The following is a summary as it relates to Karen Fonseca
and the window sticker on her truck.
Last week, I received complaints
from Fort Bend County residents regarding the window sticker on her truck,
which states, “F*** Trump, and F*** You for voting for him.” The
residents informed me they were offended at the language displayed on the
truck, and I asked for a photo. I received the photo of the truck with the sticker,
but the photo failed to display the license plate number of the truck.
I asked my office to post the photo
of the truck with the sticker on my “Sheriff
Troy Nehls” Facebook page, and obscured the offensive language. The
intent behind the post was to identify the owner of the truck with the intent
on speaking with that person(s) and have a conversation with the owner
regarding the complaints I received and a possible modification of the
sticker. My post also included my office phone number.
As a result of the posting, we
received information which helped us identify the owner of the truck. Once we
identified the owner of the truck, we took down the post. As a result of the
publicity, we also received information that Karen Fonseca was wanted on a
Felony warrant pursuant to a grand jury indictment.
Once we verified the
outstanding warrant, steps were taken to serve the warrant. This warrant
was served in a professional manner and without publicity on the part of the
Sheriff’s Office. It is to be noted that the case surrounding this
warrant was not one investigated by the Sheriff’s Office; we only served the
The facts in this case as I see
them are that Karen Fonseca wanted to place her feelings into the public realm
by driving around with an obscenity on her vehicle. She got just that --
much public recognition. This recognition did not cause her to be
indicted by a grand jury for Felony Fraud (this happened back in August of
2017), but it did bring the subsequent warrant to our attention and we did our
job by arresting her.
In the beginning of this incident,
I was hopeful that the person driving around with an obscenity for full view of
all (including children) would be reasonable and would be willing to talk about
coming to an agreed solution that satisfied her 1st Amendment rights
while respecting the rights of parents and others offended by this display of
Having heard her talk in the
public since the beginning of this, I am now quite aware that no such hope for
a calm and reasonable discussion exists with her. This is sad and I hope
that in the end she can come to see that just because citizens may have the
legal right to do something, it does not always make it the right thing to do.
Neither I nor the Sheriff’s Office
will be issuing further statements concerning this matter as it relates to
these now past events as it only serves to bring added publicity to this
display of obscenity.-Sheriff Troy Nehls
Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office