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Extortion, possible evidence planting by SAPD officer

January 7, 2013

The story of an SAPD officer charged last week in federal court for extortion is unnerving for several reasons.

First, officer Curtis W. Lundy, 36, a near four-year veteran of the force, was willing to risk his career (and freedom) over such a paltry sum of money – a $400 sum that evolved into $500, according to court documents. As criminal justice writer Scott Henson wrote over at Grits for Breakfast, the incident implies “this was likely a common, ongoing practice, at least allegedly for this officer.”

Second, one can see how easy it is to get caught in a trap of this sort. According to the complaint filed in federal court, Lundy was one of three officers who arrived at a domestic dispute at the Salado Crossing Apartments on Dec. 15. From what little is detailed in the complaint, which doesn’t name names, it sounds like a scuffle between girlfriend, boyfriend, and ex-boyfriend got out of hand, and someone called the cops. After officers diffused the situation, Lundy detained one of the men who admitted “that he had a user amount of marijuana in his car at the apartment.” Lundy, according to the complaint, told the man he could “help him out” by holding the charges in exchange for $400. The man said he didn’t have the cash on him but could get it, and through a series of phone calls with Lundy the sum grew to $500.

And now the third, deeply troubling point. The man who claims Lundy tried to extort him says the officer planted the pot in his car – something contrary to what’s outlined in the federal complaint. Kens5 on Friday identified the man Kumail Jusab, an immigrant from East Africa (we couldn’t reach Jusab on Monday). He’s quoted as saying, “You know, what I’m thinking is it is happening to people who are most likely permanent residents, because they try to keep a clean record, you know, to try to get their citizenship or what not. And that may be one of the reasons why they wouldn’t ever think about going to the authorities or anything like that.”

Jusab contacted local FBI officials last week, who then set up a sting to catch Lundy. They tapped Jusab’s phone calls with Lundy. A surveillance team watched when Lundy took his patrol car to pick up the cash Thursday, according to the federal complaint. 

If convicted, Lundy could face up to 20 years and prison and a fine of up to $250,000. A preliminary hearing in the case is set for Jan. 17. – Michael Barajas

  • The Voice

    not too much news about this case…Are a lot of people are into this? east africans too…

  • Sean

    Cops in San Antonio, at least some, are dirtier than the criminals they chase.

  • Vaquero

    Not surprising, Everything is wrong with the SAPD!! Starting with Chief McManus, all the way down to most of the pissants who wear that uniform, while we are at it, lets throw in the DA Susan Reed, and the way the laws are thrown around in this city!! A big joke!! One crook protecting the other…

  • Chieftac2

    Send the dirty cop to prison, then deport the girl friend beater.

  • mark zavala

    man, this has been going on for years, The cementary on Martin Luther King, is used to beat the young men caught doing wrong in exchange of being set free. The men are hang cuffed then beaten by the officer. is that our way for “justice”.

  • mark zavala

    My brother would come home and tell me which friend they caught and would come home with horrible cuff marks and baton bruises across his back and boot marks on his chest. This was back in the 90s but who knows if thats still going on.

  • Mark

    yeah, then he can be someones bit#@$ lol