Press Releases

Police Investigate Mother's Day Drowning at Ben Ficklin Dam
May 14, 2018   03:20 PM

At Approximately 4:08 p.m. on May 13, 2018, San Angelo Police and Fire Department personnel were dispatched to the Ben Ficklin Park, 4751 Ben Ficklin Road, for the report of a drowning.  

Fire Department Medics arrived on scene at approximately 4:12 p.m.; however, the victim was already deceased.  He was later identified as Damien King of San Angelo.  It was King’s birthday. 

Justice of the Peace Fred Buck responded and formally pronounced King’s death.  Judge Buck’s preliminary findings were consistent with accidental drowning.  An Autopsy was ordered. 

Detectives and Technicians with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division and Crime Scene Investigations Unit responded to the scene.  Pursuant to the field investigation and multiple interviews with bystanders and witnesses, it was learned King had been swimming with a group of friends when he became separated from them.  When King failed to make it back to the shoreline, his friends discovered him face down in the water.  

The official cause and manner of death are pending the autopsy.  

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Violent Felon Apprehended after Struggle in North San Angelo Neighborhood
May 11, 2018   01:02 PM

At approximately 8:33 p.m. on May 10, 2018, San Angelo Police conducted a traffic stop on a silver colored 2009 Mitsubishi passenger car in the 100 block of S. Lincoln. 

The driver, identified as Edward Haur Crisp, Jr., 27, fled the stop in his vehicle and a brief pursuit ensued.  Officers disengaged the pursuit for safety reasons and later obtained an arrest warrant for Crisp for Evading Detention with Vehicle.  

At approximately 8:40 a.m. this morning, San Angelo Public Safety Communications received multiple calls concerning a shirtless Hispanic male that was walking around the unit block of E. 33 Street, looking into cars and walking into nearby alleyways to look inside houses.    

After responding and searching the area, an Officer observed a subject that matched the callers’ descriptions in the 100 block of E. 33rd.  The Officer activated his patrol unit’s overhead lights and attempted to detain the man; however, the man looked at the Officer and fled into a nearby alley.  

Additional responding Officers quickly established a perimeter and several onlookers flagged down Officers to advise them of the fleeing suspect’s location.  

Soon after, Officers observed the suspect, later identified as Crisp, jumping a fence into the backyard of a residence in the 300 block of E. 37th Street.  After clearing the backyard, a witness told officers the house should be vacant; however, Officers observed Crisp inside the house through a window.  

Officers entered the house, located Crisp and attempted to take him into custody but Crisp began to fight and actively resist his arrest.  Several Officers had to assist with the apprehension due to Crisp’s combative behavior inside the residence and during his escort to a patrol vehicle.  Officers administered a Rip-Hobble to assist with safe transport to the Tom Green County Jail due to Crisp’s documented past violence.  

In addition to the Arrest Warrant, Crisp was charged with Evading Arrest Detention, Evading Arrest Detention with Prior Conviction, and Resist Arrest Search or Transport. 

Crisp, the same suspect that injured several officers during a criminal trespass call at Pediatric Dentistry of San Angelo on May 9, 2018, has also been the subject of concern after several sightings in San Angelo’s Central neighborhood where Crisp has a court ordered Emergency Protective order due to a recent family violence assault. 

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Suspect Arrested after Vehicle Pursuit through Several Counties
May 09, 2018   04:33 PM

A 36-year-old San Angelo man was arrested following a vehicle pursuit that took area law enforcement through several adjoining counties Tuesday evening. 

At approximately 4:36 p.m. on May 8, 2018, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 7700 block of Sentinel Circle for the report of suspicious activity regarding a male in a black truck that was driving around the Lakeshore Village neighborhood, opening mailboxes and tipping over garbage cans. 

Officers located the subject’s vehicle, a 2014 black Chevrolet Silverado pickup, in the 1800 block of Lakeshore Drive and attempted contact; however, the subject drove off and a pursuit ensued.  

