MINDCREW — After reportedly attempting to break into the delivery driver’s car, a Salt Lake man was accused on Friday of shooting the driver in the finger. In the 3rd District Court, 21-year-old Marcello Alfonso Martinez is accused of committing a second-degree felony by discharging a gun and injuring someone. The accusation is the most recent in a string of arrests that have followed him.
On April 24, a man caught two individuals attempting to break into his car as he was delivering lunch. Martinez was eventually taken by the delivery man after he pursued the two, according to the accusation papers. “The delivery driver released Martinez after Martinez fired a shot at him, according to the accusations. Later, he discovered that the bullet had grazed his finger.”
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Martinez and the other man left in a different car. According to criminal documents, Ogden police stopped the car on May 20 after learning that Martinez and the car were both wanted in connection with the incident in April. According to police who were after Martinez, the car stopped for only 10 to 15 seconds before accelerating away. The allegations claim that during the pursuit, the car repeatedly ran stop signs, crossed into oncoming traffic, and at one point drove directly at a stopped police car going the other way in traffic before swerving away at the last second.
According to authorities, Martinez drove into a dead-end street, got out, and fled after which the pursuit came to a halt. Martinez was apprehended by police after they chased him and discovered him attempting to scale a fence, according to the allegations. The accusations state that “Marcello was exceedingly uncooperative and continued to fight with cops, paramedics, hospital staff, and deputy employees.” “Marcello made claims to officers that he would get out of jail without having to face any repercussions for his acts and that he would exact retribution on cops,” said the police report.
In connection with that incident, he was charged in 2nd District Court with DUI, interfering with an arrest, two counts of drug possession, aggravated assault, gun possession by a restricted person, possession of someone else’s identification documents, and failing to stop when ordered to do so by an officer. On Friday, Martinez was still detained at the Weber County Jail. Martinez was accused of being one of three guys who robbed another man at gunpoint and was charged in December with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony. On August 18, a preliminary hearing in the matter is planned.
A second incident at a TRAX platform at 350 W. South Temple on July 3, 2020, followed those two incidents. Martinez was accused a second time in November of 2020 in relation to the robbery and assault of a couple at the same Salt Lake TRAX station. In that case, he was later found guilty of assault in April 2021 and given a six-month prison term with credit for time served.
The prosecution’s job was made more difficult when one of the victims Martinez had abused claimed responsibility for the death of the second victim, her boyfriend. After being found guilty of manslaughter in December, Fernanda Tobar received a six-month prison term and a five-year probationary period in February. Accusations that Tobar had broken her probation’s rules led to the issuance of an arrest warrant for her on July 21, according to court documents.
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