Angry dad holds suspected thief for police

An Odessa man who allegedly bought an iPhone using counterfeit money found himself being held for police by the iPhone owner’s dad.

According to an Odessa Police Department report, 911 dispatchers received a disturbance call from West 33rd and Eastover streets around 7:30 p.m. Friday.

When officers arrived, they found Christian Ayala being held down by a man who said he and his son had set up an appointment to meet Ayala on Facebook Messenger to sell the son’s phone, the report stated.

The dad said Ayala grabbed the phone and threw an envelope into their car, but he noticed the $20 bills inside the envelope stated “For motion picture purposes” on it, the report stated.

After obtaining a search warrant, officers discovered more fake money, five grams of methamphetamine and two grams of cocaine, according to the report.

Ayala was arrested on suspicion of two counts of possession of a controlled substance and forgery. He remained in the Ector County jail Monday night on surety bonds totaling $55,000.