Texas Rangers asked to investigate Merkel city councilman

Merkel City Hall (Source: City of Merkel)

The Texas Rangers have been asked to investigate a Merkel city councilman.

Interim Police Chief Phillip Conklin told KTXS his department received a complaint Wednesday regarding a council member.

"We investigated it and determined this is beyond our department’s scope to determine if there is a criminal offense or matter," Conklin said.

Conklin declined to release the councilman's name, but KTXS has spoken to his alleged victim.

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Rayanne Martinez is a 26-year-old waitress at Velma's Burrito Shop.

She claims current councilman and former mayor Mike McLeod has been stalking her for the past month.

Martinez first thought McLeod was being a "flirty customer."

But, she said the 68-year-old McLeod didn't stop when she told him she's married and that she's not interested.

Martinez said McLeod even found out where she lived and told her "I saw (so and so) come out of your house last night."

Martinez -- who walks to and from work -- said she's afraid for her safety.

KTXS has not been able to reach McLeod for comment, but we did talk to Mayor Mary Schrampfer.

"(Mike) told me its a domestic thing between other people and him," Schrampfer said "He said he didn't do anything. He said he's being falsely accused."

Taylor County District Attorney Jim Hicks said it is normal procedure to turn a case involving a public official over to the Texas Ranger's Public Integrity Unity.

"You avoid (claims) about the fox guarding the hen house," Hicks said.

According to their website, the Texas Ranger’s Public Integrity Unit is responsible for investigating crimes committed by state officers and state employees.

The unit was created in 2015 when state lawmakers passed House Bill 1690.

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