Fight breaks out on Election Day

Port Isabel-South Padre Press

Two men were arrested on Election Day after an altercation involving a political candidate, local residents and police officers took place outside the steps of City Hall.

Jose “Joe” Ochoa and Roger Salinas, who was running for Place 1 on the                 Port Isabel City Commission, were arrested in connection with the incident, law enforcement said. Ochoa was charged with one count of disorderly conduct — language. Salinas was charged with one count disorderly conduct — breach of the peace and one count of simple assault Class C, police records show.

The officer arrived on the scene at approximately 7:52 p.m., the report shows, where he observed multiple people “arguing and yelling towards each other.”

The officer approached Ochoa, who was bleeding from one arm.

According to the report, Ochoa told Salinas “that he will see him at court” before Salinas and others “hit him in his mouth, arm and back,” the report reads.

After speaking with Ochoa, the officer spoke with Salinas, who told the officer he was “picking up after elections,” as the results had been announced a short time before the altercation. Salinas confirmed that Ochoa had mentioned court, adding that Ochoa had used an expletive.

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