Press Releases

Man Wanted on Federal Warrant Arrested during Suspicious Vehicle Call
Jan 27, 2017   12:13 PM

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.  

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Driver of ‘Smoking Vehicle’ Arrested for Meth
Jan 26, 2017   02:49 PM

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. 

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LIDAR Traffic Enforcement
Jan 25, 2017   12:03 PM

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.  

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Vehicle Burglaries Involving Firearms Continues to Pose Threat to Public Safety Despite Previous Warning
Jan 24, 2017   11:21 AM

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. 

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Woman Arrested after Attempt to Take Officer’s Gun, Assault on Officers
Jan 23, 2017   12:41 PM

A 29-year-old San Angelo woman was arrested  early Sunday morning after a bizarre call for service at the Nueva Vista Apartments, 2401 N. Lillie. 

Police were dispatched to one of the units around 1:30 a.m. for the report of an unknown problem.  When Officers arrived, they met a woman who claimed two men robbed her of her Jordan shoes and that she threw the shoes out a window.  Her story was inconsistent and the woman appeared to be under the influence of an intoxicant.   Officers located the shoes on the ground below the woman’s 3-year-old child’s bedroom window.  The Child was also inside the apartment. 

While investigating the alleged crime Officers noticed holes in the woman’s walls, which the woman claimed to have made in an attempt to hide her child from the robbers.  Officers also observed suspected marijuana in plain view.  

Officers informed the woman, identified as Veronica Ann Arroyo, of her impending arrest and attempted to obtain information about a relative who might be available to take custody of the child.  Arroyo was unable to provide a name and   Officers subsequently called Child Protective Services.  

Officers afforded Arroyo the opportunity to step outside in order to be taken into custody out of the view of her child but Arroyo refused, became combative, lunged at the Officers, grabbed one Officer’s service weapon and attempted to remove it from the holster.  

Officers attempted to gain control of Arroyo but she resisted and assaulted the Officers.  Two Officers were treated at the scene by San Angelo Fire Department Medics for minor injuries they sustained in the assault.  

Arroyo was transported to the Tom Green County Jail where she was booked for Class B Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana, Resist Arrest Search or Transport, Assault on a Public Servant, and Attempt to Take a Weapon from an Officer.  

CPS took custody of the child.

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