Video exhibits husband and spouse preventing youngsters in Albuquerque Park
It happened last Thursday in Matheson Park in northeast Albuquerque near Candelaria and Morris.
A young teenager, 14-year-old Hayden Pastorek, said he was fighting with his friends in the park when Layton and his wife approached them and asked them to stop. Pastorek said they told the couple that they were just messing around.
“After we said that, he withdrew and waited for his wife to come up behind him. They crossed the bridge and whenever they crossed the bridge his wife was like that [waving a hand] and i thought i was a friend like “i’m sorry keep up” so i did it back like “sorry”. I thought it was the end of it. I thought we’d leave it at that, “said Pastorek.
But things escalated. According to the criminal complaint, Layton and his wife made statements about “White Power” and the children called back “Black Lives Matter”. Court documents claim things got physical when the children insulted Layton’s wife.
The video shows Layton approaching the group and grabbing Pastorek.
“He came over and stumbled. Like he didn’t fall, but he stumbled. Then he looked at me, then grabbed my neck and pushed me down. Then he started. He grabbed my neck and pushed me down, and then everyone raved to get him, ”said Pastorek.
KOB 4 spoke to several neighbors who said they heard a commotion but saw nothing other than someone who was arrested.
Virginia Harper is Hayden’s mother. She said she was called to the park last Thursday.
“I was shown the video and from that point on I yelled when I saw the man choke him,” said Harper. “I yelled across the park, he’d better go to jail, he choked my kid.” then I saw the other part with the woman and said, ‘She’d better follow him because she did the same thing to my kid with the grill.’ “
Wayne Layton was in court on Friday. He remains behind bars pending a hearing with a district judge.
According to police, “two children were rushed to the hospital while fighting because Layton hit or hit them in the chest with an elbow”.
KOB 4 knocked on Layton’s door Friday to find out more about what happened. Nobody answered.