Fugitive Thought to Be Hiding in Kermit Has Residents Fearing for Their Safety

By Jen Kastner
NewsWest 9

WINKLER COUNTY- A fugitive considered armed and dangerous is thought to be on the loose in Winkler County. 24-year-old Timothy Fields is wanted in Florida for two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Other reports show he's also wanted for two counts of ecstasy or methamphetamine trafficking.

His mother lives in Kermit. This past Sunday night, law enforcement found out he was in the city. When they went to find him, he fled the house he was staying at, running away out of a backdoor.

One resident NewsWest 9 talked to who wanted to remain unidentified, tells NewsWest 9 Fields ran by her mother's friend's house and asked to use her phone inside.

She adds, "She said, 'No, you need to get out of here. I don't know who you are or why you'd want to use my phone.' Then he said, 'I'm being chased and I need to use the phone to call somebody.'"

She told him she couldn't help, so he ran off. Fields is believed to still be in the area.

The Winkler County Sheriff's Department and other local law enforcement agencies started getting assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service late Sunday night.

Kermit residents say they have never seen anything like this.

Roni Martinez tells NewsWest 9, "We have to lock our cars and our doors at our houses. It's always been that you can walk outside at any time. Now, we actually have to look to make sure nobody's out there. It's just scary. It's just scary because you'd never expect anything like that here."

Resident Bonnie Harris and her kids live near Field's mother's house.

"There's been Marshal's officers up and down the street," she says.

Her biggest worry is for the neighborhood kids.

"There's a lot of children that go up and down these blocks all night long. You never know what could happen," she adds.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers. In Midland, the number is 432-694-TIPS (8477), and in Odessa, the number is 432-333-TIPS (8477).