Week. This Ceremony is open to the public and will take place at the flag poles on the west side of the Police Department.
Immediately following the Flag Raising Ceremony, the San Angelo Police Department will welcome and swear in Sam Hunnicutt as a Police Chaplain. Sam Hunnicutt worked as a Police Officer in Bonham, TX from 1979-1983 and in McAllen, TX from 1983-1993. He then went on to attend Seminary at Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky where he graduated in 1996. Since his graduation he has been a pastor at various United Methodist Churches across southeast Texas. He is currently the Senior Pastor for the First United Methodist Church of San Angelo.
At approximately 2:46 am this morning, Police responded to 514 N Main at Allsup's for a robbery. Police arrived and set up a perimeter. Contact was made with the clerks in the store.
The clerks said a Hispanic male in his mid twenties about 5?10?, 150 pounds, with short hair wearing dark clothing came into the store and exhibited a handgun and demanded the money from the cash register. The suspect left with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect was unable to be located.
If you have any information about this incident or the suspect, please call Detective Lynn Dye at 325-657-4322. To remain anonymous, send a web tip to http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or call the 24 hour Tip Hotline at 1-855-TIPS-247. You can also text your tips, text TIP SAPD followed by your message, to 888777.
On May 6, 2015 at approximately 11:35 am, San Angelo Police responded to a residence in the 2300 block of Senisa Trail for subject with a weapon. It was learned this was also a domestic disturbance.
When Police arrived, the male subject was in front of the residence, but he went inside after Officers attempted to make contact with him. The male subject was later identified as Anastacio Govea DOB 10-08-1979. Officers made contact with the 33 year old Hispanic female victim in the front of the residence. The victim reported Govea pointed a handgun at her, threatened to kill her, and told her if the Police responded they would have to shoot him.
A perimeter was established around the residence and the Crisis Negotiation Team and SWAT team were dispatched to the location. Officers attempted to make contact with Govea for several hours without making contact. At approximately 4:00 pm, Govea surrendered himself to Police and was taken into custody without incident.
Govea was transported to the Tom Green County Jail and charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon Family Violence.
On April 29, 2015 at approximately 6:58 pm, San Angelo Police responded to the 100 block of Veterans Memorial Drive for a report of indecent exposure.
Victims stated they had been walking along the river when they noticed a black Nissan Maxima stop in front of them and begin to drive slowly. The vehicle eventually stopped. As the victims neared the vehicle, they could see the driver, a male subject, masturbating. The male subject drove away. The victims were able to provide a detailed description of the vehicle and the license plate. The vehicle was located by Police near Neffs Way and Oakes Street.
The driver was identified as Angel Franco DOB 08-10-81. Franco matched the description of the male subject given by the victims. Police were able to develop information during the investigation linking Franco to the Offense.
Franco was transported to the Tom Green County Jail and charged with Indecent Exposure.
It is unknown at this time if this incident is related to other indecent exposure incidents reported to the SAPD in the past few weeks that was covered in a recent press release.