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Press Release 060314(01)-Hit and Run Crash Leaves Woman Injured, Police Search for Driver
Jun 03, 2014   12:19 PM

A woman is being treated at a local hospital for life-threatening injuries she sustained after an early morning hit and run crash.


At approximately 8:30 a.m., San Angelo police responded to Knickerbocker Road and Bentwood for the report of a crash.


Once on scene, officers discovered a severely injured female victim.  The woman was transported to San Angelo Community Hospital where she is being treated for life-threatening injuries.  Her current condition is unknown.


Traffic Investigators have determined that that the victim was the passenger in a maroon SUV that was headed southwest on Knickerbocker alongside a pickup truck that was towing a tractor.  The driver of the truck changed lanes and caused a collision with the front left portion of the SUV.  The driver of the truck came to a stop for the traffic signal at the intersection of Bentwood and Knickerbocker and during the stop; the victim exited the maroon SUV in an attempt to get the truck driver's attention.  At some point, the victim's hand became lodged in a void located on the truck's bed, and when the light turned green, the truck driver proceeded to travel with the victim still attached.  Police estimate the woman was dragged approximately 500 feet before she fell off and the truck's trailer ran over her.    


It is unknown if the truck's driver was aware of the initial or secondary accident.


Witnesses described the suspect's vehicle as a white or cream-colored pickup truck, possibly extended cab or 4-door, towing a rust-colored trailer with a rust-colored tractor.  The truck was last seen traveling southwest towards Lake Nasworthy. 


If you have information about the suspect's location or identity, please call the Hit and Run Investigator, Steven Quade, at 325-657-4253.   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/



Press Release #053014(19)-San Angelo Police Locate, Arrest Two Graffiti Suspects
May 30, 2014   04:10 PM

Eighteen-year-old San Angelo residents Jeremiah Sosa and Carlos Mendieta have been arrested in connection to State Jail Felony Graffiti that was done to the Newton Building located at the Central High School Campus, 655 Caddo Street.


Police first learned of the graffiti after being summoned to the school shortly after midnight on May 23.  Later that morning, detectives with the San Angelo Police Department's Special Operations Section (SOS) responded to the school for further investigation and developed information about a possible suspect, Jeremiah Sosa.  Detectives located and interviewed Sosa; however, he denied any involvement. 


As the investigation continued, the detectives developed more information linking Sosa to the graffiti incident, including video surveillance footage from a local retail store that showed Sosa purchasing the same colors of spray paint used in the incident.  Based off this information, detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Sosa on May 29. 


Police located Sosa just after 3:00 p.m. on May 29, sitting inside his vehicle in front of a residence in the 300 block of E. 29 Street.  Sosa was taken into custody without incident.  During a search of Sosa incident to his arrest, police located a quantity of suspected methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.


During a search of Sosa's vehicle incident to his arrest, police located several cans of spray paint and writings that matched the graffiti at the school.  Detectives also located evidence that Sosa had an accomplice to the graffiti incident, Mendieta. 


Today, May 30, 2014, detectives obtained an Arrest Warrant for Mendieta and located him just after 12:30 p.m. at a residence in the 700 block of E. 17 Street.  Mendieta was arrested without incident.


Sosa was charged with Felony Graffiti Worship Burial/Public Monuments/School, Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Marijuana.  Mendieta was charged with Felony Graffiti Worship Burial/Public Monuments/School. 



Press Release # 052814(18) Shoplifter Arrested After Brief Foot Pursuit
May 28, 2014   02:49 PM

A broadcast call regarding a shoplifter at a local store leads to the arrest of the suspect and seizure of suspected stolen property early this morning.


May 28, 2014, at approximately 3:50 a.m., San Angelo Public Safety Communications (Dispatch) received a call regarding a shoplifter who had just left Wal-Mart Supercenter located at 610 W 29th Street with a 37? television.  While officers were responding to the store, Dispatch sent out a radio message stating the suspect had left the store and was running through the field towards MLK Blvd. 


SAPD officer, Tony Lopez, arrived first and set up a perimeter with other patrol units who began searching for the suspect.  SAPD Officers Pruitt and Thomas soon located the suspect and pursued him to the 300 block of W 26th Street where Noriega jumped a fence to private property.  Officers Pruitt and Thomas continued the pursuit of suspect who was quickly arrested. 


After the suspect was handcuffed, he was identified as Joshua Noriega (DOB 04-12-93) of San Angelo.  Once officers placed Noriega under arrest, a search of his person revealed a driver's license and debit card that had been taken in a vehicle burglary earlier in the evening.   Noriega requested medical treatment for an injury to his foot.   San Angelo Fire Department Medics were requested to the scene to address Noriega's complaints and transport him to a nearby hospital for evaluation.  Upon his release from the hospital, Noriega was transported to the Tom Green County Jail and charged with Evading Arrest/ Detention, Class B Theft of Property, and Criminal Trespass.  The television Noriega reportedly stole from Wal-Mart was recovered in the parking lot and returned to the store.   The driver's license and debit cards found on Noriega's person were also returned to the victim of the vehicle burglary.   The investigation into the vehicle burglary is ongoing.


Noriega, Joshua

Noriega, Joshua 04/12/93

Press Release #052414(17)-San Angelo Police Ask for Public?s Help in Criminal Mischief Case
May 27, 2014   12:15 PM

The San Angelo Police Department is asking for help in locating the person(s) responsible for causing damage to a gate and the maintained dirt roads out at the Equalization Channel this weekend.


Sometime during the late night hours of May 24 to the early morning hours of May 25, 2014, an unknown person(s) forced entry through and damaged the gate out at the Equalization Channel leading to the North Pool of Twin Buttes.  After forcing their way through the gate, the offender(s) drove into the North Pool land area and caused extensive damage by ?mudding? on the maintained dirt roads.


City Officials with the Operations Department estimate the cost to repair the damaged gate and roadways will be $5,000-8,000 dollars. 


If you have any information about the identity or location of the person(s) responsible for the damage, please call the San Angelo Police Department'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/



Press Release #052714(16) - SAPD Recognizes D.R.E.A.M. Essay Winners
May 27, 2014   12:08 PM

On May 28th, 2014, The San Angelo Police Department will host an awards presentation for the Spring 2014 D.R.E.A.M. Essay Contest Winners.  The ceremony will take place in the Chief's Conference Room, 401 E Beauregard, at 4:00 p.m. 


SAPD D.R.E.A.M. officers Erica Morris and Rodrigo Hernandez selected 22 essays out of 500 written to be considered for placement in the contest.  The overall winners were selected by Assistant Police Chief Jeff Fant.


The Essay winners are:


1st Place: Jacoby Sosa

School: Goliad Elementary

Teacher: Mrs. Abbott


2nd Place: Jordan Harris

School: Bonham Elementary

Teacher: Mrs. Elkins


3rd Place: Kira Porras

School: Glenmore Elementary

Teacher: Mrs. Dalrymple


The Drug Resistance Education and Mentoring (D.R.E.A.M.) Program was developed by the San Angelo Police Department in 2008 to address local needs and concerns affecting the youth in our community.  Topics such as drug abuse and resistance, bullying, internet safety, and peer pressure are just some of the subjects presented by uniformed officers. Currently two officers teach approximately 1,000 5th grade students each year in public and private schools throughout San Angelo.  


(This event is open to the Essay winners, their families and the Media) 


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