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Press Release #052114(15)-Arrest Made in Chicken Express Aggravated Robbery
May 21, 2014   09:21 PM

A 19-year-old San Angelo man was arrested late this afternoon in connection to last night's Aggravated Robbery in the parking lot of the Chicken Express located at 2831 N. Bryant Boulevard.   


Michael Martinez (DOB 07-14-94) was located this afternoon outside a residence at the Nueva Vista Apartments, 2401 North Lillie.


Martinez was identified as a likely suspect after Technicians with the Department's Crime Scene Investigations Section obtained a positive match on a palm print that was lifted from the victim's vehicle.   Martinez also showed to have two outstanding Warrants for Family Violence Assault.       


After learning about a possible location for Martinez, Detectives with the Special Operations Section and Criminal Investigations Division set up surveillance of the complex.  At approximately 2:30 p.m., investigators located Martinez and took him into custody for his outstanding warrants.    During the field investigation, police located the mask Martinez used to rob the restaurant's employee at gunpoint.  Police have also located a handgun suspected of being used in the robbery.      


At the time of his arrest, Martinez was in possession of marijuana and methamphetamine.  After his interview with investigators, Martinez was transported to the Tom Green County Jail and charged with Aggravated Robbery, Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana, Felony 3 Possession of a Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, and his outstanding Warrants.




Press Release #052114(14)-Police Investigate Aggravated Robbery, Continue Search for Suspect
May 21, 2014   10:57 AM

San Angelo Police continue to search for a man who robbed a Chicken Express employee at gunpoint late last night.


On May 20, 2014, at approximately 10:45 p.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to the Chicken Express located at 2831 N. Bryant Boulevard for the report of a robbery.


Upon arrival, police spoke with the victim who said he was inside his car getting ready to leave the property when the suspect appeared at his car window and demanded money from him at gunpoint.  The suspect, described as being a Hispanic male, fled the scene with the restaurant's bank deposit bag containing an undisclosed amount of money and ran towards Hirschfeld Steel.


Police quickly established a perimeter and requested assistance from the K-9 Unit.  Once on scene, a K-9 Team initiated a scent track that led police to a fence that separates the properties of Hirschfeld Steel and the Nueva Vista Apartment complex; however, the suspect was not located.


The suspect was described as being approximately 5?09? tall, approximately 160 lbs., and was wearing a dark-colored long-sleeved shirt, black beanie cap and a black bandana over his face. 


If you have any information about this incident or the suspect's identity please call Detective Kelly Lajoie at 325-657-4264.  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.



Press Release 051914(13)-Police Confirm Identity of Deceased Person Located at Twin Buttes as Burpee
May 19, 2014   11:15 AM

The San Angelo Police Department's Criminal Investigations Division is confirming that the body located yesterday in the Twin Buttes area is missing Staff Sergeant Stephen Burpee.


At approximately 2:18 p.m., two motorcyclists located a vehicle in a heavily wooded area and called 911 to report they observed what they believed to be a body inside the vehicle. 


Lake Division Officers arrived on scene and located a deceased subject inside a Blue Jeep Grand Cherokee.   The San Angelo Police Criminal Investigative Division and Crime Scene Unit also responded.  SAPD detectives on scene confirmed the deceased to be Burpee.  Justice of the Peace McGuire was also called to the scene and ordered an autopsy for the deceased.


Burpee was transported to Lubbock, Texas for autopsy.  At this time, police do not suspect foul play. 


Burpee was the subject of a Missing Person Alert on May 15, 2014, and has been missing since May 13th.


This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available.



National Police Week Ecumenical Service
May 16, 2014   04:06 PM

We sincerely thank all the people who came out to today's annual National Police Week Ecumenical Service held at the First United Methodist Church in downtown San Angelo. 


It is such a blessing to us to look out amongst the crowd and see our fellow law enforcement officers from so many different agencies, all there to support one another during this emotional service.  It is also a blessing to look around and see unfamiliar faces - the citizens of San Angelo who take time out of their day to stand with us to pay tribute to the peace officers who gave their lives in the line of duty.  Thank you for showing us that you care.  Thank you for remembering the fallen. 


To all the staff at First United Methodist Church, we appreciate your hospitality.  Thank you for taking such great care of us and attending to all of our needs.  Special thanks to Reverend Sam Hunnicutt, Reverend Dale Weise, Barry Dowell, Mike Hale, Joe Torres, and Thomas Byrd for making this event possible. 


For those who were not able to make the event due to other commitments, you can watch our video tribute to the Fallen Texas Peace Officers here:  http://youtu.be/IfdsCX69OJM


[Video by Martin Stuart, San Angelo Police Department]

Press Release #051414(12)-SAPD?s 2014 Firearms Competition Ends with a Bang
May 14, 2014   04:11 PM

Forty-five shooters competed in today's Firearms Competition held at the San Angelo Police Department's Gun Range.  The competition is one of many yearly events scheduled during the Department's observation of Police Memorial Week.


Teams were comprised of members from the San Angelo Police Department, Tom Green County Sheriff's Office, Concho County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Texas Department of Public Safety.  Shooters came from as far as Midland and Odessa to compete for today's bragging rights.


Top shooters and teams are as follows:


Individual 3-Gun

1st Brandon Farris, SAPD

2nd Zach Epperson, TX DPS

3rd Craig Thomason, SAPD


Team 3-Gun

1st TX DPS Region 4 SRT Team 1

2nd SAPD S.W.A.T.

3rd TX DPS Region 4 SRT Team 2


Individual Pistol

1st Brandon Farris, SAPD

2nd Tanner Purvis, TX DPS

3rd Jeff Strain, TX DPS


Team Pistol

1st SAPD S.W.A.T.

2nd TX DPS Highway Patrol

3rd TX DPS Region 4 SRT Team 1


All participants were entered into a drawing for two firearms donated by  O.D.I.N. Firearms & Supply of San Angelo.



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