‘I felt violated’: Trump flags ripped from a Montana family home and burned on the lawn while the family and their four children sleep inside
- Julia and Robert O’Rourke bought and put their Trump flags on display last week
- The morning after they were hanged, they were gone, leaving only ashes
- Security cameras at their home in Three Forks, Montana captured the scene
- A man identified by police as Eric Herrera walks to the porch and grabs the flags
- Swaying and shaky on his feet, he then burns them on the lawn
- The O’Rourkes and their four children were in the house at the time
- Herrera has been charged with criminal mischief
A Montana man has been charged with criminal mischief after knocking down Trump campaign flags from outside a home and setting fire to the lawn while the family and their four children slept inside.
Eric Herrera was caught capturing CCTV footage swinging at the 100-year-old house in Three Forks, 30 miles northwest of Bozeman.
Julia and Robert O’Rourke had bought Trump flags earlier in the day on Aug. 23 and hung them on their porch in the city of 2,000 people.
Julia and Robert O’Rourke said they bought the flags on August 28 and put them up outside
The flags were on display for only one day before they were broken down and burned
According to the police, Herrera grabbed the flags that night and set them on fire on his feet.
“ The liberal crowd isn’t just in cities across the country, it’s here in Montana and it’s threatening the safety of freedom-loving Montanans, ” Montana’s Republican Party tweeted Friday.
Julia O’Rourke told MTN News: “It’s insane.”
Gallatin County Sheriff Brian Gootkin said Herrera has been charged.
A figure Sheriff Gootkin said was Eric Herrera is seen setting the flags on fire
The flags burn brightly while the two parents and their four children sleep in the house
All that remains of the flags is a pile of ash, local news reported
‘None of us knew! We woke up to a charred pile of flags in our yard and had no idea, ”she said.
She said what worried her most was that the fire could have set the house on fire.
“I felt violated,” she said.
“I felt that my children” and my life and that of my husband were in danger. It could easily have burned my house down. There was a fire ban at the time of the burning, and as close as the house was it was very creepy. ‘
The vandalism of political campaign signs appears to have been a problem in the city in recent weeks, causing the Three Forks Voice to publish an opinion piece entitled, “Leave the Campaign Boards.”
“Most importantly, we still have a roof over our heads and our children are alive and safe,” she said.