Man Wanted For Battering Girlfriend Arrested

Sep 23, 2013


         A man who was wanted last week on charges that he allegedly beat his girlfriend in front of their three-month-old son and made death threats against her and her children has been arrested.  He posted bail a little more than an hour later.         

   On Sept. 20, a witness who saw media coverage of 35-year-old Jorge Martinez called 911 with a tip that Martinez was seen at a convenience store on West Picacho Avenue.           

   Doña Ana County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the address and made a traffic stop of the vehicle Martinez was said to be driving to verify his identity.  He was arrested after the warrant was confirmed.

Martinez had been wanted after his girlfriend told investigators he slapped her across the face one morning because he was upset that the woman did not wake him up in enough time to get ready for work. 

   The victim said an argument followed. Martinez then allegedly threatened to cut the throat of her three-year-old daughter, then the infant son they share together before finally threatening to also kill the victim.

   According to the report, the woman was in fear of her life and did not call for help until after Martinez left for work later that morning.

   Martinez was jailed at the Doña Ana County Detention Center on a $20,000 surety bond on Friday, charged with one fourth-degree felony count of false imprisonment and two counts of battery against a household member.