***Update to previous release***
The victim was identified as Debra N. Coombs of San Angelo.
March 31, 2018 — Just before 4:30 p.m., San Angelo Police and Fire Department personnel were dispatched to the intersection of 29th and N. Bryant Boulevard for the report of a major motor vehicle crash with entrapment between a pickup truck and an SUV.
Upon arrival, first responders located the driver and sole occupant of a white 1998 Chevrolet S10, deceased. The victim, a 60-year-old San Angelo resident, required extrication from the vehicle.
Justice of the Peace J.P. McGuire responded to the crash scene and formally pronounced the woman deceased. The victim’s identity is being withheld pending next of kin notification.
Investigators with the Department’s Traffic Section and Crime Scene Investigations Unit responded to the scene. A preliminary investigation showed the victim was driving the pickup southbound towards the 2900 block of N. Bryant Blvd. at a high rate of speed when she collided with a black 2012 Dodge Journey that was stopped at the red light. The force of the collision pushed both vehicles into the intersection. The SUV’s occupants, a 51-year-old female driver and 54-year-old male passenger, were not injured.
Traffic was diverted for several hours during the investigation, which is ongoing. More information will be released when it becomes available.
March 29, 2018 — This morning, Investigators with the Department’s Street Crimes Division and S.W.A.T. Team members executed an Evidentiary Search Warrant at a residence in the 1200 block of Spaulding Street.
The warrant, issued by Judge Jay Weatherby, named 30-year-old Christopher Espinosa to be in possession of a quantity of methamphetamine and firearms at the residence.
Investigators located Espinosa and a female companion at a secondary location prior to the search and they were detained without incident.
Pursuant to the search, Investigators located and seized a quantity of suspected Methamphetamine, distribution paraphernalia, five (5) firearms (one of which was altered), body armor, and a quantity of Marijuana.
Espinosa was arrested and charged with Second Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, Unlawful Possession Metal or Body Armor by Felon, and Unlawful Possession Firearm by Felon.
The Department’s S.W.A.T. Team, Patrol Division, Street Crimes Division, K9 Unit, and Center for Tactical Medicine assisted with this morning’s operation.
Pursuant to the San Angelo Police Department’s continued effort to target problem/nuisance drug residences reported in the city, Investigators with the Department’s Street Crimes Division developed probable cause to name 30-year-old Kendrick J. Gray to be in possession of Cocaine at a residence in the 4400 block of Southwest Boulevard.
On Tuesday, March 27, 2018, Investigators applied for an Evidentiary Search Warrant, which was granted by Judge Barbara Walther. Gray was located and detained during the search, which yielded a quantity of suspected Cocaine and narcotics distribution paraphernalia.
Gray was arrested and charged with state Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and was transported to the Tom Green County Jail.
The Department’s Patrol Division and K9 Unit assisted with the operation.
The two brothers who were reported missing from San Angelo earlier this week were located safe in Bell County, Texas yesterday.
Isaac Washington, 6 and Isaiah Brooks, 10, were supposed to be in the in the care of a family member during their mother’s incarceration relating to a March 11, 2018 shooting investigation. When the boys went missing, San Angelo Police and Child Protective Services feared the boys were taken by their stepfather, Jedidiah Watson, who is also facing assault charges in connection to the March shooting.
On March 26, the Department issued a Nixle Missing Children/Welfare Concern Alert for the brothers in addition to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children alerts. Following the alert, one child’s biological father learned the brothers were with Jedidiah Watson in Bell County Texas. The father safely retrieved the brothers and brought them back to San Angelo where they met with Child Protective Services and investigators with the Department’s Crimes Against Children Unit.
Jedidiah Watson remains at large with an active warrant for Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon. Watson has ties to Texas, Georgia, Louisiana, Florida, and Maryland.
If you have any information about Watson’s whereabouts contact local police. To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts.
Additional charges are pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation.
During the 85th Legislative Session, Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 12, authored by Sen. Royce West and Rep. Phil King, which created funding for the Rifle-Resistant Body Armor Grant Program to provide personal body armor to law enforcement agencies throughout Texas.
In August 2017, the Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division awarded the San Angelo Police Department $98,938 of the dedicated funds which facilitated the purchase of level IV rifle-resistant hard armor plates and carriers for all sworn San Angelo Police Officers. The vests were recently received and distributed.
With the nationwide increase in active shooter events and officer ambushes, these level IV vests will provide a level of protection that previously issued vests do not offer.
"The job of our law enforcement community is becoming more difficult as the threats our officers face continue to increase. The State of Texas will not sit idly by and tolerate these actions against officers who are simply doing their job to uphold the law and protect the people of Texas. That is why I’m proud to present these grants to Police Departments across Texas so they can equip their officers with the life-saving equipment they deserve." — Governor Abbott
The $23 million Rifle-Resistant Body Armor Grants were awarded to 453 jurisdictions around the state.
To view a full breakdown of cities and jurisdictions that will receive grants visit https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/organization/criminal-justice/Rifle_Resistant_Fundplan_01092018.pdf