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Lubbock County Constable arrested for aggravated assault

Ronnie Rene Vasquez Ronnie Rene Vasquez
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Constable Ronnie Vasquez turned himself in to police Thursday night after he was charged with aggravated assault in connection with a Sunday incident.

This is his second run-in with the law this year - both dealing with claims of assault.

Those involved in the disturbance Sunday night say he was making racial slurs and threatened them with a baseball bat.

Lanika Hudson and Neryan Thomas say Sunday night around 10 p.m. they visited a friend who lives next door to Vasquez. That's when they say Vasquez started an argument about his son's soccer ball that the two were playing with.

"The dude came over acting crazy. He was like well that's my kid's ball so when you get done can you give it back? We said yeah, okay," Hudson said. "Michelle said the ball had been there over two weeks. He felt she had an attitude and was like I'll take it right now."

Hudson and Thomas say Vasquez started making racial slurs and then pulled out his laptop and played racially-oriented YouTube videos.

"When he saw that we weren't offended by it he turned it up even louder, I guess to provoke a reaction out of us. When that didn't work he went inside and put on a white sheet over his head and tried to act like the KKK," Thomas said. "He kept going with the racial slurs and saying how he wanted to go back to the lynching days."

They say Vasquez then got a baseball bat and started to swing it back and forth, threatening the two. The police were called and a report was taken, but Vasquez was not arrested.

Hudson and Thomas say something needs to be done.

"It was shocking; you know that somebody like that would even go that far. He's supposed to be an example for children," Thomas said. "Someone who was supposed to be protecting me and watching out for me is someone who's actually trying to hurt me."

This is the second time claims of assault have been filed against Vasquez. In early February he was arrested by Idalou Police for assault and criminal trespassing.

We tried contacting Vasquez on Wednesday but didn't get a response.

As one of four constables in Lubbock County, Vasquez is an elected official and has served since 2009. His term ends December 31st 2012, and if he wishes, he could run for re-election in next year's election.

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