On Wednesday morning, September 12, 2018, San Angelo Police received a report of a white 2017 Toyota RAV-4 stolen from Goodnight Trail. During extensive follow up investigation, 19-year-old Rocky Ramirez Jr. was developed as a potential suspect.
Late last night, Officers with the Department’s Anti-Crime Unit spotted the RAV-4 being operated in the 2500 block of W. Avenue N.
Pursuant to immediate coordination with the Department’s Patrol Division, a high-risk traffic stop was initiated in the 2200 block of S. Johnson Street. The driver was taken into custody without incident and identified as Ramirez.
During the subsequent search of Ramirez and the recovered stolen vehicle, Officers located and seized numerous pieces of identifying information and credit and debit cards issued to people other than Ramirez as well as electronics and a women’s purse. Some of the items were confirmed to belong to the registered owner of the RAV-4, while other items were confirmed to belong to victims of several recent burglaries.
During the lengthy field investigation, the Anti-Crime Unit Officers discovered Ramirez had committed a yet-to-be reported robbery at the 7-11 Convenience store located at 1801 W. Avenue N. sometime Wednesday morning and subsequently obtained surveillance video of Ramirez arriving at the store in the stolen RAV-4. As a result, an arrest warrant for the offense of Robbery was obtained.
Ramirez was ultimately charged with Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, Credit Card/Debit Card Abuse, and the warrant for Robbery. Ramirez was transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident. His bond was set at $30,000.
On Monday, September 10, 2018, San Angelo Police Patrol Officer P. Potts observed a juvenile male walking in the 1400 block of Volney Street during school hours. The juvenile also matched the description of a recently reported 13-year-old runaway.
After confirming the juvenile was, in fact, the missing runaway Officer Potts discovered the teen was in possession of three firearms, marijuana, clothing, and several watches.
During a lengthy follow up investigation, Detectives with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division discovered the items had been taken during a residential burglary that had not yet been reported.
The teen was transported to the Juvenile Justice Center without incident and subsequently charged with Unlawful Carrying Weapon and Burglary of Habitation.
All of the stolen items were returned to the victim.
Just after 11:00 p.m. on September 10, 2018, a San Angelo Police Patrol Sergeant detained a man for parking in a designated disabled parking area at the Allsup’s located at 514 N. Main Street.
During the detention it was discovered that the driver, identified as 31-year-old David Ellichman of San Angelo, had warrants. Soon after, a responding backup Officer observed a gun case on the passenger floorboard.
As Officers attempted to arrest Ellichman for his warrants, Ellichman refused to exit his vehicle and used his extremities to wedge himself inside. A struggle ensued and only diminished after a Taser deployment allowed Officers to remove Ellichman from the vehicle. Once out of the vehicle, Ellichman continued to actively resist the Officers and additional Taser deployments were utilized. Ellichman was eventually handcuffed with assistance from additional responding Officers and it is believed Ellichman was intoxicated on an unknown substance.
K-9 Officer Fincher utilized his partner, Police Service Dog Xander, to conduct an open-air sniff around Ellichman’s white 2002 Buick Lesabre. During the sniff, Xander alerted to the presence of contraband. During a search of the vehicle, Officers located a quantity of suspected Heroin, Methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, and a stolen firearm. In addition to the stolen firearm and narcotics, Officers also located and seized various items of jewelry, phones, and watches that are suspected as stolen. The firearm had been reported stolen from a vehicle burglary on S. Madison Street that morning.
Ellichman was transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident and subsequently charged with Prohibited Weapon, two counts of Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, and Resisting Arrest Search or Transport.
Just after 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 9, 2018, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the Juvenile Justice Center located at 1253 W. 19th Street for the report of an escape attempt by inmates possibly armed with homemade knives.
Upon arrival, the first Officer on scene discovered broken windows leading to a secured area. Soon after, the Officer encountered three male juvenile inmates with shirts covering their faces.
During an attempt to take the juveniles into custody, a 15-year-old inmate actively resisted and a brief struggle ensued. The teen was eventually Tasered and taken into custody. A second inmate, age 16, also became combative and attempted to fight his way past Officers; however, his attempt failed.
Due to the quick police response, none of the juvenile inmates escaped and no Officers were injured during the incident.
Follow up investigation is being handled by the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office.
A 26-year-old San Angelo man who sustained life-threatening injuries after he fell from the Cactus Hotel Saturday night remains hospitalized.
Dylan Kohutek-Bottalico, 26, who was initially treated at Shannon Medical Center, was later flown to a Lubbock area hospital for specialized care.
Kohutek-Bottalico was the subject of a welfare check call regarding a man that was reportedly climbing the northeast corner of the Cactus Hotel located at 36 E. Twohig Avenue around 8:00 p.m. on September 8, 2018.
Upon arrival, Officers located Kohutek-Bottalico holding onto the brick façade approximately five stories up from the roof of the hotel’s ballroom. As Officers requested Fire Department Personnel to respond with a ladder truck, Kohutek-Bottalico fell and landed on the roof of the ballroom.
In a coordinated response, Officers and Fire Department Medics gained access to the roof and rendered aid to Kohutek-Bottalico. Fire Department Personnel navigated power lines and successfully extricated Kohutek-Bottalico from the rooftop with the aid of ladder truck. Oakes Street was temporarily closed to vehicle traffic during the incident.
Personal property belonging to Kohutek-Bottalico was later located at the parking structure adjacent to the hotel, which is where Kohutek-Bottalico is believed to have gained access to one of the hotel’s rooftops.
No other persons were located on the roof and no foul play is suspected. This is an active investigation and no further information is available for release at this time.