October 18, 2017 — A San Angelo Police Officer assigned to the Department’s Traffic Section was injured in a single-vehicle motorcycle crash that occurred this morning behind Police Headquarters, 401 E. Beauregard. The crash occurred just before 10:00 a.m.
The injured Officer, who was hired in 2008, was located in the parking lot by a Patrolman. Additional Officers rushed to aid the injured Officer, who was then transported to a nearby hospital by San Angelo Fire Department Medics for treatment of incapacitating injuries. The Officer is reported to be in stable condition.
A preliminary crash investigation revealed the Officer was traveling south through the parking lot when he lost control of the motorcycle. After the Officer became disconnected from the motorcycle, the motorcycle continued traveling on its right side a short distance until it came to rest after colliding with a parked city-owned vehicle.
The Department’s Crime Scene Investigations Unit responded to the crash, which is standard operating procedure for Officer involved incidents.
Two San Angelo Public Safety Communications Dispatchers were recognized at the start of today’s City Council Meeting for their outstanding work and support of volunteer fire departments during the September 14, 2017 Rocking Chair Ranch Fire.
Linda Waller, Public Safety Communications Supervisor and Sarah Rees, SAPSC Dispatcher, were awarded certificates of appreciation by Tom Green County’s Emergency Manager, Steve Mild, for their composure and dedication to coordinating communication efforts during the 800 acre fire, which started during a State prescribed burn overseen by the Wall Volunteer Fire Department. The Wall Volunteer Fire department requested this recognition, charging Waller’s and Rees’s quick action and coordination helped to minimize further loss of land.
Police Chief Frank Carter, Assistant Chiefs David Howard and Tracy Fincher, and Public Safety Communications Commanders Lieutenant Tim Pucci and Sergeant Chris Carpenter were also on hand for today’s presentation.
October 17, 2017 — 25-year-old Juan Manuel Mata, Jr. of San Angelo was arrested for an outstanding warrant during a traffic stop this morning and additionally charged with Theft of Firearm after Police recovered a stolen gun from his vehicle.
The stop occurred around 3:15 a.m. near E. 7th and Akin Streets. During the traffic detention, Mata told the Officer he did not have a driver’s license with him. Mata exited and locked the vehicle, which the Officer perceived as deliberate.
During a computerized records check through Dispatch, the Officer confirmed Mata’s driver’s license was expired and that he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Mata was arrested for his warrant and transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident. Mata also received a citation for Driving While License Invalid and a written warning for his initial traffic violation.
During a search of Mata’s vehicle incident to his arrest, Officers located a pistol, which was confirmed to be reported stolen on October 16, 2017, from the Southeast Mini Storage facility, 4469 S. Chadbourne, along with three other firearms, ammunition, and a two-toned blue 2005 Yamaha R6 motorcycle.
Additional charges may be forthcoming pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation. If you have information about the whereabouts of the other stolen firearms or stolen motorcycle, call Detective James Hernandez at (325)659-8015. To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247, via text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts, or by phone at 1-855-TIPS-247.
Today, the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a School Zone Traffic Enforcement Operation utilizing LIDAR.
Police issued a total of twenty-eight (28) citations during the operation, which ran from 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. at the Central Freshman campus, Trinity Lutheran, McGill Elementary, Crockett Elementary, San Jacinto Elementary, TLCA Elementary, Bowie Elementary, Holiman Elementary, Glenmore Elementary, and Bonham Elementary. Breakdown for citations:
Driving While License Invalid: 1
Other/Misc. Violations: 6
Child Safety Seat: 2
Following the School Zone Operation, additional LIDAR Traffic Enforcement was conducted targeting westbound traffic in the 1700 block of East Houston Harte until 10:00 a.m.
Officers issued a total of thirty-six (36) citations during the operation. Breakdown for citations:
Speeding: 26 (Highest speed 86 MPH)
Other/Misc. Violations: 10
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.
Zachary Navarro, 22, and Lydia Sharp, 30, were arrested early Sunday morning after Police stumbled upon their assault of a 26-year-old Abilene Man in a downtown parking lot.
At approximately 1:20 a.m., Police were patrolling the downtown area when they observed an active fight in the northeast corner parking lot at S. Chadbourne and Twohig. At the time of their intervention, Sharp was on top of the victim, punching him in the face, with Navarro close by.
Once the parties were separated, Officers were directed to the knife that was used in the assault.
Subsequent to the field Investigation, Detectives with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division learned the victim and a friend had been walking westbound on the sidewalk when they allegedly heard Navarro yelling profanities at Sharp, who were both across the street. During the verbal altercation, the victim yelled at Navarro to stop cursing at the female [Sharp]. After the exchange, Navarro ran across the street and physically assaulted the victim. At some point during the assault, Navarro produced a knife and inflicted superficial wounds to the victim. Navarro also received a laceration on his hand from the knife during the assault. San Angelo Fire Department Medics responded to the scene and treated the parties for their minor injuries.
Navarro was charged with Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon and Sharp was charged with Assault Causes Bodily Injury. The pair was transported to the Tom Green County Jail where they were later released on Bond.