El Paso Officer Arrested

El Paso – An 18-year veteran of the El Paso police department faces an aggravated robbery charge after allegedly attempting to steal a gift box from a wedding reception.

El Paso police said Monday that Alberto Madrid remains jailed on a charge of aggravated robbery. Bond was set at $5,000. He also faces an internal investigation that could result in his firing if the charge is substantiated.

Police say Madrid was working off-duty security at a banquet hall Saturday, when he was accused of stealing a gift box containing money. He allegedly fled to his vehicle after being confronted by wedding guests, and ran one of them down. The guest was not injured.

The jail did not have the name of Madrid's attorney and a message left at a listing for Madrid was not immediately returned.

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