Teen arrested in video of El Paso police officer pulling gun on kids can be released


The 17-year-old who was arrested in a viral video that showed an El Paso police officer pulling his gun on a group of children will be released from jail without having to post any money for his bond.

Julian Saucedo, 17, appeared before County Criminal Court 2 Judge Robert S. Anchondo on Wednesday at an arraignment hearing to ask for his bond to be reduced. He is charged with interfering with an officer and was unable to pay the $300 bond set against him.

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Saucedo, who will be a junior at Jefferson High School in the fall, said he had no money to pay the bond and that neither of his parents had jobs to help him post bail.

Saucedo’s lawyer Manuel Enrique Martin asked Anchondo to change his client’s bond from a surety bond to a personal recognizance bond.

With a surety bond, a defendant must pay some or all of the bond to be released. With a personal recognizance bond, a defendant can be released without paying any money but must abide by conditions set by a judge.

Anchondo, who called the charge against Saucedo a “serious offense,” agreed to change the $300 surety bond to a $1,000 personal recognizance bond.

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Saucedo will have to sign personal recognizance bond documents agreeing to follow the conditions set by Anchondo but will not have to pay any money before his release.

The conditions set were not discussed during Wednesday’s hearing, but Anchondo did order Saucedo to continue going to school and working at his job. Saucedo told Anchondo that he worked at a taco stand.

Martin declined to comment after Wednesday’s hearing. Another hearing in the case is set for Aug. 8.

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Saucedo was arrested July 9 on suspicion of interfering with a police officer as the officer was responding to a report of a criminal trespassing incident in progress at an apartment complex at 6719 Sambrano Ave., near the Seville Recreation Center.

As officers arrived at the scene, a group of people were seen in the area of the apartments, according to court documents. Officers attempted to detain the group, but members of the group allegedly refused to obey the commands of the officer.

The officer stopped Saucedo’s 15-year-old brother, Jacob, and held him against a wall. The altercation between the officers and a group of children was captured on a cellphone video recording, which Julian Saucedo started before passing his phone to another person when he was being detained.

Court documents filed in Saucedo’s arrest indicate that the name of the officer involved was Jose Rios; however, the documents do not mention him pulling out his gun.

According to El Paso Police Department’s disciplinary records, Rios, who has been with the department for four years, has never had any complaints filed against him.

The video was posted to Facebook by a user who goes by “Aj-king stoner” and went viral. As of Wednesday, the video had been viewed more than 6.2 million times.

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Jacob Saucedo was also arrested on suspicion of interfering with the duties of a police officer in connection with the altercation. He was released Sunday from the El Paso County Juvenile Detention Center, the teens’ mother, Elizabeth Flores, said.

Aaron Martinez may be reached at 546-6249; aamartinez@elpasotimes.com; @AMartinez31 on Twitter.

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