A Texas court ruled this week to invalidate the marriage between Thomas Araguz, a firefighter killed in the line of duty, and Nikki Araguz, a transexual woman, after the man's family wanted to exclude her from his death benefits. Now Ms. Araguz has been arrested in connection with the theft of a Rolex watch.
Nikki Araguz was charged with felony theft in April. However, police said they could not find her to serve an arrest warrant.
According to court documents, Araguz met a woman at a southwest Houston bar in February and drugged her. The woman woke up the next morning and discovered that her Rolex watch had been replaced with a different watch, the documents showed.
"(The victim) woke up the next morning and found that her Rolex watch had been swapped out for a Swatch watch," said Donna Hawkins with the Harris County District Attorney's Office.
Court documents showed that a witness reported finding an entry on Araguz's Facebook page that stated she had gotten a Rolex watch from an unidentified man. The witnesses told detectives that she confronted Araguz about the watch and she admitted she had the woman's missing watch, but she claimed they had willingly traded watches.
Investigators said Araguz took the Rolex watch to a pawn shop in northwest Houston...
Araguz was arrested while awaiting a verdict in her civil case after voluntarily turning herself in. She posted a $2,000 bond and was released the same day.
Araguz has been convicted of four theft charges previously. If convicted this time, she faces up to two years in prison.