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Witness says Barrientes Vela and ‘her entourage’ intimidated him at county park

SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio man who rented pavilions at Rodriguez Park for many years of particular occasions testified Wednesday that former Bexar County Pct. 2 Constable Michelle Barrientes Vela and different uniformed deputies intimidated him and his household as they ready to rejoice the Easter vacation in 2019.

“There’s no reason for four officers to come up on you and your family,” testified Jesus Reyes, a truck driver who had rented a pavilion at the West Side park for Easter for 15 years.

Reyes mentioned members of the family making an attempt to arrange on Easter morning had been interrupted by Barrientes Vela and different deputies demanding fee in alternate for offering safety.

Reyes mentioned after he arrived at the pavilion he was informed it was in his finest curiosity to pay the money.

“I didn’t want to go any further than that, so I just told my wife, ‘let’s go get money and give them whatever we can afford,’” Reyes testified.

Reyes mentioned he pulled out $300 from a close-by fuel station and was capable of pay for six hours of safety earlier than he and his household had been compelled to depart the park.

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Barrientes Vela is accused of fabricating safety fee logs for the park, which sits contained in the precinct she presided over as constable for 33 months earlier than leaving office in late 2019.

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Her protection, for the second day in a row, downplayed the Easter 2019 incident and mentioned the then-constable had been informed Reyes’ reservation was canceled and that the space was out there to lease.

Reyes confirmed he had not paid for safety although he had alcohol current at all of his previous Easter celebrations at the park, that means he had doubtless been capable of keep away from paying 1000’s of {dollars} in safety charges.

Corporal Mark Olivares, of the Harlandale Independent School District, was in command of managing safety at the county parks when the 2019 incident happened.

He testified to receiving a name from a personal quantity days earlier than Easter, from somebody later recognized as Barrientes Vela.

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“Very aggressive. When I answered the phone she didn’t directly introduce herself. She said, ‘hey, I don’t know who you think you are coming to this park over here. I’m in charge of this park,’” Olivares testified.

Olivares mentioned he was informed by Barrientes Vela that her deputies would work safety at the park on Easter however that she wouldn’t adjust to county guidelines on handing over paperwork after safety occasions.

Current and former Precinct 2 deputies testified Wednesday afternoon in regards to the technique of working “side jobs” beneath Barrientes Vela whereas she was in office. One deputy testified she was paid money by Barrientes Vela after being informed by the company’s chief deputy to tear up a test she was set to obtain from the county auditor for safety work she accomplished.

Barrientes Vela, who additionally faces a number of counts of official oppression, faces as much as 10 years in jail if convicted of tampering with proof.

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Her trial comes greater than two and a half years after she and her captain, Marc D. Garcia, had been indicted by a grand jury on a listing of public corruption expenses.

Garcia is at the moment awaiting trial for aggravated perjury.

Barrientes Vela’s trial is scheduled to final for at least one other week.

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