Oklahoma City police on Wednesday arrested the mother of a teenager involved in a mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and charged her with threatening a man.
The woman, Adriana Martinez Reyes, was taken into custody after threatening to kill the man she lived with, according to the police report. Mrs. During the arrest, Reyes, 40, voluntarily stated that she was the mother of “the person who killed all the children in the Uvalde, Texas shooting,” according to court records.
Little is known about the family of Salvador Ramos, who authorities say shot his grandmother in the face on May 24 before storming into Robb Elementary in Uvalde School) in two connected classrooms, killing 19 children and two teachers. His grandmother survived the attack and has since returned home to Uvalde, a small, mostly Mexican-American community about 80 miles south of San Antonio.
Mr. Ramos’ family has not responded to multiple requests for comment since the mass shooting.
The investigation into the shooting has been marred by a lack of transparency from authorities and controversy over why it took nearly 400 responders more than 73 minutes to confront and kill Mr. Ramos at school.
In the months since the tragedy, families of the victims have organized marches and held city and state government meetings to demand accountability and little attention has been paid to the shooter himself.
Nearly a month after the shooting, a relative of one of the victims confronted the woman. Reyes, whom she met on the streets of Uvaldi, was caught on camera saying she knew her son was a “coward”.
The gunman’s family had largely managed to avoid attention until the woman’s report. Reyes’ arrest surfaced in local news reports.
Police in Oklahoma City said Wednesday morning officers received a second call of the day about a local residence investigating reports of a domestic disturbance. When police arrived, a man told them, Ms. Reyes had been living with him, but they had a fight. The man, identified in court documents as VI Alvarez, told police he was disabled despite being in love with the woman. Reyes, he was getting more and more afraid of her.
It’s unclear what led to the confrontation between the gentlemen. Alvarez and Ms. Reyes on Wednesday morning. At some point, ma’am. Reyes threatened to kill Mr. Alvarez, according to court records.
“He was afraid of what AR would do to him when no one was around or when he was sleeping,” an officer wrote in a police report, referring to the woman. Reyes initials. “He doesn’t feel safe when AR is there, he doesn’t feel safe until she’s arrested and can’t hurt him.”
Mrs. Reyes, who is being held on $1,000 bond, faces a state charge of threatening violence and a city charge of assault and battery, according to authorities. No attorney is listed on her legal papers.
Mrs. Reyes denied to a responding officer that she had threatened the man, according to a police report.
The motivation behind the school shooting that changed Uvalde forever remains a mystery. gentlemen. Ramos was described by local residents as a loner rarely seen in the city. A high school senior, he was frequently absent from class and had difficulty getting along with others, according to people who knew him.
He seemed to find common ground with other teens who, like him, enjoyed playing violent video games like Fortnite and Call of Duty. Some classmates recalled that he was often teased, made fun of for the clothes he wore, or made fun of his mother and sister.
A former classmate recalled that the gunman had a poor relationship with his mother. More than once, the classmate said, sir. Ramos can be heard arguing with her while playing a video game through the microphone. The classmate said Mr. Ramos spends more time at his grandmother’s than at his mother’s.
In the days leading up to the shooting, there were signs that Mr. Ramos is planning a massive attack. When chatting with other teens online, Mr. Ramos confided to them that he had purchased an AR-15-style rifle shortly after turning 18 and planned to use it. On the morning of the shooting, he spoke to a teenager overseas and showed her the all-black suit he was wearing.
Moments later, he told an online acquaintance that he had just shot his grandmother and was about to “shoot an elementary school.”
It’s unclear if Ms. Reyes has since moved from Uvaldi to Oklahoma City permanently.
During a street encounter in Uvalde in early July, a camera crew for the Spanish-language broadcaster Telemundo captured a tense moment.
In the video, relatives of Amerie Jo Garza, one of the 19 children killed at the school, can be seen chasing Ms. Pleading for answers on the street, Reyes asked: “What reason does he have?”
At one point, the woman could see Reyes calling 911, asking for help, and telling the girl’s relatives: “I know my son is a coward, do you think I don’t? I do. You don’t think I carry all these things with me I know. I’m sorry.
Many Uvalde residents said they did not see Ms. After that Reyes was at Uvaldi.