Bexar County Sheriff’s lieutenant under investigation for possible role in deadly US Capitol riot

Lt. Roxanne Mathai on leave since Oct. 2020 due to unrelated incident

SAN ANTONIO – A Bexar County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant is under investigation both criminally and administratively after posting multiple photographs on Facebook showing her near the U.S. Capitol Wednesday as a mob breached a police line and ultimately went inside the building during a deadly riot.

Lt. Roxanne Mathai, who was pictured in a red, white and blue mask and draped in a President Donald Trump flag, posted the photos throughout the day Wednesday as the world watched Washington, D.C.

Several photos were posted on her Facebook page behind security settings, meaning only certain people connected to Mathai were able to view them.

The KSAT 12 Defenders obtained the photos early Thursday.

Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said during a virtual press conference Thursday afternoon that his staff had forwarded the images to law enforcement in Washington, D.C., as well as the FBI.

Bexar County Sheriff's Office Lt. Roxanne Mathai, who was pictured in a red, white and blue mask and draped in a President Donald Trump flag, posted images from the deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. She posted images on social media throughout the day. (KSAT)

Salazar said he had also been in contact with Christopher Combs, special agent in charge of the San Antonio division of the FBI, to gather more information on when a dispersal order had been given to the crowd that gathered outside the Capitol.

In the photos, Mathai is shown walking and states she was headed to the Capitol after listening to President Trump deliver a speech during the “Save America March”.


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