On July 27, 2017, the San Angelo Police Department was recognized by the Texas Crime Prevention Association as the 2017 Outstanding Crime Prevention Agency — Medium Agency. (Population 100,000 – 249,999)
Awards are presented to departments with crime prevention sections that are active in community events as well as providing citizens with crime prevention programs, presentations, and literature to help citizens assist their police department in reducing crime in their community.
The Department’s Community Services Section was nominated for conducting over 300 crime prevention program presentations as well as over 15,000 citizen contacts during the reporting period. In addition to the crime prevention presentations, the Community Services Section organized the annual National Night Out event for 2016, which expanded from five locations in 2015 to 9 locations in 2016. The award was announced by the Texas Crime Prevention Association Executive Board during a luncheon at their summer training conference held in Rockwall, Texas.
In addition to the agency award, three employees from the Department were recognized in other categories for which they were nominated; Lt. Tim Pucci was nominated for Outstanding Crime Prevention Manager, Sgt. Timothy Coffman was nominated for Outstanding Crime Prevention Specialist – Overall and Outstanding Crime Prevention Specialist – Medium Agency, and Officer Tracy Gonzalez was nominated for the Outstanding Media Award – Electronic Media.
The San Angelo Police Department has received multiple messages from citizens asking about recent social media posts concerning reports of women with children being followed by suspicious men at HEB and Target — the posts have since gone viral.
Officials from both retailers, who were aware of the reported incidents, have been cooperating with our Department in a shared concern for the safety and wellbeing of their customers.
After preliminary investigation and review of surveillance footage, it appears both incidents were not cases of attempted human trafficking or kidnapping as suggested by social media commentary. In both cases, women perceived behavior they felt inappropriate and acted on instinct. The San Angelo Police Department applauds these women for speaking up about the concerning behavior as it has sparked conversation about personal safety and concern for their fellow citizens.
While these preliminary investigations showed there was no criminal activity involved, the San Angelo Police Department wants to reiterate that everyone should remain vigilant and these reports serve as a reminder to be aware of your surroundings and to report suspicious activity to store staff and local law enforcement.
Investigations concerning both claims are ongoing.
On Monday, July 31, 2017, Investigators with the Department’s Street Crimes Division executed a Search and Arrest warrant at a residence in the 1400 block of Austin Street.
The warrant, issued by Justice of the Peace Susan Werner, named 48-year-old Monica Lopez to be in possession of a quantity of methamphetamine.
Lopez and six adults were detained during the search, which yielded the seizure of a quantity of suspected methamphetamine, suspected heroin, and drug packaging materials.
Following the operation, Lopez was charged with State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1. Manuel Zapata, 25, was charged with State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 (X2), Possession Delivery Drug Paraphernalia, and three warrants.
The Department’s Patrol Division and Center for Tactical Medicine assisted with the operation.
Early this morning, San Angelo Police were dispatched to a residence in the 2800 block of Colorado Avenue for the report of a burglary.
Investigating Patrol Officers obtained a detailed description of the stolen property and noted a cigarette butt on the ground where forced entry was made.
During the field investigation, Officers obtained information about potential suspects who lived nearby. Upon further inspection of the front of the suspects’ residence, an Officer located the same brand of discarded cigarette butts located at the burglarized residence. In addition to the discarded butts, the Officer observed personal property inside an outdoor trash can that resembled stolen items described to him by the victim.
Officers then made contact with a woman at the potential suspects’ residence; however, the woman refused to cooperate with their investigation. Detectives with the Department’s Criminal investigations Division responded to the scene and subsequently applied for a search warrant. Officers detained the woman, who was identified as Jessica Storts, 30, of San Angelo.
As Officers waited for the warrant, a male subject exited the residence. When the man opened his wallet to get his identification, Officers observed two rings that matched the description of stolen rings described by the victim. Officers detained the man, who was identified as Jacob Martinez, 18, of San Angelo.
Subsequent to the lengthy field investigation and search of the suspects’ residence, Officers located the stolen property and returned it to the victim.
Storts and Martinez were charged with Burglary of Habitation. The investigation is ongoing.
(Booking photos were not available at the time of this release)
At approximately 9:00 a.m. this morning, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the Resort at Riverside Apartments, 3306 N. Bryant Boulevard, for the report of a possible burglary in progress where a male and female were observed entering a second-story apartment through a window.
Officers arrived and as they approached the apartment, a man who matched the suspect’s description jumped from the window and took off running. The female was taken into custody without incident after she exited the apartment through the front door.
Officers pursued the fleeing suspect on foot and additional responding units quickly established a perimeter of the surrounding area. The suspect fled through neighboring streets and into a nearby field where Officers temporarily lost sight of him. He was eventually spotted running into the backyard of a residence near the 3500 block of Lake Drive where he was confronted by Officers on the perimeter. The suspect attempted to backtrack but quickly abandoned his flight and surrendered without further incident. The suspect was identified as Willie C. Montgomery, 38, of San Angelo.
Officers requested San Angelo Fire Department Medics to the scene to evaluate Montgomery, who was suffering from a copious amount of cactus needle injuries and apparent exhaustion. Montgomery was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment and arrested following his release from medical care.
Following the field investigation, Investigators charged Montgomery with Criminal Trespass Habitation, Evading Arrest Detention, and seven outstanding warrants. Montgomery’s female accomplice, 23-year-old Haley Winn, was charged with Criminal Trespass Habitation, Third Degree Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 (methamphetamine), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.