Police Arrest Texas GOP Campaign Staffer After Allegedly Terrorizing Democratic Women With Knife And Screwdriver

In Houston, Texas, a bizarre confrontation between the staff of two competing campaigns ended in an arrest. Jose Ramon, a campaign volunteer for Republican Jack Mormon (the incumbent Harris County Commissioner for Precinct 2), is accused of brandishing weapons on Ruby Ramirez and Karen Wolfe, campaign staffers for Democratic challenger Andrian Garcia.

Ramirez claims that Ramon threatened both her and Wolfe, with a pocket knife and screwdriver.

“I was just … I just couldn’t believe that was happening,” Ramirez said.

According to Wolfe, the two women were in North Houston, outside the Moody park early voting location, when Ramon confronted her while she was sitting down. He was carrying a cell phone.

“He thrust the video in my face and said, ‘Who is this? Who is this? He works with you,’” Wolfe said.

Later, Ramon shared the video to Click2Houston which showed a man cutting up a Jack Morman campaign sign.

“And then, that’s when he pulled out his knife and I was stunned,” Wolfe said. “I said, ‘Would you please put that back in your pocket, you’re threatening us.,’and I said, ‘You just need to leave us alone,’” Ramirez said.

Ramirez said that Ramon put his knife away, but then pulled out a screwdriver.

“Pointed it at us and I said, ‘OK, that’s enough.’ I said, ‘You need to leave,’” Ramirez said.

Ramirez then called the police. Ramon left the scene but was later arrested on a deadly conduct charge.

However, the GOP staffer denies threatening the women with a weapon of any kind.

“That is a lie. That is a lie. That is a false police report,” Ramon said.

GOP candidate Andrian Garcia expressed his disappointment to KPRC.

“All campaigns have some degree of tension and drama on occasion but to the extent that you would confront two women with a deadly weapon, there’s no need for that,” Garcia said.

When KPRC reached the Morman campaign for comment, spokesperson Victor Sanchez gave the following account:

Ramon was putting up signs in Moody Park when a Garcia campaign worker approached him and asked, “Why are you supporting Morman?” Ramon left for lunch and returned to polling station 45 minutes later. During the time he was at lunch the Garcia campaign staffer called the police. Ramon was arrested and later released after processing. Ramon strongly denies brandishing a weapon.

Both Ramon and the Morman campaign describe this incident as a “false accusation.” According to the Morman campaign they have in their possession three videos showing Garcia supporters threatening Morman supporters with a pair of scissors.

Ramon also claims to have filed a police report with Harris County Precinct 6 regarding the man he claims to have caught on video vandalizing the Morman campaign sign.

Featured image Screengrab via Click2Houston.com