Viral crosswalk fight: Witness speaks out, Police investigate

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Video of a confrontation in the middle of a busy Rio Rancho intersection is going viral. 

The woman who recorded the fight between an elderly man and a teenager says it’s what happened after police showed up that has her outraged. 

Shocking cell phone video shot by Leslie Villegas on her way to work Wednesday morning shows an elderly man pinning a teen to the ground at the intersection of High Resort and Loma Vista boulevards, as two Good Samaritans try to stop it.

It left Villegas shaken and upset.

“I have a son his age and I pictured that was my son,” said Villegas, who is an Albuquerque nurse.

She says out of nowhere the man grabbed the 17-year-old by the neck as he was walking his dirt bike and slammed him down.

An off-duty Santa Fe police officer and a FedEx worker tried to intervene. Eventually, the man let the teen go. Villegas can be heard yelling in the video that she ‘saw everything.’

“The man told the police officer that the kid tried to run over his dog with his bike,” said Villegas. 

Villegas said that isn’t true, and it’s what happened after police and EMS showed up that really has her upset.

She said an officer blamed the teen for the fight despite what witnesses had said.

“The kid said, ‘I’m not trying to fight anyone; I was attacked,'” said Villegas. “The police officer said, ‘To be honest, it looks like you were losing the fight.'”

The Rio Rancho Police Department released this statement to KRQE News 13:

“At this time the incident is under review for criminal charges as well as under review internally to determine if any policies were violated. Due to both active reviews, we can not comment any further…”

The teen wasn’t seriously hurt, but Villegas said the whole situation should have been handled differently.

“I would like him to be aware of what he did and how he could have handled that better,” said Villegas.

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