August 5, 2020 — At approximately 4:19 p.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 700 block of Wicklow Court for the report of an unknown problem. While en route, officers were informed that the call was related to domestic violence and that the suspect was armed with a gun.
Responding officers located the suspect’s vehicle fleeing the area and attempted to conduct a probable cause traffic stop; however, the suspect refused to stop and a slow-speed vehicle pursuit ensued.
The pursuit ended near the 4600 block of Arden Road when the suspect exited his vehicle holding a handgun. The suspect then fled northbound on foot, crossing Arden Road into an open field.
Officers instructed the armed-man to stop and drop his gun; however, the suspect disregarded the commands, continued to flee further into San Angelo State Park property, and began firing rounds.
Officers returned fire, striking the suspect. Officers began rendering life-saving measures; however, the suspect succumbed to his injuries at the scene.
The suspect was identified as 29-year-old Roberto Hernandez, Jr. of San Angelo.
The Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting alongside the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division and Office of Professional Standards. The involved officers have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard operating procedure for officer-involved shootings.
Any further release of information will be made by the Texas Rangers Office of Public Information.
On August 2, 2020, San Angelo Police responded to the 100 block of Norwood Drive for the report of a sexual assault of a child.
Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Crimes Against Children Unit later determined that 26-year-old Pablo Albert Lemus Jr. had sexually assaulted a child younger than fourteen (14) years of age three times and that Lemus filmed the assaults with his cell phone.
Investigators also determined that Lemus fled San Angelo to avoid apprehension and was hiding in Wray, Colorado. Through coordination with Wray Police, Lemus was located and taken into custody without incident. He is currently in the Yuma County Jail in Colorado awaiting extradition.
Lemus has been charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault of Child and Sexual Performance of Child. His bond was set at $250K.
Police and Fire were dispatched on 8/1/2020 at 1420 hours to 212 Koberlin St for a report of a shooting victim. Upon arrival, the victim, identified as Carlos Galvan (11/17/2001), was found to have a gunshot wound to the torso and was transported by medics to Shannon Hospital where he was pronounced deceased shortly after.
The subject who called in the incident, identified as Nathan Gonzalez (03/28/2000), claimed witnessing a suspect fleeing the scene prior to Police arrival. SAPD Detectives responded and took over the investigation.
After a thorough investigation, it was discovered that Gonzalez had accidentally shot Galvan, hid the weapon, and lied about seeing a suspect flee. During interview, Gonzalez made statements to Detectives about the events that lead to the death of Galvan which resulted in Gonzalez being formally charged with Manslaughter. Gonzalez was arrested and booked in to Tom Green County Jail.
July 26, 2020 — Just before 5:00 a.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to San Angelo Community Medical Center for the report of a victim suffering from a gunshot wound.
The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim, a 15-year-old female, had been shot in the lower extremity by a male acquaintance and that the incident occurred near the Ben Ficklin Reservoir. The victim was eventually flown to a Lubbock area hospital for treatment and is reported to be in stable condition.
The alleged suspect, identified as 18-year-old Esai Lopez, was eventually located and taken into custody without incident. Subsequent to the field-investigation, Lopez was charged with Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon. A second man, 18-year-old Joe Garcia, has been charged with Obstruction or Retaliation.
There is no additional information available for release at this time.
On July 3, 2020, San Angelo Police responded to a residence located in the 800 block of Antonio Street to assist Fire Department personnel with a medical issue. The patient, identified as 48-year-old Victor Rodriguez, was transported to Shannon Medical Center for treatment of injuries initially believed to be sustained in a fall; however, medical personnel later determined Rodriguez’s injuries were the result an assault. Sadly, on July 14, 2020, Rodriguez succumbed to his injuries.
Investigators have been working tirelessly to bring justice to the Rodriguez family. As a result of the lengthy follow-up investigation, investigators developed probable cause to secure a warrant of arrest for 27-year-old Kevin Barron.
Barron, who was already incarcerated at the Tom Green County Jail on unrelated charges, was formally charged with Murder this afternoon.