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Police: Havasu man tries to skimp on meal, resist arrest

January 5, 2019

A man’s alleged refusal to pay his bill at a local restaurant led to his arrest Wednesday when he was found to have a warrant for his arrest.

Lake Havasu City Police officers responded to Angelina’s Italian Kitchen, on El Camino Drive, after receiving reports that a Havasu man and his unidentified female companion were refusing to pay for meals they had already eaten. According to witness statements, it wasn’t the first time.

According to statements allegedly made by an employee at the restaurant, it was the fourth time 21-year-old Havasu resident Gaige A. Martinez had attempted to “skip out” on a bill. Police say the employee contacted the business’s owner, who did not wish to press charges against Martinez. According to the report, the owner would have preferred to have Martinez escorted from the restaurant and permanently banned from the location.

Officers arrived at the scene and escorted Martinez, his companion and their young child from the restaurant. A records check, however, revealed an active warrant for Martinez’s arrest. Officers handcuffed Martinez at the scene, the report said, and attempted to take him into custody. According to police, Martinez dragged his feet, actively attempting resist.

Officers say Martinez shouted that he wanted to speak to his attorney prior to his arrest, as he was dragged across the parking lot to a waiting patrol vehicle. According to the report, Martinez’s female companion followed, shouting profanities at the arresting officers.

Martinez and one of the officers tripped and fell to the ground, the report said, at which point police say they observed Martinez attempting to reach for something in his pockets. Officers restrained Martinez and attempted to press his body against the side of the police cruiser. According to the report, Martinez lowered his head downward and struck the vehicle’s rear window, shattering it.

Police noted multiple cuts and injuries to Martinez’s head and body as he was transported to Lake Havasu City Jail. According to the report, Martinez refused medical treatment.

Martinez was charged with resisting arrest, criminal damage to property and failure to comply with a court order. According to court records, Martinez was awaiting trial on unrelated charges of narcotic drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia at the time of his arrest.

He is scheduled to appear for a pre-trial conference Feb. 4. As of Friday, no bond for the defendant was set.

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