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Statement Regarding Arrest of Former San Angelo Police Chief, Tim R. Vasquez
Jan 17, 2020   03:42 PM

In reference to today’s arrest of former San Angelo Chief of Police Tim R. Vasquez, the arrest is the result of over four years of investigation between the Texas Rangers and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

“Although the San Angelo Police Department’s involvement was very limited, we fully cooperated with the Texas Rangers and FBI during their respective ongoing investigations.  The San Angelo Police Department, along with our law enforcement partners, have a very strong working relationship with our colleagues at the Federal, State and local levels.” — Chief of Police Frank Carter 

Any questions relating to this case should be directed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

Any future release of information will be at the direction of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Attorney’s Office - Northern District of Texas. 

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Stabbing Investigation Reveals Juvenile Suspect Stabbed Victim to End Assault of Mother
Jan 17, 2020   11:45 AM

On Thursday, January 16, 2020, the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division conducted a stabbing investigation in the 3100 block of West Beauregard.  

The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim of the stabbing, a 27-year-old San Angelo man, had been assaulting a 35-year-old woman when the woman’s juvenile son stabbed the man in an effort to end the assault on his mother. 

The man was transported to Shannon Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. 

This is an ongoing investigation and no other information is available for release. 

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San Angelo Patrol Officer Locates Three Stolen Vehicles in Two Days
Jan 13, 2020   07:41 PM

January 13, 2020 — A San Angelo Patrol Officer located a stolen 2007 Toyota Avalon parked at a residence in the 600 block of North Archer Street this afternoon.  This was the third stolen vehicle this patrolman has located in two days. 

Officer C. Barker located the first one, a red 2017 Kia, unoccupied in the 1800 block of North Street yesterday.  The second, a silver 2018 Ford F-150, was also spotted yesterday leaving the same residence on North Archer where today’s Avalon was recovered.  The driver was taken into custody without incident and identified as 29-year-old Estevan Murillo.  

Murillo was booked into the Tom Green County Jail for Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle.  Bond was set at $10,000.00 

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San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division Seizes Over 5 Pounds of Methamphetamine
Jan 13, 2020   10:26 AM

Pursuant to the ongoing investigation of narcotics trafficking in and around San Angelo, members of the Department’s Street Crimes Division seized approximately two and one-half (2.5) kilos of Methamphetamine from a location in northeast San Angelo on Friday, January 10, 2020. 

In addition to the narcotics, SCD Investigators seized two firearms and approximately $5,400.00 in U.S. currency. 

The investigation is ongoing and details are being withheld due to pending Federal Indictments.  

The Department’s Patrol Division, K9 Unit, and our DEA partners across the State assisted with Friday’s operation. 

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Wanted Felon Apprehended after Standoff on West 11th Street
Jan 08, 2020   06:55 PM

January 8, 2020 — Just after 3:30 p.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to a residence in the 100 block of West 11th Street to assist City Marshals with the apprehension of a wanted felon. 

While on scene, the SAPD Officer and Marshals observed the subject at the back door armed with edged weapons. 

Additional units surrounded the house while officers maintained negotiations but the subject retreated inside.  After a short time, the subject appeared at the front door but he disregarded commands to drop his weapons and less-lethal beanbag rounds were utilized in an attempt to end the standoff.     

After continued negotiations with two detectives assigned to the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division, the subject surrendered peacefully and was taken into custody without incident at approximately 5:00 p.m. 

The subject, 41-year-old Andres Rodriguez, was evaluated at the scene by medical personnel for minor injuries he sustained from the beanbag round.  

Approximately fifteen (15) San Angelo Police Department Officers and City Marshals collectively responded to contain the incident and ensure the safety of nearby residents. 

Rodrigues’s Felony Warrant of Arrest was for Failure to Register – Sex Offender. 

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Police Respond to Pedal Cyclist Versus Utility Trailer Crash in South San Angelo
Jan 08, 2020   12:52 PM

January 8, 2020 — Around 10:00 a.m. San Angelo Police were dispatched to West Avenue Q and Knickerbocker Road for the report of a traffic collision involving a pedal cyclist and a utility trailer. 

The pedal cyclist, a 52-year-old San Angelo woman, was transported to San Angelo Community Medical Center with non-incapacitating injuries. 

A preliminary crash investigation revealed the pedal cyclist was traveling northbound on South Bryant Boulevard when she disregarded the traffic signal and collided with an in-tow utility trailer that was eastbound on West Avenue Q.  The operator towing the trailer was not injured. 

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Second Juvenile Arrested in Connection to Shooting of 14-year-old San Angelo Teen
Jan 08, 2020   09:12 AM

Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division have arrested a 14-year-old male in connection to the shooting of a 14–year-old male in the 1600 block of Volney Street on January 6, 2020.  The teen has been charged with Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon.  

This is the second arrest since another male juvenile, age 16, was apprehended on Monday, January 6, 2020. 

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available.  

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San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division Seizes Over 15 Pounds of Methamphetamine
Jan 06, 2020   06:13 PM

January 6, 2020 — Pursuant to the ongoing investigation of narcotics trafficking in and around San Angelo, members of the Department’s Street Crimes Division seized approximately seven (7) kilos of Methamphetamine from two locations in northwest San Angelo. 

No arrests were made at this time and the investigation is ongoing.  Details are being withheld at this time pending Federal Indictments.  

The Department’s Patrol Division and K9 Unit assisted with today’s operation as well as our DEA partners across the State.

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Infant Death Investigation
Jan 06, 2020   06:06 PM

January 6, 2020 — Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Crimes Against Children Unit are conducting a death investigation of a 5-month-old San Angelo boy. 

Just before 2:30 p.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to Kathy’s Babies, 2314 Carlton Way for the report of an unconscious infant. 

The infant was transported to Shannon Medical Center and later pronounced deceased.  The Lubbock County Medical Examiner’s Office will be conducting an autopsy — which is standard for unknown causes of death in children younger than ten years of age.   

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available. 

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Police Investigate Shooting of 14-year-old San Angelo Teen
Jan 06, 2020   10:34 AM

Update: January 6, 2020, 8:00 p.m.

Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division have arrested a 16-year-old male in connection to this morning’s shooting of a 14–year-old male in the 1600 block of Volney Street. The teen has been charged with Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon.

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available.  

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January 6, 2020 — Just before 2:30 a.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 1600 block of Volney Street for the report of a shooting victim.  

Upon arrival, officers located a 14-year-old male who was suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.  The officers rendered first aid to the teen before his transport to a nearby hospital.  He is reportedly in stable condition. 

The initial investigation indicates that this is an isolated incident and is not a random act of violence.  

If you have any information about the incident please call the San Angelo Police Department at (325) 657-4315.  To remain anonymous tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts. 

This is an active investigation and no other information is available at this time. 

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Police Investigate Shooting of 33-Year-Old San Angelo Man
Jan 06, 2020   09:56 AM

Around 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 5, 2020, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 3500 block of Grape Creek Road for the report of a shooting victim. 

Upon arrival, officers located a 33-year-old man lying in a driveway suffering from gunshot wounds and other injuries sustained in an apparent assault.  The victim was transported to a nearby hospital via ambulance.  His injuries were said to be non-life threatening.  

The victim was initially located by a construction crew that was working nearby after they heard someone calling out for help.  One of the workers rendered first aid until first responders arrived.  

This is an active investigation and no other information is available for release at this time.   

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San Angelo Police Investigate Convenience Store Robbery
Dec 31, 2019   07:07 PM

December 30, 2019 — San Angelo Police are investigating a robbery that occurred at the Allsup’s located at 4301 South College Hills Boulevard.  The incident occurred just before 7:00 a.m.

A black male in his late teens to early twenties entered the store and demanded money from the clerk at gunpoint.  The suspect fled the store and possibly left the area in a dark-colored vehicle driven by another person.  No one was injured during the incident.

No arrests have been made.  If you have any information about the suspect(s) identity or whereabouts please contact (325) 657-4315.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777and follow the prompts.

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Police Seek Information about Santa Rita Neighborhood Deadly Conduct Shooting
Dec 27, 2019   05:07 PM

December 27, 2019 — The San Angelo Police Department is seeking information about a Deadly Conduct (Shooting) incident that occurred in the 1900 block of Live Oak Street just before 11:30 a.m. 

A preliminary field investigation revealed that the suspect(s) fired several rounds towards a residence and parked vehicle.  A 24-year-old man inside the residence suffered minor injuries from flying debris.  No other injuries have been reported at this time. 

The suspect, described as male and wearing a black hoodie, may have fled the scene on foot headed southbound in the alley between South Tyler and South Harrison towards Avenue J.  

If you have information about the suspect(s) identity or whereabouts, or if you have surveillance video from the following area, please contact the San Angelo Police Department at (325) 657-4315.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts.

      

 

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San Angelo Teen Charged with Driving While Intoxicated after Police Witness Rollover Crash
Dec 26, 2019   08:59 AM

Just before 1:00 a.m. on December 25, 2019, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the report of a reckless driver traveling south in the northbound lanes of the 3600 block of North Bryant Boulevard. 

Upon nearing the area, a San Angelo Police Patrol Officer observed a pickup truck traveling against oncoming traffic near the 2800 block.  Soon after, the officer observed the truck leave the roadway and strike a light pole.  The force of the collision caused the truck to roll several times before coming to rest on its roof. 

The officer located the truck’s male driver unconscious and outside the truck.  The man, later identified as 18-year-old Marcos Huerta Jr., had been ejected from the truck through the windshield.  Huerta regained consciousness at the scene and was able to speak with officers and Fire Department Medics before his transport to a nearby hospital for evaluation and treatment of non-incapacitating injuries.     

Following the field investigation and Huerta’s release from medical care, Huerta was charged with Driving While Intoxicated and transported to the Tom Green County Jail.  

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8-year-old Injured in Early-Morning Drive-by Shooting on San Jacinto Street
Dec 21, 2019   08:13 AM

December 21, 2019 — San Angelo Police are investigating a drive-by shooting that occurred in the 700 block of San Jacinto Street just before 2:00 a.m.  One victim, an 8-year-old child, was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of non life-threatening injuries.  

The Department’s Criminal Investigations Division is seeking information about the suspect(s) identity and whereabouts.  If you have any information or home surveillance video from the surrounding area, please contact the San Angelo Police Department at (325) 657-4315.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777and follow the prompts.

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available.

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Infant Death Investigation
Dec 16, 2019   04:01 PM

December 16, 2019 — Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Crimes Against Children Unit are conducting a death investigation of an 8-month-old San Angelo girl. 

Just before 12:30 p.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to the Bella Vista Apartments located in the 4100 block of Ben Ficklin Drive for the report of an unconscious, unresponsive baby.  

Justice of the Peace J.P. McGuire also responded and requested the child’s body be sent to the Lubbock County Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy — a standard for unknown causes of death in children younger than ten years of age.   

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available. 

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Fatality Crash Investigation - Two Drivers Killed in Early-Morning Head-on Collision
Dec 15, 2019   09:46 AM
December 15, 2019 - at approximately 2:50 a.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to the area of Knickerbocker Road and Loop 306 for a reckless driver who was traveling  in the wrong direction on the loop. 
 
At approximately 2:53, units were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash in the westbound lanes of the Houston Harte in front of Furniture Row.
 
The reported reckless driver vehicle from the first call, a black Chevrolet HHR driven by a 21-year-old male, collided head-on with a white Ford Escape driven by a 17-year-old  female.  The collision caused the HHR to catch on fire.
 
Both drivers were pronounced deceased at the scene by Justice of the Peace Fred Buck. 
 
The names of the drivers are withheld from release at this time.
 
More information will be released when it becomes available.
 

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Man Who Assaulted Police Officer During Early Morning Call at 7-11 Behind Bars
Dec 05, 2019   02:52 PM

December 5, 2019 — A 71-year-old San Angelo man who threw hot coffee at an officer before assaulting her is behind bars. 

The incident occurred around 8:35 a.m. after police were dispatched to the 7-11 at 2202 North Chadbourne Street for the report of an unwanted subject who was suspected of shoplifting. 

Upon arrival, the officer learned Benny Salinas had been asked to leave the store by a clerk multiple times but refused.  Shortly after the officer asked the man to leave he became aggressive and threw a cup of hot coffee at her and struck her as she attempted to take him into custody.  

The officer was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment and later released. 

Salinas was charged with Assault on Public Servant, Criminal Trespass and Class C Misdemeanor Theft.  Salinas was transported to the Tom Green County Jail.  Bond was set at $924.00. 

 

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San Angelo Police Investigate Deadly Conduct in North San Angelo Neighborhood
Dec 04, 2019   11:11 AM

December 4, 2019 — San Angelo Police are searching for suspects involved in an early morning drive-by shooting that occurred in North San Angelo. 

Just after 2:00 a.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to the unit block of East 37th Street for the report of shots fired.  Upon arrival, officers discovered a residence and vehicle that had been shot multiple times.  No injuries were reported. 

If you have information about the incident or suspect(s) involved or surveillance video from the area, please call Detective Anderson at (325) 659-8012.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts. 

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San Angelo Police Officers Grow Beards for Good Cause
Dec 04, 2019   10:32 AM

If you recently encountered a San Angelo Police Officer with excessive facial hair, the break from the Department’s policy for grooming standards was authorized and encouraged by Police Chief Frank Carter.   

