Press Releases

  • Press Release #052716(17)-SAPD Retirement and Promotion Ceremony

    Fri, May 27, 2016 - 01:25 PM

    The San Angelo Police Department will be honoring Sgt. Todd Dornhecker with a retirement ceremony on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. at the McNease Convention Center's North Meeting Room.
    Sgt. Dornhecker was hired by the San Angelo Police Department on April 16, 1996. Prior to working for the SAPD, Sgt. Dornhecker worked as a Corrections Officer for the Llano County Sheriff's Office.
    Sgt. Dornhecker started his career with the SAPD in the Patrol Division. In April 1999, Sgt. Dornhecker transferred to the K-9 Unit where he worked alongside his partner, K9 Hondo, until Hondo's retirement in December 2004. Sergeant Dornhecker then transferred to the Narcotics Section where he worked until his promotion to the rank of Sergeant in December 2005. Sgt. Dornhecker transferred back to the Patrol Division where he served as a Patrol Supervisor until February 2010 when he was appointed Supervisor of the Department's Special Operations Section. In October 2015, Sgt. Dornhecker transferred to the Traffic Section where he served the remainder of his career as the Traffic Section's Supervisor.
    Sgt. Dornhecker has a total of 20 years and 1.5 months as a Peace Officer, 2,581 training hours, and holds a Master Peace Officer's License. Sgt. Dornhecker is a certified TCOLE Instructor, Firearms Instructor, holds various Gang and Narcotics Certifications, and was a member of the Crisis Negotiations Team since 2012. He was voted Officer of the Year in 2011 and Investigations Supervisor of the Year in 2011, 2012, and 2014.
    Following the retirement ceremony, the San Angelo Police Department will be conducting a promotional ceremony for Officer Cory Moore. Officer Moore will be promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Officer Moore has been with the Department since April 2006.
    ***SAPD***

  • Press Release #052516(16)-Man Arrested for Firing Weapon outside San Angelo Apartment

    Wed, May 25, 2016 - 12:01 PM

    A 46-year old San Angelo man was arrested for Discharging a Firearm inside City Limits early this morning after he allegedly fired a handgun outside the Cross Keys Apartments, 1222 S. Abe Street.
    Officers were dispatched to the apartment complex just after midnight for the report of shots fired, allegedly from a man who was waiving a gun and arguing with a female. Officers also learned a child was possibly involved and that the male suspect had left the scene driving a white Hyundai Elantra.
    Officers located the suspect and vehicle at Concho and Koeningheim. He was identified as Sandro Veliz.
    Back at the initial scene, Police learned Veliz fired the weapon during a verbal argument with his girlfriend and a spent shell casing was recovered approximately 9 feet outside the victim's apartment. The apartment was occupied by Veliz's 30-year-old girlfriend and their infant child. No one was reported injured.
    Veliz was arrested and transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident.


  • Press Release #052516(15)-Reckless Loop 306 Driver Faces Additional Charges

    Wed, May 25, 2016 - 08:52 AM

    20-year-old Colton D. Beard, the man arrested for Reckless Driving after yesterday's multi car collision on Loop 306, was taken into custody yesterday afternoon on additional charges.
    Just after 3:00 p.m. yesterday, San Angelo Police were dispatched to a residence in the 2400 block of Dallas Street for the report of a domestic disturbance involving Beard.
    Officers responded and Beard was located driving nearby. Officers stopped and detained Beard. During the detention, police obtained evidence that Beard began harassing his girlfriend shortly after his release from jail yesterday.
    Detective M. Hawthorne responded to the scene to conduct a follow up investigation. At the conclusion of his investigation, Beard was charged with Harassment, No Proof of Financial Responsibility, and Endangering a Child Criminal Negligence.


    [Previous release #052416(14)]

  • Press Release #052416(14)-Domestic Dispute Responsible for Multiple Vehicle Crash on Loop 306

    Tue, May 24, 2016 - 04:08 PM

    Around 9:00 this morning, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 3800 block of W Loop 306 for a three-vehicle car crash with injuries.
    During the traffic investigation, Officers learned the collision stemmed from a domestic dispute between a boyfriend and girlfriend that were traveling in two separate vehicles but speaking to one another by cell phone.
    At some point during the verbal altercation, the male half, identified as 20-year-old Colton D. Beard driving a gray 2000 Chevrolet Pickup, made several unsafe lane changes before he pulled in front of his girlfriend's vehicle and slammed on his brakes. Beard's abrupt braking action caused his 21-year-old girlfriend, who was driving a 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander, to apply her brakes in an attempt to avoid colliding with Beard's truck. The woman was traveling with her and Beard's 1-year-old son.
    Although the truck and Outlander never collided, a white 2012 GMC Yukon Denali occupied by a 37-year-old female driver and 23-month-old child passenger rear-ended the Outlander and a white 2011 Buick Enclave that was occupied by a 38-year-old female driver and her 2-year-old son rear-ended the Denali.
    All occupants sustained non-incapacitating injuries as a result of the chain-reaction collision and they were transported to nearby hospitals for treatment.
    Beard, who fled the initial scene, was located later and arrested for Reckless Driving and two outstanding City warrants. Beard was transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident and released a short time later after posting a $500 Surety Bond.



  • Press Release #052316(13)-SAPD Officer Struck by Intoxicated Driver Hospitalized

    Mon, May 23, 2016 - 04:39 PM

    A 57-year-old San Angelo man was charged with Driving While Intoxicated after he collided with two San Angelo Police vehicles this morning, injuring one Officer.
    The two San Angelo PD Patrol Vehicles were legally parked in the 1000 block of E. 14th Street when their vehicles were struck by gray 2009 Toyota Corolla around 11:16 a.m. The Officers were at the location on an unrelated call.
    The driver of the Corolla was identified as Rick Alan Waddell of San Angelo. Waddell was headed eastbound on 14th when he struck the first unit, a Chevrolet Tahoe. The force of the collision caused the Tahoe to crash into the second PD unit, a Dodge Charger.
    The Charger was occupied by a 25-year-old male Officer who has been with the Department for two and a half years. The Officer sustained non-incapacitating injuries and was transported to Community Medical Center by ambulance and later released.
    When Waddell exited his vehicle, he showed signs of intoxication. Waddell was unable to perform standardized field sobriety tests due to his inability to maintain his balance. Detectives obtained a Search Warrant for a blood specimen. At the conclusion of the blood draw, Waddell was transported to the Tom Green County Jail.

  • Press Release #052316(12)-Two Men Arrested for Drugs, Weapon after Traffic Stop

    Mon, May 23, 2016 - 03:45 PM

    25 year-old Richard Joseph Pasillas and 22-year-old Jorge Estrada were arrested last Friday night on weapons and drug charges after a traffic stop in the 2300 block of Chestnut Street (Sector 3).
    Police conducted the stop of the silver 2012 Dodge Avenger around 10:30 p.m. Upon approach of the vehicle, police smelled the odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.
    During a search of the vehicle, Officers located a handgun, Xanex, marijuana, and synthetic marijuana (K2).
    As a result, both were charged with Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 3, Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 2-A, and Unlawful Carrying Weapon.
    Additionally, Pasillas was charged with Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 after Officers discovered he was hiding approximately 36 grams of methamphetamine on is person and Fail to Identify Fugitive from Justice because he lied about his identity.


    Pasillas



  • Press Release #052216(11)-Police Arrest 3, Recover Stolen Guns

    Sun, May 22, 2016 - 10:15 AM

    Just before 6:30 a.m. Friday morning, San Angelo Police Officers were dispatched to the 2900 block of San Antonio Street for the report of suspicious subjects attempting to burglarize vehicles in the area.
    Upon arrival, Officers learned the suspicious subjects had just pulled into the Greystone Apartment complex, were unloading bags from a red Pontiac G5, and taking them inside one of the apartments.
    Officers went to the complex, located the suspect vehicle, and detained an occupant who was identified as 19-year-old Lorenzo Sandoval. During a visual check of the vehicle, Officers observed a high-powered rifle in the front passenger compartment but Sandoval was unable to provide Officers with the gun owner's name.
    During a consent search of the vehicle, Officers located a large amount of suspected stolen property and a small amount of suspected marijuana.
    While Officers were checking the rifle's serial numbers to determine if it was stolen, Dispatch began to receive numerous calls for vehicle burglaries in the Southland area. It was also learned that the suspicious vehicle seen in the Southland burglaries matched the red Pontiac.
    While at the scene, two Hispanic males exited the apartment in question. They were detained and identified as 17-year-old Roy Munoz and a 16-year-old juvenile.
    Consent was obtained to enter the apartment to conduct a search for evidence, and once inside, Officers located a second rifle, handguns, and a large amount of suspected stolen property. The property was seized and tagged into evidence.
    At the conclusion of a lengthy investigation, Sandoval, Munoz, and the 16-year-old juvenile were charged with Theft of a Firearm and transported to the Tom Green County Jail and Juvenile Detention Center.
    The recovered property has been linked to at least eight burglaries from Southland neighborhoods. Detective Kelly Lajoie is the lead investigator on this case. This investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be filed pending the outcome of this investigation.

    Sandoval

    Munoz


  • Press Release #051916(10)-Man Jailed after Foot Pursuit in North San Angelo

    Thu, May 19, 2016 - 04:29 PM

    Just before 5:00 p.m. yesterday, San Angelo Police were dispatched to a residence in the 1100 block of E. 23rd Street for the report of an unwanted subject.
    Police arrived and learned that the subject, 32-year-old Elgin Taunton, just left the location and he was headed towards Bradford Elementary. While enroute to the School, Officers were advised Taunton had two outstanding City Warrants.
    Officers located Taunton walking near E. 22nd and Main Streets. Officers attempted to contact Taunton but he ran from them.
    A perimeter was established and Officers observed Taunton jump from the bed of a truck that was parked behind a residence in the 1100 block of E. 22nd. After Taunton jumped from the truck's bed, he ran through a front yard and into an occupied residence.
    Officers made contact with the residents and Taunton was located in a bedroom. He was taken into custody without incident.
    Taunton was arrested for his outstanding warrants, Criminal Trespass of a Habitation, and Evading Arrest Detention with Prior Conviction.
    Taunton was transported to Shannon Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries he sustained while fleeing Officers. Once cleared by medical staff, Taunton was transported to the Tom Green County Jail.



  • Press Release #051816(09)-Police Confiscate Quantity of Meth, Heroin after Warrant Search

    Wed, May 18, 2016 - 05:04 PM

    Yesterday, members of the San Angelo Police Department's Intelligence Division served a Search Warrant at a residence in the 3200 block of Webster Street.
    During the execution of the Search Warrant, Police Service Dog Duke was utilized and he indicated to the presence of narcotics inside the residence, which led Officers to locate and confiscate approximately one (1) lb. of methamphetamine and approximately fourteen (14) grams of heroin. In addition to the narcotics, Officers located drug paraphernalia, currency, and seized a vehicle.
    The suspect named in the warrant, Gregory Dion Garivay (DOB 11-23-75), was located driving a 2001 white Chevrolet Camaro at Knickerbocker and Loop 306. Garivay was taken into custody without incident.
    At the time the Search Warrant was executed, Bianca Estelle Gutierrez (DOB 11-03-77) was inside the residence and detained pending the outcome of the investigation.
    At the conclusion of the investigation, Garivay and Gutierrez were charged with Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 (4g-200g) and Manufacture Delivery of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 (400g). Garivay was also charged on an outstanding Parole Violation Warrant.
    ?This is great work by our Special Operations Section. In recent weeks, our SOS and Narcotics team have not been given the credit they deserve. This is a great example of our units supplementing each other and getting the job done. I am very proud of them all.? ? Chief Tim Vasquez

    Garivay, Gutierrez

    The Duke

  • Press Release #051116(08)-Reward Offered in Search for Second Bell County Murder Suspect

    Wed, May 11, 2016 - 04:15 PM

    The Temple Police Department is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of 20-year-old Justin Slatton Jr., the second suspect wanted in connection with an April 13 shooting that resulted in the death of two Bell County men.
    Members of the Temple Police General Investigation's Unit, San Angelo Police Department, The Texas Rangers and the Department of Public Safety are currently in San Angelo, Texas actively searching for known suspect, Justin Slatton Jr., white male, DOB 01-27-96.
    Slatton has two active warrants for Murder and he is considered armed and dangerous.
    On May 9, the joint apprehension team located and arrested 17-year-old Lupe M. Chappa III from a residence in the 2400 block of Culver Avenue is San Angelo. Chappa is being held at the Tom Green County Jail in lieu of bail set at $2 million dollars.
    In addition to the reward from Temple PD, San Angelo Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of $250 for information that leads to an arrest. Slatton has an additional warrant for Burglary of a Building issued out of Tom Green County.
    If you have information about Slatton's whereabouts, contact the San Angelo Crime Stoppers Anonymous Tip Hotline (3325) 658-HELP (4357) or 1-800-756-3434, online at www.sanangelocrimestoppers.com, or download the free Mobile App, ?P3 Tips.?
    Never attempt to apprehend suspects yourself; doing so may be dangerous.


  • Press Release #051116(07)-Police Investigate Shots Fired Call on Volney Street

    Wed, May 11, 2016 - 10:47 AM

    Just after 8:00 p.m. last night, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the area of Volney Street and 22nd for the report of shots fired.
    Officers responded and located a residence in the 2200 block of Volney St. that had been shot multiple times. The residence was unoccupied at the time and no one was injured.
    Several witnesses told investigating Officers that they observed a white, newer model Ford Explorer speed north from the scene after they heard the gunfire.
    No suspects were located. This is an ongoing investigation. If you have any information about the incident, suspect(s) or vehicle, contact Crime Stoppers of San Angelo. Submitting a tip to Crime Stoppers is easy and always anonymous. You can call the Anonymous 24-Hour Tip Hotline at 325-658-HELP, Online at www.sanangelocrimestoppers.com or download the free Mobile App, ?P3 Tips.?
  • 050916(06)-Police Investigate Mother's Day Shooting

    Mon, May 09, 2016 - 04:31 PM

    Yesterday, May 8, 2016 at 10:16 am, San Angelo Police responded to the Windmill Apartments at 1929 Raney for a shooting. The victim, a 37 year old male, was already on his way to Shannon Hospital in a private vehicle when Officers arrived at the Windmill Apartments.
    Officers met the victim at the hospital and learned he had a gunshot wound to his lower body. The victim stated the gunshot was accidental.
    Detective Anderson with the Criminal Investigation Division responded to conduct an investigation. At this time the shooting is still under investigation and there is no other information for release at this time.
  • 050516(04)-San Angelo Police Department to Promote Four Officers and Swear In Two Returning Officers

    Thu, May 05, 2016 - 02:59 PM

    Tomorrow, May 6, 2016 at 3:00 pm, the San Angelo Police Department will conduct a promotion ceremony for Officer Rick Tinsley, Officer Ben Spencer, Officer Antoine Callum, and Officer Brian Gesch to the rank of Sergeant. Immediately following the promotion ceremony, two former San Angelo PD Officers, Dakota Martin and Louis Cortinas, have returned to the Department and will be sworn in as Officers. The ceremonies will be held at the McNease Convention Center, located at 500 Rio Concho Drive, in the City Council Chambers.
    Officer Rick Tinsley joined the San Angelo Police Department on March 1, 1999. Officer Tinsley has worked as a Patrol Officer, a Detective in the Criminal Investigation Division and the Special Operations Section, and Community Services. Officer Tinsley was made an Acting Patrol Sergeant on February 1, 2016. Officer Tinsley has a total of 5,643 training hours and holds a Master Peace Officer License.
    Officer Ben Spencer joined the San Angelo Police Department on April 16, 2009. Officer Spencer has worked as a Patrol Officer since completing the Basic Peace Officer Academy. Officer Spencer was made an Acting Patrol Sergeant on February 7, 2016. Officer Spencer has 1,799 training hours and holds a Basic Peace Officer License.
    Officer Antoine Callum joined the San Angelo Police Department on October 10, 2008. Officer Callum has worked as a Patrol Officer and a Detective in the Criminal Investigation Division and the Special Operations Section. Officer Callum was made an Acting Patrol Sergeant on April 3, 2016. Officer Callum has 4,416 training hours and holds an Advanced Peace Officer License.
    Officer Brian Gesch joined the San Angelo Police Department on April 16, 2004. Officer Gesch has worked as a Patrol Officer, in the Lake Patrol Division, the K-9 Division, and is a member of the SWAT team. Officer Gesch was made an Acting Patrol Sergeant on April 11, 2016. Officer Gesch has 3,487 hours of training and holds a Master Peace Officer License.

    Congratulations to our newest Sergeants


    Welcome home.



