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Street Crimes Division Seizes Cocaine, Drug Paraphernalia during Search Warrant Operation
Jun 29, 2020   03:52 PM

On Friday, June 26, 2020, investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division executed a Search Warrant at an apartment located in the 2500 block of Sweetbriar Drive. 

The warrant, issued by Justice of the Peace J.P. McGuire, named 29-year-old Dexter Lewis to be in possession of a controlled substance at the residence. 

Investigators located and seized approximately fifty grams (50) of suspected Cocaine as well as drug paraphernalia associated with drug trafficking.  A firearm was also located during the search.  

Lewis was charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1. 

The Department’s Anti-Crime Units assisted with Friday’s Warrant Operation.

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Citizens Capture Vehicle Thief Who Injured Victim during Attempted Escape
Jun 23, 2020   11:21 AM

Just after 4:15 p.m. on Monday, June 22, 2020, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 1800 block of North Bryant Boulevard for the report of a major motor vehicle crash.  

While en route, officers received additional information that the vehicle involved in the crash had just been stolen from a nearby Stripes convenience store and that the suspect was attempting to flee on foot. 

When officers arrived, they observed the stolen vehicle on top of a fire hydrant and large puddle of water as well as several citizens that appeared to be detaining the suspect.  

The field-investigation revealed that the vehicle’s owner, a 34-year-old man who left his unlocked vehicle running while patronizing the store, noticed the suspect entering his vehicle.  When the victim rushed out and opened the driver’s side door in an attempt to shut off the ignition, the suspect drove out of the parking lot while dragging the victim along the pavement.  Soon after, the suspect crashed into a nearby fire hydrant and attempted to flee the scene but was prevented, thanks to three Good Samaritans.  The victim reportedly suffered only minor injuries.   

The suspect, later identified as 31-year-old Rodolfo Rodriguez, was charged with Robbery.  Rodriguez also had a warrant of arrest for Unauthorized Absence Community Correction Facility.   

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Police Seek Tips to Locate Man Missing since 2012
Jun 11, 2020   10:40 AM

The San Angelo Police Department is asking for help locating information concerning the disappearance of Gregory Scott Ford.  

Ford was last seen on February 28, 2012, at approximately 4:00 a.m. in downtown San Angelo.  At the time he went missing, Ford was 5’09”, roughly 145 lbs., and had light brown hair and green eyes.  

If you have any information that would help in locating Mr. Ford, please call the San Angelo Police Department at 325-657-4315.  To remain anonymous, text: TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts or the tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247

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Hit and Run Driver who Injured Motorcyclists during Weekend Crash Surrenders
Jun 11, 2020   09:28 AM

The suspect involved in Sunday’s hit and run crash that injured two motorcyclists has turned himself in.  

45-year-old Travis Christian has been formally charged with Accident Involving Serious Bodily Injury.

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Previous Release-Police Search for Hit and Run Driver who Injured Motorcyclists during Weekend Crash: 

Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Unit are searching for a hit and run driver that injured two motorcyclists just after 7:50 p.m. on Sunday, June 7, 2020, at the intersection of West Avenue L and South Bryant Boulevard.  

The preliminary crash investigation revealed that a white-colored 2007 Ford F150 pickup truck collided with a 2015 Harley Davidson motorcycle that was traveling north on South Bryant Boulevard.  Following the collision, the pickup’s driver stopped near the Santa Fe Furniture Store, exited the vehicle, and walked eastbound on West Avenue L away from the scene.  The suspect’s truck has been seized.  

The motorcycle’s 58-year-old male driver and his 35-year-old female passenger were transported to a nearby hospital with incapacitating injuries. 

If you have any information about the suspect’s identity and whereabouts, or, if you witnessed the incident and have not already given your statement to police, please contact the Traffic Unit at (325) 657-4307.  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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All Recently Stolen Vehicles from Local Honda Dealership Recovered
Jun 11, 2020   09:08 AM

On June 9, 2020, San Angelo Police were dispatched to Honda of San Angelo at 4334 Sherwood Way for the report of a burglary of a building and stolen cars from the lot. 

Further investigation revealed three vehicles had been stolen as well as numerous vehicle key fobs and various electronic equipment.  

Two of the three stolen vehicles have since been located and recovered in San Angelo.  The third stolen vehicle was located and recovered out in the county. 

If you have any information about the incident or suspect(s) involved, please contact the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division at (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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Citizen Apprehends Robbery Suspects
Jun 09, 2020   11:07 AM

June 9, 2020 — Just before 2:00 a.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to the Stripes Store located at 1606 La Follette Street for the report of a robbery in progress. 

