ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – It was a frightening scene at a popular park for a group of kids who said a grown man randomly hit them using a stick the size of a baseball bat.
The man accused of the crime, Gerald Leon, 34, has been in and out of jail for the last 15 years, but he may have finally run out of breaks.
KRQE News 13 has obtained police video of the aftermath.
The group of Jefferson students were sitting at Bataan Park when they told police a stranger came up behind them with a large stick and went crazy.
According to a criminal complaint, two of the students were hit in the head, one from behind, the second was hit in the face. Police said it was so bad the boy’s left eye was nearly swollen shut.
The students told police Leon threatened to kill them if he “wanted to.” They said Leon continued to chase some of the girls in the group, the stick still in his hand.
When police arrived, Leon was sitting on a curb near the park. The officer asked him if he ambushed a group of 13-year-old’s, but he denied it all and blamed the kids.
“I’m trying to mind my own business at the park and s***,” Leon said. “I don’t know man, little kids got to f*** with me.”
Leon has a long history of getting into trouble. He’s been found guilty of some crimes including disorderly conduct and for dealing drugs. Other times he’s found incompetent to stand trial and gets put back on the streets. Now, it appears his crimes are getting more violent.
Leon is behind bars. He’s being charged with five counts of aggravated assault and battery. Because those are violent felonies, according to the DA’s office he could now be sent to the state mental hospital for violent criminals.
Jefferson Middle School sent home a letter with students advising parents of the incident at the park just a few blocks from campus. It asked them not to use the area as a drop off or pick-up for students.