Update in Officer Madrid Case
POSTED: Friday, December 17, 2010 - 4:54pm
UPDATED: Friday, January 21, 2011 - 5:46pm
3:55 p.m.: The management at Bebe's hall says in 22 years of experience, 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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11:55 a.m.; Police say the criminal investigation on their end is complete, and that they handed the case over to District Attorney Jaime Esparza's office on November 10.
Police spokesperson Mike Baranyay says Madrid resigned when he met with police chief Greg Allen, and that his contract of employment says he was dishonorably discharged.
9:15 a.m.; We talk to the newlywed who says former El Paso Police Officer Alberto Madrid stole a money box from his wedding.
"Everything was supposed to be perfect," Jose Bustillos said. He says his cousin saw Officer Alberto Madrid take their money box and leave out the back door.
Bustillos is opening up about what happened on October 9, 2010. He said he and his wife had been dating for five years and were each other's first loves. Of their 300 guests, numerous people were flying in from out of town to celebrate their big day.
But Bustillos says the night took a turn for the worst when a relative saw the El Paso Police Officer, who was working off-duty security at the reception hall, take a money box containing hundreds of dollars in cash and gift cards.
He said Madrid left out the back door and began to drive away, when he and some family members attempted to stop him and ask him why he took the money box.
Bustillos says Madrid tried backing into his cousin and father, and then accelerated to try and hit them again. His cousin grabbed onto the hood of Madrid's truck and held on, telling Madrid to stop. Bustillos said he saw Madrid drive away, and later found his cousin in lying in the street, his head bloodied, at an intersection about a third of a mile away from the reception hall.
Madrid has been arrested for aggravated robbery. We are working on talking to police about where the criminal investigation stands. Madrid no longer works for the El Paso Police Department.