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.
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.
March 19, 2019 — Investigators with the San Angelo Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division are conducting a homicide investigation in northwest San Angelo.
At approximately 4:26 p.m., San Angelo Police were dispatched to the 2000 block of Walnut Street for the report of a shooting victim.
While en route, responding officers were updated with the suspect’s clothing description and location of the victim.
At approximately 4:30 p.m., responding officers located the suspect in the 2000 block of Bailey Street. The suspect, who was later identified as Gabriel James Ortiz Sr., was taken into custody and detained without incident. The shooting victim, 28-year-old San Angelo resident Ernesto Hernandez, was located deceased in the backyard of a nearby residence. Justice of the Peace J.P. McGuire responded to the scene and formally pronounced Hernandez deceased.
The Department’s Crime Scene Investigations Unit responded to assist with the follow-up investigation and multiple patrol units were utilized to cordon off the area.
Ortiz will be charged with Murder. This is an ongoing investigation and additional information will be released when it becomes available.
On Monday, March 18, 2019, the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a School Zone Traffic Enforcement Operation utilizing LIDAR near the Bonham Elementary, Bowie Elementary, Crockett Elementary, Fannin Elementary, Glenmore Elementary, Holiman Elementary, Lamar Elementary, and McGill Elementary campuses. A total of twenty-two (22) citations and seven (7) warnings were issued.
Following the School Zone Enforcement, officers conducted LIDAR Traffic Enforcement in the westbound traffic lanes of the 1700 block of East Houston Harte. A total of thirty-nine (39) citations and nine (9) warnings were issued.
Other/Misc. Violations: 2
No Insurance: 2
Other/Misc. Violations: 2
No Insurance: 1
March 11, 2019 — Today, Investigators with the Department’s Street Crimes Division executed a Search and Arrest Warrant at the Super 8 Motel located at 410 W. Avenue L.
The warrant, issued by Justice of the Peace Susan Werner, named 33-year-old Erica Holiday to be in possession of Methamphetamine at the location.
Holiday was located and detained during the search, which yielded nearly twenty-one (21) grams of suspected Methamphetamine along with narcotic distribution paraphernalia.
Holiday was arrested for First Degree Felony Manufacture Delivery of Controlled Substance and was booked into the Tom Green County Jail.
The Department’s Patrol Division assisted with today’s operation.