Just after 8:15 a.m. on September 10, 2017, San Angelo Police Dispatch received a call about an unattended child who was seen walking in the street near the 700 block of North Van Buren Street.
Police responded and located the boy, who was barefoot and only wearing pajama pants. The boy was shivering and unable to communicate his name, address, or the names of his parents.
Responding Officers issued a Nixle Community Alert along with the boy’s picture in hopes that the alert would lead to reuniting the boy with family.
Within minutes, a Nixle subscriber read the alert, immediately recognized the boy as her neighbor and ran to alert the boy’s parents; who had only just realized he was missing.
Because of the woman’s swift response, San Angelo Police were quickly able to identify the 12-year-old Autistic boy.
The CDC estimates that 1 in 68 children have been identified with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Even more staggering is that approximately half of all children with autism engage in wandering behavior according to a research project completed by the Interactive Autism Network (IAN). Many of the children that wander are not able to communicate their basic needs to a person that finds them, including their name. In today’s world of technology, Nixle can be a valuable tool when reaching out to the community and creating community engagement.
To become a Nixle community partner, register for a free account at https://local.nixle.com/register/ or text your zip code to 888777.
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An Active Duty Airman identified as Robert Dean Brice, 22, of Alabama, has been arrested in connection with an investigation into the online solicitation of a minor.
Brice was taken into custody near Bell Park, 515 Lowrie Street, at approximately 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 7, 2017. The arrest came as a result of a joint investigation involving the San Angelo Police Department’s Crimes Against Children Unit and the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations.
Brice was charged with Online Solicitation of Minor Under the Age of 14 and was transported to the Tom Green County Jail. Additional charges may be forthcoming pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation.
Brice is stationed at Goodfellow Air Force Base.
On Wednesday, September 6, 2017, Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division along with Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) executed a Search Warrant at a residence in the 200 block of Lipan Street.
The warrant, issued by Justice of the Peace Eddie Howard, named 31-year-old Kathryn McWilliams to be in possession of a quantity of methamphetamine.
McWilliams and four subjects, identified as 39-year-old Michael Korthals, 26-year-old Kayla Browne, 39-year-old Theresa Allen, and 25-year-old Brandon Blanke, were detained during the search, which subsequently yielded the seizure of a quantity of suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
Following the operation, McWilliams and Korthals were charged with State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1. Brown and Allen were charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Blanke was arrested for outstanding warrants.
The Department’s Patrol Division assisted with the operation.
A fugitive who was wanted for violating the terms of his bond after a Grand Jury Indictment for his role in the brutal stabbing of a 32-year-old San Angelo man on March 5, 2017 has been taken into custody.
Around 6:00 p.m. yesterday evening, San Angelo Police received information that 32-year-old Michael Lorenzo Sanchez was at Tire World, 4258 Sherwood Way. Police responded and Sanchez was observed walking on the property. An Officer called out to Sanchez and ordered him to stop; however, Sanchez disregarded the command and fled on foot. During the brief foot pursuit, Sanchez was observed throwing a small baggy from his pocket.
Shortly after the pursuit began, Sanchez was taken into custody without further incident. Officers located the discarded baggy, which contained suspected narcotics, and field-tested the contents. The test showed positive for the presence of methamphetamine that weighed approximately 14.9 grams with packaging. During a search of Sanchez incident to his arrest, Officers located and seized $732.00 in U.S. currency.
In addition to his warrant arrest, Sanchez was charged with Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and Evading Arrest Detention with Previous Conviction.
Two San Angelo men were hospitalized following two separate vehicle crashes involving pedestrians, yesterday.
A 56-year-old San Angelo man underwent emergency surgery after he was struck by a 2014 Ford F-350 Super Duty Pickup truck in the Shannon Clinic Magdalen parking lot located at 102 North Magdalen Street just before 2:15 p.m. The victim, an employee of Scherz Landscaping Company, was working at the location when the truck entered the parking lot at a high rate of speed and struck the man before it crashed into a brick-covered pillar that supports the clinic’s covered entrance. The victim suffered incapacitating injuries and is said to be in critical yet stable condition. The driver was not injured.
The pickup truck’s driver, a 70-year-old San Angelo man, told reporting Officers his vehicle experienced a mechanical issue just prior to the crash. This crash is still under investigation.
In another crash across town, a 21-year-old San Angelo man’s injuries were initially assessed at San Angelo Community Medical Center and subsequently treated at Shannon Medical Center after he was struck by a 2000 Chevrolet Tahoe in the 4400 block of Knickerbocker Road near the West Loop 306 frontage road around 8:45 p.m. Witnesses stated the pedestrian appeared to be on his cell phone as he walked eastbound across Knickerbocker into vehicle traffic.
Investigators with the Department’s Traffic Section listed the pedestrian’s failure to yield the right of way to vehicle traffic as the primary contributing factor to the crash and under the influence of unknown intoxicant as a possible contributing factor.
The Tahoe’s driver, 27, and passenger, 21, were not injured. No citations were issued.