San Angelo Police were called to investigate two separate fatality crashes late last night and early this morning.
Just before midnight last night, May 10, 2014, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 1400 block of S. Abe Street for the report of a major crash involving a vehicle and pedestrian. Upon arrival, officers located the pedestrian who appeared to be suffering from life-threatening injuries.
The man, who was not carrying identification at the time of the incident, was transported to Shannon Medical Center by ambulance for treatment. Technicians with the SAPD's Crime Scene Investigations Unit were eventually able to verify the victim's identity through fingerprint analysis. 55-year-old San Angelo resident Ruben Holguin later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by hospital physicians at approximately 12:38 a.m. this morning.
The crash investigation indicates Holguin was attempting to cross S. Abe Street from east to west near Avenue J when he was struck by a 2004 Toyota 4Runner that was traveling southbound on S. Abe Street. The driver, a 55-year-old San Angelo resident, was not injured in the crash.
Just after 1:00 a.m. this morning, officers responded to the 4100 block of W. Loop 306 for the report of a major crash involving a motorcycle. Upon arrival, officers located the motorcycle's male operator, deceased. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace, Kay Longest and identified as 36-year-old San Angelo resident, Christopher Perez.
A preliminary crash investigation indicates Perez was traveling on the loop near the Desert Shadows Apartments when he lost control of his 2001 Harley Davidson motorcycle, causing it to leave the roadway and collide with a guardrail. Perez was ejected from the motorcycle, which continued to travel across Loop 306 and between the medians before coming to rest near the Lowe's Home Improvement store. Speed was determined to be the contributing factor in the crash. Police were unable to locate a helmet at the crash site.
Both crashes were investigated by the Department's on-call Motors Officers with assistance from Patrol and CSI. Oncoming traffic was closed at both crash sites for several hours to allow for the investigations.
There is no further information at this time.
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
Automobile accident: 10
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
Struck by vehicle: 1
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.
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 http://local.nixle.com/tip/san-angelo-police-department/.
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.