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Suspect struggles with police after murder threat

Friday, December 28, 2012

Storm Lake Police were called to a home in the 400 block of West 4th Street Saturday night on a report of a man outside the residence threatening to murder the occupant.

While officers were responding they were advised the suspect, Francisco Javier Martinez-Neri, age 27 of Alta, had fled from the scene in a vehicle. An officer stopped the fleeing vehicle in the 500 block of West 4th Street where police allege that Martinez refused to obey officer's commands and had to be forcibly taken to the ground where he struggled with officers but was soon subdued.

An investigation alleges that Martinez threatened to kill the boyfriend of the female who reported the incident, at Pizza Hut on East Milwaukee Avenue, just minutes before the call at the residence. When the female and other family members returned to their home on West 4th Street, Martinez showed up at that location and the police were notified.

Martinez was charged with Harassment 1st Degree and Interference With Official Acts Causing Injury. He was booked into the Buena Vista County Jail on a $4,000 cash bond.

Martinez's jail record indicates three previous arrests in the past four years, with charges including Domestic Abuse, Criminal Mischief, OWI, and Driving with a Suspended License. He is a native of Mexico.

A Storm Lake Police Officer received a minor injury to his arm during the altercation with Martinez. He was treated at the Buena Vista Regional Medical Center and has been cleared to return to duty.

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