Pursuant to an ongoing SAPD Street Crimes Division investigation into narcotics distribution, investigators identified a suspected drug trafficker who was alleged to be transporting and distributing heroin in San Angelo and the surrounding area.
On the evening of February 20, 2018, Detectives discovered the suspect was likely traveling with a load of narcotics. In a coordinated effort with our partners at the Texas Department of Public Safety, a traffic stop of the suspect’s vehicle was initiated in Ballinger, Texas; however, the suspect refused to stop and a short vehicle pursuit ensued.
The pursuit ended and the suspect, identified as Jose Rivera, 54, of San Angelo, was taken into custody without incident. During a vehicle search, Investigators located and seized a quantity of suspected heroin and methamphetamine.
Rivera was charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and Felony 3 Possession Of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1. Rivera was booked into the Runnels County Jail.
A 35-year-old San Angelo man employed at Texas Packing was arrested yesterday morning after he stabbed a co-worker in the neck and fled the facility.
Police were dispatched to Texas Packing, 1809 N. Bell Street, around 11:10 a.m. for the report of a stabbing. While enroute, Officers learned the victim, a 41-year-old San Angelo man, was transported to a nearby hospital by private vehicle for treatment of his injuries. The victim underwent emergency surgery and he is said to be in stable condition.
The suspect, identified as Pedro Carlos Robledo, reportedly fled the scene on foot following the assault and was last seen walking south on N. Bell Street. While enroute to the crime scene, responding Officer D. Martin was near N. Bell and Veck Street when he observed a man who matched the suspect’s description, running from a trash can towards a nearby vehicle. The man quickly entered the vehicle, which then fled the area at a high rate of speed.
When Officer Martin conducted an investigative stop on the vehicle, the passenger quickly exited and approached Officer Martin’s patrol unit. The passenger was detained and positively identified as Robledo. The driver, a former co-worker of Robledo’s, was released after Police learned he observed Robledo walking and stopped to give him a ride.
Following a preliminary investigation by the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, Detectives learned Robledo stabbed his co-worker during a verbal exchange, went to the employee locker room, and then left the property.
Robledo was arrested for Aggravated Assault Causes Serious Bodily Injury and was transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident.
This is an active investigation and no other information is available for release. If you have any information about this incident, call Detective Jake Russell at (325) 659-8016. To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts.
February 19, 2018 — Just before 7:30 a.m. this morning, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 300 block of South Irene Street for the report of a residential burglary in progress.
The caller, a juvenile female, told the dispatcher she was hiding inside a closet and she could hear a person going through her house.
San Angelo Police Department Detective James Hernandez, who was traveling to work and near the residence when the call went out, quickly responded and observed a male subject running from the residence towards a wooded area. Simultaneous responding Officers quickly established a perimeter and began searching the area. Soon after, Officers located the suspect in the wooded area, attempting to conceal himself beneath leaves and branches. Officers also located a black and white skull face mask on the ground next to the suspect.
The suspect, identified as Jacob Martinez, 17, was arrested for Burglary of Habitation, a Second Degree Felony.
The juvenile victim was not injured. One Officer received minor injuries while extricating Martinez from his heavily thicketed hiding spot. The Officer was treated for his wounds and resumed his tour of duty.
On February 14, 2018, San Angelo Police began investigating an alleged armed robbery that occurred at a residence in the 100 block of North Van Buren Street.
Investigators learned the victim, a 27-year-old San Angelo resident, was robbed at gunpoint on the afternoon of Tuesday, February 13, 2018, by seven men. The suspects stole several items, including a silver-colored 2011 Ford Mustang bearing Texas license plate JYF2280. The incident was captured on surveillance video. The victim was not injured.
Subsequent to a lengthy investigation and coordinated effort from members of the Department’s Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Division, Street Crimes Division, Anti-Crime Unit, Crime Analysis Unit, and Crime Scene Investigations Unit, the seven suspects were identified and Arrest Warrants for Aggravated Robbery were obtained. The suspects were identified as Lorenzo Ortiz Rueda, 42, Ruben Ortiz, Jr., 26, Oscar Ornelas, 54, Gavino Eladio Zapata, 20, Ruben Ortiz Sr., 46, John David Acosta, 38, and David Ray Salas, 21.
On February 15, 2018, members of the San Angelo Police Department executed warrants at a residence in the 100 block of W. Avenue H and another in the 400 block of Mimosa Drive. Subsequent to the warrant operations, Rueda, Ornelas, Zapata, and Salas were located and arrested at the residence on Avenue H. Ortiz Jr. was located and arrested at the residence on Mimosa Drive. In addition to the apprehensions, Investigators located and seized the weapons used in the commission of the robbery as well as most of the stolen property.
Police are still looking for Ortiz Sr., Acosta, and the stolen Ford Mustang. Both suspects are considered armed and dangerous. If you have information about the whereabouts of Ortiz Sr., Acosta, or the stolen Ford Mustang, contact Crime Stoppers of San Angelo via their 24/7 confidential tip line at 325-658-4357 or DL the P3 tips app to submit your tip on your mobile device. (Wanted Bulletins available on the Crime Stoppers Facebook Page) Do NOT attempt to apprehend suspects on your own as doing so could be extremely dangerous.
Additional Felony charges may be forthcoming pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation.
A San Angelo High School student was arrested Thursday afternoon after making alleged threats about impending shootings at Central High School via Snapchat.
Another Central High School student who received the message immediately notified authorities about the threat, which specified the suspect’s desire to target specific student groups.
San Angelo Independent School District Officials quickly notified an off-duty San Angelo Police Officer who was working school security. The notification led to an immediate investigation.
The suspect, a 16-year-old San Angelo resident and Central High School Student, was detained and interviewed by the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division.
Following the interview, the juvenile was arrested for Terroristic Threat Causing Fear Imminent Serious Bodily Injury and transported to the Tom Green County Juvenile Justice Center. Investigators searched the suspect’s residence; however, no weapons were located.
[In this case] the offense of Terroristic Threat Causing Fear Imminent Serious Bodily Injury is a Class B Misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.
Following yesterday’s arrest, San Angelo Police responded to multiple reports of imminent threats of campus violence that were circulating through social media. The threat was accompanied by a photograph of a partially-masked male subject holding what appeared to be an assault rifle while posing for a selfie in front of a bathroom mirror. The photo, which also circulated on Snapchat, was taken by a high school student in South Carolina. The South Carolina student was arrested.
The San Angelo Police Department is committed to the close partnership it has with local school officials and any threat of violence, regardless if it is made fictitiously, that depletes law enforcement and school resources at a time when the Nation is grieving alongside the community of Parkland, Florida, will receive our full attention and perpetrators will be charged accordingly with the maximum applicable charge.