In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which it falls as Police Week.
The San Angelo Police Department has a number of planned events that honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.
The following events are open to the public:
- Flag Raising Ceremony – Monday, May 14. 10:00 a.m., Police Headquarters, 401 E. Beauregard.
- Coffee With a Cop – Tuesday, May 15. 8:30-10:00 a.m., Police Headquarters, 4001 E. Beauregard.
- Crime Stoppers Running With the Blue 5K 1 Mile Run/Walk – Wednesday, May 16. 6:30 p.m., Police Headquarters, 401 E. Beauregard. FMI Laura Mantay 325-657-4333, http://getmeregistered.com/runningwiththeblue.
- Ecumenical Service – Friday, May 18. 11:00 a.m., Sierra Vista United Methodist, 4522 College Hills Blvd.
On Saturday, April 28, 2018, San Angelo Police were dispatched to a residence in the 2800 block of McGill Boulevard for the report of dead bodies inside the residence.
The deceased, a man believed to be in his sixties and a woman believed to be in her mid-forties, were discovered inside a bedroom by Fire Department personnel after authorities were notified about a foul odor emitting from the residence. The couple appeared to have been deceased for several days. Their identities are not being released at this time.
Detectives with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division responded to the residence along with Crime Scene Investigations. During the preliminary field investigation, Detectives located evidence to support the couple committed suicide.
The bodies of the deceased were transported to Lubbock for autopsy at the request of Justice of the Peace Fred Buck. A preliminary review of the bodies and evidence by the Medical Examiner’s Office supports the Investigative Team’s theory; however, final cause and manner of death are pending the outcome of the autopsies.
This is an ongoing investigation and no further information is available at this time.
April 25, 2018 – Surrounded by family, friends, and colleagues, Officer John Bouligny promoted to the rank of Sergeant and retired Officer Jose Ruiz re-committed himself to service under reserve status this morning during a private ceremony in the Chief’s Conference Room at Police Headquarters.
A former dispatcher, Sgt. Bouligny became a sworn Officer in December, 2012 where he has since served in the Patrol Division and Lake Unit. Sgt. Bouligny is slated to become a patrol shift supervisor.
Officer Ruiz, who retired from the Department in July 2017 after twenty-two (22) years of service, will now serve as a police reservist.
The ceremony was administered by Police Chief Frank Carter and San Angelo Police Department Chaplain Gary Jenkins gave the opening and closing prayers.
Please join us in congratulating both men on their achievements and continued desire to serve and protect the citizens of San Angelo.
San Angelo Police are investigating several reports of gang related criminal mischief.
Police were dispatched to Lake View High early Saturday morning and located gang related graffiti. School officials estimated approximately $15,000 in damage.
Officers also responded to TLC Charter School’s elementary campus for the report of gang related graffiti on eight (8) buses. Another report of the same style graffiti on a private vehicle was taken in the 900 block of LBJ Drive. In all three cases, the graffiti appears to be from the gang Southside 25.
Police have surveillance video of a light-colored 4-door sedan with a third brake light and three suspects clothed in light and gray-colored clothing, hoodies and athletic shoes.
If you have any information about the suspect(s) identity and whereabouts please contact San Angelo Police at (325) 481-2718. To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts. Tipsters can also send a direct message to the Department’s Facebook and Twitter pages; facebook.com/SanAngeloPoliceDepartment and twitter.com/sanangelopolice.
At approximately 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 20, 2018, Investigators with the Department’s Street Crimes Division and Anti-crime Unit directed Patrol Officers in marked police units equipped with emergency lights and sirens to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle pursuant to an ongoing criminal investigation into felonious activity.
The vehicle, a silver-colored 2005 Dodge Ram Pickup driven by Daniel N. Diaz, 22, of Winters, Texas, failed to stop and a vehicle pursuit ensued throughout several city streets. When Diaz reached the intersection of W. Concho and S. Abe, Diaz disregarded the red light and collided with a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox that was traveling southbound on S. Abe. The pickup came to rest after colliding with a traffic signal pole at the southeast corner of the intersection.
The driver of the Equinox, an 83-year-old San Angelo woman, reported no injuries at the scene. Diaz and three other truck occupants were transported to Shannon Medical Center with various injures. One of the occupants, identified as Gaiden Crelia, 20, later succumbed to his injuries.
During interviews with two of the truck’s occupants after the collision, Investigators learned the occupants were using illegal narcotics inside the vehicle prior to the collision and drug paraphernalia was recovered at the scene.
In total, the pursuit lasted approximately three (3) minutes and just prior to the collision, the pursuing Officer’s speed was 39MPH.
Diaz was later charged with Evading Arrest Detention Causing Death.
The San Angelo Police Department has a strict Pursuit Policy that appropriately weighs an officer’s sworn duty to apprehend lawbreakers with the obligation to protect life and the public’s safety. The aftermath of Diaz’s actions has undoubtedly affected the Crelia Family as well as the emergency responders who were at the scene.
This is an ongoing investigation and no other information is available for release at this time. The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating the traffic collision.