We know that scammers consistently target citizens through email, text messages, phone calls, social media, and standard mail but our senior population is even more vulnerable to falling victim.
Scammers will say anything to get money and they like gift cards because, once they have the code on the back, the money is gone and almost impossible to trace. However, knowing how these scams work can help businesses to spot potential scams and prevent a citizen from becoming a victim.
Detectives with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division are asking local businesses to train their employees to contact the police if they suspect that a victim is in danger of financial loss by prepaid gift card scams.
If you encounter a customer who is attempting to follow through with placing large amounts of money on prepaid cards, please contact police dispatch immediately at (325) 657-4315. Officers are allowed to act under a “Care Taking” function and may be able to speak with the victim and verify if the situation is legitimate or a scam.
In addition, if employees encounter a customer attempting to place money on a prepaid card(s) with multiple credit/debit cards that get declined, the cards are more than likely stolen. This is a common scheme to transfer money from stolen debit/credit cards to prepaid cards. When this happens, we strongly suggest that no employee attempt to intervene and engage the possible suspect. If this activity is observed, be a good witness and contact police to report suspicious activity.
September 19, 2020 — Detectives with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division are seeking information about a shooting incident that occurred just before 4:00 a.m. at a residence in the 2500 block of Colorado Avenue.
The victims, a 19-year-old male, a 20-year-old female, and a 21-year-old male, were treated at a nearby hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
Investigators believe the incident was targeted. No suspects have been identified.
If you have any information about the suspect(s) identity or whereabouts, please call (325) 657-4264. If you have surveillance video or cell phone video of the shooting incident itself or footage from 3:15 – 4:15 a.m. in the area of Johnson and Colorado, please contact the Criminal Investigations Division at (325) 657-4264. You can submit your video footage directly to https://sanangelopdtx.evidence.com/axon/citizen/public/coloradoaveshootinginvestigation
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 ongoing investigation and no additional information is available for release.
Over the last twenty-four hours, San Angelo Police Department Officers have had their hands full with vehicle pursuits that resulted in the capture of three wanted Felons.
The first incident occurred around 12:30 a.m. when an officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop near Bell and Houston Harte. The vehicle’s driver, 23-year-old Kenneth Cansler, refused to stop and a vehicle pursuit ensued. Shortly after, officers decided to terminate the pursuit due to safety reasons. Just as the pursuit ended, Cansler lost control of the vehicle, crashed through a fence, and came to rest on the Central High School Oakes Campus sports practice field. Cansler was taken into custody without incident and charged with Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by Felon, Evading in a Motor Vehicle, Lights-Defective Brake Light, and a Felony Warrant of Arrest for Evading in a Motor Vehicle. Officers located two loaded firearms in the vehicle.
“Gone to Farr”
The second incident occurred just before 8:00 p.m. when members of the Department’s Gang Unit directed a traffic stop on a vehicle being driven by Joseph Holt near 19th and Farr. Holt refused to stop and a vehicle pursuit ensued throughout the neighborhood until it was called off due to safety reasons. Shortly after the pursuit was terminated, officers happened upon Holt’s vehicle traveling westbound on 17th Street at a very low-speed until it came to rest after striking a fixed object in the Christian Fellowship Baptist parking lot. After police discovered Holt had abandoned the vehicle, which was occupied by a pregnant female and two unsecured toddlers (ages 2 and 4), a perimeter was quickly established. Soon after, officers located Holt attempting to flee the area and he was taken into custody after a brief pursuit. Holt, who had a Motion to Revoke Warrant of Arrest for Felony Theft, was additionally charged with Evading Arrest with Vehicle, Abandon Endanger Child Criminal Negligence X2, and Felony Enhanced Evading Arrest-Prior Convictions. The pregnant woman and two children were not injured.
“STOPSTICKS & Honeysuckle”
The third incident occurred just after 1:45 a.m. this morning when officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle at 19th and North Bryant. The vehicle’s driver, 58-year-old Samuel Tomme, refused to stop and a low-speed vehicle pursuit ensued. The pursuit ended near the 3800 block of Honeysuckle Lane after officers successfully deployed STOPSTICKS, which caused Tomme’s tires to deflate. Tomme, who refused to follow commands and exit the vehicle, was extracted by officers who were able to gain entry via glass break.
Tomme was charged with Evading Arrest Detention with Vehicle as well as two Motion to Revoke Warrants of Arrest for Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and Bail Jumping/Failure to Appear Felony.
26-year-old Deborah Ramirez of San Angelo has been charged with Aggravated Assault Causes Serious Bodily Injury in connection to a stabbing that occurred at a residence in the 500 block of East Harris Avenue Thursday (09/17/20) afternoon.
Police were initially dispatched to the area of Poe and East Harris after a City of San Angelo worker located a woman who was bleeding from the chest walking west towards Shannon Medical Center.
