On February 2, 2017, the San Angelo Police Department’s Street Crimes Division (SCD) began an online solicitation investigation in an attempt to identify potential child predators in San Angelo.
Throughout February, SCD established electronic communication with one potential suspect which resulted in the exchange of illicit photographs and comments with a victim who was being portrayed as a minor child.
Last night, the suspect contacted the victim to arrange a meeting in the San Angelo Community Medical Center parking lot. When the suspect arrived, he was met by SCD Detectives who ultimately took him into custody without incident.
The suspect was identified as Howard Alexander Plumley, 28, of Ballinger, Texas. Plumley was transported to the Tom Green County Jail and booked for Felony 2 Online Solicitation of a Minor.
Members of the Patrol Division assisted with the investigation, which is ongoing.
A 48-year-old San Angelo man was arrested this afternoon following a brief vehicle and foot pursuit in south San Angelo.
At approximately 11:45 a.m., San Angelo Police conducted a traffic stop on a green 1996 Chevrolet pickup truck in the 3500 block of Christoval Road.
During the stop, the driver identified himself as Jose Raul Marquez. Marquez further stated he did not have insurance or a valid driver’s license.
During a routine records check of the driver and vehicle, Police Dispatch confirmed Marquez had an outstanding Federal (ATF) warrant and was considered armed and dangerous.
As the Officer attempted to return to Marquez’s vehicle to place him in custody, Marquez sped away and a brief vehicle pursuit ensued.
The vehicle pursuit ended after Marquez pulled into the Mendez Restaurant parking lot located at 3415 S. Chadbourne.
Once in the parking lot, Mendez exited his vehicle, disregarded multiple commands, and fled inside the restaurant through the back door. Marquez was located in the kitchen and taken into custody after a brief struggle. Several off duty San Angelo Police Officers who were having lunch at the restaurant also came to the Officer’s aid.
Marquez’s preliminary charges are for Evading Arrest Detention with Vehicle, Evading Arrest Detention on Foot, and Resisting Arrest. Marquez also received Citations for Expired Driver’s License and No Insurance.
Marquez was transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident.
Some San Angelo residents experienced an early morning interruption of their electricity, cable, phone, and internet services following a hit and run collision with utility poles in north San Angelo.
Just before 6:30 a.m. this morning, San Angelo Police were dispatched to E. 14th and N. Oakes Streets for the report of a hit and run crash. While enroute, Officers received a description of the driver, who reportedly left the scene after the collision.
Upon arrival, Officers located a disabled, unoccupied white Dodge Ram pickup truck that collided with two utility poles. The force of the collision caused the poles to snap and come to rest on top of the vehicle and in the roadway. Fire Department personnel also responded to address a fire that ignited on one of the poles.
Through follow up investigation, Officers A. Covey and A. Alvarez learned the suspect may be at a residence in the 1700 block of N. Magdalen. Officers responded to the residence and eventually located the suspect inside. He was identified as Jesus Ruiz-Lopez, 19, of San Angelo.
Ruiz was arrested for Duty on Striking Fixture/HWY Landscape>=$200 and transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident.
Representatives from Suddenlink and AEP responded to address the damaged lines and crews are working to restore services to the affected customers.
San Angelo Police are continuing their investigation of a fatal, single-vehicle car crash near the intersection of Country Club and Grand Canal Roads this morning.
At approximately 12:52 a.m., San Angelo Police and Fire Department personnel were dispatched to the intersection for the report of a major motor vehicle crash with entrapment.
Upon arrival, Officers discovered a white 2013 Chrysler 200 resting on its roof with its driver unresponsive. Officers and bystanders attempted to gain access to the driver but the vehicle’s doors were not functioning. Fire Department personnel arrived and utilized the Jaws of Life to extricate the driver, who was later identified as Jennifer Wall, 36, of San Angelo. Wall was the only occupant.
Wall was transported to Shannon Medical Center where she later succumbed to her injuries. Justice of the Peace Susan Werner responded to the hospital to formally pronounce Wall deceased. Next of kin has been notified.
Investigators with the Department’s Traffic Section were summoned to the scene and their preliminary investigation shows Wall was traveling westbound in the 1600 block of Grand Canal Road when her vehicle left the roadway, traveled across a private drive and collided with a utility pole and surrounding trees. The force of the collision caused the vehicle to overturn and come to rest on its roof. Wall was not wearing a seatbelt. Investigators believe alcohol may be a contributing factor to the crash.
Traffic in the area was diverted for several hours and representatives from AEP responded to the scene to address the damaged pole, which caused power outages to surrounding neighborhoods.
This is an ongoing investigation.
This afternoon, the San Angelo Police Department’s Traffic Section conducted a LIDAR Traffic Enforcement Operation in the 1200 and 2200 blocks of W. Houston Harte from noon through 3:00 p.m.
Police issued a total of twenty-three (23) citations during the operation. The breakdown for citations is as follows:
Speeding: 12 (Highest speed 89)
Fail to Slow Down or Vacate Lane for Emergency Vehicle: 3
Driving While License Invalid: 1
Other/Misc. charges: 7
As a reminder, the Texas Transportation Code requires drivers nearing stopped emergency vehicles with lights activated to change lanes or slowdown 20 MPH below the speed limit. Failing to take these actions endangers personnel who provide critical and life-saving services.