BCSO deputy suspended after inmate found with loaded gun
Deputy Victor Jimenez III on March 10 brought a prisoner into the Bexar County Jail’s south tower for processing. The prisoner was then searched by a deputy from the agency’s Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) who found the prisoner in possession of a loaded 9mm semi-automatic handgun, according to Jimenez’s suspension report.
Man stole gun from truck, posted video of it online with the caption ‘quick money baby,’ SAPD says
A San Antonio man has been arrested after he broke into a Ford truck, stole a woman’s Glock, and posted social media videos of himself with the gun and the caption “quick money baby,” according to court documents.
Lost in Lockup: Last year, prisoners in Bexar County and across Texas died in record numbers
click to enlarge Courtesy of Bexar County Sheriff's OfficeA deputy at the Bexar County Jail checks in on inmates using a new digital system meant to improve accountability. click to enlarge Texas Justice InitiativeDeaths in Custody Texas Prisons and Jailsclick to enlarge Texas Justice InitiativeDeaths in Custody Bexar County Sheriff's OfficeCourtesy of Bexar CountyThe exterior of the Bexar County Jail as seen from the front. On February 15 of last year, Claudine Marie Parisi, a 49-year-old woman jailed in Bexar County on a criminal trespass charge, died while being treated for the effects of a meth overdose.The following day, another prisoner in the county lockup, Robert Lee Edwards, 64, succumbed to heart disease, diabetes and other chronic conditions while being held on a minor theft charge.Less than three weeks later, the Bexar County Jail had another death on its hands. In 2019, they represented 42% of the total.Over recent years, reform groups including the Texas Organizing Project have called on Bexar County to cite and release more people arrested for minor crimes or allow them to leave on their own recognizance. Texas jails and prisons have already reported 152 prisoner fatalities so far in 2021, according to TJI’s analysis.sacurrent.com
BCSO: Inmate at Bexar County Jail dies after committing suicide
An inmate at the Bexar County Jail died Wednesday night in a suicide, the department confirmed. Officials said just after 7 p.m., a deputy was conducting his observation checks and saw the 53-year-old inmate attempting to kill himself. The deputy immediately cut the inmate down and radioed for help. Per procedure, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division, Internal Affairs, and the Public Integrity Unit are investigating the death. The man was in jail on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and prostitution.mysanantonio.com
Deputy stops third suicide attempt in more than a month at Bexar County Jail
A Bexar County Jail inmate’s attempt to kill himself — the third incident in more than a month — was interrupted by a detention deputy Tuesday afternoon, officials said. The deputy was making routine checks on inmates at 3:13 p.m. when he saw a 42-year-old man trying to take his own life, according to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office. On Sept. 7, a deputy interrupted a suicide attempt by a 53-year-old inmate. On Sept. 28, a detention deputy interrupted a 47-year-old man who was trying to kill himself at 3:09 p.m. Jacob Beltran is a reporter covering San Antonio and Bexar County.mysanantonio.com
Bexar County Jail inmate hospitalized after deputy stops suicide attempt
Bexar County Jail inmate hospitalized after deputy stops suicide attemptAn inmate is in critical condition after a deputy prevented a suicide attempt Monday afternoon at the Bexar County Jail, officials said. A detention deputy was making observation checks at 3:09 p.m. when he saw the inmate, a 47-year-old man, and immediately intervened, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office said. The deputy used a “suicide prevention cutting tool” to cut the inmate down, begin life-saving measures and call for help, officials said. On Sept. 7, a deputy interrupted a suicide attempt by a 53-year-old inmate. Jacob Beltran is a reporter covering San Antonio and Bexar County.mysanantonio.com
Bexar County Jail records second inmate death in one day
Bexar County Jail records second inmate death in one dayThe Bexar County jail has seen an outbreak of COVID-19 among inmates, deputies and staff. The Bexar County jail has seen an outbreak of COVID-19 among inmates, deputies and staff. Photo: Tom Reel /Staff Photographer Photo: Tom Reel /Staff Photographer Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Bexar County Jail records second inmate death in one day 1 / 1 Back to GalleryA second inmate at the Bexar County Jail died Monday after an apparent medical episode, officials said. The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office internal affairs and public integrity units, as well as the criminal investigations division are conducting investigations into both deaths, authorities said. Jacob Beltran is a reporter covering San Antonio and Bexar County.mysanantonio.com
Bexar County sheriff holds update on COVID-19 cases in jail, crime initative
Published: May 26, 2020, 11:09 am Updated: May 26, 2020, 1:00 pmSAN ANTONIO Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar will give an update on COVID-19 case numbers in the jail Tuesday at 11:30 a.m., the sheriffs office announced. Since the pandemic began, nearly 400 inmates have tested positive for the virus. The update will be streamed live in this article. Salazar will also give an update on the East Side crime reduction an initiative. Recently, crime has gone up in that region.
