Man arrested in connection with shooting

Linda Saholt

News Review Correspondent

Man arrested in connection with shooting Robert Martinez, 18, was taken into custody by Ridgecrest Police Department officers on Nov. 25 at about 1:30 p.m. He turned himself in at police headquarters at City Hall, after being at large since Aug. 30.

There were two outstanding warrants for Martinez’ arrest, in connection with a shooting incident that occurred in Ridgecrest Aug. 30. At that time, at 10 minutes after 5 p.m., officers responded to the 500 block of North Norma Street, regarding a call reporting shots fired.

The reporting person told officers he had been shot at while driving his vehicle in the parking lot of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, at 501 N. Norma St.

The victim was not injured, but his vehicle sustained damage consistent with several bullets impacting the hood and windshield of the vehicle. The suspect had fled the scene.

After obtaining a description of the shooter and evidence of a confrontation in the church parking lot, officers searched the area and located additional involved parties and recovered a revolver suspected of being used in the shooting.

The charges against Martinez include attempted murder, assault with a firearm on a person and carrying a concealed dirk or dagger. All three are felonies. His total bail is $605,000. He is currently being held at Lerdo Pretrial Facility in Bakersfield. He was arraigned on the listed charges in Ridgecrest’s East Division Superior Court on Nov. 26, and had his pre-preliminary hearing Dec. 3. He is currently awaiting further hearings.

Story First Published: 2013-12-04