Kidnapping Suspect Arrested in Odessa

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Odessa Police are still trying to sort out what appears to be a kidnapping that occurred early Monday morning.

Odessa Police have arrested the man accused of taking a woman from a home, but his friends and family say he's getting a raw deal.

In an off camera interview, relatives and co-workers said, 31-year-old Raul Vega has had an on again, off again relationship, with the woman he allegedly kidnapped for several years.

They say he was minding his own business at work, when authorities showed up and took him away.

Deputies with the U.S. Marshal's Office found and arrested Raul Vega at a home on the 1600 block of 36th street just before 3:00 on Monday afternoon.

A warrant had been issued for Vega, for burglary of a habitation.

Authorities say, he broke into a home on the 2000 block of Coahuila.

Around 2:45 Monday morning, they also say that's when he kidnapped an unidentified Hispanic woman.

According to friends and family members, that woman, is Vega's alleged girlfriend.

Police closed off several streets in the neighborhood looking for Vega and the woman.

She was later found and is said to be in contact with police.

For now, Vega is behind bars on the burglary charges.
No word on bond.

Police say more charges are possible pending the results of the ongoing investigation.