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.
Governor Abbott issues executive order suspending in-person visits at county, municipal jails
SAN ANTONIO Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order Friday that bans in-person visitations at all county and municipal jails in Texas. The Bexar County Jail does not allow in-person visitation and permits only video visits. Bexar County provides attorneys with remote video conferencing with inmatesAbbott previously ordered state prisons, jails, and juvenile justice facilities to restrict visitation upon issuing his COVID-19 disaster declaration. According to a news release, the executive order adds another layer of defense to contain COVID-19 hot spots, prevent community spread, and protect staff and inmates. I encourage jails to utilize virtual visitation strategies to allow for visitations in a way that protects both staff and the inmate population.
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
She walked out of jail into a pandemic. Now she cant find the help she needs to get back on her feet.
Rachel Schuyler walked out of the Bexar County jail in April with a booklet in her hand and a purpose. She had been in the Bexar and Travis county jails since January, accused of check forgery. Theres a big impact, said Danny Smith, director of mental health programs at the Travis County Sheriffs Office. Digital access, however, is lacking for many leaving jail and prison. She also needs it to check in with the county every two weeks while shes out of jail on bond.
He fought to get out of jail during the pandemic. Now the real battle begins.
SAN ANTONIO The attorney of a former Bexar County Jail inmate held for months on a technical parole violation has filed a federal lawsuit accusing state officials of violating his clients constitutional rights. As of Wednesday, 274 inmates at the jail were waiting to be transferred to state facilities, a BCSO spokesperson confirmed. More than 360 people at the jail, including detention officers and inmates, have tested positive for COVID-19. The suit claims that TDCJ officials violated Garcias constitutional rights during both his stay in jail and his current home confinement. The constitutional rights listed in the suit include due process, effective assistance of counsel and cruel and unusual punishment.
93 additional COVID-19 cases reported in San Antonio over 3-day span
SAN ANTONIO After giving Metro Health workers a rare weekend off since the coronavirus pandemic began, San Antonio officials reported 93 new COVID-19 cases over the past three days. Twenty-three cases were reported in the community, while 42 were reported in congregate settings, like the Bexar County Jail and nursing homes. The latest numbers also indicated the hospitalization of 77 COVID-19 patients. RELATED: Map: Track COVID-19 cases in Texas, county-by-county updatesWhat we know about COVID-19 related deaths in Bexar County:In Bexar County, COVID-19 has taken 63 lives. COVID-19 in surrounding countiesThe counties surrounding San Antonio have also been afflicted with the spread of COVID-19.
Child sex crime suspect caught masturbating in San Antonio neighborhood, police say
SAN ANTONIO A 19-year-old man who is awaiting indictment on child sex crime charges was arrested again on suspicion of stalking, Bexar County Jail records showed. 19-year-old in custody after all-night standoff on Northeast SideA San Antonio woman reported Ortiz to police multiple times since September 2019, according to his arrest affidavit. The victim is 10 years older than the suspect and has never had any relationship with the suspect other than hiring the suspect to mow her yard, according to the affidavit. On March 5, the woman called police after her security footage caught Ortiz masturbating in her backyard, according to the arrest affidavit. Ortiz is also a suspect in connection with a 2019 child sex assault case, according to his arrest affidavit.
