Police Officer Jonathan Molina El Paso Police Department, Texas End of Watch: Friday, October 5, 2012

Police Officer Jonathan Molina | El Paso Police Department, TexasEl Paso Police Department, Texas

Police Officer Jonathan Molina

El Paso Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Friday, October 5, 2012

Biographical Info

Age: 29
Tour of Duty: 4 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Assault
Date of Incident: September 25, 2012
Weapon Used: Person
Suspect Info: Charged with capital murder

Agency Contact Information

Chief of Police Greg Allen
El Paso Police Department
911 North Raynor Street
El Paso, TX 79903
Phone: (915) 564-7000

Police Officer Jonathan Molina succumbed to injuries sustained 10 days earlier when he was beaten by a teenager on Trowbridge Drive, near Route 54.
Officer Molina was off duty when he observed three juveniles vandalize his car. He confronted the three and identified himself as a police officer. As he spoke to them one of the juveniles punched him, knocking him to the ground. The teen continued to to beat him even after knocking him unconscious. Officer Molina suffered a fractured skull, internal head injuries, and facial fractures.
All three juveniles fled the scene but were apprehended. The subject who beat him was originally charged with assaulting a public servant but was later charged with capital murder of a peace officer following Officer Molina’s death.
Officer Molina was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the El Paso Police Department for four years.

EL PASO, Texas —

Police officials said Officer Jonathan Molina, who was violently attacked late last month after approaching three people allegedly vandalizing his car, died Friday morning.
Molina, a four-year veteran with the police department,  suffered a fractured skull, internal head injuries and multiple facial fractures from the incident. He was hospitalized at University Medical Center under critical condition, until he died Friday morning.
Police Chief Greg Allen could not hold back tears as he made the announcement at a news conference Friday afternoon.

“The Citizens of El Paso and the El Paso Police Department have lost a  man that chose a life dedicated to serving the people of El Paso,” Allen said.
Juan Antonio Gonzalez, who was originally charged with aggravated assault against a public servant, is being re-booked for capital murder, police said. His bail will be set at $5 million.
Police said Gonzalez is being charged with capital murder because Molina, 29, was a peace officer doing his duty and he announced he was an officer.
Detectives from the Crimes Against Persons Unit determined that Molina confronted Gonzalez, Alan Medrano and another person after they allegedly damaged the officer’s car, police said.
Police said Molina identified himself as an off-duty officer, and at that point, he was attacked by Gonzalez and taken to the ground, injuring his head.
The victim lost consciousness and was unable to protect himself while Gonzalez continued to attack him in the face and head, police said.
Police said Medrano attempted to flee police while he was being detained, and was charged at the time with evading arrest or detention.
It is unknown if Medrano’s charges will change.


2 Responses to “Police Officer Jonathan Molina El Paso Police Department, Texas End of Watch: Friday, October 5, 2012”

  1. 1 Joan Parker October 5, 2012 at 20:08

    REST IN PEACE Officer Molina….

  2. 2 lee buzilow October 5, 2012 at 20:57

    I had lived in El Paso, Tx for a while. I was stationed at Ft. Bliss, Tx which is near El Paso. The El Paso police do not have a easy job. They face every day problems from the border they r situated near Juarez mexico.sometimes gunfire goes across the border into El Paso.Also they deal with every day crime in El Paso Tx.also. R.I.P. Ofcr Molina. U may not be here in Physical form with your family but they have a new Guardian Angel watching over them day and night.

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