January 12, 2018 — The San Angelo Police Department has created an easy and convenient way for citizens to report crimes that do not require the presence of an officer.
Over the last five years, demands for police services have steadily increased. In 2017, San Angelo Police Officers responded to an estimated 125,700 calls for service. The resources of the San Angelo Police Department have been stretched to the limit to meet these demands. Effective in January 12, 2018, the San Angelo Police Department will begin offering citizens the ability to make certain incident reports online.
Cities such as Abilene, Lubbock, Austin, Denton, San Marcos, Temple, Waco, and Houston have instituted online reporting. These cities face the same problems we are facing in San Angelo – higher demands for police services, and not enough officers to meet those increased demands.
The benefits of Online Incident Reporting are two-fold. First, it allows citizens the flexibility to make reports of incidents 24 hours a day from any location where they have access to a computer and the internet. Another significant benefit of online reporting is that it keeps officers available to respond rapidly to emergency calls for service. It also allows Officers more time to focus on the problems occurring in our neighborhoods.
All online reports will be reviewed and handled like any other incident report. Once a report has been approved it will be reviewed by the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division for follow up investigation if needed.
If you do not have a computer with internet access or a smartphone with internet access, you can use the Online Incident Reporting computer in the lobby of Police Headquarters, 401 E. Beauregard, free of charge Monday through Friday during normal business hours.
The San Angelo Police Department encourages citizens to become familiar with the online reporting system and ask for their help in making this a successful endeavor. In the following months the Department will slowly begin making certain offenses mandatory for online reporting.
The online reporting web feature is not a substitute for reporting crimes in progress. In case of emergency, call 911 to report the details of a crime you witness.
Only certain offenses are suitable for Online Incident Reporting. To view a complete list of reportable and non-reportable offenses, or, to file an online incident report visit http://bit.ly/SAPDOnlineReporting.
Just before 10:15 p.m. on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 1100 block of Cyndi Lane for vehicle burglaries in progress after a witness called to report several masked-subjects trying to enter multiple parked vehicles in the neighborhood.
Officers converged on the area and located one suspect inside a vehicle parked in the 1200 block of Cyndi Lane. Upon seeing the Officers, the suspect ran and a brief foot pursuit ensued. During the pursuit, the suspect began discarding items, to include sunglasses and a rifle magazine, from his pockets. The suspect was apprehended a short time later and identified as Axel Blanco, 17, of San Angelo.
Responding Officers located two other subjects who had been with Blanco prior to his apprehension. They were identified as Ryland D. Kimula, 17, and Sammy Torres, 19, both of San Angelo.
Subsequent to the lengthy field investigation, Police discovered the items Blanco discarded in the foot pursuit had been stolen from a nearby vehicle. The items were returned to the owner.
Blanco was charged with Burglary of Vehicle and Evading Arrest Detention. Kimula was charged with Burglary of Vehicle. Torres was charged with Class B Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The group was transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident.
On January 7, 2018, San Angelo Police received a report about a vehicle burglary that occurred in the 3100 block of Travis Street where a distinct purple-colored handgun and ammunition were stolen from a 2017 Dodge Durango.
On January 8, 2018, members of the Department’s Street Crimes Division acquired a video recording of two male juveniles who were firing what appeared to be the same stolen handgun in a residential neighborhood in North San Angelo. The juveniles pictured in the video were identified by several members of the Department due to past encounters and investigations. Both juveniles are gang members.
On January 9, 2018, San Angelo Police received the report of gang-related graffiti at Central High School. During a review of the school’s surveillance video, Police recognized the graffiti suspects as being the same juveniles who were firing the suspected stolen gun.
Subsequent to the investigations and video evidence, Detectives with the Department’s Street Crimes Division obtained Juvenile Apprehension Orders for the two 15-year-old suspects.
On Wednesday afternoon, January 10, 2018, Members of the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, Street Crimes Division, and Anti-Crime Unit conducted surveillance of and around a residence in the 300 block of E. 41st Street in an attempt to locate the suspects. One suspect was located near the residence, taken into custody without incident for his Apprehension Order, and transported to the Juvenile Justice Center. During a search of the suspect’s residence, Detectives located ammunition similar to that reported in the vehicle burglary as well as spent shell casings in the area where the suspects were recorded firing the stolen handgun. The second suspect was not located.
A short time later, a San Angelo Police Officer who was heading home for the day observed a teen that resembled the still at large teen suspect, walking near the 2800 block of N. Chadbourne. The Officer attempted to detain and positively identify the subject; however, the subject fled on foot and ran into oncoming traffic, crossing Chadbourne where he was last seen running east through the Dollar General Parking lot located at 2934 N. Chadbourne.
A perimeter was quickly established and soon after, the fleeing teen was located in the unit block of E. 30th Street where he attempted to flee again before he punched a parked vehicle prior to surrendering to Officers. After confirming the teen’s identity, he was arrested for his Apprehension Order and subsequently charged with Evading Detention and Criminal Mischief for his damage to the vehicle. No one was injured in the pursuit; however, one of the Department’s unmarked vehicles sustained minor damage during the pursuit.
This morning, both suspects were interviewed at Police headquarters. Following their interviews and confessions, both suspects were charged [respectively] with Theft of Firearm and Felony Criminal Mischief. Additional charges may be forthcoming pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation. The pair is currently in custody at the Juvenile Justice Center.
Detectives with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division have made an arrest in an ongoing burglary investigation involving a collection of “Kiss” memorabilia.
The investigation began on December 29, 2017, when San Angelo Police received a report of a burglary that occurred at Southland Storage, 4940 Southland Boulevard. The victim advised his extensive collection of Kiss memorabilia, which included shirts, records, actions figures and magazines, had been stolen from his storage unit. A Star Wars action figure collection was also among the items stolen during the burglary, which was captured on surveillance video.
After receiving a credible tip about the suspect’s identity and location of the stolen collectables, SAPD Detectives obtained and served a Search and Arrest warrant at a residence in in the 800 block of N. Van Buren Street around noon on Friday, January 5, 2018. Subsequent to the search, Police located and seized a portion of the stolen collection and arrested Michael W. Roehr, 50, of San Angelo. The recovered property was released to the victim.
Additional charges and arrests may be forthcoming pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation.
Four San Angelo men have been charged in connection to a recent armed robbery that took place at an apartment complex in Southwest San Angelo.
Police were dispatched to the Wildewood Apartments, 3510 Wildewood Drive, around 5:37 a.m. on December 30, 2017, for the report of armed suspects that forced their way into an apartment and demanded personal property from several occupants at gunpoint. No one was injured during the incident.
Following a lengthy investigation and with assistance from the Department’s Crime Scene Investigations Unit, Detectives with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division learned the identities of the suspects and that one of the suspects was an acquaintance of one of the victims. Subsequently, Detectives obtained arrest warrants for Aggravated Robbery for Richard Rouse, 22, Devinie T. Taylor, 21, Michael W. Wade, 25, and Dexter Williams-Gillespie, 22. The suspects were located late Friday evening, January 5, 2018. Following their interviews with Detectives, the suspects were transported to the Tom Green County Jail where they were booked in on their respective charges.
This is an ongoing investigation and no other information will be released at this time.