Detectives with the San Angelo Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division are investigating several shots fired calls, one that caused damage to a local elementary school.
On October 28, 2015, around 10:00 p.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 700 block of N. Van Buren Street for the report of shots fired. Dispatch advised investigating Officers that a complainant heard multiple gunshots in the area.
Upon arrival, Police searched the roadway and located several spent shell casings from a handgun. Police did not locate any damage to property adjacent to the street and no one reported injuries at the time of this call.
Police returned to the 700 block of N. Van Buren for follow-up investigation. After canvassing the area, Officers discovered apparent damage to Austin Elementary School and recovered evidence of gunfire. The school was unoccupied at the time and no injuries were reported.
If you have any information about the incident, call the Department's Criminal Investigations Division at (325) 657-4264. To remain anonymous, submit tips online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or text your tips- text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts, or call the SAPD's 24 hour Tip Hotline at 1-855-TIPS-247.
Around 7:40 p.m. last night, San Angelo Police Patrol Officer C. Delacruz was driving near the 400 block of S. Bell Street when he discovered a vehicle versus pedestrian crash.
It was learned that prior to Officer Delacruz's arrival, Claude Holland Jr. walking in the roadway with the flow of traffic and was struck by a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix that was traveling northbound in the outside lane. The driver of the vehicle, a 22-year-old female San Angelo resident, noticed Holland and attempted to stop but was unable to avoid impact.
Holland sustained incapacitating injuries from the collision and he was transported to Shannon Medical Center by City Ambulance for evaluation. Hospital staff advised Police that Holland's injuries did not appear to be life threatening. His current condition is unknown. The driver was not injured.
Holland appeared to be under the influence of alcohol prior to the crash. Investigators listed alcohol and failure to yield the right of way to a vehicle as contributing factors in the Crash Report.
At this time, no charges have been filed and no citations have been issued.
Just before 2:00 a.m. this morning, San Angelo Police attempted to stop the driver of a tan 2002 Toyota Tundra in the 300 block of East 6th street for running a stop sign; however, the driver disregarded Police overhead lights and sirens, additional traffic control devices and a short pursuit ensued throughout the neighborhood.
The pursuit ended in the 700 block of Holcomb Street after the driver lost control of the vehicle, which caused it to spin 180 degrees and come to a stop facing the pursuing Officers. Officers began instructing the driver to exit the vehicle but the driver disregarded their commands, drove towards a police vehicle, and struck it two times. The driver, identified as Luis E. Galarza Jr. (DOB 03-07-94), exited the vehicle after it became disabled and was taken into custody without further incident. Galarza was transported to the Tom Green County Jail, charged with Evading in a Vehicle, and issued Citations for his traffic violations.
Galarza was not injured from the collision, nor were any Officers. The patrol car sustained minor damages.
A San Angelo man wanted in connection to an aggravated assault and theft that occurred at a local Walmart store was arrested yesterday.
On October 25, 2015, just before 3:35 p.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to the Walmart Supercenter located at 610 W. 29th Street for the report of an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and theft.
Once on scene, Police learned Walmart Loss Prevention staff observed a man and woman load items into a shopping cart and leave the store without paying. When Loss Prevention staff attempted to follow and obtain a license plate, the man discarded the stolen items and threatened the employee at knifepoint. The man and woman then fled the area in a vehicle driven by a third subject. Walmart staff recovered the stolen items, which totaled over $300.00. No injuries were reported. The incident was caught on surveillance camera.
During a follow-up investigation, Criminal Investigations Detective Lynn Dye obtained information about the location of the get-a-way vehicle and identity of the male and female suspects. Subsequent to his investigation, Det. Dye obtained an arrest warrant for George Delacruz, Jr. (DOB 7-02-75). Delacruz was located on October 27 at a residence in the 2100 block of Juanita Avenue and taken into custody for questioning.
Following the interview, Delacruz was charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. The female suspect has been identified and charges may be forthcoming.
This is an active investigation and no other information is available.
Halloween is one of the most exciting days of the year for children. Nevertheless, parents and guardians know it also brings with it some potential dangers. Because of that, it is very important for parents and guardians to talk to their children about safety before they head out for a night of trick-or-treating.
- Choose bright costumes, and have children carry flashlights or glow sticks so they are easily visible. (Hint ? Try adding reflective tape to costumes and candy bags!)
- Plan a trick-or-treating route in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets.
- Make sure children know your cellphone number, their home telephone number, and address in case you get separated. Consider giving them a cellphone so they can reach you easily.
- Teach children how to call 911 in an emergency.
- Teach children to say ?NO!? in a loud voice if someone tries to get them to go somewhere, accept anything other than a treat, or leave with them. Tell them to try everything they can to escape, including yelling, hitting, and kicking.
- Make sure older children take friends and stay together while trick-or-treating.
- Never send younger children out alone ? they should be with a parent, guardian, or another trusted adult.
- Always walk younger children to the door to receive treats.
- Don?t let children enter a home unless you are with them.
- Be sure children do not approach any vehicle, occupied or not, unless you are with them.
From making sure children stay together while trick-or-treating to planning trick-or-treating routes in familiar neighborhoods with well-lit streets, these easy and effective tips will help ensure a safer night of fun.
So this Halloween, please take a moment to review Officer Count Quade's safety precautions with the children in your life and help make this Halloween a spooktacular one!