Cody Salazar, 28 of San Angelo, has been arrested in connection with Friday night’s single-vehicle hit and run crash on Paint Rock Road.
After extensive follow-up investigation by members of the Department’s Traffic Section and Criminal Investigations Division, Salazar was developed as the possible suspect who abandoned his three seriously injured passengers after he crashed a 2017 Dodge Ram 1500 into a tree in the 200 block of Paint Rock Road just before midnight on Friday, December 7, 2018.
Yesterday evening, Investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Salazar for the charge of Accident Causing Serious Bodily Injury. Salazar was located at a residence in the 100 block of North Monroe and was taken into custody without incident.
The preliminary crash investigation revealed Salazar was reportedly involved in a verbal altercation with parties in another vehicle at the Stripes Convenience store located at 1542 S. Bell Street just before the crash occurred and that during the altercation, Salazar was attempting to flee the parking lot in haste when he collided with a gas pump. Following that collision, Salazar fled westbound from the Stripes at a high rate of speed when the truck left the roadway and collided with the tree. The force of the collision caused the truck’s passenger side to peel away from the truck’s body.
Salazar’s passengers, a 30-year-old female who Police located inside the truck and two others, a 33-year-old female and a 36-year-old male who were ejected from the truck, were transported to Shannon Medical Center with incapacitating injuries. They are reportedly in stable condition.
Salazar was booked into the Tom Green County Jail for Accident Causing Serious Bodily Injury, his Bond set at $50,000.
Today, members of the Department’s Street Crimes Division executed a Search and Arrest Warrant at a residence in the unit block of West 31st Street.
The warrant, issued by Justice of the Peace Susan Werner, named 37-year-old James Howell to be in possession of a quantity of Methamphetamine at the residence.
As a result of the search, Investigators located and seized a quantity of suspected Methamphetamine and narcotics distribution paraphernalia.
Howell was arrested and booked into the Tom Green County Jail for State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and two County Warrants.
The Department’s Patrol Division and The Center for Tactical Medicine assisted with today’s operation.
December 7, 2018 — This afternoon, members of the Department’s Anti-Crime Unit located a wanted subject, 27-year-old Joseph Michael Garcia, operating a stolen grey 2017 Ford Edge near Chadbourne and West Avenue L.
Officers attempted to detain Garcia; however, Garcia fled on foot and a brief foot pursuit ensued. Garcia was taken into custody without further incident in the 1500 block of S. Irving and transported to Police Department Headquarters for interview.
As a result of the interview, Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division have linked Garcia to several ongoing investigations involving stolen vehicles, vehicle burglaries, and thefts throughout San Angelo. Several of the related incidents that were captured on surveillance videos have been circulating on social media.
Garcia was later booked into the Tom Green County Jail on charges of 3rd Degree Felony Theft, Evading Arrest/Detention, and a warrant for Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle. Additional charges are forthcoming pending the outcome of these ongoing investigations.
On December 3, 2018, members of the SAPD Street Crimes Division applied for and executed a search warrant in the 400 block of East 22nd Street.
The search yielded approximately 8 grams of heroin along with items that are consistent with narcotic distribution.
Debbie Gaitan, 48, was arrested and charged with Manufacture/Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Penalty Group 1, 4-200 grams.
The Sendero Drilling Yard located at 3855 North U.S. Highway 67 has been the victim of several thefts over recent weeks.
The perpetrators are responsible for stealing copper wire and causing damage to Sendero’s property and drilling rigs.
If you have any information about these thefts or the identity or whereabouts of the suspects please call Detective Jake Russell 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.