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SMPD searching for armed robbery suspect

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Carson Ganong, News Contributor

July 11, 2020

The San Marcos Police Department is looking for help identifying a suspect who robbed Remco Insurance, located at 651 E. Hopkins Street, on June 27. At approximately 12:22 p.m. June 27, the suspect entered Remco Insurance, brandished a handgun and demanded money from an employee. The SMPD describes...

Suspect identified in fatal June 1 hit-and-run

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Gabriella Ybarra, Managing Editor

June 16, 2020

The San Marcos Police Department identified the suspect involved in a fatal hit-and-run that killed a pedestrian June 1. Police suspect Brenda Vasquez Hurtado, 41, as the driver of the Ford Explorer Sport Trac that killed Dwight Garrett Thomas, 41, at the 1600 block of Post Road. Thomas died overnight...

SMPD searching for suspect in hit-and-run fatality

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Daniel Weeks, News Editor

June 2, 2020

The San Marcos Police Department is searching for the driver of a vehicle that hit and killed a pedestrian June 1. At around 10 p.m. June 1, Dwight Garrett Thomas, 41-year-old San Marcos resident, was hit in the 1600 block of Post Road by what was believed to be a maroon 2002-2005 Ford Explorer. Thomas...

UPDATE: SMPD reports homicide at Redpoint Apartments

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Daniel Weeks, News Editor

May 31, 2020

UPDATE: Sunday, May 31 The San Marcos Police Department reports a homicide incident occurred May 30 at the Redpoint Apartments in San Marcos. At approximately 6:51 p.m., officers responded to reports of a shooting at the apartments, formally known as The Woods located at 650 River Rd., and located...

UPDATE: Suspects identified in Sadler House shooting

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Daniel Weeks, News Editor

May 28, 2020

UPDATE, Thursday, May 28 The San Marcos Police Department has identified three suspects in the shooting incident that occurred at Sadler House Apartments on May 27. On Wednesday at approximately 5:12 p.m., SMPD officers were dispatched to Sadler House Apartments, 1271 Sadler Drive, in response to m...

Suspect in hit-and-run turns himself in, released on bond

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Jaden Edison, Editor-in-Chief

May 21, 2020

The suspect in a Feb. 29 hit-and-run in San Marcos that left a man dead turned himself in to authorities over the weekend. Antonio Rene Alonzo, 23, turned himself in after the San Marcos Police Department issued a warrant for Accident Involving Death. Alonzo has since been magistrated and released...

Texas Rangers identify shooter of fallen SMPD officer

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Jaden Edison, Editor-in-Chief

May 12, 2020

The Texas Rangers positively identified Jose Alfredo Perez DeLaCruz, 46, as the shooter in an incident that left San Marcos Police Department officer Justin Putnam dead and officers Franco Stewart and Justin Mueller wounded. The three officers responded to a domestic disturbance call April 18 at the Twin Lake ...

San Marcos Police Department searches for information on armed man

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Daniel Weeks, News Editor

May 12, 2020

The San Marcos Police Department released an alert searching for information about a man armed with a pistol going door-to-door at the Village on Telluride. Witnesses described the suspect as an approximately 5'10 African American male with a shaved head, black shirt, khaki pants and a black bandanna...

City council passes cite-and-release ordinance in final vote

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Gabriella Ybarra, News Reporter

April 22, 2020

In a historic final vote, the San Marcos City Council passed an ordinance encouraging the use of cite-and-release, making San Marcos the first city in Texas to pass an ordinance of this kind. The ordinance proposed by local advocacy group Mano Amiga seeks to guide the San Marcos Police Department officers’ ...

Community ‘devastated’ following tragic death of police officer

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Jaden Edison, Multimedia Editor

April 22, 2020

On the evening of April 18, Kiara Echevarría heard initial reports of a shooting involving San Marcos police officers at the Twin Lake Villas Apartments and hoped they were not true. "When they said officers were shot, I was kind of like, 'I hope it's none of the officers I know because I know quite...

City of San Marcos holds press conference for officer killed in line of duty

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Jaden Edison, Multimedia Editor

April 19, 2020

The City of San Marcos held a press conference this morning to address an April 18 incident on Hunter Road that left one officer dead, two wounded and the gunman dead after an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. San Marcos police identified Justin Putnam, 31, as the officer shot and killed and officers Fra...

Officer killed, two others wounded in shooting on Hunter Road

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Jaden Edison, Multimedia Editor

April 18, 2020

UPDATE: Shooting confirmed at 9:32 p.m. A man shot and killed a San Marcos Police Department officer, wounded two others and died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound this evening at the Twin Lake Villas Apartments. Police received a call about an assault/domestic disturbance at 6:05 p.m., and off...

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