Judge recommends man accused of attacking kids be released from jail

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A judge wants to release Gerald Leon, the man accused of ambushing kids at a park last month.

Leon was arrested last month after police say he randomly bashed two kids in the head with a stick the size of a baseball bat. This happened at Bataan Lark on Lomas. A handful of people called police saying Leon randomly began attacking a group of 13-year-olds hanging out at the park after school.

KRQE News 13 reported in October that Leon has a long history of getting into trouble. Back in June, he was accused of accosting an employee inside a Circle K. He’s been found guilty of aggravated assault and disorderly conduct. Other times he’s been found incompetent to stand trial and is back out on the streets.

Judge Stan Whitaker signed off on paperwork recommending Leon be released from jail. Even though the judge notes concerns over the nature and violence of the crime, he wants him released with a GPS monitor. The judge also plans to order Leon to stay away from children and drugs.

If he’s released, he’ll be living in the downtown area just blocks away from the Albuquerque zoo and Dolores Gonzales Elementary School.

The courts say judges aren’t allowed to comment on pending cases.

Leon would be monitored by District Court’s pretrial services (PTS). PTS could still nix the judge’s recommendation.

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