Search Underway for Odessa Armed Robbery Suspect

Search Underway for Odessa Armed Robbery Suspect

Zora Asberry

NewsWest 9

ODESSA - An armed robber is on the run in Odessa after going on a crime spree. Police say he stole a car and held up two convenience stores.

One convenient store clerk was robbed at gunpoint at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday morning, the robbery happened at the J-Mart on West 42nd Street in Odessa.

"I was here alone, he likes women being alone apparently. He comes through the store acting like a normal customer to me, then he make this statement as to everyday is Fourth of July, and I'm like what, he said yes, 'it's a blanking blast and pulls the gun on me," J-Mart Clerk, Sandra Henderson, said.

The clerk immediately gave the suspect all that was in the drawer and hit the panic button to alert police.

Sergeant Gary Duesler of the Ector County Sheriffs Department who is working the case said, "She complied, he got the money and ran out the front door. She was very observant, she got us a good description, not only of the vehicle he was driving but of the suspect as well."

The suspect was described as a 6'2" white male with brown eyes and a Texas tattoo on the side of his neck.

"Apparently he had stole the truck that he was driving," Henderson said.

The vehicle he used to rob the store had been reported stolen earlier that day by the Odessa Police Department.

"It was a four door Nissan Titan truck, it has Oklahoma plates, I do have the plate number, ironically, the vehicle had been reported stolen by OPD earlier," Henderson said.

Henderson and the Ector County Sheriff's Office have advice for anyone who finds themselves in this situation. 

"They need to all be aware that this man will put a gun in your face and take what you've got," Henderson said. 

"If they ask for the money give it to them, you can replace that money. But you can't replace your life so she did exactly what she should have done," Duesler said.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of the suspect, you are asked to call the Odessa Police Department at 432-333-3641 or the Ector County Sheriff's Department at 432-335-3050.