172 arrested in multi-agency operation in West Texas

172 arrested in multi-agency operation in West Texas


More than 170 arrests were made during Operation Triple Beam, a 90-day operation that concluded June 30.  The operation was a joint effort between the Odessa Police Department, the Ector County Sheriff's Office, the Midland Police Department, the Midland County Sheriff's Office, Texas DPS-Criminal Investigation Division, Drug Enforcement Administration, the FBI and the U.S. Marshals Service Lone Star Fugitive Task Force.

OTB is an initiative to reduce violent gang crime by targeting and arresting violent fugitives and criminal offenders who committed high-profile crimes such as homicide, aggravated assault and sexual assault, illegal possession of firearms, illegal drug distribution, robbery and kidnapping. Each local, state and federal agency utilized enforcement techniques and statutory authority in order to disrupt the criminal operations of violent gangs in the Midland/Odessa Area.

The operation resulted in 172 arrests and the seizure of seven firearms, 1.064 kilograms of cocaine, 839 grams of methamphetamine, seven pounds of marijuana, $10,000 in currency and two vehicles.

Kendra Lynn Griffin, 23

Wanted for:  Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon and Tampering with Physical Evidence

Case Summary:  Griffin was wanted in connection with the shooting of Praxedes Salinas III.  On May 11 at approximately 4:08 p.m., Odessa Police responded to Odessa Regional Medical Center in reference to a gunshot victim.  Investigation revealed that after a disturbance occurred in the Kent Kwik parking lot, Salinas was shot in the head.  The suspects fled the scene in a black 2014 Dodge Charger with a "donut" spare tire on the rear passenger side.  Griffin was arrested June 14 by the U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force in the 2500 block of Rosemary St. Odessa, Texas.

Marcus Rowell, 30

Wanted For:  Burglary – Forced Entry and Parole Violation with an original charge of Arson

Case Summary:  On May 16, the Andrews Police Department requested assistance from the U.S. Marshal's Lone Star Fugitive Task Force with the location and apprehension of Rowell, who was wanted in Andrews County for burglary and a state parole violation with an original charge of arson.  Additionally, Rowell was well known to law enforcement personnel due to his criminal history of aggravated assault, evading, escape, and assault on law enforcement personnel. May 18, LSFTF members developed information Rowell was staying at the Andrews Motor Inn.  During the course of effecting the arrest, Rowell barricaded himself in the bathroom with a rifle, but surrendered to LE personnel after approximately two hours.  Since Rowell was prohibited from owning a firearm, he was charged with a federal firearms violation.

Joel Luna, 36

Wanted For:  Homicide

Case Summary:  Police responded to Medical Center Hospital in reference to an assault victim May 1, where an investigation revealed that after Luna got into an argument with his 33-year-old wife, he began choking her, causing her to lose consciousness. Luna then kneeled on her abdomen and repeatedly applied force while stating that he wanted to kill the baby.

"They had been in an argument," said Cpl. Steven LeSueur, Odessa Police Department.  "Luna found out his wife was pregnant, he choked his wife to the point she could not breathe anymore as she was lying flat on her back, placed his knee into her abdomen and applied a great deal of force while stating he wanted to kill the baby that was inside of her."

Luna's wife later sought medical treatment, was told by medical personnel that she had lost the child she had been carrying for five weeks. Police state that she sustained a traumatic miscarriage as a result of the injuries inflicted by Luna. OPD detectives obtained a capital murder warrant for Luna June 19, 2018.

The U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force located and arrested Luna at his place of employment without incident June 19, 2018.

Braden Porter, 25

Wanted For:  Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon

Case Summary:  Porter was wanted for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon stemming from domestic disturbance in Odessa.  Porter had threatened a victim with a firearm and also assaulted his common law spouse causing injury.

Porter was tracked to a house on 800 block of E 4th in Odessa.  The U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force conducted surveillance and eventually spotted a person matching Porter's description entering the residence.  Task force members were able to locate Porter inside the residence.  He was taken into custody without incident March 27, 2018.

Sy Manuel Rodriguez, 29

Wanted for:  Four counts of Deadly Conduct

Case Summary:  Rodriguez was wanted for four counts of Deadly Conduct in connection to a drive-by shooting which occurred at the High Plains Apartments in Odessa.  The U.S. Marshals Lone Star Fugitive Task Force located Rodriguez at the Madison Square Apartments in Odessa.  After conducting four hours of surveillance, Rodriguez was spotted and taken custody without incident May 11, 2018.

6.Jacquay Garnes 29 was arrested for Probation Violation-Resisting Arrest and his brother Jermaine Garnes 21 was arrested for Probation Violation-Child Neglect following an incident with Midland Police Officers.

"Operation Triple Beam proved successful due to the collaborative efforts and persistent hard work of our law enforcement officers," said Melesio Hernandez, Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal for the Western District of Texas. "By taking dangerous fugitives off the streets and seizing illegal narcotics and currency, we interrupt their unlawful activities This effort is far from over and we will continue to make arrests, seize illegal drugs, guns, and money until we finally put these violent gangs out of business."

This operation was a continued effort that proved to be successful similar to "OTB - Orejon" in 2011, "OTB - Alliance" in 2012, "Operation Hog Trap" in 2013 and "OTB-San Antonio" in 2017.

Additional informational about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov or http://www.usmarshals.gov/district/tx-w/index.html.

Lone Star Fugitive Task Force Members:

Midland County Sheriff's Office

Midland Police Department

Ector County Sheriff's Office

Ector County District Attorney's Office

Andrews County Sheriff's Office

Crane County Sheriff's Office

Martin County Sheriff's Office

Upton County Sheriff's Office

Odessa Police Department

U.S. Marshals Service Midland