Brownsville, TX - In the small town of Port Isabel, "everyone is related" joked Cameron County Sheriff Omar Lucio at a press conference on an investigation his office is taking over.
Shortly after the results on election night, May 5th, 2018, an all out brawl ensued. According to Sheriff Lucio, a fight in an alley behind the 200 block of N. Manautou Street, had to be broken up. " the victim identified as Jose Enrique Ochoa,64, was physically assaulted by 4 male subjects, identified as Rogerio Torres Salinas, 57, Roger Salinas, 29, Robert Salinas, 35, and Guadalupe Zurita, 35. The investigation revealed that Mr. Jose Enrique Ochoa is a disabled individual." said Lucio.
All 4 men were charged with Injury to a Disabled Individual.
"Upon further investigation" Lucio said, "there were three more victims." Those victims include a woman and two off duty police officers, Port Isabel ISD Police Dept Officer Hector Martinez,49, and Port Isabel Chief of Police Roberto Lopez, 53.
PIISD Officer Martinez and a female victim were reportedly assaulted by Elizabeth Martinez Salinas, 54, as he tried to break up the fight.
Viola Salinas Cisneros, 55, reportedly punched Port Isabel Police Chief Roberto Lopez. Both Elizabeth Salinas and Cisneros were charged with Assault on a Public Servant, a 3rd degree felony.
The fight reportedly broke out shortly after the results were in for the Port Isabel Commissioner, Place 1 position, Martin Cantu Jr. defeated Roger Salinas with 672 votes. Adding to the electoral defeat, Salinas received 345 votes, and the family received felony charges.