During the month of November, San Angelo Police Department Officers participated in the United Way’s “Beards United” fundraising campaign. 

San Angelo Police raised $700 during the campaign, exceeding their $500 goal.  Although most of the participants were male, some female officers solicited donations to aid the event.    

Monies raised will go to the United Way of the Concho Valley to fund nineteen local programs that fight for the health, education, and financial stability of all people in the Concho Valley. 

Last year, the United Way of the Concho Valley helped over 40K local people. 

 

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Southland Theft Suspect Returns Stolen Speaker to Victim, Turns Himself In After Learning about Vira
Dec 03, 2019   12:42 PM

A 19-year-old San Angelo man who was captured on home surveillance video stealing a Bluetooth speaker from the backyard of a Southland residence has been identified. 

The suspect came to Police Department Headquarters early this morning to speak with authorities.  During an interview with a Criminal Investigations Division Detective, the suspect revealed he had previously been inside the victim’s backyard doing construction work [employed by a contractor] and knew exactly where the speaker was located.  It was also discovered that the suspect was alerted to the San Angelo Police Department’s published viral video by a friend who encouraged him to turn himself in. 

Prior to the interview, the suspect reportedly returned the stolen speaker to the victim’s residence.  Authorities have confirmed the item’s return. 

The video of the theft was shared on the Neighbors by Ring app and posted to the San Angelo Police Department’s Facebook page shortly after the investigation began on Monday, December 2, 2019.  Within an hour of the post, the Department began receiving tips naming the suspect.  

The San Angelo Police Department continues to encourage residents to secure/lock doors, windows, and gates, to follow the Department’s Facebook and Twitter Pages for crime alerts and prevention information, and to sign up for the Neighbors by Ring app.  Residents can text ‘StaySafe’ to 555888 from their smartphone to download the Neighbors app for free on iOS and Android and use the app to; join their neighborhood, share crime and safety-related videos, photos and text-based posts; and receive real-time safety alerts from their neighbors, local law enforcement and the Ring team.  For more information, visit www.ring.com/neighbors.    

The investigation has been referred to the County Attorney’s Office for review. 

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December 2, 2019 LIDAR Traffic Enforcement Operation
Dec 03, 2019   09:51 AM

On Monday, December 2, 2019, the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section and a Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office Deputy conducted LIDAR Traffic Enforcement in six (6) school zones.  A total of twenty-two (22) citations and six (6) warnings were issued. 

Following the school zone enforcement, LIDAR was conducted in the 1700 block of East Houston Harte’s westbound traffic.  A total of forty-nine (49) citations and four (4) warnings were issued.  

Citation Breakdown: 

School Zones

Other/Misc. Violations: 3

No Driver’s License: 1

No Insurance: 1

Speeding: 17

Warnings: 6 

Houston Harte

Speeding: 43 (Highest speed: 85 mph.)

Driving While License Invalid: 1

Other/Misc. Violations: 5

Warnings: 4 

Holiday safety is an issue through mid-January.  Many people choose to travel by car during the holidays, which has the highest fatality rate of any major form of transportation based on fatalities per passenger mile.  In 2017, 329 people died on New Year's Day, 463 on Thanksgiving Day and 299 on Christmas Day, according to Injury Facts (NSC).  Alcohol impairment was involved in about a third of the fatalities. 

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Thankful: San Angelo Police Officers Prevent Suicidal Man from Jumping off Bridge Thanksgiving Night
Dec 02, 2019   03:03 PM

A 24-year-old San Angelo man who was contemplating suicide on Thanksgiving is alive, thanks to two San Angelo Police Department Officers who were in the right place at the right time. 

Just before 7:00 p.m., San Angelo Public Safety Communications received multiple phone calls concerning a man who appeared to be on the verge of jumping off the bridge at Van Buren and Freeland. 

Officers arrived within minutes and located the distraught man sitting outside of the railing.  

Officers established rapport with the man and learned he was suicidal.  During the encounter, the officers seized an opportunity to pull the man from the railing when he became distracted by answering his phone.  The man was taken into custody by Tom Green County Mental Health Deputies. 

The San Angelo Police Department believes Officers Edward Salmon and Steven Martinez were near the incident at the right time and hope the man receives the help that he needs and deserves.  

If you are thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, please reach out for help.  Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 (English) or 1-888-628-9454 (Spanish).  Calls are confidential and free.  Talking with someone about your thoughts and feelings can save your life. 

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Two Men Charged in Weekend Stabbing Investigation at Local Bar
Nov 25, 2019   09:56 AM

Two men accused of stabbing a 37-year-old San Angelo man during a weekend altercation at a local bar have been arrested.  Police were alerted to the incident by Shannon Medical Center staff who called to report the victim’s injuries.  

The accused, 45-year-old Jose Hurtado and 31-year-old Arturo Sanchez-Melendez, have been charged with Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon Causes Serious Bodily Injury.  The pair was apprehended at Narro’s Bar and Cantina, 1324 North Bell Street.  

A preliminary investigation revealed Hurtado and Sanchez-Melendez assaulted the victim during an altercation in the parking lot just before 1:45 a.m. on Sunday, November 24, 2019.  Both men were booked into the Tom Green County Jail.  Bonds were set at $25K. 

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials requested that Sanchez-Melendez be placed on ‘ICE Hold’ due to his unconfirmed identity and status.  

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San Angelo Police Host Event to Reunite Stolen Property with Recent Burglary Victims
Nov 20, 2019   11:26 AM

On Monday, December 2, 2019, the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division is inviting victims of burglary to Police Headquarters, 401 E. Beauregard, in an attempt to identify stolen property that has been recovered during recent burglary investigations.  

Victims must bring at least one form of identification along with a Police Incident Report that that has been filed prior to November 18, 2019.  This one-time event will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Please direct inquiries to Detective Welch at (325) 657-4308. 

If you believe you are a victim of burglary (storage unit, vehicle, etc.), please file a report with the San Angelo Police Department as soon as possible online at http://www.sanangelopolice.org/coplogic or call dispatch non-emergency (325) 657-4315 to have an officer respond.  Do not make an online report for burglaries or thefts involving firearms, crime in progress, if the suspect is at the scene, or if the crime occurred outside the city limits.  Please provide a detailed inventory of what property was stolen. 

If you rent or own storage units in San Angelo, investigators urge you to regularly check your unit(s) and promptly file a police report if you believe you have been burglarized.  

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November 19, 2019 LIDAR Traffic Enforcement Operation
Nov 20, 2019   08:49 AM

On Tuesday, November 19, 2019, the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted LIDAR Traffic Enforcement in ten (10) school zones.  A total of twenty-four (24) citations and ten (10) warnings were issued.

Following the school zone enforcement, LIDAR was conducted in the 4300 block of West Houston Harte’s westbound traffic.  A total of sixty-two (62) citations and fourteen (14) warnings were issued.  

Citation Breakdown: 

School Zones

Other/Misc. Violations: 7

No Insurance: 1

No Seat belt: 1

Speeding: 15

Warnings: 10 

Houston Harte

Speeding: 47 (Highest speed: 91 mph.)

Driving While License Invalid: 2

Other/Misc. Violations: 9

No Driver’s License: 2

No Insurance: 2

Warnings: 14 

The life of a child is priceless and not worth the risk by speeding through a school zone.  Children are more vulnerable than adults to being hit by a car — they tend to be less cautious than adults, are less visible due to their size, and they are less likely to survive a hit by a vehicle. 

When approaching a school zone, slow down.  The few seconds you may save speeding through a school zone is not worth the fine, but more importantly, it’s not worth the life of a child. 

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Man Charged with Intoxication Manslaughter after Fatal Morning Collision
Nov 16, 2019   08:59 AM

November 16, 2019 — Just before 1:30 a.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to West Beauregard and South Park for the report of a single-vehicle rollover crash where the driver fled the vehicle after colliding with Peasant Village Restaurant.

A witness relayed information that the vehicle’s driver was running eastbound from the crash.  Responding officers located the driver, identified as 39-year-old Oscar M. Bernal, at Santa Fe Park.

Officers located the vehicle’s only passenger lying next to restaurant.  The man had been ejected from the vehicle and he was unconscious and not breathing.  San Angelo Police and Fire Department personnel performed rescue measures at the scene but the man, later identified as O. Bernal’s brother, 28-year-old Christian Bernal, succumbed to his injuries.

A preliminary crash investigation showed that O. Bernal was operating a Dodge Charger westbound on west Beauregard when he lost control of the vehicle and left the roadway.  After leaving the roadway, the vehicle hit a sign and began to roll until it came to rest after colliding with the restaurant.  Alcohol was a contributing factor to the crash.

Bernal was initially treated for non-incapacitating injuries at Shannon Medical Center and was later booked into the Tom Green County Jail charged with Intoxication Manslaughter with Vehicle.

The investigation is ongoing.

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San Angelo Police Searching for Online Child Predator
Nov 13, 2019   11:38 AM

San Angelo Police are searching for 24-year-old Kyle Blair Doty.  Doty has an active warrant for Online Solicitation of a Minor as well as nine other city warrants. 

Doty is 5’10”, approximately 140 lbs. with brown hair and brown eyes.  Doty’s whereabouts are unknown.  Doty may be working in the oilfield industry and he may be armed. 

Investigators with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division are urging others who may have been victimized by Doty to please come forward and file a police report as soon as possible.  Call Dispatch at (325) 657-4315. 

 

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SAPD Street Crimes Division Seize Meth, Heroin during Warrant Search on East 22nd Street
Nov 01, 2019   04:03 PM

November 1, 2019 — Today, members of the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division executed a Search Warrant at a residence in the 700 block of East 22nd Street. 

The warrant, issued by Justice of the Peace Eddie Howard, named 60-year-old David Evans to be in possession of narcotics at the residence. 

Evans was detained during the search where investigators located and seized a quantity of suspected Heroin and Methamphetamine.  

Evans has been charged with Felony 2 Manufacture Delivery Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and Felony 3 Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1. 

Members of the Department’s Street Crimes Division, Patrol Division, K-9 Unit and the Center for Tactical Medicine assisted with today’s operation. 

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San Angelo Police Arrest Club El Patron Drive-by Shooting Suspect
Nov 01, 2019   03:13 PM

November 1, 2019 — Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division have charged 18-year-old Anthony Rodriguez with four counts of Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon in connection with an early morning drive-by shooting outside Club El Patron. 

Police were dispatched to the bar located on South Chadbourne Street around 2:45 a.m. for the report of a drive-by shooting with multiple victims.  Three victims located at the scene received first aid by officers and citizens before they were transported to a local hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds to their lower extremities.  A fourth victim who was shot in the shoulder was transported to an area hospital by private vehicle prior to officer arrival.     

Two of the male victims, ages 21, were treated and later released but a 22-year-old female and a 22-year-old male required emergency surgery and are reportedly in stable condition.  

Shortly after the investigation began, responding officers received information that the suspect was at a residence located in the 700 block of Era Street.  Officers converged on the home and subsequently took Rodriguez into custody without incident. 

Following Rodriguez’s arrest, investigators obtained a search warrant for the residence on Era.  Four firearms were located and seized — one gun was confirmed to be stolen. 

The preliminary investigation has revealed that prior to the shooting; Rodriguez was driving in the parking lot when he collided with two parked vehicles.  When bystanders alerted Rodriguez to his actions, Rodriguez responded with gunfire. 

Additional charges may be filed pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation.

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Police Investigate Afternoon Rollover Crash near HEB
Oct 31, 2019   06:45 PM

October 31, 2019 — Just before 1:40 p.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to the area of Sherwood Way and Avenue N for the report of a rollover vehicle crash with possible entrapment.  

Arriving officers discovered a 2017 Nissan SUV resting on its roof in HEB’s parking lot.  The driver, a 39-year-old woman, had already been assisted out of the vehicle by an off-duty San Angelo Police Officer who was near the crash when it occurred.  The woman was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured. 

The preliminary crash investigation revealed that the Nissan’s driver had been eastbound on Avenue N when her vehicle was struck by a 2016 Buick passenger car that had exited HEB’s parking lot.  The force of the collision caused the Nissan to spin around clockwise and hit the curb, causing it to flip over onto the roof and collide with another vehicle that was unoccupied. 

After the first collision, the Buick continued out onto Avenue N where it collided with a 2008 Toyota SUV that had also been traveling east on Avenue N.  The Toyota’s driver, a 75-year-old woman, was not injured.  

The Buick’s driver, an 87-year-old woman, went to an area hospital by private vehicle for evaluation of non-incapacitating injuries.  The woman received a citation for Failure to Yield Right of Way from Private Drive.    

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Police Investigate Morning Vehicle Crash Involving Teen Pedestrian at 7th and North Chadbourne
Oct 30, 2019   09:59 AM

October 30, 2019 — Just before 7:30 a.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to East 7th and North Chadbourne Street for the report of a vehicle versus pedestrian crash. 

The injured pedestrian, a 14-year-old female who was en route to school, was sent to Shannon Medical Center by ambulance for treatment of non-incapacitating injuries.  

