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Domestic Violence Investigation Leads to Arrest
Jan 06, 2023   01:38 PM

On 1/5/23 around 7:20 pm, Officers were dispatched to a residence in the 500blk of East 29th in reference to a domestic disturbance. Information was obtained that the disturbance was between a male and female and that the male was possibly armed with a machete.

Several Officers responded and observed multiple signs inside of the residence that made them believe that an assault had taken place. The male (61yoa) and female (55 yoa) denied any confrontation, but it was learned that the female half had an active County Warrant for her arrest.

The female (Sandra Moore) was taken into custody for her County Warrant, and neither subject was charged with Assault Family Violence at this time. The incident was documented, and the Assault charge will be forwarded to the County Attorney’s Office.

Theft Investigation Leads to Arrest
Jan 05, 2023   10:12 AM

On 12/28/22, Officers were dispatched to the 1800blk of Overhill Drive in reference to a theft of a trailer. It was learned that multiple pieces of equipment were located on the trailer prior to it being stolen. Officers documented the incident and enlisted the help of the public to help locate the trailer through a social media post.During the morning hours on 1/4/23, SAPD’s communications division received information regarding the whereabouts of the stolen trailer. Officers were then dispatched to the Unit Block of East 19th where they were able to locate the stolen trailer in the backyard of a residence. SAPD’s Criminal Investigations Division were contacted, and they arrived on the scene to further investigate the incident. The trailer was removed from the backyard of the residence, and it was learned from the Victim that multiple pieces of equipment were still missing from the trailer.

SAPD’s Anti-Crime and Gang Unit assisted with conducting surveillance on the residence in an attempt to locate the remaining stolen property. Officers received information that items were being removed from the rear of the residence and being placed into the back of a pickup truck. The truck was then observed leaving the residence at which point SAPD’s Patrol Division attempted to conduct a traffic stop on it. The Truck then fled the traffic stop and led officers on a short vehicle pursuit before returning back to the residence it had departed from. The suspect then led officers on a brief foot pursuit before being taken into custody by responding officers. The suspect was identified as Armando Villareal (46yoa) and it was learned that multiple pieces of the Victim’s stolen equipment (as well as other suspected stolen property) were located in the bed of the pickup truck that Villareal had fled from. Multiple pieces of property were then seized from the scene with the assistance of SAPD’s Crime Scene Division.

SAPD’s Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and ultimately charged Villareal with Theft of Property >= $30k<$100k, Evading Arrest/Detention in a Motor Vehicle, Evading Arrest/Detention on Foot with previous Convictions, and Multiple City Warrants.

The SAPD would like to thank the public for providing the information that ultimately helped us locate the stolen trailer/equipment as well as other possible stolen property.

Two Suspects Arrested from Aggravated Assault on East 13th Street
Jan 03, 2023   11:56 AM

Just after 8:00 a.m. on November 11, 2022, San Angelo Police were dispatched to a residence located in the 300 block of East 13th Street for the report of a shooting. Officers arrived on scene and learned that a 30 year old male was suffering from two gunshot wounds to the face and shoulder area.

 

The preliminary investigation revealed that prior to the shooting; the residents of the household were in an altercation.

 

Officers secured the residence and both SAPD’s Criminal Investigations Division and Crime Scene Division arrived on scene to assist.

 

Tramarcia George (24 yoa) and Kyeshia Hornsby (28 yoa) were identified as suspects during the course of the investigation. The suspects were located in Shreveport, Louisiana and were transported and later booked into the Tom Green County Jail on 12/29/2022 for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

 

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

Suspect in Recent Mail Thefts
Dec 28, 2022   01:45 PM

 Between October 31- December 4th, San Angelo Police Department Criminal Investigations Division Northside and Southside Detectives began investigating several recent package thefts, during the holiday season. Video evidence and tips provided by the public indicated these crimes were being committed by the same person. 

Thanks to persistence and teamwork, Detectives were able to arrest the suspect, 36-year-old Ethan Leonard, on multiple theft charges. 


Leonard was previously arrested for mail theft on December 9th. 

This case is a great example of teamwork and communication from all of those involved.

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

These are some of the still images captured by home surveillance cameras that were critical to the investigation. 

Off-Duty SAPD Sergeant Arrested for Driving While Intoxicated
Dec 27, 2022   04:06 PM

On Monday, December 26th at 2:47 am San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 4200 block of Sunset Drive for a single car motor vehicle accident. 