When units arrived, they learned from a store employee that a witness inside the store apprehended one of the robbers, later identified as 19-year-old Jon Marc Guerra.     

The preliminary field investigation revealed a 16-year-old female suspect was in the process of committing a beer theft, and when the witness attempted to apprehend her, Guerra and another male suspect jumped out of a white passenger car and began assaulting him.  The Good Samaritan, who sustained injuries during the assault, was able to detain Guerra and return him to the store until police arrived.  The 16-year-old female suspect returned to the store on her own accord; however, the second male suspect fled the area and his identity and whereabouts are not known. 

Both Guerra and the juvenile female suspect were charged with Robbery.  Guerra was transported to the Tom Green County Jail.  His bond was set at $35K.  The female was transported to the Tom Green County Juvenile Justice Center.   

If you have any information about this incident or the identity and whereabouts of the third suspect please contact the San Angelo Police Department at (325) 657-4347. 

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Police Search for Hit and Run Driver who Injured Motorcyclists during Weekend Crash
Jun 08, 2020   04:27 PM

Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Unit are searching for a hit and run driver that injured two motorcyclists just after 7:50 p.m. on Sunday, June 7, 2020, at the intersection of West Avenue L and South Bryant Boulevard. 

The preliminary crash investigation revealed that a white-colored 2007 Ford F150 pickup truck collided with a 2015 Harley Davidson motorcycle that was traveling north on South Bryant Boulevard.  Following the collision, the pickup’s driver stopped near the Santa Fe Furniture Store, exited the vehicle, and walked eastbound on West Avenue L away from the scene.  The suspect’s truck has been seized.  

The motorcycle’s 58-year-old male driver and his 35-year-old female passenger were transported to a nearby hospital with incapacitating injuries. 

If you have any information about the suspect’s identity and whereabouts, or, if you witnessed the incident and have not already given your statement to police, please contact the Traffic Unit at (325) 657-4307.  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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Suspect’s Charge in Paulann Shooting Upgraded to Murder after Husband Dies
Jun 06, 2020   03:49 PM

June 6, 2020 – The 53-year-old man injured in yesterday’s domestic violence-related shooting in the Paulann subdivision succumbed to his injuries earlier today.  He has been identified as Antonio Fletcher. 

The original charge of Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon Causes Serious Bodily Injury Family Violence for 38-year-old suspect Lisa Clemons has been upgraded to Murder.  

Clemons is being held in the Tom Green County Jail.  Bond has not been set. 

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Previous Release: Woman Charged in Domestic Violence Shooting Investigation in Paulann 

June 5, 2020 — A 38-year-old San Angelo woman has been charged with Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon Causes Serious Bodily Injury Family Violence following a shooting investigation in the 1200 block of Daniel Street. 

Police were initially requested to the residence by the suspect, Lisa Clemons, for a reported domestic dispute.  During the call, San Angelo Public Safety Communications received a second call from a neighbor who reported gunfire in the area.  

Arriving officers located the victim, a 53-year-old male relative of Clemons, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.  The man was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.  He is reported to have life-threatening injuries.  No other persons were reported injured. 

Additional charges are pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation. 

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Woman Charged in Domestic Violence Shooting Investigation in Paulann
Jun 05, 2020   11:06 PM

June 5, 2020 — A 38-year-old San Angelo woman has been charged with Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon Causes Serious Bodily Injury Family Violence following a shooting investigation in the 1200 block of Daniel Street. 

Police were initially requested to the residence by the suspect, Lisa Clemons, for a reported domestic dispute.  During the call, San Angelo Public Safety Communications received a second call from a neighbor who reported gunfire in the area.  

Arriving officers located the victim, a 53-year-old male relative of Clemons, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.  The man was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.  He is reported to have life-threatening injuries.  No other persons were reported injured. 

Additional charges are pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation. 

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San Angelo Man Injured in Early Morning Southeast San Angelo Shooting
Jun 04, 2020   10:46 AM

June 4, 2020 — Just after 2:40 a.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 700 block of Era Street for the report of a shooting. 

Arriving officers located a 31-year-old San Angelo man suffering from apparent gunshot wounds to the lower extremities.  The officers quickly applied two tourniquets to prevent further loss of blood before the victim could be transported to a nearby hospital for further treatment.  The man is reportedly in stable condition.  

The preliminary investigation revealed the victim was most likely shot while he was standing in the roadway.  No arrests have been made. 

If you have any information about this incident or if you have any home surveillance video from the area, please contact Detective Hernandez at (325) 659-8015.  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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Gunshot Victim Arrested on Narcotics Charges
Jun 04, 2020   10:34 AM

A 28-year-old San Angelo man has been charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 following a shooting investigation in a Northeast San Angelo neighborhood. 

