A 19-year-old woman claiming to be the girlfriend of the gunman who murdered 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Texas last year has been charged for allegedly making interstate threats, which is a federal crime.
Victoria Gabriela Rodríguez-Morales, whose supposed boyfriend was ultimately put down by police, was arrested Wednesday in Puerto Rico after a grand jury issued a 13-count indictment.
“The U.S. Attorney’s Office has no tolerance for illegal threats, especially threats that target people who are the victims of the horrific mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas,” U.S. Attorney Stephen Muldrow of the District of Puerto Rico said in a statement. “We hope that this arrest brings a sense of peace to those who were targeted by the defendant.”
According to an
FBI affidavit obtained by Law & Crime, the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service have been investigating a series of violent interstate threats “directed at public institutions, public officials, and private citizens in Uvalde, Texas, and other Texas areas, from operator(s) in Puerto Rico” for several months.
Rodríguez-Morales was identified as the prime suspect. She had already been under investigation for similar threats targeted at the victims’ families since at least 2018 — four years prior to the May 24, 2022, mass shooting at Robb Elementary School.
The suspect previously resided with her mother in Uvalde, where she had run-ins with the law and “sent email threats to kill public officials, shoot schools, and kill teachers and students.”‘
KSAT-TV noted that court documents suggest the suspect was found to have above-average intelligence and a lack of remorse or guilt. She was also reportedly diagnosed with “opposition Defiant Disorder and Intermittent Explosive Disorder.”
After a brief stint in a juvenile detention center, she relocated with her family to Puerto Rico around May 2020.
From 2020 up until this year, Rodríguez-Morales threatened the Uvalde Police, Uvalde High School, Morales Junior High School, the Texas Public Safety Department, the Uvalde Fire Department, and other institutions, by email, over social media, and using relatives’ phones, according to the FBI affidavit.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Puerto Rico listed some of the many threats the suspect allegedly made, including
- “They will shoot uvalde high school and morales jr high whenever I tell ’em So yeah the persecution is gonna start today”;
- “I will haunt everyone from class 2022 to 2023 Each and every single one of y’all will die”;
- “Each and every single one of y’all will die in the name of [the school shooter]”;
- “Your childrens hospital may blow in pieces If yall dont do as i say”; and
- “We will shoot Uvalde Texas high school and Texas A&M college.”
The FBI affidavit details various other ghoulish remarks, including, “Lovely they died I’m glad some of their blood runs in my hands Me and [the school shooter] wanted to do this together but he did not wait for me to come,” and “more kids will die and teens so don’t cry about this one cause there’s worse coming.”
According to officials, at least one of Rodríguez-Morales’ alleged threats resulted in the temporary closure of a school in Texas.
The suspect also allegedly threatened Kimberly Mata-Rubio, the 34-year-old mother of Lexi, a 10-year-old girl slain in the Robb Elementary School shooting. “If Mata Rubio wins the elections I will kill her,” Rodríguez-Morales is quoted as writing.
ran for mayor of Uvalde, losing in last month’s election to former Mayor Cody Smith.
In a number of the threats issued after her alleged boyfriend was riddled with bullets, the suspect alluded to other people being willing to “start the plan we have.” It’s presently unclear whether she had been in contact and scheming with the mass shooter’s cousin, Nathan Cruz, who was arrested by the San Antonio Police Department on Aug. 8.
The SAPD indicated authorities had been informed by a family member that Cruz was making threats and “upon further investigation, detectives were able to gather enough evidence to produce an arrest warrant for Terrorist Threat.”
CNN reported that Cruz’s mother allegedly overheard a phone conversation where he was attempting to illegally get his hands on a rifle similar to that used by his cousin in the 2022 mass shooting.
The FBI affidavit indicates that besides other evidence linking the suspect to the threats, she also uploaded photos and videos of herself to accounts associated with the messages.
The suspect faces five years for each of the 13 counts with which she has been charged. As of Thursday, she remained in custody at the Puerto Rico Metropolitan Detention Center.
“The subject in this case was hundreds of miles away from the place she intended to torment through threats of violence. Yet she was still identified, located and arrested,” said Joseph González, special agent in charge of the FBI San Juan Field Office. “May this serve as public notice that this behavior will not be tolerated, in Puerto Rico or anywhere else in the nation.”
A guardian of one of the Uvalde school shooting victims told KSAT, “I’ve had threats against my other kids and nothing happens to these people. So I’m glad that something is finally happening.”
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