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Alleged stabber to appear in court next week

September 13, 2018

A Lake Havasu City man is scheduled to appear in court next week on seven felony counts relating to an alleged stabbing, followed by a confrontation with Lake Havasu City Police officers.

Officers were dispatched Aug. 8 to a home in the 3600 block of Swordfish Drive after receiving reports of a stabbing in progress. When officers arrived, they found the victim walking westbound on Swordfish drive, clutching his bleeding left wrist. The victim allegedly identified the attacker as his housemate, 21-year-old Markos J. Martinez.

Martinez and the victim were preparing for a trip to Mexico, according to the police report. After the victim finished packing his things into their vehicle, he went into their residence and knocked on Martinez’s bedroom door to ask if he was ready to leave.

According to a statement allegedly taken by the victim, Martinez said he was still getting ready to leave, and asked the victim not to “rush” him.

The victim returned to his bedroom and chose to take a shower before they left. He was disrobing, the report said, when Martinez kicked his door open. The victim asked Martinez if he was alright as he approached.

“God is telling me to do this to you,” Martinez allegedly told the victim. Martinez was known to use drugs, but never in their home. Martinez said God had been speaking to him for about two months prior to the incident, according to the victim’s statement.

Martinez threatened to kill him if he didn’t get on his knees, the report quoted the victim. The victim saw the blade in Martinez’s hand just before the attack came, and raised his hand to block it. Martinez attacked again, the report said, and the victim fled from the residence before contacting police dispatchers.

As one officer took the victim’s statements, others attempted to speak to Martinez in the driveway of the residence. Police say Martinez began to make biblical and religious statements toward officers, who commanded him to approach them with his hands raised. He allegedly refused, attempting to flee into the residence.

Officers gave chase, and Martinez attempted to slam the front door to bar officers’ entry. Failing this, he attempted to strike officers at the scene before he was subdued and restrained in handcuffs, the report said. During the confrontation, police say Martinez made multiple attempts to strike officers.

He was observed to have a small, bleeding wound in his lower abdomen. Martinez would later say the injury was self-inflicted, the report said.

Martinez was transported to Havasu Regional Medical Center for treatment of his injury. He was released back into police custody later that evening. According to the police report, Martinez was uncooperative with hospital staff and with officers who retrieved him.

Martinez was transported to Lake Havasu City Jail, where he has since remained without bond.

A search warrant was executed at Martinez’s home after the incident. In Martinez’s room, police allegedly located a water bong and a large green kitchen bowl containing a melted syringe, a spoon and two broken glass pipes.

Martinez was arraigned Aug. 22 on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of aggravated assault against an officer, two counts of resisting arrest with physical force, one count of aggravated assault causing serious injury, one count of possession of dangerous drugs and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia – all felonies.

He is scheduled to appear in Mohave County Superior Court for a pre-trial conference Sept. 17.

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