By Julia Deng
ODESSA - Police located the UPS truck reported missing Friday night, but were unable to locate the two men who allegedly attacked the driver or the packages that were stolen with the truck.
The suspects are described as a white male, approximately 35 years old, and a black male, around age 40, according to Odessa Police spokesman Steve LeSueur.
They allegedly hid in the UPS delivery vehicle when the driver got out to drop off a package on the 2700 block of Brentwood Drive.
"When the driver got back [in the truck] the black male was holding what appeared to be a gun," said LeSueur. "[He] pointed it at [the driver] and demanded the UPS worker start driving."
The 25-year-old driver fought back and was able to knock the gun out of his assailant's hand.
Carlos Flores, the last UPS customer he had delivered a package to, heard the commotion and walked out of his house in time to witness the attack.
"He was shaken badly," Flores told NewsWest 9. "He had a few cuts. I think he had one under his chin, a scar on his knee from when he fell and he had ripped [his] jeans."
According to police, the UPS employee suffered only minor injuries and was not transported to the hospital.
The truck was located Saturday morning, abandoned on the 3100 block of Redwood Drive.
"The truck was recovered and returned back to UPS," said LeSueur. "However, the majority of the packages had been stolen."
The driver still had 29 delivery stops and dozens of packages in the truck, according to Flores.
UPS representatives were not available for comment.
It's unclear exactly how many delivery items went missing and whether or not customers can request refunds for undelivered packages.
Anyone with information about the two suspects is encouraged to call Odessa CrimeStoppers at (432) 333-TIPS.