Man in 2017 machete-wielding battery case arrested again


An Albuquerque man with a history of getting into trouble will stay behind bars until trial after allegedly hitting a fast food employee with a rock.

“The defendant goes through the drive-thru window, asks for a free drink. She says no. He ultimately becomes upset, belligerent in nature,” said Sean Sullivan with the DA’s office.

Police arrested Steven Leewright last Tuesday night at the Taco Bell on Menaul and San Mateo. They said he harassed and attacked an employee.

“Goes outside and tells him to stop, go away. He ultimately takes a concrete size, essentially a brick, and throws it at the passenger side of her vehicle,” said Sullivan.

Police said Leewright took that brick and threw it at the employee.

“He has a history dating back over 30 years,” said Sullivan.

Back in 2017, security video shows the 49-year old swinging a machete outside the Smith’s at Lomas and San Pedro. Police found him in a nearby backyard and used a K9 to get him out. Then in October, Leewright was arrested again for chasing people with a knife near Central and Ash.

Earlier this month, he was arrested on a warrant for aggravated indecent exposure. During a detention hearing Tuesday, the District Attorney’s Office had enough of Leewright’s violent behavior.

“We’ve tried pretrial services. We’ve tried probation. We’ve tried asking him nicely to show up to court. The response has been over 10 failures to appear,” said Sullivan.

In court, Leewright defended his checkered past.

“It’s not as terrible as it looks. In fact, about half of the circumstances, I was a victim of assault or battery in one way or another,” said Leewright.

Judge Jacqueline Flores ultimately decided to keep him behind bars until trial.

“We clearly have exhausted…I don’t know where else we could go in terms of conditions of release,” said Judge Flores.

A spokesperson with the DA’s Office said Leewright’s latest attack at the Taco Bell played a big factor in asking for preventative detention.

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