Press Releases

McDonald's Deadly Conduct Suspect Named
Aug 16, 2017   03:54 PM

Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department have obtained an Arrest Warrant for Ben T. Nelms, 20, for the charge of Deadly Conduct in connection to yesterday’s shooting incident at the McDonalds located at 520 N. Bryant Boulevard. 

Nelms is alleged to have discharged a firearm in the direction of a 19-year-old acquaintance after a verbal dispute and crash in the restaurant’s parking lot around 2:35 p.m. August 15, 2017.  Nelms fled the scene driving a dark pickup truck.  Police later located the truck, abandoned, near the 1500 block of Spaulding. 

Nelms is also wanted on an outstanding warrant for Endangering a [7-year-old] Child in connection to an incident that occurred in early August, 2017. 

If you have information about this suspect’s whereabouts, call Detective Jake Russell at (325) 659-8016.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247, via text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts, or call 1-855-TIPS-247. 

Nelms is considered armed and dangerous.  Never attempt to apprehend suspects yourself; doing so may be dangerous.

(TGCSO Booking Photo 07/15/17)

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SAPD Urges Drivers to Avoid Loop 306 during Back-to-School Commute
Aug 16, 2017   11:05 AM

The start of the school year can bring a variety of stressors for students and parents alike—for many reasons.  

Stricter bedtimes, overwhelming shopping lists, first-day outfit blunders, and difficult morning commutes can all be contributing factors to this back-to-school stress.  

So how can the SAPD help parents and families stay calm under this new pressure?  Well, we cannot control your student’s revolt against their new bedtime.  We cannot ensure that local stores have enough school supplies to accommodate those impossibly too specific yet not specific enough school supply lists.  We cannot help with first-day outfit blunders either (Although we suggest wearing a uniform….It works for us).  What we can do is offer a driving “tip” to help with your morning commute—Avoid Loop 306. 

The recent rain interfered with the proposed project completion date for the Loop, which means one-lane traffic will continue throughout the remainder of the week and many of the Loop’s on-ramps and off-ramps will remain closed.   So, your best bet for a safer, less stressful back-to-school commute means finding an alternate route and leaving a few extra minutes earlier.  Pre-planned alternate routes can help prevent unnecessary crashes and traffic congestion during an already hectic week for commuters. 

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Street Crimes Directed Traffic Stop Leads to Narcotics Arrest
Aug 11, 2017   04:15 PM

During a recent ongoing investigation, Detectives with the Department’s Street Crimes Division (SCD) developed intelligence about a 34-year-old San Angelo man who is distributing methamphetamine in our community. 

The suspect, identified as Todd W. Taylor, was arrested around noon today during a traffic stop in the 400 block of West Avenue U.  The stop was directed by SCD. 

During the stop, Investigators located and seized a quantity of methamphetamine and assorted narcotics distribution paraphernalia.  

Taylor was charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group1 and transported to the Tom Green County Jail. 

Members of the Department’s Patrol Division, Traffic Section, and K-9 Unit assisted with today’s field investigation.

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Love Shack Aggravated Robbery Suspect Arrest
Aug 11, 2017   11:27 AM

On August 9, 2017, Detectives with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division obtained an Arrest Warrant for Brian R. Garcia III, 19, of San Angelo in connection to the August 6, 2017 Aggravated Robbery at the Love Shack Express, 1807 South Lincoln Street. 

Through follow up investigation, Garcia was developed as the suspect who entered the store and inquired about glass water pipes, and after settling on one pipe, Garcia told the clerk he would take the pipe.  Garcia then walked towards the door with the pipe, pointed a gun at the clerk, and left the store. 

Garcia was taken into custody by San Angelo Police at approximately 8:30 this morning at the Parole Office, 1070 Gateway Drive.  Garcia was subsequently booked into the Tom Green County Jail where he remains confined on $50,000 bond. 

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San Angelo Street Crimes Detective Aids in Apprehension of Kansas Double Homicide Suspect near Hutto, Texas
Aug 10, 2017   01:48 PM

Yesterday, an off duty Detective assigned to the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division who was attending training near Taylor, Texas, received a crime bulletin about 19-year-old Keith Hawkins, who was the suspect in a double homicide that occurred in Newton, Kansas this week. 

The bulletin stated Hawkins was believed to be traveling to a residence in the 1200 block of West Fourth Street in Taylor, Texas, driving the victim’s black 2011 Dodge Avenger bearing Kansas license plate 481FLP. 

The Detective, who happened to be close to the target residence, drove by and observed Hawkins in the driveway.  The Detective notified officials with the Taylor Police Department who then responded in an effort to apprehend Hawkins. 

The response subsequently led to a vehicle pursuit that was terminated in Hutto, Texas, where Hawkins’s vehicle drove over ‘stop sticks’, which caused the vehicle to leave the roadway and become airborne.  Hawkins lost control of the vehicle and it crashed into three cars in the Parking lot of Christian Brothers Automotive, 580 U.S. Highway 79.  Hawkins failed to flee on foot due to his injuries and was taken into custody. 

Hawkins is suspected in the deaths of 24-year-old Alyssa Runyon and 4-year-old Zaylynn Paz, whose bodies were found late Tuesday morning inside a bedroom of their apartment in Newton, Kansas, which is about 20 miles north of Wichita. 

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