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Update in Officer Madrid Case

Update in Officer Madrid Case

POSTED: Friday, December 17, 2010 - 3:54pm

UPDATED: Friday, January 21, 2011 - 4:46pm

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.

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Jumping in late on the wagon but they smear themselves. They don't have any accountability and the news reports seem to have more credence than the police reports. What's wrong with that picture?

When 99.9% of EPPD does good, no one notices. When 0.1% of EPPD does bad, everyone remembers.

Actually it isn't 0.1% of EPPD that is only the ones that get caught. What about the ones that everyone one else sees and doesn't report? They go around El Paso riding their cars breaking all sorts of rules out in the street and nobody says anything i guess including me as what i saw last night. So please don't say it's 0.1%. Cell phones we get stopped for them they don't how strange oh yea cause they law enforcement.

In the private industry if you are caught red handed stealing from them or your customers, and it is public knowledge as in this case, you are fired, not allowed to Retire Gracefully, and enjoy the benifits you blew away. Seems like a double standard, even though the EPPD, by the nature of their work, should be held to higher standards. Another case oi PD taking care of their own.

Police seem to be able to do their own "smear" campaign, with acts like this. If they think that they are above the law, they are sadly mistaken.

"Everything was supposed to be perfect," ???
Except that the wedding was at a ghetto hall

yea yea Ghetto hall with an El Paso police on duty ha! not very ghetto huh?

Sheesh lindsey reiser get a life already. This is old news.

Can't find a new story to smear the Police Department?

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