May 11, 2020 — Just after 2:30 p.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to the area of West Harris and South Abe Street for the report of a gray 2005 Toyota passenger car who was fleeing the scene of a crash.
While en route, officers received information that the suspect had pulled into the Shell Gas Station on South Abe Street after the vehicle became disabled. Once in the parking lot, the suspect driver reportedly exited the car and fled on foot.
A responding officer located the suspect driver and attempted to stop him but the suspect driver disregarded commands and a foot pursuit ensued. The suspect driver was eventually taken into custody in a parking lot near the 400 block of West Beauregard.
During the follow-up investigation, police learned the suspect driver, identified as 17-year-old Adan Gonzalez, had rear-ended a white Dodge Ram pickup that had been stopped at the light on South Abe and West Harris. When the driver of the Dodge, a 22-year-old San Angelo man, made contact with Gonzalez, Gonzalez reportedly told the man not to call the police and then fled the area. The victim, who was not injured during the crash, followed Gonzalez to the Shell Station.
Gonzalez was initially charged with Evading Arrest Detention but was additionally charged with Possession of Marijuana after police found marijuana inside the vehicle.
Gonzalez also received citations for Failure to Control Speed, No Driver’s License, and Failure to Stop and Leave Information.
Every year, the dedicated men and women of the San Angelo Police Department host Police Memorial Week Events to honor the courageous men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice with their lives.
It is with great regret that the San Angelo Police Department will be unable to host our traditional events due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision was a difficult one, but we believe it is the right one. We are saddened that our community and partner agencies cannot come together this year to grieve the loss of the officers who were killed in the line of duty in 2019, but given the national crisis, we must continue to make the safety of the public our first priority.
This week, the Department will release a Police Memorial Week Video in lieu of our Annual Flag Raising Ceremony. The video will be published to the Department’s Facebook and Twitter pages, facebook.com/SanAngeloPoliceDepartment and twitter.com/SanAngeloPolice.
For more information about line of duty deaths by state and year visit odmp.org. For a list of fallen officers from the COVID-19 pandemic visit https://www.odmp.org/search/incident/covid-19. To register to watch the National Police Week Virtual Candlelight Vigil visit https://bit.ly/2020VirtualCandlelightVigilReg.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation that designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Memorial Week.
Since 1776, there have been 24,223 known line of duty deaths in America – 72 this year and 146 in 2019.
The Department’s Anti-Crime Unit has identified several suspects involved in ongoing thefts and burglaries throughout our community.
One of the suspects, identified as 36-year-old Raul Ruiz, was located in possession of a confirmed stolen Pelican Cooler last night during a traffic stop. Additional coolers were also located and seized. Ruiz was charged with Theft of Property <$2,500—Enhanced/Previous Convictions. The Pelican Cooler was returned to the owner. The Department’s Gang Unit assisted with the stop and investigation.
The Anti-Crime Unit also conducted an investigatory detention of Ruiz on April 30, 2020, where they recovered several recently reported stolen power tools valued at $2,300.00. The tools were returned to the owner and charges are pending the outcome of that ongoing investigation.
On April 23, 2020, the San Angelo Police Department published a “Need to Identity” Video of two men who had burglarized a local Walmart while posing as Walmart employees.
On April 24, the Department published an update about the case — both men had been arrested in Kimble County on unrelated charges. The men were identified as 30-year-old John Taylor Fest and 30-year-old Austin Bradley Yount.
Through follow-up investigation, a detective with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division obtained warrants of arrest for the pair for the charge of Burglary of Building, a State Jail Felony.
Last night, Fest was apprehended by Texas DPS and additionally charged with Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle.
Police are still searching for Yount. If you have information about Yount’s whereabouts, please call police dispatch at (325) 657-4315 or send a direct message to the Department’s Facebook or Twitter pages. To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts.
April 28, 2020 — Just before 12:30 p.m., a San Angelo Police Department Patrol Officer who has been working a stolen vehicle investigation received a call from the victim, who claimed they spotted their stolen vehicle in the parking lot of the La Azteca Meat Market located at 2028 North Bryant Boulevard. The victim was at the location on a hunch after their stolen debit card had been used at the store the previous day.
The officer, who was close to the location, responded to the parking lot and observed the stolen blue 2017 Honda Civic, circling the lot. When the officer attempted to approach the vehicle, the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed and exited the driveway onto Martin Luther King Drive. After traveling south at a high rate of speed, the suspect collided with a blue Cadillac and a white pickup truck. After the collisions, the suspect exited the car and a foot pursuit ensued. At one point, the suspect ran inside the nearby Whataburger but quickly exited and ran westbound across North Bryant Boulevard.
The victim-driver of the damaged truck, a 28-year-old man who was not injured in the crash, followed the suspect across North Bryant Boulevard into a field near the 1700 block of Hudson Street. Before the officer arrived, the victim-driver exited his truck, tackled the suspect, and detained him until the officer applied handcuffs. The suspect was identified as 25-year-old Landon Beatty.
Beatty was transported to Shannon Medical Center for evaluation of minor injuries. Beatty has been charged with Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle, Evading Arrest Detention-Vehicle, and Evading Arrest Detention-Foot. Beatty also had a Parole Warrant of Arrest for Evading.
The Cadillac’s passenger, a 16-year-old female, was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-incapacitating injuries. The Cadillac’s driver was not injured.
Additional charges are forthcoming pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation. The Honda Civic was reported stolen from the Cedar Crest Apartments, 3902 Sherwood Way on April 26, 2020.