The victim, a 40-year-old San Angelo woman, was located by a Good Samaritan near the Food King parking lot on North Main Street and transported to Shannon Medical Center where she underwent surgery from an apparent stab wound. The woman is said to be in critical condition.
Unsure of the location of the incident, officers canvassed the area and eventually located a blood trail, which led them to the residence on East Harris where Ramirez and three other occupants were located and detained.
Officers later executed a search warrant at the residence. In addition to locating the crime scene, police discovered a fifth occupant hiding in a bedroom closet. The subject, identified as 37-year-old Annalecia Carrillo, was taken into custody for a Parole Warrant.
Ramirez was formally charged following an interview with members of the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division.
This is an ongoing investigation and no additional information is available for release.
On Thursday, September 17, 2020, San Angelo Police were dispatched to a residence in the 200 block of Allen Street for the report of an armed suspect who forced his way inside a house and assaulted the resident.
Upon arrival, officers located the victim, a 48-year-old San Angelo woman, who was bleeding and visibly shaken. Officers learned that the armed-suspect, an acquaintance of the victim identified as 27-year-old Whitney Darby, had arrived at the house and demanded to be let in. When entry was refused, Darby forced entry through the locked front door and assaulted the victim while displaying a firearm.
A responding officer spotted Darby near the 400 block of Porter Street and attempted to take him into custody but Darby refused the commands and a foot pursuit ensued. Darby was eventually taken into custody near Bird Street and Webb Street.
During the investigation, police discovered a recently- reported stolen white Hyundai Sonata in a nearby alleyway where Darby was named as a potential suspect as well as another nearby residence with evidence of forced entry.
Subsequent to the lengthy field-investigation, Darby was charged with Burglary of Habitation with Intend Other Felony, Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, Harassment of Public Servant (By expectorate), and Evading Arrest Detention. Darby also had an outstanding warrant of arrest for Going Off Bond-Abandon Endanger Child.
In addition to the aforementioned charges, Darby is a suspect in at least two other recent felonious crimes and additional charges are forthcoming pending the outcome of those ongoing investigations.
Additional information will be released when it becomes available.
Detectives with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division are seeking information about a male suspect who shot a San Angelo resident at MLK Park around 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16, 2020.
The preliminary investigation revealed the victim, a 42-year-old man, was engaged in a verbal altercation with the suspect near the roadway just prior to the shooting. The suspect is alleged to have fled south on Martin Luther King Drive in a vehicle prior to officer arrival. The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
If you have any information about the suspect(s) identity or whereabouts, please call (325) 657-4264. If any member of the public or business owner has a video surveillance recording or cell phone video of the shooting incident or footage from 9:45 p.m. through 10:30 p.m. (on MLK Drive from W. 23rd to W. 19th), please contact the Criminal Investigations Division at (325) 657-4264. You can submit your video footage directly to
This is an ongoing investigation.
The San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division is asking the public for help in identifying an arson suspect.
On August 18, 2020, the pictured male suspect intentionally started a “distraction fire” at the Dollar General located at 4214 College Hills Boulevard before fleeing the store with stolen property.
The suspect appears to be Hispanic. Also visible in the video is a tattoo of a (possible) star on his right upper arm. Other tattoos can be seen on the inside of his right and left upper biceps.
If you have any information about the suspect’s identity or whereabouts please contact Detective J. Chegwidden 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.
September 4, 2020 – Just after 1:25PM, the San Angelo Police Department was dispatched to the area of Celebration Bridge located at 349 S. Oakes in regards to a possible body in the water. Upon officers arrival they discovered a deceased subject and the Criminal Investigation Division was contacted to respond. The Lake Division along with the Crime Scene Unit responded to assist with the investigation and to recover the deceased. This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be provided when it becomes available.
If anyone has information about this incident, please contact the Criminal Investigations Division 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.
The San Angelo Police Department is investigating multiple incidents related to several viral social media posts concerning two white males who are allegedly attempting to lure children into a red older-model Ford Ranger pickup truck as well as several posts inciting physical retaliation against the men.
Yesterday, the Department received several reported sightings of the men and truck from the viral social media posts in and around various locations in San Angelo. Our officers responded to each reported sighting. Both men, who appear to be suffering from an unknown cognitive impairment, were located and identified and investigations into the reported incidents ensued.
In a possible act of so-called vigilante justice, one of the accused men, age 41, was assaulted late last night at a local gas station during an altercation with three men who recognized him from the viral posts. The man was later treated for a broken jaw. The suspects have not been located. The incident is under investigation.
To date, officers have spoken with several complainants who alleged the two men have been acting suspiciously and following children and women; however, no incidents of attempted abduction have been reported.
Although none of the reported local incidents have risen to a violation of Texas law thus far, we can assure you that the safety and welfare of our citizens is paramount and our officers are exploring every possible avenue within legal guidelines to halt the activity.
