39-year old receives 30 years in prison for threatening officers with knives

A 39-year old San Angelo man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for aggravated assault against a public servant.

According to a press release from the 119th District Attorney’s Office, Fermin Rayos pleaded not guilty three counts of aggravated assault against a public servant.

The case stemmed from an incident on April 20, 2015, where San Angelo Police Department officers were dispatched to a location on a call of a suspicious person. When they arrived on scene, officers found Rayos in the street yelling and holding a knife in each hand. When officers attempted to check on him, Rayos turned, started yelling at them and approached the officers while making stabbing motions towards them with the knives.

More officers arrived at the scene and Rayos continued to behave aggressively, waving the knives toward them and continuing to yell. Officers were eventually able to set up a perimeter with their vehicles, boxing Rayos in. When the perimeter was set, officers Tasered Rayos and took him into custody, where he has remained since his arrest.

Because Rayos’ offense involved a deadly weapon, he will not be eligible for parole until he has served at least half of his sentence. He had a prior conviction for deadly conduct for discharging a firearm for which he received an additional seven year sentence.

Assistant District Attorney Jason Ferguson said in a statement, “I want to applaud the work of the San Angelo Police Department in this case. This was an extremely dangerous situation and someone could have easily been injured or killed. The patrol officers who responded did an excellent job keeping themselves safe, while at the same time de-escalating the situation and resolving it without any injuries.”