The investigation began shortly after 7:00 p.m. Wednesday evening when police were dispatched to the 1700 block of Pulliam Street for the report of a shooting victim.  

Upon arrival, officers located 28-year-old Mark P. Crawley lying in the street and suffering from an apparent gunshot wound.  Crawley was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.    

During the subsequent field investigation, which included a search of Crawley as well as a warrant search of a residence in the 1600 block of Spaulding Street, officers located and seized approximately twenty-three (23) grams of suspected narcotics that field-tested positive for the presence of Methamphetamine.  

Crawley was formally charged upon his release from medical care and transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident.  

Crawley did not provide investigators with details about the circumstances of how he was shot.  

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

If you have any information about this incident please contact Detective Hernandez at (325) 659-8015.  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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Death Investigation in Northwest San Angelo
Jun 03, 2020   03:55 PM

June 3, 2020 — Just after 11:30 a.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 2100 block of North Van Buren for the report of an unconscious person in the Van Buren East Community Fishing Lake. 

A deceased man, later identified as 27-year-old Kyle Woodman, was recovered from the water and officially pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Eddie Howard.  An autopsy has been ordered.  

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

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Two Injured in Boating Incident at Lake Nasworthy
May 22, 2020   09:50 AM

On Thursday, May 21, 2020, the San Angelo Police Department’s Lake Patrol Unit responded to Lake Nasworthy for the report of a water rescue involving injured people who were en route to the Beaty Road boat ramp. 

The initial investigation revealed that three passengers were riding on a tube being pulled by a boat when the boat’s driver executed a sharp turn and continued traveling.  The boat then completed a full 360 degrees and subsequently ran over the tube causing injuries to two of the tube’s teenage male passengers.  The victims, ages 17 and 18, sustained severe injuries to their lower extremities.  

A nearby off-duty firefighter witnessed the incident and responded to the boat, which had become disabled.  The firefighter quickly applied a tourniquet to one of the teens and continued to render first aid until the vessel could be towed to shore.  

The victims were transported to nearby hospitals for treatment of incapacitating injuries.  Alcohol was not a contributing factor to the crash.  

As we move into the summer boating recreation season, the Department would like to remind people that the vast majority of boating accidents are caused by operator-controlled factors and not by the boat, equipment or environmental factors.  Roughly eighty percent of boating deaths occurred on boats where the operator had not taken a boater education or safety course.  The operator of the boat carries the major part of the responsibility for safety on that vessel; however, all adults on the boat must take some responsibility for their own safety as well as the safety of all minors aboard. 

A big part of safe boating depends on the actions and behavior of all aboard the vessel. Responsible boating starts with preparation.  For a detailed boating safety guide visit https://tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/boat/.

No matter how rapid the arrival of professional emergency responders, bystanders will always be first on the scene.  A person who is bleeding can die from blood loss within five minutes; therefore, it is important to quickly stop the blood loss.  Those nearest to someone with life-threatening injuries are best positioned to provide care.  You and your family can learn how to stop the bleeding at https://www.dhs.gov/stopthebleed

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Driver Arrested After Colliding with Child Pedal-Cyclist On College Hills
May 20, 2020   08:04 PM

May 20, 2020 — Just after 5:00 p.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to West Avenue N and College Hills Boulevard for the report of a child pedal-cyclist struck by a vehicle.

The preliminary crash investigation revealed the driver, 25-year-old Jesus Martinez, was traveling northbound in the 1800 block of College Hills Blvd. in a 2009 Chevrolet Suburban when he collided with a 7-year-old boy who was riding a bicycle across College Hills from west to east.  

During the investigation officers had reasonable suspicion that Martinez was driving under the influence of an illicit substance.  Thus far, Martinez has been charged with Intoxication Assault.  A passenger in the Suburban, 25-year-old Devonte Carson, was arrested for Possession of Marijuana.  

The child was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment if incapacitating injuries.  

The Department is seeking any information from potential witnesses in the area as well as any residential or commercial surveillance footage from the 1600 to 1800 block of College Hills Blvd. from 5:00 p.m. to 5:06 p.m.  If you have any information or video, please call dispatch at (325) 657-4315.

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

 

 

Hit and Run Suspect Captured While Taking Catnap, Thanks to Alert Citizen
May 18, 2020   05:15 PM

May 18, 2020 — Just after 2:00 p.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to 29th and Martin Luther King Drive for the report of a hit and run crash where the suspect driver fled on foot. 

