Tejano Star Lil Joe Fights Back After Arrest

By: Eli Ross Email
By: Eli Ross Email

TEMPLE (May 19, 2009) - A Central Texas star used to making music, is making headlines, for something he says he didn't even do.

Grammy-award winning Tejano star Jose "Little Joe" Hernandez was arrested on Thursday night, after a traffic stop outside of Milano,TX. This after the Department of Public Safety says a check of Hernandez's information turned up a fraud warrant out of Marshall, Oklahoma.

Hernandez was taken to the Milam County Jail, where he was freed on a $10,000 bond on Friday morning.

Today, Hernandez's manager addressed the charge, saying Hernandez is innocent, and never wrote the check. A copy of the check, obtained by News 10, is made out to Lewis Barthold Tire Sales of Madill, OK. The check, written on October 13, 2007, is written for $1500. The name and address on the top left is made out to a "Joe Hernandez Enterprises" with an address in Dallas.

The Co-Owner of Barthold Tire Sales tells News 10 that the Hernandez who wrote the check is not the same man that was arrested.

"It's crazy. Well, they picked up the wrong man." Shirley Barthold said.

Hernandez's manager says Little Joe was performing hundreds of miles away in Pearland, TX, the both day the check was written and the day before.

Herandez's manager indicates that Hernandez has filed an ID theft report with the Temple Police Department.

A call to the phone associated with the Dallas address on the check was not returned.

Hernandez's manager declined further comment, citing the on-going investigation.

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