At approximately 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 20, 2018, Investigators with the Department’s Street Crimes Division and Anti-crime Unit directed Patrol Officers in marked police units equipped with emergency lights and sirens to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle pursuant to an ongoing criminal investigation into felonious activity.
The vehicle, a silver-colored 2005 Dodge Ram Pickup driven by Daniel N. Diaz, 22, of Winters, Texas, failed to stop and a vehicle pursuit ensued throughout several city streets. When Diaz reached the intersection of W. Concho and S. Abe, Diaz disregarded the red light and collided with a 2013 Chevrolet Equinox that was traveling southbound on S. Abe. The pickup came to rest after colliding with a traffic signal pole at the southeast corner of the intersection.
The driver of the Equinox, an 83-year-old San Angelo woman, reported no injuries at the scene. Diaz and three other truck occupants were transported to Shannon Medical Center with various injures. One of the occupants, identified as Gaiden Crelia, 20, later succumbed to his injuries.
During interviews with two of the truck’s occupants after the collision, Investigators learned the occupants were using illegal narcotics inside the vehicle prior to the collision and drug paraphernalia was recovered at the scene.
In total, the pursuit lasted approximately three (3) minutes and just prior to the collision, the pursuing Officer’s speed was 39MPH.
Diaz was later charged with Evading Arrest Detention Causing Death.
The San Angelo Police Department has a strict Pursuit Policy that appropriately weighs an officer’s sworn duty to apprehend lawbreakers with the obligation to protect life and the public’s safety. The aftermath of Diaz’s actions has undoubtedly affected the Crelia Family as well as the emergency responders who were at the scene.
This is an ongoing investigation and no other information is available for release at this time. The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating the traffic collision.
Nine (9) San Angelo Police Department Cadets will formally graduate from the academy during a public ceremony slated for 3:00 p.m. Friday, May 4, 2018 at the McNease Convention Center, 501 Rio Concho Drive.
The new officers are Marcus Hartnett, Steven Martinez, David Mendoza, Vicente Obregon, Elias Rojas, Hayden Turkett, Joe Walston, Jr., Eric Warrick, and Colton Wilson.
The Graduation Ceremony marks the successful completion of an extensive one thousand eighteen (1,018) hour academy learning basic law enforcement skills paired with a multi week in-service training program. During the ceremony, the Cadets will be sworn in as Apprentice Police Officers (APO’s). The Department oath will be administered by Police Chief Frank Carter.
Following Friday’s commencement ceremony, the Apprentice Police Officers will begin a sixteen (16) week Police Training Program, which is designed to teach the APO’s how best to use the skills acquired during the academy and in-service training.
April 17, 2018 — At approximately 12:40 p.m. this afternoon San Angelo Police and Fire Department personnel were dispatched to a room at the San Angelo Lodge, 1717 W. Beauregard, for the report of an unconscious person who did not appear to be breathing. The body was located by a pest control worker who entered the locked room for routine spraying.
First responders arrived and determined the man was deceased. Justice of the Peace J.P. McGuire responded and formally pronounced the man deceased with the [preliminary] cause of death as natural. The deceased, later identified as Barney Boisse, had a history of medical issues and it appeared as if Boisse suffered an undetermined medical complication. Next of kin has been notified.
No evidence of foul play was noted during the preliminary investigation.
San Anglo Police have obtained an Arrest Warrant for Chris Ryan Scott (AKA: C-Note) in connection to the April 5th shooting of a 50-year-old man that occurred in the 600 block of West 18th Street.
Scott is currently wanted for Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon and Parole Violation. Scott has ties to Lubbock and Arlington, Texas as well as Shreveport, Louisiana.
A second suspect, Tyler A. Ragland, 22, was arrested on April 5, 2018.
If you have information about Scott’s whereabouts, please contact the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division at (325) 657-4264. To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts.
At approximately 9:45 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, 2018, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 300 block of East 11th Street for the report of a vicious animal. The caller told Dispatch that three dogs, described as Pitt Bulls, were on top of a man, actively attacking him.
Upon arrival, Officers observed the three dogs retreating through a hole in a nearby fence. They located the victim lying in the driveway, covered in blood from multiple injuries. The man’s skull was exposed and a large portion of his scalp was missing. San Angelo Fire Department personnel arrived and subsequently transported the victim, age 56, to a nearby hospital for treatment of serious injuries. His current condition is unknown.
The dog’s owner, a 23-year-old San Angelo resident, willingly surrendered the dogs to Animal Control. They have since been euthanized. Animal Control officials have stated they were familiar with the dogs and their owner, citing a March 2018 incident where the dogs were impounded and temporarily quarantined for observation after an attack on a stray dog. The dogs reportedly showed no sign of rabies at the time of the March incident.