Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
October 19, 1995
Victim's mom says 911 call rumor untrue
By MARI MALDONADO
The mother of am murder victim said that rumors against the
Pecos Police Department in connection with a faulty response
to her daughter's violent death did not come from family
Virginia Armendariz, mother Irma Armendariz, who did last
Friday night after being assaulted by her boyfriend, Carlos
Vasquez, with a wooden baseball bat, said that she and her
family would appreciate the end of any rumors about a 911
call made to the local law enforcement agency.
Virginia Armendariz made her request after an article in
Wednesday's Enterprise, in which police disputed rumors of a
hostile response by the dispatcher on duty when a 911 call
came in about Irma Armendariz's fatal beating.
Police Captain David Montgomery said yesterday that police
officials were told rumors were going around town indicating
that dispatcher Laurie Orona allegedly told Irma
Armendariz's son, Adrian, to "get off the phone and quit
playing with it," during his 911 call from Irma Armendariz's
residence at 410 S. Ash St.
Montgomery said yesterday that the tape was reviewed and
that Orona, "had acted properly." He added that she
immediately took the caller's name and address and
dispatched units to the scene.
The call was recorded at 10:03 p.m., and units arrived at
10:04 p.m., where they found Armendariz's body and the
alleged murder weapon on the living room floor. Vasquez was
arrested nearby a short time later.
Virginia Armendariz said this morning that both the police
department and sheriff's office have aided her family and
Irma Vasquez, and added that the two departments, "have gone
out of their way to help us," during the most recent
"I and my family would appreciate whoever is spreading these
rumors about the police department to stop it," she said.
"Whoever started these rumors has no business in saying what
they are saying."
The three boys, two of whom were witnesses to the crime, are
currently in the custody of Armendariz's brother, Herman
Armendariz, said Virginia Armendariz. She added that plans
for future guardianship of the children are pending.
Virginia, 37, is currently being held at the Reeves County
Jail under a $100,000 bond. Appointment for an attorney for
Vasquez is scheduled for sometime this week with the date
for a court hearing yet to be determined.
A special fund has been set up for the children of Irma
Armendariz at Security State Bank. The account number is
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