Press Releases

Press Release #090914(04)-San Angelo Police Dispel Rumor Circulating about 9-11 Threat towards SAISD Campuses
Sep 09, 2014   04:39 PM

This afternoon, the San Angelo Police Department was contacted by a citizen who asked us to verify an ?Official Emergency Notification? alleged to have been issued by our agency.  The bunk message warns citizens of an imminent threat to SAISD campuses on September 11, encouraging parents to keep their children home from school that day.  The notification also claimed that the SAPD arrested four illegal immigrants outside an SAISD campus this morning, and the men were allegedly filming students and teachers.

 

This emergency notification is false and not issued by the San Angelo Police Department.  In the event we learn about a substantiated threat to the public safety of our community, we will partner with local and Federal Law Enforcement as well as our area schools to notify the public through; Nixle- the official San Angelo Police Department's emergency notification system, local news media outlets, and the San Angelo Police Department's official Facebook and Twitter accounts.  

 

Through an investigation, we have learned this rumor began circulating based in part by an online article posted on beforeitsnews.com's top 50 articles.  The article states that the information was found to be a hoax and the originating news outlet printed a retraction.  Much of the message that was circulating locally was taken verbatim from the online hoax message, substituting our police department and school district.  The fake notification has been circulating locally through text message and social media.  

 

Although this particular incident was found to be rumor, San Angelo Police officials want to remind citizens to remain vigilant in these times.  Homeland Security starts at home, with all of us.  If you see suspicious behavior, report it law enforcement. 

 

To subscribe to official San Angelo Police Department emergency notifications, visit www.nixle.com.

 

***SAPD***


Press Release #090914(03)-Suspect Seeks Refuge on Rooftop after Foot Pursuit
Sep 09, 2014   04:38 PM

Jody Lee Blackwood (DOB 04-27-88) of San Angelo was arrested last night on multiple charges after he fled from police during a pedestrian stop near a Santa Rita neighborhood. 

 

Just after 10:00 p.m., Officer C. Jackson was patrolling the Santa Rita area when she observed a subject walking with the flow of traffic near the 1500 block of S. Harrison Street.   

 

Officer Jackson initiated a traffic stop on the subject and during the detention, initiated a search.  During the search, Officer Jackson located suspected methamphetamine concealed inside a cigarette package.  While Officer Jackson was inspecting the substance, the subject ran away.

 

Officer Jackson pursued the man, later identified as Blackwood, advising responding officers of Blackwood's direction of travel.  Police quickly established a perimeter of the surrounding area, which changed several times during the pursuit due to Blackwood jumping the fences of several neighboring yards. 

 

Police briefly lost sight of Blackwood but were notified of his direction of travel by a citizen who observed Blackwood running through their backyard.  Police located Blackwood a short time later, running in the 2100 block of W. Avenue J. where he was seen jumping several more fences before climbing to the rooftop of a house in the 2300 block of W. Avenue J. 

 

Blackwood was instructed to come down from the roof and he surrendered himself to police without further incident.  Police transported Blackwood to the Tom Green County Jail where he complained of medical duress.  Police then transported Blackwood to Shannon Medical Center for evaluation.  Once Blackwood was released from medical care, he was transported back to the Tom Green County Jail. 

 

During the incident, a citizen called dispatch to report a discarded semi-automatic pistol that was located in the front yard of a residence in the 1500 block of S. Harrison, the same location Officer Jackson initially encountered Blackwood.  Subsequent to the investigation, police learned the gun belonged to Blackwood.

 

Police tested the crystal-like substance that was located inside the cigarette package.  The substance field-tested positive for methamphetamine and weighed approximately 0.4 grams with packaging.   

 

Blackwood was charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, Evading Arrest Detention, Unlawful Carrying Weapon, Criminal Trespass, and Pedestrian Walking with Traffic.  

 

The San Angelo Police Department would like to thank the citizens who aided police during the search and called to report the discarded gun. 

 

***SAPD***


Texas Police Athletic Federation Announces San Angelo as Host City for 42nd Annual Texas Police Games, 2016
Sep 08, 2014   04:04 PM

The San Angelo Police Officers Association, the San Angelo Coalition of Police and the San Angelo Convention and Visitors Bureau along with the Texas Police Athletic Federation and the San Angelo Police Department are proud to announce the selection of San Angelo to be the host city for the 42nd Annual Texas Police Games to be held in June2016.

 

The three entities have been working together since February of this year to prepare a bid to entice the Texas Police Games to San Angelo in 2016. Through partnerships with the City of San Angelo Recreation Department, San Angelo Independent School District and San Angelo Soccer Association, San Angelo was successfully selected as the host city.

