Man charged with assaulting ex-wife, sister

Police charged a man Thursday after reportedly assaulting his ex-wife and her sister outside of their vehicle.

Officers were called about an assault victim around 12:47 a.m. Thursday at Jackson Square Apartments, 1120 N. Jackson Ave., an Odessa Police Department news release stated.

Upon arrival, officers made contact with two sisters, a 32-year-old and a 33-year-old, the release detailed. The 32-year-old told police she and her sister had been assaulted by her ex-husband, 46-year-old Manuel Velez.

The victims told police Velez had approached them while wearing a mask and holding a gun and told them to get out of the vehicle they were in, the release stated. Velez then pulled his ex-wife’s sister out of the vehicle, injuring her right arm, and punched his ex-wife on the chin. He then took her to the ground and began hitting her head against the ground, the release said.

Velez fled after his ex-wife’s sister pulled the mask off of his head, the release detailed, and an independent witness told police they saw Velez beating both victims.

Officers later located Velez in the 800 block of East 13th Street and charged him with two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second-degree felony.