Press Releases

Street Crimes Division Finds Modified Shotgun, Meth on East 20th Street
Oct 04, 2017   03:19 PM

On Wednesday, October 4, 2017, Detectives with the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division served a search warrant at a residence in the unit block of East 20th Street.  

The warrant, issued by Justice of the Peace Eddie Howard, named 36-year-old Viviana Rivas of San Angelo to be in possession of methamphetamine at the residence.  

During a search, Investigators located and seized a small amount of suspected methamphetamine, paraphernalia associated with narcotics trafficking, and a sawed-off shotgun. 

Rivas was charged with State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon before her transport to the Tom Green County Jail. 

The Department’s K-9 Unit and Center for Tactical Medicine assisted with today’s operation.  


(Booking photo from June, 2017)


Pedestrian Hit by Car, Injured in Northeast San Angelo
Oct 04, 2017   02:51 PM

October 3, 2017— A 9-year-old girl was injured Tuesday after she was struck by a pickup truck in Northeast San Angelo. 

San Angelo Police and Fire Department personnel were dispatched to the 2100 block of East 37th Street around 4:45 p.m. for the report of a little girl that was hit by a vehicle. 

A preliminary investigation found that the driver of the 2013 Chevrolet 1500 pickup, a 54-year-old San Angelo woman, was traveling eastbound on East 37th when the victim, who was running northbound across the street, ran into the vehicle’s path.  

The victim was transported to San Angelo Community Medical Center by ambulance for treatment of non-incapacitating injuries.  

No citations were issued.




San Angelo Police Bid Farewell to Part-Time Officers
Oct 04, 2017   02:23 PM

The recent end to the Meet and Confer contract resulted in the loss of three part-time police officers who have been dedicated to serving the Department and community for many years. 

Robert Lloyd, who was originally hired in September 1974, retired in August 2003.  Lloyd returned in 2009 as a part-time officer assigned to the Department’s Pawn Unit where he has helped recover several hundred thousand dollars in stolen property for San Angelo residents.  

John Palmer, who was originally hired in September 1980, retired in February 2007.  Palmer returned in 2008 as a part-time officer assigned to the Department’s Traffic Section where he has assisted with hundreds of vehicle crashes, traffic enforcement, and traffic control and escorts for countless events in our community. 

Jim Coleman, who was originally hired in 1981, left the Department in 1988 to begin a career with U.S. Customs and Homeland Security, where he served 24 years.  Coleman returned to our Department in 2012 as a part-time Investigator assigned to the Department’s Cold Case Section.  Coleman will be staying on as an unpaid Reserve Officer, continuing his work on San Angelo’s fifteen cold cases.  

These officers’ work has had a profound impact on our Department and their experience and expertise will be sorely missed.    


Man Dies after Apparent Fall from Highway Overpass
Oct 03, 2017   01:26 PM

October 3, 2017 — At approximately 9:00 this morning, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the area of North Bryant Boulevard and West 6th Street for the report of an unconscious person. 

Officers arrived and located Edward Vigil, 52, of San Angelo, unresponsive on the ground near the overpass.  Vigil had no vital signs and apparently died as a result of injuries he sustained from falling off the overpass.  Justice of the Peace Eddie Howard responded to the location and formally pronounced Vigil deceased.  Vigil’s next of kin was notified. 

Investigators with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division are conducting a follow up investigation.  Although the circumstances around Vigil’s death have not been confirmed, an eyewitness told police they observed Vigil fall from the bridge.  At this time, there are no signs of foul play.  


Assistant San Angelo Police Chief Retires after 36 years of Public Service
Oct 02, 2017   04:10 PM

The San Angelo Police Department will be honoring Assistant Chief Robert Martinez in a retirement ceremony slated for 3:00 p.m. Friday, October 6, 2017, at the McNease Convention Center, 501 Rio Concho Drive.  The ceremony is open to the public. 

Martinez, who was born and raised in San Angelo Texas, began his career with the San Angelo Police department in October 1981.  During his career, Martinez served six years in the Patrol Division as a patrolman and supervisor, sixteen years with the Criminal Investigations Division as an investigator and supervisor, and fourteen years in the Administration Division where he rounded out his career as the Assistant Chief in charge of Investigations overseeing the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, Intelligence Division, and Street Crimes Division.     

Martinez holds a Master Peace Officers license, has over 2,777 Texas Commission on Law Enforcement training hours, and graduated from the F.B.I. National Academy, class 174, in Quantico, Virginia.  He promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1989 and was appointed to Assistant Chief in 2004. 

During his tenure, Martinez participated in the Goodfellow Air Force Base Honorary Commander Program and he has received countless letters of commendation from the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office, the Concho Valley Department of Community Supervision and Corrections, 1st Community Federal Credit Union, as well as from various citizens who benefitted from his lengthy service and dedication to the community.