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Vehicle Burglary Victims Use GPS to Locate Stolen Property, Suspects
Dec 19, 2016   11:04 AM

Several stolen items from multiple vehicle burglaries in the Bentwood neighborhood were recovered with the help of GPS technology Friday night.

Around 10:30 p.m. on Friday, December 16, 2016, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 1500 block of S. Bell Street in reference to a vehicle burglary that just occurred.  Upon arrival, Officers met with victims who said they were tracking their stolen cell phone using the phone’s Find My iPhone app.  The victims began tracking the phone after they noticed their items were missing from their vehicle that had been parked in the 5400 block of Enclave Court. The victims also provided Officers with a description of two suspects and the license plate number of the silver Chrysler 300 they were driving.  They said the two men were at a residence on La Mesa Lane, unloading items from the vehicle.

Officers proceeded to a residence in the 1800 block of La Mesa Lane where they observed a man walking to the suspect vehicle.  The man was detained and identified as 27-year-old Gabriel Anthony Gonzales.  Officers made contact with a second subject, 22-year-old Tarell Andre Dumas, inside the residence.  While speaking to Gonzales, Officers observed backpacks, cloth bags, tools, and gloves on the backseat and a rifle on the floorboard. 

While conducting the field investigation, Officers became aware of two additional vehicle burglaries that occurred in the 5200 block of Fairway Drive, where a rifle and cloth bags were reported stolen.  Detective J. Russell and Crime Scene Investigations were called to the scene for follow up investigation.

During a probable cause search of the vehicle, Officers confirmed that the rifle and cloth bags were stolen from the burglaries on Fairway Drive; however, two stolen purses reported from the vehicle burglary on Enclave Court were not located so a Search Warrant for the residence was obtained.  During the search, Police located the two stolen purses underneath a bed and another stolen phone in the field behind the residence. 

Subsequent to the field investigation, Gonzales was charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by Felon and Dumas was charged with Theft of a Firearm.  Additional charges may be filed pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation.  

The San Angelo Police Department advises victims who use such technology to track stolen property to never put themselves in danger by confronting suspects themselves.  Instead, be a good witness by safely recording the suspect(s) and/or vehicle description and immediately contact law enforcement.  No property is worth risking your life for. 

   

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San Angelo Shooting Suspect Captured by Abilene Street Crimes Division
Dec 15, 2016   11:34 AM

Yesterday afternoon, the Abilene Police Department’s Street Crimes Division arrested 32-year-old Pete “Oso” Frank Estrada, the shooting suspect wanted in connection with the Aggravated Robbery on Avenue O in late November. 

Estrada is accused of shooting a 31-year-old man around 9:30 p.m. on November 30th and fleeing in the victim’s truck. 

Following the shooting, Detectives sent out a regional message to law enforcement to be on alert for the stolen truck, along with a description of the armed suspect whom they believed was Estrada.  Soon after, the Abilene Police Department responded with corroborating information and offered to help. 

On December 2, Justice of the Peace Judge Eddie Howard issued an Arrest Warrant for Estrada for the charge of Aggravated Robbery.  In addition to the publication of the warrant, Crime Stoppers San Angelo released a bulletin offering a reward for information leading to Estrada’s arrest. 

Throughout the Investigation, the San Angelo Police Department and the Abilene Police Street Crimes Division have worked closely to develop leads and follow up on San Angelo and Abilene Crime Stoppers tips — which ultimately led to Estrada’s capture.   

Estrada is currently in awaiting extradition to San Angelo.

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Police Locate Missing Elderly, Advise Caregivers to Have Documentation on Hand to Expedite Alerts
Dec 14, 2016   02:54 PM

A missing 78-year-old San Angelo man suffering from dementia was located early this morning by Officer Z. Villarreal, who spotted the man’s vehicle traveling in the 100 block of South Abe Street.  The man, who was disoriented, was unharmed and reunited with family.  He had been missing for more than 12 hours.

Due to the circumstances surrounding the man’s disappearance, San Angelo Police Department Detective Jeremy Cannady applied for a Silver Alert through the Texas Department of Public Safety, which requires that specific criteria be met before an alert can be authorized. 

