El Paso Special Agent in Charge Announces Reward in Civil Rights Investigation Involving Vandalism on Tigua Reservation
The El Paso FBI Field Office, the Civil Rights Division, and the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas have opened a civil rights investigation into the vandalism of the Nestora Granillo Piarote Memorial Statue located adjacent to the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Cultural Center on the Tigua Reservation. The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence.
The El Paso FBI is announcing a $6,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who committed this crime. The Ysleta del Sur Pueblo already has offered a $2,000 reward and the Sociedad Cultural de España also has offered a $2,000 reward. In total, a reward of $10,000 is now being offered.
The perpetrators of this crime are believed to have poured red paint onto the statue, along with placing a large red wooden cross in front of the statue. The wooden cross had white letters on it. This crime is believed to have occurred sometime between 12:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. early Monday morning, October 9, 2017, which was Columbus Day.
CIVIL RIGHTS INVESTIGATION
Vandalism of the “Nestora Granillo Piarote” Statue Tigua Reservation, El Paso, Texas October 9, 2017