  • 050516(03)-Three Juveniles Arrested after Assaulting San Angelo Man

    Wed, May 04, 2016 - 08:54 AM

    Yesterday, May 3, 2016 at 7:52 pm, San Angelo Police responded to the 1400 block of Volney St for a report of a stabbing. Officers arrived on scene and made contact with the victim, 36 year old Jesus Carrasco. Carrasco told officers he had been assaulted by three juvenile males and gave the direction he last saw them running. Officers were able to locate the three juveniles in the 200 block of E 12th Street. They were taken into custody without incident.
    Carrasco told officers he had been walking down the street when he was approached by the three juveniles. He told Officers the juveniles started to assault him and one of the juveniles pulled out a knife and cut him on the arm and head. Carrasco stated the juveniles assaulted him because he used to be in a relationship with one of the juveniles? mother. An ambulance was called to the scene to treat Carrasco's injuries. Carrasco did not receive any life threatening injuries.
    Detective Chegwidden with the Criminal Investigation Division responded to the scene to conduct the investigation. At the conclusion of investigation, a 13 year old male was charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and two 15 year old males were charged with Assault Causing Bodily Injury. All three juveniles were transported to the Juvenile Justice Center.
  • Press Release #050316(02)-Nixle Subscriber Credited for Helping to Locate Missing Autistic Teen

    Tue, May 03, 2016 - 12:10 PM

    Last night, San Angelo Police received information about a 13-year-old autistic teen that had not made it to his designated pickup area after school.
    During the preliminary investigation and search, the Department issued a Nixle alert to engage community awareness.
    A lengthy search was conducted in the area surrounding Lee Middle School and McGill Elementary Schools, but the missing teen was not located.
    Just before 9:40 p.m., San Angelo Public Safety Communications received a call from a citizen who said she received a Nixle alert about the missing teen and believed she might have seen the young man in the area around the Hunter's Run Apartments located in the 4400 block of Southwest Blvd. Patrol units responded and searched the new location, but the teen was not located.
    After the secondary search proved unsuccessful, a Detective who had been called out to aid in the investigation found the teen just after 10:00 p.m. in the parking lot of the Alamo Village Apartments, located in the 4400 block of Green Valley Trail. The Detective had stopped to make a phone call when he looked up and noticed the teen.
    ?There is no doubt that the young man could still be missing had it not been for the citizen who acted on the Nixle alert and called police. We knew the temperature would drop and we were very concerned about the young man wandering and being exposed to the elements or worse. We would have continued to waste valuable time searching the initial area had we not received the call.? ? Detective Jake Russell.
    Over the last several years, the San Angelo Police Department along with other agencies across the Country have experienced multiple success stories with locating missing persons with the help of Nixle and citizen engagement.
    Detective Russell wanted to give full credit to the citizen subscriber as well as thank the many members of the community who assisted in the search. We are blessed to live in a caring community.
    For more information about Nixle Community Engagement, visit http://www.nixle.com/resident-faqs/
    To subscribe to local Nixle alerts, visit https://local.nixle.com/register/
    ***SAPD***

  • 050316(01)-Police Investigating Robbery Calls

    Tue, May 03, 2016 - 10:46 AM

    San Angelo Police are investigating two Robbery calls that occurred last night, May 2, 2016.
    At 10:13 pm, San Angelo Police responded to a robbery call at the 7-11 located at 1719 Kenwood. The clerk and a witness reported a young Hispanic male entered the store wearing black clothing with his face covered. The suspect appeared to be approximately 5?6? to 5?8? tall and weigh approximately 130-150 pounds and was wearing a dark colored backpack. The suspect displayed a firearm and demanded the money from the cash register. The suspect left the store prior to Officers arriving on scene with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect was not located. No one in the store was injured during the robbery.
    At 11:28 pm, San Angelo Police responded to a second call for a Robbery at the Allsups located at 3802 Sherwood Way. The description of the suspect given by the clerk matched the description given from the Robbery earlier in the night at 1719 Kenwood. The suspect displayed a firearm and demanded the money from the cash register. The suspect left with an undisclosed amount of cash and was not located. No one in the store was hurt during the robbery.
    Detective Russell is the lead investigator for both Robbery calls. It is believed at this time both Robberies were committed by the same suspect.
    If you have information about either incident or the identity of the suspect, contact Detective Russell at (325) 659-8016. You can also contact Crime Stoppers of San Angelo. If you are the first person to provide information identifying these suspects and it leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000. Submitting a tip to Crime Stoppers is easy and always anonymous. You can call the Anonymous 24-Hour Tip Hotline at 325-658-HELP, Online at www.sanangelocrimestoppers.com or download the free Mobile App, ?P3 Tips.?
  • 042716(14)-Police Investigating Two Robberies

    Wed, Apr 27, 2016 - 03:39 PM

    Yesterday, April 26, 2016 at 8:18 pm, San Angelo Police responded to 2220 Howard Street at the Snack and Save for a report of a Robbery. Upon arrival, Officers learned a Hispanic male, who was described as being about 5?5??, 25 years of age, wearing a black hoodie, and having his face covered, entered the store and pointed a gun at a customer. The suspect retrieved an undisclosed amount of cash from the register and fled the store. Officers attempted to locate the suspect in the area but he was not located. There were no injuries to employees or customers of the store.
    Early this morning, April 27, 2016 at approximately 5:20 am, San Angelo Police responded to 1017 Caddo at Lucky Sweepstakes for a report of a robbery. The victim reported to Officers that a black male, approximately 5?6??-5?9?? and weighing between 180-200 pounds, entered the business through the front door. The suspect indicated he had a gun and demanded money from the cash registers. The suspect left with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect was not located. The victim did not sustain any injury.
    Detective Chris Soto responded to both Robberies and is the lead investigator for these incidents. There is no other information for release at this time.
    If you have information about either incident or the identity of the suspects, contact Detective Soto at (325) 659-8012. You can also contact Crime Stoppers of San Angelo. If you are the first person to provide information identifying these suspects and it leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000. Submitting a tip to Crime Stoppers is easy and always anonymous. You can call the Anonymous 24-Hour Tip Hotline at 325-658-HELP, Online at www.sanangelocrimestoppers.com or download the free Mobile App, ?P3 Tips.?
  • Police make Arrest for Aggravated Robbery

    Wed, Apr 27, 2016 - 10:52 AM

    Twenty-eight year old Christopher Salmon was arrested yesterday for Aggravated Robbery after displaying a knife and stealing prescription medication at a local pharmacy.
    Yesterday, April 26, 2016 at approximately 6:50 pm, San Angelo Police received a report of a Robbery at CVS Pharmacy, 318 W Beauregard. An employee of CVS reported the suspect displayed a knife and demanded he be given prescription medication or he would kill the employee. The suspect left the store with an undisclosed amount of prescription pills. There was no injury to the employee.
    Officers responding to the call were able to locate the suspect, Christopher Salmon, leaving the area on foot and take him into custody without incident in the 400 block of W Beauregard. Officers were able to locate Salmon quickly due to citizens pointing out the direction he left CVS.
    Detective L Dye responded to the call to conduct an investigation. At the conclusion of the investigation, Salmon was transported to the Tom Green County Jail where he was charged with Aggravated Robbery.

  • Press Release #042616(12)-Three Injured in Major Rollover, Entrapment Crash on Foster Road

    Tue, Apr 26, 2016 - 08:55 PM

    Just before 3:30 p.m. today, San Angelo Police and Fire Department personnel were dispatched to the 5300 block of Foster Rd for a major two-vehicle crash with entrapment.
    Once on scene, first responders located a collision between a white 2002 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 with entrapped occupants and a City Stormwater Truck that was on its roof.
    The Camaro's occupants were extricated from the vehicle and transported to a nearby hospital with incapacitating injuries. The Camaro's driver, 18-year-old McKenna Bowie, remains hospitalized in the Intensive Care Unit. The Camaro's passenger, 16-year-old Austin Weeds, underwent emergency surgery and remains hospitalized. His current condition is unknown.
    The driver of the City owned vehicle, 29-year-old Ezra Ramirez, was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
    The Department's Traffic Section responded to the scene along with Crime Scene Technicians. A preliminary crash investigation showed the Camaro was traveling northbound towards Loop 306 at a high rate of speed when it lost control and went into a broad slide before the collision. The City truck had been traveling south on Foster road when Ramirez reportedly noticed the Camaro coming towards him. Ramirez attempted to take evasive action but was unable to avoid the Camaro and collided head-on into the Camaro's passenger side door. The force of the collision caused the truck to flip over and come to a rest on its roof.
    The Department issued a Nixle alert warning drivers to avoid the area and traffic was blocked for several hours during the investigation. There is no further information available at this time.

    ***SAPD***

  • Press Release #042616(11)-SAPD Officer Locates, Rescues Neglected Dog & Arrests Owner

    Tue, Apr 26, 2016 - 03:49 PM

    A 56-year-old San Angelo man was charged with Cruelty to Animals yesterday after Police discovered the man's severely neglected dog tied to a fence in the 400 block of E. 19th Street.
    A San Angelo Police Officer who was in the area on an unrelated call for service heard what sounded like a dog coughing and became concerned. The Officer approached the residence and discovered a pit bull tied to a fence. The dog was dehydrated and emaciated and the dog's bones were visible through the skin.
    While waiting for Animal Control to respond, the dog's owner arrived. The man was identified as Christobal Martinez.
    Animal Control arrived and seized the dog due to the poor living conditions and the dog's weakened state of health.
    Martinez was arrested and transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident.

    ***SAPD***
  • 042516(10)-Police Investigate Stripes Robbery

    Mon, Apr 25, 2016 - 11:04 AM

    Early this morning at 1:40 am, San Angelo Police responded to a Robbery call at Stripes, 1821 N Bryant. The clerk reported a man entered the store wearing all black with his face covered. The man pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money from the cash register.
    The man left the store with an undisclosed amount of cash. Police set up a perimeter in the area and attempted to locate the suspect, but he was not located.
    This incident is currently under investigation and there is no other information for release at this time. Detective M Hawthorne is the lead investigator for this case.
    If you have information about this incident or the identity of the suspect, contact Detective Hawthorne at (325) 657-4388. You can also contact Crime Stoppers of San Angelo. If you are the first person to provide information identifying these suspects and it leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000. Submitting a tip to Crime Stoppers is easy and always anonymous. You can call the Anonymous 24-Hour Tip Hotline at 325-658-HELP, Online at www.sanangelocrimestoppers.com or download the free Mobile App, ?P3 Tips.?
  • Press Release #042216(09)-Stolen Firearms Pose a Threat to Public Safety

    Fri, Apr 22, 2016 - 12:12 PM

    The San Angelo Police Department is warning citizens that guns are being stolen from vehicles and ending up in the wrong hands.
    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.
    Since January 2016, forty-five guns have been reported stolen from vehicles and in most cases, there was no forced entry. That's forty-five guns in the hands of criminals.
    Our Officers want to remind citizens that gun safety isn?t just 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 and promote responsible gun ownership for a safer community.
    ***SAPD***

  • Press Release #042016(08)-Wanted Felon Arrested After Vehicle Pursuit

    Wed, Apr 20, 2016 - 11:44 AM

    A 37-year-old San Angelo man was arrested Tuesday afternoon after he led police on a brief pursuit in North San Angelo.
    Yesterday, San Angelo Police were called to assist other agencies with serving a Federal Parole Warrant on wanted felon Noe Cortez, Jr.
    Just before 1:30 p.m., San Angelo Police observed a blue 2002 Chevrolet Trail Blazer being operated by Cortez near the intersection of N. Chadbourne and 14th Streets. Police attempted to conduct a traffic stop but Cortez refused to stop and a short vehicle pursuit ensued through the surrounding neighborhood.
    Members of the Department's Patrol and Intelligence Division along with State and Federal Agents converged on the vehicle after it pulled into a residence in the unit block of E. 11th Street.
    Cortez was taken into custody without incident.
    During a search of the vehicle, Officers located a small amount of suspected Methamphetamine. Cortez was arrested for his outstanding warrant and later booked into the Tom Green County Jail. Additional charges are pending further investigation.
    ***SAPD***

  • Press Release #041816(07)-San Angelo Police Officer Injured by Intoxicated Driver

    Mon, Apr 18, 2016 - 02:08 PM

    A 42-year old San Angelo Police Officer was injured last night when the driver of a Ford F150 backed into his patrol car.
    The incident occurred just after 11:30 p.m. in the 300 block of Rio Concho Drive where San Angelo Police were blocking traffic while providing assistance to other law enforcement agencies.
    64-year-old Manuel Trevino Rodriguez of San Angelo was driving westbound in the 300 block of Rio Concho Drive when he encountered the detour and was instructed by Officers to turn around. Rodriguez reportedly pulled into a nearby parking lot then drove in reverse back onto Rio Conch Drive where his truck's tailgate collided with an SAPD patrol vehicle, pinning its Officer in-between the Officer's door and vehicle's passenger compartment. The Officer was retrieving something from inside his vehicle when the crash occurred.
    Officers made contact with Rodriguez and noted the odor of alcohol coming from him person. Rodriguez performed and failed standardized field sobriety testing and was subsequently arrested for Driving While Intoxicated and transported to the Tom Green County Jail.
    The injured Officer was transported to Shannon Medical Center for treatment of Minor injuries and later released. The Officer has been with the Department 7.5-years.
    ***SAPD***

  • Press Release #041816(06)-Police Investigate Aggravated Assault in North San Angelo

    Mon, Apr 18, 2016 - 11:48 AM

    The San Angelo Police Department is investigating an Aggravated Assault that left a 24-year-old woman injured this weekend.
    Officers were dispatched to a residence in the 2200 block of Shelton Street just before 10:00 p.m. Sunday night for the report of a stabbing.
    Upon arrival, they met with the victim who said she answered a knock at her front door and a man reached up and cut her with a knife. The victim said the man then ran to a white pickup truck that fled the area. The man was described as a Hispanic male that was wearing a black trench coat with grey sweat pants and a grey hoodie. The victim told Officers that she has seen the man before but did not know his name.
    The victim's minor injury was treated at the scene by San Angelo Fire Department Medics. At this time, no arrests have been made and this is an active investigation.
    If you have information about this incident or the identity of the suspect, contact Detective Michael Gaeta at (325) 657-4387. You can also contact Crime Stoppers of San Angelo. If you are the first person to provide information identifying these suspects and it leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000. Submitting a tip to Crime Stoppers is easy and always anonymous. You can call the Anonymous 24-Hour Tip Hotline at 325-658-HELP, Online at www.sanangelocrimestoppers.com or download the free Mobile App, ?P3 Tips.?
    ***SAPD***
  • Press Release #041516(05)-Police Investigate Shots Fired Call in Northeast San Angelo

    Fri, Apr 15, 2016 - 03:22 PM

    On Thursday April 14, 2016, just before 3:00 p.m., San Angelo Police Officers responded to reports of gunfire in the area of E. 18th and Oakes Street.
    Responding Officers were directed to a residence in the 700 block of E. 18th where they located evidence that gunfire penetrated the residence but did not injure any of the occupants. A dog that was outside the residence and struck by the gunfire was later euthanized at the scene by an Animal Control Officer.
    Detectives with the San Angelo Police department's Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and determined an unknown person(s) fired shots towards the residence and then fled the scene in an SUV type vehicle.
    If you have any information about this incident, call Detective Carlton Kolbe at 325-657-4351. You can also contact Crime Stoppers of San Angelo. If you are the first person to provide information identifying these suspects and it leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000. Submitting a tip to Crime Stoppers is easy and always anonymous. You can call the Anonymous 24-Hour Tip Hotline at 325-658-HELP, Online at www.sanangelocrimestoppers.com or download the free Mobile App, ?P3 Tips.?
    Investigators believe the incident is not random and may be gang related. This is an ongoing investigation and no other information can be released at this time.
    ***SAPD***
  • Press Release #040516(04)-San Angelo Police Officer Injured in Early Morning Crash

    Tue, Apr 05, 2016 - 01:42 PM

    A 32-year-veteran San Angelo Police Officer was injured early this morning following a major vehicle crash with entrapment at Humble Road and U.S. Hwy 87 North. The crash occurred around 7:50 a.m.
    52-year-old Police Sergeant Fred Dietz, Jr. was traveling westbound on Humble Rd. and stopped at the stop sign before the crash occurred. At some point, Dietz proceeded from the stop in an attempt to cross U.S. Hwy 87 when a utility truck that was traveling northbound in the right lane collided with Dietz's vehicle.
    The force of the collision caused Dietz's unmarked, white-colored 2010 Dodge Charger to pivot around and continue to travel across northbound traffic lanes and into the median towards the west side of U.S. HWY 87. Both drivers were wearing seat belts at the time of the collision and Dietz's front airbag deployed.
    Dietz was extricated from his vehicle by San Angelo Fire Department personnel and transported to Shannon Medical Center by ambulance for treatment of incapacitating injuries. Due to the severity of the injuries, Dietz was subsequently flown to a trauma care facility in the Dallas.
    The utility truck's driver, a 36-year-old resident of San Angelo and employee of Concho Valley Electric Cooperative, Inc., was not injured during the crash. The 2015 Freightliner has an estimated gross weight of 52,940 lbs.
    Several Patrol Officers and Traffic Investigators responded to the scene to divert traffic and conduct an investigation. The Department also issued a Nixle alert to citizens to avoid traveling the area. At the conclusion of the field investigation, Dietz's failure to yield to oncoming traffic was determined to be a contributing factor to the crash and a citation for Failure to Yield the Right of Way will be issued. There is no indication at this time that the truck's driver was traveling at an excessive speed and he did not receive any citations. The posted speed limit along that section of U.S. HWY 87 is 55 MPH.

