PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – Public court documents shed some light on what led police to arrest Jose Martinez on suspicion of first-degree murder, armed robbery, and assault with a deadly weapon. Martinez, 30, was arrested Friday morning after a 911 call led investigators to a man’s body on the side of the road just south of 19th and Dunlap avenues.
Police say a 911 caller reported seeing a man “kneeling near [the victim] and rummaging through a backpack and other items,” including a pair of shoes. When officers went to a nearby convenience store to look at surveillance video, they were told that a person was in the men’s bathroom “acting strange.” According to the probable cause for arrest statement, officers found Martinez in one of the stalls. Officers say he had a black backpack with him, as well as a shirt, a hat, and “a thin pipe” that appeared to have blood on them. Police also said he was wearing shoes that looked like they had blood on them and had a wallet that did not belong to him in his pants pocket.
Investigators say the 911 caller identified Martinez as the person he saw by the dead man. Police say the witness specifically mentioned the shoes Martinez was wearing were the same ones he saw next to the dead man.
About an hour after the body was reported, police received a 911 call regarding an armed robbery. A man who was waiting for a bus said he was attacked and hit over the head. Police say the victim fell as he tried to run away, but his attacker kept hitting him in the head. While the victim could not identify his attacker, it was his wallet police say they found on Martinez. Police say Martinez claimed he found the victim’s wallet but did not remember where.
Investigators say Martinez also denied having a backpack with him at the convenience store. After he saw surveillance video of him with the backpack, he said he found it “but could not provide a location.”
When police asked Martinez about the dead man, he requested a lawyer.
Martinez's public court documents show that he is on either probation or parole, but the details, along with prior arrests and convictions, were redacted. A secured appearance bond was set for $1.5 million. A preliminary hearing for Martinez is scheduled for Sept. 27.