2016-06-01 / News

Self-proclaimed government watchdog arrested, released from jail


A self-proclaimed government watchdog was arrested last week and released from jail after posting bond.

Vanessa Tijerina, a Green Party candidate for Hidalgo County’s District 15, was charged with two counts of violating a protective order.

She was arrested by Raymondville police inside city hall and transported to the Willacy County Jail late Thursday morning.

Tijerina was arraigned by Municipal Court Judge Felicita Gutierrez who set two bonds of $5,000 each.

Tijerina was released from jail about three hours later after posting bond.

Early Thursday she went to the Willacy County Commissioners’ Court meeting to voice her opinion on a number of subjects and was told her time was up.

From there, Tijerina went to city hall and held a brief conversation with City Manager Eleazar “Yogi” Garcia.

Raymondville police was looking for her and after finding where she was, police officers showed up and placed her under arrest.

“I am getting arrested?,” she yelled out. “I am getting arrested.”

Tijerina was taken to the county jail and released about three hours later.

The protective orders she allegedly violated were in connection with complaints Diana Conde filed against her.

Conde said Tijerina has been harassing her for the last 31/2 years.

“She has never stopped,” said said. “I want her to leave me alone.”

Conde said she and her family have been living in fear over what might happen to them.

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