A preliminary accident investigation revealed the teen was walking westbound on E. 7th, attempting to cross N. Chadbourne during oncoming traffic, when she was struck by a 2012 Nissan Versa that was traveling south on N. Chadbourne.  

A review of nearby surveillance video confimed the light for southbound traffic on N. Chadbourne was green, westbound traffic was red.  

No citations were issued. 

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Two Davids Charged in Connection to Multiple Burglaries Thanks to Two Tenacious Detectives’ Hours
Oct 25, 2019   04:12 PM

Earlier this month, San Angelo Police Detectives developed information about two suspects, a U-Haul moving, van and a tan-colored van with stolen plates that were linked to a number of storage room and vehicle burglaries throughout our city.  

On October 18th, a Patrol Sergeant located the vehicle, a 1999 Chevrolet Venture, parked at the Fall Creek Apartments.  Upon locating the van, members of the Department’s Anti-Crime Unit established surveillance of the area and after a short time the two suspects previously identified through investigation, 32-year-old David Pool and 31-year-old David Pruitt, were observed walking to the van.  Both men were taken into custody for drug charges.  Pool had previously been charged with a burglary of a storage unit back in August and had an active warrant for his arrest. Detectives obtained information through the investigation that these two suspects used a U-Haul van in the commission of a storage unit burglary, which ultimately led San Angelo Police Department Detectives to locate and seize hundreds of items of suspected stolen property from a hotel room, a storage unit, and a private residence. 

Following the pair’s arrest, the detectives began the arduous task of sorting through and cataloging the recovered property.  Thus far, seven victims have been contacted about the recovery of their items.  Some of the items, including an ASU Girls Basketball Championship ring and the cremated remains of an adult female, have already been reunited with their owners.  Department officials will be reaching out to other victims as the remainder of the property is linked to existing reports. 

Pool and Pruitt have been charged with Burglary of a Building.  Additional charges are pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation. 

Pool                   Pruitt

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Two Men Charged in Recent Kidnapping Face Additional Charge after Police Discover Second Victim
Oct 22, 2019   02:25 PM

October 22, 2019 — Two of the three men recently charged with kidnapping a 24-year-old San Angelo woman before forcing her to take part in the October 14, 2019 burglary of a residence on Jomar Street are facing additional kidnapping charges.  

As a result of an ongoing investigation, Detectives with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division developed probable cause to charge 17-year-old Luis Duron and 24-year-old Joshua Gonzalez with an additional charge of Aggravated Kidnapping. 

The pair is accused of kidnapping a male juvenile after the teen allegedly engaged in a verbal altercation with Gonzalez at a house party on Evelyn Street earlier this month.  During the altercation, Gonzalez reportedly struck the teen in the head with a deadly weapon and later repeatedly assaulted and threatened the teen with his life while the teen was being held against his will.  

During his captivity, the teen was forced to contact a family member to “check-in” in order to avoid suspicion about his whereabouts.  Investigators determined the teen was restrained in the same fashion and at the same time as the pair’s other victim, Sabrina Orona.  The teen eventually fled the house two days later.  The investigation is ongoing.

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Previous Release: October 18, 2019

On October 14, 2019, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the burglary of a habitation in the 2800 block of Jomar Street.  The burglary, which was captured on nearby surveillance video, showed four suspects arriving in a gray passenger car.  

During the field investigation, SAPD Officers located the suspect vehicle parked at the Windmill Park Apartments, 1929 Raney Street, with stolen items from the Jomar Street burglary still inside.  Two suspects linked to the burglary, 17-year-old Luis Duron and 25-year-old Kristopher Magallen, were located inside one of the apartments and taken into custody without incident.  A third subject identified from the surveillance video, 24-year-old Sabrina Orona, was later located and arrested for the burglary but the investigation later revealed her role in the crime was forced and evidence was discovered that corroborated the theory. 

During the extensive follow-up investigation, Detectives with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division discovered that prior to the burglary; Orona had been kidnapped by Duron, Magallen, and a third suspect identified as 24-year-old Joshua Gonzalez from an apartment at the complex.  The trio reportedly blindfolded Orona and bound her with duct tape before taking her to an unknown location where she was restrained to a chair, badly beaten, and threatened at gunpoint.  Orona was eventually freed from the restraints after she agreed to assist the trio in committing the burglary.  Following the burglary, Orona was once more held against her will, beaten, and eventually released on the condition she would take the blame for the burglary. 

Gonzalez was eventually located and taken into custody at a residence in the 1600 block of Evelyn Avenue.  A team of investigators executed a Search Warrant for the property and subsequently located two stolen firearms, stolen property from the Jomar burglary, and evidence from the kidnapping. 

Duron and Magallen were both charged with Aggravated Kidnapping and Burglary of Habitation — their bonds were set at $575,000.  Gonzalez was charged with Aggravated Kidnapping — his bond was set at $500,000.  Department officials and the District Attorney’s Office are working towards Orona’s release.  Additional charges may be filed pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation.

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Officer’s Hunch Leads to Recovery of Stolen Polaris Ranger and Trailer Stolen from Northside Hotel
Oct 22, 2019   11:18 AM

On Monday, October 21, 2019, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the Baymont Inn and Suites located at 1418 North Bryant Boulevard for the report of a theft. 

Upon arrival, SAPD Officers learned that hotel guests had discovered their Polaris Ranger and utility trailer missing from the hotel’s parking lot. 

A Patrolman who is familiar with a nearby residence in the 200 block of West 14th Street known for criminal activity followed his instincts and subsequently located the stolen items stashed in the backyard.  

Officers established a perimeter around the residence until the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division could obtain a Search Warrant for the property.  The Polaris and Trailer, valued at nearly $22K, were recovered and returned to their owners.  Another suspected stolen trailer located at the property was seized for further investigation. 

Investigators are searching for 42-year-old Javier Delarosa in connection to the investigation.  Delarosa may be driving a white 2002 Ford F150.  

If you know Delarosa’s whereabouts, send a tip through Facebook at facebook.com/SanAngeloPoliceDepartment.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts. 

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Three Men Charged with Kidnapping San Angelo Woman, Forcing Her to Take Part in Home Burglary
Oct 18, 2019   02:50 PM

On October 14, 2019, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the burglary of a habitation in the 2800 block of Jomar Street.  The burglary, which was captured on nearby surveillance video, showed four suspects arriving in a gray passenger car.  

During the field investigation, SAPD Officers located the suspect vehicle parked at the Windmill Park Apartments, 1929 Raney Street, with stolen items from the Jomar Street burglary still inside.  Two suspects linked to the burglary, 17-year-old Luis Duron and 25-year-old Kristopher Magallen, were located inside one of the apartments and taken into custody without incident.  A third subject identified from the surveillance video, 24-year-old Sabrina Orona, was later located and arrested for the burglary but the investigation later revealed her role in the crime was forced and evidence was discovered that corroborated the theory. 

During the extensive follow-up investigation, Detectives with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division discovered that prior to the burglary; Orona had been kidnapped by Duron, Magallen, and a third suspect identified as 24-year-old Joshua Gonzalez from an apartment at the complex.  The trio reportedly blindfolded Orona and bound her with duct tape before taking her to an unknown location where she was restrained to a chair, badly beaten, and threatened at gunpoint.  Orona was eventually freed from the restraints after she agreed to assist the trio in committing the burglary.  Following the burglary, Orona was once more held against her will, beaten, and eventually released on the condition she would take the blame for the burglary. 

Gonzalez was eventually located and taken into custody at a residence in the 1600 block of Evelyn Avenue.  A team of investigators executed a Search Warrant for the property and subsequently located two stolen firearms, stolen property from the Jomar burglary, and evidence from the kidnapping. 

Duron and Magallen were both charged with Aggravated Kidnapping and Burglary of Habitation — their bonds were set at $575,000.  Gonzalez was charged with Aggravated Kidnapping — his bond was set at $500,000.  

Department officials and the District Attorney’s Office are working towards Orona’s release.  Additional charges may be filed pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation. 

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San Angelo Police Department Bids Farewell to Beloved Police Service Dog, Seeks Donations to
Oct 18, 2019   02:34 PM

On Friday, October 11, 2019 members of the San Angelo Police Department bid farewell to Thor, a beloved Police Service Dog who medically retired after serving six years with the Department’s K9 Unit. 

Thor, a Belgian Malinois, joined the Department in 2013.  Thor’s dogged approach to police work led to nearly four hundred thirty-eight (438) arrests that led to the discovery and seizure of roughly one thousand eight hundred (1,800) grams of narcotics. 

Thor will be enjoying his retirement in the company of the Department’s K9 Unit Supervisor and former handler, Sergeant Brian Gesch.  And although Thor will no longer be tracking criminals and drugs, he will continue to seek out belly rubs, ear scratches, and playtime with his favorite Kong. 

The startup cost to replace Thor with a new Police service dog — which includes importing the dog, training, equipment, and food — costs approximately $16,000.  The Department will soon be working towards fundraising efforts to cover these costs.  If you would like to help, please send a check or money order to: 

San Angelo Police Department c/o K9 Unit Box 5020 San Angelo Texas 76902

 

(All donations will be earmarked for the new PSD, related equipment and K9 training.)

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October 15, 2019 LIDAR Traffic Enforcement Operation
Oct 16, 2019   03:33 PM

On Tuesday, October 15, 2019, the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted LIDAR Traffic Enforcement in eleven (11) school zones.  A total of twenty-four (24) citations and eight (8) warnings were issued. 

Following the school zone enforcement, LIDAR was conducted in the 1700 block of East Houston Harte.  A total of fifty-nine (59) citations and fifteen (15) warnings were issued.  

Citation Breakdown: 

School Zones

Other/Misc. Violations: 5

No Insurance: 4

Speeding: 15

Warnings: 8

 

Houston Harte

Speeding: 50 (Highest speed: 93 mph.)

Other/Misc. Violations: 6

No Driver’s License: 1

No Insurance: 2

Warnings: 15 

The life of a child is priceless and not worth the risk by speeding through a school zone.  Children are more vulnerable than adults to being hit by a car — they tend to be less cautious than adults, are less visible due to their size, and they are less likely to survive a hit by a vehicle. 

When approaching a school zone, slow down.  The few seconds you may save speeding through a school zone is not worth the fine, but more importantly, it’s not worth the life of a child.

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San Angelo Man Arrested on Firearms, Narcotics Charges after Shots Fired Investigation in North San
Oct 07, 2019   11:45 AM

A 25-year-old San Angelo man was arrested Saturday night on various charges stemming from a ‘Shots Fired’ investigation in North San Angelo. 

Just before 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 5, 2019, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the area of West 22nd and North Farr after several callers reported shots fired from a dark-colored SUV.  Responding officers located several spent shell casings in the street.  The suspect vehicle was no longer on scene and no one was injured.  

Soon after, San Angelo Public Safety Communications received a call for an armed man that was waving a gun in the air at MLK Pak, 2121 Martin Luther King Blvd.  Upon arrival, a few park-goers alerted the officers to the armed man's location. 

When officers attempted to confront the suspect, the suspect ducked behind a nearby vehicle and appeared to discard something.  The suspect, later identified as Rhyheme Talton, was detained and frisked for safety.  Talton had a Glock ammunition magazine in his pocket and officers located an unattended Glock firearm on the sidewalk during an immediate search of the area.  Officers also located a black SUV that is associated with Talton at the park.  The SUV was running and unoccupied.  

Talton, who was exhibiting signs of intoxication, was placed under arrest for public intoxication, Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon, and Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 3 after officers located a bag of Xanax in his sock.  

Talton was transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident.  Bond was set at $11,442.00.

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Anti-Crime Unit Works with Area Law Enforcement to Apprehend Suspects, Recover Stolen Motorcycles
Oct 04, 2019   02:53 PM

Officers with the San Angelo Police Department’s Anti-Crime Unit have been searching for two suspects in connection to several vehicle and motorcycle thefts in San Angelo and surrounding counties.  

The suspects, 23-year-old Wesley Mitcham and 35-year-old Mandy Pluff, were wanted for various warrants including Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, Failure to Appear and Bail Jumping. 

Information was developed that the pair was at a relative’s residence in Winters Texas.  With assistance from Winters Police and DPS officials, the pair was located at the residence and taken into custody without incident on October 3, 2019.  A third wanted suspect, 45-year-old Bryan Mitcham, was also apprehended on a warrant of arrest for Parole Violation.  The three suspects were booked into the Runnel’s County Jail.

As a result of yesterday’s apprehensions, a stolen motorcycle out of Coke County and another from San Angelo were recovered.

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Concho Pearl Ice House Stabbing Suspect Apprehended
Oct 04, 2019   01:59 PM

October 4, 2019 — The 37-year-old man wanted in connection to the September 12, 2019 double stabbing at the Concho Pearl Ice House has been arrested. 

This morning, San Angelo Police and Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office officials developed information about Robert Espinosa Garcia Jr.’s whereabouts.  He was located around 10:30 a.m. at a residence in the 100 block of North Emerick Street and taken into custody without incident. 

Garcia had a warrant of arrest for Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon as well as a Parole Violation Warrant. 

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Previous Release:

Suspect Named in Concho Pearl Ice House Double Stabbing

 

September 12, 2019— The San Angelo Police Department is seeking the whereabouts of 37-year-old Robert Espinosa Garcia Jr., AKA “Blunt”, in connection to an early morning double stabbing that left two San Angelo men seriously injured. 