Officers converged on the area, observed the suspect running and a foot pursuit ensued; however, the suspect was not located. 

The initial crash investigation revealed the suspect vehicle, a stolen Dodge Ram pickup truck out of Crockett County with a freshly painted passenger compartment and bumpers, was traveling south on MLK when he disregarded a red light and collided into a Checker Cab minivan that was traveling eastbound on 29th Street.  The driver of the cab was not injured.     

Around 4:00 p.m., San Angelo Police responded to a residence in the unit block of West 30th Street for the report of a suspicious man who appeared to be asleep underneath a vehicle.  Units arrived and identified the subject as the hit and run driver.  Officers also noticed the subject’s clothing was covered in paint.  The subject was identified as 34-year-old Jonathan D. Borrego.  

Borrego has been charged with Evading Arrest Detention.  Additional charges are pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation. 

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Police Investigate Shooting
May 17, 2020   01:02 PM

On Saturday, May 16, 2020, at about 11:13PM, the San Angelo Police Department was dispatched to the 800 block of East 23rd Street in regards to a report of shots fired.  Police units quickly responded and discovered that a shooting had taken place.  The incident occurred at a private gathering and early indications suggest this was an isolated event and the parties are acquaintances.  At this time, police have nothing to suggest any active threats to local residents.  

Officers contacted three victims and they were found to be two 33 year old males and one 21 year old male.  The three victims were treated at an area hospital where two of the subjects are in stable condition and the third was treated and released from the emergency room.  This is an ongoing investigation and our detectives are actively following leads on the case. 

If you have information about this crime, please call police dispatch at (325) 657-4315 or send a direct message to the Department’s Facebook or Twitter pages.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247, by texting the words “TIP SAPD” to 888777 (follow the prompts) or by calling San Angelo Crime Stoppers at 325-658-HELP 325-658-4357.

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Two Suspects Facing Federal Charges after Police Seize Several Guns, Narcotics Thursday
May 15, 2020   04:37 PM

On Thursday afternoon, May 14, 2020, San Angelo Police responded to the Super 8 Motel on West Avenue L for the report of an unconscious subject.  During the field investigation, members of the Department’s Gang Unit were called to the scene to investigate a suspected gang member who was in possession of a firearm.  During the field investigation officers located and seized approximately twenty-one (21) grams of suspected Methamphetamine, sixty-two (62) grams of suspected cocaine, approximately three (3) grams of suspected Heroin, an assortment of drug paraphernalia, and a large amount of suspected stolen property.  The suspect, later identified by fingerprint at the Tom Green County Jail as wanted fugitive 55-year-old Joe Perales, was initially charged with a U.S. Marshal Hold Warrant.  Federal charges are pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation. 

Later in the evening, Officers with the Department’s Anti-Crime Unit spotted a wanted fugitive, 24-year-old Richard Castillo, in a vehicle near 7th and Chadbourne.  Castillo was taken into custody without incident and found to be in possession of approximately eight (8) ounces of suspected methamphetamine, approximately $1,300.00 in U.S. Currency, two stolen firearms (confirmed), and a third suspected stolen firearm.  Castillo was charged with his warrants, *MTR*POSS CS PG 1 <1G, *MTR*POSS CS PG 1 >=1G<4G, and   EVADING ARREST DETENTION W/VEH OR WATERCRAFT.  Federal charges are pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation. 

 

  

PERALES                CASTILLO

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Catch of the Week — San Angelo Police Thwart Storage Unit Burglary in Progress
May 15, 2020   03:16 PM

May 15, 2020 — Just after 6: 00 a.m., a San Angelo Police Officer was conducting proactive storage building burglary patrol at Hunter’s Run Self Storage located at 3435 Green Meadow Drive when he observed an unoccupied Ford pickup truck parked next to a storage unit.  

Further inspection revealed the unit’s lock had been cut and the officer heard noises coming from within. 

Once backup officers arrived, the officers entered the unit and located a subject hiding behind the stored items.  The subject was later identified as 22-year-old Hayden Quinn of Springtown, Texas. 

During the follow-up investigation, police discovered the Ford pickup had been reported stolen out of Springtown Texas on a previous date.  Officers also located several items inside the pickup that belonged to the owner of the storage unit. 

The investigation also led officers to a room at the Sands Motel where they discovered a large amount of suspected stolen property and drug paraphernalia.  The property was seized and tagged into evidence.  

The motel room was also occupied by a woman and two young children.  Child Protective Services was called for further investigation due to poor living conditions. 

Quinn was charged with Burglary of Building.  Bond has not been set.  Additional charges are pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation.  

