Halloween Shooting Death

Odessa, TX – One middle-aged man is deceased and two males, including one undocumented non-US resident, are in custody following a shooting and police chase late Halloween night.

Officers were dispatched around 1:30 a.m. to the Agave Bar, located at 4555 E. University Boulevard, after gun shots had been fired, according to an Odessa Police Department probable cause affidavit.  In the affidavit, it detailed a 24-year-old man and a 19-year-old man were arrested after gunning down and fatally shooting a 52-year-old man in the bar parking lot.

Cristian Escarcega (DOB 2/2/1997) and Martin Monge Hernandez (DOB 8/5/2002) were each charged with murder, a first-degree felony. Hernandez was also charged with evading arrest or detention with a vehicle, a third-degree felony.  Escarcega was charged with evading arrest or detention, a class A misdemeanor.  Both men were booked into the Ector County Law Enforcement Center by the U.S. Marshals. Hernandez is also being held by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement as a non-US resident from Chihuahua, Mexico.

A release issued by the Odessa Police Department stated, “The victim exited the business and had walked to his vehicle, when multiple gunshots had been fired at him.”  He would later be identified as Jesse Sanchez. The Agave Bar patron was transported to Medical Center Hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

A witness said the two males were standing outside of the open doors of a gray 2008 Nissan Altima after shooting Sanchez.  Escarcega and Hernandez got into their vehicle and fled southbound on JBS Parkway, then headed west on Interstate 20 while continuing to evade law enforcement officers.  The vehicle exited off of I-20 and traveled south on U.S. Highway 385 to South County Road West, according to the affidavit.  The chase would return to the Interstate and continue west bound.

The pursuit then headed north on FM 1936. The attempted escape lasted approximately 29 minutes and ended in a field southwest of the 14000 block of W. Cananero Court.  The vehicle was disabled and after a brief foot chase, both suspects were taken into custody and charged accordingly.  Upon closer inspection, Ector County Sheriff deputies discovered Hernandez in possession of the Nissan ignition keys.

Officers could see a rifle and a black handgun in plain sight of the front passenger seat of the vehicle, the affidavit stated. Back at the scene of the shooting, there were several spent AR rifle and handgun casings, as well as an unfired handgun round.

The investigation is ongoing.


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