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SAPD Retirement Ceremony
Mar 25, 2019   06:28 PM

On Friday, March 29, 2019, the San Angelo Police Department will host a Retirement Ceremony for Officer Brian Bylsma.  The ceremony is slated for 10:30 a.m. at the McNease Convention Center, 501 Rio Concho Drive, in Council Chambers.  The ceremony is open to the public. 

Bylsma began his career with the City of San Angelo as a dispatcher in 1998.  After becoming an officer in 1999, Bylsma served in the Patrol Division as well as the Criminal Investigations Division’s Gang Unit before spending the last six years of his career in the Traffic Section.  Throughout his tenure with the Department, Brian has completed nearly 3,500 law enforcement training hours and he holds a Master Peace Officers License.  Other awards include the 2010 Community Service Award, Intermediate Peace Officer Certification, Military Service Award, United Way, Best Practices, Investigative Services, and Uniformed Services.  Brian has also received numerous Letters of Recognition and Commendation from citizens and partnering law enforcement agencies.  

Bylsma is also well-known in the community for his efforts in coordinating the S.A.C.O.P. Blue Santa Program and Thanksgiving Meal Delivery Program.  To date, both programs have raised and spent nearly $116,000 to enrich the lives of 580 local families. 

Prior to his civilian law enforcement career, Bylsma served in the Security Forces of the United States Air Force for twenty years. 


North Chadbourne Double Homicide Suspect Charged
Mar 22, 2019   02:53 AM

This evening, Detectives with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division obtained two warrants of arrest for the offense of Murder for 36-year-old Dwayne Chance Chadwick. 

Chadwick is accused of murdering 27-year-old Jared Anthony Lohse and 50-year-old Jack Harris Jr. — the two men found dead inside a burning house in the 4800 block of North Chadbourne on Wednesday, March 20, 2019.  Preliminary autopsy reports for Lohse and Harris determined the manner of death was homicide resulting from gunshots wounds. 

Chadwick, who was developed as a suspect early on in the investigation, was already in custody at the Tom Green County Jail on unrelated charges when the murder complaints were signed.  Chadwick’s bond was set at two million dollars. 

This is an active investigation and no further information is available for release at this time.  



Armed Convicted Felon Arrested after Brief Struggle with SAPD Officers
Mar 21, 2019   10:11 PM

March 21, 2019 — An armed Felon was taken into custody after a brief struggle with San Angelo Police this afternoon. 

Just before 1:00 p.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to a residence in the unit block of East 22 Street for the report of an unwanted subject.  

Upon arrival, the first officer on scene began speaking with a male subject in front of the home when the resident exited and alerted the officer about the subject being in possession of a gun.  

When the officer attempted to conduct a pat-down of the subject to check for the presence of weapons, the subject became uncooperative and resisted the officer.  During this struggle, the resident began yelling that the subject was reaching for the gun. 

Additional units arrived and the subject, later identified as 29-year-old Michael Sanchez Lopez, was taken into custody.  The gun, which had been reported stolen early this morning from a vehicle burglary, was located inside Lopez’s waistband. 

Once inside the patrol car, Lopez began kicking the windows and he was subsequently placed in a Ripp-hobble to prevent injury to himself.  

Lopez was charged with Assault on Public Servant, Unlawful Possession of Firearm by Felon, Resist Arrest Search or Transport, and an outstanding Parole Warrant.  Lopez was booked into the Tom Green County Jail. 

Additional charges may be forthcoming pending the outcome of the ongoing Unauthorized Use of Motor Vehicle investigation.  

The officer sustained minor injuries during the altercation.  He was treated at the scene by medics and released. 


Group of Teen Vehicle Burglars Arrested in Early Morning Bust
Mar 21, 2019   09:31 PM

March 21, 2019 — Several teens were arrested on various charges connected to a vehicle burglary in a South San Angelo neighborhood this morning. 

Just after 2:00 a.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to the El Conquistador Apartments located in the 1700 block of Knickerbocker Road for the report of suspicious subjects in the parking lot.  The subjects were reportedly dressed in dark clothing, carrying backpacks and looking through vehicles.  

When officers arrived, the subjects fled on foot.  Additional units converged on the area and two of the subjects were quickly located and detained without incident.  

Shortly after, two additional subjects were observed crossing Knickerbocker Road and entering the PAYS Academic Alternative School parking lot.  The subjects were also detained without incident.  One of the subjects was carrying a backpack.  

Through further investigation, it was discovered the subjects matched the description of a group of subjects who were observed in the area of a recent Burglary of a Motor Vehicle at the Sunset Apartments where a Coach purse had been stolen. 

Subsequent to the field investigation, the stolen Coach purse was located inside the backpack and later returned to the victim of the vehicle burglary. 

Martin Cano, age 17, was charged with Evading arrest Detention.  Angel Ledesma, age 17, was charged with Criminal Trespass.  A 16-year-old male was charged with Burglary of Motor Vehicle and a 15-year-old male was charged with Evading arrest Detention and Resisting Arrest.  Cano and Ledesma were transported to the Tom Green County Jail.  Both juveniles were transported to the Tom Green County Juvenile Justice Center.  


Fire Homicide Investigation on North Chadbourne
Mar 20, 2019   12:23 PM

March 20, 2019 — Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division along with the San Angelo Fire Department’s Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating a fire where the bodies of two men were found inside a North San Angelo residence. 

Just before 3:00 a.m., Police and Fire were dispatched to the 4800 block of North Chadbourne Street for the report of a structure fire.  Upon arrival, the residence was fully engulfed.  After the fire suppression efforts ceased, officials located two deceased men.  Their identities have not been confirmed. 

Justice of the Peace Fred Buck responded to the scene to formally pronounce the men deceased.  The cause and manner of the men’s death are undetermined and their bodies were sent for autopsy.  Detectives are investigating the incident as a homicide.  

There is no further information available for release at this time. 




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