National Night Out 2017 will be celebrated on October 3 in most Texas cities. Most of the Country celebrated in August, which is a bit too warm for West Texans!
National Night Out is a great opportunity for communities nationwide to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie. While the one night is certainly not an answer to crime, drugs and violence, National Night Out represents the kind of spirit, energy and determination to help make neighborhoods a safer place year round. NNO is about networking and connecting with like-minded people who all want the same thing, to ensure his or her community is a safe place to live and play.
Sir Robert Peel, considered to be the father of modern policing once said, “Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent upon every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.” In other words, Peel was saying we are all responsible for the policing of our community. So how can you become a police-community partner? One way is by getting to know your neighbors and watching over their property. By them doing the same for you, and by keeping your possessions locked up, you are doing a form of police work that contributes to keeping our neighborhoods crime free.
The San Angelo Police Department invites you to attend the nine events scheduled throughout the city. Turn on your porch lights, lock your doors, and spend the evening outside interacting with friends, neighbors and first responders. Join us and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
Brixton Apartments – 555 Smith Blvd., 6:00-8:00 PM
Solid Rock Church – 1305 Koberlin St., 6:00-8:00 PM
Bent Tree Apartments – 1625 Sunset Dr., 6:00-8:00 PM
Angelo Skate & Fun Center – 34 Buick St., 5:00-7:00 PM
Northside Boys & Girls Club – 1802 N. Lillie, 5:00-8:00 PM
Sedona Ranch Apartments – 2901 Sunset Dr., 5:00-7:00 PM
Sunset Apartments & Annex – 1701 Sunset Dr., 5:00-7:00 PM
Wall Brethren Church – 7921 Loop 570, Wall, TX, 4:30-7:30 PM
Goodfellow Family Housing – 2025 Longhorn Dr. - 5:30 - 7:30 PM
For more information about National Night Out contact Sergeant Tim Coffman at (325) 481-2709.
Sunday, September 24, 2017— Two 22-year-old San Angelo men are facing multiple charges following a recovered-stolen vehicle investigation at a residence on E. 21st Street.
Police were dispatched to the residence around 9:00 p.m. after a victim called to report he located his stolen Buick Verano in the backyard of the residence. Before releasing the vehicle to the owner, Officers processed the vehicle for evidence and seized several items of suspected stolen property.
During the field investigation, two subjects pulled up in front of the residence. Officers made contact with the occupants and observed open containers of alcohol inside. The subjects were detained and identified as Joshua Gonzalez of San Angelo, who had warrants, and Brady Richardson of Ballinger, Texas. Gonzalez was arrested for his warrants.
Subsequent to a search of the vehicle, Officers located numerous items, including credit cards, checkbooks and electronics, which have been reported stolen in recent burglaries. A computerized record check of the vehicle Gonzalez and Richardson arrived in, a 2008 Toyota Tundra, showed the truck was reported stolen from a residence on Christoval Road on September 18, 2017.
Gonzalez and Richardson were transported to Police Headquarters for questioning. Following their interviews, Gonzalez was charged with Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle and several warrants. He was also issued a citation for Open Container Alcohol. Richardson was charged with Fraudulent Use of Identifying Information 5<10 and Possession Dangerous Drug X2. Richardson was also issued a citation for Possession Drug Paraphernalia. The pair was booked into the Tom Green County Jail.
Additional charges may be forthcoming pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation.
Sunday, September 24, 2017 — Brandon Gonzalez, 18, of San Angelo, was arrested Sunday evening after he broke into a Northside residence looking for his girlfriend and brandished a firearm.
At approximately 5:50 p.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 3600 block of Bowie Street for the report of an armed subject that was attempting to gain entry. When Officers arrived, they were told the suspect, later identified as Gonzalez, had forced his way inside, pointed a gun at the resident, and fled prior to Officer’s arrival.
Officers converged on the area and a suspect who matched Gonzalez’s clothing and physical description was observed near 37th and Bowie Street. When Officers made contact with Gonzalez he discarded a backpack and ran. During the foot chase Gonzalez retrieved a handgun from his waistband and threw it. The gun was recovered by Officers.
The pursuit ended after Gonzalez jumped a fence and entered a residence in the 3100 block of Bowie Street. Officers surrounded the residence and Gonzalez exited and yelled at Officers to shoot and kill him. Gonzalez eventually surrendered without further incident and was treated at a nearby hospital for injuries he possibly sustained as a result of jumping the fence. After Gonzalez was cleared by medical personnel he was transported to Police Headquarters for interview.
The investigation revealed Gonzalez’s girlfriend, a 17-year-old San Angelo resident, went to the residence on Bowie that was occupied by a female acquaintance. A short time later, Gonzalez went to the residence looking for the girlfriend, forced his way into the home and pointed a gun at the female resident. No one was injured.
Gonzalez was arrested for Burglary of Habitation Intend Other Felony, Evading Arrest Detention, and Unlawful Carrying Weapon and was subsequently booked into the Tom Green County Jail.
Saturday, September 23, 2017 — a 21-year-old Tom Green County man was killed in a single vehicle crash late Saturday evening near Howard College on U.S. Highway 67.
At approximately 11:20 p.m., San Angelo Police and Fire Department personnel were dispatched to a major motor vehicle crash with entrapment in the 3000 block of North U.S. Highway 67.
Responding Officers located a white 2004 Dodge Ram pickup truck towing a horse trailer that collided with a utility pole near the median. The driver and single occupant, later identified as Koly R. Spears, died at the scene along with one horse. A second horse that had escaped the trailer after the crash was located a short time later, just north of the crash scene. Animal Services responded and took possession of the horse.
A preliminary crash investigation revealed Spears was traveling northbound on 67 when he lost control of the truck and left the roadway, striking a utility pole and several traffic signs. Justice of the Peace J.P. McGuire responded and formally pronounced Spears deceased.
Investigators with the Department’s Traffic Section responded to investigate the crash. Southbound lanes of traffic were closed for several hours during the investigation and traffic was diverted to the frontage road.
This is an ongoing investigation.
Friday, September 22, 2017 — at approximately 6:30 a.m. San Angelo Police were dispatched to Shannon Medical Center’s Emergency Room for the report of a 52-year-old male gunshot victim.
Officers arrived and spoke with the victim and a family member who indicated the victim was shot in the hand from an unintentional discharge of a firearm at a residence in the 3700 block of Honeysuckle Lane.
Investigators with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division and Crime Scene Unit responded to the hospital as well as the residence on Honeysuckle.
The incident is being investigated as an unintentional discharge of a firearm; however, the investigation is ongoing.