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Robbery Spree Ends after Standoff on West 20th Street
May 13, 2020   11:22 PM

May 13, 2020 — At approximately 4:00 p.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to the Smoker’s Outlet at 1902 North Chadbourne for the report of an unknown problem.  Once on scene, officers learned a robbery had just occurred and two male suspects fled the location on foot.  

While reviewing the store’s surveillance video, officers identified the two men as the same suspects who committed two separate robberies in the last twenty-four hours. 

Officers converged on the area, through investigation it was confirmed the two suspects from the robbery were inside a residence in the unit block of West 20th Street.  Officers surrounded the house and attempted to make contact with the two suspects.  Although contact was made numerous times, the suspects refused to exit the residence peacefully.  

After multiple attempts from the Department’s Patrol Division to diffuse the situation, the Department’s S.W.A.T. Team and Crisis Negotiations Team (CNT) were activated.  During the standoff, the suspects made threats to set fire to the residence while throwing fiery objects out the window.  In an attempt to prevent a structure fire, the S.W.A.T. Team utilized special tactics to extinguish the fire.  

While CNT was continuing their negotiations with the suspects, the suspects became engaged in a physical altercation with one another.  In an attempt to end the altercation and prevent further injury to the suspects, the S.W.A.T. team forced entry inside the residence and took the suspects into custody without further incident.  The men were initially treated at the scene for their injuries by members of the Center for Tactical Medicine.  One of the suspects required further treatment at a nearby hospital. 

The men were identified as 32-year-old Jorge Arreola and 21-year-old Abelardo Arreola.  Both men have been charged with two counts of Aggravated Robbery and one count of Robbery.  

An 18-year-old female who was inside the residence during the standoff was not injured.  A family member, 31-year-old Cindy Martinez, was arrested for Interference with Public Duties and Public Intoxication.     

Although the use of chemical munitions was considered, no gas was deployed at the scene.  This is an active investigation and no other information is available for release at this time. 

 

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San Angelo Police Seek Help Identifying Suspects of Two Convenience Store Robberies
May 13, 2020   10:55 AM

May 13, 2020 — Just before 5:00 a.m., an aggravated robbery occurred at the Stripes located at 1821 North Bryant Boulevard.  Two unidentified men entered the store and while one of the men shoplifted, the second man went behind the counter and stole money from the register while displaying a weapon.  No employees were injured.  The suspects left the area possibly in a red or maroon-colored SUV. 

The first man was described as possibly Hispanic, medium build, facial hair, bald, wearing red shoes, blue jeans, and a black hooded-sweatshirt with light-colored writing.  The second suspect was described as being possibly Hispanic, with a chinstrap style beard and neck tattoos, wearing black pants, black shoes, a red baseball cap with a black brim, a light-colored shirt with thin horizontal stripes, and a dark hooded-vest with fur trim.  

At approximately 6:15 a.m., an aggravated robbery occurred at the 7-11 located at 2202 North Chadbourne Street.  One man entered the store and lingered for some time before he stole money from the register while displaying a weapon.  No employees were injured. 

While reviewing surveillance video, police identified the suspect wearing the dark hooded fur-trimmed vest from the previous robbery.    

Investigators are asking the public for help identifying and locating these two criminals before they strike again.  You can help by sharing this release along with the surveillance photos and videos.  

If you have information about the suspects’ identities and whereabouts, please contact the San Angelo Police Department at (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.

Teen Hit and Run Driver Apprehended after Foot Pursuit
May 11, 2020   04:28 PM

May 11, 2020 — Just after 2:30 p.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to the area of West Harris and South Abe Street for the report of a gray 2005 Toyota passenger car who was fleeing the scene of a crash.  

While en route, officers received information that the suspect had pulled into the Shell Gas Station on South Abe Street after the vehicle became disabled.  Once in the parking lot, the suspect driver reportedly exited the car and fled on foot.  

A responding officer located the suspect driver and attempted to stop him but the suspect driver disregarded commands and a foot pursuit ensued.  The suspect driver was eventually taken into custody in a parking lot near the 400 block of West Beauregard.  

During the follow-up investigation, police learned the suspect driver, identified as 17-year-old Adan Gonzalez, had rear-ended a white Dodge Ram pickup that had been stopped at the light on South Abe and West Harris.  When the driver of the Dodge, a 22-year-old San Angelo man, made contact with Gonzalez, Gonzalez reportedly told the man not to call the police and then fled the area.  The victim, who was not injured during the crash, followed Gonzalez to the Shell Station.     

Gonzalez was initially charged with Evading Arrest Detention but was additionally charged with Possession of Marijuana after police found marijuana inside the vehicle.  

