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Vehicle Pursuit Leads to Arrest
Oct 18, 2022   08:50 AM

On 10/17/22 shortly after Midnight, An SAPD Patrol Officer observed a white in color Ford Escape driving recklessly on Sherwood Way. The Officer was able to catch up to the suspect vehicle and initiated a Traffic stop on it in the 4900blk of Houston Harte Frontage. The suspect initially stopped for the Officer but then fled the stop in their vehicle at a high rate of speed.

A vehicle pursuit was initiated and officers observed the vehicle enter into a parking lot of an apartment complex in the 2600blk of Southland BLVD. The suspect vehicle was then able to turn around in the parking lot of the complex and then collided with a pursuing patrol unit. The collision caused extensive damage to both of the vehicles and Officers were then able to quickly take the suspect into custody.

The suspect was identified as Crystal Robles (36 yoa) and she was taken into custody for Reckless Driving, Driving While Intoxicated, and Evading Arrest/Detention with a Motor Vehicle. A 35 year old passenger of Robles’ vehicle was initially detained but was released at the conclusion of the initial investigation.

Robles and her passenger were not injured during the course of this pursuit/investigation. An SAPD Sergeant suffered minor injuries associated with the crash and was treated (and later released) at Concho Valley ER.

Crash Investigation
Oct 18, 2022   08:49 AM

On 10/15/22 at 8:30 pm, officers were dispatched to the intersection of Knickerbocker and Industrial in reference to an accident involving a motorcycle and a passenger car. Officers arrived on the scene and located a 20-year-old male (who was operating the motorcycle) and observed that he had incapacitating injuries. SAFD medics arrived on the scene and transported the male to Shannon Medical Center in critical condition. The driver of the passenger car was not injured and was not transported to the hospital.

Members of the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Unit and Crime Scene Division responded to the scene to assist with the investigation. It was learned that the motorcycle operator was traveling Eastbound in the 2100 block Knickerbocker at a high rate of speed and then collided with a Silver in color Honda Civic in the intersection.

This accident is still currently under investigation, and additional information will be released at a later point in time.

Update on Investigation of Former Police Officer Jayson Zapata
Oct 11, 2022   09:10 AM

On Friday October 7, 2022, former Officer Jayson Zapata resigned from the San Angelo Police Department. The San Angelo Police Department is a Civil Service Department and has a set protocol for conducting internal investigations in accordance with State Civil Service Law.

While the investigation into his conduct was ongoing, if Professional Standards had sustained the allegations, I intended to terminate Officer Zapata’s employment with the San Angelo Police Department. The criminal investigation will be sent to the Tom Green County Attorney’s Office.

It is very important to me for the citizens of this community to know that this type of conduct will not be taken lightly and will not be tolerated.

It is also essential to express that the conduct of one officer should never reflect on the hard-working, professional, and dedicated men and women of the San Angelo Police Department. Those officers do an outstanding job every day, keeping our community safe.

Thank you,
Frank Carter, Chief of Police

Shooting Investigation
Oct 11, 2022   09:07 AM

On 9/13/22 around 7:25pm, Officers were dispatched to a residence in the 200blk of Oxford in reference to a domestic disturbance. While responding to that location, our dispatch division received information that the there was a potential shooting victim at that residence.

Officers arrived on scene, located a 54 year old male who was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to his upper and lower torso, and were able to detain John Walton (47yoa) who was believed to be the suspect.

Officers administered first aid to the victim on scene and SAFD medics transported him to Shannon Medical Center for treatment. The condition of the victim is unknown at this time.

SAPD’s Criminal Investigation and Crime Scene Division arrived on scene to assist with investigating the incident. At the conclusion of the initial investigation, Walton was taken into custody for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

This incident is still under investigation and no further information is available to be released at this time.

Additional Arrests Related to Whiskey River Saloon Incident
Oct 05, 2022   12:20 PM

On 10-04-22, Detectives with the SAPD’s Criminal Investigations Division applied for and obtained arrest warrants of arrest for the following individuals;


Julian Suarez (44), arrested for Aggravated Assault with Deadly Weapon, Aggravated Assault causes SBI


Anthony Giese (38), arrested for Aggravated Assault causes SBI


Raymond Scott (29), arrested for Aggravated Assault causes SBI


The above listed arrests stem from the incident at the Whiskey River Saloon on 10-02-22, in which a US Marine was killed and several other service members all attached to Goodfellow Air Force base were assaulted. 


Ray Rivera (40), who was arrested on 10-02-2022 for this incident, received an additional charge for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. 


This remains an ongoing investigation and more information will be released if and when it becomes available.  

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