The homeowner was sleeping when she was awakened by a man holding a flashlight, standing by her bedroom door. After an exchange of words, and the victim calling the police, the male suspect left the residence. Officers arrived within two minutes and set up a perimeter around the block. Based on the description provided by the victim, a similar looking man was seen moments later at 14th Street and Brighton Avenue. When officers approached the man, he ran west towards Imperial Avenue, throwing items to the ground as he ran.
The man, identified as 19 year old El Centro resident Felipe Martinez was detained near Imperial and Brighton based on the homeowners identification of the suspect. Additionally, using the items discarded by Martinez, officers were able to discover a vehicle burglary had occurred in the 1200 block of Brighton Avenue. Officers contacted the second victim, and he identified the recovered items as coming from his vehicle.
Martinez was arrested and booked into the Imperial County Jail. He was booked on charges of burglary and possession of stolen property. His bail was set at $75,000.00.
“While the burglary of an occupied home is not common, there is always the potential for violence by the suspect, thankfully that did not happen”, said Commander Jeff Mason. “Thanks to a clear thinking victim, the quick action of the public safety dispatchers and the fast response of the patrol officers, we were able to make this significant arrest”, said Mason.