Gonzalez also received citations for Failure to Control Speed, No Driver’s License, and Failure to Stop and Leave Information.  

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Police Memorial Week Events Canceled Due to COVID-19 Emergency Declaration
May 11, 2020   09:29 AM

Every year, the dedicated men and women of the San Angelo Police Department host Police Memorial Week Events to honor the courageous men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives. 

It is with great regret that the San Angelo Police Department will be unable to host our traditional events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  This decision was a difficult one, but we believe it is the right one.  We are saddened that our community and partner agencies cannot come together this year to grieve the loss of the officers who were killed in the line of duty in 2019, but given the national crisis, we must continue to make the safety of the public our first priority.  

This week, the Department will release a Police Memorial Week Video in lieu of our Annual Flag Raising Ceremony.  The video will be published to the Department’s Facebook and Twitter pages, facebook.com/SanAngeloPoliceDepartment and twitter.com/SanAngeloPolice.  

For more information about line of duty deaths by state and year visit odmp.org.  For a list of fallen officers from the COVID-19 pandemic visit https://www.odmp.org/search/incident/covid-19.  To register to watch the National Police Week Virtual Candlelight Vigil visit https://bit.ly/2020VirtualCandlelightVigilReg

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

Since 1776, there have been 24,223 known line of duty deaths in America – 72 this year and 146 in 2019. 

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Catch of the Week — Department’s Anti-Crime Unit Burglar Bust
May 01, 2020   03:00 PM

The Department’s Anti-Crime Unit has identified several suspects involved in ongoing thefts and burglaries throughout our community.  

One of the suspects, identified as 36-year-old Raul Ruiz, was located in possession of a confirmed stolen Pelican Cooler last night during a traffic stop.  Additional coolers were also located and seized.  Ruiz was charged with Theft of Property <$2,500—Enhanced/Previous Convictions.  The Pelican Cooler was returned to the owner.  The Department’s Gang Unit assisted with the stop and investigation. 

The Anti-Crime Unit also conducted an investigatory detention of Ruiz on April 30, 2020, where they recovered several recently reported stolen power tools valued at $2,300.00.  The tools were returned to the owner and charges are pending the outcome of that ongoing investigation.  

 

 

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Police Searching for Austin B. Yount- Second “Walmart Imposter” Burglary Suspect
Apr 29, 2020   11:12 AM

On April 23, 2020, the San Angelo Police Department published a “Need to Identity” Video of two men who had burglarized a local Walmart while posing as Walmart employees.  

On April 24, the Department published an update about the case — both men had been arrested in Kimble County on unrelated charges.  The men were identified as 30-year-old John Taylor Fest and 30-year-old Austin Bradley Yount. 

Through follow-up investigation, a detective with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division obtained warrants of arrest for the pair for the charge of Burglary of Building, a State Jail Felony.  

Last night, Fest was apprehended by Texas DPS and additionally charged with Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle. 

Police are still searching for Yount.  If you have information about Yount’s whereabouts, please call police dispatch at (325) 657-4315 or send a direct message to the Department’s Facebook or Twitter pages.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts.

 

     

Citizen Apprehends Driver of Stolen Car Who Crashed into Vehicles While Fleeing from Police
Apr 28, 2020   03:48 PM

April 28, 2020 — Just before 12:30 p.m., a San Angelo Police Department Patrol Officer who has been working a stolen vehicle investigation received a call from the victim, who claimed they spotted their stolen vehicle in the parking lot of the La Azteca Meat Market located at 2028 North Bryant Boulevard.  The victim was at the location on a hunch after their stolen debit card had been used at the store the previous day. 

The officer, who was close to the location, responded to the parking lot and observed the stolen blue 2017 Honda Civic, circling the lot.  When the officer attempted to approach the vehicle, the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed and exited the driveway onto Martin Luther King Drive.  After traveling south at a high rate of speed, the suspect collided with a blue Cadillac and a white pickup truck.  After the collisions, the suspect exited the car and a foot pursuit ensued.  At one point, the suspect ran inside the nearby Whataburger but quickly exited and ran westbound across North Bryant Boulevard.    

The victim-driver of the damaged truck, a 28-year-old man who was not injured in the crash, followed the suspect across North Bryant Boulevard into a field near the 1700 block of Hudson Street.  Before the officer arrived, the victim-driver exited his truck, tackled the suspect, and detained him until the officer applied handcuffs.  The suspect was identified as 25-year-old Landon Beatty. 

Beatty was transported to Shannon Medical Center for evaluation of minor injuries.  Beatty has been charged with Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, Evading Arrest Detention-Vehicle, and Evading Arrest Detention-Foot.  Beatty also had a Parole Warrant of Arrest for Evading. 

