Suspect’s big mouth earns him contempt charge

"I'm not afraid of you or any f***ing judge."

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A man already facing an aggravated assault charge for allegedly attacking a bus driver got himself into even more trouble when he tried to talk tough to a judge Saturday.

According to a criminal complaint, Thomas Crum tried to get onto a bus near Eubank and Copper on Friday with an expired bus pass. When the driver wouldn’t let him on, police say Crum pulled out a folding knife and threatened the driver with it before punching him across the face.

Crum was arrested and taken to jail.

In court Saturday, he wanted Judge Daniel Ramczyk to let him go free without a bond.

“I would like you to release me on my own recognizance on the simple fact that I will not brandish arms,” Crum said. “I do not carry a gun.”

But given Crum’s criminal history in New Mexico and Texas, and pending shoplifting and DWI charges from separate cases, Ramczyk was not swayed. He still set a bond for Crum and ordered him not to ride on any city buses.

That’s when things got ugly.

As Crum was being led away, he had some words for the officers with him that were picked up by the microphone.

“Don’t touch me man, don’t touch me dog, you already know what’s up,” Crum said. “I’m not afraid of you or that f***ing judge.”

That last comment made the judge furious.

“I find you in direct contempt of court for the disrespect and the foul language you used,” Ramczyk told Crum. “Shame on you.”

Even that wasn’t enough to keep Crum quiet.

“Do you know who I am?” he asked the judge before he was led away for the final time.

Crum was given a $10,000 cash or surety bond.

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