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Department’s Anti-Crime Unit Secures Warrant of Arrest for Suspect Tied to Series of Storage Unit
Apr 16, 2020   03:44 PM

Since early April 2020, the San Angelo Police Department’s Anti-Crime Unit (ACU) has been conducting surveillance on a person of interest and a silver Chevrolet Tahoe associated with a series of recent storage unit burglaries in San Angelo. 

On April 11, a San Angelo Police Department Patrol Officer conducted a traffic stop on a silver Chevrolet Tahoe and during the stop officers observed a handgun in plain view along with several power tools and items associated with committing burglaries.  The vehicle’s passenger, later identified as 30-year-old Lluvia Valenzuela, initially provided officers with a fake name.  Once her identity was confirmed, Valenzuela was charged with Fail to Identify Giving False/Fictitious Information in addition to her five (5) County Warrants of arrest.  The Tahoe’s driver and subject of ACU’s surveillance, 32-year-old Brandon Costilla, was not arrested during the stop pending ACU’s ongoing investigation. 

The traffic stop proved fruitful, sparking a lengthy follow-up investigation by ACU which led to the discovery of two hotel rooms full of suspected stolen property at the La Quinta Inn located at 2307 Loop 306.  Subsequent to their discovery, ACU secured Evidentiary Search Warrants for the hotel rooms as well as a storage unit at Hunter’s Run Storage where a massive amount of suspected stolen property was seized.    

Costilla is currently wanted on two warrants of arrest — one for Burglary of a Building-Enhanced in relation to this investigation as well as a Forgery warrant in relation to a separate investigation. 

If you have information about Costilla’s whereabouts, please contact the San Angelo Police Department at (325) 657-4315 or via Facebook at facebook.com/SanAngeloPoliceDepartment.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the prompts. 

The Department’s Street-Crimes Division and Patrol Division assisted with the warrant executions. 

Additional charges may be forthcoming pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation.

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Local Teen Arrested in Connection to Solen Firearms, Vehicle Investigation
Apr 14, 2020   04:54 PM

17-year-old Jonathan A. Tucker has been formally charged with Theft of Firearm and Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle in connection to a stolen vehicle investigation that was reported on Monday, April 13, 2020.  The vehicle, a black 2015 Ford F250, had several firearms inside the passenger compartment at the time of the theft.  

Just before noon today, officers received information that the stolen pickup was located at the Stadium Oaks Apartments located at 2123 Industrial Avenue.  When officers arrived they located the truck parked and unoccupied.  Through further investigation, Tucker was developed as the suspect and it was discovered that he was inside the apartment armed with a handgun.  

Members of the Department’s S.W.A.T. Team and Anti-Crime Unit responded to the location to assist with Tucker’s apprehension.  Contact was made with Tucker via a patrol unit’s PA system.  Tucker surrendered peacefully and he was taken into custody without further incident.  

One of the reported stolen firearms was discovered inside the apartment; however, several of the firearms are still unaccounted for. 

If you have any information about the location of the remaining stolen firearms, please contact the San Angelo Police department at (325) 657-4315.  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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Man Who Intentionally Crashed into Pursuing San Angelo PD Officer’s Vehicle During Weekend Pursuit
Apr 13, 2020   11:10 AM

A 26-year-old Eden man is facing multiple charges after he intentionally crashed into a San Angelo Police Officer’s vehicle during a late-night weekend pursuit. 

The incident occurred around 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, 2020, when police were dispatched to the Star Stop located at 107 South Abe Street for the report of a man attempting to force a woman inside his vehicle.  

A responding officer who observed the suspect’s blue 1993 Ford pickup truck leaving the store’s parking lot initiated a traffic stop in the 400 block of South Abe Street; however, the driver fled when the officer attempted to make contact and a pursuit ensued.  

At one point during the pursuit, the suspect vehicle slowed down enough to allow the victim to jump out of the passenger side.  The suspect vehicle then intentionally drove head-on into a police officer’s patrol unit that was attempting to prevent the suspect’s escape.  After pushing the officer’s vehicle out of the way, the suspect continued fleeing into Concho County where he led DPS Troopers in a lengthy pursuit.  The suspect, later identified as Brandon J. Wilson, was taken into custody after his vehicle became disabled during a crash. 

Texas Department of Public Safety Troopers charged Wilson with Evading Arrest Detention with Vehicle, Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon, Deadly Conduct, Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1, Possession of Marijuana, and Driving While License Invalid.  

The victim who exited Wilson’s vehicle, Wilson’s 24-year-old ex-girlfriend, was not injured.  The officer involved in the collision was not injured.  The officer has been an employee with the Department since August 2018.

Additional charges may be forthcoming pending the outcome of this ongoing investigation. 

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San Angelo Public Safety Communications Celebrates Telecommunicators Week
Apr 13, 2020   09:42 AM

The San Angelo Police Department is celebrating the second full week of April (April 12-18) 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 weeklong event, established 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.  9-1-1 Dispatchers are truly the “First First Responders” in public safety. 

The following businesses will be donating items throughout the week to show their appreciation for our local team of dispatchers:   

HEB

Little Caesars

Nobilitea 

To make this week more enjoyable, dispatchers are encouraged to wear their favorite sports team’s jersey and/or cap on Baseball Monday, Basketball Tuesday, Wacky Hat Wednesday, and Football Friday.  On Thursday, Wall Brethren Church will be providing food items and on Friday, Public Safety Communications Lieutenant, Tim Pucci, will be providing eggplant casserole.  Dispatchers are also encouraged to decorate their lockers in a unique way.  On Friday, the winning locker will be selected and the winning dispatcher will receive a gift basket.  Second and third place winners will receive a gift card. 

If you would like more information about the events or if your business would like to contribute to the celebration, please contact Sergeant Chris Carpenter at (325) 653-4552.     

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San Angelo Police Seeking Information about Stripes Robbery Suspect
Apr 11, 2020   02:06 PM

The San Angelo Police Department is seeking help from the public to identify a man who robbed the Stripes located at 1733 Pulliam Street at gunpoint just after 10:00 p.m. last night. 

The suspect was described as a short and stocky Hispanic male in his early twenties.  The suspect was wearing a surgical mask, gray hoodie, gray sweatshirt, possibly and orange or red shirt, gray gloves, black pants, and dark or black colored shoes. 

The suspect fled the area eastbound in a dark or black colored sedan.

If you have any information about the suspect’s identity or whereabouts, please call the San Angelo Police Department at (325) 657-4315.  To remain anonymous, tip online at http://bit.ly/SAPDTips247 or by text: Text TIP SAPD to 888777 and follow the pprompts. 

 


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