Just after 12:00 a.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to the Concho Pearl Ice House located at 1605 S. Chadbourne Street for the report of a fight in progress with a knife involved.  

Upon arrival, officers located two male victims, ages 18 and 37, who were suffering from apparent stab wounds.  Both men were transported to a nearby hospital where they underwent emergency surgery for serious injuries.  They are reportedly in serious and critical condition respectively. 

Detectives with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division responded and learned the two victims, Concho Pearl Ice House employees, were stabbed just outside the bar as they attempted to break up a fight between Garcia and several other males.  Garcia reportedly fled the scene in a vehicle. 

Garcia has an active warrant for Second Degree Felony Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon.  If you have information about Garcia’s whereabouts, please contact the San Angelo Police department at (325) 657-4315.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts. 

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Local Juvenile Arrested for September Deadly Conduct Case Linked to Multiple Crimes in San Angelo
Oct 03, 2019   04:21 PM

On September 16, 2019, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 1800 block of Coleman Street for the report of shots fired.  Investigating Officers located a spent shell casing and nearby home surveillance footage revealed a male driver in a white passenger car discharged a handgun from his vehicle.  No one was injured during the incident. 

Subsequent to a lengthy follow-up investigation, Detectives with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division identified a 16-year-old male Juvenile as the suspect.  On October 1, 2019, CID Detectives located the teen at a residence in Santa Rita and he was taken into custody without incident.  

During a warrant search of the teen’s room, detectives located and seized two handguns, a quantity of suspected Methamphetamine, and a large amount of suspected stolen property linked to several recent burglaries in Santa Rita, Southland, and College Hills.    

The teen was initially charged with Deadly Conduct and Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and booked into the Tom Green County Juvenile Justice Center.  Additional charges are pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation.  

The Department believes this recent arrest will resolve several ongoing investigations and Department Officials are asking for patience during efforts to return the stolen property to the victims. 

More information will be released as it becomes available.  

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San Angelo Man Arrested in Connection to Stripes Stabbing
Oct 03, 2019   10:20 AM

A 30-year-old San Angelo man has been arrested in connection to last night’s stabbing outside the Stripes convenience store located at 802 East 19th Street. 

Just after 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, San Angelo Police were dispatched to Stripes store #225 for the report of a stabbing. 

Arriving officers located a Hispanic male suffering from an apparent stab wound. Officers deployed a Department issued C-A-T Tourniquet to control the victim’s bleeding until San Angelo Fire Department Medics arrived. 

The victim, a 33–year-old San Angelo resident, was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.  The assault, which took place just outside the store’s front doors, was captured on surveillance video.  The suspect, identified as Manuel Penner, fled the store’s parking lot prior to police arrival. 

Penner was later located at a residence in the 4400 block of Travis Street and taken into custody without incident.  The investigation revealed Penner and the victim are acquaintances with longstanding unresolved issues and that last night’s incident at Stripes resulted from a chance encounter.

Penner was booked into the Tom Green County Jail charged with Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon.  Bond was set at $35K. 

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San Angelo Police Investigate Drive-by Shooting in North San Angelo
Sep 30, 2019   03:02 PM

September 30, 2019 — Detectives with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division are searching for two male suspects who reportedly shot towards a pedestrian from their moving vehicle just before 8:30 a.m. in the 1500 block of North Bryant Boulevard. 

A preliminary investigation revealed a white four-door passenger car was traveling westbound on West 15th, crossing North Bryant Boulevard, when the vehicle’s passenger started shooting in the direction of an 18-year-old man that was walking in the grassy median.  The man was not injured; however, one bullet made contact with a 2006 Ford F150 that was traveling northbound on North Bryant Blvd.  The truck’s operator, a 45-year-old San Angelo resident, was not injured. 

Investigators believe the shooting incident was not random and that the 18-year-old pedestrian was the intended target.  

If you have information about the suspects’ identities and whereabouts, please call the Criminal Investigations Division at (325) 657-4264 or send a direct message to the Department’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/SanAngeloPoliceDepartment.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts. 

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Motorcyclist Badly Injured in Fiery-Crash Outside Central Fire Station
Sep 26, 2019   10:23 AM

A 36-year-old San Angelo man was airlifted to a Lubbock area hospital for injuries he sustained during an early morning fiery-crash outside Central Fire Station. 

Around 1:00 a.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to West 1st Street and North Koenigheim for the report of a single-vehicle accident involving a motorcycle.  Arriving officers located Fire Department personnel assisting the driver, Luis Chavez Padilla, who was suffering from burns and incapacitating injuries.  Chavez Padilla was transported to Shannon Medical Center by ambulance for initial treatment and was later airlifted to a Lubbock area hospital. 

A preliminary crash investigation revealed Chavez Padilla was traveling north on Koenigheim at a high rate of speed when his motorcycle left the east side of the roadway and collided with a light pole that is located just outside the Central Fire Station.  The collision caused the motorcycle to burst into flames.  Alcohol was likely a contributing factor to the crash.

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Police Investigate Pedestrian Involved Vehicle Crash during Morning Drop-Off at Lake View High Schoo
Sep 25, 2019   12:11 PM

September 25, 2019— A 15-year-old Lake View High School student was transported to Shannon Medical Center with injuries after she was struck by two vehicles during the morning drop-off at Lake View High School. 

The crash occurred just before 8:00 a.m. this morning as the girl exited a 2009 Chevrolet HHR that was properly stopped adjacent to the curb.  As the female student crossed in front of the vehicle, a 2004 Honda CRV that was approaching the HHR from behind, collided with the HHR’s back left side.  The force of the collision pushed the HHR into the student, knocking the student to the ground in the roadway.  The CRV continued traveling and ran over the girl’s lower extremities.  The student was treated for minor injuries and has since been released. 

The driver of the Chevy HHR, a 62-year-old female, was cited for Expired Registration.  The driver of the CRV, a 20-year-old female, was cited for No Driver’s License and Failure to Control Speed.  

A preliminary crash investigation revealed excessive speed was not a factor in this morning’s crash; however, one driver cited her vision was limited due to the position of the sun.   

Department officials want to remind citizens to use extra caution in school zones and to be mindful of environmental conditions that could cause decreased visibility.

 

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Driver Who Abandoned Injured Passengers after Weekend Collision with Transit Building Turns Herself
Sep 25, 2019   11:41 AM

A 38-year-old San Angelo woman who abandoned her two injured passengers after she drove into the Concho Valley Transit building late Saturday night has turned herself in. 

Yesterday afternoon, Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section obtained a warrant of arrest for Rebecca Moreno for the charge of Accident involving Injury.  The warrant’s bond, issued by Justice of the Peace Precinct 1 Susan Werner, was set at $10K.  Moreno turned herself in this morning.

Moreno is accused of intentionally and knowingly fleeing the scene of the crash without leaving her personal identifying information, and without rendering reasonable assistance to her two passengers, a 34-year-old male and 33-year-old female who were in need of medical treatment. 

A preliminary crash investigation revealed Moreno was driving a 2013 Dodge Charger northbound on Chadbourne Street at a high rate of speed when her vehicle left the roadway and struck the building’s south entrance.  A surveillance video shows Moreno exited the building through a door located on the north side of the building.

 

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San Angelo Police Search for Stripes Robbery Suspect
Sep 23, 2019   05:17 PM

Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division are searching for a man who robbed a Stripes convenience store at knifepoint Saturday night. 

Police responded to the Stripes at 1733 Pulliam Street just before midnight.  The suspect was described as a dark-complected Hispanic Male, approximately 5’09”, 220 lbs., wearing a blue hospital mask, a gray zip-up hoodie with a pink undershirt, and dark pants.  The suspect reportedly fled the store on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was injured. 

If you have information on the suspect’s identity or whereabouts, please contact the San Angelo Police Department at (325) 657-4264.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts.

 

 

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September 23, 2019 LIDAR Traffic Enforcement Operation
Sep 23, 2019   02:57 PM

This morning, the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted LIDAR Traffic Enforcement in ten school zones.  A total of thirty (30) citations and Five (5) warnings were issued. 

Following the school zone enforcement, LIDAR was conducted in the eastbound lanes of the 2300 block of the West Houston Harte Expressway.  A total of fifty-eight (58) citations and nine (9) warnings were issued. 

Citation Breakdown: 

School Zones

Driving While License Invalid: 1

Cell Phone in School Zone: 1

Other/Misc. Violations: 3

No Driver’s License: 2

No Insurance: 4

Speeding: 19

Warnings: 5

 

Houston Harte

Driving While License Invalid: 1

Other/Misc. Violations: 5

No Insurance: 5

Speeding: 47 (Highest speed: 88 mph.)

Warnings: 9 

The life of a child is priceless and not worth the risk by speeding through a school zone.  Children are more vulnerable than adults to being hit by a car — they tend to be less cautious than adults, are less visible due to their size, and they are less likely to survive a hit by a vehicle. 

When approaching a school zone, slow down.  The few seconds you may save speeding through a school zone is not worth the fine, but more importantly, it’s not worth the life of a child. 

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National Night Out 2019
Sep 23, 2019   10:15 AM

On Tuesday, October 1st, neighborhoods throughout San Angelo are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities across the nation for the "36th Annual National Night Out" crime and drug prevention event.  National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and co-sponsored locally by the San Angelo Police Department, will involve over 16,500 communities from all 50 states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities, and military bases around the world.  In all over 38.5 million people are expected to participate in "America's Night Out Against Crime". 

National Night Out is designed to; (1) Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; (2) Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime efforts; (3) Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and (4) Send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. 

On October 1st, residents in neighborhoods throughout San Angelo and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors, police, and other first responders.  

This year there will be seven National Night Out locations within the city limits of San Angelo and one location in Wall, Texas taking part in National Night Out festivities.  The locations and times for these events are listed below: 

Wall Brethren Church - 7921 Loop 570, Wall, TX - 4:30 to 7:30 PM

Angelo Skate & Fun Center - 34 Buick St. - 5:00 to 7:00 PM

Vistas at Red Creek Apartments - 5751 Green Hill Rd. - 5:00 to 7:00 PM

Trinity Lutheran Church - 3516 Lutheran Way - 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Bent Tree Apartments - 1625 Sunset Dr. - 5:00 to 7:00 PM

Goodfellow Family Housing - 2025 Longhorn Dr. - 5:00 to 7:30 PM

Solid Rock Church - 1305 Koberlin St. - 6:00 to 8:00 PM

Kirby Park Villas - 609 W. 29th St. - 6:00 to 8:00 PM 

Together we can make San Angelo a safer community for everyone. 

FMI or interview requests contact Sgt. Tim Coffman at (325) 481-2709.

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San Angelo Police Department Academy Graduation
Sep 18, 2019   02:06 PM

Twelve (12) San Angelo Police Department Cadets will formally graduate from the police academy during a public ceremony slated for 3:00 p.m. Friday, September 20, 2019, at the Stables at Fort Concho, 210 Henry O. Flipper Street.  

The new officers are Talon Adcox, Andres Castro, Jonathan Garcia, Glenn Halbert, Adrian Hardy, Sheldon Harrell, Lance Landers, Mike Morris, Carlos Ramirez, Manuel Reyes, Jeffrey Tarr, and Landon Terry. 

The Graduation Ceremony marks the successful completion of an extensive one thousand seventy-seven (1,077) hour academy learning basic law enforcement skills paired with a multi-week in-service training program.  During the ceremony, the Cadets will be sworn in as Apprentice Police Officers (APO’s).  The Department oath will be administered by Police Chief Frank Carter. 

Following Friday’s commencement ceremony, the Apprentice Police Officers will begin a sixteen (16) week Police Training Program, which is designed to teach the APO’s how best to use the skills acquired during the academy and in-service training. 

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Man Sought in Connection to Weekend Pedestrian Hit and Run in Downtown San Angelo
Sep 16, 2019   09:56 AM

Bentley Branson Green, 21 of San Angelo, has an active warrant for Accident Involving Serious Bodily Injury, a Third Degree Felony. 

The warrant, issued by Justice of the Peace Fred Buck, was obtained Sunday, September 15, 2019, during a follow-up investigation of a hit and run pedestrian crash in downtown San Angelo Sunday morning. 

Green is accused of colliding with a 37-year-old San Angelo woman who was crossing South Chadbourne Street at East Twohig Avenue just before 12:20 a.m.  The woman was transported to a nearby hospital with incapacitating injuries, including broken bones that will require surgery.   

Green, who was driving a borrowed 2002 silver Mitsubishi Galant, reportedly fled the scene northbound on South Chadbourne at a high rate of speed following the collision.  Green’s whereabouts are unknown at this time. 

Green is a white male, 6’01”, approximately 170 lbs., with brown hair and blue eyes.  If you know Green’s whereabouts, please contact the San Angelo Police Department at (325) 657-4315 or send a message to the Department’s Facebook Page, www.facebook.com/SanAngeloPoliceDepartment.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts.

