Man shot by estranged girlfriend's neighbor now in custody

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A 28-year-old man who was shot by a neighbor of his estranged girlfriend two weeks ago, was arrested Monday. He's being held on suspicion of sexually assaulting the woman and other related charges.

Police said Carlos Martinez Jr. broke into his ex-girlfriend's apartment at the Colonial Grand at Old Town Scottsdale near 70th Street and Thomas Road about 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 8. He allegedly held her hostage and sexually assaulted her, Scottsdale police Officer Kevin Watts said.

The 35-year-old woman eventually broke free from him and ran through the complex knocking on neighbors' doors to get help before a 40-year-old neighbor opened his door, Watts said.

Martinez confronted him and the men got into a fight that spilled into the neighbor's apartment. That neighbor, fearing for his life, pulled a handgun and shot the suspect in the chest, Watts said.

Police say Martinez ran about 150 yards before he collapsed.

He was taken to Scottsdale Health Care Osborn Medical Center and was released Monday, when officers took him into custody.

He was being held on charges of kidnapping, sexual assault, aggravated assault and burglary.

The neighbor faces no criminal charges, and asked that his name be withheld.

Police say the estranged girlfriend was doing well.