Police chief: Edcouch alderman tried to block own arrest with restraining order

Police chief: Edcouch alderman tried to block own arrest with restraining order

EDCOUCH — Alderman Noe Garcia Jr. has been charged with two counts of theft by a public servant and his bond was set at $20,000, said Edcouch police Chief Eloy Cardenas.

And a candidate running for another Board of Aldermen seat on the same slate as Garcia — Jose Hinojosa Jr. — also was arrested and claimed that Garcia helped him steal water worth $399 from the City of Edcouch.

Both Garcia and Hinojosa are still on the ballot for election, Cardenas said.

Garcia, who is running for re-election to his seat, is accused of stealing money two different times from the City of Edcouch.

One complaint states that Garcia carpooled to a conference in Grape Vine, Texas, in November but still cashed a city check worth $623.89 that was meant to reimburse him for gas had he not carpooled.

Another complaint states that in April, Garcia carpooled to a conference at South Padre Island with Edcouch City Manager Juan Cedillo but still cashed a check worth $70.06 also meant to reimburse him for gas had he not carpooled.

According to the complaint, Cedillo looked into the matter after an anonymous note requested that city officials look into Garcia’s spending.

Additionally, Cardenas said that Garcia filed a temporary restraining order against the city that kept him from getting arrested after the city put out a warrant for his arrest. It was signed this past Tuesday, but then overturned Friday by Hidalgo County Court-at-Law Judge Rodolfo “Rudy” Gonzalez.

“Those temporary restraining orders, they’re very common for a lot of things, but not to keep you from getting arrested,” Cardenas said. “Imagine if you commit a crime and you want to come home after…Continue here: http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/article_4373def0-3aaa-11e3-99bf-0019bb30f31a.html

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