Odessa Man Facing Kidnapping, Indecency With a Child Charges

Odessa Man Facing Kidnapping, Indecency With a Child Charges

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - An Odessa man is behind bars facing kidnapping and indecency with a child charges.

Police arrested 25-year-old Fernando Edward Thomas.

Odessa Police tell NewsWest 9, they were called out to an apartment complex on the east side of Odessa last Friday concerning two missing five year old girls.

Witnesses told officers that Thomas has been seen hanging out with the girls prior to one of the missing girl's mothers reporting the girl missing.

Officers set up a perimeter and went door to door looking for the missing girls. Authorities then knocked on a door of an apartment that hadn't been confirmed to belong to Thomas but witnesses believed that he lived there.

When officers first knocked on the door, they received no answer and officers continued their search only to then confirm that the apartment they were at was Thomas' apartment.

When officers came back, they saw the two missing girls walking around in the complex.

Officers located Thomas and was taken into custody.

The victims later told police that Thomas also exposed his genitals to the girls.

Thomas is currently being held at the Ector County Detention Center on bonds totaling $80,000.