 

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San Angelo Police Apprehend Suspect Armed with Stolen Gun in Santa Rita
Sep 12, 2019   12:29 PM

Yesterday afternoon, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the area of South David and West Washington for the report of a man armed with a gun.  After obtaining the man’s description and direction of travel from witnesses, a Patrol Officer located the subject near a picnic table at Spanish Park.  The subject was holding a handgun. 

The Officer attempted to make contact with the subject by issuing commands; however, the subject disregarded the commands and a foot pursuit ensued.  

Additional police units converged on the area and the subject was located and taken into custody in the 600 block of South Abe Street.  The suspect was identified as 18-year-old Robert Clark.  The handgun was located nearby and seized. 

K-9 Team Officer J. Fincher and Police Service Dog Xander responded to conduct a search of the area in an attempt to locate additionally discarded property.  Shortly after the search began, officers located a shotgun that Clark had hidden in a nearby bush prior to his initial contact with police.  Clark was charged with Unlawful Carrying Weapon and Evading Arrest and he was transported to the Tom Green County Jail. 

During the follow-up investigation, officers heard a call for service regarding a burglary of a residence in the 1300 block of South David Street where two firearms were stolen.  Subsequent to the burglary investigation it was discovered the seized firearms were obtained during that burglary.  Clark was additionally charged with Burglary of Habitation.  His bond has been set at $51,000.00.

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Suspect Named in Concho Pearl Ice House Double Stabbing
Sep 12, 2019   11:08 AM

September 12, 2019— The San Angelo Police Department is seeking the whereabouts of 37-year-old Robert Espinosa Garcia Jr., AKA “Blunt”, in connection to an early morning double stabbing that left two San Angelo men seriously injured. 

Just after 12:00 a.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to the Concho Pearl Ice House located at 1605 S. Chadbourne Street for the report of a fight in progress with a knife involved.  

Upon arrival, officers located two male victims, ages 18 and 37, who were suffering from apparent stab wounds.  Both men were transported to a nearby hospital where they underwent emergency surgery for serious injuries.  They are reportedly in serious and critical condition respectively. 

Detectives with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division responded and learned the two victims, Concho Pearl Ice House employees, were stabbed just outside the bar as they attempted to break up a fight between Garcia and several other males.  Garcia reportedly fled the scene in a vehicle. 

Garcia has an active warrant for Second Degree Felony Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon.  If you have information about Garcia’s whereabouts, please contact the San Angelo Police department at (325) 657-4315.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts. 

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Narcotics, Cash, Guns Seized During Warrant Search in North San Angelo
Sep 06, 2019   02:17 PM

Yesterday, Detectives with the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division seized approximately six (6) ounces of suspected Methamphetamine, approximately one and a half (1.5) ounces of suspected Heroin, an assortment of narcotics distribution paraphernalia, three (3) firearms, and $5,985.00 in U.S. Currency. 

The haul was located during a search warrant operation at a residence in the 700 block of East 37th Street.  

Charges for the suspects formally detained during the search are pending Federal prosecution.  

The Department’s K-9 Unit, Lake Police, Criminal Investigations Division and Physicians with the Center for Tactical Medicine assisted with yesterday’s operation.

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Local Man Charged with Recent Allsup’s Robbery
May 29, 2019   07:13 PM

Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division have charged Zachery Lucero, 23, with Aggravated Robbery in connection to an armed robbery that occurred at the Allsup’s on Arden Road on May 26, 2019. 

Lucero is accused of displaying a weapon and demanding money from the store’s clerk around 3:15 a.m.  No one was injured. 

Through follow-up investigation, it was learned that Lucero was a regular customer at the store and that he lived nearby. 

On Tuesday, May 28, 2019, investigators located Lucero at the Arden Arms Apartment Complex, 3755 Arden Road.  Following Lucero’s interview with investigators, officers located and seized items that Lucero used in the commission of the robbery.  Lucero was additionally charged with Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and Possession/Delivery of Drug Paraphernalia.  

Following the initial arrest, investigators subsequently developed information that connected Lucero to a recent auto theft at the Pizza Hut on Sherwood Way as well as a burglary that occurred at the Wienerschnitzel on South Bryant Boulevard.  As a result of follow-up interviews with Lucero and the ongoing investigations, investigators will be securing warrants of arrest for Lucero for the charges of Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle and Burglary of Building.  

Investigators are searching for anyone who may have witnessed Lucero’s criminal endeavors.  If you have information regarding these cases or additional crimes concerning Lucero, please contact Detective Chavarria at (325) 657-4229. 

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Bell Street Residence Raid Yields Meth, Cocaine, Marijuana
May 24, 2019   08:29 PM

May 24, 2019— Investigators with the Department’s Street Crimes Division executed a Search Warrant at a residence in the 500 block of N. Bell Street. 

The warrant, issued by District Judge Ben Woodward, named 25-year-old Matthew Porter and 26-year-old Miranda Camarillo to be in possession of Methamphetamine at the residence. 

Porter, Camarillo, and 30-year-old Jeremy Socko were detained during the search, which resulted in the discovery of suspected Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Marijuana, and paraphernalia consistent with narcotics distribution. 

Porter and Camarillo were charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and Class B Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana.  Socko was charged with State Jail Felony Possession Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1. 

The Department’s Anti-Crime Unit, K9 Unit, Patrol Division, and members from the Center for Tactical Medicine assisted with today’s operation.

    

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San Angelo Police Detectives Strike Gold, Solve Local Jewelry Store Capers
May 21, 2019   08:30 PM

Pursuant to the follow-up investigations into two recent burglaries at the Jewelry Doctor, 2211 W. Beauregard, Detectives with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division developed probable cause to name 20-year-old Gabriel Ramirez as the suspect. 

On Monday, May 20, 2019, Detectives obtained two warrants of arrest for Burglary of a Building for Ramirez.  An apprehension team located and arrested Ramirez in the 200 block of Glenna Drive without incident.  Investigators also located and recovered a portion of the store’s stolen jewelry.  

Ramirez was transported to Police Headquarters for interview.  As a result of the interview, Detectives have linked Ramirez to additional ongoing investigations for recent burglaries at the Bridal Boutique, 424 N. Van Buren, and the Dollar General located at 1515 Freeland Avenue.  Additional charges are pending. 

Following the interview, Ramirez was transported to the Tom Green County Jail.    

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San Angelo Police Department Publishes Footage of May 18 Tornado Damage, Search and Rescue Efforts C
May 20, 2019   09:31 PM

On Saturday, May 18, 2019, the San Angelo Police Department’s newly formed Small Unmanned Aircraft System Unit (sUAS) deployed in the Bradford neighborhood following the EF2 tornado incident. 

The deployment was initiated to provide area first responders with real-time observation of the disaster zone as well as to aid first responders in locating victims who may have been trapped in inaccessible areas during the initial and subsequent Search and Rescue operations for citizens and their pets.   

The footage has been made available to both governmental and non-governmental agencies that are assisting San Angelo residents in the ongoing disaster relief efforts. 

(Media is on the Department's Facebook Page)

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Police Investigate Robbery at Local Convenience Store
May 16, 2019   07:26 PM

Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division are searching for a man who robbed the Stripes convenience store located at Sherwood Way and Garfield around 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. 

The suspect reportedly approached the clerk, demanded money and then fled the store on foot.  In addition to the stolen cash, the suspect stole a camouflage baseball cap from the store’s hat display.  The incident was captured on surveillance video. 

The suspect was described as a thin white or light Hispanic male with light brown eyes.  The suspect was wearing a black hoodie, black pants, and black shoes.  The suspect’s face was covered with a white mask or bandana. (See video surveillance footage.) 

If you have information about the suspect’s identity or whereabouts, please contact the Criminal Investigations Division at (325) 659-8019.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts.    

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Warrant Obtained for Mother's Day Deadly Conduct Incident on South Chadbourne
May 15, 2019   09:50 PM

May 15, 2019 — Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division have obtained a warrant of arrest for an 18-year-old San Angelo man in connection to the Mother’s Day Deadly Conduct incident on South Chadbourne Street. 

Christian Perez is wanted for Deadly Conduct Discharge Firearm — a Third Degree Felony. 

If you have information about Perez’s whereabouts, please call the San Angelo Police Department at (325) 657-4411 or send a message to the San Angelo Police Department’s Facebook Page, facebook.com/SanAngeloPoliceDepartment.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts.

 

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Police Investigate Mother’s Day Deadly Conduct Incident on South Chadbourne
May 13, 2019   10:13 PM

San Angelo Police are investigating deadly conduct that occurred in a parking lot located in the 1600 block of S. Chadbourne Street around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 12, 2019. 

At least two vehicles and the front entry of an unoccupied building were shot and damaged during the incident.  No injuries were reported. 

This is an active investigation and no other information is available for release at this time. 

If you have information about the suspect(s) identity(s) or whereabouts, contact (325) 659-8016.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts. 

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Citizens Aid San Angelo Police During Felony Shoplifting Suspect Apprehension
May 09, 2019   08:10 PM

May 9, 2019 — A 53-year-old San Angelo woman was arrested on several charges after two separate shoplifting incidents at local Walmart Supercenters. 

This morning,  San Angelo Police were dispatched to the Walmart on Sherwood Way for the report of an older female that stole over $500.00 worth of meat from the store while operating a motorized shopping cart.  

Upon arrival, Officers learned that Walmart Asset Protection Staff recovered the stolen items and that the suspect, who was identified to the Officers through video surveillance footage, had fled the scene in a light brown passenger car.     

During the field investigation, Officers were notified that the same female suspect was now at the Walmart on South Bryant Boulevard attempting to commit another theft.  

The first responding Officer spotted the female suspect, who was operating another motorized shopping cart, attempting to leave the store with merchandise. 

The Officer made several attempts to apprehend the woman, who was later identified as Bessie Limuel; however, Limuel refused to comply with the Officer’s orders and a struggle ensued.  During the struggle, Limuel bit the Officer’s leg.  

Two Good Samaritans who witnessed the struggle intervened and aided the Officer’s apprehension efforts.  The Officer, a 30-year veteran of the Department, sustained minor injuries from the assault.  

Limuel was charged with Assault on Public Servant, Resisting Arrest and two counts of Felony Theft of Property (Enhanced/2 or More Previous Convictions).  Additional charges may be pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation.     

The Department would like to thank the two Good Samaritans for assisting the Officer.

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San Angelo Police Criminal Investigations Charge Fourth Suspect in Rose Murder Investigation
May 02, 2019   09:32 PM

May 2, 2019 — The San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division has charged a fourth suspect in the Kristian Rose Murder investigation. 

25-year-old Alexis Jackson, AKA Alexis Taylor, was taken into custody on a warrant of arrest for Murder this afternoon by members of the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division and Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office. 

Three other suspects, 20-year-old Brian Garcia, 18-year-old Jacob Martinez, and 21-year-old Joshua D. Jaquez, have all been charged with Murder. 

26-year-old Kristian Rose was murdered in the 600 block of East 39th Street on April 2, 2019. 

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San Angelo Police Criminal Investigations Charge Third Suspect in Rose Murder Investigation
May 02, 2019   12:25 PM

The San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division has charged a third suspect in the Kristian Rose Murder investigation. 

Joshua D. Jaquez, 21, was taken into custody on a warrant of arrest for Murder on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, by the Pecos County Sheriff’s Department.  Jaquez was located at a residence in the 200 block of 10th Street in Iraan, Texas.  The apprehension was coordinated with the assistance of the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Texas Rangers Division and the Pecos County Sheriff’s Department. 

Two other suspects, 20-year-old Brian Garcia and 18-year-old Jacob Martinez, were charged with Murder on April 19, 2019. 

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

 

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2019 Police Memorial Week Events
May 01, 2019   03:56 PM

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15th as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which it falls as Police Week.  

The San Angelo Police Department has a number of planned events to honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.  

The following events are open to the public: 

Monday, May 13: 

  • Flag Raising Ceremony, 10:00 a.m., Police Headquarters, 401 E. Beauregard.
  • Police Monument Dedication Ceremony, 10:30 a.m., Police Headquarters, 401 E. Beauregard. 

Wednesday, May 15:

  • Coffee With a Cop, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., Cactus Hotel, 36 E. Twohig.
  • Running With The Blue 5K – 1 Mile Run/Walk, 6:30 p.m., Police Headquarters, 401 E. Beauregard.  Registration: $20.00. FMI: Melanie Dickman 325-657-4333 http://getmeregistered.com/runningwiththeblue 

Friday, May 17:

  • Ecumenical Service, 11:00 a.m., First Presbyterian Church, 32 N. Irving.  

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Street Crimes Division Locates Heroin during Search Warrant Operation on North Street
May 01, 2019   03:14 PM

On Tuesday, April 30, 2019, the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division executed a Search Warrant at a residence in the 1900 block of North Street. 

The warrant, issued by Justice of the Peace Susan Werner, named 22-year-old Fabian Alfaro, 31-year-old Kristen Reyes, and 64-year-old Mark Rose to be in possession of Heroin at the residence. 

The trio was located at the residence and detained for the search where investigators located and seized approximately thirty-two (32) grams of suspected Heroin, a quantity of Marijuana, and narcotic paraphernalia. 

Alfaro was arrested for First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1.  Charges for Reyes and Rose are pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation.  

The Department’s Anti-Crime Unit, K-9 Unit, Patrol Division, Training Division and the Center for Tactical Medicine assisted with yesterday’s operation.  

