On Tuesday, Nov. 7, as people in Jim Wells County were hitting the polls to vote, a fight erupted between three women on the east side of the courthouse.
Alice police were dispatched to the courthouse on the 200 block of North Cameron Street. When officers arrived they met with the victim who was crying, distraught sitting on a flowerbed with a torn dress and ruffled hair, according to Investigator Isaac Salinas.
The victim told police that Cynthia Rios and Catalina Garcia assaulted her and then drove off in a black SUV. Witnesses confirmed the victim's story.
According to the police report, the victim told officers she was sitting in her vehicle outside the courthouse when the two women began striking her as well as grabbing and pulling on her hair. The victim claimed the women tore her dress during the altercation.
Police at the scene said the fight was a longtime feud the women have had with each other.
Rios and Garcia were found at an apartment complex on the 2500 block of South Cameron. They were arrested and transported to the Alice Police Department.
Both women were charged with assault causing bodily injury. Rios was transported to the JWC jail. Garcia was taken to the hospital for medical clearance. According to Salinas, Garcia was not taken to the JWC jail due to medical issues.
As of Thursday, Rios had been released on a $5,000 bond.