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Ex-Mayor of Von Ormy Faces Charges in Connection to US Capitol Incident: Federal Authorities

Ex-Mayor of Von Ormy Faces Charges in Connection to US Capitol Incident: Federal Authorities

A former mayor of the South San Antonio suburb of Von Ormy has been arrested along with two other women for their alleged involvement in the events at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Last week, Trina Reyes, who served as Von Ormy’s mayor from 2015 to 2017, was taken into custody by the FBI on a federal warrant, as reported by the daily. According to the paper, Fredericksburg real estate agent Sally Ann Milavec and Leslie Bogue, a friend of Reyes from Oklahoma, were also apprehended by federal agents.

According to the Express-News, all three individuals are facing charges related to their actions inside the Capitol, including entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct, disruptive conduct, and illegally parading or demonstrating. They were released without having to pay bail and were instructed to appear in the federal court in Washington, D.C. where the charges were filed.

On January 6, 2021, a group of individuals, some of whom were armed, forcefully entered the U.S. Capitol with the intention of challenging the election results. Tragic loss of life occurred during the incident, with seven individuals losing their lives. Additionally, a staggering 140 police officers were subjected to assault.

According to the Express-News, Reyes mentioned in interviews with federal authorities that a police officer allowed her entry into the Capitol during the breach by opening a door. According to an affidavit cited in the article, she confirmed that she took photos while inside the U.S. Capitol. However, upon witnessing vandalism by others, she quickly walked back out.

During Reyes’ tenure, Von Ormy experienced a period of turmoil due to its failure to provide essential services such as police protection and animal control, as reported by the Texas Observer.

According to the Observer, the town, with a population of around 1,300, became incorporated in 2008 to prevent annexation by San Antonio. It proudly declared itself a “liberty city” that aligns with the Tea Party movement. Unfortunately, the municipality’s attempt at libertarian governance had some negative consequences. The police department lost accreditation due to its failure to meet basic standards, and the underfunded volunteer fire department eventually collapsed.

During that period, three members of the Von Ormy City Council were also arrested for alleged violations of the Open Meetings Act, as reported by the Observer.

According to a recent review of federal data by NBC News, over 1,350 individuals have been charged in relation to the Jan. 6 attack. Prosecutors have secured approximately 950 convictions in those cases for a wide range of crimes, from trespassing to serious felonies, including seditious conspiracy.

According to data from the Justice Department, a significant number of individuals involved in the attack were apprehended in Texas.

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