As 20 Bexar County Inmates Test Positive for COVID-19, Cases Increase in Other Texas Jails
click to enlarge Wikimedia CommonsWith 20 Bexar County Jail inmates now testing positive for COVID-19, records show other county lockups around Texas are in danger of becoming pandemic petri dishes.As of April 19, 180 county jail inmates around the state have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, as have 153 jailers, according to Texas Commission on Jail Standards data obtained by criminal justice blog Grits for Breakfast Another 3,668 county jail inmates were in isolation or quarantine, while 160 awaited test results, the numbers show. A total of three inmates with COVID-19 were being treated offsite.According to TCJS, test results were also pending for 144 jailers quarantined or isolated because of possible exposure.The numbers come to light as Bexar County revealed that five additional jail inmates had tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of known infections among inmates to 20.In addition, 21 deputies, four other employees and a University Health System nurse assigned to the jail have tested positive.During a Monday evening briefing, County Judge Nelson Wolff detailed projects to stop the spread of the virus, including setting up a 64-bed recovery unit in the facility's south tower for sick inmates. He also said the jail has taken delivery of 52,000 face masks for staff and inmates.However, in an Express-News story a dozen Bexar inmates, their families and lawyers said crowded conditions make social distancing impossible in the jail. They also dispute Bexar County Sheriff's Office claims that it's taking inmates temperatures twice daily and frequently cleaning common areas.Inmates reported meager feedings and a scarcity of soap, adding that they were only supplied with masks a week ago, after the first inmate tested positive.I really need you right now, my love, inmate Josh Perusquia wrote in a letter to his girlfriend, the paper reports. I dont really get scared of anything but COVID-19 being in the building where I am trapped is starting to freak me out more and more.sacurrent.com
Bexar County Jail screening visitors for coronavirus symptoms
Bexar County Jail screening visitors for coronavirus symptomsAll visitors at the Bexar County Jail video visitation facility at 222 S. Comal St. will be screened for coronavirus symptoms before entering. All visitors at the Bexar County Jail video visitation facility at 222 S. Comal St. will be screened for coronavirus symptoms before entering. Photo: San Antonio Express-News File Photo Photo: San Antonio Express-News File Photo Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Bexar County Jail screening visitors for coronavirus symptoms 1 / 1 Back to GalleryNew precautions against the novel coronavirus are in place for people visiting inmates at the Bexar County Jail. All visitors will now have their temperature checked and hands sanitized before entering the video visitation facility at 222 S. Comal St., the Bexar County Sheriffs Office announced Wednesday. No restrictions have been placed on video visitation, but officials said they are possible in the near future.mysanantonio.com
San Antonio Teen Arrested After Stabbing Relative, Threatening to Kill Him
According to the report, Tapia become upset and pulled out a knife.The brother reportedly ran from the scene and Tapia stabbed the victim in the abdomen. The victim, also 17, suffered a collapsed lung from the stabbing, according to the report.Tapia fled the scene that night but was arrested Wednesday, according to authorities. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, San Antonio Current has been keeping San Antonio informed for years. Its never been more important to support local news sources. If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to San Antonio Current.sacurrent.com
"HE DIED A LONELY-LONELY & GRUESOME DEATH" IN BEXAR COUNTY JAIL
Family of man who died at Bexar County Jail files federal civil rights lawsuit, Rickhoff enters race for SheriffCounty Judge Wolff and Sheriff Salazar have both before expressed the sentiment of, Well jail is no place for the mentally ill. The question then becomes why was a 63 year old mentally ill person in jail? Why have multiple people behind the Bexar County Jail bars died? Most, found unresponsive in their cell with no clear answers as to how they died, one death explained as natural causes. Candidates running for Bexar County Sheriff have voiced their disdain for the job Salazar is doing as Sheriff. Those running to unseat Salazar include former Bexar County Clerk, Gerard Rickhoff, retired BCSO Lieutenant Jose Trevino, former chief criminal investigator Willie Ng, and former Precinct 2 Constable Michelle Barrientes Vela.saobserver.com
SAPD: Man sexually assaulted child in wife's car
SAN ANTONIO - A San Antonio man was arrested Thursday on suspicion of continuous sexual abuse of a child, Bexar County Jail records show. Martin Ruben Jaramillo-Bernal, 26, was taken into custody roughly one month after a 13-year-old girl reported him to authorities. The girl told police that Jaramillo-Bernal is a friend of her family. When they were alone in his wife's car, Jaramillo-Bernal exposed himself and sexually assaulted the girl, she told police. The abuse allegedly continued throughout the year, with the most recent incident coming a few days before the girl reported Jaramillo-Bernal to authorities.
