Arraignment for Suspects in Longmont Apartment Brawl Delayed Until May

March 1, 2019
Juan Manuel Martinez

The mother and son accused of starting a September brawl at a Longmont apartment complex that sent three people to the hospital had their arraignment delayed, but a judge said he wants them to enter a plea at their next court appearance.

Denise Martinez, 37, is charged with three counts of second-degree assault, two counts of felony menacing, while her son, Juan Manuel Martinez, 19, is charged with one count of second-degree assault and one count of felony menacing.

Both appeared in Boulder District Court out of custody for an arraignment Friday and asked Boulder District Judge Andrew Hartman to delay the hearing through their respective attorneys.

Boulder County Deputy District Attorney Mark Grimaldi did not object to the continuance for either defendant.

Hartman granted the delay and set both defendants for a new arraignment on May 10, but told the attorneys at the next hearing he wanted both mother and son to either enter into a plea agreement or plead not guilty and set a trial date.

Police said the Martinezes started a brawl at an apartment complex in the 1200 block of Kimbark Street on Sept. 17, 2018, with officers arriving to find a crowd of more than 30 people “running around yelling and screaming.”

According to an affidavit, Denise Martinez did not like her daughter’s boyfriend, and arrived at the apartment with her son and some other men to confront the boyfriend and his brother.

Police said the incident turned into a fight between the two families involving baseball bats and crowbars.

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