PCSO: Illegal immigrant deported 3 times pointed stolen gun at school guard

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

STANFIELD, Ariz. -- An illegal immigrant who was deported three times was arrested again in Pinal County, for allegedly pointing a stolen handgun at an elementary school security guard.

The guard saw Saul Martinez, 23, Saturday on the campus of Stanfield Elementary School, according to the Pinal County Sheriff's Office. When asked what he was doing on school property, Martinez allegedly pulled out a .40 caliber handgun from his waist, and said "back off."

The guard went to his truck and called 911 as Martinez walked to a mobile home and changed his shirt, PCSO said. The guard then drove to a nearby Circle K gas station, as Martinez reportedly followed followed him. Martinez confronted the guard again while he was siting in his truck at the Circle K parking lot, deputies said. The guard told Martinez he just wanted to know who he was, since there had been break-ins and thefts at the school.

Deputies arrived and found Martinez at the Circle K and arrested him. PCSO said deputies found two .40 caliber bullets in his pockets, and the handgun hidden behind a RedBox movie rental machine.

According to PCSO, Martinez admitted the gun was his, but denied he pointed it at the guard. Deputies say the gun was stolen out of Casa Grande. Through an identification check, it was found Martinez was an illegal immigrant from Mexico, and deported on February 18, 2009, December 6, 2009, and July 12, 2011, PCSO said.

"This illegal immigrant continues to break our laws, going as far as to threaten the life of an American citizen on a local school yard," Sheriff Paul Babeu said. "This is yet another example of what happens when we don't enforce all the laws."

Martinez was booked charges of possessing a firearm on school grounds, prohibited possessor of a firearm, aggravated assault, trespassing, threats and intimidation and disorderly conduct with a firearm.