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Hostage Situation Ends Peacefully in Odessa, Suspect Identified

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25-year-old Elias Sierra 25-year-old Elias Sierra

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - We now know the identity of the man who took a female hostage in Odessa.

Officials were called out to the La Promesa Del Norte Apartments in the 4500 block of North Texas Avenue around 9 a.m. Tuesday morning.

While officers were headed out to the scene, they learned that a female was being held against her will inside an apartment building by a man.

The man, now identified as 25-year-old Elias Sierra, refused to open the door for police while officers tried to make contact with the occupants of the apartment.

Officers set up a perimeter around the apartment and nearby residents were evacuated.

After about a four hour standoff, the situation ended peacefully and Sierra was taken into custody without incident.

Officials later learned that four children were also in the apartment during the time of the standoff and the children were not harmed.

Police say Sierra was taken into custody for the three warrants that were filed. No charges have been filed against Sierra in connection with the hostage situation due to conflicting stories.

NewsWest 9 has been following this story since it broke on Tuesday morning. We'll have the latest on this story coming up on NewsWest 9 at 6 p.m.