April 16, 2019 — Earlier today, the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division directed a traffic stop on a Honda Accord that was occupied by a wanted subject in the 700 block of Macann Street.
During the stop, Officers located 33-year-old Gabriel Lopez, who was wanted on warrants of arrest for Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle and Going Off Bond for Criminal Trespass of a Habitation/Shelter/Superfund/Infrastructure. The driver, identified as 41-year-old Robert Perez, was wanted for Parole Violation.
Pursuant to the field investigation, Street Crimes Division Investigators located and seized approximately thirty-four (34) grams of suspected Methamphetamine along with narcotic distribution paraphernalia.
The pair were arrested for their warrants and Lopez was additionally charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1.
The Department’s Patrol Division assisted with today’s operation.
April 15, 2019 — Today, members of the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division executed a Search Warrant at a residence located in the 2700 block of Jomar Street.
The warrant, issued by Justice of the Peace Fred Buck, named 83-year-old Victor Samaniego to be in possession of Methamphetamine at the residence.
Samaniego was located at the residence along with 36-year-old Soraida Gonzalez. The pair was detained without incident and investigators located and seized approximately twenty-eight (28) grams of suspected Methamphetamine along with narcotic distribution paraphernalia.
Samaniego was charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1. Gonzalez was charged with State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1. The pair was booked into the Tom Green County Jail.
The Department’s Patrol Division, K-9 Unit and the Center for Tactical Medicine assisted with today’s operation.
April 12, 2019 — The San Angelo Police Department will be celebrating the third full week of April (April 14-20) as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.
This week, sponsored by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International and celebrated annually, honors the thousands of men and women who respond to emergency calls, dispatch emergency professionals and equipment, and render life-saving assistance to the world’s citizens.
This week-long event, initially set up in 1981 by Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office in California, is a time to celebrate and thank those who dedicate their lives to serving the public. Our San Angelo Public Safety Communications family will be honored for their hard work and dedication by several local businesses that have made donations as a show of appreciation for the sacrifices dispatchers make in order to make a safer world for the public.
National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week Local Donors:
Christian House of Prayer Women’s Group
Little Caesars Pizza
South 277 BBQ
The San Angelo Police Department is pleased to announce that it has joined the free Neighbors app by Ring to provide the San Angelo community with real-time, local crime and safety information. The Neighbors network already has millions of users and has been instrumental in catching package thieves, stopping burglaries, and keeping neighborhoods safe.
Residents can text ‘StaySafe’ to 555888 from their smartphone to download the Neighbors app for free on iOS and Android and use the app to; join their neighborhood, share crime and safety-related videos, photos and text-based posts; and receive real-time safety alerts from their neighbors, local law enforcement and the Ring team. For more information visit www.ring.com/neighbors.
“I am a proponent of citizens using video technology as an effective way to deter crime on their property and in their neighborhoods. Easily installed and affordable video cameras are readily available to the consumer. The increased use of cameras has already resulted in solving several criminal cases, and aided in the identification of thieves in our community. The San Angelo Police Department is proud to have collaborated with Ring by joining the Neighbors App. This app will provide the San Angelo community with real-time local crime and safety information. It is a virtual neighborhood watch. Citizen safety is always a priority for us.” — Chief of Police, Frank Carter
Jamie Siminoff, Chief Inventor and Founder of Ring, said: “We’re excited to have the San Angelo Police Department join Neighbors to keep their community up-to-date on local crime and safety information. Over the past few years we have learned that, when neighbors, the Ring team and law enforcement all work together, we can create safer communities. Neighbors is meant to facilitate real-time communication between these groups, while maintaining neighbor privacy first and foremost. By bringing security to every neighbor with the free Neighbors app, the San Angelo community can stay on top of crime and safety alerts as they happen.”
How It Works
Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division charged a 26-year-old San Angelo woman with Forgery of Government/National Government Instrument/Money/Security following a lengthy field investigation Thursday afternoon, April 11, 2019.
Officers were initially dispatched to the Smokers Outlet located at 1902 North Chadbourne Street for the report of a woman and two passengers in a white GMC Yukon that drove off after the driver attempted to purchase beer and cigarettes with counterfeit money.
During the follow-up investigation, Patrol Officers determined the Yukon was registered to a local car dealership. Officers went to the dealership and spotted the Yukon in the lot— It was then they learned the Yukon had recently been taken out for a test-drive by three subjects who returned it about an hour later and that the subjects, who were now test-driving another vehicle, were expected to return soon. Officers also learned that the vehicle the suspects arrived in, a green Ford Escape, was parked in the lot.
Once the subjects returned, Officers converged on the area and detained the trio without incident. They were identified as 26-year-old Eternity Sanchez, 28-year-old Albert Garcia, and 26-year-old Crystal N. Garcia of San Angelo.
During an open-air ‘sniff’ of the suspect’s Ford Escape, Police Service Dog Vader alerted the officers to the presence of contraband. Vader’s alert led to a probable cause search of the vehicle where officers located Methamphetamine.
Subsequent to the field investigation, Sanchez was found to be in possession of additional counterfeit U.S. currency. Garcia was arrested for State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 as well as warrants of arrest for GOB Aggravated Robbery, GOB Fleeing Police Officer and GOB Evading Arrest Detention. C. Garcia received a citation for Drug Paraphernalia that was located inside her clothing.
The Department’s Anti-Crime Unit assisted with the investigation.