?I'll get this tweeting thing down eventually. #lemit training? ?Posted during recent Texas Police Chiefs Leadership Series (TPCLS) training in San Marcos, Texas, this Tweet sums up the Chief's honesty about being a novice on Twitter and his eagerness to learn the social media platform that will allow him to regularly connect with the citizens of San Angelo on a more personal level.
The importance of social media use in Law Enforcement was among the topics of the weeklong TPCLS Training that hosted an audience of Texas Police Chiefs.
Tweeting under the name of ?@ChiefTimVasquez.?, the Twitter newbie already has over 65 followers, but the number is expected to grow rapidly.
?The Department has been using social media since 2009, and we are doing a great job with it, but the interaction with the public has only been on behalf of the Agency. I wanted to be able to participate in that interaction. I wanted to be more accessible. To do that, I had to go where the conversation is taking place, and that's on Twitter?, said Vasquez, ?I hope to create a relationship of open communication and dialogue with their Chief. I work for this community. I also want to keep a constant line of information going out to our citizens through all available media outlets.?
Although San Angelo Police have been using Twitter to engage the public since June 2009, Chief Vasquez made the decision to come onboard recently after recognizing that citizens should have another go-to for police questions, concerns and interaction. The official San Angelo Police Department Twitter account (@SanAngeloPolice) now has more than 2,520 followers and the Department's Facebook page (facebook.com/SanAngeloPoliceDepartment) currently has more than 11,000 fans and has an average reach of 25,000 people a week. Both outlets have information on recent news releases, surveillance videos of suspects, department events, road closures, emergency information, severe weather alerts, along with other programs and services offered by the department.
A traffic stop lands one San Angelo man behind bars after a police service dog alerts human cops to hidden methamphetamine during a traffic stop.
On July 31, 2014, just after 10:30 p.m., San Angelo Police Patrol Officers conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of E. 19th and Marx Streets on a 2001 Ford F150 for a traffic violation.
Officers identified the driver as Cody Speck (DOB 03-09-68) of San Angelo. During the course of the stop, officers suspected that contraband might be inside Speck's vehicle. San Angelo Police Department K-9 Team Officer J. Fisher and his Police Service Dog Thor were summoned to the scene to assist with the stop.
During the K-9 investigation, Thor alerted the officers to an area near the passenger side door. When officers began to search the interior of the vehicle, they located two small baggies of suspected methamphetamine inside Speck's wallet. Police also located drug paraphernalia inside a briefcase. The substances field-tested positive for a combined weight of approximately .7 grams of methamphetamine.
Speck was arrested for State Jail Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and transported to the Tom Green County Jail. Speck received a Citation for the traffic offense.
San Angelo Police are searching for two men in connection to a home invasion robbery that occurred on Monday, July 28, 2014, just after 1:30 a.m. in in the 1600 block of Volney Street.
Victor Lopez, Jr. (DOB 10-06-92) and Jarrett Jackson (DOB 12-08-91) of San Angelo are being sought by San Angelo Police for their involvement in the incident. Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division obtained Arrest Warrants for the pair earlier this week after an ongoing investigation. Two other San Angelo men who were involved, Johnnie Lee Wilson, Jr. (DOB 03-20-96) and Aaron Holcomb (DOB 11-02-92), have already been arrested.
Police believe the robbery was foiled when one of the suspects, who acted as the lookout, alerted the others to the arrival of police who were dispatched to the residence for the report of an active burglar alarm. It is believed that the suspects unknowingly activated the alarm when they forced entry into the residence. When police arrived to the residence, they were met by a 27-year old female victim who said the suspects fled just prior to their arrival. The woman provided a description for the suspects and police began to search the area.
San Angelo Police K-9 Units also responded to the scene and during their track, K-9 Officer Fincher and his Police Service Dog Fritz located several items of discarded clothing along with a handgun. Police believe the suspects discarded the items as they fled the scene. One suspect, Wilson, was located a short time later and taken into custody. He was charged with Aggravated Robbery, outstanding City Warrants and Fail to Identify Giving False/Fictitious Information and transported to the Tom Green County Jail. No other suspects were located during the search.
While at the scene, police spoke with a 27-yar-old male victim who said he had been asleep inside the residence when he woke up to the sound of the home security alarm just before being struck in the head with a handgun by one of the suspects. The suspects then demanded money and began to collect various electronics from the residence, but ran off empty handed when police arrived. The male victim was treated at the scene for his head injury. The 27-year-old woman, who initially spoke with officers, witnessed the events along with her child. Both were unharmed.
Police have learned that this incident was not random and the victim was the intended target. Police have established that the victim and suspects are associates.
Holcomb was located and arrested on July 30 after Detectives with the Department's Criminal Investigations Division and Special Operations Section served an Arrest Warrant for Aggravated Robbery at his residence in the unit block of W. 12th Street. Holcomb was taken into custody without incident.
If you have any information about the whereabouts of Lopez or Jackson, call Detective Bobby Elrod at 325-659-8017 or police dispatch at 325-657-4315. To remain anonymous, call the SAPD's 24 hour Tip Hotline at 1-855-TIPS-247. You can also text your tips, text TIP SAPD followed by your message, to 888777. You can submit Tips online at http://local.nixle.com/tip/san-angelo-police-department/. It is against the law to harbor fugitives.
This is an ongoing investigation.
An afternoon single vehicle crash that damaged over one-thousand feet of the traffic barrier near the 3100 block of the West Houston Harte Expressway appears to be the result of a medical complication.
Police were dispatched to the area for the report of a crash involving a 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser. San Angelo Fire Department Medics also responded. The driver of the Cruiser, a 53-year-old San Angelo woman, was transport to Shannon Medical Center by ambulance.
Police spoke with witnesses who said they observed the victim traveling westbound in the outside lane when her vehicle began to drift towards the median and collide with the stretch of barrier. Witnesses who came to the driver's aid told police the woman was unconscious when they found her.
It was determined that the driver may have experienced some type of medical complication just prior to her crash. The woman reportedly did not suffer any injuries during the crash and is said to be in stable condition.
No other vehicles were involved in the crash.
A 34-year-old San Angelo man was arrested early this morning on suspicion of Driving While Intoxicated after crashing into a utility pole in east San Angelo.
A San Angelo Police Officer who was driving along Rio Concho Drive near Louis Drive at the end of his shift observed a black pickup truck off the roadway that appeared to have crashed into a utility pole.
Additional officers were called to the scene to assist and it was determined that the driver, who did not report any injuries from the crash, was suspected of being under the influence of an intoxicant. Police believe the driver was eastbound on Rio Concho Drive when his 2012 Toyota Tundra left the roadway and jumped the curb before colliding with the utility pole. The vehicle came to rest approximately 115 feet from the initial collision. The driver was identified as Mario Luna (DOB 09-30-79).
Luna was issued a Citation for Crossing a Physical Barrier Curb and arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. He was transported to the Tom Green County Jail.
A male passenger, a 31-year-old San Angelo resident, was reportedly uninjured.