BCSO: Inmate forced to perform sex acts with fellow inmate after jailer’s segregation error
A Bexar County sheriff detention officer’s failure to keep inmates in his care properly segregated led to one inmate being forced to perform sex acts with another inmate, suspension records released by the agency confirm.
Investigation into possible smuggling incident on SW Side results in misunderstanding, sheriff says
What initially appeared as a possible smuggling incident on the Southwest Side resulted in a misunderstanding after deputies were called to investigate an 18-wheeler and multiple people jumping out of it.
Man, 28, shoots woman in the face for not handing over her cellphone to him, BCSO says
A 28-year-old man shot and killed a woman who refused to hand over her cellphone to him, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said during a news conference Friday. RELATED: BCSO: Unknown man shoots, kills woman sitting in her car taking off her roller skatesAccording to the sheriff, Calvillo shot Barrera in the face “in cold blood at point-blank range” after she refused to give him her phone and threw it under the driver's seat. Calvillo then fled the scene in a car Jones was driving, Salazar said. Jones told investigators she heard Calvillo ask for the phone and then heard Barerra answer "no" before hearing one gunshot, the affidavit said. When Calvillo returned to the car, he allegedly told Jones "I shot that lady in the head" before they drove off, according to the affidavit.mysanantonio.com
'Worst managed jail in Texas': BCSO deputy association says there is low morale among jail staff
The Deputy Sheriff''s Association of Bexar County on Wednesday compared the county jail to a sweatshop and called working conditions inhumane and an embarrassment. Payne said more than 500 deputies have left their jobs because of working conditions at the jail. "It is the worst managed jail in Texas," said Ron DeLord, the association's chief collective bargaining negotiator. Salazar said there is not much he can do about the excessive overtime because of jail standards set by the state. In response to the association calling the jail a sweatshop, Salazar said, "show me a sweatshop where some employees are making $160,000," in overtime hours at the taxpayer's expense.mysanantonio.com
BCSO: Man has barricaded himself in North Side home
A San Antonio man has barricaded himself inside a North Side home, according to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies were called to the 25000 block of Whistling Acres on Monday afternoon after a neighbor found a 45-year-old man dead. A suspect, possibly the dead man’s son, has barricaded himself in a back room in the house, police said. Deputies are trying to make contact with the individual, who may have a weapon. This story will be updated.mysanantonio.com
BCSO deputy fired for outstanding 2018 warrant
BCSO deputy fired for outstanding 2018 warrantBexar County Sheriff's Deputy Andre Winston, 25, was fired after being arrested on a 2018 warrant. Bexar County Sheriff's Deputy Andre Winston, 25, was fired after being arrested on a 2018 warrant. Photo: Bexar County Sheriff's Office Photo: Bexar County Sheriff's Office Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close BCSO deputy fired for outstanding 2018 warrant 1 / 1 Back to GalleryA Bexar County Sheriff's deputy was fired Thursday after he was arrested for a 2018 warrant, the department said in a news release Thursday. The alleged incident is considered a misdemeanor and occurred Sept. 25, 2018, BCSO said. The arrest comes just days after another BCSO deputy was fired for posting "an offensive Facebook comment that incited violence," the department said.mysanantonio.com
Records shed light on criminal history of suspect in BCSO in-custody death case
BCSO officials identified the suspect Wednesday as 26-year-old Sean Thomas Kelly. Kelly, who was described as wearing only boxer shorts and boots, then used a handgun to shoot himself, officials said. Kelly pleaded no contest to the charge in February 2016, but was re-arrested in the case at least three times because of probation violations, court records show. Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar, however, said during a press conference Tuesday that Kelly appeared to be in a desperate situation just before his death. Sheriffs officials have not said what footage was recorded or whether they planned to make it public.