Officers deployed Stop-Sticks near the area of Grand Canal and U.S. Highway 277 and successfully disabled two of the truck’s tires but the truck continued fleeing and the pursuit continued into Concho County where local Sheriff Deputies assumed primary duty of the pursuit.  

A second round of Stop-Sticks successfully disabled a third tire just west of Eden, Texas; however the truck continued to flee on U.S. Highway 87 south into McCulloch County where McCulloch County Sheriff Deputies took the lead.  The pursuit ended on County Road 138 in McCulloch County after the truck’s driver lost control and crashed into a bar-ditch.  The suspect, identified as Justin A. Lee, was swiftly taken into custody.  During the apprehension, Lee’s disabled truck ignited a grass fire which subsequently caused the truck to catch fire.  The truck was destroyed.  One SAPD Patrol Unit sustained tire damage and became disabled in Eden, Texas.  No Officers or Deputies were injured during the pursuit. 

Following magistrate proceedings at the McCulloch County Jail, Lee was transported to Shannon Medical Center for evaluation.  After his release, Lee was booked into the Tom Green County Jail on Evading Arrest Detention with Vehicle and a warrant out of Mills County for Possession of Controlled Substance PG1.  

Later in the shift, San Angelo Police investigated several Misdemeanor Criminal Mischief and Destruction of Mail calls as well as Felony Disruption of Utilities that Lee committed in the Lakeshore Village area prior to the pursuit.  The Department’s Criminal Investigations Division was notified and additional charges are pending the outcome of those ongoing investigations.  

The Department would like to thank our brothers and sisters of the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office, Concho County Sheriff’s Office, McCulloch County Sheriff’s Office, and the Texas Department of Public Safety for their outstanding support and assistance during the pursuit and apprehension.

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Injured Officer Praises Civilians for Help During Weekend Foot Chase
May 07, 2018   04:08 PM

A San Angelo Police Patrol Officer that was injured during a foot chase Sunday afternoon is praising the civilians who rushed to his aid. 

Officers were dispatched to the area of Sherwood Way and Southwest around 12:45 yesterday for several reports of a man pointing a firearm at passing vehicles.  

An Officer located the suspect near Tinsel Town and attempted to make contact; however, the man fled through the parking lot and a nearby field.  

Several nearby civilians who observed the chase responded to aid the officer, who subsequently sustained several cracked ribs and a bruised lung while apprehending the suspect.  The Officer credits the Good Samaritans for handcuffing the suspect while he was momentarily incapacitated. 

The suspect, identified as Gilbert Lee Barrientos, 29, was arrested for Evading Arrest Detention with Previous Convictions and transported to the Tom Green County Jail.  Police located and seized a BB-/Pellet gun nearby.  

The 36-year-old 9-year veteran Officer was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment and later released.  The Officer would like to personally thank each of the civilians for their assistance and noted we [SAPD] are extremely blessed to serve in a community that supports law enforcement.    

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Central High School on Brief Lockdown during Mental Health Call
May 07, 2018   01:08 PM

May 7, 2018 — Just before 11:30 a.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to the Central High School campus, 655 Caddo Street, for the report of a suicidal subject with a knife. 

Off duty San Angelo Police who were already working at the campus were the first to respond.  The subject, age 42, was located inside Tucker Hall, awaiting officer arrival unarmed and in the prone position.  He was taken into custody without incident.  The knife in question was located nearby. 

Mental Health Deputies from Tom Green County Sheriff’s Department responded and transported the man to a nearby hospital for evaluation.  

The school was placed on a brief lockdown during the incident.  No students or faculty were involved or injured.  

Public Safety Communications received numerous calls from concerned parents who had received text messages from students about the lockdown.  The SAPD swiftly posted a statement on their Facebook and Twitter pages in an effort to update parents and alleviate additional calls for concern regarding the incident.  

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