The Cadillac’s passenger, a 16-year-old female, was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-incapacitating injuries.  The Cadillac’s driver was not injured.  

Additional charges are forthcoming pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation.  The Honda Civic was reported stolen from the Cedar Crest Apartments, 3902 Sherwood Way on April 26, 2020.   

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Several San Angelo Police Officers Receive Class "A” Awards
Apr 27, 2020   03:10 PM

Several San Angelo Police Officers were recently awarded various Class "A" Awards in recognition of their extraordinary efforts in Public Safety and service to the community.  

Class “A” awards denote decorations that must be earned by officers through various outlined meritorious acts of service and can only be awarded from the recommendation of the Meritorious Conduct Board and the approval of the Chief of Police.   

The Life Saving Bar (Certificate and Uniform Ribbon), ranked next in prominence to the Police Commendation Bar, is awarded to an officer for saving a human life. 

Recipients: Officers Eddie Chavarria and Caleb Wasson received the Life Saving Bar for preventing a suicide on the Houston Harte Expressway/Oaks Street Overpass.

Recipients: Officers Eduardo Salmon and Steve Martinez received the Life Saving Bar for preventing a suicide on the bridge at Freeland and Van Buren.

Recipient: Officer Christopher Herrington received the Life Saving Bar for his efforts in saving the life of a man who suffered a severe laceration and loss of blood due to a suicide attempt. 

Recipient: Officer Jose Villalobos received the Life Saving Bar for preventing a suicide on the bridge at South Bryant Boulevard and San Jacinto.        

Recipient: Officer Thomas Gibson received the Life Saving Bar for preventing a wrong-way intoxicated driver from colliding with several vehicles on Loop 306.

Recipient: Officer Mark Calvert received the Life Saving Bar for using CPR to prevent the death of a medical patient who was unconscious, without a pulse and not breathing.

Recipient: Officer Emory McAndrews received the Life Saving Bar for using CPR to prevent the death of a medical patient who was unconscious, without a pulse and not breathing.

Recipient: Officer Frank Carrillo received the Life Saving Bar for using CPR to save the life of an unconscious suicidal subject.

Recipient: Officer Dakota Martin received the Life Saving Bar for his efforts in preventing a shooting during a domestic disturbance.

 

The Merit Ribbon (Certificate and Uniform Ribbon) is awarded to officers of any rank for outstanding performance of duties under unusual, complicated, or hazardous conditions over any period of time.   

Recipients: Sergeant Ali Shah and Officer Tracy Piatt-Fox were awarded the Merit Ribbon for their efforts in organizing the Bradford Area Cleanup Project with HEB and Home Depot after an F2 Tornado destroyed homes and displaced several families.

Recipient: Officer Dakota Martin was awarded the Merit Ribbon for preventing harm to other officers who responded to a suicidal subject who placed electrical devices near water in an attempt to harm first responders.

The Civic Achievement Award (Certificate and Uniform Ribbon) is presented to officers who bring favorable recognition to the Department through their involvement in civic affairs. 

Recipients: Officers Butch James and Caleb Wasson received the Civic Achievement Award for their efforts to pay for and repair an elderly victim’s damaged/leaking roof. 

Recipient: Sergeant Travis Griffith received the Civic Achievement Award for his efforts in purchasing a bicycle for a homeless woman who had just gained employment but had no means of transportation to her new job. 

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Woman charged with Aggravated Assault Deadly Weapon against Dollar Store Employee
Apr 24, 2020   04:26 PM

April 24, 2020 — 54-year-old Yolanda Garcia Sanchez (AKA McGowan) was charged with Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon in relation to a violent interaction at a local dollar store this afternoon. 

Just after 12:30 p.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to the Family Dollar Store located at 3013 North Chadbourne Street for the report of an assault.  While en route, officers learned that a female suspect assaulted an employee but was no longer at the store.  

During the follow-up investigation, it was learned that Sanchez was inside the store causing a disturbance by knocking things off the shelves.  When store personnel confronted Sanchez, Sanchez became combative and attacked an employee.  At one point during the encounter, Sanchez retrieved a knife, advanced forward, and made contact with the employee while making threatening statements.  The employee, a 29-year-old woman, was not injured.   

Sanchez was later located and detained in the 100 block of South Emerick Street with assistance from City Marshals.  During the detention, Sanchez became uncooperative, increasingly agitated, and at one point advanced on a San Angelo Police Officer.  The officer was not injured.  The knife believed to be used during the altercation was located inside Sanchez’s purse. 

