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Sunday, March 8, 2009

[TX] Officer Vega to witnesses during attack on ex-girlfriend: "This is a police matter; you don’t need to get involved."

..."This is a police matter; you don’t need to get involved," Vega told witnesses...He then reached into his car through an open window and pulled out a police vest. "Stay out of it. I’m a cop"... Stephen R.Vega, who has been with the department almost 18 years, turned himself in to the Tarrant County Jail Friday morning on warrants for assault with bodily injury and official oppression...

FORT WORTH GANG-UNIT OFFICER ACCUSED OF ASSAULTING GIRLFRIEND AT COFFEE SHOP
Fort Worth Star Telegram
By DEANNA BOYD
dboyd@star-telegram.com
Mar. 07, 2009
[Excerpts] A Fort Worth police officer was arrested Friday on accusations that he tried to force his girlfriend from a car while on duty, telling witnesses who came to her defense, "This is a police matter; you don’t need to get involved," court documents show. Stephen R. Vega, who has been with the department almost 18 years, surrendered at the Tarrant County Jail on Friday morning on warrants accusing him of assault with bodily injury and official oppression. He was released on $20,000 bail. Both charges are Class A misdemeanors punishable by up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine... According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Vega and the 38-year-old victim had known each other for six years and had been romantically involved for the last two. Vega confronted the woman at her workplace in late February, apparently agitated that their relationship was not progressing and that she had not proceeded with a divorce from her husband, the affidavit states. On Monday morning, outside the Starbucks at 2600 W. Seventh St., the girlfriend was in the passenger seat of a car, waiting for a friend, when Vega pulled into the parking lot and parked one space away. According to the affidavit, Vega approached the car, opened the passenger door and demanded that his girlfriend come with him, grabbing her by the right arm and trying to force her from the car... The girlfriend, who witnesses told investigators appeared extremely frightened, began struggling with Vega in an attempt to pull away. A witness tried to break the officer’s grip on the woman’s arm, the affidavit states. "Vega continued to pull [the victim] from the vehicle and proceeded to drag her against her will to his vehicle," the affidavit states. Six other people also saw the incident... According to a police report, patrol officers were sent to the scene on a reported kidnapping. "This is a police matter; you don’t need to get involved," Vega told witnesses. When a witness demanded to see the officer’s badge, Vega, his grasp on his girlfriend finally broken, said, "I’ll show you my badge." He then reached into his car through an open window and pulled out a police vest. "Stay out of it. I’m a cop," the affidavit quotes Vega as telling the witness. The victim then ran inside the Starbucks. Vega left in his car before patrol officers arrived, the affidavit states... Officers observed bruises on both of the woman’s upper biceps and forearms... Vega is on restricted duty during the internal investigation. Criado said Police Chief Jeff Halstead has 180 days to determine discipline.[Full article here]

FORT WORTH POLICE OFFICER ARRESTED ON ASSAULT CHARGE
star-telegram.com
BY DEANNA BOYD dboyd@star-telegram.com
Mar. 06, 2009
[Excerpt] A Fort Worth police officer was arrested Friday, accused of assaulting a female acquaintance, then leaving the scene before officers could arrive. Stephen R.Vega, who has been with the department almost 18 years, turned himself in to the Tarrant County Jail Friday morning on warrants for assault with bodily injury and official oppression. He was accompanied by his attorney, according to a release by the police department... [Full article here]

4 comments:

  1. This a great article. I am glad that police officers are wearing thier bulletproof jackets.

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  2. This piece of shit needs to be put behind bars.

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  3. Has anything happened? I just ran a google search and only see the March news.

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