Lamesa man accused of stalking ex-girlfriend in Odessa

Lamesa man accused of stalking ex-girlfriend in Odessa

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - A Lamesa man was arrested in Odessa. He's accused of stalking his ex-girlfriend and causing property damage.

Odessa Police Department said they received two separate calls about a suspicious person and vehicle in the early morning hours Tuesday, police said they even found Torres's cell phone on the victim's lawn.

"It is rare for an on-site arrest to be made when it comes to stalking," said Odessa Police Department Cpl. Steve LeSueur.

Odessa Police were called yesterday just after 3 a.m about a suspicious pick-up truck parked at a church on 22nd Street and Coronado Avenue.

"They then received a call in reference to a criminal mischief in the 1900 block of Conover. So they went to the scene and made contact with the complainant who advised that an unknown person had damaged their window along with their two vehicles and fled the scene," said LeSueur.

Officers went back to the suspicious vehicle and it was gone. Another officer located the pick-up just blocks away on Loop 338. The driver was identified as Florentino Torres.

LeSueur said, "The victim at the criminal mischief on Conover advised that she had previously been in a relationship with Florentino Torres and that the relationship had ended."

The victim told police since ending the relationship in August of 2015 she had received an excessive amount of texts, phone calls and other types of communication from Torres. This wasn't the first time the victim reported the behavior.

Experts say it's crucial to set your own boundaries when ending a relationship. If you are in a situation where you're uncomfortable it's important to ask for help.

The Crisis Center, Program Director, Leah Morgan said, "You as a person will know when it's going a little too far. If they start [bothering you on] social media and you've told them several times to go away and they're not going away then that's when you need to start reporting it. So, it's when you're uncomfortable and when it's going a little too far and you've already set your boundaries."

Police said Torres was covered in a layer of sweat on his face and neck when he was stopped and had grass on the front of his shirt and pants.

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