31 years to the day after an 83-year-old San Angelo woman was sexually assaulted, beaten and left for dead, her assailant(s) remains unidentified. The San Angelo Police Department’s Cold Case Section wants to change that.
On the morning of July 11, 1986, San Angelo Police were dispatched to 1026 Culberson Street for the report of a deceased person, identified as Dovie Dykes.
Her body was found inside the residence by her niece, Belle Guess. Guess told Police that Dykes had recently expressed a concern for her own safety and that she felt a man in the neighborhood was going to “get her or rape her”.
A subsequent criminal investigation by Detectives revealed that Dykes had been sexually assaulted by one or more suspects who forced their way into her home. It is also believed that several personal items were removed from the residence by the assailant(s). Autopsy results concluded that Dykes died as a result of cardiac arrhythmia she experienced during the assault. Law enforcement is seeking information regarding who may have visited or seen Dykes during the afternoon or evening hours of July 10 through the early morning hours of July 11, 1986. Law enforcement is also seeking information from anyone who may have seen a person or persons walking around Dykes’s residence in the days leading up to July 11, 1986.
Please, help us find justice for Dovie Dykes. If you have any information about this case please contact SAPD Cold Case Detective Jim Coleman at (325) 657-4532 or 277-4503 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To remain anonymous, call the SAPD 24 Tip hotline at 1-855-TIPS-247. You can also text your tips- text TIP SAPD plus your tip information to 888777 and follow the prompts. You can submit tips online at: http://local.nixle.com/tip/san-angelo-police-department/.
(Photos: Top- Dykes & a great niece. Middle- crime scene interview with family. Bottom- residence on Culberson)
A 31-year-old San Angelo man was arrested in connection to a stabbing that occurred this afternoon at the Quadrangle Apartments, 3425 YMCA Drive.
Police were dispatched to the complex at approximately 4:46 p.m., initially for the report of a fight in progress. Officers arrived and located a 35-year-old man who was suffering from an apparent stab wound. The man was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
The suspect, identified as Christopher Wheeler, fled the scene prior to Officer arrival. Responding units searched the area and Wheeler was located walking near Knickerbocker Road and Johnson Street.
The Department’s Criminal Investigations Division and K9 Unit also responded to the scene. A preliminary investigation revealed Wheeler and the victim were engaged in an altercation when at some point, Wheeler obtained a knife and stabbed the victim.
Wheeler was transported to the Tom Green County Jail and charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.
The suspect and victim reside together.
At approximately 4:20 p.m. this afternoon, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 4400 block of the West Houston Harte Expressway, westbound, for the report of a major motor vehicle crash with entrapment.
Officers arrived and located a two-vehicle crash involving a white 1993 Buick Century and a black 2010 Jeep Laredo.
The driver of the Buick, a 21year-old pregnant female, had to be extricated from the vehicle. She was transported to a nearby hospital where she later underwent surgery for incapacitating injuries. A 24-year-old female passenger and an unrestrained 7-month-old infant were also transported to a nearby hospital. The uninjured infant was evaluated and subsequently released. The passenger was treated for non-incapacitating injuries and was later released. The driver of the Jeep, a 17-year-old female, and two juvenile passengers, ages 9 and 8, were not injured. The occupants of the Jeep were all restrained.
A preliminary investigation revealed the Buick was disabled in the coned-off section of the highway prior to the crash when it unsafely entered into oncoming traffic and collided with Jeep.
Investigators with the Department’s Traffic Section responded along with Crime Scene Investigations. Westbound traffic was diverted off at the Mertzon Highway exit onto the frontage road for several hours during the investigation.
This is an ongoing investigation.
A 40-year-old City of San Angelo Employee will be issued a citation for Friday’s traffic crash with a motorcycle at Baker and Rust Streets.
Police were dispatched to the intersection on June 30 at approximately 3:23 p.m. for the report of a major traffic crash involving a San Angelo Water Utilities vehicle and a motorcycle.
The driver of the motorcycle, a 49-year-old San Angelo woman, was rushed to a nearby hospital for initial treatment of incapacitating injuries. She was subsequently flown to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas, where she is reported to be in stable condition. The driver was not wearing a helmet. A 53-year-old female passenger received non-incapacitating injuries but she refused medical treatment at the scene. The passenger was wearing a helmet. The Water Utilities driver was not injured.
A preliminary investigation showed the 2009 Ford F150 was traveling north on rust when it failed to yield the right of way to the 2002 Honda motorcycle that was traveling west on Baker.
This afternoon, Traffic Investigators returned to the crash site for follow-up investigation. A Nixle alert was issued to drivers to avoid the area.
The City employee will be issued a Citation for Failure to Yield Right of Way at Stop Sign.
A 48-year-old San Angelo man was arrested early this morning on drug and weapons charges following a traffic stop near downtown San Angelo.
Shortly after 12:00 a.m., the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division directed Patrol to stop of a motorcyclist in the 500 block of W. Beauregard for an observed traffic violation.
The driver, identified as Chuck Robert Holcomb, was arrested for operating the motorcycle without a Class M Endorsement. During a search of Holcomb and the motorcycle, Officers located a quantity of suspected methamphetamine, assorted drug paraphernalia, and a loaded sawed-off shotgun.
Holcomb was transported to the Tom Green County Jail and charged with Felony 3 Possession of Controlled substance Penalty Group 1, Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon, No Class M Endorsement, and Driving While License Invalid with Previous Conviction/Suspension/Without Financial Responsibility.