Sanchez was transported to the Tom Green County Jail.  Bond has not been set.  No other information is available for release at this time. 

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San Man Charged with Harassment of Public Servant after Coughing on Officer, Claiming to have COVID-
Apr 23, 2020   04:34 PM

On Wednesday, April 22, 2020, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 900 block of Shiloh for the report of a domestic disturbance.  Upon arrival, officers located an intoxicated man, identified as 27-year-old Chad Ramirez, standing in the parking lot and yelling at a female on the second floor of the apartment complex.  

Ramirez was taken into custody for public intoxication and twenty-three (23) outstanding warrants of arrest.  Officers also located THC Wax and drug paraphernalia on Ramirez during a search incident to his arrest. 

During transport to the Tom Green County Jail, Ramirez told the officer that he had been sick for more than a week and has COVID-19.  The officer, fearing exposure to the potentially life-threatening illness and wanting to prevent any potential exposure to jail staff, transported Ramirez to Shannon Medical Center for assessment.  

While waiting for medical staff to evaluate Ramirez, Ramirez repeatedly coughed on and projected saliva onto the officer with each cough.  Once medically cleared after showing no COVID-related symptoms, Ramirez became physically aggressive and a struggle ensued.

Officers had to apply a RIPP Hobble to Ramirez’s legs to prevent him from kicking the patrol unit’s windows out.  Once at the jail, Ramirez continued to be combative and jail officials had to secure Ramirez in a restraint chair. 

In addition to Public Intoxication, Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 2, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and 23 warrants of arrest, Ramirez was charged with Harassment of Public Servant and Resisting Arrest Search or Transport.    

The San Angelo Police Officer who Ramirez coughed on continues to have his health monitored and is symptom-free.  Per temporary COVID-19 Police Policy, all employees are temperature-checked prior to beginning each shift and before entering Police Headquarters. 

The San Angelo Police Department values the safety of our citizens and officers, and we will continue to ensure that all officers and civilian staff do their part to slow the spread of the coronavirus.  This includes wearing personal protective gear as needed, utilizing sanitizing liquids, sprays and wipes, and evaluating all suspects for COVID-19 symptoms before they are transported to jail.  Anyone who claims they are trying to give the virus to another person will be subject to criminal charges.

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Cremated Remains Stolen in Recent Storage Unit Burglary Returned to Family
Apr 21, 2020   10:44 AM

During the course of several recent storage unit burglary investigations, the Department’s Anti-Crime Unit (ACU) recovered a large amount of stolen property, which included the cremated remains of a San Angelo man marked with ‘Gutierrez Funeral Home 2009’. 

ACU members made several attempts to contact the decedent’s next of kin but the contact numbers in the Department’s records management system were no longer in service.  

With assistance from Gutierrez Funeral Home, the decedent’s family was eventually located and arrangements to return the ashes are currently underway. 

It was discovered that the decedent’s family was in the process of combining two households when their storage unit was burglarized. 

The Department would like to thank the staff at Gutierrez Funeral Home for their assistance.  We are extremely grateful that the decedent’s remains will be returned to his family for a proper resting place. 

A suspect associated with the recent storage unit burglary investigations, 32-year-old Brandon Costilla, was apprehended on April 17, 2020.  Costilla has been charged with Burglary of Building – Enhanced. 

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Trespassing San Angelo Couple Arrested after Failed Attempt at Leaving Police in the Dust
Apr 20, 2020   12:49 PM

April 20, 2020 — Just before 9:00 a.m. this morning, San Angelo Police responded to the Stardust Mobile Home Park located at 2501 Martin Luther King Drive for the report of suspicious activity inside an abandoned trailer home.  

While en route, officers learned that a maintenance worker had heard noises coming from inside the trailer and that several windows were broken. 

Once on scene, officers located a man and woman inside the trailer home.  The man ran from the officers and a foot pursuit ensued for several blocks until he was taken into custody in the backyard of a residence located in the 2100 block of Brown Street.  The female attempted to run but complied with an officer’s commands to stop. 

The couple was identified as 25-year-old Henry Michael Thompson and 25-year-old Maria L. Martiarena.  Thompson had warrants of arrest for Grand Jury Indictment - SEXUAL ASSAULT, Grand Jury Indictment - ASSAULT FAMILY/HOUSEHOLD MEMBER W/PREV CONV, and RPR*CRIMINAL TRESPASS.  Martiarena had a warrant of arrest for Grand Jury Indictment – POSSESSION CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE PENALTY GROUP 1.  Thompson was additionally charged with Evading Arrest and Criminal Trespass.  Martiarena was additionally charged with Criminal Trespass. 

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