WATCH: Bexar County Sheriffs Office hosts virtual memorial for fallen deputies
SAN ANTONIO The Bexar County Sheriffs Office will pay tribute to fallen deputies with a ceremony on Thursday morning. For the first time, BCSO will hold the Fallen Deputy Memorial virtually at 9 a.m. at the Bexar County Courthouse. The memorial will be closed to the public, but BCSO is encouraging people to view a livestream of the ceremony. You can view the ceremony above, but delays are possible. If there is not a livestream available, check back at a later time.
Woman fatally stabbed by ex-boyfriend was sworn corrections officer
SAN ANTONIO A 27-year-old woman who was fatally stabbed Sunday by her ex-boyfriend had recently become a sworn corrections officer. Her ex-boyfriend, Michael Gonzales, was arrested shortly after and charged with murder. Salazar said Milowski and Gonzales have had custody disputes before, but none of the previous disputes were violent. BCSO: Woman who jumped out of moving vehicle dies of multiple stab woundsDeputies set up a perimeter and eventually found Gonzales, 27, hiding at a house in the 9600 block of Acadian Drive. (KSAT)BCSO released a photo of Gonzales on Monday and said that he was taken into custody shortly after the incident.
Woman who jumped from vehicle with stab wounds IDd by Bexar County Medical Examiner
SAN ANTONIO A 27-year-old woman who was stabbed before she jumped out of a moving vehicle Sunday afternoon has been identified by the Bexar County Medical Examiners Office. Miranda Milowski, who was suffering from multiple stab wounds, died at the scene in the 3800 block of Krie Trail. Witnesses said they saw Milowski jump out of a vehicle. BCSO: Woman who jumped out of moving vehicle dies of multiple stab woundsDeputies set up a perimeter and eventually found alleged suspect Michael Gonzales, 27, hiding at a house in the 9600 block of Acadian Drive. (KSAT)BCSO released a photo of Gonzales on Monday and said that he was taken into custody shortly after the incident.
Man arrested on murder charge after woman fatally stabbed in Bexar County
SAN ANTONIO Bexar County sheriffs deputies identified the man arrested Sunday in connection with the fatal stabbing of a woman. Michael Gonzales, 27, was taken into custody shortly after witnesses saw a woman jump out of a moving vehicle in the 3800 block of Krie Trail on Sunday afternoon. BCSO: Woman who jumped out of moving vehicle dies of multiple stab woundsThe woman was suffering multiple stab wounds and died at the scene, officials said. Deputies set up a perimeter and eventually found Gonzales hiding at a house in the 9600 block of Acadian Drive. Gonzales is charged with first degree murder, according to the sheriffs office.
Suspect in BCSO in-custody death ran less than a block before fatally shooting himself
SAN ANTONIO A partially-clothed man running from Bexar County Sheriffs deputies Sunday night made it less than a block before using a handgun to shoot and kill himself, eyewitnesses told KSAT 12 Monday. Man sought by Bexar County deputies fatally shoots himselfBexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said Sunday the man was pulled over around 7 p.m. after deputies ran the license plate of the car he was driving and saw that it came back as stolen. At some point, the man left a back yard and got back onto property along FM 78 behind the neighborhood. I honestly dont believe he ran through our backyard. A BCSO spokesman said Monday the agency was still trying to determine if deputies were wearing body-worn cameras and may have captured the incident on video.
BCSO asks state for $468K reimbursement after housing inmates meant for state prisons
The inmates remain in custody in Bexar County more than a month after Texas Department of Criminal Justice officials issued a temporary suspension of prisoner transfers because of COVID-19 spread concerns. They have also asked for reimbursements of more than $356,000 related to caring for TDCJ-refused inmates. More than $3 million of that pot has been set aside for the Alamo Area Council of Governments, which covers Bexar County. As of Wednesday, 274 inmates at the jail were waiting to be transferred to state facilities, including prisons and treatment centers. The price for the county to continue housing these inmates has passed $622,000 and keeps climbing as the temporary ban remains in place, according to figures released Wednesday by BCSO officials.
