On the 29th of June 2015, Animal Control Officer Michael Arista submitted his resignation of employment while under investigation with the City of Big Spring. The resignation was made effective immediately.
The Criminal Investigations Division has continued to investigate this cruelty case and has since submitted a case to the County Attorney’s office for prosecution purposes.
Although it appears this was a tragic mistake made by Arista, the Big Spring Police Department believes it is a mistake that cannot be taken lightly.
The cruelty case is still an open investigation and the Detectives will continue to work with the County Attorney’s office regarding this incident.
This is an ongoing criminal investigation and no further comment will be made by the Big Spring Police Department.
On 06-24-2015, at approximately 8:20 am, Officers were dispatched to Burrito Stop, 2001 W. 3rd in reference to an Armed Robbery. Officers contacted the victim and were advised that an Hispanic male entered the store and brandished a knife and demanded money. He took an undetermined amount of cash and fled the business on foot going east on 3rd, on foot. The suspect was described as approximately 5’4” tall, wearing a gray hoodie, blue dress pants and white tennis shoes. His face was covered with a black and white bandana. The victim advised that the suspect spoke only in Spanish. This investigation is ongoing and there is no further information at this time.
If you have any information regarding this incident please call CrimeStoppers at (432) 263-tips (8477). You can also leave an anonymous tip using the tipsoft mobile application or from the Big Spring Police Department website www.bigspringpd.net
On the 20th of June 2015 at approximately 10:00AM, A Big Spring Police Department Officer had found multiple cats had been left inside one of the Animal Control vehicles which was parked at the Law Enforcement Center.
The Officer contacted his supervisor and the Animal Control Officer on call responded. The unit was found to be assigned to Animal Control Officer Michael Arista.
Animal Control and Big Spring Police Department Officers found numerous cats were within the unattended vehicle and of the cats four (4) were found to be deceased.
The initial investigation has indicated the cats were picked up by Arista within 24 hours of being located by the Police Officer.
Michael Arista has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of a criminal and internal administrative investigation.
On the 14th of June 2015 at approximately 3:15 PM, Big Spring Police Department Officers responded to a shots fired call in the 1500 block of Cherokee. Officers arrived on scene and found David Morales 38 years of age, had been struck in the arm by one of the bullets fired. Morales was subsequently transported to Scenic Mountain Medical Center by the Big Spring EMS due to the non-life threatening injuries sustained. Witnesses on scene informed Officers that a black Altima had pulled in front of the residence at which time a verbal argument between the driver of the Altima (found to be Johnny Rodriguez Hispanic/Male 22 years of age) and Morales began. Witnesses advised Rodriguez fired approximately 3 rounds in the direction of Morales, then sped away from the residence. Big Spring Police Department Officers located the Altima and Rodriguez at his residence, 1607 Harding. Rodriguez was taken into custody on a warrant for his arrest for failing to pay child support. Big Spring Police Department Detectives later executed a search warrant at 1607 Harding locating a silver .22 caliber revolver which is believed to be the firearm used in the shooting. Rodriguez was then also charged with Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon a 2nd Degree Felony.
On the 10th of June 2015 at approximately 5:45 PM, Big Spring Police Department Officers were dispatched to the intersection of 13th and Young in reference to a vehicle/pedestrian crash. Dispatch informed Officers that the vehicle had fled the scene after striking the pedestrian who was found to be a juvenile male. The juvenile was found to have suffered non-life threatening injuries as a result of the crash and was transported to Scenic Mountain Medical Center for treatment. The crash investigation indicates the juvenile male failed to yield the right of way to the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle is facing the charge of Failing to Stop and Render Aide. The suspect vehicle is described as a Black Ford Focus 4 door with damage to the front right of the vehicle.
If you have any information relating to this incident you are urged to call CrimStoppers at 263-tips (8477) or utilize the mobile app TipSoft. You can also go to www.bigspringpd.net and follow the link to the TipSoft web form.
On the 7th of June 2015 at approximately 1:12 AM, Big Spring Police Department Officers responded to a vehicle crash involving a pedestrian in the 1300 block of W. 4th. Upon arrival it was found that Tiodoro Diaz, Hispanic/Male DOB 03/27/68 was struck by a vehicle which subsequently caused his death. The preliminary investigation indicates Diaz had arrived at “The Bar” and had parked his truck in a parking lot on the south side of 4th Street. Diaz was then walking across 4th street to “The Bar” when he was struck by the vehicle. Justice of the Peace Shaw responded to the scene and pronounced Diaz deceased. The vehicle had departed the area prior to Officers arrival. It is believed that the suspect vehicle is a silver in color passenger car. The Big Spring Police Department Criminal Investigations Division has received information and is currently following up on leads in an attempt to locate the vehicle and driver involved. If you have any information relating to this incident you are urged to call CrimStoppers at 263-tips (8477) or utilize the mobile app TipSoft. You can also go to www.bigspringpd.net and follow the link to the TipSoft web form.