Texas Department of Public Safety Silver Alert Activation Criteria:

  1. The missing person must be 65 years of age or older.
  2. The senior citizen must be diagnosed with an impaired mental condition, and the senior citizen’s disappearance poses a credible threat to their health and safety. (Required documentation, such as a letter from the senior’s medical or mental health provider).
  3. Confirmation that an investigation has taken place verifying the senior’s disappearance is due to his/her impaired mental condition and alternative reasons for their disappearance have been ruled out.
  4. The request for the Silver Alert is being made within 72 hours of their disappearance.
  5. Local law enforcement has sufficient information available to disseminate to the public that could assist in locating the senior citizen.

Although this story had a happy ending, the San Angelo Police Department advises families and caregivers of seniors who are diagnosed with any impaired mental conditions to have the following items on hand so law enforcement can expedite the Silver Alert application process.

  • Keep a recent, close-up photo of the senior and his/her medication specifically prescribed to treat the impairment.
  • Updated medical information, such as a diagnosis from the senior’s medical or mental health provider on the provider’s official letterhead.

The stress experienced by families and caregivers when a person with dementia wanders and becomes lost is significant.  Have a plan in place beforehand, so you know what to do in case of an emergency.  For tips on making a plan, visit http://www.alz.org/care/alzheimers-dementia-wandering.asp

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San Angelo Police Launch Seatbelt Campaign Aimed at Saving Lives, Reducing Injuries from Unbelted Crashes
Dec 12, 2016   04:49 PM

This afternoon, the San Angelo Police Department kicked off a 12-month seat belt safety initiative in San Angelo, with a goal to increase seat belt use and save lives.

The program, called Buckle Down & Stay Strapped In, relies on monthly seat belt surveys, existing enforcement of state laws, and extensive education and communication outreach.  Buckle Down & Stay Strapped In is a grassroots effort to encourage people to make a habit of seat belt use.

“Buckling down is the single best way to protect yourself in a traffic crash, and wearing a seat belt halves your risk of death or serious injury.  We all know this, but the consequences from unrestrained crashes continue to cause suffering in our community.  From 2013 to 2015, 9,863 total crashes were reported in San Angelo and 24 of those crashes were fatal.  Buckle Down & Stay Strapped In aims to reduce those numbers and raise long-term awareness of this important public safety concern.” — Officer Tracy Gonzalez, SAPD Public Information Officer and Campaign Spokesperson.

During a baseline survey conducted in mid-October, the Department learned San Angelo’s Seatbelt rate was 93.1%, which is 2.65% above the state average of 90.7% percent and 4.25% above the national average of 87%.  The highest percentage of people wearing seatbelts in our community were age 25-59 (94.5%), the lowest were age 60 and over (89%).

The San Angelo Independent School District, Live Design & Print and other community partners will lend a hand by promoting seat belt use, sharing the results of monthly surveys, and conducting educational activities.  San Angelo Police will continue to enforce Texas’s seat belt law.

Mayor Dwain Morrison and SAISD Public Information Officer Jaimie Highsmith were in attendance.  

 

(Logo created by Live Design & Print)

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Fugitive Wanted for Double Murder on Rio Grande Apprehended in Michigan
Dec 08, 2016   04:15 PM

A suspect wanted in connection with the 2016 double homicide on Rio Grande Street was arrested by a joint law enforcement fugitive task force this afternoon in Lansing, Michigan. 

The suspect, Raymond Alvarado Jr., 28, is charged with capital murder of multiple persons.  Alvarado is accused of fatally shooting Jimmy Andrew Gonzales and Anthony Martinez, both 28, on September 12, 2016.  Three other suspects, 27-year-old Justin Gamez, 25-year-old Ricky Ray Ortegon Zuniga, and 27-year-old Krystal Nicole Sanchez were arrested and charged in mid-September.

The U.S. Marshals North Texas Fugitive Task Force began assisting the San Angelo Police Department in the investigation in late October.  The investigation eventually led authorities to believe Alvarado was in the Lansing area based on a Crime Stoppers tip.  The Lansing Area Fugitive Task Force was enlisted to help track Alvarado down. 

On Dec. 8, task force members conducted surveillance at an address in Lansing.  After several hours, Alvarado was seen leaving the residence and walking away.  Marked units assisted the task force in approaching Alvarado and he was subsequently arrested without incident. 

Alvarado is being held at the Ingham County Jail in Mason, Michigan, and will be transported back to Texas after extradition proceedings are concluded.  He is expected to appear in court in Ingham County tomorrow.

The Lansing Area Fugitive Task Force is comprised of state troopers and officers from the Michigan State Police 1st District, the Michigan Department of Corrections, U.S. Marshals, Ingham County Sheriff’s Department, and the Michigan State University Police Department.

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