December 4, 2020 — 31-year-old Abel Rueda, the suspect charged with murder in connection to the October 24, 2020, Juan Victorio Quintana Homicide investigation, has been transferred to the Tom Green County Jail.
Investigators obtained a warrant of arrest for Rueda in early November. Rueda has been incarcerated at the Howard County Jail on unrelated charges until today’s transfer.
Police are still searching for Rueda’s girlfriend, 29-year-old Wendy McCluskey, who is needed for questioning. McCluskey currently has an out-of-county warrant of arrest for Tampering with Evidence. McCluskey has ties to San Angelo, Midland, Odessa, Big Springs, and Andrews, Texas.
If you have any information about McCluskey’s whereabouts, please call the Crime Stoppers 24/7 Anonymous Tip Hotline at (325) 658-HELP (4357) or download Crime Stoppers P3 Tips App.
[Original Homicide Investigation Press Release: http://www.sanangelopolice.org/articles/view/police-investigate-homicide-in-north-san-angelo-5f9459d7-c6b4-427b-9678-3b7a0a1ed4d3]
At approximately 11:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, San Angelo Police were dispatched to the area of Valleyview and Westway for the report of a major single-motor vehicle crash with injuries.
Responding officers located the driver, 20-year-old Maurice Hastey, near the crash scene. Hastey was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-incapacitating injuries.
Hastey’s only passenger, 22-year-old Kenneth Horton, was located near the damaged vehicle suffering from incapacitating injuries. Horton was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment where he later succumbed to his injuries. Horton was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.
The preliminary crash investigation revealed Hastey was driving his 2020 Ford F 150 Pickup Truck southeast on Valleyview at a high rate of speed when his pickup clipped the mirror of a parked vehicle. Hastey appeared to have overcorrected slightly before leaving the roadway and colliding with a nearby brick structure.
The preliminary crash investigation also revealed that alcohol and the vehicle’s speed are contributing factors to the crash. Hastey was charged with Intoxicated Manslaughter with Vehicle. Bond was set at $25K.
This is an ongoing investigation and no additional information is available for release.
On Sunday, November 29, 2020, at approximately 0026 hours, San Angelo Police Department Dispatch was contacted in regards to a Domestic Disturbance with an Assault in Progress in the 2100 block of Raney St.
Preliminary information indicates that a juvenile caller told Dispatch that a male suspect was actively assaulting a female subject by punching her. Dispatch was further told by the caller that the assault was continuing and was moving between rooms inside the residence.
When Officers arrived on scene they located the male and female subjects. An altercation ensued during which time the male suspect displayed a knife. Officers utilized less lethal devices, but these were unsuccessful. The male suspect refused commands and approached Officers, at which time an Officer utilized deadly force and shot the male suspect.
Officers began life saving measures on the male suspect who was then transported to an area Hospital by San Angelo Fire Department, where he later succumbed to his injuries.
The involved San Angelo Police Department Officers were not injured.
The suspect was identified as 38-year-old Adam Lee Mendez of San Angelo.
The San Angelo Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division, Crime Scene Investigation, and Office of Professional Standards responded. The Texas Rangers are conducting the investigation.
The involved Officers have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard operating procedure for Officer involved shootings.
Any further release of information will be made by the Texas Rangers Office of Public Information.
November 25, 2020 — Just before 5:30 a.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to the area of Howard and Coleman for the report of a single-vehicle crash with entrapment.
Responding officers located a 1999 Ford Explorer turned upside down. The driver, 26-year-old Cheyenne Miller of San Angelo, was unresponsive and later pronounced deceased at the scene by Justice of the Peace Susan Werner.
The preliminary crash investigation revealed Miller was traveling southbound near the 1000 block of Howard Street when Miller lost control of the vehicle and overcorrected; which caused the SUV to flip, collide with a nearby brick-retaining wall, and land on it’s roof. The SUV came to rest after colliding with an AEP utility pole. Miller was not wearing a seatbelt.
Evidence at the scene indicates that speed and alcohol are contributing factors to the crash.
This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available.
21-year-old Rudy Herrera and two friends have been charged with Third Degree Felony Kidnapping after investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Crimes Against Children Unit unfold a kidnapping plot.
Herrera and the friends, identified as 21-year-old Billie Griggs and a 16-year-old male juvenile, kidnaped Herrera’s two-year-old daughter from the child’s mother yesterday afternoon at the Sunset Mall.
A preliminary investigation revealed the trio drove to the mall, located the mother and child, and then jumped out of a pickup truck while the male juvenile suspect snatched the child in a coordinated abduction plot.
As officers were preparing to issue a community-wide Nixle Alert for kidnapping, Herrera was tipped-off that police were involved and then preemptively called police to report the child was in his possession.
Shortly after, police located the child with Herrera, Griggs, and the juvenile suspect at a residence located in the 200 block of Mockingbird Lane.
Herrera, Griggs, and the juvenile suspect have been charged with Kidnapping.
The child was returned safely to her mother.