On Monday, March 4, 2019, Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division arrested 61-year-old Adolph Gonzales in the culmination of the 32-year-old unsolved murder of Dovie Dykes. Gonzales was located and taken into custody in Lewisville, Texas with assistance from the Texas Rangers and booked into the Denton County Jail. Gonzales is charged with First Degree Felony Murder.
83 at the time of her murder, Dovie Dykes’s lifeless body was located inside her residence at 1026 Culberson on the morning of July 11, 1986. Ms. Dykes was discovered by a family member.
The subsequent criminal investigation by San Angelo Police Department Detectives revealed Ms. Dykes had been sexually assaulted. Furthermore, an autopsy conducted by the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office concluded that Ms. Dykes died as a result of cardiac arrhythmia she experienced during the assault.
With no immediate arrest or viable tips to go on, Ms. Dykes’s murder remained a mystery and the case grew cold. Several years later, investigative efforts were reinvigorated by San Angelo Police Department Cold Case Detective Jim Coleman, who coordinated with the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Lab for additional DNA testing.
DPS Crime Lab Officials deemed that the sample, which was found to be from an unknown male, was not sufficient for submission into the Combined DNA Index System (CODUS); however, the sample was adequate for DNA comparison if a known DNA profile was submitted. At the time of this development, there were no known suspects and the case came to a standstill.
In March 2015, Detective Coleman re-engaged Officials with the DPS Crime Lab in hopes that the sample could be re-evaluated using the latest scientific techniques. This new effort proved successful and the sample was deemed a sufficient quantity for submission into CODUS.
In May 2015, the Federal DNA Database Unit of the FBI conducted a routine search of their Convicted Offender Database. That routine search resulted in a match with a previously convicted federal offender — Adolph Gonzales. Furthermore, through follow up investigation, Detectives discovered that Gonzales previously lived at 1023 Culberson.
As a result, Investigators were granted a search warrant for Gonzales’s DNA, which was obtained and submitted to the DPS Crime Lab for comparison in July 2015.
In November 2017, a DPS Forensic Scientist notified our investigators that the submitted sample DNA profile was over one (1) billion times more likely to have come from Gonzales than from another subject.
Following Detective Coleman’s departure from the Department in 2017, the investigation was assigned to Detectives Lynn Dye and Adrian Castro. Pursuant to their follow up investigation and receipt of a positive DNA evidence confirmation by the DPS Crime Lab, probable cause was established to obtain an Arrest Warrant for Gonzales on March 1, 2019.
(Dovie Dykes's family member, Pam Guess, holds a handmade quilt Dykes made for Guess's daughter during a press conference at Police Headquarters)
Ten (10) San Angelo Police Department Cadets will formally graduate from the police academy during a public ceremony slated for 3:00 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2019, at the McNease Convention Center, 501 Rio Concho Drive.
The new officers are Jacob Anderson, Amanda Bohannan, Zane Daniel, Ricardo Dominguez, Garry Hamilton, Kelsey Hernandez, Philip Jensen, Jonathan Montana, Joshua Quintero, and Dora Torres.
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.
February 26, 2019 — 37-year-old San Angelo resident Stephanie Hill has been arrested in connection with an early morning stabbing on South Fillmore Street.
Just after 8:00 a.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to Shannon Medical Center for the report of a 43-year-old San Angelo man who was being treated for a stab wound to the neck area. His injuries were non-life-threatening.
The reported stabbing occurred inside an apartment located in the 1800 block of South Fillmore. Officers quickly secured the crime scene and additional units flooded the area in partnership with Angelo State University Police in search of Hill.
Hill was located approximately one and a half (1.5) hours later at the Cliff House Apartments located at 1818 South Harrison Street and taken into custody without incident.
A preliminary investigation revealed that prior to the stabbing, Hill reportedly engaged in a verbal altercation with family members. During the altercation, Hill threw a knife towards a 19-year-old male family member before she stabbed the victim. The teen was not injured.
Hill will be charged with First Degree Felony Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon-Family Violence.
This is an ongoing investigation and no further information is available for release.
January 28, 2019 — At approximately 1:19 p.m., San Angelo Public Safety Communications received an anonymous call concerning a bomb threat at area Walmart stores.
Walmart Officials evacuated each store and members of the San Angelo Police Department, San Angelo Fire Department, Fire Prevention Office, Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office and bomb-sniffing dogs and personnel from Goodfellow Air Force Base responded to each location. Subsequent to the security sweeps, Fire Officials determined the threat was a hoax. No evidence of explosive devices was located.
Following the determination, Walmart Officials re-opened the stores to citizens.
This is an active investigation and no further information is available for release at this time.
Just before 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 24, 2019, a San Angelo Police Patrol Officer made contact with two occupants in a parked vehicle at the Stripes convenience store located at 1802 S. Bryant Blvd.
While speaking with the occupants, the Officer smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.
During the subsequent probable cause search of the vehicle, the Officer located nearly 54 grams of suspected Methamphetamine along with drug paraphernalia used to traffic narcotics. The investigation revealed the occupants had smoked marijuana inside the vehicle just prior to the police contact.
The vehicle’s 26-year-old driver, Crystal Garcia, was arrested and charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and Possession Controlled Substance Penalty Group 3 (Xanax) <28G. The passenger, 28-year-old Ashley Garcia, was arrested and charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and out-of-county warrants for MTR Possession Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, MTR Credit Card or Debit Card Abuse X2, and Possession of Marijuana <2oz. The pair was booked into the Tom Green County Jail.