A forty-year-old San Angelo man was arrested yesterday following a road-rage incident that led to an assault and two separate hit and run collisions.
Steven Montemayor (DOB 12-06-73) was taken into custody in the 800 block of West Avenue K'several blocks from a rollover crash at West Avenue L and Austin Street.
Witnesses who observed Montemayor run away from the crash alerted Officer E. Hunger, who was initially dispatched to investigate the crash, to Montemayor's location. When Officer Hunger turned onto Avenue K, he observed Montemayor climbing into the back seat of a black passenger car.
Police learned that prior to Montemayor being taken into custody, Montemayor reportedly flagged down the occupants, climbed into the back seat and told them to drive off in an attempt to flee the crash; however, the driver refused to leave, allowing Officer Hunger to take Montemayor into custody.
During the crash investigation, police learned Montemayor was driving west on Avenue L at a high rate of speed in a white 2014 Dodge Avenger when he failed to stop at a stop sign and collided with a 2013 Ford F-350 pickup that had just entered the intersection. The impact caused Montemayor's vehicle to spin and eventually roll over. The driver of the pickup, a sixty-two-year-old San Angelo man, was transported to Community Hospital for evaluation of possible injury. The crash occurred just before 1:00 p.m.
Minutes prior to this crash, San Angelo Police responded to the 100 block of Paint Rock Road for the report of a crash where witnesses said a white Dodge Avenger ran a red light and collided with a white 1998 Buick before leaving the scene at a high rate of speed. The driver of the Buick, a fifty-seven-year-old San Angelo woman, was not injured in the crash. It was determined later that Montemayor was the driver who collided with the Buick and fled the scene.
Montemayor was also linked to an assault that occurred within the hour of both hit and run collisions. Just after 12:00 p.m. yesterday, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the area of W. Harris and S. Abe Streets for the report of an assault that allegedly stemmed from a case of road-rage. Upon arrival, officers learned that a man driving a white Dodge Avenger assaulted a sixty-two-year-old San Angelo man who was stopped at a red light. A witness to the assault who called the police reportedly observed the driver of the Dodge attack the victim's car before he punched the victim in the face. The witness followed the suspect and reported the license plate to police. A records search of the license plate number showed the plate was assigned to a white Dodge Avenger? registered to Montemayor.
Montemayor was charged with an outstanding arrest warrant and cited for Safety Belt Offense, Disregard Stop Sign, Disregard Red Light, two counts No Insurance, and two counts Fail to Stop and Give Information. Additional charges may be filed pending the outcome of the Assault Investigation. Montemayor was transported to Shannon Medical Center for evaluation after the rollover crash and upon his release, to the Tom Green County Jail.
At approximately 9:00 p.m. yesterday, San Angelo Police Sergeant J. Rodriguez observed a black 2006 Suzuki motorcycle traveling north on Jackson St with a defective tail light. Sgt. Rodriguez activated his emergency lights initiating a traffic stop at Jackson and University. The driver of the motorcycle accelerated from Sgt. Rodriguez in an attempt to evade apprehension.
The suspect continued to flee by traveling north on Jackson and disregarded stop signs at both Avenue J and L. Believing the pursuit was becoming too dangerous, Sgt. Rodriguez slowed his pursuit in an attempt to protect the safety of the fleeing driver and the public. Sgt. Rodriguez briefly lost sight of the suspect and a short time later located the motorcycle lying on its side, crashed in the roadway at Live Oak and Jackson. The suspect had fled on foot before Sgt. Rodriguez arrived. The motorcycle was seized pending further investigation. There have not been any arrests made for this incident, and no further information is available at this time.
San Angelo Police continue to search for at least two men who robbed Roosters Restaurant employees at gunpoint last night.
On October 29, 2014, at approximately 5:30 p.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to the Roosters Restaurant located at 2001 W. Harris St. for the report of a robbery.
Upon arrival, police spoke with the employees who said two men wearing masks entered the restaurant and demanded money from them at gunpoint. Once the suspects collected the cash they left the area on foot. No injuries were reported by the employees.
Police quickly established a perimeter and canvassed the area for clues and/or witnesses. SAPD Detectives and CSI arrived on scene to begin the investigation. There have not been any arrests made in connection with this robbery.
If you have any information about this incident or the identity of the suspects please call Detective Chris Soto at 325-659-8012. To remain anonymous, call the SAPD's 24 hour Tip Hotline at 1-855-TIPS-247. You can also text your tips, text TIP SAPD followed by your message, to 888777. You can submit Tips online at http://local.nixle.com/tip/san-angelo-police-department/
This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available.
Halloween is a fun and exciting night of the year for many children, but parents may feel uneasy about allowing their children to approach the homes of strangers. The San Angelo Police Department urges parents to use this night as a teachable moment for themselves and their children by reinforcing the importance of safety all year long.
BEFORE NIGHTFALL ON HALLOWEEN:
Today the San Angelo Police Department recognized two civilians for their bravery and service to the San Angelo Police Department and our community.
San Angelo Police Chief Tim Vasquez honored two San Angelo men during a small ceremony recognizing both for their bravery and service to the community. The recognition was due to the assistance they provided officers on a call earlier this month. The officers said the ?Good Samaritan? efforts were needed in dealing with an uncooperative subject that resisted the officers during the call. Today, officers from all divisions were present to show their appreciation for the two men. Both men received a certificate of appreciation and an SAPD challenge coin.
On October 8th, 2014 at 12:00 pm San Angelo Police Officers Ratcliffe and Peterson responded to Community Medical Center ER for a suspicious person. Both Officers made contact with a male subject, Mike Belman, who was behaving erratically and was unable to coherently respond to the Officer's questions. During the field investigation, Belman ran from police towards the 1st Financial Bank parking lot and entered a vehicle occupied by James Halfast. Belman resisted violently as Officers tried to pull him from Halfast's vehicle. Mike McAlpine was also in the bank parking lot and was witness to the incident. Both McAlpine and Halfast assisted the Officers in removing Belman from the vehicle and getting him restrained. Belman was taken to Shannon Medical Center in the custody of a Tom Green County Mental Health Deputy. Chief Vasquez said the timely assistance of Halfast and McAlpine made the difference in safely restraining Belman for transport.