Press Releases

Beloved San Angelo Police Sergeant Found Dead at Police Headquarters from Self Inflicted Gunshot Wound
Nov 06, 2017   04:06 PM

Monday, November 6, 2017 — At approximately 10:41 a.m., San Angelo Police responded to a private office within Police Headquarters where they located the body of Sergeant Freddy Dietz Jr., who was deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.  Justice of the Peace Eddie Howard responded to the scene and formally pronounced Sgt. Dietz deceased. 

Texas Ranger Todd Reed of the Texas Department of Public Safety is assisting with the investigation.  

Sgt. Dietz’s body will be transported to the Lubbock County Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy.  There is no further information available at this time. 

The Department is asking the members of the community to keep the Dietz family and Police Department in your thoughts and prayers and to respect their privacy during this difficult time.   

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SAPD Canine Thor Sniffs out Nearly $49K in Narcotics during Traffic Stop
Nov 03, 2017   02:11 PM

November 3, 2017 — Two San Angelo men are facing drug charges fallowing an early morning traffic stop in East San Angelo. 

The stop was conducted around 12:30 a.m. by the Department’s K-9 Unit and Patrol Division, who were conducting narcotics interdiction on North U.S. Highway 67.  The vehicle’s driver, 24-year-old Henry Steven Valverde, was arrested for not having a valid driver’s license and a passenger identified as Randy Lee Avila, 25, was detained. 

During the stop, Police Service Dog Thor was deployed to conduct an open air sniff of the 2014 Chevy Malibu.  Soon after, Thor gave a positive alert to Officers indicating the vehicle contained illegal narcotics.   

Officers located approximately seven (7) ounces of suspected heroin and approximately 2.4 grams of suspected methamphetamine as a result of the stop.  Both substances field-tested positive at the scene. 

Valverde was charged with Felony 3 Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and Driving While License Invalid.  Avila was charged with Felony 1 Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1.  The pair was booked into the Tom Green County Jail. 

This is an ongoing investigation and additional charges may be forthcoming. 

 

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Police Investigate Fatal Motorcycle Crash in Southeast San Angelo
Nov 02, 2017   11:39 AM

November 2, 2017 — San Angelo Police are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash that happened around 12:13 a.m. in the 400 block of East Avenue L. 

The victim, Justino DeLacerda, 35 of San Angelo, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Eddie Howard.  DeLacerda was not wearing a helmet. 

A preliminary traffic investigation indicates DeLacerda was traveling eastbound operating a 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle when he crashed into the back of a 2014 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck that was also traveling eastbound.  The truck’s occupants, a 31-year-old San Angelo man and his 21-year-old male passenger, sustained non-incapacitating injuries.   

Investigators with the Department’s Traffic Section and Crime Scene Investigations Unit responded to the crash and traffic along the roadway was shut down for several hours.    

This is an ongoing investigation and no further information is available at this time. 

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3rd Murder Suspect Identified, Sought in Shooting on East 24th
Oct 31, 2017   12:23 PM

San Angelo Police are actively searching for Jeremy Dace Perez, 25, of San Angelo.  Perez is wanted in connection to the murder of a 24-year-old San Angelo man that occurred just before 3:00 a.m. on October 28, 2017 in the 1300 block of East 24th Street.    

Two other suspects, 28-year-old Antonio Noe Flores lll and a 15-year-old male juvenile, were arrested on October 28, 2017.  

Perez is approximately 6’, approximately 190 pounds, brown hair and brown eyes.  If you have information about his whereabouts call Detective James Hernandez at (325)659-8015.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247, via text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts, or call the SAPD’s 24-Hour Tip Hotline at 1-855-TIPS-247. 

Perez is considered armed and dangerous.  Never attempt to apprehend suspects yourself; doing so may be dangerous. 

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San Angelo Police Department Crimes Against Children Investigation
Oct 30, 2017   11:59 AM

 

Detectives with the San Angelo Police Department’s Crimes Against Children Unit are actively investigating claims of possession of child pornography by Ringo V. Garza, 35, of San Angelo.

The investigation was opened in July 2017 after San Angelo Police received a report of child abuse concerning a 13-year-old female victim. 

Subsequent to the ongoing investigation, Investigators applied for and were granted a Search Warrant for a residence in the 6000 block of Ranch Lane in San Angelo, Texas, as the residence was said to be the suspected place and premises where Investigators could locate evidence of child pornography.  

On July 24, 2017, the Search Warrant was executed by members of the San Angelo Police Department’s Crimes Against Children Unit along with United States Homeland Security.  During the search, Investigators located and seized electronic devices.  

This is an ongoing investigation and no additional details can be released at this time. 

Possession of Child Pornography is a 3rd Degree Felony. 

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