In a fit of rage, police say an Albuquerque man dragged his son into traffic at night, and it’s not the first time he’s allegedly done this.
It stemmed from a domestic dispute, but quickly involved drivers on a busy Albuquerque street in the dark.
Police say on Thursday night, Francisco Bustamante and his girlfriend got into a fight near Coors and Fortuna.
The dispute was allegedly over the girlfriend cheating on Bustamante.
The girlfriend tried to get away from him with their son, but police say he followed them to a bus stop in front of the nearby Discount Tire store and started beating the girlfriend.
Then he grabbed their son and ran out into traffic stating he was going to kill himself and the boy.
Police showed up and arrested Bustamante before the situation escalated further.
“Due to the allegations in the criminal complaint, they’re strikingly similar to his prior DV. The reason that one wasn’t prosecuted is because the victim, the same victim in this case, wasn’t cooperative. But again, he threatened to kill the child in that case,” says Judge Christine Rodriguez.
The state recommended he be released on pre-trial supervision. Judge Rodriguez said she was “unable” to impose a bond because Bustamante has no failure to appear history.
She went with the state’s recommendation but expressed concern over whether CYFD is involved with this family. Bustamante told the judge CYFD is not involved.
The judge ordered that Bustamante cannot have any contact with the victim or their two children.