Man Says Officer Stole From His Wedding
POSTED: Friday, December 17, 2010 - 6:14pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 20, 2010 - 10:34am
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.