Athens man charged with assaulting officer at end of crime spree


Abel Martinez

By Joe Johnson

An Athens man was charged with aggravated assault on a police officer during an alleged February crime spree, according to a 17-count accusation filed Aug. 6 in Clarke County Superior Court.

According to the accusation, 22-year-old Caleb Martinez of Hanover Place began the spree on Feb. 16 when he stole a Toyota Land Cruiser, and the next day stole a Ford F-150 pickup truck.

Also on Feb. 17, Martinez robbed another male by taking cellphones and a computer tablet by force, according to the accusation, which noted Martinez committed battery on the victim.

A week later, on Feb. 24, Martinez entered two vehicles with the intent to commit theft and also made two criminal attempts to commit the same crime, the accusation notes.

The crime spree ended on Feb. 26, after he stole a Honda Accord and a pistol from a pickup truck and was arrested at Rolling Ridge Apartments off Kathwood Drive while in possession of the Accord and stolen gun, according to Detective Nathaniel Franco.

When fighting with the Officer Caleb Emmett, Martinez grabbed for the stolen handgun, according to the accusation.

He was also charged with battery for injuring the officer when fighting to resist arrest, as well as possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, according to the accusation.

Superior Court Judge Lisa Lott has denied motions to set bail for Martinez, who is scheduled to be arraigned on Sept 8.

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