We cannot stress enough the importance of reporting suspicious behavior when it is occurring. Sometimes, people are reluctant to call 911 about behavior that they feel is suspicious or they choose to post on social media before calling authorities. The San Angelo Police Department wants to remind our citizens that reporting suspicious activity immediately can help police prevent or interrupt crime.
The Department is also cautioning members of the public to refrain from approaching the men and taking matters into their own hands.
If you or someone you know has had a recent encounter with the men, please contact the San Angelo Police Department as soon as possible at (325) 657-4315 to file an incident report.
These are ongoing investigations and more information will be released when it becomes available.
On Saturday, August 29, 2020, Detectives with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division were called to the 300 block of South Oakes Street to investigate a drowning incident involving a 40-year-old San Angelo transient man. The incident was reported around 2:30 p.m.
San Angelo Police and Fire Department personnel located the unresponsive man near Celebration Bridge. Justice of the Peace Susan Werner officially pronounced the man deceased.
The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim, later identified as 40-year-old Thomas Pike, had been drinking with a group of transients on the north side of the river before he went swimming and reportedly drowned.
Foul play is not suspected. This is an ongoing investigation and no other information is available for release at this time.
Over the last two days, Officers with the San Angelo Police Department’s Anti-Crime Unit and Gang Unit have arrested the following suspects pursuant to an ongoing investigation into criminal activity associated with a residence located in the 2000 block of Colorado Street in San Angelo, Texas.
Alfredo Chavez, age 17: Possession of Marijuana
Vanessa Gonzales, age 22: Possession of Marijuana
Mykah Saldivar, age 19: Possession of Marijuana, Possession Controlled Substance PG3
Jonathan Tucker, age 17: Burglary of Habitation, Unauthorized Use of Vehicle, Seatbelt-Passenger 17 and Older
Subsequent to the arrests, a search warrant operation was executed at the residence where officers located and seized a quantity of stolen property — including firearms.
Additional charges are pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation.
Members of the Department’s K9 Unit, Criminal Investigations Division, and Crime Scene Investigations assisted with the operation.
August 26, 2020 — Just after 1:30 a.m., San Angelo Public Safety Communications received multiple calls concerning reports of “shots fired” near the 2400 block of North Lillie Street.
Shortly after, San Angelo Police were dispatched to Shannon Medical Center for the report of a 20-year-old male shooting victim.
Subsequent to the preliminary field investigation, detectives learned that the victim had been shot during an altercation between two unknown male suspects while in the parking lot of the Nueva Vista Apartments located at 2401 North Lillie Street and that the incident was not a random act of violence.
If anyone has information about the suspect(s) identity or whereabouts, please contact the Criminal Investigations Division 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.
This is an ongoing investigation and no additional information is available for release at this time.
This morning, the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted LIDAR Traffic Enforcement in eleven (11) school zones. A total of thirty-five (35) citations and seven (7) warnings were issued.
Following the school zone enforcement, LIDAR Traffic Enforcement was conducted in the 2200 block of West Houston Harte’s eastbound traffic. A total of sixty (60) citations and twenty-five (25) warnings were issued.
Cell phone in School Zone: 2
Other/Misc. Violations: 5
No Insurance: 2
Speeding: 52 (Highest speed: 94 mph.)
Other/Misc. Violations: 3
No Driver’s License: 2
No Insurance: 3
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.
August 22, 2020 – An Amber alert had been issued for 14 Month Old Klay Guzman, with information indicating the suspect, 28 Year Old Matthew Guzman, had taken the child from Colorado City, TX. Several attempts to locate the child at possible local addresses in San Angelo, TX were completed over the past two days.
On August 22, 2020 just before 1600 hours, information was received that indicated Matthew Guzman was in the 500 block of E Harris Ave and wanted to turn himself in. Officers responded and made contact with Matthew Guzman who had Klay Guzman with him. Matthew Guzman was taken into custody without incident for a warrant issued by Colorado City PD. The child was in good health and turned over to family.
For information regarding charges and case information, refer to Colorado City PD.
August 22, 2020 – Just after 0800 hours this morning, San Angelo Police were dispatched to 410 W Avenue L for a report of a shooting victim. Upon Officers‘ arrival, the victim was found to be a two (2) year old child with a single gun shot wound. The victim was transported to Shannon Hospital by medics, and was further transported to Cook Children’s hospital for treatment. No information was provided to indicate that the victim was facing a life threatening injury.
San Angelo Police Department Child Crimes Detectives, Criminal Investigation Division Detectives, and Crime Scene Investigators responded and investigated the incident. Child Protective Services responded to assist with the investigation as well.
At the conclusion of the investigation, it was discovered that the victim’s three (3) year old sibling had gotten access to a firearm and accidentally shot the victim.
