A man is facing felony charges after a 16-year-old girl reported someone stole her phone and backpack, at one point feared for her life.
The girl told Odessa police she thought the man was trying to kidnap her when he began dragging her by her backpack, demanding money from her, before she was able to slip out of the shoulder straps, according to an OPD news release.
The man then fled eastbound with the teen’s backpack, which contained her wallet and school notebooks. The incident occurred around 10:34 p.m. Monday on Paradise Avenue.
Officers were able to locate the suspect, identified as 22-year-old Juan Pablo Ortega, by tracing the iPhone 6 cell phone to a residence located in the 300 block of Ellis Drive, the release said.
Ortega was positively identified as the same suspect who committed the robbery on Paradise Avenue, and officers located the complainant’s cell phone and backpack inside the residence. Police charged Ortega with robbery, a second-degree felony.
Officers also found several burnt notebooks and school papers still smoldering in a grill on the patio of the residence, the release stated, and further charged Ortega with tampering with physical evidence, a third-degree felony.
Police also made contact with a woman at the same residence, 38-year-old Felisa Ochoa, who was in possession of the complainant’s wallet, and was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine and 57 Cyclobenzaprine Hydrochloride pills, the release said.
Ochoa was charged with possession of methamphetamine, a state jail felony, and possession of a dangerous drug, a class A misdemeanor.
Jail records show Ortega and Ochoa were taken to the Ector County Detention Center Tuesday. Ortega has two bonds totaling $75,000, and Ochoa has two bonds totaling $8,500.