Hostages Situation Ends Peacefully 7/30/13
CBS 7 News
A woman and her four children are safe after being held hostage by her 25 year-old boyfriend and father of their children, Elias Sierra.
It happened at the corner of 45th and San Jacinto at the La Promesa apartments in Odessa.
The Odessa Police say they began receiving calls at around 9AM about a disturbance in one of the apartments. Sierra would not open the door for the police. OPD then evacuated all surrounding apartments and moved the residents to the Ector County Coliseum. Residents had no idea why they were being evacuated.
"That's all they told us. Get your stuff, we have a situation. Get out [of] the building," said new resident, Gloria Howard.
Odessa Police Public Information Officer Steve LeSueur told press, “Officers were told by dispatch that the husband, or the common law husband, was holding his girlfriend, or ex-girlfriend, there against her will.”
The Odessa PD, S.W.A.T., and Crime Investigative Unit were all on scene to help rescue the hostages. Soon after, snipers, a K-9 unit, and an ambulance joined the crowd.
Police say Sierra is still in custody, but charges are pending due to conflicting stories.