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Midland Residents Reporting More Incidents to Police

“We'd rather get the call look into it and if it's nothing, fine, but if it it’s something then we'd like to take action and take the criminal or criminal activity out of the neighborhood.”
On Tuesday morning a woman walking through downtown Midland noticed that a man was following her. When he reached her, he touched her inappropriately and she immediately called police.

Police arrested David Morales, and said it was thanks to her quick call. She also tried taking pictures of Morales, which is also encouraged.

“You should take pictures, you should try to yell for help, you should try to find a witness,” said Sgt. Ben Chavez with the Midland Police Department.

But when do you know the right time to call police?

“The point is where we have red flags if something just is bothering you and you don't feel right about it, that's the time you need to call the police,” Chavez said.

In a separate case, neighbors in Grasslands called police to report a suspicious ice cream truck.

Police responded to the calls and found an open alcohol container inside the ice cream truck.

The driver passed a field sobriety test and was cited for the open alcohol container.

“For example this ice cream van that is late at night, I don't know but our children shouldn't be out there late at night buying ice cream so if it stands out call the police,” Chavez said.

In a third, separate case, a Midland woman called police to report what she called a “kidnapping attempt.”

On a Facebook post, she wrote that while riding her bike, two men asked for directions and later tried to grab her.

“Kidnapping can happen with anything. Male, female, children, young people, it can happen to anybody,” Chavez said.

This is not the first time Midland residents call about suspicions vehicles and women who are exercising or walking alone, which is why Chavez continues warning people not to go out alone.

“If you're going to be jogging, if you're going to be exercising try not to go by yourself,” Chavez said. “Try to go in groups, go with a partner, find a partner.”

And regardless of the incident, call police.

“We'd rather get the call look into it and if it's nothing, fine, but if it it’s something then we'd like to take action and take the criminal or criminal activity out of the neighborhood,” Chavez said.
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