Former Willacy County inmate says jailer attacked him
New details emerged Monday about the former Willacy County jailer accused of attacking an inmate.
Raymondville resident Grabiel Sias said he was beaten by jailer Bobby Lee Vela after a verbal dispute at the Willacy County jail.
"He jumped on me and he beat me,” Sias said. “He beat me while the others held me down."
Officers arrested Sias on a charge of failure to identify.
"He verbally battled with them the whole time and refused to ID himself," said Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence.
After being booked at the jail, Spence said Sias and Vela began arguing.
Vela and two other jailers apparently decided to move Sias to another cell because he was being disruptive.
"The next day he was causing some disturbance in the back," Spence said, adding later: "So they made plans to move him from that area to our violent cell which is a padded cell. During that process some words were said that the jailer found offensive and that’s when he did what he did."
Sias said Vela attacked him.
"He beat me right behind the ear," Sias said. "And it still hurts."
The Texas Rangers arrested Vela on Thursday and charged him with violating the civil rights of a person in custody, a Class A misdemeanor. Vela resigned the following day.