This morning, the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a School Zone Traffic Enforcement Operation utilizing LIDAR and RADAR in numerous school zones throughout San Angelo. Following the School Zone Operation, and with assistance from the Texas Department of Public Safety, additional LIDAR Traffic Enforcement was conducted targeting westbound traffic in the 1700 block of E. Houston Harte near Bell Street.
Police issued a total of one hundred twenty-three (123) citations and warnings and made one (1) arrest during the operation.
Breakdown for citations and arrests:
Driving While License Invalid: 1
Other/Misc. Violations: 2
Child Safety Seat: 1
No Insurance: 2
Speeding: 75 (Highest Speed 90 MPH)
Driving While License Invalid: 3
Other/Misc. Violations: 8
Warrant Arrest: 1
No Insurance: 1
No DL: 1
As a reminder, the Texas Transportation Code requires motorists nearing stopped emergency vehicles or TxDOT vehicles with lights activated to vacate the lane closest to the stopped vehicle (if there is more than one available lane in the same direction of travel) or slow to 20 miles below the speed limit.
Failing to take these actions endangers personnel who provide critical and life-saving services. Violation of this law could result in fines up to $200. The punishment is more severe if there is property damage, and jail time is possible if someone is injured.
***Update to previous release***
The man killed in yesterday's apparent burglary was identified as Jaime Mendoza (DOB 03/30/91).
March 19, 2018 — A 26-year-old San Angelo man was shot and killed during an apparent residential burglary at a local apartment complex this afternoon.
Just after 12:20 p.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to a residence in the 200 block of South Fillmore Street for the report of a burglary in progress where the resident shot the intruder. Upon arrival, Police located the intruder inside the apartment, deceased. Justice of the Peace J.P. McGuire responded to the scene and formally pronounced the man deceased due to injuries he incurred from the gunshot wound.
The resident, a 19-year-old San Angelo man, was not injured.
Detectives with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division responded to the location along with the Crime Scene Investigations Unit.
The deceased man’s identity is being withheld pending next of kin notification.
This is an active investigation and no additional information is available for release.
March 19, 2018 — Police are searching for a suspect who crashed a stolen, 2014 Dodge Ram pickup truck into an unoccupied 2006 Chevrolet Impala that was parked in the driveway at a residence in the 1800 block of Louise Drive this morning.
Officers were dispatched to the residence around 8:15 a.m. and witnesses stated the suspect, described as a dark-haired Hispanic male in his mid-thirties, fled the area after the crash. No one was injured.
If you have any information about the suspect’s identity or whereabouts, call Officer Steven Quade at (325) 657-4353. To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts.
According to the Lubbock County Medical Examiner’s Office, the cause of Phillip A. Lara’s death is likely due to blunt force trauma resulting from a fall; however, an official ruling for the cause of death is pending the final results of the autopsy.
[Previous Release on March 11, 2018]
March 11, 2018 — San Angelo Police are conducting a death investigation on Veterans Memorial Drive.
Around 8:30 a.m. this morning, San Angelo Public Safety Communications received a call from a passerby concerning a man floating in the Concho River near the 600 block of Veterans Memorial Drive.
Officers arrived and located the deceased man on the riverbank, partially in the water. Justice of the Peace Fred Buck responded to the scene and formally pronounced the man deceased and ordered an autopsy. The cause of death is under investigation.
The man has been identified as Phillip A. Lara, 26, of San Angelo. Next of kin has been notified.
This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available. Detective Josh Jones is the lead investigator on this case.
The San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division has identified three suspects in connection to the March 11, 2018 early morning shooting of a 26-year-old man at the Alamo Village Apartments located at 4489 Green Valley Trail.
Pursuant to the ongoing investigation, detectives obtained Arrest Warrants for Jedidiah Watson, 39, Jessica Watson, 26, and Rodney Stephens, 34.
Jessica Watson was arrested early this morning by members of the San Angelo Police Department. Jedidiah Watson has ties to Georgia, Louisiana, Florida, and Maryland and Rodney Stephens’s whereabouts are unknown.
If you have information about the whereabouts of Jedidiah Watson or Rodney Stephens, please contact the San Angelo Police Department at (325) 657-4315. To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts.