Trio arrested for disrupting pro-Trump prayer rally in Texas

John Rivas (L), Marilyn Lopez (C), and Miliannie Ortiz-Ruiz (R) are accused of disrupting a group of Trump supporters who gathered to pray on Saturday in Harlingen, Texas. (Harlingen Police Department)

Three people were arrested Saturday for allegedly threatening a prayer group that gathered in Harlingen, Texas, to support President Donald Trump just hours after Vice President was projected the winner of the 2020 presidential election.

The Harlingen Police Department reported that at approximately 5:27 p.m., officers responded to a report of an individual with a knife in the area of North A Street and West Jackson Ave. Eyewitnesses, reported that the prayer group for President Trump was meeting on a grass lot at A and Jackson streets when a man, later identified as John Rivas, began throwing eggs at them.

The group asked Rivas to stop throwing the eggs and he responded by brandishing a knife.

Rivas fled the scene before police arrived but officers were able to quickly find him after a search and he was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was also charged with resisting arrest and disruption of meeting. Police say Rivas resisted arrest by stiffening his body and refusing to place his hands behind his back. A brown serrated kitchen knife believed to be used by Rivas was also recovered by officers.

Two adult females, Marilyn Lopez and Miliannie Ortiz-Ruiz were also arrested for disruption of meeting as they were with Rivas during the incident and were screaming insults at the crowd of Trump supporters during the investigation police said.

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