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Man accused of hitting officers with vehicle in Odessa

Robert Serrano Franco, 43.
Robert Serrano Franco, 43.(City of Odessa)
Published: Jun. 23, 2021 at 3:24 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 25, 2021 at 11:46 AM CDT
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ODESSA, Texas (KOSA) - Police have arrested a man who they say hit officers with a vehicle earlier this week.

Robert Franco, 43, was taken into custody on Thursday evening.

Franco is facing the following charges:

- Four counts of Aggravated Assault Against a Public Servant, a first-degree felony.

- Two counts of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, a second-degree felony

- Two counts of Accident Involving Injury

- Criminal Trespassing with a Deadly Weapon, Evading Arrest, Evading Arrest with a Vehicle, and Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle.

According to the Odessa Police Department, officers were investigating a stolen vehicle in the 200 block of E. 37th Street on Wednesday morning when the vehicle drove through a garage door, hitting a police vehicle and grazing an officer.

Officers at the scene fired their weapons at the suspect, identified as Franco, who drove away.

Police say that Franco made it to the intersection of East 42nd Street and Andrews Highway where he crashed into another officer’s vehicle. The stolen vehicle was later found in north Odessa.

The Texas Rangers will be investigating the shooting.

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