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April 29, 2019 LIDAR Traffic Enforcement Operation
Apr 29, 2019   07:23 PM

This morning, the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted LIDAR Traffic Enforcement in numerous school zones.  A total of eleven (11) citations and five (5) warnings were issued. 

Following the school zone enforcement, LIDAR was conducted in the 2100 block of the Houston Harte Expressway.  A total of forty-four (44) citations and eight (8) warnings were issued.   

Citation Breakdown: 

School Zones

Other/Misc. Violations: 1

Speeding: 10

Warnings: 5

 

Houston Harte

Other/Misc. Violations: 4

No Insurance: 1

Speeding: 38

Warnings: 8

No DL: 1

 

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San Angelo Police Department Launches New Small Unmanned Aircraft System
Apr 25, 2019   08:41 PM

The San Angelo Police Department has recently launched a Small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) program, which will be comprised of newly acquired Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (sUAV), or drones. 

The Departments newly formed unit can deploy officers who have specialized training in sUAS operation and hold Part 107 certificates through the Federal Aviation Administration, which regulates the commercial use of drones.  The Unit’s missions will include video and photographic documentation of crime and accident scenes, searches in large or inaccessible locations, HAZMAT incidents, critical incident support, assistance to fire suppression efforts, disaster area damage assessments, and search and rescue operations.  The Unit has already utilized the sUAS on-site at crash scenes, crime scenes, and to search for missing persons. 

During critical incidents, the sUAS Unit will provide real-time observation of the scene to Incident Commanders, while keeping the public and first responders at a safe distance if necessary.  Assistance in large, inaccessible areas for Search and Rescue operations will be quicker, safer, and less time-consuming.  Aerial documentation of crime and accident scenes offers perspectives that are not able to be obtained from ground sources and will assist with presentations of evidence in court settings.  

In addition, the use of the sUAS along with mapping software will allow accurate documentation of accident scenes and would significantly reduce the length of time streets are closed following a fatality.  

In recent years, advances in sUAS technology have made it possible for smaller public safety operations to utilize air support which was previously limited to larger departments who could afford the expense of manned aircraft.  Across the country, there are more than 900 state and local police, fire and emergency units with UAVs.   

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San Angelo Public Safety Communications Launch Information Line
Apr 24, 2019   03:59 PM

April 24, 2019 — In an effort to better serve the public, San Angelo Public Safety Communications has launched an information line for citizens that have questions about how to get a police report, need to speak with an officer, speak with a detective, pass on information to crime stoppers, or contact the municipal court. 

The new information line, which navigates callers through a brief phone tree, is expected to help diminish the number of general information calls that are being placed to the dispatch center  — erroneous calls that take time away from emergency services dispatches that need to remain available to receive emergency and non-emergency calls for police, fire, and EMS service.  The Information Line number, 325-657-4411, was chosen because it has 411 as the last three digits, which most people recognize as a general information number.  

There are two versions of the information line; Normal Business Hours and After-hours.  The entire phone tree for business hours and after-hours is available in English and Spanish. 

Normal business hours consist of the following: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., M-F

1.        Speak with an officer

2.        Speak with dispatch

3.        Speak with Records

4.        Speak with CID

5.        Speak with Municipal Court

6.        Speak with Crime Stoppers 

After-hours consists of the following: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 a.m., M-F, weekends, and holidays.

1.        Speak with Dispatch

2.        Leave a message with CID

3.        Leave a message with Crime Stoppers

4.        Online Services 

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Thursday Morning Burglary Apprehension Leads to Arrests in Rose Murder Investigation
Apr 19, 2019   11:21 AM

At approximately 11:20 a.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019, Detectives with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division responded to an apartment complex located at 1810 South Fillmore for the report of a burglary in progress where the suspects were attempting to gain entry through a window.  

Upon their arrival, the Detectives located the suspects attempting to flee in a black passenger car.  The suspects were taken into custody at gunpoint and found to be in possession of three firearms and suspected Methamphetamine.  One of the firearms was reported stolen in a recent unrelated burglary.  The men were identified as 20-year-old Brian Garcia and 18-year-old Jacob Martinez.  Garcia was arrested for Burglary of Habitation Intend Other Felony and First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1.  Martinez was charged with Burglary of Habitation Intend Other Felony and Possession of Prohibited Weapon.  

Pursuant to the follow up investigation, the Detectives developed probable cause to believe Garcia and Martinez were involved with the April 2, 2019 murder of Kristian Rose. 

In the hours following their arrests, the Criminal Investigations Division applied for Search Warrants for residences located in the 400 block of Angelo Boulevard and the 2400 block of North Lillie Street.  

Following the execution of both warrants, the Criminal Investigations Division developed probable cause to obtain warrants of arrest for Garcia and Martinez for the charge of Murder. 

Additional charges are pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation.

  

GARCIA                         MARTINEZ

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Police Urge Citizens to Educate Senior Population about the Growing Trend of Social Security Scams
Apr 17, 2019   08:13 PM

April 17, 2019 — The Nationwide wave of Social Security imposter scams has reached Tom Green County.  

Claiming to be a government authority is a tried and true way that scammers trick people, often senior citizens, into sending money.  Among the most common government imposters have been scammers pretending to be agents from the IRS – until now. 

In the past few months, the Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Sentinel Network database has seen Social Security Administration (SSA) imposter reports skyrocket while reports of IRS imposters have declined sharply.  In other words, the SSA scam is the new IRS scam.  Locally, two senior victims were scammed out of $9K and $2K.  

The Inspector General of Social Security, Gail S. Ennis, is warning citizens about a caller-ID “spoofing” scheme misusing the Social Security Administration (SSA) Office of the Inspector General’s (OIG) Fraud Hotline phone number.  The OIG has received recent reports of phone calls displaying the Fraud Hotline number on a caller-ID screen.  This is a scam; OIG employees do not place outgoing calls from the Fraud Hotline 800 number.  Citizens should not engage with these calls, provide personal information, or send money to the caller via pre-paid gift or Visa cards. 

How the scam works:

These scammers often use robocalls to reach people, and the message is hard to ignore.  SSA imposters tell you your Social Security number has been “suspended” because of suspicious activity, or because it’s been involved in a crime.  You may be told to “press 1” to speak to a government “support representative” for help reactivating your Social Security number.  With such deception, these scammers are good at convincing people to give up their Social Security numbers and other personal information.  They ask you to confirm your Social Security number, or they may say you need to withdraw money from the bank and to store it on gift cards or in other unusual ways for “safekeeping.”  You may be told your accounts will be seized or frozen if you don’t act quickly. 

The SSA will not contact you out of the blue and they will never call to threaten your benefits or tell you to wire money, send cash, or put money on gift cards.  Anyone who tells you to do those things is a scammer.  Every time.  You can always call the SSA directly at 1-800-772-1213 to find out if SSA is really trying to reach you and why. 

If you receive a suspicious call from someone alleging to be from SSA or OIG, you should report that information to the OIG online at https://oig.ssa.gov/report or by calling (800) 269-0271, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time.  You can also report these scams to the Federal Trade Commission through a new site specific to Social Security scams:  https://identitytheft.gov/ssa 

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Police Seize Nearly Thirty-four Grams of Meth during Street Crimes Division Directed Traffic Stop
Apr 16, 2019   08:37 PM

April 16, 2019 —  Earlier today, the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division directed a traffic stop on a Honda Accord that was occupied by a wanted subject in the 700 block of Macann Street. 

During the stop, Officers located 33-year-old Gabriel Lopez, who was wanted on warrants of arrest for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Going Off Bond for Criminal Trespass of a Habitation/Shelter/Superfund/Infrastructure.  The driver, identified as 41-year-old Robert Perez, was wanted for Parole Violation. 

Pursuant to the field investigation, Street Crimes Division Investigators located and seized approximately thirty-four (34) grams of suspected Methamphetamine along with narcotic distribution paraphernalia.  

The pair were arrested for their warrants and Lopez was additionally charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1.      

The Department’s Patrol Division assisted with today’s operation. 

  

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Street Crimes Division Locates Methamphetamine during Search Warrant Operation on Jomar Street
Apr 15, 2019   07:45 PM

April 15, 2019 — Today, members of the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division executed a Search Warrant at a residence located in the 2700 block of Jomar Street. 

The warrant, issued by Justice of the Peace Fred Buck, named 83-year-old Victor Samaniego to be in possession of Methamphetamine at the residence.  

Samaniego was located at the residence along with 36-year-old Soraida Gonzalez.  The pair was detained without incident and investigators located and seized approximately twenty-eight (28) grams of suspected Methamphetamine along with narcotic distribution paraphernalia. 

Samaniego was charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1.  Gonzalez was charged with State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1.  The pair was booked into the Tom Green County Jail. 

The Department’s Patrol Division, K-9 Unit and the Center for Tactical Medicine assisted with today’s operation.   

  

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San Angelo Public Safety Dispatchers to be honored by Local Businesses during National Telecommunica
Apr 12, 2019   09:34 PM

April 12, 2019 — The San Angelo Police Department will be celebrating the third full week of April (April 14-20) as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. 

This week, sponsored by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International and celebrated annually, honors the thousands of men and women who respond to emergency calls, dispatch emergency professionals and equipment, and render life-saving assistance to the world’s citizens. 

This week-long event, initially set up in 1981 by Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office in California, is a time to celebrate and thank those who dedicate their lives to serving the public.  Our San Angelo Public Safety Communications family will be honored for their hard work and dedication by several local businesses that have made donations as a show of appreciation for the sacrifices dispatchers make in order to make a safer world for the public.  

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week Local Donors: 

Chick-Fil-A

Christian House of Prayer Women’s Group

Coffee 101

Dr. Fandal

HEB

Jerky Outlet

Little Caesars Pizza

Market Street

Nobilitea

Olive’s Nursery

South 277 BBQ

Target

Which-Wich

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San Angelo Police Department Joins ‘Neighbors’ by Ring to Provide Users with Real-Time, Local Cr
Apr 12, 2019   06:25 PM

The San Angelo Police Department is pleased to announce that it has joined the free Neighbors app by Ring to provide the San Angelo community with real-time, local crime and safety information.  The Neighbors network already has millions of users and has been instrumental in catching package thieves, stopping burglaries, and keeping neighborhoods safe.  

Residents can text ‘StaySafe’ to 555888 from their smartphone to download the Neighbors app for free on iOS and Android and use the app to; join their neighborhood, share crime and safety-related videos, photos and text-based posts; and receive real-time safety alerts from their neighbors, local law enforcement and the Ring team.  For more information visit www.ring.com/neighbors

“I am a proponent of citizens using video technology as an effective way to deter crime on their property and in their neighborhoods. Easily installed and affordable video cameras are readily available to the consumer.  The increased use of cameras has already resulted in solving several criminal cases, and aided in the identification of thieves in our community.   The San Angelo Police Department is proud to have collaborated with Ring by joining the Neighbors App.  This app will provide the San Angelo community with real-time local crime and safety information. It is a virtual neighborhood watch.  Citizen safety is always a priority for us.” — Chief of Police, Frank Carter 

Jamie Siminoff, Chief Inventor and Founder of Ring, said: “We’re excited to have the San Angelo Police Department join Neighbors to keep their community up-to-date on local crime and safety information. Over the past few years we have learned that, when neighbors, the Ring team and law enforcement all work together, we can create safer communities. Neighbors is meant to facilitate real-time communication between these groups, while maintaining neighbor privacy first and foremost. By bringing security to every neighbor with the free Neighbors app, the San Angelo community can stay on top of crime and safety alerts as they happen.” 

How It Works

  • Download the Neighbors app on iOS and Android here: download.ring.com/neighbors or by texting ‘StaySafe’ to 555888 from your smartphone.
  • Opt-in to join your neighborhood.
  • Customize the geographic area you want to receive notifications for (users must verify where they are located and cannot participate in other neighborhoods).
  • Receive real-time alerts from your neighbors, local law enforcement and the Ring team that inform of crime and safety alerts as they happen.
  • View local crime and safety posts via a live feed or interactive map.
  • Share text updates, photos and videos taken on any device, including Ring’s home security devices.
  • Work with your community to make neighborhoods safer.

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San Angelo Patrol Officers Locate, Arrest Counterfeit Money Suspect during Follow-up Investigation
Apr 12, 2019   03:55 PM

Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division charged a 26-year-old San Angelo woman with Forgery of Government/National Government Instrument/Money/Security following a lengthy field investigation Thursday afternoon, April 11, 2019. 

Officers were initially dispatched to the Smokers Outlet located at 1902 North Chadbourne Street for the report of a woman and two passengers in a white GMC Yukon that drove off after the driver attempted to purchase beer and cigarettes with counterfeit money.  

During the follow-up investigation, Patrol Officers determined the Yukon was registered to a local car dealership.  Officers went to the dealership and spotted the Yukon in the lot— It was then they learned the Yukon had recently been taken out for a test-drive by three subjects who returned it about an hour later and that the subjects, who were now test-driving another vehicle, were expected to return soon.  Officers also learned that the vehicle the suspects arrived in, a green Ford Escape, was parked in the lot. 

