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A Texas woman who allegedly pointed a gun at a mother and her six-month-old baby during a parking dispute has been arrested.
"Rossie Dennis, age 60, was arrested in Corpus Christi, Texas on Tuesday for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after cops identified her as the person captured on a viral cellphone video pointing a handgun at a woman during a dispute over a parking spot at a grocery store," Law & Crime reports.
In the wake of the incident, which reportedly occurred outside an HEB grocery store, social media users alleged that the woman in the video pointed the gun at a woman who had her six-month-old baby with her in the car.
Corpus Christi police did not confirm that there was a baby in the car, but they said in a statement that Dennis "pointed a handgun at the victims" — plural — "and made a threat to shoot them."
When officers arrived at the scene on Nov. 24, they "were advised that a disturbance occurred in the parking lot over a parking space,” according to police.
"Officers were able to identify the female from video captured by one of the victims," the department said in the statement.
Dennis' bond was set at $50,000, according to the local CBS affiliate. Watch the report below.
On Wednesday, NBC4 Washington's Scott MacFarlane reported that Jacob Lewis, a Victorville, California man charged in his involvement in the January 6 Capitol attack, is requesting that court allow him to travel to Cancun, Mexico to attend a wedding.
"His current conditions of pre-trial release do not allow his [sic] to travel outside the United States," wrote his counsel in the filing. "Mr. Lewis would travel from December 19th through December 22nd and would provide his Probation Officer with details regarding his flights and lodging in Mexico."
ADD: Jan 6 defendant seeks permission for a Christmas week trip to Cancun.. to attend a weddingpic.twitter.com/JDKNOJ6HZ2— Scott MacFarlane (@Scott MacFarlane) 1638410100
According to the Justice Department, Lewis is charged with Entering and Remaining in a Restricted Building; Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct in a Restricted Building; Violent Entry and Disorderly Conduct in a Capitol Building; and Parading, Demonstrating, or Picketing in a Capitol Building.
As MacFarlane noted, several defendants in January 6th cases have made similar requests, with some seeking to attend family reunions around the country, an antique car show in Arkansas, a beach vacation in Alabama, and multiple trips to Mexico.
On Wednesday, NBC4 Washington's Scott MacFarlane, a leading reporter covering the Capitol riot trials, reported that one of the latest cases portends "big warning signs" for participants in the attack.
"Some big takeaways, perhaps some very big warnings, for U.S. Capitol riot defendants today in an otherwise low-level case," said MacFarlane. "Today was sentencing day for Russell Peterson, his day to ask for leniency. Peterson pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in his case, unlawful picketing at the Capitol. He faced up to six months in jail at sentencing, and he ended up getting one month."
Even though the defendant got just one month in jail, MacFarlane said that the judge's remarks during the hearing were nonetheless an ominous sign.
"The judge says Peterson wrote a letter to the court that seemed genuine, seemed to show remorse, and Peterson said very little during the proceedings, saying only that he's sorry and that this is his cross to bear," MacFarlane explained. "Genuine remorse seems to benefit defendants. And the judge went further and said, 'For a lot of other January 6th defendants, their minds haven't changed, their ways haven't changed, they're not showing remorse.'"
MacFarlane added that, according to his own reporting, "at least 40 January 6th defendants are in the D.C. jail as of tonight in pretrial detention, and according to lawyers and some who've served time there, they're almost cult-like in the January 6th wing, segregated from the rest of the population, and that it's a radicalizing dynamic in that jail, and that minds aren't being changed in that wing."
In other words, he said, these defendants should expect the law to come down much harder on them.
"What's more, the judge said this," added MacFarlane. "Donald Trump and the White House rally may have stoked the mob, may be partly responsible for that mob, but that the defendants are, in her words, 'adults,' and they bear responsibility for what they did that day. Another possible warning for the defendants not to assume Donald Trump will be a get-out-of-jail-free card."
Big warning signs for US Capitol riot defendants. What one judge said in a smaller case today could have a big impact. My latest reporting ===>pic.twitter.com/9mO5mkrKro— Scott MacFarlane (@Scott MacFarlane) 1638401202