'They Left Me With Nothing,' Says West Odessa Arson Victim

'They Left Me With Nothing,' Says West Odessa Arson Victim

By: Julia Deng
NewsWest 9

ECTOR COUNTY - One possible suspect has been identified in a West Odessa arson case, according to the Ector County Sheriff's Office.

A two-story house on the 12,000 block of Citation Drive was allegedly set ablaze Monday night by two robbers, the homeowner told NewsWest 9. She requested to remain anonymous.

"They left me without a life [or] a home," she said in Spanish. "They left me on the street. They left me with nothing. These clothes [I'm wearing] are all they left me."

The homeowner confirmed the house - where she had lived for 25 years and raised her son - was declared a total loss.

According to a report filed with the Sheriff's Office, she noticed broken panes of glass in her back door and heard intruders in her house when she returned from work around 11 p.m. She did not recognize them, but told NewsWest 9 she believed they had been in her house before, based on their method of entry.

The men allegedly fled in an "older model Ford pickup truck" with electronics and thousands of dollars in cash after she walked in.

"I tried to chase them [in my car]," the homeowner said. "But they tried to hit me [with the truck] so I pulled into someone's yard and drove home."

She smelled smoke, realized the side of her house was on fire and went door-to-door calling for help. When authorities arrived, the structure was already engulfed in flames.

"We are investigating it as an arson," said Sgt. Gary Duesler. "My understanding is it was a pretty devastating fire to her residence."