    ***SAPD***
  • Press Release #040416(03)-Police Seek Public?s Help Identifying Vehicle Theft, Narcotics Suspect

    Mon, Apr 04, 2016 - 02:43 PM

    The San Angelo Police Department needs help identifying a suspect involved in a stolen vehicle pursuit.
    On Saturday, April 2, 2016, at approximately 11:07 p.m., San Angelo Police attempted to conduct a traffic stop at 14th and Volney for a traffic violation but the vehicle's driver refused to stop. A short vehicle pursuit ensued and ended when the driver bailed out of the vehicle behind 79 E. 18th Street. The driver was last seen running east down the alley, then north on Henderson. Officers searched the area but did not locate the suspect. The vehicle, a gold-colored 2008 GMC Yukon, was allegedly stolen thirty minutes prior to this incident.
    During a search of the vehicle, Police located approximately 45 grams of Methamphetamine and just over a gram of Marijuana.
    Other evidence recovered from the vehicle led police to believe the driver recently visited a West-To-Go Convenience Store. Officers responded the West-To-Go located at 7th and Chadbourne and obtained surveillance video of a subject that matched the description of the suspect who fled the pursuit. The video placed the suspect at the store around 11:01 p.m.
    He was described as a Hispanic male, age early-to-mid 30's, approximately 5?6?-5?7?, approximately 200-210 lbs., tattoos covering both arms and his neck, short black hair, wearing a blue plaid shirt and blue jeans.
    If you have information about the suspect's identity, please contact Officer Gonzalez at (325) 481-2718 and reference Need to ID Bulletin N2-6. To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247, via text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts, or call the Department's 24 Hour Tip Hotline at 1-855-TIPS-247. Detective Kelly LaJoie is the lead Investigator for this case.


    ***SAPD***

  • Press Release #040416(02)-Father-Son Duo Thwart Weekend Auto Theft

    Mon, Apr 04, 2016 - 12:09 PM

    Around 6:30 a.m. Sunday morning, San Angelo Police were dispatched to a residence in the 600 block of N. Adams Street for the report of a theft suspect who was being detained by the residents.
    Upon arrival, Officers spoke with a resident who said his son woke him up to alert him about a man who was attempting to steal their truck and that he and his son went outside to confront and detain the man with a pipe until they arrived.
    Officers detained and identified the suspect as 20-year-old Gabriel Reel. Reel smelled of alcohol and appeared to be intoxicated. Reel confirmed the residents? statements and told the Officers he only wanted to take the truck because he lived far away and needed a ride home.
    During the investigation, Reel was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia as well as several items that matched the description of items reported stolen from a vehicle burglary that occurred earlier that morning in the 300 block of N. Van Buren Street.
    During his subsequent arrest, Reel spit on one Officer. Reel also spat inside the patrol unit during his transport to jail and refused to exit the patrol unit upon arrival at the jail. Reel was eventually extricated from the patrol unit by force and taken into custody by Jail Staff.
    Reel was charged with Resisting Arrest Search or Transport, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Public Intoxication, Harassment of a Public Servant, and his outstanding Arrest Warrants. Additional charges may be filed pending the outcome of the Van Buren Vehicle Burglary investigation.
    ***SAPD***
  • Press Release #040116(01)-Police Arrest Seven in Homicide on E. 22nd Street

    Fri, Apr 01, 2016 - 04:06 PM

    Seven suspects have been charged in connection to last week's fatal shooting that left two San Angelo teens dead.
    On Thursday, March 31, 2016, 18-year-old Eric Ramos was booked into the Tom Green County Jail, charged with Murder in connection to the homicides of 17-year-old Juan Guerrero and 16-year-old Zane Lopez that occurred last Saturday evening. Two additional adult males, 17-year-old Fred Angel Garcia and 18-year-old Giliberto Reyes were taken into custody and booked early this morning; both men have been charged with Murder. In addition to the arrested adults, four male juvenile suspects have been apprehended and charged with the murders. The juveniles were taken into custody on Thursday and were booked into the Tom Green County Juvenile Justice Center. Their names are not being released.
    These arrests came as a result of an investigation that began on Saturday, March 26, 2016, at 9:46 p.m., when Officers responded to the report of a shooting in the 1100 block of E. 22nd Street.
    Officers and medical personnel arrived and located Guerrero and Lopez suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Guerrero was pronounced dead at the scene and Lopez was transported to Shannon Medical Center for treatment. Lopez later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead by medical staff around 9:32 p.m. last night. Lopez's body was transported to Lubbock this morning for autopsy.
    Members of the San Angelo Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division has continued to work tirelessly since the fatal shootings of Guerrero and Lopez, obtaining statements and forensic evidence which resulted in the probable cause to arrest Ramos, Garcia, Reyes, and the four juveniles for the charge of Murder.
    This investigation is still ongoing and no further information is available for release at this time.

    Ramos

    Garcia

    ***SAPD***
  • Press Release #033116(14)-Man Charged after Weekend Assault, Threat Incident

    Thu, Mar 31, 2016 - 03:04 PM

    39-year-old Chad Turner was charged with Class C Assault, Terroristic Threat Causing Fear of Imminent Serious Bodily Injury, and Resisting Arrest late Sunday night after he assaulted a family member, allegedly threatened a neighbor with a machete, and resisted arrest.
    Police were dispatched to Turner's residence around 9:40 p.m. Sunday night for the report of an unknown problem. As Officers were enroute to the call, they learned Turner was alleged to be in front of the residence armed with a machete.
    Upon arrival, Officers T. Tumlinson located Turner in the front yard. Turner appeared agitated and began to approach Officer Tumlinson in an aggressive manner. Turner refused several verbal commands to show his hands and to stop advancing towards Officer Tumlinson. Upon disregarding a final order to stay back, Officer Tumlinson responded to Turner's resistance by deploying his Department issued Taser at Turner, which had little effect.
    K9 Officer J. Fincher arrived to the scene and observed Turner's actions. Officer Fincher then instructed Turner to comply with Officer's commands or he would dispatch Police Service Dog Xander. Turner soon complied and was taken into custody but later resisted the Officers? search incident to his arrest.
    During the field investigation, Police spoke with witnesses who said they observed Turner strike a woman on the head several times before they arrived. Police located the victim, a 68-year-old female family member, inside the residence. The woman told the Officers she believed Turner struck her on the head with a stick. The victim was not seriously injured and she did not require medical treatment.
    Police also spoke with a neighbor, a 20-year-old San Angelo man, who told them Turner confronted him in the front yard while holding what appeared to be a machete and threatened to chop him and his family up.
    Turner was transported to the Tom Green County Jail where he was booked for the listed charges.
    The Tom Green County Crisis Intervention Unit and Adult Protective Services were contacted due to the circumstances at the scene. The machete was not located; however, Officers located and seized a hammer from the scene.
    ***SAPD***

  • Press Release #033116(13)-Police Seeking Public?s Help in Homicide Investigation

    Thu, Mar 31, 2016 - 01:05 PM

    On Saturday March 26, 2016 at 9:46 pm, San Angelo Police were sent to the 1100 block of E 22nd for a shooting victim. When Police arrived they located two victims who had been shot, 17 year old Juan Guerrero and 16 year old Zane Lopez.

    The San Angelo Fire Department arrived on scene and transported Lopez to Shannon Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. Guerrero was pronounced dead at the scene. Lopez remains at Shannon Medical Center in ICU in Critical Condition.

    Members of the Criminal Investigation Division, Special Operations Section, Narcotics, and CSI were contacted and responded to the scene to conduct an investigation. Detective C Kolbe is the lead investigator for this case. There is no other information available for release at this time.

    If anyone has any information about this homicide please contact the Detective Kolbe at 325-657-4347. You can also contact Crime Stoppers of San Angelo. If you are the first person to provide information identifying these suspects and it leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward up to $1,000. Submitting a tip to Crime Stoppers is easy and always anonymous. You can call the Anonymous 24-Hour Tip Hotline at 325-658-HELP, Online at www.sanangelocrimestoppers.com or download the free Mobile App, ?P3 Tips.?

  • Press Release #033016(12)-Aggravated Assault Suspect Crashes into Patrol Vehicle after Pursuit

    Wed, Mar 30, 2016 - 05:27 PM

    Early this morning at 12:25 am, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the Wal-Mart at 5501 Sherwood Way for an Assault call. Dispatch was informed a male subject had assaulted his girlfriend inside Wal-Mart. The assault was observed by a Wal-Mart employee. While Officers were responding to the call it was learned another Wal-Mart employee told the 17 year old female victim to get away from the male suspect. The male suspect pulled out a gun and pointed it at the Wal-Mart employee.
    The suspect and victim left the store in a black 2016 Chevrolet Cruze. As Officers were arriving at Wal-Mart the Chevrolet Cruze was seen leaving the area. Officers attempted to make a traffic stop on the vehicle and the suspect fled Officers in the vehicle at a high rate of speed. The pursuit continued east on Sherwood Way to the intersection of Sherwood Way and Garfield. The suspect attempted to turn north on Garfield and lost control of the vehicle and crashed into an occupied SAPD Patrol vehicle that was parked in the Stripes parking lot. The Officer was transported to Shannon Hospital for injuries sustained in the crash. At Shannon it was determined the Officer had not received any major injuries, was treated and later released.
    The suspect was taken into custody without further incident and was identified as 19 year old David Salas. Salas was found to be in possession of marijuana and pills he did not have a prescription for during a search incident to his arrest.
    The 17 year old victim of the assault was transported to Shannon where she was treated for her injuries.
    Detective Matthew Hawthorne was contacted and responded to conduct an investigation. At the conclusion of the investigation, Salas was charged with Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty group 3 < 28 grams, Class A Misdemeanor Assault Family Violence, Evading in a Motor Vehicle, and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
    ***SAPD***
  • Press Release #033016(11)-Police Locate, Arrest Sexual Assault Suspect

    Wed, Mar 30, 2016 - 02:34 PM

    On Tuesday, March 29, 2016, at approximately 5:30 a.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to a residence in northeast San Angelo for the report of an assault.
    Police arrived and met with a 34-year-old San Angelo woman who told them she had been sexually assaulted by a past acquaintance identified as 33-year-old Francisco E. Arambula of San Angelo.
    Additional Officers arrived and conducted a search of the residence and nearby area in an attempt to locate Arambula, but he was not located. While at the scene, Officers collected evidence and text messages Arambula sent to the victim after the incident.
    Detective J. Cannady responded to continue the investigation along with Crime Scene Investigations and it was discovered Arambula entered the victim's residence through a window. Yesterday morning, Detective Cannady applied for Search and Arrests Warrants for Arambula and Officers attempted to locate Arambula at multiple locations.
    At approximately 2:30 p.m. yesterday afternoon, members of the Department's Special Operations Section (S.O.S.) Narcotics Section, Criminal Investigations Division, and Lake Patrol Division executed the Warrants at a residence located in the 2300 block of Chestnut. Arambula was taken into custody without incident. During a search of the residence, Officers located evidence relating to the sexual assault as well as evidence that connected Arambula to a burglary that occurred at the same victim's residence on March 24, 2016.
    Arambula was charged with Felony 2 Sexual Assault and transported to the Tom Green County Jail. Detective J. Cannady is the lead Investigator on this case. Arambula has also been charged with Felony 2 Burglary of a Habitation. Detective J. Hernandez is the lead Investigator on that case.
    ***SAPD***
  • Press Release #033016(10)-Police Investigate Stabbing on W. Avenue N

    Wed, Mar 30, 2016 - 09:46 AM

    San Angelo Police are continuing their investigation of a stabbing incident that occurred around 1:22 yesterday afternoon near Angelo State University.
    Police were called to a residence in the 2500 block of W. Avenue N for the report of a stabbing. Upon arrival, ASU Police were at a residence where a man was located on top of the roof. Officers made contact with the man who told them he had been stabbed in the arm and the suspect may be inside the residence.
    San Angelo Fire Department personnel arrived and Officers utilized their ladder to assist the man off the roof. Medics treated the man, a 64-year-old resident of San Angelo, for an apparent non-life threatening stab wound before transporting him to Shannon Medical Center.
    Soon after, the alleged suspect, a 60-year-old resident of San Angelo, exited the front door. The man was taken into custody at gunpoint without further incident and detained.
    Officers made exigent entry inside the residence to conduct a search for possible victims and suspects but none were located.
    Members of the Department's Criminal Investigations Division and Crime Scene Investigations Section were called to the scene to process the area for evidence and interview the involved parties. Subsequent to their field investigation, it was learned the two men were engaged in a verbal argument over money just before the physical altercation took place. The stabbing victim told Investigators the suspect stabbed him with a knife, and the alleged suspect told Investigators he stabbed the victim in self-defense after the other man attacked him with a hammer. Investigators and Medics found injuries to both men that supported the claims.
    At this time, no charges have been filed. This incident is still under investigation. Detective M. Hawthorne is the lead Investigator for this case.
    ***SAPD***
  • Press Release #032916(09)-San Angelo Man Charged with Aggravated Kidnapping

    Tue, Mar 29, 2016 - 04:01 PM

    Jeremy Michael Herrera was charged with Aggravated Kidnapping in connection to an incident that occurred Saturday evening in the parking lot of Giz and Hums located at 1425 W Beauregard.
    San Angelo Police were called to the location around 11:30 p.m. for the report of an unknown problem. When they arrived, they met with a complainant who told them his 16-year-old nephew had been taken at knifepoint by an acquaintance.
    During the investigation, Police learned Herrera was enroute to the Desert Shadow Apartments with the victim. Police responded to the area, located Herrera and detained him.
    Detectives with the San Angelo Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and learned Herrera and several acquaintances were in the Giz and Humz parking lot earlier in the evening when Herrera discovered money was missing from his vehicle. Herrera accused the victim of taking the money, forced the victim into a vehicle at knifepoint, and drove the victim to an area near Lake Nasworthy where he threatened him at knifepoint. When Herrera did not locate the alleged stolen money, he drove the victim to the Desert Shadow Apartment Complex. The victim was not injured during the incident.
    Herrera was transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident. He remains jailed on $100,000 bond.
    Detective Michael Gaeta is the lead investigator on the case.
    ***SAPD***

  • Press Release #032816(08)-5-year-old Boy Struck by Vehicle Transporting 7-year-old Accidental Shooting Victim

    Mon, Mar 28, 2016 - 03:10 PM

    Two young children were injured Friday evening in two separate incidents that occurred inside an apartment and parking lot of the Vistas at Red Creek Apartments, 5751 Green Hill.
    San Angelo Police were dispatched to the complex around 7:30 p.m. for reports of a child struck by a vehicle and a child shooting-victim. Once on scene, Officers located a 7-year-old male gunshot victim and a 5-year-old male that had been struck by a vehicle in the parking lot. During the field investigation, Officers learned these two seemingly separate incidents were connected.
    Investigators soon learned the 7-year-old gunshot victim allegedly shot himself in the leg while playing with a handgun inside an apartment. The boy gained access to the handgun from his father, 26-year-old Andrew Crittenden, who told police he thought the gun had been emptied of live rounds before he handed the gun to his son. It was also learned that Crittenden accidentally struck a 5-year-old male victim in the parking lot when he attempted to transport his injured son to the hospital by private vehicle. Traffic investigators later determined the child ran out into the passenger's side of Crittenden's 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck while Crittenden was attempting to exit apartment complex.
    Crittenden's son was transported to Shannon Medical Center by ambulance, treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the leg, and later released. The 5-year-old was transported to San Angelo Community Medical Center, treated for minor injuries, and released.
    Detectives with the Department's Criminal Investigations Division, Crime Scene Investigations Section, and Child Protective Services responded to assist with the investigation.
    Crittenden was later charged with Endangering a Child-Criminal Negligence and transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident.
    Detective Jason Chegwidden is the lead Investigator for this case.
    ***SAPD***

  • Press Release #032416(07)-Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events Training

    Thu, Mar 24, 2016 - 12:40 PM

    On Monday March 28, 2016, the San Angelo Police Department will be hosting the Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training.
    This presentation is designed to help civilians understand what they should do if confronted with an active shooter event. The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) training, designed and built on the AVOID, DENY, DEFEND strategy developed by ALERT, provides strategies, guidance and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event. Topics include the history and prevalence of active shooter events, the role of law enforcement, and civilian response options.

    The training will be held at Central High School's Sarah Bernhardt Theatre located at 655 Caddo Street. The training will begin at 7:00 pm and last approximately one hour. There is no need to register to attend this training. This training will be open to the public ages 16 and older and is free.


  • Press Release #031916(06)-Homicide Victim and Suspect Identified

    Sat, Mar 19, 2016 - 10:08 PM

    In reference to the homicide that occurred this afternoon at the Rockbrook Apartments, the victim has been identified as 58 year old Jerry Don Barr.

    After the initial investigation of Barr's death, the suspect, 28 year old Thomas Gene Riddle, has been charged with Murder.

    There is no other information available at this time. The investigation is still ongoing at this time.


  • Press Release #031916(05)-Police Investigate Homicide

    Sat, Mar 19, 2016 - 07:55 PM

    Today, March 19, 2016, at 4:20 pm, San Angelo Police responded to the Rockbrook Apartments for an assault victim. When Police arrived, Officers met with a witness who stated her boyfriend had been assaulted inside their apartment. Officers entered the apartment and located a 58 year old white male deceased inside the apartment.

    Officers learned from the witness she had seen the suspect leaving the area when she was on her way home. The witness provided a description of the suspect. Based on the description, Officers were able to locate the suspect walking on Houston Harte near Olive Garden. The suspect, a 28 year old white male, was taken into custody without incident. It was later learned the suspect was the son of the witness.

    Detective Jason Chegwidden and Detective Michael Gaeta responded to the apartments to investigate. Detective Chegwidden is the lead investigator for this case. The cause of death appears to be blunt force trauma, but the cause of death will be determined through an autopsy.

