Citizens in Jarrell have mixed reaction to federal raid of City Hall

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by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and Photojournalist MATT OLSEN

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Posted on January 3, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 3 at 11:21 PM

JARRELL, Texas -- It doesn’t take long for word of a federal raid on City Hall to spread quickly in a small town. What citizens of Jarrell are now trying to figure out is why.

KVUE News has learned that federal agents with the FBI and ICE used search warrants to confiscate electronics and every computer except for one from Jarrell City Hall just days before Christmas.

Federal sources did not release many details Friday. However, they did tell KVUE that the investigation involves allegations against the former Jarrell police chief Andres Gutierrez, who stepped down in October 2013.

“He looked like an upstanding police officer and everybody looked up to him,” said Valentina Vences, a Jarrell resident.

“They're corrupt. They're as dirty as they can be, and the police are just as bad, and the chief is the worst,” said another Jarrell citizen named Leslie Bailey.

KVUE News went by former chief Gutierrez’s house. He came to the door and told KVUE that he didn’t know anything about the investigation.

 

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