In the Spring of 2016, the San Angelo Police Department warned citizens that guns were being stolen from vehicles and ending up in the wrong hands. Despite this previous warning, the issue has continued and the Department is urging our community to help stop this threat to public safety.
Although most gun owners are responsible, the decision to leave a gun in your vehicle can have major consequences.
Stolen guns are often sold and traded for drugs or worse — used in robberies or other violent crimes that affect our loved ones.
In 2016, 118 guns were reported stolen from 105 vehicle burglaries in our City. In most cases there was no forced entry. That’s 118 guns in the hands of criminals.
Our Officers want to remind citizens that gun safety isn’t just about how you handle the weapon — it’s also how you store it. Removing guns from vehicles entirely or securing them safely in a trunk or lock box can help prevent your firearms from ending up in the wrong hands.
Let’s work together to prevent this senseless threat to public safety and to promote responsible gun ownership for a safer community.
A 29-year-old San Angelo woman was arrested early Sunday morning after a bizarre call for service at the Nueva Vista Apartments, 2401 N. Lillie.
Police were dispatched to one of the units around 1:30 a.m. for the report of an unknown problem. When Officers arrived, they met a woman who claimed two men robbed her of her Jordan shoes and that she threw the shoes out a window. Her story was inconsistent and the woman appeared to be under the influence of an intoxicant. Officers located the shoes on the ground below the woman’s 3-year-old child’s bedroom window. The Child was also inside the apartment.
While investigating the alleged crime Officers noticed holes in the woman’s walls, which the woman claimed to have made in an attempt to hide her child from the robbers. Officers also observed suspected marijuana in plain view.
Officers informed the woman, identified as Veronica Ann Arroyo, of her impending arrest and attempted to obtain information about a relative who might be available to take custody of the child. Arroyo was unable to provide a name and Officers subsequently called Child Protective Services.
Officers afforded Arroyo the opportunity to step outside in order to be taken into custody out of the view of her child but Arroyo refused, became combative, lunged at the Officers, grabbed one Officer’s service weapon and attempted to remove it from the holster.
Officers attempted to gain control of Arroyo but she resisted and assaulted the Officers. Two Officers were treated at the scene by San Angelo Fire Department Medics for minor injuries they sustained in the assault.
Arroyo was transported to the Tom Green County Jail where she was booked for Class B Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana, Resist Arrest Search or Transport, Assault on a Public Servant, and Attempt to Take a Weapon from an Officer.
CPS took custody of the child.
A 44-year-old San Angelo man was arrested on multiple charges after a concerned caller reported a possible drunk driver in a College Hills neighborhood late Saturday night.
At approximately 10:50 p.m. on January 21, 2017, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 3300 block of Cumberland Drive for the report of a possible drunk driver. While enroute, responding Officers learned a witness was following a tan colored Chevrolet Suburban, and that the driver of the Suburban was now on College Hills Boulevard traveling towards Avenue N.
An Officer located a vehicle matching the description of the Suburban traveling in the 1900 block of College Hills Blvd and observed the vehicle fail to maintain a single lane and swerve into oncoming traffic. The Officer activated his patrol vehicle’s lights and attempted to conduct a traffic stop but the vehicle’s driver did not stop and drove into oncoming traffic to access the communal Tres Amigos and HEB parking lot. The Officer notified dispatch of the vehicle pursuit and additional Officers were dispatched to assist. Once inside the parking lot, the driver failed to stop and made several attempts to exit the parking lot. Once backup Officers arrived, the units activated their lights and sirens but the vehicle’s driver continued to attempt to flee the Officers until the Officers used their vehicles to prevent the driver’s escape.
Officers made contact with the driver and ordered him to exit the vehicle. The driver smelled of an alcoholic beverage and had difficulty maintaining his balance. The man became uncooperative, refused to identify himself, disregarded multiple commands, and attempted to walk away several times. When Officers attempted to place the man in handcuffs, he resisted. When Officers attempted to place the man inside a patrol vehicle, he refused the Officers’ commands and physically resisted entering the patrol vehicle. Officers warned the man that a Taser would be utilized if he continued to resist, but the man continued to disregard their commands and warnings and was subsequently Tasered. After the Taser deployment, the man continued to resist but was eventually placed inside the patrol vehicle.
As standard protocol, Officers called an ambulance to assess the man’s welfare after the Taser deployment but the man refused medical treatment. The man was eventually identified by his driver’s license as Christopher Alan Morrow of San ngelo.
During an inventory of the vehicle, Officers located an opened glass bottle of vodka with that was only partially full. Morrow was transported to the Tom Green County Jail and booked for Driving While Intoxicated, Fleeing Police Officer, and Resist Arrest Search or Transport.
During the course of this investigation the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division, along with the FBI, learned of a possible suspect and began pursuing active leads.
After deploying many resources, detectives learned of a possible location of the suspect. Officers located and took into custody the robbery suspect who was identified as David Harris 1/2/76.
The suspect was found to be in possession of a majority of the stolen funds as well as other evidence. The suspect was arrested for robbery and an outstanding warrant.
On Friday, January 20, 2017 at about 4:22PM, the San Angelo Police Department responded to a call of an alarm at 1815 N. Chadbourne.
While en route, Officers learned of a robbery that had just occurred and the male suspect had fled on foot prior to our arrival. The male is described as a white or light complected Hispanic male in his late 30's or 40's, with a bald head and slender in build.
The male suspect was last seen wearing a gray long sleeve shirt with blue jeans and black boots. Please contact the police if you have any information about this robbery.
(Surveillance video available at www.facebook.com/SanAngeloPoliceDepartment)