Yesterday afternoon, the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section partnered with the Department of Public Safety to conduct a LIDAR Traffic Enforcement operation in the westbound lanes of the 1700 block of E. Houston Harte Expressway.
Police issued a total of 109 citations and warnings during the operation.
Breakdown for citations:
Speeding: 71(Highest speed 116 MPH, second highest 97 MPH)
Driving While License Invalid: 2
Child Not in Safety Seat: 2
Other/Misc. Violations: 7
No Driver’s License: 2
No Insurance: 4
As a reminder, the Texas Transportation Code requires drivers nearing stopped emergency vehicles with lights activated to change lanes or slowdown by 20 MPH below the speed limit. Failing to take these actions endangers personnel who provide critical and life-saving services.
January 23, 2018 – The San Angelo Police Department recently launched a new proactive, investigative/enforcement unit designed to focus on various types of crime.
After seeing a need to address various types of repetitive crime, Police Chief Frank Carter recently formed a specialized unit whose mission is to proactively focus on those types of crimes that affect the largest number of citizens.
Like most specialized law enforcement units, the newly formed Anti-Crime Unit (ACU) is tasked differently from a typical uniformed patrol unit whose main goal is to respond to calls and provide a visible presence in the community in an effort to deter crime. In contrast, the Anti-Crime Unit specializes in covert operations in an attempt to avoid detection in an effort to apprehend criminals while committing criminal activity.
Working in concert with the Department’s Street Crimes Division, Criminal Investigations Division, and Crime Analysis Unit, the ACU will focus their attention on the city’s most frequent crimes such as burglary, theft and robbery as well as other non-specific crimes. Many of these offenses are committed by repeat offenders — a small segment of the population that commits the most crimes.
The Unit intends to maximize and effectively apply its limited resources to make a measurable, long-term impact in the reduction of San Angelo’s crime, despite the Department’s manpower shortage.
At approximately 10:50 a.m. on Saturday, January 20, 2018, San Angelo Police responded to the Super Mercado located at 1505 South Chadbourne for the report of an armed robbery in the parking lot just north of the store.
Responding Officers learned that prior to the robbery, the male victim, a 25-year-old San Angelo resident, had corresponded with the suspect through Facebook regarding the sale of the victim’s gaming system. The suspect, who went by the Facebook username of Alex Olvera, expressed interest in purchasing the system and then made arrangements to meet the victim in the store’s parking lot. At some point during the transaction, the suspect pointed a handgun at the victim before he fled the scene on foot. No one was injured during the incident, which was captured on the store’s surveillance video.
Officers were shown the suspect’s Facebook Page and immediately developed a possible location for the suspect in the 1200 block of South Hill Street.
The Department’s Criminal Investigations Division responded for further investigation and the Department’s newly formed Anti-Crime Unit (ACU) began surveillance.
After several hours of surveillance, members of ACU and K9 Units along with members of the Patrol and Criminal Investigations Divisions established a perimeter around the residence and attempted to make contact with the suspect. Soon after, the suspect surrendered to Officers without incident. He was identified as Alejandro “Alex” Raymond Olvera, 26.
During a warrant search of the residence in which Olvera was taken in to custody, Investigators located and seized the victim’s stolen property, the clothing Olvera was wearing when he committed the robbery, as well as the suspected handgun used during the robbery.
Olvera is currently detained at the Tom Green County Jail in lieu of $50,000.00 bond, charged with Aggravated Robbery.
Both law enforcement and Facebook Officials urge users to exercise caution when engaging in face-to-face meetings to buy and sell items. Safety tips include:
- Meet people in well-lit public places that have working surveillance cameras
- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash (Use a service like PayPal or Apple Pay)
- Avoid meeting the buyer/seller alone (Bring friends or family members with you)
January 19, 2018 — A hit and run driver that collided with Jackson’s Ladies Fashions, 2418 W. Avenue N, has been located and cited.
The investigation began around 9:40 this morning when the Department’s Hit and Run Investigator, Officer Steven Quade, responded to the location and found significant damage to the Store’s brick façade and interior. Racks of clothing are believed to have stopped the vehicle from completely entering the store.
Through investigation, Officer Quade located the damaged suspect vehicle, a blue 2015 Hyundai Sonata, parked at a nearby convenience store. The vehicle, which donned remnants of brick and other debris from the collision, was unoccupied.
Subsequent to Officer Quade’s field investigation the vehicle’s driver, Jennifer Torres, 22, of San Angelo, was located and interviewed. Torres claimed no injury from the collision. Torres is not the vehicle’s registered owner.
Torres was cited for No Driver’s License, Failure to Control Speed, and Failure to Stop and Leave Information – Duty on Striking Structure.
On January 16, 2018, Members of the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division (SCD), perusing the City for criminal offenders, observed wanted parolee Joseph Smart traveling in a black passenger car.
After observing a traffic violation, SCD directed Patrol Officers to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle near S. College Hills Boulevard and Millbrook Drive. The vehicle’s occupants were identified as Ashley Segler, 23, Monica Mares, 21, and Joseph Smart, 28, who was subsequently taken into custody for his Parole Violation Warrant.
During a search of the vehicle incident to Smart’s arrest, Officers located and seized a small amount of suspected methamphetamine, assorted drug paraphernalia, and five check books that had been reported stolen during a recent residential burglary.
The trio was transported to Police Headquarters for interview regarding the stolen checks. Additional charges may be forthcoming pending the outcome of that ongoing investigation.
Segler was arrested for Driving While License Invalid, Mares was arrested by City Marshals for City Warrants, and Smart was additionally charged with State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1.