Johnny Arrendondo (D4) speaks to supporters inside La Fiesta de Jalisco on June 08, 2019.
Johnny Arredondo is the Republican nominee running for the Texas House District 124 seat now held by Rep. Ina Minjarez. Credit: Stephanie Marquez / San Antonio Report

Johnny Arredondo, the Republican candidate for Texas House District 124, is facing a November trial on charges of felony theft of a vehicle, according to court documents.

Arredondo allegedly stole a truck from his sister, Alicia Arredondo, in November 2021 and operated it without her permission, according to the indictment.

Arredondo posted a bond of $5,000 on Sept. 15 and has a trial date set for Nov. 4. He is being represented by attorney Mark LaHood, the Republican candidate for Bexar County district attorney.

“We’re confident once the facts and evidence comes to light it will be clear Mr. Arredondo has not broken a law,” LaHood said. “We’re still getting facts and reviewing discovery.”

Alicia Arredondo said Thursday that the truck was left to her by their late father and called her brother’s actions “devious.”

Reached by phone Thursday, Johnny Arredondo said it was a “family dispute” and that he turned himself over to law enforcement willingly before an arrest warrant was served. Arredondo said his campaign remains active.

Arredondo is facing Democrat Josey Garcia in the Nov. 8 midterm election for the open Texas House District 124 seat, which stretches from the near West Side west to Loop 1604, encompassing Port San Antonio and Westover Hills. The district is represented by Rep. Ina Minjarez, a Democrat who chose not to seek reelection when she launched an unsuccessful campaign for Bexar County judge.

Arredondo ran for San Antonio’s City Council in 2017 and 2019 and against Minjarez in 2018. He has raised $1,700 this election cycle, but reported having $12,290 in his campaign account.

Arredondo is retired from his career in retail but said in September that he continues to referee NCAA basketball games.

Andrea Drusch writes about local government for the San Antonio Report. She's covered politics in Washington, D.C., and Texas for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, National Journal and Politico.