Hidalgo County Sheriff threatened on Facebook

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POSTED: Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 6:16pm

UPDATED: Friday, November 8, 2013 - 9:37am

Authorities from Hidalgo County want to make it clear: if you threaten the life of law enforcement officers, they will not take it lightly.  

"This is getting kind of old," said Sheriff Lupe Treviño. "This is the fourth threat we've encountered in this department, all four directed at me."  

Adan Alonzo Arguelles has confessed to threatening the sheriff on a Facebook page, saying "I'm going to kill Lupe Treviño... tell Lupe Treviño I'm serious. 

Arguelles is facing a charge of making terroristic threats; a class A misdemeanor.  Bond is set at $500,000.  

"They get a low bond, and they say, well... I'm going to be out again," said Justice of the Peace Homer Jasso. "It's going to be easy to threaten the sheriff again.  Maybe not that same person, but another person." 

The sheriff doesn't know the particular reason he was threatened.  But both he and Jasso say Arguelles' crime history and a Facebook photo of him holding an assault rifle led to the high bond amount.  

"If we let it go by, one of these days they'll go through with a threat," Jasso said. "And that's what I'm trying to avoid."  

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