 

The Texas Police Games are well organized competitive events that enable commissioned Police Officers the opportunity to compete with fellow Police Officers from around the State of Texas. The games include such events as Archery, Basketball, Biathlon, Cycling, Golf, Karate, Power Lifting, Firearms and many others. The games are held once a year in various cities in Texas.

 

The games are expected to bring more than 1,000 Police Officers and their families to San Angelo from June 12th to June17th, 2016. The events will be held at such venues as the San Angelo Stadium Field House, The Texas Bank SportsComplex, The McNease Convention Center among others. The public is invited to visit these venues and watch the games.

 

The concept of the Texas Police Athletic Federation, better known as the TPAF, was conceived in 1974 by officers Steve G. Baggs (Texas Department of Public Safety) O.L. Cullum (Ft. Worth Police Department) and Tim R. Vought (Dallas Police Department). These officers conducted the first Texas Police Recruit Championships in Dallas in April of 1975. The event was repeated in Austin in January of 1976 and in Ft. Worth in December 1976. The last time San Angelo hosted the Texas Police Games was in the 1980's.

 

The TPAF was chartered and received its original funding through contributions made by the Dallas Police Association and the Texas Department of Public Safety officers Association. The TPAF was established to foster physical fitness and comradeship among peace officers in the State of Texas and other states by the organization and promotion of athletic events and competitions in which peace officers can compete.

 

Many of the events are open to full time professional firefighters and active and retired military members. For more information contact Officer Rick Tinsley at rick.tinsley@sanangelopolice.org or 325-481-2517.

Press Release #090814(02)-Wanted Robbery Suspect Arrested
Sep 08, 2014   11:40 AM

Wanted Robbery suspect Joe Anthony Castro (AKA Joe Anthony Dill) was arrested Saturday evening after a brief foot chase in North San Angelo.

 

On September 6, 2014, just after 6:30 p.m., San Angelo Police Officer C. Barker was patrolling the unit block of W. 11th Street when he observed a man in the south alley.  The man resembled Castro, who was wanted for several outstanding warrants.  

 

Officer Barker attempted to make contact with the man to confirm his suspicion, but as soon as he approached, the man ran off and a brief foot pursuit ensued.

 

Officer Barker pursued the man to Chadbourne Street where he was taken into custody and positively identified as Castro.  During a search of Castro, officers located drug paraphernalia. 

 

Castro was charged with Evading Arrest Detention, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and his three outstanding County Warrants for MTR Robbery, Failure to Appear, and Public Intoxication. 

 

Castro was transported to the Tom Green County Jail after telling police he knew he was wanted.  Castro also requested that officers remove his Wanted Poster from the police department's Facebook page.  The Wanted Poster was published on August 6, 2014.

 

San Angelo Police compromised on the request by posting an updated poster that reflects Castro's status.

 

***SAPD***

 

Press Release # 090214(01) Man Charged With Murder of 5 Year Old Girl
Sep 02, 2014   05:38 PM

This morning 09/02/2014 at 2:31 am San Angelo Police Dispatch received a call in reference to a disturbance at a residence in the 2700 block Houston Street.   Upon arrival our officers located three victims of an assault to include 62 year old Jesusita Bermea, 33 year old Tanya Bermea, and 5 year old Naiya Villegas.  The suspect was also on scene and has been identified as 23 year old Isidro Miguel Delacruz Jr. of San Angelo.  The adult female victims were assaulted by Delacruz at the residence, and both were transported to Shannon Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.   Five year old Naiya received a knife wound to her neck during the assault and was transported to Shannon where she succumbed to her injuries a short time later.  Delacruz was taken into custody at the scene and was transported to the Tom Green County Jail where he is being held on a murder charge with a one million dollar bond.

 

Preliminary investigation indicates Delacruz forced entry into Tanya's residence on Houston Street through a bathroom window.  As Delacruz entered the residence, Tanya left the residence to seek help from family members at two separate locations.  Upon returning to her residence, Tanya and her mother, Jesusita Bermea, were assaulted by Delacruz.  Jesusita placed the disturbance call to Dispatch at 2:31 am and officers arrived at 2:37 am.   Upon arrival, officers immediately began to administer first aid to Naiya.  It is believed that Naiya was assaulted after Tanya left the residence and before the officers arrived on scene.

 

The suspect, Isidro Delacruz, and Tanya Bermea had previously been in a dating relationship.   Delacruz and Naiya were not related.

 

As part of the investigation, Naiya was transported to Lubbock for autopsy as requested by Justice of the Peace E. Howard.

 

The San Angelo Police Department Criminal Investigative Division is actively involved in the investigative process.   Our investigators are working to determine a motive and exact sequence of events involving the assaults.  This investigation is less than 24 hours old, and there are still a lot of details to confirm.  We do not have any further details to release at this time. 

 

 

 

 

***SAPD***

 

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