ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Albuquerque Police lapel video captured the moment a foul-mouthed 15-year-old vandal was tased by officers. In separate but similar incident weeks later, the same teen is again caught on officers’ cameras.
Matthew Martinez, 15, was sentenced to probation in mid-March for vandalizing a strip of businesses on March 13.
In newly released lapel video from that incident, officers roll up on Martinez to find him with a rock in his hand. But Martinez is quickly taken down by police when he walks towards the officer and is tased.
“Officer: Drop the rock.
Martinez: Or what?
Officer: Or I’ll tase you.
Martinez: *Screams,* I’m sorry (repeatedly)”
Martinez, writhing, is then cuffed by the officer. The teen goes back and forth between calling the officer crude, profane names and begging him to take the taser prongs out of his chest because they hurt.
The officer tells him that an ambulance is on the way so medical professionals can do that.
“I’m underage,” Martinez says, “You’re going to get sued for tasing an underage kid.”
He tells the officer he’s 13, then later 14 years old. He also admits to drinking a bottle of whiskey.
“You’re lucky, if I had my strap on me, n***** I’d f***ing bust you in your f***ing face,” Martinez says. “Pow, pow, pow right at you b****.”
He was sentenced to probation a week later for this, but police say he came back again at the end of March. Newly released lapel video captured that run-in with police.
Police: Martinez Strikes Again At Same Businesses
The teen, arrested for vandalizing the same business complex twice in one month, was caught on camera bragging about the damage.
Broken windows, piles of glass and the bloody rocks were left behind. APD says it was the work of Martinez. But you don’t have to just take their word for it. Martinez was caught on APD lapel camera after his second arrest saying: “I broke like f****** 16 windows, my n*****. I’m about to go to jail, but f*** these n****** over here.”
The video was recorded after Martinez was caught in the act at the Sedona Pointe business complex near Paseo and Louisiana. It was the second time Martinez had been arrested there in March. Both times police say he went on a drunken rampage, using rocks to cause thousands of dollars in damage. The latest round of destruction was created in just 20 minutes.
Business owners like Geoffrey Steffens, of La Cueva Family Healthcare, are fed up. “Nothing is stolen, but he just comes in and destroys things,” said Steffens.
Just days before Martinez’s second arrest he had been sentenced to a year of probation for the first incident. When he got caught again, he was eager to let officers know he was already in trouble and to threaten them.
“I’m on house arrest, by the way,” said Martinez.
Martinez added, “I’ll remember this s***, dog. I’ll remember this s***, mother f*****.”
As they took him away, the tirade continued. “F*** the police,” said Martinez.
Martinez even bragged about his father being able to get him out of trouble.
“My dad’s rich as f***, he can pay for all these windows, my n*****,” said Martinez.
Business owners here say it’s clear he didn’t learn his lesson the first time and that the judge and prosecutors should be ashamed for letting him off with just a slap on the wrist.
Steffens said, “The question is why, why would this individual not be in the juvenile detention center for a longer amount of time.”
At last check Wednesday, Martinez was still at the Juvenile Detention Center. He’s now facing a probation violation and another round of vandalism charges. Before these incidents, he had several previous arrests for vandalism.