Man Says Officer Stole From His Wedding

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POSTED: Friday, December 17, 2010 - 7:14pm

UPDATED: Monday, December 20, 2010 - 11:34am

Everything was supposed to be perfect; that's what Jose Bustillos says about his wedding day.

But it wasn't, because Bustillos says an off-duty police officer tried to make off with hundreds of dollars in gift cards and cash.

"Everybody was having a great time, we had just finished passing out the cake," he said.

"One of my cousin's daughters told me that she had seen the officer stealing our money box," he said of former El Paso Police Sergeant Alberto Madrid.

Bustillos says Madrid left the hall after taking the box, so Bustillos and his family went outside to confront him.

"That's when he put the vehicle in reverse and tried to run over my 2 cousins who were standing behind the vehicle," Bustillos said. He says his cousin had to jump on the hood of Madrid's car to avoid being struck and that Madrid drove away with the man still gripping the hood. Bustillos says they found his cousin in the street, a block and a half away.

"I saw my cousin laying on the floor, with his head bleeding, it was just real upsetting," he said.

Madrid had three prior arrests in his past: two for driving while intoxicated and one for assault causing bodily injury. All of those charges were dismissed.

"When I learned of that it really made me angry that the police could keep somebody like this on the payroll," Bustillos said.

Police say Madrid was allowed to resign following the incident. A spokesperson for the city says he will retain his city benefits because of a state statute. Madrid has yet to respond to our inquiries.

Bustillos, meanwhile, says he and his wife are trying to move on, although he says his wedding pictures still remind him of that painful night.

"Instead of me and my wife being able to enjoy our first night in our new home, as soon as we walked in she broke down and started crying; and that's not how any newlywed couple wants to spend their first night together," he said.

Management at Bebe's hall says in their 22 years, they've never had any problems with their officers. They say the problem was not in their hands, and they are in as much shock as everyone else is.

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Proverbs 5:21
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For a man's ways are before the eyes of the Lord, and he puts all his goings in the scales.
The evil-doer will be taken in the net of his crimes, and prisoned in the cords of his sin.
Proverbs 5:21
Get wisdom, get true knowledge; keep it in memory, do not be turned away from the words of my mouth.
Proverbs 4:5

about 15 other cars used the bike lane which we are suppose to respect as an extra lane ... Well i guess thats El Paso's Finest huh"

Well Last night we were driving down Transmountain going to northeast and last time i knew there were three lanes but one of them is bike zone... we are told to respect the bike zone and i believe we would get fined for it No? Well we were in one of the lanes when we saw a police car right next to us all of a sudden a trucked passed on his right side which is called the bike zone. Yes he did go after him but it only took two minutes for him to get off then got in line again after which him and

Another fine job of "the good ol' boys" looking out for each other. Allowing him to resign instead of firing him so he can keep his benefits. The police are supposed to protect us from ourselves, but who is protecting us from them? The think they are above the law.

Do not let a negative dictate how you will live. You must remember this terrible man, while forgiving and forgetting, otherwise a hate will form tht may eat you like a cance. It's not esy, but you can do it. As for the officer, you need help, admitt you are wrong, ad seek counseling to make yourself a better man. Admitting you are wrong is the first step. Most people like this will never get past the first step.

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