HARLINGEN, Texas – A key witness in the federal fraud trial of state Sen. Carlos Uresti has been arrested in connection with the assault of a woman and robbery of her cellphone.
Denise Cantu, 38, was arrested Tuesday in Harlingen.
Cantu faces felony charges of aggravated robbery and aggravated assault, according to a press release from the Harlingen Police Department.
Cantu's alleged accomplice is accused of threatening a man and a woman with a handgun after she and Cantu assaulted the woman in the 3500 block of West Business 83 around 2:40 p.m. Monday, the release said.
Cantu and the accused accomplice, listed by police as 26-year-old Monica Escobedo, fled the scene in a pickup truck.
The release said Cantu and Escobedo were arrested Tuesday morning at Cantu's home.
Cantu, a former legal client of Uresti, invested $900,000 in 2014 in Four Winds Logistics after she received a hefty settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit, according to federal prosecutors.
Uresti received a commission on that investment, federal documents said.
A majority of the investment, around $800,000, was lost, according to federal documents.
Four Winds, which marketed hydraulic fracking sand for oil production, has been described by prosecutors as a Ponzi scheme.
Uresti, who remains in office, denies wrongdoing in the fraud case.
He is scheduled to go to trial Jan. 4.