I debated with myself about posting this story and the raw video (see the bottom of this post) because, admittedly, I act a bit douchey in the footage and this incident happened nearly a year ago.
However, with news the city is installing cameras to monitor crime at Denver parks, I felt compelled to put this incident out there, especially now since this case remains active in the justice system.
In short, I came upon a man attacking a woman at Denver’s Commons Park last June and I got involved.
I was spat on, police came and they eventually arrested the dude.
The attacker is Simplicio Mendez-Santos, 19, who has been charged with misdemeanor assault and is currently wanted on a warrant.
I’d very much would like to see this guy answer for his crime.
Last June I was walking my dog at Commons Park when I saw a guy place a young woman in a headlock. He began throwing her around inside a brick structure at Commons Park.
There was nobody around seeing this and I felt compelled to stop the attack out of fear things would get far worse.
Video is the best witness, especially in situations when someone may be doing something wrong, so I began to record as I ran towards the direction of the attack.
As you’ll see in the video, Mendez-Santos was on top of the woman choking her as I ran up and started yelling.
The young woman escaped and after some heated words were exchanged, he spat on me.
Police responded and arrested Mendez-Santos. They took my video as evidence and filed a case against him.
Mendez-Santos is currently wanted on the misdemeanor warrant for this assault case because he failed to appear for a court hearing.
What’s happening today:
I ran his background and it turns out this 19 year old already has quite an arrest history.
Records show he was arrested again for misdemeanor assault in Adams County about three months after the choking incident. He was convicted in the Adams County case.
His first arrest dates back to November of 2015 for failing to appear in court on another case.
That brings the total number of arrests on his record to three. He’s only 19.
I’m not sure if the new cameras at Commons Park would have helped in this case because the attack was happening behind a brick wall, however, I do hope cameras will aide law enforcement when necessary.
Warning: Video contains loads of douchey statements made by me and loads of F-bombs.