The Abilene Police Department has released additional details on the arrest of an Abilene High School student believed to be the involved in the November crime spree where over 50 car windows, and the windows of several businesses, were shot out with a BB gun.
The following is from APD:
On January 22, 2014, deputies with the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office arrested Emilio J. Santibanez, 18, for an outstanding felony warrant issued in connection with criminal mischief investigations.
The bulk of the investigation into the November vandalism spree has been completed and revealed that 51 vehicles, belonging to 48 victims, were damaged during the crime spree.
The overwhelming majority of damage involved broken car windows. Monetary damage involving these vehicles is estimated at approximately $12,551 for the 28 victims that followed through with pursuing charges.
As originally released, some businesses were also involved in BB or pellet gun related damage. The investigation revealed that five buildings were damaged resulting in an estimated monetary loss of $11,116. Santibanez is suspected of being involved in the damage to these buildings, for which he may be culpable.
The lead detective in this investigation noted that a few of the criminal incidents were only reported to the Abilene Police Department (APD) after the media helped inform the public about a key suspect who had been identified and questioned.
APD encourages all victims of crime to report the incident without delay to ensure the Department is aware of potential crime sprees. Doing so could greatly help with the preliminary investigation and crime analysis; all of which benefits the overall efforts being made by detectives looking for valuable clues and patterns during such investigations.
Santibanez was booked for the charge of State Jail Felony Criminal Mischief with a bond of $15,000.
If anyone has further information related to the November crime spree or information about recent BB gun related incidents, they are encouraged to contact APD by calling (325) 673-8331, or by contacting Abilene Crime Stoppers, (325) 676-TIPS (8477), where they will remain anonymous.
An 18-year-old Abilene High School student admitted to police Friday that some of the windows shot out around Abilene were his doing.
Windows were broken out of several businesses and vehicles in early November, and a Crime Stoppers tip had identified Emilio Santibanez as a suspect.
On November 15, Santibanez entered the police station and confessed to taking part in the vandalism, though he denied having any part in shooting out the windows of businesses. However, police believe Santibanez was involved in these incidents.
Santibanez said he could not remember how many vehicle windows he'd shot out, though he said if there were several on one street, that was probably him.
The total cost of the damages to vehicles over this period totaled between $1,500 and $20,000.