A San Angelo High School student was arrested Thursday afternoon after making alleged threats about impending shootings at Central High School via Snapchat.
Another Central High School student who received the message immediately notified authorities about the threat, which specified the suspect’s desire to target specific student groups.
San Angelo Independent School District Officials quickly notified an off-duty San Angelo Police Officer who was working school security. The notification led to an immediate investigation.
The suspect, a 16-year-old San Angelo resident and Central High School Student, was detained and interviewed by the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division.
Following the interview, the juvenile was arrested for Terroristic Threat Causing Fear Imminent Serious Bodily Injury and transported to the Tom Green County Juvenile Justice Center. Investigators searched the suspect’s residence; however, no weapons were located.
[In this case] the offense of Terroristic Threat Causing Fear Imminent Serious Bodily Injury is a Class B Misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,000.
Following yesterday’s arrest, San Angelo Police responded to multiple reports of imminent threats of campus violence that were circulating through social media. The threat was accompanied by a photograph of a partially-masked male subject holding what appeared to be an assault rifle while posing for a selfie in front of a bathroom mirror. The photo, which also circulated on Snapchat, was taken by a high school student in South Carolina. The South Carolina student was arrested.
The San Angelo Police Department is committed to the close partnership it has with local school officials and any threat of violence, regardless if it is made fictitiously, that depletes law enforcement and school resources at a time when the Nation is grieving alongside the community of Parkland, Florida, will receive our full attention and perpetrators will be charged accordingly with the maximum applicable charge.
This afternoon, members of the San Angelo Police department’s Street Crimes Division and K9 Unit executed a Search Warrant for a residence in the 1500 block of Coke Street. The warrant was issued by Justice of the Peace J.P. McGuire.
During a search of the residence, Investigators located and seized a small quantity of methamphetamine.
Two occupants, identified as Eva Gaitan, 53, and Jose N. Rivera, 54, were detained during the search and subsequently arrested for State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1. Gaitan and Rivera were transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident.
The Department’s Patrol Division assisted with today’s operation.
On January 31, 2018, the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division, K9 Unit, and Texas Department of Public Safety’s Criminal Investigations Division executed a search warrant at a residence in the 1500 block of Loop Drive.
The warrant, issued by Justice of the Peace Susan Werner, named Kendell M. Stasey, 19, to be in possession of a quantity of marijuana at the residence.
During the search, Detectives located and seized approximately three hundred (300) grams of Tetrahydrocannabinols candy, approximately twelve (12) grams of suspected powdered MDMA, a small amount of Marijuana, and an assortment of narcotics distribution paraphernalia.
Subsequent to the investigation and search, Detectives arrested and charged K. Stasey with two counts of Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 2 OR 2-A >=4G<400G and Possession of Marijuana <2oz. Two others were also arrested and charged — Jay D. Stasey, 23, was charged with Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 2 OR 2-A=4G-<400G and Possession of Marijuana <2oz, and Kerri Jordan, 19, was charged with two counts of Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 2 OR 2-A >=4G<400G, Possession of Marijuana <2oz, and a warrant for Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1A <20AU (LSD).
In separate investigation, SAPD Crimes Against Children Detectives and Street Crimes Division Detectives became aware of children exposed to drugs at a residence in the 1400 block of Culberson. During the field investigation, Detectives located and seized a quantity of marijuana, Tetrahydrocannabinols oil, and an assortment of narcotics distribution paraphernalia.
Subsequent to the investigation, Destiny R. Torres, 26, and Robert P. Leaptrot, 29, were arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana >4OZ<=5LBS and Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group PG 2 < 1G.
The Department’s Patrol Division assisted with both investigations.
January 31, 2018 — At approximately 12:55 this morning, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the area of East 11and Volney Streets for the report of a shooting victim.
Upon arrival, Officers located a 45-year-old man bleeding profusely from the arm, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Officers immediately applied a Combat Application Tourniquet (C.A.T) and successfully stopped the bleeding before San Angelo Fire Department Medics arrived and transported the victim to a nearby hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening injury. The victim was later released.
Officers on scene spoke with several witnesses and learned the suspect, identified as Efren L. Delatorre, 35, fled the scene to a nearby residence. Soon after, Delatorre was located at a residence in the 1200 block of Volney Street. He was taken into custody without incident and transported to Police Headquarters for interview.
Subsequent to the field investigation, Detectives with the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division learned Delatorre, an acquaintance of the victim, had gone to the victim’s residence and shot and killed the victim’s dog prior to shooting the victim. Delatorre also pointed his gun at the victim’s 41-year-old female acquaintance; however, she avoided injury.
Later this morning, Investigators obtained a Search Warrant for the residence on Volney and consequently located and seized the suspected gun used in the shooting.
Delatorre is facing two counts of Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon and Cruelty Non-Livestock Animal Kill/Poison/Serious Bodily Injury.
Detective James Hernandez is the lead Investigator on this case.
Just after 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 28, 2018, San Angelo Public Safety Communications received multiple calls about a man sitting on the ledge of the Oakes Street overpass in the 300 block of the East Houston Harte Expressway.
Upon arrival, responding Officers observed the man seated on the ledge of the overpass, rocking back and forth. The man was crying and visibly shaken.
In a coordinated effort, Sergeant Ali Shah engaged the distraught man from below the overpass while Patrol Officers Eddie Chavarria and Caleb Wasson positioned themselves in an attempt to grab the man, who appeared to be preparing to push himself off the ledge.
Soon after, Officer Wasson was able to distract the man, which allowed Officer Chavarria an opportunity to grab the man and be safely pulled off the ledge by both Officers.
Mental Health Deputies responded and subsequently transported the 23-year-old man to a nearby hospital for evaluation and treatment.
Traffic was temporarily diverted in the area during the incident.