    The names of the victim and the suspect are not being released at this time pending further investigation and notification of the victim's next of kin. There is no other information available for release at this time. More information will be released when it is available in a subsequent press release.


  • Press Release #031016(04)-Upcoming Rookie Police Officer Examination

    Thu, Mar 10, 2016 - 03:23 PM

    The City of San Angelo is seeking applicants for the April 23, 2016 Entrance Examination for Rookie Police Officer.
    Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2016 in the City's Human Resources Department located at 1 City Hall Plaza, San Angelo, TX 76903. The April 23 exam will be held at the McNease Convention Center, 501 Rio Concho Drive. San Angelo Texas, 76903. Registration is from 8:30-9:00 a.m. Applicants must present their Driver's License and Social Security Card at registration.
    Study material for the peace officer civil service entrance exam can be checked out from the Police Department's Community Services Division at 505 S. Chadbourne once an application to take the exam is filed with Human Resources. There is no charge for checking out the material.
    Applicants traveling 90 miles or more will be allowed to take the physical agility test following the written exam. All local applicants will complete the physical agility test the following Saturday, April 30, 2016. The time and location will be determined after completion of the written exam. For information about the physical agility requirements, visit http://bit.ly/SAPDRookieExamInfo.
    The San Angelo Police Department has an authorized strength of 174 sworn officers and 33 non-sworn support personnel. The department handles an average of 51,000 calls from citizens for police service every year. To maintain the highest level of efficiency, we incorporate state of the art equipment with on-going training programs.
    A law enforcement career with the San Angelo Police Department offers a challenging and exciting opportunity. We offer a full-service, professional law enforcement agency and the experience of policing in a dynamic community setting. This combination has created an environment for the men and women of the San Angelo Police Department to develop their individual potential as they grow toward meeting their personal and professional career goals.
    For information about applicant qualifications, salary, benefits, or the hiring process visit http://bit.ly/SAPDRecruitingRequirements or call the San Angelo Police Recruiting Office at (325) 657-4332 or stop by the Recruiting Office at 505 S. Chadbourne, San Angelo, Texas 76903 You can email questions directly to: recruiting@sanangelopolice.org. San Angelo is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
    ***SAPD***

  • Press Release #030416(03)-Teen Driver in Arden Road Crash Charged with Manslaughter

    Fri, Mar 04, 2016 - 02:56 PM

    A teen driver who was involved in the February 17 fatality crash on Arden Road has been charged in connection to the death of 28-year-old Adrian Hernandez.
    The driver, a 15-year-old male juvenile from San Angelo, was arrested and booked into the Tom Green County Juvenile Justice Center Wednesday.
    In the days following the deadly crash, Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department's Traffic Section, Criminal Investigations Division, and Crime Scene Investigations Section conducted a comprehensive investigation and obtained evidence to support the charge.
    Hernandez was attempting to enter onto Arden Road from Oxford Street when the teen driver's 1992 Dodge Diesel Pickup struck his vehicle. Hernandez was extricated from his 1998 Honda Accord and transported to Shannon Medical Center but later succumbed to his injuries. Investigators later determined the truck to be traveling approximately 25 miles over the posted speed limit just prior to the crash.
    CID Detective Kelly LaJoie and Traffic Investigator Ed Hunger were the lead investigators on this case. The driver's name is not releasable due to his juvenile status.
    ***SAPD***
  • Press Release #030416(02)-San Angelo Police make Arrest for Aggravated Assault

    Fri, Mar 04, 2016 - 02:42 PM

    Yesterday, March 3, 2016 at 11:35 am, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 2400 block of Sherwood Way for a subject with a gun. Officers arrived and met with the victim. The suspect had already left the area and was unable to be located at that time.

    The victim reported he had seen the suspect trying to open car doors and confronted the suspect. The suspect pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the victim prior to running away. When Officers reviewed some surveillance video that caught this incident on camera it was seen that the suspect had actually fired the handgun in the direction of the victim.

    The surveillance video was turned over to SAPD's Crime Analysts who were able to identify the suspect as 18 year old Kurt Sword. While conducting follow-up on the investigation, Sgt Doug Thomas and Detective Lynn Dye went to Stripes at 901 Glenna after it was learned Sword frequents the store. Sword was located in a car parked at the store and was taken into custody without incident. A handgun matching the description of the one used earlier was located in Sword's possession.

    Sword was transported to the Police Department to be interviewed by the lead investigator for this case, Detective Adrian Castro. Following the interview, Sword was transported to the Tom Green County Jail where he was booked for Aggravated Assault and a warrant for Fail to Identify.


  • Press Release #030216(01)-Police Investigate Crash at the Intersection of Grand Canal and S Hwy 277

    Wed, Mar 02, 2016 - 03:53 PM

    At 7:30 am this morning, San Angelo Police were notified of a crash at the intersection of Grand Canal and S Hwy 277. A green 2011 Chevrolet pickup, operated by 31 year old Boyd Brotherton, was south bound on S Hwy 277. A gray 2008 Chevrolet pickup, operated by 18 year old Jonathan Taylor was eastbound on Grand Canal. Taylor left the stop sign on Grand Canal to cross the intersection and collided with Brotherton.

    Taylor's vehicle came to rest on its passenger side on the north bound side of S Hwy 277. Members of the San Angelo Fire Department had to extract Taylor from the vehicle. Taylor sustained incapacitating injuries and was transported to Shannon Medical Center for treatment. Brotherton was transported to Shannon Medical Center, as well, with non-incapacitating injuries. Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash.

    Officer M Gesch and Sgt T Dornhecker with the Traffic Division investigated the crash. It was determined through the investigation Taylor failed to yield the right of way to Brotherton prior to the crash.

    Brotherton was treated for his injuries and was released from Shannon. Taylor's injuries included broken bones, a head injury, and other internal injuries. Taylor was admitted into the hospital and was in critical condition. There is no further update on his condition at this time.

  • Press Release #022916(24)-Police Investigate Train, Pedestrian Collision

    Mon, Feb 29, 2016 - 01:24 PM

    A 28-year-old San Angelo man is recovering from emergency surgery after a train struck him late Saturday night.
    Just before 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the Angelo Place Apartment complex located at 1426 Western Court for the report of an unknown problem. Upon arrival, Officers were flagged down by a subject who said he discovered a badly injured man lying on the railroad tracks nearby.
    Officers went to the tracks and located a male victim, later identified as Vincinte Hernandez, suffering from severe injuries he sustained from a suspected collision with a train. San Angelo Fire Department Medics responded and transported Hernandez to Shannon Medical Center where he reportedly underwent emergency surgery. Hernandez remains hospitalized and he is said to be in stable condition.
    Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department's Traffic Section, Criminal Investigations Division, and Crime Scene Investigations Section responded to the scene along with an official from the Texas Pacifico Transportation LTD. Subsequent to their investigation, it was learned Hernandez was believed to have been on or near the railroad tracks consuming alcohol prior to the collision and may have been asleep on the tracks when the train struck him. Texas Pacifico officials confirmed two trains traveled through the area where Hernandez was located around 11:30 p.m. Evidence of alcohol consumption was recovered from the area near the tracks. The train that collided with Hernandez was stopped northeast of San Angelo's city limits and the train's Conductor cooperated fully with investigators.
    A small group of people who heard Hernandez's cries for help after leaving a party at the apartment complex is credited for saving Hernandez's life. Members of the group initially thought the cries for help was a prank until one of the group's members went to investigate.
    The San Angelo Police Department wants to remind citizens that pedestrians who walk or loiter around railroad tracks are trespassing on private property and could be fined, arrested, seriously injured or killed. According to Federal Railroad Administration statistics, 892 pedestrian rail trespass casualties (fatalities + injuries) occurred in 2014. Texas is ranked number two in the nation with 42 deaths and 39 injuries [2014].
    ***SAPD***

  • Press Release #022916(23)-Police Make Arrest for Aggravated Assault after Stabbing Investigation

    Mon, Feb 29, 2016 - 01:20 PM

    aTwenty Five year old Nathaniel Gamez was arrested over the weekend for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly weapon after knife attack.

    On Saturday February 27, 2016 at 9:25 pm, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 1600 block of Austin Street for a Stabbing. Officers arrived and made contact with a witness and the victim, Carlos Hernandez. Hernandez had been attacked with a knife and was in need of medical attention. Officers provided first-aid to Hernandez until members of the San Angelo Fire Department arrived on scene. Hernandez was transported by ambulance to Shannon Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. Hernandez's current condition is unknown but it was believed at the time the injuries were not life threatening.

    During the investigation Officers located the suspect, Gamez, in an apartment at the Capri Apartments, 602 W Avenue M. Detective Adrian Castro was contacted and responded to the scene to continue the investigation. It was learned through the investigation Gamez had gone to Hernandez's residence and slashed the tires of a vehicle belonging to Hernandez. Hernandez went outside and confronted Gamez. Gamez attacked Hernandez with the knife causing him injury. Hernandez stated after he was attacked Gamez threatened to kill his family.

    Hernandez went into his house and retrieved a machete in order to protect himself and his family. Gamez was already gone when Hernandez went back outside. Hernandez was aware Gamez lives at the Capri Apartments and went there to find Gamez. When Hernandez got to Gamez's apartment, there were other people there so he left and went to call the police.

    At the conclusion of the investigation, Gamez was arrested for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

    This incident is still under investigation and additional charges may be forthcoming.


  • Press Release #022616(22)-San Angelo Man Arrested for Evading on Foot after being located by K-9

    Fri, Feb 26, 2016 - 01:48 PM

    Last night, a San Angelo man, 31 year old Curby St Mary, was arrested for outstanding warrants and Evading Arrest or Detention on Foot after fleeing from a traffic stop.

    At 11:42 pm last night, Officer P Garrett made a traffic stop near the intersection of E Avenue I and S Oakes Street on a gold colored 2001 Oldsmobile Alero for an improper right turn. As the vehicle stopped, the front passenger, St Mary, fled on foot. Patrol Officers set up a perimeter in the direction St Mary was last seen running. Officer J Fisher and his Police Service Dog (PSD) Thor responded to track where St Mary fled.

    PSD Thor led Officers to a house in the 1300 block of Duggan St where Officers located St Mary hiding in the backyard. St Mary was found to have outstanding warrants.

    St Mary was transported to the Tom Green County jail where he was charged with his outstanding warrants and Evading Arrest or Detention on Foot. Another passenger in the vehicle, 18 year old Surena Rojas, was also found to have outstanding warrants and was arrested as well. The driver, 34 year old Jonas Huereca was given a warning for the improper right turn and released at the scene.


  • Press Release #022416(21)-San Angelo Man Arrested for Burglary

    Wed, Feb 24, 2016 - 02:16 PM

    A 34-year-old San Angelo man wanted in connection with a Burglary at a local lumberyard has been arrested.
    Stephen Ross Bradley became a person of interest in connection with a Burglary that occurred at City Lumber and Wholesale January 27, 2016 where over $5,000 in tools and a company pickup truck were stolen.
    After a lengthy investigation, Criminal Investigations Detective Michael Gaeta obtained an Arrest Warrant for Bradley for State Jail Felony Burglary of a Building. Bradley was located and arrested February 22 from a residence in the 200 block of Montague Street.
    Some of the stolen property has since been located and returned. The stolen truck, a 2009 Ford F150, was located at the Christoval Estates Trailer Park on January 27. The vehicle was seized, processed for evidence, and released back to City Lumber staff.
    ***SAPD***
  • Press Release #022416(20)-Police Arrest Second Suspect from Marshall?s Parking Lot Robbery

    Wed, Feb 24, 2016 - 10:12 AM

    [Update to Press Release #022316(19)]
    The second suspect wanted in connection to the recent Robbery in the Marshall's store parking lot that left a 40-year-old woman injured has been arrested.
    18-year-old Desmond Joshua Dixon was arrested at approximately 7:35 p.m. last night in the 1500 block of S. Bell Street without incident. He was located after Officers recognized a vehicle he was associated with parked in the parking lot. Dixon was transported to the Tom Green County Jail and booked on several outstanding Arrest Warrants.
    Dixon's co-actor in the Robbery, Bentley Green, was apprehended yesterday.
    Dixon
    ***SAPD***
  • Press Release #022316(19)-Police Obtain Arrest Warrants for Robbery Suspects

    Tue, Feb 23, 2016 - 03:10 PM

    Detectives with the San Angelo Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division have obtained Arrest Warrants for two 18-year-old San Angelo men, Desmond Joshua Dixon and Bentley Green for their role in a Robbery that occurred just before 4:00 p.m. in the Marshall's parking lot, 4001 Sunset Drive on February 17, 2016.
    Police were called to the location last Wednesday to investigate the report of a vehicle burglary turned robbery. When they arrived, they located a 40-year-old female victim who was suffering from apparent minor injuries she received when she was struck by the suspect's vehicle. San Angelo Fire Department Medics responded and treated the victim at the scene.
    The victim told Officers she left Marshall's and discovered an unknown man burglarizing her vehicle. After she confronted the suspect, the man reportedly ran off and got into a nearby red/maroon-colored Honda passenger car that was being driven by another man. The vehicle then struck the victim as it fled the parking lot. Witnesses at the scene confirmed the victim's story and reported the suspect vehicle was last seen headed towards the Target shopping center.
    Investigators later developed Dixon and Green as persons of interest and recovered some of the victim's stolen property. Subsequent to the investigation, Investigators applied for Arrest Warrants for the pair.
    At approximately 12:30 this afternoon, Police located Green at a residence in the 2500 block of N. Van Buren. He was taken into custody without incident and charged with Robbery and another outstanding Warrant.
    At this time, Dixon has not been located. If you have any information about Dixon's whereabouts, call Detective Noel Anderson at (325) 657-4344 or Crime Stoppers at (325) 658-HELP.

    Dixon

    Green
    ***SAPD***

  • Press Release #022316(18)-Man Faces Burglary, Weapons Charges Stemming from Incident at 7-11

    Tue, Feb 23, 2016 - 02:36 PM

    39-year-old Jeremy Harris of San Angelo has been charged with Burglary and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon after an incident at a local 7-11 convenience store yesterday evening.
    Around 8:00 p.m. on Monday, February 22, 2016, San Angelo Police were called to assist Angelo State University Police who were out with an armed subject at the 7-11 Convenience Store located at 1719 Kenwood Street.
    ASU Police detained Harris after the store's clerk reportedly flagged down the Officer, who coincidentally arrived to the location to fuel up his patrol vehicle. Harris, who was inside the store when the ASU Officer arrived, was in possession of an unloaded handgun.
    After speaking with the clerk, Officers learned Harris entered the store and began opening and consuming various food items. The clerk noticed Harris had a gun in his waistband, texted a friend to call the police, and then left the store upon seeing ASU Police. Upon learning about Harris and the weapon, the ASU Officer immediately entered the store and took Harris into custody without incident. The ASU Officer also located evidence that Harris had opened and taken an undisclosed amount of money from the Store's safe.
    At the request of ASUPD, SAPD Detective James Hernandez was called to the scene to assist with the investigation. Harris was charged with Burglary, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon and an outstanding Arrest Warrant for Motion to Revoke Parole/Probation Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and transported to the Tom Green County Jail. Once at the jail, Harris complained of medical issues and Officers were advised to transport Harris to Shannon Medical Center for evaluation and transported back to jail once cleared by hospital staff.
    Prior to the incident at 7-11, Harris was reported to have entered the Stripes Convenience Store located at 1802 South Bryan and consumed one of the store's ice cream cones before he left without paying. Harris was subsequently issued a Criminal Trespass Warning from Stripes.
    ***SAPD***

  • Press Relese #021816(17)-Three Injured, One Dead after Major Collision on Arden Road

    Thu, Feb 18, 2016 - 02:54 PM

    At approximately 7:20 p.m. on Wednesday, February 17, 2016, San Angelo Police and Fire Department personnel were dispatched to the 3400 block of Arden Road for the report of a major motor vehicle crash with entrapment involving two vehicles.
    First responders arrived and found two involved vehicles, a tan 1992 Dodge Diesel Pickup truck and a tan 1998 Honda Accord. Due to the severity of the collision, the driver of the Honda, 28-year-old Adrian Hernandez, had to be extricated. Hernandez was transported to Shannon Medical Center where he underwent emergency surgery. Hernandez later succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by hospital staff at 12:38 a.m. The Honda's passenger, 27-year-old Aaron Nitsch of San Angelo, was transported to Shannon Medical Center for treatment of non-incapacitating injuries and later released.
    The driver of the Dodge pickup, a 15-year-old male juvenile and his 16-year-old male juvenile passenger were transported to Shannon Medical Center for treatment of various injuries and later released. The names of the juveniles are not being released at this time.
    Investigators with the Department's Traffic Section and Criminal Investigations Division were called to assist with the investigation. They determined the Honda was in the process of entering onto Arden Road from Oxford Street when the Dodge, traveling eastbound at a high rate of speed, collided with the Honda's driver- side door.
    Traffic Investigators returned to the crash scene this morning to conduct a follow-up investigation. The Area of Arden Road between Mockingbird Lane and Robin Hood Trail was closed to oncoming traffic for several hours.
    This is an ongoing investigation and charges may be filed pending the outcome of the investigation.
    ***SAPD***

  • Press Release #021716(16)-Police Seek Witnesses to Drunk-Driving Crash on Chadbourne

