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Saturday, August 30, 1997
Two Republic of Texas members arrested on trespassing
FORT DAVIS, Texas (AP) -- Two Republic of Texas members were
arrested Thursday on misdemeanor trespassing charges as they attempted
to serve what the organization described as civil federal summonses.
Theresa Holt, 49, and Susan Blackmon, 26, were held late Thursday
in the Presidio County Jail at Marfa on $10,000 bond each, said
jailer Lee Roy Campos.
A fax from the Republic of Texas stated that the women were
serving summonses in a suit filed Aug. 25 by Richard McLaren on
behalf of the separatist organization.
"Many officials in Jeff Davis County and Presidio County
are also named as Respondents in the suit and summonses,"
the fax stated.
Members of the group contend Texas remains an independent republic
and say they do not recognize Texas state agencies, including
Ms. Holt and Ms. Blackmon each face two misdemeanor counts
of trespassing. Ms. Holt also was found to have outstanding traffic
warrants from East Texas, Sheriff Steve Bailey of Jeff Davis County
The women will appear before state District Judge Kenneth DeHart
probably on Friday, the jailer said.
DeHart is the same judge who last week set Oct. 27 as the trial
date for Republic founder McLaren and three followers on charges
stemming from a weeklong standoff with state authorities.
Bailey said Thursday that sheriff's officers arrested the women
after receiving complaints from two residents of the Davis Mountains
Resort, the same rural subdivision where the Republic members
had set up an "embassy" in a trailer and wood cabin.
On April 27, McLaren and the three followers participated in
a scheme to kidnap two neighbors in the resort in retaliation
for the arrest that day of a group member on weapons charges,
the indictment charges.
That led to the standoff between the armed separatists and
300 Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and Texas Rangers.
The siege ended May 3 after McLaren and the others agreed to lay
down their weapons.
Bailey said Thursday that the women's arrest shows law enforcement
officers' determination to head off any renewed momentum by the
"We're not going to let it build to what it was,"
he said. "We're going to confront any militia problems promptly
and very aggressively to try not to let it build to a crisis."
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