At approximately 4:00 p.m. today, the San Angelo Police Department's Lake Division Police located and identified the body of Manuel C. Rivas, Jr. as the man fatally injured during yesterday's watercraft collision near the Angelo State University Lake House on Lake Nasworthy.
SAPD Lake Division responded to the area just after 7:00 p.m. yesterday for the report of a boating accident. Once on scene, police learned twenty-year-old Rivas and nineteen-year-old Natalie Valles were kayaking alongside one another when a Jet Ski collided with them. Valles was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening head injury. She was later released and her current condition is unknown. Rivas, who was not wearing a life jacket at the time, never surfaced after the collision. Both Rivas and Valles were students at ASU.
The pilot of the Jet Ski, twenty-nine-year-old Bryce Brooks of San Angelo, was not injured during the crash. During yesterday's investigation, Brooks told police he was traveling towards the setting sun and did not see the kayakers before the collision occurred. Brooks performed a battery of standardized field sobriety tests at the scene and showed no signs of intoxication. No charges have been filed and no citations have been issued at this time.
After yesterday's collision, the SAPD Lake Division along with Game Wardens from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department searched the surrounding waterway with the assistance of sonar and drowned victim recovery equipment. SAPD K9 Units also assisted with a land search. The search continued until approximately midnight and resumed this morning at 7:00 a.m. This afternoon, authorities concentrated their search efforts on a specific location of the lake after pinpointing the crash site. During the search, sonar equipment alerted police to an area of interest. Soon after, Rivas was located utilizing specialized equipment for drowned victim recovery.
Members of the Raven Response Group (RRG) also aided today's search efforts by offering two Cadaver Dogs. SAPD Crime Scene Technicians were also present to collect and process evidence. Justice of the Peace J.P. McGuire responded and officially pronounced Rivas deceased. Detective James Hernandez is the lead Investigator on this case.
Angelo State University Faculty was on hand today to assist the Rivas family and comfort ASU students who were at the scene.
Several squares consisting of different colored and patterned fabric were recently sewn together with love in hopes of raising money for San Angelo's Family Shelter, ICD Bridges.
San Angelo Police Chief and ICD Vice President Tim Vasquez along with fellow ICD Board Members Jeri Slone, Marta Tafoya, and Martha Ibarra recently accepted a quilt made by Gail Ball, Janette Browder, LaFreda Holman, Dortha Gunter, and Shirley Mercer. The quilt will be a featured raffle item at a future fundraiser for the shelter.
ICD Bridges is a private, not-for-profit organization that offers temporary housing and support services to victims of domestic violence, as well as housing and developmental services to adults with intellectual disabilities.
Members of the Roadrunner Motorcycle Club also recently presented the Shelter with a check for $400, which will double considering the organization receives funding from the State that must be matched dollar for dollar.
The organization is feverishly working towards meeting one of its objectives? increased financial stability that will keep the shelter operational through the end of 2016. For information on how you can help, visit icdbridges.org
A fifty-three year old San Angelo man remains hospitalized in stable condition after he was stabbed this weekend.
On Friday, May 29, 2015, shortly after 4:00 p.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to the unit block of E. 25th Street for the report of a stabbing.
Upon arrival, Officers and Fire Department Medics located the victim who appeared to be suffering from a stab wound located on his abdomen. The man was transported to Shannon Medical Center where he underwent emergency surgery. His injuries were not life threatening and he is reportedly in stable condition.
Detectives with the Department's Criminal Investigations Division and CSI Technicians were called out for further investigation. The weapon used in the assault was not located at the scene.
Several witnesses at the scene were interviewed about the incident; however, no arrests have been made at this time and the motive for the assault is unknown.
This is an ongoing investigation and police are following up on several leads.
San Angelo Police Chief Tim Vasquez and members of the Department's K9 Unit received a $2,000 check from the San Angelo Elks Lodge last night.
The check, presented by Elks Vice President, Mike Bryan, was raised during a prime rib dinner and silent auction held this past March. Members of the Citizen's Police Academy Alumni Association worked with the Elks to organize this annual fundraiser.
The money will be used to help fund various K9 Unit expenses such as training, shelter, food, equipment, and veterinary care.
Longtime supporters of the K9 Unit, the Elks are also gearing up to assist with another upcoming K9 fundraiser, ?Krazy 4 K-9z?, slated for June 13 at Kirby Park, 1401 Edmund Blvd. For more information about this upcoming event, visit http://bit.ly/SAPDKrazy4K-9z.
San Angelo Police are searching for a man involved in a hit and run crash early this morning in north San Angelo.
Just before 12:30 a.m. this morning, Sector 1 Patrol Officer C. Gonzales was patrolling the 900 block of W. 29th Street when he drove past a man standing a few feet away from a vehicle that was off the roadway and on top of a fence.
Believing the man may have been the driver and involved in a collision, Officer Gonzales turned around, activated the vehicle's lights and sirens and attempted to make contact with the subject but the subject took off running. Officer Gonzales pursued the subject but lost sight of him in the overgrown brush along the riverbank. San Angelo Police K-9 Units responded to assist with the search but were not able to locate the subject. The subject was described as being a white male in his mid-to-late twenties, average build, approximately 5?11?- 6?01? with light colored hair.
The abandoned red 2007 Mazda sedan was towed from the scene. Police attempts to contact the vehicle's registered owner, Jeffrey Houseworth of San Angelo, have been unsuccessful.
The fence sustained several hundred dollars in damages.
This is an ongoing investigation and no other information is available at this time.
If you have any information about the incident or the identity of the subject, call 325-481-2718. To remain anonymous, call 1-877-TIPS-247 or submit tips online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247.