Two Arrested After Search Warrant Was Executed at Third Edition Apartments

Two Arrested After Search Warrant Was Executed at Third Edition Apartments

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - Residents at an Odessa apartment complex are still on edge as they woke up to sirens early Tuesday morning.

"Its like Cops from TV, but this is reality, this is real," said a Third Edition Apartments resident who wished to remain anonymous.

Just before 3 a.m., an Odessa police officer was patrolling the Third Edition Apartments off 10th and Harless. He spotted a group of people standing outside of a red Toyota Solara. When they saw him, they booked it inside of one of the apartments.

"They closed the door behind them, he called for backup and he held perimeter until backup arrived," said Cpl. Steve LeSueur, Public Information Officer for the Odessa Police Department.

After a brief standoff, officials had to force their way inside to conduct a search warrant.

"There was a big truck here and they got guns and they have shields and their guns are towards that apartment right there," said the resident.

Police discovered the Toyota Solara was stolen from the 2000 block of Magill, about three miles away.

"It looks like it was possibly in an accident too if you look at the front right," said LeSueur.

Officials also recovered possible stolen items from inside the apartment.

"I heard, 'This is Odessa Police Department, open the door,' so I looked out my backyard and there was a whole SWAT team and whatever they had going on back there. I just kind of freaked out," said Dominique Bledsoe, resident of the Third Edition Apartments.

Six total were detained as a result, and police believe this group could be involved in even more crimes.

Frank Sanchez and Martin Noriega later confessed to stealing the car and other items from the 2000 block of Magill. The two were arrested for burglary and evading arrest.

"I really didn't know how to react to it. It just shocked me because I've never seen that and I've lived here my whole life," said Bledsoe.

Police say more arrests are expected in the future.