 

Upon Officers arrival contact was made with the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, identified as 48-year-old Cory Moore of SAPD.  Initial Officers then contacted an on duty SAPD supervisor and assistance was requested from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).

 

At the conclusion of the DWI investigation by Texas DPS, Moore was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. 

 

Moore has been relieved of duty and placed on Administrative Assignment pending the outcome of the investigation. 

Death Investigation
Dec 20, 2022   03:45 PM

Death Investigation

On 12/19/22 around 9:50pm, Officers were dispatched to a shooting victim at a residence in the 1300blk of Tres Rios. Upon arrival, Officers located a 16-year-old victim with an apparent gunshot wound near the middle of their torso.

Officers began administering first aid to the victim until SAFD Medics were able to arrive on scene. The SAFD then transported the victim to Shannon Medical Center for additional treatment.

The victim ultimately succumbed to their injury and SAPD’s Criminal Investigations Division was requested to assist with the investigation.

The Criminal Investigation Division’s preliminary investigation indicates the shooting was accidental. However, the investigation is still ongoing at this time.

SAPD Investigates Incident at Lone Star
Dec 09, 2022   09:40 AM

On 12/7/22 around 1:00pm, Lone Star Middle School staff was made aware of a student who was possibly in possession of a firearm on campus. School staff and an Off Duty SAPD Officer (who was working security at Lone Star) immediately began investigating the incident.

 

The school was placed on a “Lockdown” as a precautionary method and additional officers were requested on scene. Multiple Juveniles were located, detained, and a firearm was eventually located inside of one of the 13-year-old juvenile’s backpack.

 

SAPD’s Criminal Investigations Division arrived on scene and ultimately determined that the 13-year-old-juvenile be charged with “Places Weapons Prohibited.” The juvenile was then transported to the Juvenile Justice Center for the mentioned charge.

 

It should be noted that the suspect did not threaten anyone with the firearm and that there were no injuries associated directly with this incident.

 

The SAPD will continue to work with SAISD to make sure our students/faculty are safe during incidents like this. We would also like to acknowledge the bravery of the student who informed the faculty of a potential threat. We would like to continue to encourage the public to inform us of any potential threats towards our students/staff.

Arrest of Suspected Porch Pirate
Dec 09, 2022   09:35 AM

Donald Hubbard (43) is charged with mail theft after being caught on a homeowner's security camera taking packages from a front porch on November 25th in the 2800 block of Freeland.

He was charged with a Class A Misdemeanor for the mail theft and received an additional charge of controlled substance.

SAPD Detectives have worked vigorously over the last week to identify this individual and coordinated with the SAPD Anti Crime Unit, Gang Unit, and the Patrol Division to take him into custody.

This arrest is the result of a successful partnership between our residents and the San Angelo Police Department and highlights the value of installing crime prevention technology like the Ring Doorbell and/or security cameras.

While this case was ultimately solved due to the hard work of Detective Barker, we are so appreciative to all who assisted in the apprehension of this suspect.

Homicide Investigation
Dec 06, 2022   12:30 PM

Missing Person Case turns into Homicide Investigation

On 8/10/22, Eric Talton (31yoa) went missing from San Angelo, TX and his whereabouts were initially unknown. Detectives with SAPD’s Criminal Investigations Division conducted a preliminary investigation and learned that Talton’s disappearance appeared to be criminal in nature.

On 8/18/22, Kimble County Sheriff’s Office received a call for service regarding a body that was located in Junction, TX. The remains were suspected to belong to Talton and both the Texas Rangers and the SAPD’s Criminal Investigations Division responded to assist.

A Justice of the Peace from Kimble County requested an autopsy, and the remains were sent to Central Texas Autopsy in Lockhart, TX. The remains were tentatively identified as Talton through dental records and fingerprints. Results of the full autopsy are pending at this time.

This incident is still currently being investigated by the SAPD and additional information will be released at a later point in time.

Death Investigation
Dec 02, 2022   11:02 AM

Death Investigation

On 11/13/22 around 1:52am, Officers were dispatched to 4611 S. Jackson (Koronazz) to assist another agency with an arrest. It was learned that Criminal Investigator Steven Carnes (53yoa) was working off duty security at this location and was attempting to affect an arrest.

