March 14, 2020 — A 29-year-old San Angelo driver who struck and killed a pedestrian early this morning has been charged with Intoxication Manslaughter with Vehicle.
The charge stems from a Fatality Crash Investigation that stared around 1:30 a.m. after police were dispatched to 1200 block of North Oakes Street for the report of a major motor vehicle crash.
The preliminary crash investigation revealed the driver, 29-year-old Brian Castillo of San Angelo, was operating a 2014 Dodge Dart traveling at a high rate of speed northbound on North Oakes Street when he crossed into the southbound lane. Castillo left the roadway and collided with a pedestrian before colliding with a street sign and utility pole. The pedestrian, identified as 28-year-old Johnell Hornsby, was pronounced deceased at the scene by Justice of the Peace Fred Buck. An autopsy has been ordered. Castillo, who appeared to be under the influence of an intoxicant, sustained non-incapacitating injuries that did not require medical treatment.
This investigation is ongoing and no other information is available for release.
Officials with the San Angelo Police Department have been closely monitoring health officials in response to the emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the disease it causes, named “coronavirus disease 2019” (COVID-19). At this time, no one knows how severe this outbreak will be.
Given this uncertainty, and the fact that the seasonal influenza (flu) virus is also widespread, civilian and sworn members of the San Angelo Police Department are taking proactive steps to address a number of concerns. Police Chief Frank Carter has enacted a comprehensive plan that will help reduce the unnecessary risk of exposure to our employees as well as the citizens we serve.
We are diligently working to maintain a safe workplace and encourage practices protecting the health of our employees, customers, and visitors to Police Headquarters and the SAPD satellite offices located at the City Hall Annex. Common areas that are open to the public are being routinely disinfected under standard infectious disease protocol. We also want to ensure the continuity of business operations during what the World Health Organization has declared to be a pandemic. At present time, the Department’s Records Section, Evidence and Property Release Unit, Alarm Services, and Administrative Offices are still functioning as normal.
In addition to the aggressive sanitation efforts, all Department non-essential out of town travel has been canceled until further notice.
Furthermore, in an effort to reduce the risk of unnecessary exposure to our officers and citizens, effective immediately, the Department’s Online Reporting feature will become mandatory for certain crimes until further notice. They are as follows; theft, simple assault, garage burglary, criminal mischief/vandalism, harassment, lost property (firearms excluded), identity theft, and debit card/credit card abuse. Please visit http://www.sanangelopolice.org/coplogic for a detailed list of instructions as well as a list of crimes that are not reportable online.
The San Angelo Police Department must maintain a healthy, functioning workforce to be able to respond to priority calls and emergency situations. Therefore, based on the information provided by health officials, these steps have been taken to mitigate the risk of illness to our employees and citizens.
March 13, 2020 — 21-year-old Michael Gabriel Sanchez, the suspect accused of shooting and injuring a 24-year-old male acquaintance during an altercation at the Arden Ridge Apartments on Monday, March 9, 2020, has been arrested.
Sanchez was taken into custody this afternoon during a traffic stop conducted by members of the Department’s Anti-Crime Unit.
Sanchez has been charged with Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon.
The 19-year-old driver that died in a single-vehicle crash in southeast San Angelo Thursday night has been identified as Austin Imboden of Round Rock, Texas.
Imboden was pronounced deceased at the scene by Justice of the Peace Fred Buck.
The preliminary crash investigation revealed Imboden was operating a 2001 Honda Civic westbound on Mobile Park Road when his vehicle left the roadway and collided head-on with a tree, causing the vehicle to ignite. A nearby resident was able to extinguish the fire. Several witnesses in the mobile home park community said the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed. The crash occurred just before 9:00 p.m.
Officers located alcoholic beverage cans inside the car; however, it is undetermined if Imboden was driving impaired at the time of the crash. Blood specimen results are pending.
This is an ongoing investigation and no other information is available for release at this time.
Just before 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 2300 block of Dallas Street for the report of a man and woman riding bicycles and stealing mail from mailboxes.
Officers converged on the area and located the pedal-cyclists near Garfield and Dallas. During the investigative stop, the female pedal-cyclist lied about her identity and presented an identification card that did not belong to her. The woman was arrested for Failure to Identify and her identity was eventually confirmed as 28-year-old Yesenia Vera, who had three outstanding warrants of arrest. Vera was also in possession of suspected Methamphetamine.
The male pedal-cyclist, identified as 31-year-old Michael Guevara, was arrested for an outstanding Parole Violation Warrant. Guevara was also in possession of suspected Methamphetamine.
In addition to the narcotics, Vera and Guevara were in possession of multiple pieces of opened and unopened mail that belonged to various people as well as handwritten notes that contained personal identifying information and banking information that belonged to various people.
At the conclusion of the preliminary investigation, Vera was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, Fail to Identify Fugitive from Justice, and her warrants. Guevara was charged with Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, Possession of Marijuana and his warrant.
Detectives with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division are conducting a comprehensive follow-up investigation into the large amount of seized mail and other forms of identifying information and they will work to contact the victims and return their documents in the coming weeks.
Additional charges are pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation.
If you have surveillance video of the pair accessing mailboxes or committing other theft in the area during the hours prior to the arrests, please contact the Department at (325) 657-4264 and reference case 2020-3478.
The Department would like to commend the citizen who observed the theft and had the willingness to report it.