12-year-old main witness in robbery case

A 45-year-old Odessa man was arrested on two outstanding robbery warrants Tuesday.

According to an Odessa Police Department report, dispatchers received a 911 call around 4:30 p.m. March 12 from a woman who told them her boyfriend, Trey Christopher Gardenhire, had run her over with a Nissan in the 1700 block of North Lincoln Avenue and taken off.

When officers arrived, they found the 48-year-old woman in the alley with large laceration on her foot and swelling on her forehead. They also discovered a 12-year-old girl with scrapes on one of her arms and swelling on the back of her head, the report stated. Both were taken to a hospital.

The pre-teen told officers that earlier in the afternoon all three of them were in the car driving home when the adults began arguing over Gardenhire’s debit card, which was in the woman’s possession, the report stated. When they got home, the woman put her purse on a table and Gardenhire ran to get it.

According to the girl, when the woman tried to stop Gardenhire, he pushed her to the ground, prompting her (the girl) to try to bite him. The girl said Gardenhire punched her in the back of the head and shoved her to the ground as the woman ran to the car and got inside.

According to the report, the girl said Gardenhire dragged the woman out of the car by her feet and hair and she saw him driving over the woman’s left foot.

Gardenhire was arrested on suspicion of aggravated robbery and robbery. He remained in the Ector County jail Thursday night on surety bonds totaling $90,000.