The San Angelo Police Department has learned of several citizens who have recently been scammed by a man at local Walmart and convenience store parking lots.
The scammer, described as being a dark complected male driving a white SUV, has been approaching victims with a sob story — claiming he needs food or gas for his family.
The scammer, who reportedly has a female and children along, is offering gold jewelry in exchange for money.
In most cases, victims attempt to sell the newly acquired gold jewelry to local jewelers or gold buying stores only to discover they traded their hard-earned cash for Fool’s Gold — and we’re not talking about a bootleg copy of the 2008 action romance starring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey.
This scammer, like most, is simply preying on the good Samaritan in you, hoping you will be gullible enough to hand over some money. Don’t fall for it.
If you are approached by anyone in a parking lot, either with a sob story, item for sale, or opportunity that seems too good to be true, notify the store’s management and call police dispatch at (325) 657-4315.
Please share this scam alert with friends and family.
This afternoon, San Angelo Police conducted a traffic stop on a passenger car near the unit block of E. 28th Street.
Once the vehicle stopped, the driver exited and ran. Three passengers who remained inside the vehicle were detained while additional responding Officers searched the area.
The driver was eventually located and identified as Jemi D. Hall, 43, of San Angelo. Hall, who was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant, was transported to a nearby hospital for medical evaluation after he told Officers he felt lightheaded. Upon his clearance from medical staff, Hall was transported to the Tom Green County Jail where he was additionally charged with Evading Arrest Detention.
One passenger, identified as 42-year-old Corey Washington, was arrested for a warrant. Two other passengers, identified as 32-year-old Gracie Garcia and 24-year-old David Green, were issued citations for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
During a search of the vehicle, Officers located a loaded syringe with contents that tested positive for the presence of heroin.
Additional charges are pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation.
This morning, the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a School Zone Traffic Enforcement Operation utilizing LIDAR and RADAR in numerous school zones throughout San Angelo. Following the School Zone Operation, and with assistance from the Texas Department of Public Safety, additional LIDAR Traffic Enforcement was conducted targeting westbound traffic in the 1700 block of E. Houston Harte near Bell Street.
Police issued a total of one hundred twenty-three (123) citations and warnings and made one (1) arrest during the operation.
Breakdown for citations and arrests:
Driving While License Invalid: 1
Other/Misc. Violations: 2
Child Safety Seat: 1
No Insurance: 2
Speeding: 75 (Highest Speed 90 MPH)
Driving While License Invalid: 3
Other/Misc. Violations: 8
Warrant Arrest: 1
No Insurance: 1
No DL: 1
As a reminder, the Texas Transportation Code requires motorists nearing stopped emergency vehicles or TxDOT vehicles with lights activated to vacate the lane closest to the stopped vehicle (if there is more than one available lane in the same direction of travel) or slow to 20 miles below the speed limit.
Failing to take these actions endangers personnel who provide critical and life-saving services. Violation of this law could result in fines up to $200. The punishment is more severe if there is property damage, and jail time is possible if someone is injured.
***Update to previous release***
The man killed in yesterday's apparent burglary was identified as Jaime Mendoza (DOB 03/30/91).
March 19, 2018 — A 26-year-old San Angelo man was shot and killed during an apparent residential burglary at a local apartment complex this afternoon.
Just after 12:20 p.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to a residence in the 200 block of South Fillmore Street for the report of a burglary in progress where the resident shot the intruder. Upon arrival, Police located the intruder inside the apartment, deceased. Justice of the Peace J.P. McGuire responded to the scene and formally pronounced the man deceased due to injuries he incurred from the gunshot wound.
The resident, a 19-year-old San Angelo man, was not injured.
Detectives with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division responded to the location along with the Crime Scene Investigations Unit.
The deceased man’s identity is being withheld pending next of kin notification.
This is an active investigation and no additional information is available for release.
March 19, 2018 — Police are searching for a suspect who crashed a stolen, 2014 Dodge Ram pickup truck into an unoccupied 2006 Chevrolet Impala that was parked in the driveway at a residence in the 1800 block of Louise Drive this morning.
Officers were dispatched to the residence around 8:15 a.m. and witnesses stated the suspect, described as a dark-haired Hispanic male in his mid-thirties, fled the area after the crash. No one was injured.
If you have any information about the suspect’s identity or whereabouts, call Officer Steven Quade at (325) 657-4353. To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts.