Press Releases

Press Release 121815(07)-Man Arrested for Trying to Take Gun from Officer
Dec 18, 2015   05:03 PM
Today at 1:41 pm, Officers responded to a call at the Nevada East Apartments, 1645 Sunset Drive, for a suspicious person. Officer R Spearman and Officer E Tabone arrived and located 30 year old Shawn Sanchez.

Officer Spearman was able to confirm Sanchez had outstanding warrants. Officer Spearman attempted to place Sanchez under arrest for the warrants. When Officer Spearman tried to place handcuffs on Sanchez, he began to resist and fight with Officer Spearman. During the struggle, Sanchez attempted to remove Officer Spearman's duty weapon from its holster. Officer Spearman was able to prevent Sanchez from being able to fully gain control of the gun while Officer Tabone deployed his taser on Sanchez to prevent him from getting access to Officer Spearman's weapon. The Officers were able to take Sanchez into custody.

Detective Elrod and Detective Lajoie responded to investigate the incident. Sanchez was transported to Shannon Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. At the conclusion of the initial investigation, Sanchez was charged with the outstanding warrants, Resisting Arrest, and Attempting to Take a Weapon from a Peace Officer, a State Jail Felony.

Investigators are looking into the possibility that Sanchez was the driver of a stolen vehicle that crashed in the 1600 block of Sunset Drive earlier this morning. That portion of the investigation is still ongoing and there is no other information available for release at this time.

Press Release #121815(06)-Police Investigate Aggravated Assault
Dec 18, 2015   04:30 PM
Yesterday, December 17, 2015 at approximately 12:00 pm, San Angelo Police responded to the Econolodge, 415 W Beauregard, for a shots fired call. Officers located a male subject, Justin McCarty, in the area who had been the victim of an assault. Officers also located another victim, Cheyenne Ponce, and a female witness in the area.

The assault took place in room 116 at the Econolodge. Evidence of gunshots being fired in the room was located by the investigating Officers. Members of the Criminal Investigation Division responded to the motel to investigate.

Ponce reported to investigators she had been choked by a white male suspect and had a handgun pointed at her by a Hispanic male suspect. During the altercation, the Hispanic male fired the handgun in the room and chased McCarty out of the room. No one was injured from the shots being fired. McCarty showed signs of being physically assaulted and was treated for minor injuries at Shannon Medical Center.

The two suspects were seen leaving the area in a white 2002 Mazda passenger car. The suspects have not been located at this time.

Detective Noel Anderson is the lead investigator for this case. If anyone has any information about this incident Detective Anderson can be contacted at 657-4344. There is no other information available for release at this time.

Press Release #121415(06)-Missing Juvenile Briana Esquivel Returned, Safe
Dec 14, 2015   09:49 AM
San Angelo Missing Juvenile Briana Esquivel has returned and is safe. On Friday, December 11, 2015, San Angelo Police received a call from Esquivel's father who reported the teen returned home. SAPD Investigators subsequently interviewed Esquivel and confirmed she was unharmed.
Esquivel was reported missing on January 21, 2015. Foul play was not suspected and evidence throughout the investigation led police to believe Esquivel was a runaway.
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Press Release #121115(04)-Man Arrested for Aggravated Assault
Dec 11, 2015   02:29 PM
Thirty eight year old Andres Andrade was arrested yesterday for Aggravated Assault with a deadly weapon after pointing a firearm at a family.

Yesterday at 7:23 pm, San Angelo Police responded to the area of Shannon Hospital for a call of a subject with a weapon. Officers arrived at Shannon and spoke with the victims. A 27 year old male victim reported he was driving to Shannon with his family, a 28 year old female and 2 year old son, when a male subject, identified as Andrade, driving a gray pickup was driving closely to the victims? vehicle and trying to go around them but was unable to do so because of traffic. At the intersection of Chadbourne and Harris Andrade exited his vehicle and pointed a handgun at the victims. The victims drove away and continued to Shannon. Andrade followed the victims there and got out of his vehicle and again pointed the gun at the victims.

Andrade had left prior to Officers arriving at Shannon; however, Andrade was located driving in the area and was stopped by Officers. During the investigation, a black BB gun was located in Andrade's vehicle. Detective Jeremy Cannady was contacted and went to the scene to investigate the incident.

Due to the ability of the BB gun to cause serious injury and the victims fearing for their life by Andrade pointing the gun at them and threatening to shoot them, Andrade was placed under arrest for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. Andrade was transported to the Tom Green County Jail.

Press Release #121015(03)-Felon Evades, Crashes during Pursuit
Dec 10, 2015   03:21 PM
A 30-year-old San Angelo man was arrested yesterday afternoon after he fled a traffic stop that resulted in a vehicle crash with another driver.
Rudolpho Ledezma Casteneda III (DOB 09-05-85) was charged with Evading Arrest Detention with a Vehicle and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon shortly after noon, yesterday. Police initially tried to conduct a traffic stop on Casteneda near the intersections of Currier St. and Texas Avenue, but Casteneda refused to stop and led police on a short vehicle pursuit. The pursuit terminated after Casteneda disregarded the stop sign at La Cruz and Knickerbocker Road where he collided with a 2005 Dodge Ram Pickup truck that was traveling eastbound on Knickerbocker Rd.
After the Collision, Casteneda bailed out of his vehicle and ran on foot. A short foot pursuit ensued in the surrounding area until Officers apprehended him in a nearby parking lot.
San Angelo Traffic Division Officers responded to the scene to investigate the crash, which caused traffic delays in the area for over an hour. The driver of the Pickup, a 35-year-old San Angelo man, was not injured from the crash; however, his truck was towed to a nearby repair shop due to the damage. Casteneda reported minor injuries from the collision but refused medical treatment. Casteneda was operating a white, 2015 Dodge Charger registered to a San Angelo woman. The Charger was towed from the scene.
During a search of Casteneda incident to his arrest, Police located a loaded 9mm magazine. Police also located a firearm inside the Dodge Charger.
Casteneda was transported to Police Headquarters for interview prior to his final stop at the Tom Green County Jail.
No other injuries were reported from this incident.
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