SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – When officers found a man trying to break into a Santa Fe Jimmy John’s, they tried stopping him. But they say because he was clearly on drugs, even tasing him wouldn’t calm him down.
This isn’t the first time the suspect has had violent run-ins with law enforcement. Just after 2:30 a.m. on July 15, Santa Fe police found Richard Torres attempting to break into the Jimmy John’s on Saint Michael’s Drive.
Torres: “Please don’t tase me.”
Officer: “We’re not gonna tase you.”
Police say Torres had done damage to the front door of the business and also the stucco.
Officer: “Slow down. Go to your knees.”
Making little sense, Torres was having trouble taking commands — and starts seeing things.
Torres: “There’s a dog right there.”
Officer: “There’s no dog there, sir.”
Torres: “That pit bull’s gonna get me.”
Officer: “There’s glass protecting you. Go to your knees.”
Police were finally able to make contact with Torres.
Officer: “Put your hands behind your back. Just stop…stop.”
He refused to listen, so the officers had to tase him.
Officer: “Hey, what’s your name boss? Slow down, take a breath.”
He kept fighting police.
Officer: “You’re hurting yourself by not putting your hand behind your back.”
Then they tried to get him off the ground.
Officer: “Sir, we’re gonna sit you up. You’re not gonna move. Alright? You’re gonna sit on your a** and you’re not gonna move. You understand me?”
Then Torres became difficult again.
Officer: “There’s no snakes. There’s no snake on you. There’s no snake.”
Torres: “No? No snake?”
Officer: “No snake.”
Before being put in a patrol car, he tried getting out of what he did.
Torres: “I’m a good guy…Please don’t kill me. I didn’t do anything wrong.”
Officer: “We’re not gonna kill you, dude. Just stop moving.”
Torres was charged for resisting an officer. He’s also facing criminal damage to property charges because there was more than $1,000 in damage done to the Jimmy Johns.
Torres has four other incidents of battery, assault, and resisting a police officer. Prosecutors are also looking to have his probation revoked.