While assisting Carnes, SAPD Officers observed that Carnes appeared to be having a medical emergency. SAPD Officers immediately requested medical assistance and the SAFD arrived on scene to assist.

Carnes was transported to Shannon Medical Center via the SAFD where he was later pronounced deceased.

SAPD’s Criminal Investigations Division were requested on scene and a death investigation was conducted. After the investigation was conducted, it was determined that Carnes’ death was not criminal in nature. 

Carnes served nearly 30 years in Law Enforcement and was currently commissioned as a Criminal Investigator with the District Attorney’s Office.

The SAPD offers its deepest condolences to both the Carnes’ Family and the District Attorney’s office.

No arrests were made during the course of this incident, but charges may be filed at a later point in time for the offenses made prior to Carnes’ medical emergency.

Investigation Leads to Arrest of Murder Suspect
Nov 22, 2022   04:22 PM

Christopher Wise (35yoa) was arrested on 11/22/22 in relation to a warrant that stemmed from a Homicide (Victim: Christine Feland) that occurred on 11/08/2022 in the 1200 block of West Avenue M. The SAPD’s Criminal Investigation Division developed Wise as a suspect and a warrant for “Murder” was issued for his arrest. This incident is still being actively investigated and further information will be released when it is available.

 

Accidental Death
Nov 08, 2022   03:39 PM

Detectives with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division investigated an accidental drowning of a local 56-year-old male.

 

On November 4th, 2022, at approximately 8:30 a.m., a report was made for a missing person. The male was reported as Michael Scroggs, who had not returned home after taking his boat to the lake near the San Angelo KOA on the evening of November 3rd.

 

SAPD’s Lake Division responded along with the SAPD Drone Unit and found Scroggs boat to be capsized near the 2100 block of Gun Club Road. SAPD’s Lake Division and Texas Game Warden began an immediate search of Scroggs which continued over the weekend.

 

On the morning of November 8th, a resident located a body near the shore later identified as Scroggs in the 2100 block of Gun Club Road.

 

SAPD’s Criminal Investigations Division, Lake Patrol, and Crime Scene Investigations responded to the scene.

 

Justice of the Peace Eddie Howard responded and an autopsy was ordered. The official cause and manner of death are pending the autopsy.

 

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

Narcotic Investigation Leads to Arrest
Nov 02, 2022   03:25 PM

On 11/1/22, Detectives with SAPD’s Street Crimes Division conducted an investigation and determined that Juan Lira (45yoa) was in possession of narcotics. A traffic stop was conducted on Lira after he was observed operating a vehicle near the intersection of West 1st and N. Bryant.

Lira was taken into custody for a parole violation warrant and was found to be in possession of narcotics as well as narcotic paraphernalia.

At the conclusion of the traffic stop, a search warrant was executed at a local motel and our Detectives were able to seize the listed items:

  • Approximately 2.5lbs of Methamphetamine
  • Approximately 14 grams of Heroin
  • A quantity of Cocaine, Marijuana, and Xanax.
  • And approximately $2,000 in cash

Lira may face additional charges as this investigation continues. SAPD’s Patrol Division and K9 Division also assisted with this investigation.

Social Media Threat
Nov 02, 2022   03:24 PM

During the evening hours of 11/1/22, Officers received information regarding a Social Media threat towards Lake View High School. The SAPD and the San Angelo Independent School District are working on conjunction with each other to investigate this incident.

Officers will be present at Lake View as this incident is investigated further. Additional information will be released at a later point in time.

Vehicle Pursuit Leads to Arrest
Oct 18, 2022   08:50 AM

On 10/17/22 shortly after Midnight, An SAPD Patrol Officer observed a white in color Ford Escape driving recklessly on Sherwood Way. The Officer was able to catch up to the suspect vehicle and initiated a Traffic stop on it in the 4900blk of Houston Harte Frontage. The suspect initially stopped for the Officer but then fled the stop in their vehicle at a high rate of speed.

A vehicle pursuit was initiated and officers observed the vehicle enter into a parking lot of an apartment complex in the 2600blk of Southland BLVD. The suspect vehicle was then able to turn around in the parking lot of the complex and then collided with a pursuing patrol unit. The collision caused extensive damage to both of the vehicles and Officers were then able to quickly take the suspect into custody.

