Felon Beat Military Veteran With Bamboo Stick, Deputies Say
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — A man released from prison last year beat a 67-year-old military veteran unconscious with a bamboo pole after the vet stepped in to break up an argument, deputies say.
- Deputies: Veteran intervened in argument between roommate, suspect
- Veteran being treated at Orange City hospital for broken neck, back
- Deputies: Christian Martinez got out of state prison last year for burglary
Christian Martinez, 31, of Deltona, was wanted on a warrant for heroin-dealing charges but is now facing a slew of others, including battery and assault.
The man said that the morning before, he was at his Gainsboro Street home in Deltona with his roommate, a 42-year-old woman, when Martinez showed up.
Martinez and the woman then got into a fight, the veteran said.
When the veteran tried to intervene, he told detectives that Martinez picked up a 4-foot-long bamboo stick and beat him unconscious with it. When he was conscious again, he said Martinez was standing over him with a loaded black semiautomatic pistol and threatened to kill him if he reported the incident to law enforcement, an affidavit said.
The veteran lay in bed at home for a few hours before getting a ride to the hospital, where he was admitted. Fearing that Martinez would retaliate and kill him, the veteran asked to be admitted under an alias.
A Volusia Sheriff’s narcotics team caught up with Martinez on Wednesday night at a home on Fieldstone Avenue. Officers said he was found with heroin, other drug paraphernalia, a stole Glock .40 caliber handgun, and ammunition.
Martinez was released from state prison last year after serving a year on burglary charges, deputies said.
In addition to the drug charges, he now faces charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, grand theft firearm, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and threatening a victim.
Martinez was transported to Volusia County Branch Jail, where he was being held on a no-bond status.