SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – Police have released body cam footage of the arrest of a Black jogger mistaken for a family violence suspect last week. A woman told police she was assaulted by her ex-husband who had a scruffy beard and was wearing a green shirt and shorts when he ran away.
Officers saw 33-year-old Mathias Ometu, who has a beard and was wearing a green shirt and shorts as he jogged along Woodstone near IH 10 in the Northwest Side. The insurance adjuster at USAA asserted his right not to identify himself and he kept repeating that he had done nothing wrong. Officers handcuffed him and told him they were taking him to the victim’s location so that she could identify him.
There was a struggle as officers were forcing Ometu in the patrol car and he ultimately was charged with two counts of felony assault on a police officer for kicking them . He spent two days in jail.
Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales on Tuesday agreed to drop the case and expunge the record of Ometu.
“In this case, the officers did have a description that led them to believe that Mr. Ometu may have been the suspect they were seeking. However, Mr. Ometu was not that person and did not have an obligation to identify himself or make a statement. Ultimately, the officers agree that dismissal is in the interest of justice,” Gonzales said.
McManus said that Ometu should have cooperated.
“The situation could have been resolved within minutes with any degree of information sharing with the police officers that would have helped them determine Mr. Ometu was not the suspect they were looking for,” he said.