Two Bexar County Jail inmates mistakenly sent to state prison, sheriff's office confirms
SAN ANTONIO - Two Bexar County Jail inmates were mistakenly sent to state prison Thursday, the sheriff's office confirmed. The inmates were initially on the list of people set to be transferred to the prison, Deputy Johnny Garcia said, the sheriff's office spokesperson. The sheriff's office has made arrangements to pick up the inmates and take them back to the jail, Garcia said. The mistakes come after a troubled month for the sheriff's office. Because of those issues, the sheriff's office placed three sergeants on a 10-day administrative leave while administrators work on fixing the recurring problem.
Mugshot released of suspect accused of dragging San Antonio officer with car
SAN ANTONIO - The Bexar County Jail on Saturday released the mugshot of a man accused of dragging an officer for more than 600 feet with his car during a traffic stop. Rene Gilbert Garcia, 28, was arrested Thursday night in the 100 block of E. Commerce Street. Garcia shouted "get the f--- out of here" to the police officer Thursday night before trying to drive away from him. The officer hung on to the steering column and forced Garcia to stop the car as he was forced toward a brick wall. Garcia's bail was set at $32,500, jail records show.
'I am gonna shoot up job site': Construction worker charged with terroristic threat
SAN ANTONIO - A San Antonio man accused of threatening to shoot up a construction job site was arrested Wednesday by police. Days later, he sent another text message to the supervisor with the first threat, according to the arrest affidavit. RELATED: Man threatens to shoot up San Antonio city building, police say"Since you don't wanna handle safety at the job site and let ppl do drugs i am gonna shoot up job site," Serna allegedly wrote in a text message. The next day, workers were sent home again after Serna sent another threat from a different cell phone number, according to the affidavit. "Ppl wanna be not drug free I'll show them," Serna sent in a text message.
Inmate mistakenly released at Bexar County Jail
SAN ANTONIO - An inmate who was not properly released from the Bexar County Jail was located by deputies Thursday morning and placed back into custody, according to a news release from the sheriff's office. He was released by jailers without making the necessary arrangements with Haven for Hope as part of his bond, according to the sheriff's office. Once the administration learned of the release, deputies from the Bexar County Sheriff's Fugitive Apprehension Unit were assigned to search for him. The Texas Commission on Jail Standards was notified of his release, according to the sheriff's office. Staffers at the Bexar County Jail have struggled with properly releasing inmates in the past year.
SAPD: Anonymous tip leads to serial bike thief's arrest
SAN ANTONIO - A 38-year-old burglary suspect is accused of terrorizing a downtown San Antonio neighborhood for weeks by stealing high-end bicycles and tools from homes. The San Antonio Police Department identified the suspect as Jason Fiala, who was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with burglary of a habitation. Fiala is believed to be connected to several other burglaries in the area and expected to face additional charges, SAPD spokeswoman Jennifer Rodriguez said. In the images, the man is seen holding the bicycle and then riding it with another bicycle by his side. Less than 24 hours after SAPD and Crime Stoppers released images of the suspect, Rodriguez said an anonymous tip helped lead detectives to identifying Fiala as the suspect.
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.
SAPD: Man caught masturbating on Ring camera
A San Antonio man arrested Thursday was allegedly caught exposing himself on a Ring surveillance camera. Oscar Trejo, 31, is charged with indecent exposure and two unrelated counts of driving while intoxicated, Bexar County Jail records show. On May 5, a woman told her apartment manager that her surveillance camera captured Trejo exposing himself and masturbating in the apartment hallway, according to the arrest affidavit. She also told the apartment manager that her camera captured Trejo multiple times standing in the hallway acting suspiciously, according to the affidavit. Jail records show Trejo was released from jail Saturday after posting his bail.
