Mutiple Charges for 2 Men
On Monday, December 30, 2013, at approximately 2:45 p.m., San Angelo Patrol Officer C. Barker observed a 2005 Mercury Mountaineer being driven in the 2900 block of Bowie St. by a driver he recognized as having City Warrants and a suspended Texas Driver’s License.
As the driver of the vehicle pulled over, a male passenger exited the vehicle and ran northbound on Bowie St., then through a yard at 30th and Bowie.
Officer Barker detained the driver as he relayed the fleeing suspect’s description and direction of travel to responding units. He confirmed the driver’s identity as the person he recognized, Hunter Higgins of San Angelo. Higgins was placed under arrest for his 3 outstanding City Warrants, Driving While License Invalid and No Insurance. During a search of Higgins incident to his arrest, Officer Barker located drug paraphernalia and a substance he believed to be narcotics. The substance was field-tested and it showed a positive response for methamphetamine. He was additionally charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance PG1 (Less Than 1gram) and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.
Units continued to search the area for the fleeing suspect who was believed to have fled to a nearby residence. Tom Green County Sheriff’s Deputy Polanco, who was in the area at the time of the search, and SAPD Officer A. Nandin proceeded to a residence in 700 block of E. 36th St. in an attempt to locate the suspect. Officers contacted a resident at the location and learned the suspect was inside. When the man exited the residence, the officers attempted to identify him; however, the man gave them a false identification card. Officers transported the man back to the original scene where he was confirmed to be the man who fled the traffic stop. His identity was eventually confirmed as Randy Sutton of San Angelo.
During a search of the vehicle, police located several knives and a pellet-type rifle. Police also located drug paraphernalia that was linked to Sutton.
Sutton was arrested for Evading Arrest/Detention, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Failure to Identify Giving False Information.
Higgins and Sutton were transported to the Tom Green County Jail without incident.