    Wed, Feb 17, 2016 - 10:00 AM

    The San Angelo Police Department's Traffic Section is searching for witnesses to a crash that occurred last Thursday evening in North San Angelo.
    The crash occurred February 11, 2016, at approximately 8:30 p.m. near E 28th Street and N. Chadbourne when a white 2000 Dodge Ram Pickup that was traveling northbound turned left in front of a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt that was traveling south. After the initial collision, the Dodge pickup continued into the parking lot of the private business where it collided with an unoccupied white 2011 Mini Cooper.
    The driver and passenger of the Cobalt were both injured. The Dodge pickup's driver, 47-year-old James Hall, was arrested for Intoxication Assault with Vehicle.
    If you were a witness to this crash, please call the SAPD Traffic Section at (325) 657-4307 or 657-4319. 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.
    ***SAPD***
  • Press Release #021616(15)-Racing Incident leads to Serious Injuries, Property Damage

    Tue, Feb 16, 2016 - 03:27 PM

    San Angelo Police are investigating a crash that resulted in serious injuries and over $20,000 in property damage after a street-racing incident near Angelo State University last night.
    At approximately 7:40 p.m., San Angelo Police Officer D. Welch observed two vehicles racing west at a high rate of speed in the 2700 block of W. Avenue N. Officer Welch pursued the vehicles with lights and sirens but lost sight of one of the vehicles after it turned onto Colorado Avenue at a high rate of speed. Officer Welch continued his pursuit of the second vehicle, a gray 2015 Ford Mustang, until the vehicle's driver stopped at Sherwood Way and A & M Avenue. The driver was taken into custody and identified as 19-year-old Hayden R. Archer. Based on statements made by Archer, Archer was charged with Racing on a Highway and transported to the Tom Green County Jail.
    A short time later, San Angelo Public Safety Communications received a report of a major motor vehicle crash with injuries at S. Campus Street and Colorado Avenue. Officers and San Angelo Fire Department Medics arrived and located the driver of a black 2005 Ford Mustang suffering from incapacitating injuries. The driver, later identified as 25-year-old Christopher Segura, was transported by ambulance to Shannon Medical Center where he underwent emergency surgery for multiple injuries, including several broken bones. It was later learned Segura was the driver of the second vehicle involved in the racing incident.
    During the crash investigation, Investigators learned that after Segura disengaged from the street-race with Archer, he traveled eastbound on Colorado at a high rate of speed where he collided with a black 2008 Toyota 4Runner SUV located in the 2500 block. The force of the collision caused the 4Runner to flip on its side and collide with a maroon 2003 GMC Envoy SUV. The force of this secondary collision caused the Envoy to travel to the front yard of a residence approximately three houses away. Both the 4Runner and Envoy were parked and unoccupied at the time of the crash. It was also learned that prior to the initial crash, Segura nearly collided with the driver of a vehicle after he disregarded a yield sign at Campus Blvd. and Colorado.
    Segura was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and the extent of his injuries is unknown. Archer reportedly told Officers he was traveling about 80 miles per hour during the race. Charges against Segura are pending.
    ***SAPD***

  • Press Release #021516(14)-Two Arrested for Stealing a Vehicle

    Mon, Feb 15, 2016 - 04:46 PM

    Yesterday, Sunday February 14, 2016 at 2:55 pm, San Angelo Police were sent to assist DPS with a vehicle pursuit coming into town from Grape Creek. San Angelo Police were not actively involved in the pursuit but did assist in setting up a perimeter and locating the suspects when the pursuit ended in the parking lot of Firestone in the 4300 block of Southwest Blvd.

    The suspects, 22 year old Philip Lafleur and 21 year old Candice Vidrine, fled on foot toward the old Kmart parking lot. Both Lafleur and Vidrine were located hiding in a drainage ditch. They were taken into custody without incident. After being taken into custody, a handgun was located on Lafleur's person. A second handgun belonging to Lafleur was located on the ground nearby.

    It was learned the vehicle, a black 2003 Ford F-150, Lafleur and Vidrine had been operating during the pursuit had been stolen from the parking lot of 614 W 29th Street shortly before the pursuit began. Contact was made with the owner of the vehicle and it was returned to the owner.

    Lafleur and Vidrine were transported to the Tom Green County Jail. Vidrine was charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. Lafleur was charged with Evading in a Motor Vehicle, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle as well as outstanding warrants. DPS filed the Evading in a Motor Vehicle charge and the San Angelo Police Department filed the remaining charges.
    Detective J Russell is the investigator for this case.
  • Press Release #021216(13)-San Angelo Police Investigate Intoxication Assault

    Fri, Feb 12, 2016 - 03:57 PM

    Last night, 47 year old James Paul Hall, was arrested for Intoxication Assault stemming from a traffic crash where two people were injured and transported to Shannon Medical Center.

    Yesterday, February 11, 2016, at approximately 8:30 pm, San Angelo Police responded to a motor vehicle crash in the 2800 block of N Chadbourne. A white 2000 Dodge Ram, operated by 47 year old James Hall, was northbound on Chadbourne and a white 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, operated by 18 year old Jesikah Dominguez, was southbound on Chadbourne. Hall attempted to make a left turn into a private business in the 2800 block of Chadbourne and the vehicles collided.

    After the initial collision, Hall's vehicle continued into the parking lot of the private business where it collided with an unoccupied white 2011 Mini Cooper. Hall's vehicle then collided with a post of the awning on the front of the business. The post hit the building causing damage to the building.

    San Angelo Police arrived on scene and made contact with Hall and Dominguez. Hall showed signs of intoxication. Dominguez was transported to Shannon Medical Center for her injuries sustained during the crash. Nineteen year old Jose Garcia, a passenger with Dominguez, was also transported to Shannon Medical Center with incapacitating injuries.

    Due to the nature of the injuries and Hall showing signs of intoxication, Sgt Todd Dornhecker and Officer Brian Bylsma with the Traffic Division and Detective Adrian Castro responded to the scene to conduct an investigation.

    At the conclusion of the investigation, it was determined Hall failed to yield the right of way to Dominguez while making a left turn. Due to Hall being intoxicated and being involved in a traffic crash where serious injury occurred, Hall was placed under arrest and transported to the Tom Green County Jail where he was charged with Intoxication Assault with a Vehicle.

  • Press Release #021216(12)-SAISD Students Deliver Sweet Surprise

    Fri, Feb 12, 2016 - 02:31 PM

    The men and women of the San Angelo Police Department received a sweet surprise from SAISD students yesterday during a special Valentine's Day Card Presentation.
    Students from the Fannin, Fort Concho, and Santa Rita Elementary schools arrived to the Chief's Conference Room carrying a large, specially decorated Valentine's box filled with thoughtful, hand-made cards.
    Several Officers and civilian staff members gathered as Police Chief Tim Vasquez expressed his gratitude towards the children and community as a whole for all the support they have shown.
    This is the second year students have participated in the project, one we hope will continue.
    After the presentation, the students were invited to visit with Officers before they were given a close-up look inside one of the patrol vehicles.
    ?We are all truly honored and humbled to receive such personal Valentine cards from the students. It is important that our officers know they are respected by our local children as well as our adult citizens.? ? Police Chief Tim Vasquez



  • Press Release #021116(11)-Vehicle Rollover Injures Several Teens

    Thu, Feb 11, 2016 - 05:04 PM

    The San Angelo Police Department Traffic Division is continuing their investigation into a single-vehicle rollover crash that occurred on Bentwood Country Club property last night.
    Officers were dispatched to the 1700 block of the W Loop 306 Frontage road around 9:00 p.m. for the report of a rollover crash with trapped occupants. Officers arrived to the dispatched area but did not initially locate the scene. Officers then located the involved vehicle, a silver 2004 Toyota 4 Runner, about three-tenths of a mile away on a maintained private road that runs north and south from the Loop 306 frontage road. The maintained road belongs to Bentwood Country Club.
    The vehicle's driver, a 17-year-old male, was transported to Shannon Medical Center by ambulance for treatment of incapacitating injuries. He is reported to have undergone extensive surgery and remains in intensive care. The front passenger, a 15-year-old male, was also transported to Shannon Medical Center by ambulance for treatment of unknown incapacitating injuries. Two other male passengers, ages 15, were evaluated at the scene and later released to their guardians. Two additional male passengers, ages 15 and 16, were reported to have left the scene prior to first responders? arrival.
    Evidence at the scene indicates the driver was operating the vehicle at an unsafe speed on the caliche road when he lost control of the vehicle, causing it to roll multiple times before coming to rest on the vehicle's right side.
    The driver appears to have been the only one wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash; however, police have not yet been able to speak with all of the passengers. One passenger was reported to have been traveling in the back cargo area, as this vehicle is designed to restrain five passengers. Another passenger was ejected from the front windshield.
    Names are not being released at this time. This incident is still under investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available. Charges may be forthcoming pending the outcome of the investigation.
    ***SAPD***

  • Press Release #021116(10)-In God We Trust put on SAPD Patrol Vehicles

    Thu, Feb 11, 2016 - 12:19 PM

    The San Angelo Police Department adds our Nation's Motto ?In God We Trust? to its marked Patrol Units.
    ?In God We Trust? has been our Nation's Motto since 1956 and has appeared on our currency since the mid 1860s. This motto is not only a reminder of the principles our country was founded on but has become a patriotic symbol. The San Angelo Police Department is proud to add this motto to its Patrol Units to serve as a reminder to the public the SAPD continues to hold to values our country was built upon and we are united as Americans.
    ***SAPD***

  • Press Release #021116(09)-Wanted Man out of Arlington Arrested in San Angelo

    Thu, Feb 11, 2016 - 12:00 PM

    A 19-year-old man being sought for an outstanding Aggravated Robbery Warrant out of Arlington, Texas was arrested in San Angelo yesterday.
    Yesterday afternoon, Detectives with the San Angelo Police Department's Special Operations Section received information From the Arlington Police Department that a wanted fugitive, Kahleigh M. Crittenden (DOB 09-09-96), was allegedly working for the Carnival in San Angelo.
    Around 4:30 p.m., SOS and Criminal Investigations Division Detectives positively identified Crittenden operating one of the carnival's rides located on the Midway at the Foster Communications Coliseum. When two of the Detectives approached Crittenden and identifying themselves as Police Officers, Crittenden attempted to run; however, he was immediately caught and restrained. After a brief struggle, Crittenden was arrested and transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident.
    Several plain-clothed Officers were present during the apprehension to ensure carnival goers? safety. No one was injured during Crittenden's apprehension.
    ***SAPD***
  • Press Release #021016(08)-SAPD Now Offers Citizen Response to Active Shooter Events Training

    Wed, Feb 10, 2016 - 02:29 PM

    Recently, the San Angelo Police Department had 6 law enforcement instructors certified to teach a statewide program called CRASE, Citizen Response to Active Shooter Events. The 6 instructors are Chief Tim Vasquez, Assistant Chief Jeff Fant, Sgt Cade Solsbery, Sgt Rick Tinsley, Officer Zach Upton, and Officer Tracy Gonzalez.

    CRASE is a program designed by the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) center in San Marcos, Texas. In the program, citizens will learn proper actions to take and what to expect from Police when they respond when an Active Shooter Event occurs. It is important for citizens and businesses to have a plan in place and to know how to respond to these types of events, especially, as these types of events become more common in today's society.

    The CRASE program is available at no cost to local schools, churches, businesses and non-profits in San Angelo. The duration of the training is one hour. This is a small amount of time for an organization to invest to learn information that is invaluable in the event an Active Shooter Event occurs.

    If anyone wishes to host this training for their organization please contact Sgt Cade Solsbery at 325-481-2709 or by email at ken.solsbery@sanangelopolice.org.

  • Press Release #020816(07)-Credit/Debit Card Skimmers Located in Local Fuel Pumps

    Mon, Feb 08, 2016 - 03:20 PM

    On Friday February 5, 2016 at approximately 4:15 pm, Officer L Kvittem was sent to a call at the Star Stop convenience store located at 2902 N Bryant Blvd. A credit/debit card skimmer was located inside one of the fuel pumps by a contracted employee. A credit/debit card skimmer is a device connected directly to a credit/debit card payment terminal that stores information from the card's magnetic strip to be retrieved by a criminal to make cloned credit/debit cards or access bank accounts.

    After the skimmer was located, other Start Stop stores were checked and skimmers were located at the Star Stop stores located at 705 N Main and 107 S Abe. All of the skimmers were connected directly to the credit/debit card reader inside the fuel pump and would not have been noticeable to a customer using the fuel pumps.

    The San Angelo Police Department Criminal Investigation Division is conducting an investigation to identify who placed the skimmers inside the fuel pumps. The San Angelo Police Department is also in the process of making contact with all other convenience stores in town to have their fuel pumps checked for skimmers as well. So far, the Star Stop stores at 2902 N Bryant, 705 N Main, and 107 S Abe are the only stores where skimmers have been discovered.

    The San Angelo Police Department asks citizens who have purchased fuel at the fuel pumps from any of these stores to monitor their bank accounts and credit card transactions for fraudulent transactions. If fraudulent transactions are detected, immediately contact your bank or credit card company to report the transaction and cancel your cards. An online police report should also be made through the San Angelo Police Department's website for Debit/Credit Card Abuse. Citizens can access online reporting by going to www.sanangelopolice.org and clicking on report a crime under the Programs & Services tab. The San Angelo Police Department also encourages citizens to click on Fraud and Scams under the Safety tab of the San Angelo Police Department website to learn more about identity theft, scams, and learn what steps to take if you believe you are the victim of a scam or identity theft.

    If anyone has any information about the skimmers being placed in the fuel pumps, please contact the investigator for this case, Detective L Dye, at 325-657-4332. You may also 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.

  • Press Release #020516(06)-San Angelo Man Arrested after Forgery Incident

    Fri, Feb 05, 2016 - 03:29 PM

    A 46-year-old San Angelo man remains jailed this afternoon after an attempted forgery at a local grocery store.
    Just before midnight, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the Albertsons Grocery Store located at 3121 Sunset Drive for the report of a forgery in progress.
    Police arrived and attempted to detain the suspect but the suspect fled and a chase ensued until Officers caught him as he attempted to escape through a nearby open field. The man was taken into custody without further incident and identified as Bernard Balderaz (03-15-69).
    During the investigation, Officers learned Balderaz had attempted to purchase items from Albertsons using a personal check that appeared to be forged. A Detective with the Criminal Investigations Division responded to conduct a follow up investigation and it was learned the check Balderaz attempted to use was stolen during a recent vehicle burglary. During a search of Balderaz, Police located the stolen checkbook and a suspected stolen debit card. The items were seized and tagged into evidence.
    Balderaz was charged with Evading Arrest/Detention and two outstanding County Warrants. Additional charges may be forthcoming pending the outcome of this investigation.
    One Patrol Officer received minor injuries during the chase with Balderaz. The Officer was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment and is expected to recover.
    Balderaz
    ***SAPD***
  • 020516(05)-Signs Prohibiting Concealed/Open Carry of Handguns

    Fri, Feb 05, 2016 - 09:57 AM

    The San Angelo Police Department has received several requests from business owners as to where signs can be purchased to prohibit the concealed carry or open carry of handguns. The San Angelo Police Department does not provide or sell these signs.
    If a business wishes to prohibit the carrying of concealed handguns the following must appear on the sign:
    "Pursuant to Section 30.06, Penal Code (trespass by license holder with a concealed handgun), a person licensed under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code (handgun licensing law), may not enter this property with a concealed handgun."
    This must be printed on the sign in both English and Spanish, use contrasting colors (example: white sign with black letters) with block letter at least one (1) inch in height, and the sign must be clearly visible and conspicuously displayed to the public at each entrance to the business.
    If a business wishes to prohibit open carrying handguns the following must appear on the sign:
    "Pursuant to Section 30.07, Penal Code (trespass by license holder with an openly carried handgun), a person licensed under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code (handgun licensing law), may not enter this property with a handgun that is carried openly.?
    Again, this must be printed on the sign in both English and Spanish, use contrasting colors (example: white sign with black letters) with block letter at least one (1) inch in height, and the sign must be clearly visible and conspicuously displayed to the public at each entrance to the business.
    If a business wishes to prohibit both open carry and concealed carry of handguns then both types of signs must be displayed.
    Several sign companies in San Angelo were contacted, and all have either made these signs already or have the capability to make the proper sign. The San Angelo Police Department cannot endorse a particular sign company to use. To find listings for sign manufacturing companies in San Angelo please conduct a search on the internet or utilize the yellow pages in a local phone book.












  • Press Release #020316(04)-Police Investigate Aggravated Robbery at Motel 6

    Wed, Feb 03, 2016 - 03:39 PM

    Police Investigate Aggravated Robbery at Motel 6

    Early this morning at approximately 1:30 am, San Angelo Police responded to a report of a robbery at Motel 6, 311 N Bryant Blvd. Upon police arrival, Officers met with the victim, 69 year old Kenneth Riza. Riza told Police he had met a male and a female by the pool. Riza said when he went back to his room the male and female followed him and forced their way into his room. Riza said the male suspect threatened him with a knife and tied him up. At some point the male suspect stabbed Riza with the knife. The suspects took all of Riza's property and left in Riza's vehicle.

    After the suspects left, Riza was able to get free and call the police. Riza was transported to Shannon Medical Center for treatment. Riza was admitted into the hospital and is in stable condition.

