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Investigators Urge Businesses to Notify Police When Seniors Attempt to Purchase Multiple Prepaid Gif
Sep 24, 2020   03:13 PM

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.   

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Police Investigate Early-Morning Targeted Shooting on Colorado Avenue
Sep 19, 2020   02:33 PM

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. 

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Three Felons Captured after Three Separate Pursuits
Sep 18, 2020   04:12 PM

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. 

“First Down”

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.

  

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San Angelo Woman Arrested after Stabbing Incident on East Harris
Sep 18, 2020   02:56 PM

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. 

 

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Police Apprehend Violent Man who Forced Entry, Assaulted Resident in East San Angelo Neighborhood
Sep 18, 2020   01:51 PM

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.  

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