At approximately 8:40 a.m. this morning, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the area of First Baptist Church in the unit block of E. Harris Avenue to assist DPS Troopers Alderete and McCary in a pursuit of a stolen vehicle.
Responding units converged on the area and learned the suspect abandoned the stolen vehicle in front of the church annex, fled on foot, and ran inside the First Christian Church located at 29 N. Oakes Street. The Troopers reportedly searched the church and met a witness who said the suspect ran back out of the church northbound on Oakes Street towards the Central Freshman Campus.
Coincidentally, SAPD Cold Case Detective Jim Coleman and DPS Texas Ranger Philip Kemp, who were working together on an unrelated case, were monitoring radio traffic regarding the chase when they suddenly observed a man who matched the description of the fleeing suspect at 7th and Oakes. The duo apprehended and detained the man.
Troopers Alderete and McCary took custody of the man and confirmed he was in fact the suspect who fled from them. The man was identified as Tommy Gutierrez, 33, of San Angelo.
The Troopers advised the initial pursuit began after the owner of the vehicle flagged them down and said a man just stole his truck, which had been parked outside the Angry Cactus restaurant located at I W. Concho. During the chase, Gutierrez fled at excessive speeds through Downtown San Angelo. At one point, Gutierrez left the roadway and drove onto the sidewalk near Myer’s Drug where he collided with two Handicap signs. No one was injured during the pursuit.
Gutierrez was transported to the Tom Green County Jail and charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Evading Arrest Detention with Vehicle. Gutierrez was issued Citations for No Driver’s License, Fail to Control Speed, and Fail to Stop and Leave Information upon Striking a Fixture.
Yesterday, San Angelo Police arrested Edward Virgen, 46, during a suspicious vehicle investigation in the unit block of E. 12th Street.
Virgen, who was wanted on an outstanding Federal Warrant, was identified as the driver of a vehicle that was the subject of an investigation that began around 2:30 p.m. yesterday when Police were dispatched to the area for the report of suspicious activity with the vehicle’s occupants. A passenger inside the vehicle, Melinda Fernandez, 37, was also arrested for three outstanding warrants.
During a search of the vehicle incident to arrests, Officers located several suspected stolen motel/hotel key cards, several flashlights, a toy gun, and two pellet guns, which were highly realistic copies of firearms.
Virgen and Fernandez were transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident where Virgen is being detained on a US Marshal Hold. Fernandez was released after posting Bond.
A third occupant was identified and released at the scene.
At approximately 7:21 p.m. on January 25, 2017, san Angelo Police were dispatched to the area of Harris and Pecos for the report of a possible vehicle fire. A witness following the vehicle told dispatch the vehicle was traveling without a tire, that the wheel was sparking, and smoke was coming from the hood.
An Officer located the disabled vehicle, a silver 2008 Dodge, in the alley of the unit block of North Emerick and made contact with the driver, who appeared disoriented.
During the field investigation, the Officer located drug paraphernalia and suspected narcotics which field-tested positive for the presence of methamphetamine.
The driver, Armando Bastardo, Jr., was arrested for Felony 3 Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, Possession/Delivery Drug Paraphernalia, and Driving While License Invalid with Previous Conviction.
Bastardo, Jr. was transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident. Upon a secondary search of Bastardo, Jr. at the jail, Officers located a small quantity of methamphetamine and Bastardo, Jr. was subsequently charged.
Yesterday, the San Angelo Police Department conducted a LIDAR Traffic Enforcement Operation on Houston Harte and Loop 306.
The 2200 block of W Houston Harte EB was worked from 12:40 to 2:30 p.m. The 1500 block of W Loop 306 WB was worked from 3:00 to 4:15 p.m.
A total of 76 citations and 9 warnings were issued.
59 citations for Speed, 3 citations for No Insurance, and the remaining 14 citations were for various other offenses.
In the Spring of 2016, the San Angelo Police Department warned citizens that guns were being stolen from vehicles and ending up in the wrong hands. Despite this previous warning, the issue has continued and the Department is urging our community to help stop this threat to public safety.
Although most gun owners are responsible, the decision to leave a gun in your vehicle can have major consequences.
Stolen guns are often sold and traded for drugs or worse — used in robberies or other violent crimes that affect our loved ones.
In 2016, 118 guns were reported stolen from 105 vehicle burglaries in our City. In most cases there was no forced entry. That’s 118 guns in the hands of criminals.
Our Officers want to remind citizens that gun safety isn’t just about how you handle the weapon — it’s also how you store it. Removing guns from vehicles entirely or securing them safely in a trunk or lock box can help prevent your firearms from ending up in the wrong hands.
Let’s work together to prevent this senseless threat to public safety and to promote responsible gun ownership for a safer community.