He qualified for a PR bond, but Gov. Abbotts order kept him in jail. Now he has COVID-19.
SAN ANTONIO A Bexar County Jail inmate who qualified for release without paying bond last month has contracted COVID-19 while still in custody, multiple people familiar with his case confirmed Thursday. Jack Henson, 49, remains in jail despite being approved for a personal recognizance bond because of an order from Gov. Greg Abbott that bars these types of bonds for inmates accused, or previously convicted, of violent offenses, jail officials said. As of Wednesday, more than 400 inmates at the jail had tested positive for the deadly virus. As SA man remains in jail on nonviolent charge, attorney pleads for his release because of health condition
Bexar Deputy on Leave for Authorized Traffic Stops Previously Disciplined for Meddling in Domestic Violence Case
ShutterstockA Bexar County Sheriffs employee put on leave last month over accusations he made unauthorized traffic stops was previously suspended for interfering in a domestic violence case, KSAT 12 reports The newly unearthed allegations against Christopher Jackson, an 18-year BCSO veteran, are contained in his county personnel records, according to the TV station.Jackson was placed on administrative leave on April 29 after a Northside Independent School District officer saw him make unauthorized traffic stops in an unmarked SUV outfitted to resemble an official patrol vehicle, according to an earlier KSAT story The station now reports that Jackson was also disciplined in 2012 over accusations that he threatened a woman and a fellow deputy when he showed up at the scene of a domestic violence incident and refused to leave.According to KSAT, Jackson threatened assault the deputy and to haul the woman in to jail, even though he was off duty.The BCSO veteran was suspended 30 days over the incident, but the penalty was later reduced to five days after he took part in a hearing, according to the story.sacurrent.com
Man assaulted relative and threatened her children while looking for pills at Converse home, affidavit says
SAN ANTONIO A man is accused of threatening a relative and her children before assaulting her at her home, according to an affidavit. Joshua Koerner, 21, was arrested Monday and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon following the incident at a house in Converse on Sunday, booking records show. Bexar County Sheriffs deputies said Koerner was at the womans house looking for some pills when he made a threat toward her and her children. When he went outside to leave, the woman kicked him in the buttocks, the affidavit states. Koerner was booked on a $25,000 bond, booking records show.
Deputy accused of unauthorized traffic stops previously suspended for interfering with family violence case
SAN ANTONIO A longtime Bexar County Sheriffs court employee placed on leave last month after accusations of unauthorized traffic stops was previously suspended for threatening a woman and a fellow deputy during a family violence incident, county personnel records obtained by the KSAT 12 Defenders show. The unmarked SUV has a partition cage, a light bar and is registered to a BCSO court security employee. BCSO court employee detained, released after unauthorized traffic stops in decked out SUVBCSO officials have declined to identify Jackson, since he has not yet been formally disciplined. He remains on administrative leave while the agencys internal affairs and public integrity units investigate the unauthorized traffic stops. Records show Jackson threatened to arrest the woman, even though he was off duty, and threatened to physically assault the fellow deputy.
Suspect promotes SoundCloud account after Bexar County deputies arrest him for Northeast Side shooting
Bexar County sheriffs deputies arrested a 23-year-old man accused of shooting two people at a Northeast Side car wash earlier this month. Taron Bowie, 23, was arrested Monday on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. BCSO: 2 men shot in Northeast Bexar CountyAccording to deputies, the victims met Bowie at the Hi-Tech carwash on Lakeview Drive to sell him an XBOX on May 13. Deputies also released a picture of a weapon seized from Bowie during the arrest. Salazar listed at least five crimes in the area that involved deadly conduct or aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Police, BCSO searching for suspect after vehicle chase and crash in SE Bexar County
BEXAR COUNTY, Texas Sandy Oaks police and the Bexar County Sheriffs Office are searching for a suspect after a vehicle chase and crash on Monday morning. The incident occurred around 10:30 a.m. on Redtop Hill in Southeast Bexar County. Police said a vehicle chase went on for roughly 15 minutes before finally ending at Redtop Hill and Skila Dive, not far from Interstate 37 and Mathis Road. Sandy Oaks police and the Bexar County Sheriffs Office are searching for a suspect after a vehicle chase and crash on Monday morning. The Bexar County Sheriffs Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety assisted in the chase.
