Press Releases

Buckle Down & Stay Strapped In Seat Belt Survey Results — December
Jan 12, 2017   02:23 PM

As a part of Buckle Down & Stay Strapped In, approximately 683 seat belt observations were conducted in San Angelo during the month of December. 

Results indicate that the overall seat belt use rate is 93.6%.  This is 2.9% higher than the state average of 90.7%, 6.6% higher than the national average of 87%, and .5% higher than San Angelo’s October baseline of 93.1%. 

December surveys took place in five locations in the area.  In addition to the general use rate data, findings showed the following:

Women – 95.2%

Men – 91.8%

Highest Age Group for Belt Use: 60 +

Lowest Age Group for Belt Use: <24

Highest Vehicle for Belt Use: Van

Lowest Vehicle for Belt Use: Passenger Car 

The next round of Surveys will be released in February, 2017.  Take the seat belt challenge, buckle up, every trip, every time and encourage your family and friends to do the same.  You might just safe a life. 

Buckle Down & Stay Strapped In is made up of the San Angelo Police Department and a network of community partners, including SAISD and Live Design and Print Shop. 

This public safety initiative was created to increase belt use, save lives, and reduce injuries in San Angelo.  For more information about Buckle Down & Stay Strapped In or to become a partner, please visit contact Officer Tracy Gonzalez at tracy.gonzalez@sanangelopolice.org.

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Police Arrest Sleeping Driver in Stolen Car
Jan 11, 2017   03:36 PM

At approximately 9:15 this morning, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the intersection of North Bishop and Caddo Street for the report of a man asleep behind the wheel. 

Officers arrived and located an SUV without license plates stopped at the stop sign at N. Bishop and Caddo.  The vehicle was still in drive.  Officers woke the man and identified him as 26-year-old Virgil John Chapman, Jr., of San Angelo. 

Through a routine records check, Chapman showed to have several outstanding Arrest Warrants and he was placed under arrest.  During a search of his person incident to arrest, Officers located suspected narcotics that field-tested positive for the presence of Methamphetamine.  

A records check on the 2008 Silver Ford Explorer showed it was reported stolen from the 500 block of Van Zandt on Monday, January 9.  During a search of the vehicle, Officers located property that was linked to an unrelated vehicle burglary.  Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division and Crime Scene Investigations Unit also responded to assist with the field investigation. 

Chapman was transported to Police Headquarters for questioning.  Following his interview, Chapman was transported to the Tom Green County jail where he was booked on Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle, State Jail Felony Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, and his outstanding warrants.  

This is an ongoing investigation and additional charges may be forthcoming pending the outcome of the investigation.  Detective Jason Chegwidden is the lead Investigator on this case. 

                   

(TGCSO Booking photo from 09/23/2016)

Man Arrested for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child
Jan 11, 2017   02:24 PM

On January 3, 2017, the San Angelo Police Department received a report of a sexual assault involving a 5-year-old female.  

Investigators with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division’s Child Crimes Unit conducted a follow-up investigation, which established probable cause to name 61-year-old Antonio SanJuan as the suspect.  Investigators subsequently obtained an arrest warrant for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child.  The warrant was issued by Justice of the Peace Judge Fred Buck. 

At approximately 2:00 p.m. yesterday, San Angelo Police located and arrested SanJuan at his place of employment in the 2100 block of E. 37th Street.

SanJuan was transported to Police Headquarters for questioning.  Following his interview, SanJuan was transported to the Tom Green County Jail where he is being held in lieu of $100,000.00 Surety Bond. 

Detective J. Cannady is the lead investigator on this case. 

  

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Police Investigate Burglary at Foster Communications Coliseum
Jan 11, 2017   01:37 PM

San Angelo Police are investigating a Burglary that occurred at the San Angelo Foster Communications Coliseum, 50 E. 43rd Street. 

Police were dispatched to the Coliseum just before 8:00 a.m. for the report of a burglary discovered by COSA Civic Events staff.  

Officers arrived and cleared the venue for safety precautions.  No suspects were located.  

After a preliminary check of the venue by staff members and Police, it was discovered that the suspect(s) gained entry to the venue by forcing their way through an exterior door.  Once inside, the suspect(s) stole various tools that were located inside a secured office. The incident most likely occurred sometime after 6:30 p.m. last night.  

Staff members advised it may take several days to complete a thorough inventory of the venue and surrounding buildings. 

Crime Scene Investigations also responded to process the scene for evidence.  

This is an ongoing investigation and additional information will be released when it becomes available.  

If you have any information about the incident or suspect(s), please contact the San Angelo Police Department at (325) 481-2718.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247, via text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts, or by phone at 1-855-TIPS-247.

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Police Locate, Arrest Evasive Motorcyclist, Recover Stolen Motorcycles
Jan 09, 2017   11:29 AM

At approximately 5:40 p.m. on Saturday, January 7, 2017, a San Angelo Police Officer observed a man operating a motorcycle without a license plate in the unit block of N. Bishop Street.  The Officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop but the man fled.  A short pursuit ensued but the pursuit was terminated due to the suspect’s high speed and disregard for public safety. 

Later in the shift, the same motorcyclist was observed in the area and multiple units responded in an attempt to contain the man in a two-block radius.  Officers developed a possible residence for the man in the 200 block of N. Bishop Street after they located motorcycle tire tracks behind the residence, which led them to the suspect’s motorcycle that was still running and partially concealed by a blanket.  Through a records check, Officers discovered the 2007 Husqvarna motorcycle had been reported stolen on December 31, 2016, from the 800 block of Paint Rock Road.

During the follow-up investigation at the residence, Officers identified the driver as 34-year-old Steven Alexander West who was wanted on outstanding warrants.  West was located hiding in the attic.  During a search of a shed located on the property, Officers located several motorcycle parts, another stolen motorcycle taken from the 600 block of Baker Street on December 1, 2016, and a woman identified as 24-year-old Brandy Chanae Hernandez who was wanted on multiple outstanding County Warrants. 

Detectives with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division and CSI responded to the residence to process the scene.  Subsequent to the field investigation, West was arrested for Evading Arrest Detention with Vehicle and his warrants.  Hernandez was arrested for her outstanding warrants.  Both West and Hernandez were transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident. 

Additional charges may be forthcoming pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation.  

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