The suspect was identified as Crystal Robles (36 yoa) and she was taken into custody for Reckless Driving, Driving While Intoxicated, and Evading Arrest/Detention with a Motor Vehicle. A 35 year old passenger of Robles’ vehicle was initially detained but was released at the conclusion of the initial investigation.

Robles and her passenger were not injured during the course of this pursuit/investigation. An SAPD Sergeant suffered minor injuries associated with the crash and was treated (and later released) at Concho Valley ER.

Crash Investigation
Oct 18, 2022   08:49 AM

On 10/15/22 at 8:30 pm, officers were dispatched to the intersection of Knickerbocker and Industrial in reference to an accident involving a motorcycle and a passenger car. Officers arrived on the scene and located a 20-year-old male (who was operating the motorcycle) and observed that he had incapacitating injuries. SAFD medics arrived on the scene and transported the male to Shannon Medical Center in critical condition. The driver of the passenger car was not injured and was not transported to the hospital.

Members of the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Unit and Crime Scene Division responded to the scene to assist with the investigation. It was learned that the motorcycle operator was traveling Eastbound in the 2100 block Knickerbocker at a high rate of speed and then collided with a Silver in color Honda Civic in the intersection.

This accident is still currently under investigation, and additional information will be released at a later point in time.

Update on Investigation of Former Police Officer Jayson Zapata
Oct 11, 2022   09:10 AM

On Friday October 7, 2022, former Officer Jayson Zapata resigned from the San Angelo Police Department. The San Angelo Police Department is a Civil Service Department and has a set protocol for conducting internal investigations in accordance with State Civil Service Law.

While the investigation into his conduct was ongoing, if Professional Standards had sustained the allegations, I intended to terminate Officer Zapata’s employment with the San Angelo Police Department. The criminal investigation will be sent to the Tom Green County Attorney’s Office.

It is very important to me for the citizens of this community to know that this type of conduct will not be taken lightly and will not be tolerated.

It is also essential to express that the conduct of one officer should never reflect on the hard-working, professional, and dedicated men and women of the San Angelo Police Department. Those officers do an outstanding job every day, keeping our community safe.

Thank you,
Frank Carter, Chief of Police

Shooting Investigation
Oct 11, 2022   09:07 AM

On 9/13/22 around 7:25pm, Officers were dispatched to a residence in the 200blk of Oxford in reference to a domestic disturbance. While responding to that location, our dispatch division received information that the there was a potential shooting victim at that residence.

Officers arrived on scene, located a 54 year old male who was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his upper and lower torso, and were able to detain John Walton (47yoa) who was believed to be the suspect.

Officers administered first aid to the victim on scene and SAFD medics transported him to Shannon Medical Center for treatment. The condition of the victim is unknown at this time.

SAPD’s Criminal Investigation and Crime Scene Division arrived on scene to assist with investigating the incident. At the conclusion of the initial investigation, Walton was taken into custody for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

This incident is still under investigation and no further information is available to be released at this time.

Additional Arrests Related to Whiskey River Saloon Incident
Oct 05, 2022   12:20 PM

On 10-04-22, Detectives with the SAPD’s Criminal Investigations Division applied for and obtained arrest warrants of arrest for the following individuals;

 

Julian Suarez (44), arrested for Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon, Aggravated Assault causes SBI

 

Anthony Giese (38), arrested for Aggravated Assault causes SBI

 

Raymond Scott (29), arrested for Aggravated Assault causes SBI

 

The above listed arrests stem from the incident at the Whiskey River Saloon on 10-02-22, in which a US Marine was killed and several other service members all attached to Goodfellow Air Force base were assaulted. 

 

Ray Rivera (40), who was arrested on 10-02-2022 for this incident, received an additional charge for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. 

 

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

Police Officer Arrested for Theft
Oct 05, 2022   12:14 PM

On 10/04/2022 at approximately 17:58 hours, SAPD Officers were dispatched to Walmart located at 5501 Sherwood Way for a shoplifter.

 

Upon officers arrival they were able to locate the suspect in the parking lot.  The suspect was detained and an investigation was conducted.

 

At the conclusion of the investigation the suspect, identified as Jayson Zapata, was arrested and transported to Tom Green County Detention Center. Jayson Zapata is currently employed as a San Angelo Police Officer and has been with the Department since 2007.  

 

Zapata will be on administrative leave from the Department while the SAPD Internal Affairs Division conducts an investigation. Zapata was off duty when the incident occurred. 

 

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