    Detective Jason Chegwidden responded to Motel 6 to conduct the investigation, and the investigation is still ongoing at this time. If you have any information about this incident, Detective Chegwidden can be contacted at 325-659-8019. 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.

  • Press Release #020316(03)-Police Investigate Home Invasion

    Wed, Feb 03, 2016 - 02:17 PM

    Last night, Tuesday February 2, 2016 at approximately 10:30 pm, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 2600 block of Lindenwood Dr for a shots fired call. The caller stated they had heard one gunshot in the area. While responding to investigate the shots fired call, a second call came in stating a family had been held a gunpoint in their home.
    Officers made contact with 25 year old Chelsea Middaugh and 24 year old Krysta Bowie at Middaugh's residence. Middaugh and Bowie reported they were in a bedroom watching TV when several males wearing dark clothing and masks entered the bedroom and pointed guns at them. The male subjects stole several items from the residence while holding the victims at gun point.
    After the male subjects left, Middaugh called her husband, 28 year old Jamie Vivian, who was at work. Vivian left work to go home and saw several males in dark clothing near Parkview and Lindenwood Dr. Vivian confronted the male subjects. During the confrontation one of the male subjects pointed a gun at Vivian and fired at him. Vivian was not injured and the male subjects ran away.
    Additional Officers arrived in the area and set up a perimeter and searched for the suspects. One of the suspects was located near Sunset Drive and Knickerbocker Rd. While Officers attempted to take him into custody the suspect actively resisted arrest. Officers were able to get control of the suspect and place him under arrest. The suspect was identified as a 14 year old male. During a search of the juvenile, property stolen during the home invasion was located on his person. Marijuana and drug paraphernalia were also located in the area where the juvenile was taken into custody.
    The juvenile was transported to the Tom Green County Juvenile Justice Center where he was charged with Burglary with Intent to Commit a Felony, Evading Arrest, Resisting Arrest, and Possession of Marijuana.
    Detective Jason Chegwidden is the lead investigator for this case, and the investigation is still ongoing at this time. If you have any information about this incident, Detective Chegwidden can be contacted at 325-659-8019. 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.

  • Press Release #020216(02)-San Angelo Police Recommends Online System to Help Citizens Keep Track of Valuables

    Tue, Feb 02, 2016 - 03:51 PM

    reportit.leadsonline.com helps San Angelo citizens safely and securely store important information that is useful in recovering property in the event of a loss or theft.
    The San Angelo Police Department would like to encourage all residents to use a free online system that will help keep track of valuable and invaluable personal property. ReportIt is a free, secure online service allowing citizens to record serial numbers and upload images for phones, electronics, and other valuables. Should those items ever be stolen, SAPD Officials say having the information will go a long way in accurately and quickly identifying your property. Citizens can access the site at reportit.leadsonline.com.
    The ReportIt service is a part of LeadsOnline, the online system that works with police across the country to track and recover stolen property. The San Angelo Police Department uses LeadsOnline to help track and recover stolen property ? everything from jewelry to sporting equipment to electronics, computers, cameras, and other items such as designer clothing, collectibles, and other items with invaluable personal worth. The system allows detectives to search for the items using a variety of parameters, including item descriptions and serial numbers. When an item is sold to a pawn or secondhand shop, the product information is entered in the LeadsOnline database and is immediately viewable by participating law enforcement agencies across the country.
    The San Angelo Police Department has used LeadsOnline since 2004 and has reported many successes using the online investigations system. Using LeadsOnline, SAPD Pawn Shop Unit Investigators have recovered on average $100,000 dollars per year in stolen property for San Angelo and surrounding residents. Recently, the LeadsOnline system helped Investigators recover a $15,000 show saddle that was stolen from a trailer located at the Foster Communications Coliseum during a recent horse show.
    Other recovered items have included valuable jewelry, camera, construction equipment, iPods, tools, computers and GPS units. With information provided by LeadsOnline, police track down thieves, develop leads in numerous cases and make arrests.
    Citizens can store serial numbers, item descriptions, pictures, and scans of receipts so items may be more easily identified in the event of theft. This record may also come in handy when filing claims with insurance providers in the event of loss. Citizens wanting to participate in ReportIt can register for the free service at reportit.leadsonline.com and begin building their personal property inventory list.
    ***SAPD***
  • Press Release #020116(01)-Police Make More Arrests in Stripes Robbery Investigation

    Mon, Feb 01, 2016 - 02:49 PM

    The investigation into the Aggravated Robbery at Stripes, 1821 N Bryant, on January 27, 2016 at 4:20 am has led to two more arrests.

    Investigators identified a 16 year old juvenile male and 23 year old Magdaleno Suniga Jr as suspects in the Robbery. A Juvenile Pick Up Order was issued for Aggravated Robbery for the juvenile male and an arrest warrant for Aggravated Robbery was issued for Suniga Jr.

    On Friday January 29, 2016 at 11:37 am, San Angelo Police arrested the 16 year old juvenile male on the Juvenile Pick up Order for Aggravated Robbery during a traffic stop at Cottonwood and Shiloh. The juvenile was transported to JJC.

    Later in the day at approximately 4:15 pm, Police arrested 23 year old Magdaleno Suniga Jr at his residence in the unit block of East Avenue J. Suniga was transported to the Tom Green County Jail and was charged with Aggravated Robbery.

    The investigation is still ongoing. There is no further information for release at this time.


  • Press Release #012916(22)-San Angelo P. D. Attains Re-Recognition Status

    Fri, Jan 29, 2016 - 11:27 AM

    On January 25, 2016, the Texas Police Chiefs Association Foundation notified the San Angelo Police Department regarding their achievement in obtaining second ?Re-Recognition Status? for their compliance with the Texas Law Enforcement Agency Best Practices Recognition Program.
    The Law Enforcement Recognition Program is a voluntary process where police agencies in Texas prove their compliance with 164 Texas Law Enforcement Best Practices. These Best Practices were developed by Texas Law Enforcement professionals to assist agencies in the efficient and effective delivery of service, the reduction of risk and the protection of individual's rights. Agencies undergo stringent reassessment every four years to maintain their status.
    While similar in nature to the national accreditation program, the Best Practices Recognition Program is easier to administer, lower in cost and is designed specifically for Texas Law Enforcement. The Texas Legislature demands a great deal of professional law enforcement in Texas and the Best Practices were specifically designed to aid Texas agencies in meeting those demands and providing the best quality of service to the people of our State.
    Since its inception in 2006, over 50 Texas Law Enforcement Agencies have been recognized and many more are currently in the process to become Recognized Agencies. While members of the Texas Police Chiefs Association recognizes and supports the national accreditation program, The Texas Best Practices Recognition Program has clearly become the Gold Standard for Texas Law Enforcement.
    The Department was the fourth Texas police department to earn recognition status since the program's inception, earning recognition status first in 2008 and Re-Recognition Status in 2012.
    The Department will be formally recognized for its Re-Recognition Status during the 2016 TPCA Annual Conference Awards & Recognition Luncheon slated for March 23, 2016 in Austin, Texas.

  • Press Release #012816(21)-Arrest Made in Aggravated Robbery Investigation

    Thu, Jan 28, 2016 - 04:06 PM

    Yesterday, January 27, 2016 at 4:20 pm, San Angelo Police arrested 17 year old Guadalupe Olvera for Aggravated Robbery stemming from the Robbery investigation at Stripes, 1821 N Bryant.

    During the investigation, Olvera was developed as a suspect and a warrant was obtained for his arrest. Olvera was located during a traffic stop at West Avenue D and South Abe Street at 4:20 pm. Olvera had been observed as a passenger in the vehicle prior to the stop.

    The investigation is still ongoing. More information will be released when it becomes available. There is no other information for release at this time.


  • Press Release #012816(20)-San Angelo Police Sergeant Awarded Unique Certification

    Thu, Jan 28, 2016 - 03:35 PM

    Tim Coffman, a Patrol Sergeant and 20-year veteran of the Department, recently acquired a unique certification from the Texas Crime Prevention Association's Mid-Winter Conference held in South Padre Island, TX.
    Sgt. Coffman is the first Officer in the Department's history to hold certification as a Crime Prevention Specialist. To be eligible for this certification, applicants must be a member of the Texas Crime Prevention Association and have prerequisite completion of Crime Prevention I, Crime Prevention II, and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design.
    Upon completion of all three courses, applicants must pass a certification examination in review of 106 hours of crime prevention training over topics such as commercial and residential security, commercial and residential security inspections, home owners insurance reduction inspections, neighborhood watch, Project Identification, National Night Out events, and several other crime prevention related programs.
    Sgt. Coffman is the 901st member of the Texas Crime Prevention Association to obtain the Certified Crime Prevention Specialist certification, the only certification of its kind currently recognized by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE).

    ***SAPD***
  • Press Release #011816(19)-Warning about Tax Phishing Scams

    Thu, Jan 28, 2016 - 11:20 AM

    At the onset of Tax Season, the San Angelo Police Department is warning consumers about ?Phishing? scams from individuals claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Scammers who are posing as tax officials are threatening Texans with fines, arrest, and other penalties if they do not immediately pay a false claim of unpaid taxes. We want to remind consumers to be vigilant and aware of dishonest individuals posing as public tax officials who use fear tactics and intimidation to cheat taxpayers out of their hard-earned money. We would also like you to know how and who to report these scams to ? even if you don?t fall for them. This release contains important information with embedded links that warrant saving for future reference.
    Phishing scams are particularly relevant during the tax season. Taxpayers receive emails with the IRS logo and/or claiming to be from the "Taxpayer Advocate Service." The email asks the taxpayer to resolve an issue with his or her "2015 filing" by clicking a link within the email. The web page accessed then solicits personal information such as the recipient's legal name and contact information. Legitimate IRS Officials recommend consumers report all unsolicited email claiming to be from the IRS or an IRS-related function to phishing@irs.gov. Recent scams have used the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) to attract potential victims. Also, if you've experienced any monetary losses due to an IRS-related incident, please report it to the Treasury Inspector General Administration (TIGTA) and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) through their Complaint Assistant to make the information available to investigators.
    Telephone scams are conducted by a caller who instructs recipients to immediately make payments for back taxes through wire transfers or a pre-loaded debit card like Green Dot MoneyPakŪ. Through ?Telephonic spoofing" techniques, the scam phone numbers appear to be that of the IRS or local police departments. Scammers have also used fake names and IRS badge numbers, and may be able to recite the last four digits of a victim's Social Security Number. In some cases, these calls have been accompanied by a fake IRS e-mail sent to support the claim. If victims appear hesitant or unwilling to comply, the caller turns hostile by threatening police arrest or the loss of one's home. If the victim does not respond to these threats, the scammer may have others call the victim pretending to be from a government entity such as a local law enforcement agency. *Officials with Green Dot MoneyPakŪ warn consumers if they give their MoneyPak number to a criminal, Green Dot is not responsible for paying you back and the funds are not insured against loss.
    Other tax scams come via paper mail, fax, fake websites, and by text message or Short Message Service (SMS). Please review the attached IRS directory designed to instruct consumers about what they should do if the receive suspicious IRS-related communication.

    What to do if you receive a suspicious IRS-related communication:

    If you receive an email claiming to be from the IRS that contains a request for personal information, taxes associated with a large investment, inheritance or lottery:
    1. Don't reply.
    2. Don't open any attachments. They can contain malicious code that may infect your computer or mobile phone.
    3. Don't click on any links. Visit our identity protection page if you clicked on links in a suspicious email or website and entered confidential information.
    4. Forward the email as-is to us atphishing@irs.gov. Don't forward scanned images because this removes valuable information.
    5. Delete the original email.
    If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS but you suspect they are not an IRS employee:
    1. Record the employee's name, badge number, call back number and caller ID if available.
    2. Call 1-800-366-4484 to determine if the caller is an IRS employee with a legitimate need to contact you.
    • If the person calling you is an IRS employee, call them back.
    • If not, report the incident to TIGTA and to us at phishing@irs.gov (Subject: 'IRS Phone Scam')
    If you receive a letter, notice or form via paper mail or fax from an individual claiming to be the IRS but you suspect they are not an IRS employee:
    Go to the IRS home page and search on the letter, notice, or form number. Fraudsters often modify legitimate IRS letters. You can also find information at Understanding Your Notice or Letteror by searching Forms and Pubs.
    • If it is legitimate, you'll find instructions on how to respond or complete the form.
    • If you don't find information on our website or the instructions are different from what you were told to do in the letter, notice or form, call 1-800-829-1040 to determine if it's legitimate.
    • If it's not legitimate, report the incident toTIGTA and to us at phishing@irs.gov.
    If you receive an unsolicited fax, such as Form W8-BEN claiming to be from the IRS, requesting personal information:
    Please send us the email or scanned fax via email to phishing@irs.gov (Subject: 'FAX'). Visit the FATCA home page and Form W8-BEN for more information.
    If you receive an unsolicited telephone call or email, involving a stock or share purchase, that involves suspicious IRS or Department of Treasury documents such as "advance fees" or "penalties":
    ...and you are a U.S. citizen located in the United States or its territories or a U.S. citizen living abroad.
    1. Complete the appropriate complaint form with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
    2. Forward email to phishing@irs.gov (Subject: 'Stock').
    3. If you are a victim of monetary or identity theft, you may submit a complaint through theFTC Complaint Assistant.
    ... and you are not a U.S. citizen and reside outside the United States.
    1. Complete the appropriate complaint form with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
    2. Contact your securities regulator and file a complaint.
    3. Forward email to phishing@irs.gov (Subject: 'Stock').
    4. If you are a victim of monetary or identity theft, you may report your complaint toeconsumer.gov.
    If you discover a website on the Internet that claims to be the IRS but you suspect it is bogus:
    Send the URL of the suspicious site to phishing@irs.gov (Subject: 'Suspicious Website').
    If you receive a text message or Short Message Service (SMS) message claiming to be from the IRS:
    1. Don't reply.
    2. Don't open any attachments. They can contain malicious code that may infect your computer or mobile phone.
    3. Don't click on any links. If you clicked on links in a suspicious SMS and entered confidential information, visit our identity protection page.
    4. Forward the text as-is, to us at 202-552-1226.Note: Standard text messaging rates apply.
    5. If possible, in a separate text, forward the originating number to us at 202-552-1226
    6. Delete the original text.
    For more information about IRS scams, visit https://www.irs.gov/uac/Report-Phishing
    ***SAPD***
  • Press Release #012716(18)-Police Investigate Armed Robberies

    Wed, Jan 27, 2016 - 11:28 AM

    Yesterday, January 26, 2016 at 4:43 pm, San Angelo Police responded to a robbery call at the H and H convenience store located at 2220 N Howard Street. The clerk reported a Hispanic male in his 20's came into the store. The clerk described the male as about 5?6?? and skinny wearing dark clothing with his face covered. The clerk stated the male suspect displayed a handgun and demanded the money in the cash register.

    When Police arrived, a perimeter was established around the store but the suspect was not located. The suspect left with an undisclosed amount of cash prior to police arrival. He has not been located at this time.

    Early this morning, January 27, 2016 at 4:20 am, San Angelo Police responded to another robbery call at Stripes located at 1821 N Bryant Blvd. The clerk reported two Hispanic males entered the store with their faces covered and displayed a handgun. One of the suspects was in dark clothing and the other was in a white shirt and dark pants. The suspects demanded money from the register and left prior to Police arrival with an undisclosed amount of cash.

    Detective C Soto with the Criminal Investigation Division is the lead investigator for both of the Aggravated Robberies. The investigations are still ongoing and there is no other information available at this time. Investigators are still in the process of determining if these robberies are related.

    If anyone has any information about these robberies Detective Soto can be contacted at 325-659-8012. 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.

  • Press Release #012616(17)-Police Continue Search for Suspect who fled Across Concho River

    Tue, Jan 26, 2016 - 04:56 PM

    San Angelo Police are continuing their investigation into identifying and locating a man who fled a traffic stop last night.
    At approximately 8:21 p.m., a San Angelo Police Officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle for expired registration near the 1100 block of Roosevelt. The vehicle pulled into the River Point Apartment complex when suddenly the driver opened the door and ran towards the Concho River. The vehicle, a grey 2004 Dodge Neon, was left in drive and continued to roll until it hit a tree? just missing a nearby carport.
    The driver, described as a Hispanic male, approximately 5?08?, 150lbs, with a short haircut, continued to run into the Concho River where he swam across an exited on the west bank.
    A perimeter of the area was established and multiple units, including a K9 Team, searched for the suspect but he was not located.
    During a search of the vehicle, Officers located a loaded handgun, a small quantity of methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and a wallet that was determined stolen during a prior incident.
    The vehicle's registration sticker was also identified as belonging to a different vehicle and was seized. Attempts to contact the vehicle's registered owner were unsuccessful.
    If you have any information about the identity of the suspect, call (325) 657-4264. Anonymous tips can be made 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.
    ***SAPD***

  • Press Release #012616(16)-Police Investigate Aggravated Robbery

    Tue, Jan 26, 2016 - 04:09 PM

    Yesterday, January 25, 2016 at approximately 10:00 pm, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 7-11 in the 2200 block of N. Chadbourne for a report of a robbery.
    The store clerk stated a Hispanic male came into the store wearing a hood covering his head. The suspect approached the counter and pulled out a black handgun and demanded the money from the register.
    The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, approximately 5 foot 7 inches and in his late twenties to early thirties. The suspect wore two hoodies. The outside hoodie was black in color and had a white ?3? on the right arm. The second hoodie was black in color and had a blue ?Superman? symbol in the middle.
    The suspect left the store with an undisclosed amount of cash. The suspect has not been located at this time.
    Detective Noel Anderson is the lead investigator for this case. If you have any information about this robbery or can identify the suspect, Detective Anderson can be contacted at 325-657-4344. 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. You can also call the Crime Stoppers Anonymous 24-Hour Tip Hotline at 325-658-HELP; submit a web-tip at http://bit.ly/CrimeStoppersWebTip or you can text CSSA plus your message to CRIMES.

