By Andrea Flores

DENVER (CBS4) – A Denver Health Medical Center visitor became a patient after he claims security guards beat him over the weekend.

Nick Montez, 20, walked into the emergency room to check on his brother, an underage gunshot victim, at approximately 3 a.m. on Saturday.

Nick Montez (credit: CBS)

Nick Montez (credit: CBS)

When he tried to meet his mother in the hallway, Montez claims two security guards tackled him.

“One of them tried putting me in a headlock, and I pushed him off me right away, and the other one was hitting me with a flashlight,” Montez said. “While I was getting handcuffed on the ground, the other one was tasing me while I was already handcuffed.”

His mother, Michelle Martinez, says the hits kept coming even after he was cuffed.

“I started screaming, ‘You guys are going to kill my son. Stop hitting him,’ and they just would not stop,” Martinez said. “It was almost like he was being crucified.”

(credit: Michelle Martinez/Facebook)

Nick Montez (credit: Michelle Martinez/Facebook)

When she tried to defend her son, Martinez says the guards turned on her.

“They were in my face, pushing me, grabbing me, and shoving me,” Martinez said. “I don’t know why they would do this to us. I don’t think we’re the only people they’ve done it to; I think we’re the only people speaking out on it.”

Denver Health issued the following statement:

“We take this matter very seriously and are currently investigating the events that occurred at our hospital early Saturday morning.”

HSS provides security for the hospital. They issued a statement:

Two HSS officers tried to prevent a disruptive and combative person from entering the emergency room where a family member was being treated for a gunshot wound. At some point during the ensuing event HSS officers deployed a Taser to control the person, which was not effective. The person suffered a head injury when subdued by officers. HSS officers were joined by Denver Sheriff’s deputies on-duty at the hospital, who eventually were able to control the person, who then received medical treatment for his injury.

Alan Butler, Senior Vice President of healthcare security for HSS, said one of the HSS officers has been placed on leave during the internal review and the other remains on duty but has been reassigned. Butler claims both officers suffered injuries during the event.

Despite the response, Martinez wants the guards to be held accountable for their actions.

“I want them to lose their jobs; I want them to get criminally charged,” Martinez said.

Michelle Martinez (credit: CBS)

Michelle Martinez (credit: CBS)

Montez plans to meet with Denver police investigators Monday.

Andrea Flores is a reporter for CBS4. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter @AndreaFloresTV.

Comments (2)
  1. Randy Stein says:

    Hmmmmm . . . I don’t buy the mother and son’s story. He was a simple innocent walking into the ER hallway and simply out of the blue the security guys just attacked him for no reason???? And guys from the Sheriff’s Department had to help subdue him???? Don’t buy that story, and even at 3am I’m sure there were witnesses to the REAL story. And the article doesn’t explain why the younger brother was at the ER for a gunshot wound??? Was he also “totally innocent”, too????

  2. That still does not give them the right to strike him the way he did, what would you do if you sibling was involved in a shooting and your clothing was full of his blood, I doubt you would be in the right state of mind, I think you should not be such a judgmental prick.

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