BCSO deputy found dead had tested positive for the coronavirus
BCSO deputy found dead had tested positive for the coronavirusTimothy De La Fuente, a 27-year-veteran of the Sheriffs Office, died Thursday. Photo: Bexar County Sheriff's Office Photo: Bexar County Sheriff's Office Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close BCSO deputy found dead had tested positive for the coronavirus 1 / 1 Back to GalleryA detention deputy with the Bexar County Sheriffs Office who was found dead Thursday had recently tested positive for the coronavirus, according to Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff. Timothy De La Fuente, a 27-year-veteran of the Sheriffs Office, was tested Tuesday for the highly contagious virus. As of Thursday, 129 inmates and 40 deputies have tested positive. On ExpressNews.com: Bexar County Sheriffs detention deputy dies from COVID-19 complicationsOn Wednesday, De La Fuente called in sick.mysanantonio.com
BCSO: Burglary suspects led deputies on chase through Southeast Side
BCSO: Burglary suspects led deputies on chase through Southeast SideThree men have been arrested after leading Bexar County Sheriff's deputies on a car chase through the far Southeast Side. Three men have been arrested after leading Bexar County Sheriff's deputies on a car chase through the far Southeast Side. Photo: Ken Branca Photo: Ken Branca Image 1 of / 6 Caption Close BCSO: Burglary suspects led deputies on chase through Southeast Side 1 / 6 Back to GalleryThree men have been arrested after leading Bexar County Sheriff's deputies on a car chase through the far Southwest Side. The chase started near Loop 1604 and Wiseman Road at around 2 a.m., after deputies came across the men who were believed to be burglary suspects, officials said. FIND OUT FIRST: Get San Antonio breaking news directly to your inboxThe suspects tried to escape deputies for nearly 20 minutes before the chase ended near Dragon Lane.mysanantonio.com
BCSO: Victims of domestic violence can text 911 for help during coronavirus stay-at-home order
BCSO: Victims of domestic violence can text 911 for help during coronavirus stay-at-home orderFor those who may not be safe in their homes during the coronavirus crisis, local law enforcement reminds residents that there are resources. For those who may not be safe in their homes during the coronavirus crisis, local law enforcement reminds residents that there are resources. Photo: Releon8211/Getty Images/iStockphoto Photo: Releon8211/Getty Images/iStockphoto Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close BCSO: Victims of domestic violence can text 911 for help during coronavirus stay-at-home order 1 / 1 Back to GalleryThough Bexar County residents are asked to stay home to to help slow the spread of COVID-19, home may not be the safest place if domestic violence is present in the household. The Bexar County Sheriff's Office said it expects to see an increase in domestic violence incidents while people spend a lot of time indoors. If a victim is unable to call 911 to report an assault or threats, BCSO said they can text instead.mysanantonio.com
BCSO searching for shooter after teenager found with gunshot wound on North Side
BCSO searching for shooter after teenager found with gunshot wound on North SideBexar County deputies are searching for who may have shot a teenager on the North Side Tuesday morning. Bexar County deputies are searching for who may have shot a teenager on the North Side Tuesday morning. Photo: Ken Branca Photo: Ken Branca Image 1 of / 14 Caption Close BCSO searching for shooter after teenager found with gunshot wound on North Side 1 / 14 Back to GalleryBexar County deputies are searching for someone who may have shot a teenager on the North Side Tuesday morning. Deputies responded to the 28800 block of Chaffin Light around 1:30 a.m. after a teenager was found with a gunshot wound to the upper torso, officials said. It is believed that the teenager was shot somewhere else, but they don't know where.mysanantonio.com