  • Press Release #012216(15)-Police Recover Stolen Body Armor

    Fri, Jan 22, 2016 - 01:12 PM

    Yesterday January 21, 2016, San Angelo Police made several arrests during an investigation to recover stolen body armor. The charges included Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Prohibited Weapon.

    On Wednesday January 20, 2016, San Angelo Police took a report for a Burglary of a Motor Vehicle at Target. The victim reported he is in the military and had body armor stolen from his vehicle. Through investigation, 32 year old Jeffrey Munoz was developed as a suspect in the Burglary.

    Through a joint investigation involving members of the San Angelo Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division, Narcotics Division, Special Operations Section, Patrol Division, and Lake Patrol Division, Munoz was located in the parking lot of Goodwill, in the 4200 block of College Hills. Munoz had an outstanding Warrant for his arrest and was taken into custody without incident. Munoz was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine. The passenger in the vehicle was identified as 23 year old Kevin Thompson. Thompson had outstanding city Warrants and was taken into custody. Thompson was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine. It was also learned both Munoz and Thompson had committed a theft while inside Goodwill.

    During the investigation, it was learned the stolen body armor was located inside a residence in the 1800 block of S Hill Street. Detectives and Officers went to this residence and made contact with 50 year old Frank Mayo. Detectives were able to get consent to search the residence and the stolen body armor was located and recovered.

    Also during the course of the investigation, a short barrel shotgun was located and was linked back to Mayo. Mayo was arrested for the shotgun.

    Mayo, Munoz, and Thompson were all transported to the Tom Green County Jail. Mayo was charged with Possession of a Prohibited Weapon. Munoz was charged with a County Warrant for theft, Class C Misdemeanor Theft, and Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 less than 1 Gram. Thompson was charged with City Warrants, Class C Misdemeanor Theft and Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 less than 1 Gram.

    Detective Matthew Hawthorne is the lead investigator for this case. Further charges may be forthcoming pending further investigation.


  • Press Release #012216(14)-Driver Injured in Early Morning Crash between Pickup Truck, 18 Wheeler

    Fri, Jan 22, 2016 - 12:01 PM

    Around 6:21 a.m. this morning, Police were dispatched to the 4100 block of Arden Road for the report of a major motor vehicle crash with injuries.
    Upon arrival, Officers located a collision between a black 2008 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck and an 18-wheeler. The driver of the pickup, a 24-year-old San Angelo man, was transported to Shannon Medical Center by ambulance for treatment of incapacitating injuries. His current condition is unknown. The driver of the 18-wheeler, a 28-year-old resident of Piedras Negras, Mexico, sustained minor injuries and was evaluated at the scene by San Angelo Fire Department Medics.
    During the crash investigation, it was learned the pickup was traveling westbound on Arden Road above the posted speed limit when it noticed the 18-wheeler in the roadway, attempting to back into a vacant lot. Evidence at the scene shows the pickup's driver applied the brakes approximately 239 feet before it crashed into the cab of the 18-wheeler. The force of the collision caused extensive damage to both vehicles. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts.
    Crash Investigators list the pickup's speed as the contributing factor to this crash.
    The 18-wheeler, registered to Express Navarrete Trucking out of Eagle Pass, Texas, was delivering a payload of bricks to a nearby brickyard.
    San Angelo Police issued a Nixle Alert for morning commuters to avoid the area. Traffic was diverted from the scene for nearly two and a half hours. San Angelo Fire Department, Tom Green County Sheriff and DPS units assisted at the scene.
    Citations may be issued pending the outcome of this crash investigation.
    ***SAPD***

  • Press Release #012116(13)-Pedestrian Involved in Crash Succumbs to Injuries

    Thu, Jan 21, 2016 - 02:29 PM

    A pedestrian involved in an early morning crash on N US 67 has succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash.

    At 6:40 am, San Angelo Police responded to a crash in the 4200 block of N US 67 involving a white 2013 Ford F-250 and a pedestrian. Officer Ed Hunger with the Traffic Division investigated the crash.

    Through the investigation, it was learned the white Ford was operated by 69 year old Lloyd Beesley who was traveling from San Angelo to Miles. The pedestrian, 57 year old Michael Earl Pullin, was walking in the center of the outside lane in the same direction. According to Beesley, he did not see Pullin until he was close to him. Beesley was unable to avoid colliding with Pullin. Beesley stated it appeared Pullin was attempting to hitchhike.

    Pullin was transported to Shannon Medical Center for treatment of unknown injuries. While at Shannon, it was determined Pullin had serious internal injuries. Pullin succumbed to his injuries at 9:04 am. Pullin was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace J.P. McGuire.

    As a result of the investigation, it was determined Pullin failed to yield the right of way to the vehicle. No citations were issued. The investigation is still ongoing at this time.

  • Press Release #011416(11)-SAPD Watched More than Facial Hair Grow during November Fundraiser

    Thu, Jan 14, 2016 - 03:16 PM

    In November, the San Angelo Police Department teamed up with other Texas law enforcement agencies to form the ?Beard Patrol?, raising money and awareness for the Testicular Cancer Foundation (TCF) located in Austin, Texas.
    SAPD Officers and civilian employees who participated in ?No Shave November? by contributing $25 per pay period directly to the TCF website were permitted to grow facial hair. Female Officers participated by making a donation and local citizens were also invited to join in.
    The fundraising campaign was well received and by mid-November, Police Chief Tim Vasquez decided to extend the campaign through December and the ?growing? of facial hair continued? but that wasn?t the only thing that grew. At the close of the campaign, over 55 employees and local anonymous donors contributed $3,600 helping the 2015 Beard Patrol collectively raise $9,218.
    The mission of the TCF is to provide education and support to men diagnosed with testicular cancer, provide support to families of testicular cancer patients, and to share its resources with the medical and healthcare communities, schools, and various young men's groups. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in males ages 15-35 and is 99% treatable if diagnosed in stage one.
    Two years ago the TCF partnered with the Travis County Sheriff's Office in a November Beard Patrol challenge where, for a $25 donation, the Deputies were allowed to grow goatees and beards to raise awareness and support the TCF. Last year, the Austin Police Department also participated. This year the TCF reached out to other Police Departments and Sheriff's Departments around the state to participate.
    Beard Patrol 2015:
    San Angelo Police Department $3,600
    Temple Police Department $2,175
    Waxahachie Police Department $2,150
    Belton Police Department $655
    Victoria Police Department $587
    Morgan's Point Resort Police Department $25
    Ted Oak Police Department $0
    [Totals may increase as other agencies close their respective campaigns http://tcf.causevox.com/team/beardpatrol]
    Chief Tim Vasquez
    Sgt. Martin Stuart
    Officer Rick Tinsley
    Officer Kyle Green
    ***SAPD***

  • Press Release #011416(10)-Update to Pedestrian Hit & Run Investigation

    Thu, Jan 14, 2016 - 01:53 PM

    At approximately 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, San Angelo Police Department Traffic Investigators took possession of a possible suspect vehicle that may have been involved in Tuesday morning's hit and run involving a pedestrian.
    The vehicle was located at a residence in San Angelo and transported to one of the Department's evidence holding areas. Specific details are not being released at this time as the driver of the vehicle has not been contacted and the investigation is ongoing.
    Investigators began searching for the suspect vehicle Tuesday morning after the driver of a red SUV struck a pedestrian who was crossing the street at Gunter and W Avenue Q streets. The pedestrian victim, 75-year-old Frederick Alley, is reported to be in stable condition.
    This is an active investigation and no other information is available at this time. If anyone has any information about this incident please contact the Traffic Division at 325-657-4307. 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.
    ***SAPD***
  • Press Release #011216(09)-Juvenile Leads Police in Vehicle Chase

    Tue, Jan 12, 2016 - 02:29 PM

    Yesterday, January 11, 2016 at approximately 11:00 pm, Officer K Green initiated a traffic stop on a red 1996 Jeep Cherokee for a defective License Plate light in the 1000 block of Martin Luther King Dr.

    The driver ignored Officer Green's lights and sirens and actively tried to get away at a high rate of speed. The driver of the red Jeep went north on N Bryant Blvd from 14th Street driving at approximately 70 mph. The driver eventually pulled into a parking lot in the 2400 block of N Bryant where the driver, a 15 year old juvenile male, was taken into custody without incident.

    A passenger in the vehicle, 17 year old Ivan Alvarez, had outstanding warrants and was transported to the Tom Green County Jail for booking. The juvenile driver was transported to the Juvenile Justice Center where he was booked for Evading in a Motor Vehicle.

  • Press Release# 011216(08)-Police Investigate Hit and Run Involving Pedestrian

    Tue, Jan 12, 2016 - 10:54 AM

    This morning at 7:19 a.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to the area of W Avenue Q and S Bryant Blvd for a hit and run accident involving a pedestrian.

    Officer E Hunger and Officer T Gibson with the traffic unit investigated the crash. Through the investigation it was learned a faded red 1980s model SUV was traveling west on Avenue Q as 75 year old Frederick Alley was crossing the street at the intersection of Gunter and W Avenue Q. The vehicle collided with Alley and continued west on Knickerbocker. Alley was transported to Shannon Medical Center with incapacitating injuries and is in stable condition.

    Any damage on the SUV will likely be on the front left side of the vehicle. If anyone has any information about this crash please contact the Traffic Division at 325-657-4307. 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.


  • Press Release #011116(07)-Burglar with Blue Warrant Caught Red Handed

    Mon, Jan 11, 2016 - 02:42 PM

    On Saturday, January 9, 2016, San Angelo Police Officers were dispatched to a residence in the 1800 block of Dena Drive for the report of a burglary in progress. While enroute to the location, responding Officers received information that a male and female suspect fled the area in a red Ford pickup truck. A witness to the burglary also provided police dispatch with the truck's license plate number.
    While enroute to the call, Officer B. Stewart observed the suspect vehicle traveling in the area. Officer Stewart stopped the vehicle and identified the driver as Michael Trammell (DOB 06-26-72) and his female passenger as Heather Cochran (DOB 02-16-83), both from San Angelo. During a record's search, Trammell was found to have two outstanding Arrest Warrants and was placed under arrest. Officers also located the suspected stolen items from the burglary inside the truck's bed.
    Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and determined Trammell and Cochran entered the property on Dena Drive and stole the items from a shed.
    Trammell and Cochran were both charged with Burglary of a Building. Additionally, Trammell was charged with his Parole Violation Warrant (Blue Warrant) and another outstanding County Warrant. Both were transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident.

    ***SAPD***

  • Press Release #011116(06)-Citizens? Police Academy Accepting Applications for Spring Session

    Mon, Jan 11, 2016 - 10:57 AM

    The San Angelo Police Department is accepting application for this year's Citizens? Police Academy, slated for March 1 through April 7, 2016.
    The academy is designed to familiarize those attending with the divisions, sections and units within the agency and to discuss the functions of the San Angelo Police Department. Students will also participate in practical exercises, including how to handle traffic contacts and use the firing range.
    The Citizen's Police Academy meets for five weeks on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6-9 p.m. There will be no classes the week of spring break.
    The cutoff date to register is January 29.
    Those interested in attending the academy can call the Community Services Division at 325-657-4331. Applications are available online or in person at 505 S. Chadbourne St.
    ***SAPD***
  • New Ordinance to Prohibit Texting while Driving Begins Saturday

    Fri, Jan 08, 2016 - 03:39 PM

    New Ordinance to Prohibit Texting while Driving Begins Saturday

    Recently, the San Angelo City Council passed an ordinance that prohibits texting while driving. The ordinance takes effect on Saturday January 9, 2016, and states if you are operating a motor vehicle on a public street, you cannot text or use software applications. There are a few exceptions when texting or using applications would be allowed and they are as follows:

    ? While legally parked or stopped out of traffic
    ? While dialing or talking on the cell phone or other device
    ? To read directions when using the device as a navigation system (travel map)
    ? To call for police, fire or ambulance assistance to report an emergency such as a traffic accident, crime in progress or medical emergency
    ? In conjunction with voice operated, hands-free (blue-tooth) or push to talk technology

    A violation of this ordinance will be filed through the San Angelo Municipal Court and will carry a fine not to exceed $500.00.

    Beginning Saturday January 9, 2016, San Angelo Police officers will be stopping motorist who are observed violating the ordinance. Except in extreme circumstances, written warning citations will be issued through February 29, 2016 in an effort to educate drivers about the ordinance and give them the opportunity to adjust to the new restrictions. Beginning March 1, 2016, officers will begin taking full enforcement measures and will utilize their discretion on whether or not a citation is issued.

    There have been some questions as to how the ordinance will be enforced. If a Police Officer sees a driver using a wireless communication device in a manner that reasonably infers the driver is texting or using an application in violation of the ordinance, the Officer will have probable cause to stop the driver. Whether a citation will be issued is at the discretion of the Officer. An Officer cannot inspect, seize, or take possession of the driver's phone unless authorized by State or Federal Law. However, the driver can give consent for the Officer to inspect the phone if the driver believes one of the exceptions to the ordinance applies.

    The San Angelo Police Department encourages drivers to be aware of the provisions of the ordinance and make a conscious effort to comply. The ordinance can be found online at www.cosatx.us/government/city-attor..., and more information on frequently asked questions can be found on the SAPD web page, www.sanangelopolice.org.

  • Press Release #010416(04)-San Angelo Man Arrested After Theft, Foot Chase

    Mon, Jan 04, 2016 - 04:02 PM

    A 27-year-old San Angelo man was arrested Saturday afternoon after he shoplifted and led police on a brief chase.
    On January 2, 2016, Officers were dispatched to the Walmart Supercenter located at 5501 Sherwood Way around 4:30 p.m. for the report of male shoplifter who fled the store after he was confronted by Loss Prevention Staff.
    While enroute, Officers located a man who matched the suspect's description walking in the 5000 block of Sherwood Way. Officers activated their vehicle's lights and attempted to make contact with the man; however, the man fled across traffic lanes and ran into the field located behind Target.
    Police caught up with the suspect and took him into custody without further incident. He was identified as James Davis (DOB 04-27-88).
    Davis was charged with Felony Enhanced Theft of Property Two or More Previous Convictions, Felony Enhanced Evading Arrest/Detention with Previous Convictions and Criminal Trespass.
    ***SAPD***

  • Press Release #010416(03)-San Angelo Man Arrested for Aggravated Assault and Aggravated Kidnapping

    Mon, Jan 04, 2016 - 03:31 PM

    A San Angelo man, 30 year old Orlando Gatica, was arrested on January 2, 2016 for Aggravated Assault and Aggravated Kidnapping after an incident in the 1000 block of Tarver St.

    On January 2, 2016 at 9:25 pm, San Angelo Police were dispatched to a call for a subject with a weapon in the 1000 block of Tarver St. The suspect, Gatica, had left the scene in a blue 2014 Chevrolet pickup prior to Officers arriving on scene. Officers met with one of the victims, Julio Arzeno, who stated he was visiting his son when Gatica pulled in front of the house and threatened to shoot him. Gatica was holding a handgun at the time he made the threat.

    While Officers were investigating at the scene of the incident, Gatica was located driving at a high rate of speed in the area. Officers were able to catch up to Gatica in the 200 block of S Browning where he fled on foot. Officers lost sight of Gatica, but he was ultimately located in a shed behind a residence in the 200 block of S Browning. He was taken into custody without incident. While looking for Gatica, Officers located the handgun Gatica had in his possession. The handgun was discovered to be a very realistic BB gun.

    A female victim, Makishia Mejia, was located in the vehicle Gatica had been driving. Mejia stated she had been at her residence in the 1000 block of Tarver St when Gatica pulled up and threatened Arzeno. Gatica then told her to get in the car with him or he would shoot the house. Mejia was concerned for the safety of children in the house and got in the vehicle.

    Detective Michael Gaeta was called to the scene to continue the investigation. At the conclusion of the investigation, Gatica was transported to the Tom Green County Jail and charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Aggravated Kidnapping.

