Odessa Police Looking for Two Men But Not for Reasons You'd Think

Odessa Police Looking for Two Men But Not for Reasons You'd Think

By Alicia Neaves
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Odessa Police are on the hunt for two men but not for the reasons you'd think.

They wish to say thank you after the men helped capture a man exposing himself.

"Citizens arrests occur a lot more often than people realize. They happen all the time," said Corporal Steve LeSueur, Public Information Officer of the Odessa Police Department.

On Tuesday evening just after 7 p.m. Odessa Police spotted 32-year-old Eric Ramirez outside of the Stripes on Grant & Murphy exposing himself and urinating in public. Police also say he was drunk. When they tried to arrest him, Ramirez took off running in circles around the Stripes. He hopped into the bed of a pickup where police caught him and tasered him to the ground.

It was then that Ramirez got up and took off running again, twice around the Stripes, then through the parking lot behind the Stripes through a bunch of 18-wheelers.

That's when two strangers took action. They grabbed Ramirez so police could take him into custody.

"At this time, we have no idea who they are. We'd like to identify them and get their names just to thank them," said LeSueur.

Other citizens arrests you might recall involve the Odessa officer who was stabbed on the 800 block of West University and the murder at Glass Doctor back in February.

"Whether it's a subject running, a subject fighting or committing any other such crime, it's not uncommon for citizens to jump in and help us out. We always appreciate it," said LeSueur.

Each year, OPD has an awards ceremony recognizing the brave citizens who helped the boys in blue put criminals behind bars.

If you know the two men who helped arrest Ramirez, tell them to get in touch with police. They'd like to thank them.