Salazar & Son's owner has history with the law

Posted at: 02/03/2013 8:38 PM
Updated at: 02/03/2013 10:41 PM
By: Maria Guerrero, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The legal problems continue for one of the owner of the Salazar & Son’s Mortuary in downtown Albuquerque.

Lester Salazar is accused of beating his wife then trying to run down two sheriff’s deputies.

His next door neighbor says this follows a bizarre incident in which Salazar is accused of running down the road naked.

"You could hear a helicopter flying around and it was crazy," said Robin Montgomery.

Montgomery said he had a feeling all the commotion outside his home Friday night had something to do with his next door neighbor, Lester Salazar.

"There were cops right in front of my house with the flashlights and the headlights all aiming at the house," said Montgomery.

Salazar’s wife claims he beat her up, punched and elbowed her after an argument.

The criminal complaint states she was bleeding from her face and had a swollen eye.

Before Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Deputies got to the house Salazar got into his mother’s car and drove away.

The 64-year-old ended up on Alegria Rd. NW where deputies say he smashed into a parked van and a deputy’s car.

Salazar is also accused of almost hitting two deputies who were standing outside their vehicles.

"It's kind of spiraling down," said Montgomery of his neighbor’s problems.

And just six months ago Montgomery says he witnessed another bizarre incident involving Salazar.

"They caught him up on La Paz completely naked with a phone cord I believe wrapped around his genitals,” said Montgomery. “He was hiding behind a truck when an officer pulled up."

The criminal complaint says Salazar was extremely drunk.

As for the cord, the criminal complaint states the method is used to make the subject feel like they are in power and control."

Salazar & Son’s Mortuary has also had legal problems over the years.

The funeral home was shutdown because it was operating without a license.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 wasn’t able to get comment from Salazar or his family.

But he did appear in Metro Court where he told the judge he has worked as a paralegal for a civil rights attorney who has sued police.

"This has been an ongoing police harassment against me," claimed Salazar.

The judge kept his bond at $45,000 which Salazar posted.

He will know by April whether he will be indicted on two counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer and damage to property.

Salazar also has another domestic violence case against him pending.

Salazar Criminal Complaint