BCSO identifies inmate who died after suicide attempt
BCSO identifies inmate who died after suicide attemptThe Bexar County Sheriff's Office has identified the inmate who died after a suicide attempt Tuesday as 20-year-old Joel Sambrano. The Bexar County Sheriff's Office has identified the inmate who died after a suicide attempt Tuesday as 20-year-old Joel Sambrano. Photo: Bexar County Sheriff's Office Photo: Bexar County Sheriff's Office Image 1 of / 3 Caption Close BCSO identifies inmate who died after suicide attempt 1 / 3 Back to GalleryThe Bexar County Sheriff's Office has identified the inmate who died after a suicide attempt Tuesday as 20-year-old Joel Sambrano. Sambrano was found by detention deputies at around 6 a.m. attempting to commit suicide in his cell by hanging himself, the Sheriff's office said. The inmate had been charged with capital murder, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance and assault.mysanantonio.com
BCSO deputy injured in crash in northwest side neighborhood
SAN ANTONIO - A Bexar County sheriff's deputy was injured Wednesday morning in a crash in a northwest side neighborhood. A BCSO spokesperson told KSAT the deputy was dispatched to investigate a call for a suspicious vehicle. When he arrived in the 8200 block of Tavern Point, the deputy said the driver in the suspicious vehicle sped toward him and crashed into his patrol vehicle head-on. A BCSO spokesperson said the suspects are runaways. One had an active warrant for possession of marijuana and the vehicle they were in had been reported as stolen.
BCSO announces new hire of administrator to help run troubled jail
SAN ANTONIO - Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar formally announced the hiring of another jail chief Thursday morning. Jaime Rios, the former administrator of the Maverick County Jail, was named to the administrative position. Most recently, Chief Jaime Rios successfully served as the Jail Administrator for the Maverick County Sheriffs Office for over 4 years. Salazar said he already had a jail administrator in Walker and still had faith in him, during a press conference hours later. READ MORE: 'This is the worst it's ever been': Frustration grows among Bexar County Jail deputiesCopyright 2019 by KSAT - All rights reserved.
BCSO: Man, 73, killed wife of 50 years, found covered in blood
SAN ANTONIO - A man is accused of strangling his wife of 50 years Saturday morning after a Bexar County sheriff's deputy allegedly found him covered in blood. Officials arrested Aaron Toney, 73, on a charge of murder after the incident in a home in the 8000 block of Block Mallow after 1 a.m.Toney told deputies he "choked her out" after a disagreement, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said. Deputies arrived to the home to find the woman unconscious and Toney covered in blood from several cuts, which Salazar believes were self-inflicted. "I still can't believe it," a neighbor, who wished to stay anonymous, said, adding the pair were "just normal people." Salazar said this is the sixth family violence-related homicide in unincorporated Bexar County this year.
Week in 2:10: Constable Barrientes Vela's replacement announced; H-E-B bans e-cigarette sales
SAN ANTONIO - It's been another busy week in San Antonio, and we're taking a look back on some of the biggest local stories we've covered since Sunday. See what stories made the headlines in The Week in 2:10. WEEKLY HEADLINES:County commissioners select BCSO veteran to replace Pct. 2 Constable Barrientes VelaSan Antonio City Council passes changes to earned paid sick leave ordinanceAndre McDonald indicted on charges of murdering wife, tampering with evidenceH-E-B bans e-cigarette sales at all storesCopyright 2019 by KSAT - All rights reserved.
