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Police Search for Dollar General Arson Suspect
Sep 11, 2020   01:11 PM

The San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division is asking the public for help in identifying an arson suspect. 

On August 18, 2020, the pictured male suspect intentionally started a “distraction fire” at the Dollar General located at 4214 College Hills Boulevard before fleeing the store with stolen property. 

The suspect appears to be Hispanic.  Also visible in the video is a tattoo of a (possible) star on his right upper arm.  Other tattoos can be seen on the inside of his right and left upper biceps. 

If you have any information about the suspect’s identity or whereabouts please contact Detective J. Chegwidden at (325) 659-8019.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts.    

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Unattended Death Investigation along the River
Sep 04, 2020   06:53 PM

September 4, 2020 – Just after 1:25PM, the San Angelo Police Department was dispatched to the area of Celebration Bridge located at 349 S. Oakes in regards to a possible body in the water.  Upon officers arrival they discovered a deceased subject and the Criminal Investigation Division was contacted to respond.  The Lake Division along with the Crime Scene Unit responded to assist with the investigation and to recover the deceased.  This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be provided when it becomes available.  

If anyone has information about this incident, please contact the Criminal Investigations Division at (325) 657-4264.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts.

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SAPD Investigates Viral Posts Concerning Attempts to Lure Children
Aug 31, 2020   04:49 PM

The San Angelo Police Department is investigating multiple incidents related to several viral social media posts concerning two white males who are allegedly attempting to lure children into a red older-model Ford Ranger pickup truck as well as several posts inciting physical retaliation against the men. 

Yesterday, the Department received several reported sightings of the men and truck from the viral social media posts in and around various locations in San Angelo.  Our officers responded to each reported sighting.  Both men, who appear to be suffering from an unknown cognitive impairment, were located and identified and investigations into the reported incidents ensued.  

In a possible act of so-called vigilante justice, one of the accused men, age 41, was assaulted late last night at a local gas station during an altercation with three men who recognized him from the viral posts.  The man was later treated for a broken jaw.  The suspects have not been located.  The incident is under investigation. 

To date, officers have spoken with several complainants who alleged the two men have been acting suspiciously and following children and women; however, no incidents of attempted abduction have been reported. 

Although none of the reported local incidents have risen to a violation of Texas law thus far, we can assure you that the safety and welfare of our citizens is paramount and our officers are exploring every possible avenue within legal guidelines to halt the activity.  

We cannot stress enough the importance of reporting suspicious behavior when it is occurring.  Sometimes, people are reluctant to call 911 about behavior that they feel is suspicious or they choose to post on social media before calling authorities.  The San Angelo Police Department wants to remind our citizens that reporting suspicious activity immediately can help police prevent or interrupt crime.  

The Department is also cautioning members of the public to refrain from approaching the men and taking matters into their own hands.  

If you or someone you know has had a recent encounter with the men, please contact the San Angelo Police Department as soon as possible at (325) 657-4315 to file an incident report.  

These are ongoing investigations and more information will be released when it becomes available. 

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Police Investigate Drowning of Transient Man near Celebration Bridge
Aug 31, 2020   10:03 AM

On Saturday, August 29, 2020, Detectives with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division were called to the 300 block of South Oakes Street to investigate a drowning incident involving a 40-year-old San Angelo transient man.  The incident was reported around 2:30 p.m. 

San Angelo Police and Fire Department personnel located the unresponsive man near Celebration Bridge.  Justice of the Peace Susan Werner officially pronounced the man deceased.  

The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim, later identified as 40-year-old Thomas Pike, had been drinking with a group of transients on the north side of the river before he went swimming and reportedly drowned. 

Foul play is not suspected.  This is an ongoing investigation and no other information is available for release at this time. 

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Anti-Crime and Gang Units Bust Yields Arrests, Recovery of Stolen Property
Aug 28, 2020   03:05 PM

Over the last two days, Officers with the San Angelo Police Department’s Anti-Crime Unit and Gang Unit have arrested the following suspects pursuant to an ongoing investigation into criminal activity associated with a residence located in the 2000 block of Colorado Street in San Angelo, Texas.  

Alfredo Chavez, age 17: Possession of Marijuana 

Vanessa Gonzales, age 22: Possession of Marijuana 

Mykah Saldivar, age 19: Possession of Marijuana, Possession Controlled Substance PG3 

Jonathan Tucker, age 17: Burglary of Habitation, Unauthorized Use of Vehicle, Seatbelt-Passenger 17 and Older 

Subsequent to the arrests, a search warrant operation was executed at the residence where officers located and seized a quantity of stolen property — including firearms. 

Additional charges are pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation. 

Members of the Department’s K9 Unit, Criminal Investigations Division, and Crime Scene Investigations assisted with the operation. 

   

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