Texas Rangers investigation leads to arrest after council meeting spat

Julie Sykora. (Jail photo)
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BELLMEAD, Texas (KWTX) A Texas Rangers investigation led to an arrest Tuesday after an altercation in late August between two 73-year-old women during a meeting of the Bellmead City Council.

Julie Sykora of Bellmead was arrested late Tuesday afternoon on a misdemeanor assault warrant, sources close to the investigation said.

She was booked into the McLennan County Jail at around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and was later released on bond.

The charge stems from an argument during the Aug. 29 Bellmead City Council meeting in which the victim, Linda Robinson, who ran unsuccessfully for the council in May and in May 2017, was grabbed by the elbow, the sources said.

Robinson, who suffered bruises on her arm, later reported the assault to Bellmead police who passed the investigation to the McLennan County Sheriff’s Office, which turned the case over to the Texas Rangers.

It’s not clear why the women were arguing.

The special council meeting on Aug. 29 was called to consider adoption of a property tax rate and to discuss the 2018-2019 city budget.