Man charged with evading arrest, DWI after crashing into other vehicle on SW Side
SAN ANTONIO - A man was charged after Bexar County deputies said he fled a traffic stop and crashed into another vehicle Saturday night. A deputy attempted to pull him over, but he sped away and crashed into another vehicle on Bynum Avenue, BCSO officials said. The driver and a passenger of the vehicle that was struck were taken to a hospital for treatment, but are expected to recover. Zubia-Vega was taken into custody. Zubia-Vega faces several charges that include driving while intoxicated, evading arrest and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Another error causes jail to send wrong Amanda Garcia to mental health facility
Inmate Amanda Garcia was released to the county's Mentally Ill Offenders Facility (MIOF) on August 30 after an error by releasing officers and booking supervisors, according to a BCSO spokeswoman. After the mistake was discovered August 31, Garcia was brought back to the jail. READ MORE: Another improper inmate release prompts another internal affairs investigationHours later, a second inmate named Amanda Garcia was correctly released to MIOF custody. BCSO officials also confirmed that the Texas Commission on Jail Standards has been notified of the incident. The gaffe is the latest mistake in a string of accidental releases at the jail this year.
Sheriff investigating erroneous inmate releases as potential sabotage by frustrated jail staff
SAN ANTONIO - Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar confirmed on Friday his office is investigating whether some of the mistaken inmate releases that have hampered his agency the past eight months were intentional. The Deputy Sheriffs Association of Bexar County fired back in a statement, calling on Salazar to apologize for suggesting that detention staff would make the erroneous releases purposely. The Defenders have been unable to find any BCSO suspensions or terminations that involved detention staff knowingly releasing inmates who should have remained in the jail. Mistakenly released from custodyAt least nine Bexar County Jail inmates have been released improperly since December, according to records compiled by the KSAT 12 Defenders. But my 1.8 million bosses out on the streets of Bexar County aren't always happy with every decision that I make," said Salazar.
BCSO drones: Integral part of investigations, help keep officers safe
SAN ANTONIO - They are out at parks, on the shelves of your favorite electronics stores, and now, drones are an integral part in local law enforcement investigations and dangerous situations. So I think it's going to play a vital role in law enforcement, said Trace Shannon, an investigator in the BCSO traffic homicide unit. Some of the BCSO drones might seems small run-of-the-mill toys, but they have high-tech capabilities. (WATCH PART 2 OF THE STORY BELOW)I see this as the future of law enforcement. The drone program for BCSO is a three-phase program and Garcia is flying through, getting ready to take the reigns.
Physical evidence in pregnant child sex assault case left in BCSO vehicle for nearly a week
BEXAR COUNTY, Texas - Physical evidence in a case involving a child allegedly impregnated by a 30-year-old man was left in a Bexar County Sheriff's Office vehicle for nearly a week, BCSO officials have confirmed. A BCSO spokesman confirmed late Tuesday that evidence related to the arrest of Rolando Salas Fernandez in the child sexual assault case was left in a vehicle from June 25 to July 1, before being discovered by a deputy. The deputy then contacted a supervisor, who then notified BCSO's evidence unit, which then processed the evidence, the spokesman said. "We will be consulting with the District Attorney's Office, regarding, what if any effect it may have regarding the criminal case," BCSO spokesman Deputy Johnny Garcia said in a written statement. BCSO investigators were made aware of the relationship after the girl reported it to a sexual assault nurse examiner at an area hospital.
BCSO: Man wanted on felony warrant leads deputies on vehicle chase
SAN ANTONIO - A local man was arrested after leading Bexar County Sheriff's deputies and Leon Valley police on a vehicle chase across town overnight, the BCSO said Monday. The chase began just after 2 a.m. near White Fawn Drive and Loop 1604 when deputies attempted to pull over a sport utility vehicle that was driving recklessly. The SUV, however, sped off, leading deputies eastbound on Bandera Road to Loop 410 to Highway 151 all the way to Hunt Lane on the city's West Side. The man then ditched his vehicle and ran on foot but was eventually caught with the assistance of the Leon Valley Police Department, deputies said. The unidentified man now faces a felony warrant charge and a charge of evading arrest.