Peñitas mom, daughter arrested after scuffle over a dance

Lorena and Erica Salinas

McAllen police arrested two women on July 17 following multiple assaults at a local restaurant, an incident which stemmed from an altercation over a dancing partner, according to a police report.

Police arrived at about 1 a.m. at Mariscos El Culichi and found a woman, who was later identified as Lorena Salinas, striking another female, the report read, and went on to describe Salinas as being partially nude at the time.

Salinas and her daughter, Erica Salinas, both of Peñitas, were arrested following a fight after a member of a band performing there danced with another woman at the venue, according to police.

“Erica walked up to them and punched her on the nose with a closed fist,” the report read, stating witnesses identified the women as the “primary aggressors.”

The fight continued outside the restaurant, as the arresting officer described the scene involving hair-pulling and more punches. Lorena Salinas is also accused of resisting arrest when, according to the officer, she “pushed my chest with both open hands, … stiffening up her body and throwing herself on the ground.”

Described as “extremely irate” during booking, police reported that Lorena Salinas refused to give her name and “got within close proximity of me and started to berate me.”

“Lorena continued to verbally insult me, took an aggressive posture, raised her hands and walked in my direction” before jail staff intervened,” the officer further reported.

She requested medical attention and was transported to South Texas Health Systems, and was later accused of kicking the paramedic in the leg.

Lorena Salinas was charged with two counts of assault, resisting arrest and assaulting a public servant. Erica Salinas was charged with two counts of assault.

If convicted, Lorena Salinas faces up to three years in county jail and two to 10 years in prison. She also faces up to $22,000 in fines. Erica Salinas faces up to two years in county jail and up to an $8,000 fee.