July 18, 2017, just before 1:15 p.m., a San Angelo Police Officer was working in the 700 block of W. 15th Street on an unrelated call when he was approached by someone asking for help at a nearby residence. Soon after, San Angelo Public Safety Communications received a call regarding a child drowning victim in the 700 block of W. 15th Street.
Officers proceeded to the residence and located a 3-year-old male child who was unresponsive. Officers performed CPR on the child until medics arrived and transported the child to Shannon Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.
Investigators with the Department’s Child Crimes Unit responded to the residence along with the Crime Scene Investigations Unit. Child Protective Services was also summoned to the scene. This case is being investigated as an apparent accidental drowning.
This is an ongoing investigation and no other information is available for release.
On Thursday, July 13, 2017, Investigators with the Department’s Street Crimes Division along with members of the Department’s S.W.A.T. Team executed a Search Warrant at the Windmill Park Apartments, 1929 Raney Street.
The warrant, issued by District Judge Barbara Walther, named 32-year-old Mario A. Salinas, a convicted felon and fugitive, to be in possession of a quantity of firearms and firearm components.
Salinas along with three adults and a 7-year-old child were located inside the apartment and detained. A search of the apartment resulted in the discovery and seizure of a quantity of suspected methamphetamine, marijuana, and paraphernalia associated with the trafficking of narcotics.
Following the operation, Salinas was charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and a Parole Warrant. George Simmons, 39, was also charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and a Parole Warrant. Ashley Perez, 33, was charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and City Warrants. Helerie Lopez, 34, was charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1.
All parties were transported to the Tom Green county Jail. The child was removed to the custody of Child Protective Services.
The Patrol Division and members of the Center for Tactical Medicine assisted with the operation.
Ten San Angelo Police Department Cadets will formally graduate from the academy during a public ceremony slated for 3:00 p.m. Friday, July 14, 2017, at the McNease Convention Center, 501 Rio Concho Drive.
The new officers are Jacob Beckwith, Dustin Bilyeu, Mark Calvert, Larry Hogeda, Austin Howell, Daniel Jones, Raydale Kelly, Porsche Potts, Bobby Salcedo, and Richard Swanson.
The Graduation Ceremony marks the successful completion of an extensive one thousand seventy (1,070) hour academy learning basic law enforcement skills paired with a multi week in-service training program. During the ceremony, the Cadets will be sworn in as Apprentice Police Officers (APO’s). The Department oath will be administered by Police Chief Frank Carter.
Following Friday’s commencement ceremony, the Apprentice Police Officers will begin a sixteen (16) week Police Training Program, which is designed to teach the APO’s how best to use the skills acquired during the academy and in-service training.
On Tuesday, July 11, 2017, Investigators with the Department’s Street Crimes Division and Texas Department of Public Safety’s Criminal Investigations Division executed a Search warrant at a residence in the 300 block of E. 27th Street.
The warrant, issued by Justice of the Peace Fred Buck, named 62-year-old Bobby J. Depauw to be in possession of a quantity of methamphetamine.
Depauw and three adults were detained during the search, which yielded the seizure of a quantity of suspected methamphetamine, packaging materials, marijuana, and approximately $1800.00 in US currency.
Following the operation, Depauw and Renee C. Starnes, 52, were charged with First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1 and Alicia M. Daniels, 36, was charged with State Jail Felony Possession of Controlled Substance Penalty Group 1. All parties were transported to the Tom Green County Jail.
The Department’s K9 Unit assisted with the operation.
Earlier this week, Police Chief Frank Carter swore in one lateral Officer, one reserve Officer, and two new Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS) members during a private ceremony at Police Headquarters.
Tyler Bohannon, a certified Peace Officer, will be joining the Department’s Patrol Division. Tyler previously served as a Police Officer with the Wichita Falls Police Department.
Recent SAPD retiree Alfred Rios was sworn in as a Reserve Police Officer. Rios will play an active role in the Department’s Honor Guard.
Ron Juhl and Stephen Capers were also sworn in as members of the Department’s VIPS program; which provides citizens with an opportunity to support the efforts of the Department’s sworn and civilian personnel with a variety of tasks.
Apprentice Police Officer Tyler Bohannon
Reserve Officer Alfred Rios
VIPS left to right-Stephen Capers, Ron Juhl