  • Press Release 010416(02)-Man Jailed after Violent Confrontation with Citizen, Police

    Mon, Jan 04, 2016 - 03:14 PM


    A San Angelo man was arrested Sunday after a violent confrontation with a citizen and police.
    Police were dispatched to the area of Edmond Blvd. and Van Buren Street around 3:00 p.m. for the report of a man walking in the street, inhibiting the flow of traffic and yelling at passing vehicles.
    Upon arrival, a San Angelo Police Officer located the man who was exhibiting behavior that indicated he may have been under the influence of an unknown intoxicant. The Officer made contact with the man who then became combative towards him. While engaged in the struggle, the Officer used his department issued Taser on the man to gain compliance but the Taser had no effect. Several citizens who witnessed the attack on the Officer attempted to help until backup Officers arrived.
    The subject was eventually taken into custody and identified as Timothy S. Swinehart (DOB 05-03-82) of San Angelo.
    During the field investigation, Officers learned that prior to their arrival Swinehart confronted and assaulted a man in front of a nearby residence. The victim told Officers he and his child were exiting his residence when Swinehart confronted him. The victim was able to secure the child in his vehicle before Swinehart began his assault. The victim and the child were not injured and the victim did not pursue charges.
    Swinehart was transported to the Tom Green County Jail and charged with Public Intoxication and Resisting Arrest Search or Transport.
    ***SAPD***
  • Press Release #010116(01)-Woman Arrested After Shooting Incident in Northwest San Angelo

    Fri, Jan 01, 2016 - 04:26 PM

    Just after 4:00 a.m. this morning, San Angelo Police were dispatched to a residence in the 1500 block of North Street for the report of shots fired. Upon arrival, a young male approached the officers and told them he had been shot. Officers also observed several people physically fighting in the front yard of the residence.
    Officers attempted to break up the fights; however, the subjects would not comply and became aggressive. Additional units and nearby Tom Green County Sheriff Deputies arrived to assist with control of the scene. Officers also administered emergency triage to the shooting victim until Medics arrived. The shooting victim, a 15-year-old male from San Angelo, was transported to Shannon Medical Center by ambulance where he was admitted for treatment of gunshot wounds to his arm and hand. His current condition is unknown.
    Subsequent to the investigation, Detectives learned the shooting arose from a verbal dispute involving several family members that became physical. At some point during the altercation, one family member retrieved two firearms, allegedly in an attempt to break up the fights. The man's wife, later identified as Sophia Bara (DOB 08-08-81) of San Angelo, grabbed one of the firearms and threatened the family members. The gun then discharged and struck the victim.
    Two additional victims were also treated at Shannon Medical Center for minor injuries they sustained in the physical altercation.
    Bara was charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and transported to the Tom Green County Jail. No other arrests have been made but additional charges may be forthcoming.
    This is an ongoing investigation and no further information is available at this time.
    ***SAPD***

  • Press Release #123115(15)-Open Carry Law Starts Tomorrow

    Thu, Dec 31, 2015 - 03:00 PM

    Citizens who possess a current and valid Concealed Handgun License or a new Hand Gun License will be allowed to open carry handguns beginning tomorrow. In addition to having a valid license to carry a handgun, the license holder must carry the handgun in a belt holster or shoulder holster, and be able to present the valid license to a Peace Officer upon request.

    Some of the locations where handguns are not permitted to be carried are the physical premises of a school or a school function, school transportation, the secure area of an airport, polling locations on the day of an election or while early voting is in progress, premises of courts or court offices, correctional facilities, hospitals or nursing homes, on the premises of a business where 51% or more of its income is derived from the sale or service of alcohol, and at governmental meetings when it is posted that the carrying of handguns or firearms is prohibited.

    In addition to these locations, individual business and property owners can prohibit the carrying of concealed handguns, the carrying of open handguns, or both. Business and property owners can post the notice at the entrance to the premises or give verbal notice. Also, a license holder cannot carry a handgun openly or concealed if they are intoxicated.

    The San Angelo Police Department asks citizens to exercise their rights to carry open and concealed handguns responsibly. License holders should ensure they are familiar with sections 30.06, 30.07, 46.03, and 46.035 of the Texas Penal Code to ensure compliance with the law and a full listing of where the open carrying or concealed carrying is prohibited as only a few are listed in this press release.

    The SAPD also asks citizens not to interfere with the rights of those who carry handguns openly or concealed, but if you see something suspicious or reckless please call 911.


  • Press Release # 123015(14)-Police Sergeant Retires after Nearly 30 Years of Service

    Wed, Dec 30, 2015 - 04:36 PM

    Today, the San Angelo Police Department celebrated the career of Police Sergeant Rusty Herndon during a retirement ceremony at the McNease Convention Center.

    Sgt Herndon was hired by the San Angelo Police Department on March 1, 1986. After completion of the Police Academy, Sgt Herndon was assigned to the patrol division until October of 1988 when he transferred to the Criminal Investigation Division. While assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division, Sgt Herndon investigated Crimes against Persons. Sgt Herndon worked in CID until April of 1997 when he promoted to the rank of Sergeant.

    During his first year as a Sergeant, Sgt Herndon was the supervisor for the DARE and GREAT programs. From July 1998 until September 2000, Sgt Herndon was assigned as the Patrol Administrative Supervisor. Beginning September 1, 2000, Sgt Herndon was assigned as a Patrol Shift Supervisor until her transferred to the Training Division as the Training Director on June 1, 2004.

    On September 1, 2006, Sgt Herndon returned to Patrol as a Day shift Supervisor. In November of 2007, Sgt Herndon transferred back to the Criminal Investigation Division as a supervisor where he supervised Detectives investigating Crimes Against Persons. When the San Angelo Police Department changed to Sector Policing, Sgt Herndon became the supervisor for Sectors 3 and 4, as well as the Crimes Against Children Investigators. Sgt Herndon has remained a supervisor in CID since 2007. During his tenure as a supervisor in CID, Sgt Herndon was awarded the Investigative Supervisor of the Year award for 2008-2009.

    In addition to his normal duties, Sgt Herndon has also served as the Crisis Negotiation Team Leader since 2006. Sgt Herndon has also participated in the National Police Shooting Championship since 2006. Sgt Herndon won the Overall National Champion ?Classified? Revolver in 2006, Overall National Champion ?Marksman? Revolver 2007, over 35 first place individual National Police Shooting Championship awards in Revolver, Semi-Automatic, and Service Weapon, and 8 first place National Police Shooting Championship team matches.

    Sgt Herndon will retire tomorrow December 31, 2015 after 29 years and 10 months of service to the San Angelo Police Department. Sgt Herndon has been a valuable member of the San Angelo Police Department and will be truly missed. The San Angelo Police Department wishes him well in his retirement.


  • Press Release #122815(13)-Fake News Stories in San Angelo

    Mon, Dec 28, 2015 - 02:31 PM

    Over the weekend, two fake news stories about incidents in San Angelo surfaced on Facebook. The first story was about a car crash with three fatalities and seven injuries. The second story was in reference to a shooting at a park where six were claimed to be killed with 10 wounded. The San Angelo Police Department has not responded to any calls like this and these stories are not real.
    The stories were posted on Facebook under a community page titled San Angelo Breaking. There are several stories from local media outlets posted to the page along with the two fake news stories. The San Angelo Police Department wants citizens to be aware of this page and the fake stories. The SAPD also wishes to remind citizens in the event these types of incidents occur, the story will be found on the websites and Facebook pages of our verified local media outlets as well as the San Angelo Police Departments Facebook page.

  • Press Release #122315(12)-Intoxicated Driver Arrested After Hit and Run on Houston Harte

    Wed, Dec 23, 2015 - 03:32 PM

    Just before 9:00 p.m. last night, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 4300 block of the W Houston Harte Expressway for the report of a two-vehicle crash.
    While enroute, responding Officers received information that one of the vehicle's drivers fled the crash scene on foot along with a child, and were headed towards the Olive Garden Restaurant.
    Responding Officers arrived and located the female and young child hiding in a culvert across from Cavender's Western Outfitter. The woman was identified as Leslie Zapata (DOB 06-10-90) of San Angelo and confirmed to be the driver. During the investigation, Officers smelled the odor of alcohol coming from Zapata and suspected she was driving while intoxicated. Zapata was also found to have three outstanding arrest warrants. It was also determined that Zapata and the 4-year-old male child were not injured during the crash.
    During the investigation, Police determined that a 28-year-old San Angelo man was operating a 2006 Saturn SUV on the frontage road when Zapata exited the ramp at a high rate of speed and collided with his vehicle. The collision caused Zapata to lose control of her vehicle, a 2003 Hyundai Elantra, before coming to a rest in a nearby ditch. The driver of the Saturn and his 32-year-old female passenger were not injured in the crash.
    San Angelo Police obtained a Child Safety Seat from the Tom Green County Sheriff's Office and transported the child to a family member's home.
    Zapata was arrested for the outstanding warrants and Driving While Intoxicated with a Child Passenger Under 15YOA and transported to the Tom Green County Jail where she submitted a breath specimen.
    Zapata received citations for Fail to Control Speed and transporting a child passenger without a Child Passenger Safety Seat System.


  • Press Release #122315(11)-Justice for Joe Lopez

    Wed, Dec 23, 2015 - 01:57 PM

    Yesterday, San Angelo Police arrested Christopher Lee Mata (DOB 02-16-76) and Nicole Lorelle Johnson (DOB 05-02-75) of San Angelo in connection to the fatal hit and run crash that occurred on South Chadbourne Street in August that resulted in the death of 21-year-old Joe Carlos Lopez.
    Yesterday afternoon, Detectives with the Department's Criminal Investigations Division obtained Arrest Warrants for Mata and Johnson and located the pair just before 4:00 p.m. at Lone Star Meat Packing, 2150 E 37th Street. Mata and Johnson were taken into custody without incident and subsequently booked into the Tom Green County Jail for 2nd Degree Felony Failure to Stop and Render Aid (Accident Involving Death).
    Mata and Johnson became persons of interest in mid-September after police received an anonymous Crime Stoppers tip from someone who had viewed a video plea for help featuring Lopez's mother, Rose Lopez. [http://bit.ly/Justice4JoeLopez]
    After following up on the tip, Police developed information about the location of the white 2002 Ford Expedition driven at the time of the crash, as well as information about the pair's efforts to conceal the incident by repairing and eventually discarding the vehicle.
    Lopez was killed as he was riding his skateboard on Chadbourne Street near East Avenue I on August 2, 2015 around 2:30 a.m. The suspect vehicle's color, make and model were discovered after police obtained surveillance video from a location near the crash site.
    Since Lopez's death, members of the Department's Traffic Section, Criminal Investigations Division, Patrol Division, Crime Analysis Unit, CSI Unit, Special Operations Section, Narcotics Section, Crime Stoppers Unit, and Office of Public Information have worked together to follow leads and locate the persons responsible for Lopez's death and help bring closure to his family.
    ***SAPD***

  • Press Release #122215(10)-Two Arrested in August Skateboard, Vehicle Fatality Hit & Run

    Tue, Dec 22, 2015 - 08:04 PM

    San Angelo Police have arrested two people in connection with the death of 21-year-old Joe Carlos Lopez, the skateboarder who was struck by an SUV on South Chadbourne Street on August 2, 2015.
    Christopher Lee Mata (DOB 02-16-76) and Nicole Lorelle Johnson (DOB 05-02-75) of San Angelo were arrested this evening and charged with Felony Failure to Stop and Render Aid (Accident Involving Death).
    Addition information, including details that led to the arrests, will be released tomorrow.



  • 122215(09)-?Tis the Season to be Jolly and Aware of Thieves, Burglars

    Tue, Dec 22, 2015 - 10:32 AM

    Holiday Crime Prevention Tips
    'Tis the season to be jolly, but it is also the season to be wary of burglars, thieves, and other holiday grinches ? and nothing can ruin the Christmas spirit faster than becoming the victim of a crime.
    Unfortunately, burglars view the holiday season a little differently?for them, it is a time of opportunity to burglarize your home for cash, credit cards, and gifts. The following are a few strategies that will help you protect your home and enjoy the holidays without incident:
    • Be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave your house or apartment, even for a few minutes.
    • Don?t openly display your Christmas tree and gifts in the front window so it's easily visible from the street. It's too tempting for a potential criminal to smash the window and grab the wrapped packages or plan a later break-in based on their earlier observation.
    • Don?t advertise ?Burglars look for occupancy cues like outdoor lights burning 24 hours a day, piled up newspapers, mail, or advertising flyers hanging on the doorknob.
    • If you?re leaving town for the holidays, add your residence to the Department's House Watch list. Register online at http://bit.ly/SAPDHouseWatch or call the SAPD's Desk Duty Officer at (325) 481-2696.
    • Don?t leave descriptive telephone answering machine messages like, ?You?ve reached the Wilson's?we?re away skiing for the Christmas holidays?please leave a message.? Bad guys love to hear that they have plenty of time to break in and completely ransack your home.
    • Use an inexpensive light timer when you are away and ask a neighbor to pick up your newspapers and mail.
    • If you go out for the evening, turn on lights and a radio or television so the house or apartment appears to be occupied.
    • Burglars know to look for the hidden door key near the front entrance. Don?t hide spare keys under rocks, in flowerpots, or above door ledges. Instead, give the spare key to a trusted neighbor.
    • Burglars prefer to enter through unlocked doors or windows. A holiday problem can occur when exterior Christmas light extension cords are run inside through a window and prevent it from being secured.
    • After Christmas day, don?t pile up empty gift boxes from your new computer, DVD player, or stereo receiver on the street for the garbage man. Burglars appreciate knowing that you have expensive gifts inside for them to steal. Break the boxes down or cut them up and conceal the items in dark-colored lawn bags, then wait to discard them in your recycling bin until your trash pickup day.
    We hope you find these tips helpful in protecting your family and home this Holiday Season!
    ***SAPD***





  • Press Release #122115(08)-Police Investigate Shooting Incident in Northeast San Angelo

    Mon, Dec 21, 2015 - 04:55 PM

    The San Angelo Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division is investigating a shooting that took place this morning in northeast San Angelo.
    Just before 3:00 a.m. this morning, Police were dispatched to the 700 block of Velma Street for the report of shots fired. Upon arrival, police were directed to a residence in the 1700 block of Pope Street where they located a 37-year-old man lying on the ground, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds to the chest and arm. Officers at the scene provided first aid to the victim until San Angelo Fire Department Medics arrived and transported him to Shannon Medical Center where he underwent emergency surgery. His condition is unknown at this time.
    Through a combined effort of the Criminal Investigations Division, Special Operations Section, Narcotics, Patrol, Crime Scene Investigations, and the Department's Crime Analysis Unit, Otis Layne Babb (DOB 05-02-83) of Eldorado, Texas was identified as the suspect and a warrant was obtained for his arrest. Babb was located late this afternoon at an undisclosed location and taken into custody without incident. The firearm used in the assault has been recovered.
    Babb was charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and transported to the Tom Green County Jail.
    The victim's name is not being released at this time. The relationship between the victim and Babb and the circumstances leading up to the shooting are still under investigation. There is no further information at this time.


    ***SAPD***
  • Press Release 121815(07)-Man Arrested for Trying to Take Gun from Officer

    Fri, Dec 18, 2015 - 05:03 PM

    Today at 1:41 pm, Officers responded to a call at the Nevada East Apartments, 1645 Sunset Drive, for a suspicious person. Officer R Spearman and Officer E Tabone arrived and located 30 year old Shawn Sanchez.

    Officer Spearman was able to confirm Sanchez had outstanding warrants. Officer Spearman attempted to place Sanchez under arrest for the warrants. When Officer Spearman tried to place handcuffs on Sanchez, he began to resist and fight with Officer Spearman. During the struggle, Sanchez attempted to remove Officer Spearman's duty weapon from its holster. Officer Spearman was able to prevent Sanchez from being able to fully gain control of the gun while Officer Tabone deployed his taser on Sanchez to prevent him from getting access to Officer Spearman's weapon. The Officers were able to take Sanchez into custody.

    Detective Elrod and Detective Lajoie responded to investigate the incident. Sanchez was transported to Shannon Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. At the conclusion of the initial investigation, Sanchez was charged with the outstanding warrants, Resisting Arrest, and Attempting to Take a Weapon from a Peace Officer, a State Jail Felony.

    Investigators are looking into the possibility that Sanchez was the driver of a stolen vehicle that crashed in the 1600 block of Sunset Drive earlier this morning. That portion of the investigation is still ongoing and there is no other information available for release at this time.

  • Press Release #121815(06)-Police Investigate Aggravated Assault

    Fri, Dec 18, 2015 - 04:30 PM

    Yesterday, December 17, 2015 at approximately 12:00 pm, San Angelo Police responded to the Econolodge, 415 W Beauregard, for a shots fired call. Officers located a male subject, Justin McCarty, in the area who had been the victim of an assault. Officers also located another victim, Cheyenne Ponce, and a female witness in the area.

    The assault took place in room 116 at the Econolodge. Evidence of gunshots being fired in the room was located by the investigating Officers. Members of the Criminal Investigation Division responded to the motel to investigate.

    Ponce reported to investigators she had been choked by a white male suspect and had a handgun pointed at her by a Hispanic male suspect. During the altercation, the Hispanic male fired the handgun in the room and chased McCarty out of the room. No one was injured from the shots being fired. McCarty showed signs of being physically assaulted and was treated for minor injuries at Shannon Medical Center.

    The two suspects were seen leaving the area in a white 2002 Mazda passenger car. The suspects have not been located at this time.

    Detective Noel Anderson is the lead investigator for this case. If anyone has any information about this incident Detective Anderson can be contacted at 657-4344. There is no other information available for release at this time.

  • Press Release #121415(06)-Missing Juvenile Briana Esquivel Returned, Safe

    Mon, Dec 14, 2015 - 09:49 AM

    San Angelo Missing Juvenile Briana Esquivel has returned and is safe. On Friday, December 11, 2015, San Angelo Police received a call from Esquivel's father who reported the teen returned home. SAPD Investigators subsequently interviewed Esquivel and confirmed she was unharmed.
    Esquivel was reported missing on January 21, 2015. Foul play was not suspected and evidence throughout the investigation led police to believe Esquivel was a runaway.
    ***SAPD***

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