Popular restaurant co-owner arrested
By 11/20/2003 00:00:00
Lawyer says police behavior 'improper'
The Ellis County Press
WAXAHACHIE - Luis Campuzano, 32, was arrested Nov. 6 after an undercover operation at the Campuzano's restaurant, Waxahachie police officials said.
Campuzano, co-owner of the restaurants bearing his name in Ennis, Waxahachie and Midlothian has been charged with two counts of attempted sexual assault and two charges of sexual assault, a felony.
He is currently being held on $100,000 bond for each charge at the Wayne McCollum Detention Center.
He is scheduled to appear in the 40th District Court of Judge Gene Knize on Nov. 24 to determine if the police had probable cause for arresting him.
Mark Griffith, Campuzano's attorney, said an intensive and aggressive investigation being conducted through his office has showed the police have the wrong man.
He said a recently terminated employee, who made threats to the owners and restaurant itself, might be the individual officials are looking for on the assault.
'Independent witnesses indicate some behavior done by the police are at the least improper or worse,' Griffith said.
'I expect that to be fully exposed as the case makes its way through the court system.'
Waxahachie Police Chief Bobby Whitmire said an undercover operation was set up after some women came forward to tell the police department restaurant employees tried to sexually assault them.
Whitmire said although the women thought their drinks might have been drugged, he said there was 'no proof at this time any drugs were there.'
Female officers went to the restaurant Nov. 6 wearing hidden microphones, while other officers monitored the transmissions from nearby.
'The whole thing is ridiculous and will be proven so when taken to court,' Griffith said.
Testing is being conducted on liquor bottles found at the scene, according to Whitmire.
The chief said the case is 'still under investigation,' with the possibility of more charges being filed if other women come forward.