Inmate's early release to ICE in 'direct violation of BCSO policy'
SAN ANTONIO - An inmate was mistakenly released from the Bexar County Jail to Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Sunday, the Bexar County Sheriff's Office confirmed. later in the day, doing so prior to completion of documents is a direct violation of BCSO policy," the Sheriff's Office said in a news release. ICE officials took Galindo back to the Sheriff's Office so the appropriate paperwork could be processed, and he left with the federal officials after that was completed. The remark sparked criticism Saturday night from the Deputy Sheriff's Association of Bexar County, which called for Salazar to apologize. "A former sheriff once told me, 'Congratulations, you're now the sheriff' this is before I took office 'Congratulations, you're now the sheriff.
'This is the worst it's ever been': Frustration grows among Bexar County Jail deputies
In interviews with the Defenders, multiple deputies inside the Bexar County Jail said dangerously long shifts, low pay and morale, and high turnover among jailers have pushed frustration levels near... Copyright 2019 by KSAT - All rights reserved.
Teen Boy Arrested After Video Shows Him Punching, Slapping Blacked-Out Girl
#viral pic.twitter.com/VsULAnHQ92 olivia lerma (@livhoops1) August 7, 2019Apparently his name is Ernesto Barrera, a student of Jefferson High School in San Antonio. https://t.co/tKARoRYBEH San Antonio Problems (@SanAntonioProbz) August 7, 2019I contacted Jefferson high school and the receptionist advised me that they have turned over video and information to the authorities. She confirmed her identify by saying she's the one seen in the video and provided contact information for the girl seen in the driver's seat. KENS 5 reports that the teens in the car are students at Jefferson High School, though the school district has not confirmed this information.The girl behind the wheel later authorities that "she was the only person sober enough to drive." The driver also said that the victim had a mixture of Xanax, alcohol and marijuana in her system, leading her to black out.sacurrent.com
Inmate, 19, said she'd kill herself 'first chance she got.' But wasn't on suicide watch. Why?
Instead, they had the 19-year-old inmate in solitary confinement, citing a history of disruptive behavior during her stay at the jail. "This inmate was provided mental health and medical treatment during her incarceration," said Johnny Garcia, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office. "In each instance where this inmate displayed suicidal ideations, jail staff involved University Health Systems staff and adhered to the recommendations of their doctors." The 19-year-old inmate did not qualify for the personal recognizance program due to the fact that her charges were for family violence and because she had threatened to kill herself. According to the responding deputys narrative, the 19-year-old became upset after her relative told her she needed to find a new place to stay.
2 Castle Hills council members arrested in alleged plot to oust city manager
SAN ANTONIO - Two Castle Hills City Council members were arrested Thursday morning and are facing charges stemming from their alleged efforts to get City Manager Ryan Rapelye fired, according to arrest affidavits. RELATED: Castle Hills City Council votes to fire city managerIn July 2016, the council voted 4-1 to fire Pfeil after two years on the job. In a City Council meeting May 21, Trevino said he received 26 separate petitions, which called for the removal of Rapelye. RELATED: Castle Hills City Council confirms restrictions on citizen commentsWenger and Gonzalez were two of the three council members who voted in June to restrict public comments at City Council meetings. A special meeting called Wednesday to discuss the Castle Hills City Council Place 3 seat that Gonzalez was sworn into in May.
Inmate mistakenly released from Bexar County Jail, BCSO says
SAN ANTONIO - An inmate was mistakenly released from the Bexar County Jail, the Bexar County Sheriffs Office said. The Sheriffs Office Fugitive Apprehension Unit placed Trecko White, 31, back into custody around 6 p.m. in the 1600 block of Lone Oak. White was booked into the jail for a family violence assault, second offense, charge and will also be held on a charge of possession of a controlled substance out of Brazos County, to which he is awaiting extradition, the Sheriffs Office said. The Sheriffs Office said Internal Affairs has started an administrative investigation into the error. Copyright 2019 by KSAT - All rights reserved.