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Police Discover, Recover Stolen Vehicle While Investigating Unrelated Incident
Dec 01, 2016   11:43 AM

Around 2:45 a.m. this morning, San Angelo Police Patrol Officer R. Espinoza was patrolling in the 600 block of San Jacinto attempting to locate a stolen vehicle from an unrelated incident when he observed a beige PT Cruiser blocking the alley. 

Officer Espinoza observed a male driver exit the vehicle and walk away.  Officer Espinoza made contact with the vehicle, which was unoccupied, and discovered it had been reported stolen on November 30, 2016 from a residential burglary in the 800 block of Paint Rock Road.

Officer Espinoza located the male as he exited a nearby residence and detained him. The Department’s Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene for further investigation.

Subsequent to the field investigation, Detectives learned the driver had borrowed the vehicle from another person and was not charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle. 

The 2006 PT Cruiser was released to the registered owner at the scene.

The suspect of the Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle case is still at large and Investigators are pursuing leads.


Police Investigate Shooting on W. Avenue O
Dec 01, 2016   11:01 AM

The San Angelo Police Department is investigating a shooting that occurred last night in the unit block of W. Avenue O. 

Just before 9:30 p.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to the residence for the report of a shooting.  Officers arrived and located a 31-year-old San Angelo man suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Officers provided first aid to the victim until Fire Department Medics arrived.  The victim was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Crime Scene Investigations and Criminal Investigations responded to the scene to further investigate.  It was discovered that a Hispanic male assaulted and shot the victim in front of the victim’s residence then stole a red 1991 Chevrolet S10 pickup truck the victim had been operating.  After the shooting, the victim went to a neighbor’s house for help. 

Physical evidence of the shooting was located at the crime scene.  The suspect is still at large; however, Investigators are pursuing several leads.

If you have any information about the shooting or the suspect’s identity or whereabouts please call Crime Stoppers of San Angelo. Tipsters will remain anonymous.  You can call the Anonymous 24-Hour Tip Hotline at 325-658-HELP; submit a web-tip at www.sanangelocrimestoppers.com or download the App “P3 Tips.”



Couple Charged with Aggravated Kidnapping
Nov 30, 2016   11:48 AM

A San Angelo man and woman have been charged with the Aggravated Kidnapping of a 49-year-old San Angelo woman. 

31-year-old Richard Michael Castaneda and 26-year-old Aurora Deltoro-Santana are each charged with Aggravated Kidnapping, both held in the Tom Green County Jail on $100,000.00 and $50,000 bond respectively.

The couple was arrested yesterday afternoon following a lengthy investigation that began yesterday morning in a north San Angelo neighborhood.

Around 7:00 a.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 4800 block of N. Chadbourne Street for the report of an unknown problem where a man reportedly located a female whose hands were bound together. 

Officers arrived and located the woman, who had visible injuries to her face and swelling and injury to her hands.  The woman was transported to Shannon Medical Center for treatment of her injuries and later released.

Following the initial investigation, Officers followed up on leads which led them to a travel-trailer located on a property in the 4800 block of Grothe Street.  Officers established a perimeter and Detectives with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene.  Initial attempts to make contact with the occupants were unsuccessful but after several hours of negotiation, both suspects, identified as Castaneda and Deltoro-Santana, exited the trailer along with a 3-year-old girl.

Castaneda and Deltoro-Santana were charged following interviews at Police Headquarters and transported to the Tom Green County Jail.  The child, who was allegedly present during the incident, was taken into custody by Child Protective Services.

Subsequent to the investigation, Detectives learned Castaneda and Deltoro-Santana, who are acquaintances of the victim, were with the victim on the evening of the 28th.  At some point the victim was tied up, assaulted and held captive for several hours.  The victim managed to escape the next morning and ran down the street to get help.

This is an ongoing investigation and no other information will be released at this time.

The Department's CSI Unit and the Tom Green County Crisis Intervention Unit (CIU) assisted during the investigation.


San Angelo Police Department Welcomes New Chaplain
Nov 23, 2016   04:50 PM

This afternoon, Police Chief Frank Carter swore in Pastor Ralph Dawkins as the Department’s newest Police Chaplain.  Pastor Dawkins was accompanied by his wife and children.  Pastor Dawkins and his wife, Gwendolyn, are natives of Brooklyn, New York.

Pastor Dawkins has been an ordained and licensed minister with the Christian House of Prayer Ministries in Killeen, Texas since 1994. He is a board certified counselor from the Therapon Institute, Dallas, Texas and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Angelo State University, a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies & Theology and a Master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling from Minnesota Graduate School of Theology. He is a chartered member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) and now facilitates ministerial training at Sonship School of the Firstborn, Christian House of Prayer - San Angelo.

Pastor Dawkins joins 6 other Department Chaplains who act as resource for counseling for members of the agency and their families, and serve as a liaison with other clergy in the community. They are called upon to deliver the invocation or benediction at public ceremonies as representatives of the police department and respond to crises situations when called upon.


San Angelo Police Department Welcomes Back Familiar Face
Nov 22, 2016   03:39 PM

Yesterday, Police Chief Frank Carter had the honor of welcoming back a 20-year veteran to the Department as a Reserve Officer.

After his retirement this May, Retired Police Sergeant Todd Dornhecker once again took an oath to serve the citizens of San Angelo.

Sgt. Dornhecker started his career with the SAPD in April 1996 and has extensive law enforcement experience — having served in the Department’s Patrol Division, K-9 Unit, Narcotics Section, Special Operations Section, and Traffic Section.  Prior to his career in the San Angelo Police Department, Sgt. Dornhecker worked as a Corrections Officer with the Llano County Sheriff’s Office.

Sgt. Dornhecker holds a Master Peace Officer’s License, is a certified TCOLE Instructor, Firearms Instructor, and he holds various Gang and Narcotics Certifications. 

“I wanted to take on the role as a Reserve Officer because I missed working alongside my police family.  I am grateful for the opportunity to come back in this capacity and give back to the community and continue to serve the citizens of San Angelo.” — Todd Dornhecker.




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