Press Releases

  • Press Release 062714(15)-Police Locate Sleeping Man, Drugs at Local Park

    Fri, Jun 27, 2014 - 11:57 AM

    A 33-year-old San Angelo man is behind bars this morning after police find him asleep with drugs in his lap at a local park.


    Just after 9:00 a.m. this morning, two San Angelo Sector 2 Patrol Officers met at Glenmore Park, 85 Paint Rock Road, to discuss today's patrol plan when they happened upon a lone vehicle, parked near the river.


    Officers L. Cortinas and R. Espinoza approached the bronze-colored 2000 Mitsubishi Galant and noticed a man asleep in the driver's seat with a bag of suspected narcotics in his lap.  The officers roused the man, later identified as Bryan Owen (12-10-80), and took him into custody. 


    During the field investigation, police located drug paraphernalia and additional baggies of suspected narcotics.  Patrol Supervisor F. Dietz responded to the scene and conducted field-tests of the baggies? contents, which had a combined total weight of approximately 1.6 grams.  The tests showed positive results for the presence of methamphetamine. 


    Owen was arrested and transported to the Tom Green County Jail and charged with Felony 3 Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and Class C Misdemeanor Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.   




  • Press Release #062614(14)-Man with Machete Arrested on Multiple Assault Charges

    Thu, Jun 26, 2014 - 03:19 PM

    A 44-year-old San Angelo man is facing multiple assault charges after he displayed a machete to threaten two people who came to the aid of a woman he assaulted in north San Angelo yesterday.


    Just after noon on June 25, 2014, San Angelo Public Safety Communications received multiple calls about a female who was being assaulted by a male in the 700 block of Humble Road.


    Upon arrival, police were flagged down by several witnesses who observed the assault and attempted to intervene. 


    During the investigation, police learned the suspect, identified as Richard Bastardo (08-12-69), was driving in the area with a 31-year-old female acquaintance when they began to argue.  At some point during the argument, the female victim asked Bastardo to pull over and let her out.  When the woman exited the vehicle, Bastardo followed and assaulted her.  Witnesses who were passing by were alerted to the assault when they heard the woman screaming.   When the witnesses confronted Bastardo, the woman broke free and ran away.  As the witnesses were attempting to leave the area, Bastardo retrieved a machete from his vehicle and began threatening them.  Bastardo reportedly put the machete back inside his vehicle once he learned police were on their way.


    Bastardo was charged with Assault Causes Bodily Injury Family Violence and Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident. 


    The machete was located inside Bastardo's vehicle. 


    This is an ongoing investigation and no additional information can be released at this time. 



  • What Should You Tell Your Children about Sex Offenders?

    Tue, Jun 24, 2014 - 02:34 PM

    As a parent, you will do anything to keep your child safe.  If you discover there is a registered sex offender in your neighborhood, what should you tell your child?  (Local Sex Offender Map:


    The most important conversations you can with your children are often about uncomfortable topics.  One way you can help protect them from sex offenders or other predators is to arm them with knowledge and the confidence to say ?NO?.    


    Here are some tips from the Polly Klass Foundation about talking to your kids about sex offenders:


    Think about what you will say before talking with your child.

    • You don?t want to terrify your children.
    • You want to give your kids factual information and skills to keep themselves safe.

    You may want to show your child a photo of the offender.

    • You don?t need to go into detail about the crime the sexual predator committed?that's really scary stuff.

    You CAN give your kids this information and recommend specific action:

    • This photo is of a person they might see around, and this person has tried to trick kids before.

    If this person tries to talk to them, your child should:

    • Immediately take 3 steps back
    • Run away
    • Tell you or another trusted adult

    Follow-up with reminders of safety rules, and practice ?What If?? scenarios. Our free Child Safety Kit provides plenty of ideas for children in each age group. You might also want to teach them how to recognize and respond to Dangerous Adult Behaviors. (


    Ways to Keep Children Safe


    Listen to your children if they come to you with scary information or rumors from school.

    • Acknowledge your child's fears. Kids can easily translate vague adult warnings into stories about lunatics and monsters.
    • Be prepared to reassure your children with factual safety information.
    • Reinforce safety skills.

    One of a child's greatest protections is the ability to say ?No? to adults when appropriate. This is very hard for children to do. Help them discover when it's a good idea to say ?No,? then help them practice saying it out loud.

    • Reassure your kids that you won?t be mad if they make a mistake. It's part of the process of learning to be safe.

    Listen to your child. Relationships based on love, respect and open communication will let your children bring questions and fears to you. It will also help you discuss scary subjects with your children in matter-of-fact ways.


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