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Midland Runners and Cyclists Targeted By Suspicious White Van

Midland, TX (Big 2 News) - "I was in a panic, I knew I was in trouble. I knew that there was a danger," said a Midland woman who often runs down popular running paths.
Midland, TX (Big 2 News) - "I was in a panic, I knew I was in trouble. I knew that there was a danger," said a Midland woman who often runs down popular running paths.

This women was running down on Crowley blvd. and Wadley ave. Sunday evening when she spotted a suspicious looking van.

She and the other women we spoke to, asked that we not show their faces.

"They slid the back door to their van open and they were waiting," she said.

That's when she turned around and called police.

She later took to social media to warn other runners and cyclists in the Midland area.

Her Facebook post was quickly shared multiple times and it caught the attention of two cyclists who experienced the same situation Saturday morning on L st. and Neely ave.

"It went down and turned on another street and came up on the street behind us," said one woman who was cycling with her friend.

It was then that these women realized they were being watched.

They tell us they believe the van was waiting for them to go their separate ways.

They instead called police.

"What we'll go ahead and do is just do a patrol by for a couple of weeks and one of our patrol officers will just keep an eye on the area just as part of their regular patrol," said Sara Higgins, public information officer for the City of Odessa.

None of the women were able to get a picture of the van or got a license plate, but they remember what they saw.

"Older white van, kind of what you would see as a painter's van. Don't recall any windows," said another woman who was cycling on L st. and Neely ave.

This woman saw recalls seeing tan stripes on the van.

"And it was two or three. And it was down the center of the van," said the woman who was running at Crowley and Wadley.

According to city officials, the women reported seeing two Hispanic men in the van, in their 20s or 30s, both wearing hats and hoodies.

The entire incident is causing this woman to now carry a handgun if she decides to run outside again.

"I will not run again unarmed because even with a friend, I don't think it matters. Whoever these men are, are up to no good. They're consistent and I hope that they're caught," said the woman who was running at Crowley and Wadley.


If you'd like to register for a women's self defense class on May 8th and May 10th, you can contact Officer John Kerrigan at 685-7964 or jkerrigan@midlandtexas.gov or click here
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