Possible criminal charges may be pending for not preventing access to the firearm by the children, however, no arrests were made at this time.
This afternoon, members of the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division, Anti-Crime Unit, and Patrol Division successfully executed an Arrest Warrant for 45-year-old Matthew Clark — the remaining suspect sought in connection to the Aggravated Robbery of a San Angelo couple inside a residence on East 19th Street on August 4, 2020.
Clark had barricaded himself in a locked structure behind a residence located in the 600 block of North Archer.
Two other suspects, 59-year-old John Delarosa and 32-year-old Seth Allbright, were previously located and charged with Aggravated Robbery.
(Previous Releases: http://www.sanangelopolice.org/articles/view/second-aggravated-robbery-suspect-apprehended-after-vehicle-foot-pursuit-5f308418-f480-4a2b-b386-72110a1ed41f, http://www.sanangelopolice.org/articles/view/police-search-for-two-armed-robbery-suspects-5f2db75d-5424-47c0-87b6-70f40a1ed423)
August 10, 2020 — Just before 1:00 a.m. this morning, San Angelo Police were dispatched to a residence in the 2200 block of Dartmouth Street for the report of animal cruelty.
During the preliminary field-investigation, police learned a dog was allegedly poisoned at a nearby residence. Police attempted to make contact with the resident(s) at the location of incident but no one responded.
Due to the nature of this allegation, this incident was immediately assigned to a detective for investigation.
Det. K. Lane has been tasked with investigating this incident and is actively working on the case. The San Angelo Police Department takes allegations of this type very seriously. We ask for your patience as we properly investigate this incident.
The Department is urging members of the public not to contact any parties involved in the ongoing investigation. Any threats made to the involved parties could result in an investigation and criminal charges may be pursued.
If you have any information regarding this incident, please contact Det. Lane at 325-481-2789.
One of the suspects involved in the August 4, 2020, Aggravated Robbery of a San Angelo couple inside a residence on East 19th Street, 32-year-old Seth Allbright, was arrested earlier today following a vehicle and foot pursuit in northeast San Angelo.
A San Angelo Police Department Patrol Officer observed Allbright operating a blue-colored SUV and attempted to conduct a traffic stop near the Stripes at La Follette and Bell; however, Allbright bailed from the vehicle and fled the area.
During a search of the vehicle, Officers located Allbright’s wallet, a double-barrel shotgun, and debit and credit cards belonging to various persons.
A short time later, two off-duty San Angelo Police Officers who were working security at a nearby church observed Allbright near the Houston Harte frontage road and North Marie Street. During their coordinated apprehension, Allbright ran and a foot pursuit ensued westbound onto the Houston Harte Expressway where Allbright was met by additionally responding units. Allbright was taken into custody without further incident and treated for heat-related issues at a nearby hospital before he was transported to the Tom Green County Jail.
Another suspect, 59-year-old John Delarosa, was apprehended on August 6th. The third suspect sought in this case, 45-year-old Matthew Clark, is still at large.
On August 4, 2020, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 400 block of East 19th Street for the report of a robbery.
During the field-investigation, police learned that a 59-year-old man and his 35-year-old girlfriend were been inside a residence when three armed men forced entry and robbed them.
During the follow-up investigation, Detectives with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division developed probable cause to obtain warrants of arrest for 59-year-old John Delarosa, 32-year-old Seth Albright, and 45-year-old Matthew Clark for the charge of Aggravated Robbery.
Yesterday, members of the Department’s Anti-Crime Unit apprehended Delarosa near North Bell and Pulliam. Albright and Clark are still at large.
If you have information about Albright and Clark’s whereabouts, please call dispatch 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.
At approximately 11:50 p.m. on August 5, 2020, San Angelo Police were dispatched to a residence in the 500 block of East Harris Avenue for the report of a prowler attempting to gain entry.
When officers arrived, they discovered a 26-year-old female victim had been assaulted by three suspects who had forced their way inside the residence. It was also learned that the victim knew the two female suspects and that she fought them off with a knife, possibly injuring one.
Through follow-up investigation, 38-year-old Elizabeth Guerrero and 17-year-old Cecilia Guerrero were developed as the two female suspects. The pair was eventually located inside a residence in the 400 block of East Harris Avenue. Investigators also discovered and seized a quantity of marijuana at the residence.
Subsequent to the field-investigation and suspect interviews with the Criminal Investigations Division, probable cause was obtained to charge the pair with Burglary of Habitation.
Elizabeth Guerrero was treated at Shannon Medical Center for minor injuries she sustained from the knife, and upon her release, transported to the Tom Green County Jail where she was charged with Burglary of Habitation. Cecilia Guerrero was charged with Burglary of Habitation and State Jail Felony Possession of Marijuana.
The third suspect, an unidentified male, has not been located.