Once the subjects returned, Officers converged on the area and detained the trio without incident.  They were identified as 26-year-old Eternity Sanchez, 28-year-old Albert Garcia, and 26-year-old Crystal N. Garcia of San Angelo. 

During an open-air ‘sniff’ of the suspect’s Ford Escape, Police Service Dog Vader alerted the officers to the presence of contraband.  Vader’s alert led to a probable cause search of the vehicle where officers located Methamphetamine.     

Subsequent to the field investigation, Sanchez was found to be in possession of additional counterfeit U.S. currency.  Garcia was arrested for State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 as well as warrants of arrest for GOB Aggravated Robbery, GOB Fleeing Police Officer and GOB Evading Arrest Detention.   C. Garcia received a citation for Drug Paraphernalia that was located inside her clothing. 

The Department’s Anti-Crime Unit assisted with the investigation. 

  

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Street Crimes Division Finds Methamphetamine, Firearms at Freeland Avenue Residence
Apr 10, 2019   08:59 PM

April 10, 2019 — Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division and SWAT Team executed a Search Warrant at a residence in the 2600 block of Freeland Avenue. 

The warrant, issued by District Judge Ben Woodward, named 37-year-old Donald Short to be in possession of Methamphetamine at the residence. 

Short was located inside the residence and detained during the search, where investigators located and seized a quantity of Methamphetamine, altered firearms, and narcotic paraphernalia.  

Short was arrested for State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1.  Additional charges are pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation. 

The Department’s Patrol Division, K-9 Unit, and the Center for Tactical Medicine assisted with today’s operation.   

  

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San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Investigators Receive Commendation from DEA
Apr 10, 2019   07:42 PM

The San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division (SCD) was recently recognized by the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)for their investigative achievements and contributions towards operation “Tragic Kingdom” — an investigation spearheaded by the DEA’s Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). 

The letter of commendation highlights the outstanding and unselfish contribution of the Street Crimes Division to the DEA San Antonio District Office Enforcement Group D-53 and specifically recognizes Street Crimes Case Agents Chris Chappa and Hank Hethcock for working countless hours of surveillance and utilizing sources that ultimately aided the infiltration of the criminal organizations named in Tragic Kingdom — work that has greatly influenced the success of the investigation. 

In closing, Special Agent in Charge Will R. Glaspy thanked Police Chief Frank Carter and the San Angelo Police Department Street Crimes Division for their continued support to an environment of cooperation and collaboration within the greater law enforcement community. 

Investigation Tragic Kingdom began in December 2017.  To date, the investigation has led to the seizure over twenty-six (26) Kilograms of Methamphetamine, nearly two (2) Kilograms of Cocaine, over four (4) Kilograms of gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB), over two hundred eighty-three grams of Heroin, over forty (40) pounds of Marijuana, more than one hundred ten (110) firearms, nearly $105,000.00 in narcotics proceeds, as well as thirty-one (31) federal indictments and nine (9) state cases. 

“In 2016, the Street Crimes Division was given a clear mission; investigate and dismantle drug trafficking organizations that affect our quality of life in San Angelo.  Operations of this magnitude are simply not possible without the resources of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the commitment of my detectives, the cooperation of our many law enforcement partners, and the support of the San Angelo Police Department.  I am extremely proud of our people and this achievement, yet motivated to improve and be even more effective.  I want our community to know they are surrounded by talented, well trained, committed law enforcement professionals that care deeply for our city.”

—   Lieutenant Ed Kading, SAPD Street Crimes Division Commander     

Operation Tragic Kingdom is an ongoing investigation. 

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Street Crimes Division Locates Variety of Narcotics during Search Warrant Operation
Apr 08, 2019   02:46 PM

Last week, Detectives with the Department’s Street Crimes Division executed a Search Warrant at a residence in the 2400 block of Junius Street. 

The warrant, issued by Justice of the Peace Eddie Howard, named 21-year-old Michael Orozco to be in possession of narcotics at the residence.  

Orozco was located at the residence and detained during the search where Investigators located and seized a quantity of Cocaine, suspected psilocybin mushrooms, suspected MDMA, marijuana, a large quantity of THC wax and liquid, two (2) firearms, narcotic distribution paraphernalia, and approximately $6,000.00 in U.S. currency.  

Orozco was subsequently charged with Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 2, Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, and Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 2.  

The Department’s Patrol Division and the Center for Tactical Medicine assisted with the operation.  

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Death Investigation in North San Angelo
Apr 02, 2019   10:49 PM

Update: The death of Kristian Rose has been ruled a homicide.  If you have information about the suspect(s) identity or whereabouts, please call Detective L. Dye at (325) 657-4322.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts.

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April 2, 2019 — Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division are conducting an investigation into the death of 26-year-old Kristian Rose, of San Angelo.

Police located Rose just after 3:40 a.m. at a residence in the 600 block of East 39th Street suffering from undetermined injury.  Rose was conscious but not responsive. 

Officers initiated life-saving techniques until San Angelo Fire Department Medics arrived.  Despite their efforts, Rose succumbed to his injuries at the scene.  Justice of the Peace Eddie Howard responded and formally pronounced Rose deceased and requested that Rose be sent to the South Plains Forensic Pathology Center in Lubbock, Texas for autopsy.

This is an active investigation and no other information is available for release at this time.   

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Public Safety Communications Center to Host Dispatcher Tests
Mar 25, 2019   07:25 PM

Beginning April 6, 2019 through May 11, 2019, San Angelo Public Safety Communications will host testing for Emergency Services Dispatcher positions at 8:30 a.m. at Concho Valley Workforce Solutions, 202 Henry O. Flipper Street.  

Interested applicants will need to apply online at https://g.co/kgs/jgP8CZ  prior to test dates. 

Interviews will be held immediately after each test for those that pass. 

Tests Dates:

April 6th

April 27th

May 11th 

The Communications Division is one of the most vital services for both our Police and Fire Departments and Dispatchers serve as the critical link between the citizens in need and responding personnel.  There are several positions available. 

JOB REQUIREMENTS:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Have a Valid Driver's License
  • Able to pass all necessary training to perform the functions of the job
  • Able to receive the TCOLE Basic Telecommunications Operator Certification prior to completing the one (1) year probationary period 

PAY SCALE:

  • Dispatch Trainee: $31,868
  • Dispatch I: $34,786 (after certification and up to 3rd year)
  • Dispatch II: $36,286 (after 3rd year and up to 5th year)
  • Dispatch III: $37,364 (after 5th year)

 

For more information about the job’s description and hiring process visit www.cosatx.us 

 

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SAPD Retirement Ceremony
Mar 25, 2019   06:28 PM

On Friday, March 29, 2019, the San Angelo Police Department will host a Retirement Ceremony for Officer Brian Bylsma.  The ceremony is slated for 10:30 a.m. at the McNease Convention Center, 501 Rio Concho Drive, in Council Chambers.  The ceremony is open to the public. 

Bylsma began his career with the City of San Angelo as a dispatcher in 1998.  After becoming an officer in 1999, Bylsma served in the Patrol Division as well as the Criminal Investigations Division’s Gang Unit before spending the last six years of his career in the Traffic Section.  Throughout his tenure with the Department, Brian has completed nearly 3,500 law enforcement training hours and he holds a Master Peace Officers License.  Other awards include the 2010 Community Service Award, Intermediate Peace Officer Certification, Military Service Award, United Way, Best Practices, Investigative Services, and Uniformed Services.  Brian has also received numerous Letters of Recognition and Commendation from citizens and partnering law enforcement agencies.  

Bylsma is also well-known in the community for his efforts in coordinating the S.A.C.O.P. Blue Santa Program and Thanksgiving Meal Delivery Program.  To date, both programs have raised and spent nearly $116,000 to enrich the lives of 580 local families. 

Prior to his civilian law enforcement career, Bylsma served in the Security Forces of the United States Air Force for twenty years. 

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North Chadbourne Double Homicide Suspect Charged
Mar 22, 2019   02:53 AM

This evening, Detectives with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division obtained two warrants of arrest for the offense of Murder for 36-year-old Dwayne Chance Chadwick. 

Chadwick is accused of murdering 27-year-old Jared Anthony Lohse and 50-year-old Jack Harris Jr. — the two men found dead inside a burning house in the 4800 block of North Chadbourne on Wednesday, March 20, 2019.  Preliminary autopsy reports for Lohse and Harris determined the manner of death was homicide resulting from gunshots wounds. 

Chadwick, who was developed as a suspect early on in the investigation, was already in custody at the Tom Green County Jail on unrelated charges when the murder complaints were signed.  Chadwick’s bond was set at two million dollars. 

This is an active investigation and no further information is available for release at this time.  

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Armed Convicted Felon Arrested after Brief Struggle with SAPD Officers
Mar 21, 2019   10:11 PM

March 21, 2019 — An armed Felon was taken into custody after a brief struggle with San Angelo Police this afternoon. 

Just before 1:00 p.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to a residence in the unit block of East 22 Street for the report of an unwanted subject.  

Upon arrival, the first officer on scene began speaking with a male subject in front of the home when the resident exited and alerted the officer about the subject being in possession of a gun.  

When the officer attempted to conduct a pat-down of the subject to check for the presence of weapons, the subject became uncooperative and resisted the officer.  During this struggle, the resident began yelling that the subject was reaching for the gun. 

Additional units arrived and the subject, later identified as 29-year-old Michael Sanchez Lopez, was taken into custody.  The gun, which had been reported stolen early this morning from a vehicle burglary, was located inside Lopez’s waistband. 

Once inside the patrol car, Lopez began kicking the windows and he was subsequently placed in a Ripp-hobble to prevent injury to himself.  

Lopez was charged with Assault on Public Servant, Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon, Resist Arrest Search or Transport, and an outstanding Parole Warrant.  Lopez was booked into the Tom Green County Jail. 

Additional charges may be forthcoming pending the outcome of the ongoing Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle investigation.  

The officer sustained minor injuries during the altercation.  He was treated at the scene by medics and released. 

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Group of Teen Vehicle Burglars Arrested in Early Morning Bust
Mar 21, 2019   09:31 PM

March 21, 2019 — Several teens were arrested on various charges connected to a vehicle burglary in a South San Angelo neighborhood this morning. 

Just after 2:00 a.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to the El Conquistador Apartments located in the 1700 block of Knickerbocker Road for the report of suspicious subjects in the parking lot.  The subjects were reportedly dressed in dark clothing, carrying backpacks and looking through vehicles.  

When officers arrived, the subjects fled on foot.  Additional units converged on the area and two of the subjects were quickly located and detained without incident.  

Shortly after, two additional subjects were observed crossing Knickerbocker Road and entering the PAYS Academic Alternative School parking lot.  The subjects were also detained without incident.  One of the subjects was carrying a backpack.  

Through further investigation, it was discovered the subjects matched the description of a group of subjects who were observed in the area of a recent Burglary of a Motor Vehicle at the Sunset Apartments where a Coach purse had been stolen. 

Subsequent to the field investigation, the stolen Coach purse was located inside the backpack and later returned to the victim of the vehicle burglary. 

Martin Cano, age 17, was charged with Evading arrest Detention.  Angel Ledesma, age 17, was charged with Criminal Trespass.  A 16-year-old male was charged with Burglary of Motor Vehicle and a 15-year-old male was charged with Evading arrest Detention and Resisting Arrest.  Cano and Ledesma were transported to the Tom Green County Jail.  Both juveniles were transported to the Tom Green County Juvenile Justice Center.  

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Fire Homicide Investigation on North Chadbourne
Mar 20, 2019   12:23 PM

March 20, 2019 — Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division along with the San Angelo Fire Department’s Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating a fire where the bodies of two men were found inside a North San Angelo residence. 

Just before 3:00 a.m., Police and Fire were dispatched to the 4800 block of North Chadbourne Street for the report of a structure fire.  Upon arrival, the residence was fully engulfed.  After the fire suppression efforts ceased, officials located two deceased men.  Their identities have not been confirmed. 

Justice of the Peace Fred Buck responded to the scene to formally pronounce the men deceased.  The cause and manner of the men’s death are undetermined and their bodies were sent for autopsy.  Detectives are investigating the incident as a homicide.  

There is no further information available for release at this time. 

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San Angelo Man Charged with Murder in Connection to Shooting Investigation on Bailey Street
Mar 20, 2019   01:55 AM

March 19, 2019 — Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division are conducting a homicide investigation in northwest San Angelo. 

At approximately 4:26 p.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 2000 block of Walnut Street for the report of a shooting victim. 

While en route, responding officers were updated with the suspect’s clothing description and location of the victim.  

At approximately 4:30 p.m., responding officers located the suspect in the 2000 block of Bailey Street.  The suspect, who was later identified as Gabriel James Ortiz Sr., was taken into custody and detained without incident.  The shooting victim, 28-year-old San Angelo resident Ernesto Hernandez, was located deceased in the backyard of a nearby residence.  Justice of the Peace J.P. McGuire responded to the scene and formally pronounced Hernandez deceased.  

The Department’s Crime Scene Investigations Unit responded to assist with the follow-up investigation and multiple patrol units were utilized to cordon off the area.  

Ortiz will be charged with Murder.  This is an ongoing investigation and additional information will be released when it becomes available.  

