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Police: Mugging actually drug deal gone bad

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Crime > Incident took place near VFW Post on Deacon Street

By Tris DeRoma

True, suspect Paul Martinez told the police he was robbed in the evening hours of March 5, but that’s not the entire story.
Apparently, Martinez wasn’t entirely an innocent victim.
After telling the Los Alamos police a story that two thugs beat him and robbed him of a substantial amount of money in the parking lot of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8874, which is located on Deacon Street, a short investigation and reports from eyewitnesses revealed otherwise.
He first told police that, after an argument with his girlfriend, Martinez, 23, decided to get a couple of drinks at the VFW before heading back home around 7:30 p.m.
He told the police his attackers started with a punch to the left side of his head and before he knew it, he was on the ground holding on to the pair’s legs as they continued to pummel him almost to the point of blacking out.
Moreover, one of the alleged assailants reached into his front pocket and stole his rent money before taking off and leaving him there.
Martinez told police he was able to drive back home, but when his girlfriend’s mother saw his injuries, she drove him to the emergency room of the Los Alamos Medical Center, where he was treated for lacerations to his face and upper body.
Martinez told police he didn’t get a good look at any of his attackers. He did say that one of them was dressed in black, one of them wearing red shoes.
Police suspect Martinez allegedly set up a drug deal in the VFW parking lot, and one of the dealers took his money without delivering the goods.
When they exited Martinez’ vehicle, apparently without incident, Martinez got out of his car and leapt onto the back of one of the two men that allegedly robbed him. A fight ensued, and that’s when Martinez apparently received his injuries.
“At no point did the individuals make an aggressive move toward Martinez, like his statement claimed,” said police in its report. “It was just the opposite. Martinez attacked the two other individuals.”
When Martinez allegedly failed to show for a follow up interview March 6, police issued a warrant for his arrest for false reporting.
“Paul Martinez made these false claims to a total of five Los Alamos Police Officers, as well as emergency room staff, causing a police investigation to be performed for felony crimes that did not take place,” read a statement in the police report.
Martinez was taken into custody without incident on a $1,000 surety bond. As of press time, it’s not known if he’s still in custody.