Press Releases

Press Release #091015(08)-Police Searching for Remaining Wanted Suspect in August Shooting
Sep 10, 2015   01:02 PM

San Angelo Police have obtained an Arrest Warrant for a fourth person involved in the shooting incident on N. Sellers Street last month.

 

Eric J. Martinez (DOB 09-08-89) is wanted for Burglary of a Habitation with Intent to Commit another Felony for his involvement in the shooting of a 69-year-old San Angelo man on August 31, 2015, at a residence in the 500 block of N. Sellers St.   The shooting victim has not recovered.  He is being treated at a local hospital for life-threatening injuries.

 

Fernando Lavaris Jr. (DOB 06-19-86) was arrested the day of the shooting by the Department's Special Operations Section and Patrol Division.  Two other suspects involved in the incident were recently arrested; Jonathan Jesse Marin (DOB 02-28-89) was booked into the Tom Green County Jail on September 3 and Eliza [AKA Lisa] Losoya  (DOB 02-23-87) on September 2.

 

Police are asking for the public's help in locating Martinez.  If you have information about his whereabouts, call Detective James Hernandez at (325) 659-8015 or Detective Jason Chegwidden at (325) 659-8019.  To remain anonymous,  submit tips online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247, or text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts, or call the SAPD's 24 hour Tip Hotline at 1-855-TIPS-247.

 

Please share the digital Wanted Bulletin via Social Media.

 

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Press Release #091015(07)-Police Search for Green-eyed Aggravated Robbery Suspect
Sep 10, 2015   11:29 AM

San Angelo Police are investigating an Aggravated Robbery that occurred Wednesday night at a local liquor store.

 

At around 9:00 p.m. on September 9, 2015, a man walked into the Party Barn Liquor Store located at 2302 Sherwood Way and demanded money from store employees at knifepoint.  The suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

 

He was described as a White male, short brown hair, light-green eyes, approximately 6?, between 160-180 lbs.  He was wearing jeans, a black hoodie over a cap, and a bandana.  The suspect may have a chipped tooth.

 

If you have any information about the suspect's identity or whereabouts, call the Crime Stoppers Anonymous Tip Hotline at 325-658-HELP, tip online at http://bit.ly/CrimeStoppersWebTip, or text your tips: Text CSSA plus your message to Crimes (274637).  The first person to provide information that leads to arrest could be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000.

 

This is an ongoing investigation and no other information is available at this time.  Detective Lynn Dye is the Primary Case Agent for the investigation.  

 

Press Release #090915(06)-San Angelo Police Recover Body of Missing Endangered Grady Bryan
Sep 09, 2015   06:34 PM

At approximately 3:45 p.m. this afternoon, San Angelo Police and Fire Department personnel were dispatched to the Concho River behind the 1500 block of River Ridge Lane for the report of a possible deceased person in the water.

 

With the assistance of the Department's Lake Police, the body was retrieved from the water and positively identified as 55-year-old Grady Bryan, the subject of an Endangered Missing Person Alert issued yesterday morning.  Police were alerted to Bryan's location on the river by a volunteer who was assisting with the search.

 

Justice of the Peace Kay Longest responded to the location and pronounced Bryan deceased.  At this time, the cause of death has not been determined.  Bryan's body was transported to Lubbock for autopsy. 

 

Police Chief Tim Vasquez responded to notify Brayan's family and to address the media at the scene.

 

Bryan's wife reported him missing on Monday evening after he went for a walk and never returned.  He was deemed endangered due to a medical condition. 

 

This is an ongoing investigation and no further information is available at this time.

 

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Press Release #090415(04)-Mother of Hit & Run Victim Joe Lopez Pleas for Information, Justice
Sep 04, 2015   05:24 PM

The mother of 21-year-old hit and run victim, Joe Lopez, recently collaborated with the San Angelo Police Department to make a video plea in hopes of generating tips on the unsolved case.  The video titled, ?Justice4JoeLopez? can be viewed on the San Angelo Police Department's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/SanAngeloPoliceDepartment

 

In the video plea, Rose Marie Lopez talks about her son's childhood and passion for skateboarding, hard work, and his love of people.  She is reaching out to the suspect to let him or her know that she and her family forgive them because that is what Joe would have wanted.  Ms. Lopez is requesting the video be shared as much as possible, extending outside the city of San Angelo as the driver may be from out of town. 

 

Joe Lopez was killed around 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 2, 2015 when he was struck by an SUV while riding his skateboard along S. Chadbourne Street near East Avenue I.

 

Investigators have followed up on several tips, but none have led to the driver's identification or location of the vehicle. 

 

Based on evidence collected at the scene and surveillance video, police are searching for a white or light-colored late 90's to early 2000's model Ford Explorer or Expedition that would have sustained damage to the passenger-side headlight area. 

 

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.  If you have information about the incident, call the Crime Stoppers Anonymous Tip Hotline at 325-658-HELP, or tip online at http://bit.ly/CrimeStoppersWebTip. You can also text a tip, text CSSA plus your message to CRIMES. 

 

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Press Release #090415(03)-SAPD Warns Citizens of Increase in IRS-Impersonation Telephone Scam
Sep 04, 2015   12:11 PM

The San Angelo Police Department has received several calls regarding the ongoing IRS-Impersonation Telephone Scam.    

 

The IRS-Impersonation Telephone Scam is an aggressive and sophisticated phone Scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants.  Callers claim to be employees of the IRS, but are not.  These con artists can sound convincing when they call.  They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers.  They may know a lot about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling.

 

Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer.  If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver's license.   In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.

Victims may also be told they have a refund due to try to trick them into sharing private information.

If the phone isn't answered, the scammers often leave an ?urgent? callback request.

 

The Internal Revenue Service will never:

1) Call to demand immediate payment, nor will the agency call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill.

2) Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.

3) Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.

4) Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.

5) Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying.

 

Be wary if you receive a call from someone who claims to be from the IRS and demands immediate payment.  If you don?t owe taxes or have no reason to think that you do:  Contact the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.  Use TIGTA's ?IRS Impersonation Scam Reporting? web page at http://apps.irs.gov/app/scripts/exit.jsp?dest=http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml

to report the incident.  You should also report it to the Federal Trade Commission.  Use the ?FTC Complaint Assistant? on FTC.gov. Please add "IRS Telephone Scam" to the comments of your report.

 

Another common IRS Scam is the Email Phishing Scam: "Update your IRS e-file" ? The emails appear to be from the IRS and include a link to a bogus web site intended to mirror the official IRS web site.  These emails contain the direction ?you are to update your IRS e-file immediately.?  The emails mention USA.gov and IRSgov (without a dot between "IRS" and "gov"), though notably, not IRS.gov (with a dot).  These emails are not from the IRS.

 

Taxpayers who get these messages should not respond to the email or click on the links. Instead, they should forward the Scam emails to the IRS at phishing@irs.gov. For more information, visit the IRS's Report Phishing web page at http://www.irs.gov/uac/Report-Phishing.  The IRS does not initiate contact with taxpayers by email to request personal or financial information.

 

?Our best defense against Scams is to educate the public.  Please share this important information with family and friends via Social Media or by good old-fashioned conversation.?  ? SAPD Crime Prevention Section

 

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