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March 18, 2019 LIDAR Traffic Enforcement
Mar 19, 2019   05:35 PM

On Monday, March 18, 2019, the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a School Zone Traffic Enforcement Operation utilizing LIDAR near the Bonham Elementary, Bowie Elementary, Crockett Elementary, Fannin Elementary, Glenmore Elementary, Holiman Elementary, Lamar Elementary, and McGill Elementary campuses.  A total of twenty-two (22) citations and seven (7) warnings were issued. 

Following the School Zone Enforcement, officers conducted LIDAR Traffic Enforcement in the westbound traffic lanes of the 1700 block of East Houston Harte.  A total of thirty-nine (39) citations and nine (9) warnings were issued.  

Citation Breakdown:

School Zones

Other/Misc. Violations: 2

No Insurance: 2

Speeding: 16

Warnings: 7

DWLI: 2

Houston Harte

Other/Misc. Violations: 2

No Insurance: 1

Speeding: 35

Warnings: 9

DWLI: 1 

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San Angelo Woman Facing Drug Charges after Street Crimes Detectives Locate Meth at Local Hotel
Mar 11, 2019   09:44 PM

March 11, 2019 — Today, Investigators with the Department’s Street Crimes Division executed a Search and Arrest Warrant at the Super 8 Motel located at 410 W. Avenue L. 

The warrant, issued by Justice of the Peace Susan Werner, named 33-year-old Erica Holiday to be in possession of Methamphetamine at the location.  

Holiday was located and detained during the search, which yielded nearly twenty-one (21) grams of suspected Methamphetamine along with narcotic distribution paraphernalia. 

Holiday was arrested for First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance and was booked into the Tom Green County Jail.  

The Department’s Patrol Division assisted with today’s operation.     

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March 5, 2019 LIDAR Traffic Enforcement Operation
Mar 07, 2019   09:31 PM

On Tuesday, March 5, 2019, the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted LIDAR Traffic Enforcement in the 4200 block of West Houston Harte Expressway from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m.  A total of sixty-six (66) citations and eight (8) warnings were issued. 

From 2:30 – 4:00 p.m., a School Zone Traffic Enforcement Operation utilizing LIDAR was conducted in numerous school zones.  A total of forty-six (46) citations and seven (7) warnings were issued. 

Citation Breakdown: 

Houston Harte

Other/Misc. Violations: 10

No Insurance: 5

Speeding: 48

Warnings: 8

No DL: 1

DWLI: 2

 

School Zones

Other/Misc. Violations: 8

No Insurance: 2

Speeding: 32

Warnings: 7

No DL: 1

DWLI: 3

 

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DNA Evidence Leads to Arrest in 32-Year-Old San Angelo Cold Case Murder
Mar 05, 2019   11:02 AM

On Monday, March 4, 2019, Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division arrested 61-year-old Adolph Gonzales in the culmination of the 32-year-old unsolved murder of Dovie Dykes.  Gonzales was located and taken into custody in Lewisville, Texas with assistance from the Texas Rangers and booked into the Denton County Jail.  Gonzales is charged with First Degree Felony Murder.  

83 at the time of her murder, Dovie Dykes’s lifeless body was located inside her residence at 1026 Culberson on the morning of July 11, 1986.  Ms. Dykes was discovered by a family member. 

The subsequent criminal investigation by San Angelo Police Department Detectives revealed Ms. Dykes had been sexually assaulted.  Furthermore, an autopsy conducted by the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office concluded that Ms. Dykes died as a result of cardiac arrhythmia she experienced during the assault. 

With no immediate arrest or viable tips to go on, Ms. Dykes’s murder remained a mystery and the case grew cold.  Several years later, investigative efforts were reinvigorated by San Angelo Police Department Cold Case Detective Jim Coleman, who coordinated with the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Lab for additional DNA testing.  

DPS Crime Lab Officials deemed that the sample, which was found to be from an unknown male, was not sufficient for submission into the Combined DNA Index System (CODUS); however, the sample was adequate for DNA comparison if a known DNA profile was submitted.  At the time of this development, there were no known suspects and the case came to a standstill. 

In March 2015, Detective Coleman re-engaged Officials with the DPS Crime Lab in hopes that the sample could be re-evaluated using the latest scientific techniques.  This new effort proved successful and the sample was deemed a sufficient quantity for submission into CODUS.  

In May 2015, the Federal DNA Database Unit of the FBI conducted a routine search of their Convicted Offender Database.  That routine search resulted in a match with a previously convicted federal offender — Adolph Gonzales.  Furthermore, through follow up investigation, Detectives discovered that Gonzales previously lived at 1023 Culberson.  

As a result, Investigators were granted a search warrant for Gonzales’s DNA, which was obtained and submitted to the DPS Crime Lab for comparison in July 2015.  

In November 2017, a DPS Forensic Scientist notified our investigators that the submitted sample DNA profile was over one (1) billion times more likely to have come from Gonzales than from another subject.  

Following Detective Coleman’s departure from the Department in 2017, the investigation was assigned to Detectives Lynn Dye and Adrian Castro.  Pursuant to their follow up investigation and receipt of a positive DNA evidence confirmation by the DPS Crime Lab, probable cause was established to obtain an Arrest Warrant for Gonzales on March 1, 2019.  

(Dovie Dykes's family member, Pam Guess, holds a handmade quilt Dykes made for Guess's daughter during a press conference at Police Headquarters)

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San Angelo Police Department Academy Graduation
Mar 01, 2019   07:26 PM

Ten (10) San Angelo Police Department Cadets will formally graduate from the police academy during a public ceremony slated for 3:00 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2019, at the McNease Convention Center, 501 Rio Concho Drive.  

The new officers are Jacob Anderson, Amanda Bohannan, Zane Daniel, Ricardo Dominguez, Garry Hamilton, Kelsey Hernandez, Philip Jensen, Jonathan Montana, Joshua Quintero, and Dora Torres. 

The Graduation Ceremony marks the successful completion of an extensive one thousand eighteen (1,018) hour academy learning basic law enforcement skills paired with a multi-week in-service training program.  During the ceremony, the Cadets will be sworn in as Apprentice Police Officers (APO’s).  The Department oath will be administered by Police Chief Frank Carter. 

Following Friday’s commencement ceremony, the Apprentice Police Officers will begin a sixteen (16) week Police Training Program, which is designed to teach the APO’s how best to use the skills acquired during the academy and in-service training. 

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San Angelo Police Apprehend Suspect in Morning Stabbing near ASU
Feb 28, 2019   07:44 PM

February 26, 2019 — 37-year-old San Angelo resident Stephanie Hill has been arrested in connection with an early morning stabbing on South Fillmore Street. 

Just after 8:00 a.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to Shannon Medical Center for the report of a 43-year-old San Angelo man who was being treated for a stab wound to the neck area.  His injuries were non-life-threatening. 

The reported stabbing occurred inside an apartment located in the 1800 block of South Fillmore.  Officers quickly secured the crime scene and additional units flooded the area in partnership with Angelo State University Police in search of Hill. 

Hill was located approximately one and a half (1.5) hours later at the Cliff House Apartments located at 1818 South Harrison Street and taken into custody without incident. 

A preliminary investigation revealed that prior to the stabbing, Hill reportedly engaged in a verbal altercation with family members.  During the altercation, Hill threw a knife towards a 19-year-old male family member before she stabbed the victim.  The teen was not injured.    

Hill will be charged with First Degree Felony Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon-Family Violence. 

This is an ongoing investigation and no further information is available for release. 

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Monday Walmart Bomb Threat Deemed Hoax
Feb 28, 2019   07:31 PM

January 28, 2019 — At approximately 1:19 p.m., San Angelo Public Safety Communications received an anonymous call concerning a bomb threat at area Walmart stores.  

Walmart Officials evacuated each store and members of the San Angelo Police Department, San Angelo Fire Department, Fire Prevention Office, Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office and bomb-sniffing dogs and personnel from Goodfellow Air Force Base responded to each location.  Subsequent to the security sweeps, Fire Officials determined the threat was a hoax.  No evidence of explosive devices was located. 

Following the determination, Walmart Officials re-opened the stores to citizens.  

This is an active investigation and no further information is available for release at this time.  

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Police Smell Marijuana, Find Nearly 54 Grams of Methamphetamine in Parked Vehicle
Feb 25, 2019   07:43 PM

Just before 11:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 24, 2019, a San Angelo Police Patrol Officer made contact with two occupants in a parked vehicle at the Stripes convenience store located at 1802 S. Bryant Blvd.  

While speaking with the occupants, the Officer smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle.  

During the subsequent probable cause search of the vehicle, the Officer located nearly 54 grams of suspected Methamphetamine along with drug paraphernalia used to traffic narcotics.  The investigation revealed the occupants had smoked marijuana inside the vehicle just prior to the police contact.  

The vehicle’s 26-year-old driver, Crystal Garcia, was arrested and charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and Possession Controlled Substance Penalty Group 3 (Xanax) <28G.  The passenger, 28-year-old Ashley Garcia, was arrested and charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and out-of-county warrants for MTR Possession Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, MTR Credit Card or Debit Card Abuse X2, and Possession of Marijuana <2oz.  The pair was booked into the Tom Green County Jail. 

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SAPD Searching for Suspect who Damaged Police Headquarters Roof in Weekend Mischief
Feb 25, 2019   07:42 PM

San Angelo Police are searching for a suspect who caused extensive damage to the roof at Police Headquarters this weekend.  

The damage occurred on Saturday, February 23, 2019.  The initial investigation revealed the unknown suspect swiftly entered the rooftop from the West and used an extreme amount of force to peel back a portion of the roof’s exterior coating before fleeing to the East.  

No arrests have been made at this time but Investigators believe the suspect’s first name is Gale.  Anonymous tips indicate Gale is sometimes referred to by her street name, “Mother Nature”, who is said to be a top-ranking official in the Natural Disaster Gang. 

In a press conference slated for Monday afternoon, Police Department Officials intend to throw caution to the wind by issuing Gale a warning. 

If your roof was the victim of criminal mischief Saturday and you believe Gale was at fault, please do not contact police to file a report.  Call your insurance adjuster. 

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Investigators Obtain Arrest Warrant for Valentine’s Day Burglar Joshua T. Bonner
Feb 22, 2019   07:41 PM

Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division have obtained an Arrest Warrant for Joshua Thomas Bonner, 33, of San Angelo, in connection to the early morning Burglary of a residence in the 2700 block of Tech Avenue on February 14, 2019. 

Bonner is alleged to have used force to enter the backdoor of the occupied residence.  The resident escaped without harm and sought help from a neighbor.  Bonner reportedly stole a purse. 

In the hours following the burglary, Investigators obtained surveillance video of a masked-suspect who was driving a black Nissan Titan pickup truck.  Through follow up investigation, Bonner was developed as a person of interest. 

That same day, San Angelo Police Department Officials released portions of the surveillance video to the public in hopes of soliciting tips.  Although Bonner was already a person of interest, the Department received an anonymous Nixle Tip naming Bonner as the masked-suspect.  

In an unrelated incident on February 20, 2019, the Taylor County Sheriff’s Department conducted a traffic stop on the black 2010 Nissan Titan.  The driver, Bonner, was subsequently arrested for Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance and Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon.  Bonner was later released after posting surety bond. 

After learning Bonner had certain items relating to the San Angelo burglary inside the truck, San Angelo Police Detective James Russell applied for a Search Warrant.  Upon completion of the search, Investigators seized several items that link Bonner to the burglary.  

Bonner has an active Arrest Warrant for Burglary of Habitation.  If you have information about Bonner’s whereabouts please contact law enforcement.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts. 

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Investigators Seize Meth during Street Crimes Warrant Operation at Ben Ficklin Residence
Feb 20, 2019   07:36 PM

On Tuesday, February 19, 2019, Investigators with the Department’s Street Crimes Division executed an Evidentiary Search Warrant at a residence in the 5400 block of Ben Ficklin Road. 

The warrant, issued by District Judge Jay Weatherby, named 39-year-old Shannon McGhee to be in possession of Methamphetamine at the residence. 

McGhee and 49-year-old David Steckling were located and detained during the search, which yielded approximately four (4) ounces of suspected Methamphetamine along with narcotic distribution paraphernalia. 

McGhee and Steckling were charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and transported to the Tom Green County Jail.  

The Department’s Patrol Division, K-9 Unit, and the Center for Tactical Medicine assisted with yesterday’s operation. 

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Street Crimes Division Seizes Heroin, Meth, Guns on West Avenue V
Feb 15, 2019   07:35 PM

Valentine’s Day 2019 — Investigators with the Department’s Street Crimes Division executed an Evidentiary Search Warrant at a residence in the 200 block of West Avenue V. 

The warrant, issued by District Court Judge Carmen Dusek, named a 44-year-old convicted Felon to be in possession of Methamphetamine at the residence. 

The search yielded nearly thirteen (13) ounces of suspected Methamphetamine and one and one half (1.5) ounces of suspected Heroin.  In addition to the narcotics, Investigators located and seized an assortment of drug paraphernalia consistent with narcotics trafficking and two (2) firearms.  

Federal charges are pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation.  

The Department’s Training Division, K-9 Unit and the Center for Tactical Medicine assisted with yesterday’s warrant operation.

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