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Service of High-Risk Arrest Warrant Leads to Violent Struggle

Worcester, MA (May 27, 2017) – On Saturday May 27, 2017 at about 9 PM, members of the WPD Gang Unit and SWAT team were in the area of Cutler St in an attempt to serve a high-risk warrant. Officers were searching for Fendy Martinez, twenty-six years old of 33 Cutler St, who had several outstanding warrants for crimes that included carrying a firearm without a license, use of a firearm in a felony, discharging a firearm within 500 ft of a dwelling, armed robbery, assault with a dangerous weapon, resisting arrest, and assault and battery on a police officer. Mr. Martinez is a known gang member and is known to carry firearms.

Officer spotted Mr. Martinez in a Toyota Solara on Dorchester St and attempted to pull him over. He stopped in front of 86 Dorchester St, climbed out of the vehicle’s sun roof, and sprinted on Dorchester St toward Providence St. Officers chased him and were able to bring him to the ground. Mr. Martinez screamed that he was not going back to jail, squared up, and punched one of the officers as a violent struggle ensued. During the struggle, one of the officers used his department-issued Taser in an attempt to end Mr. Martinez’s resistance, but it was not effective. Mr. Martinez kept screaming, “I ain’t going back, someone record this so I can get paid.” He refused commands to put his hands behind his back and was continually fighting the police. During the struggle he also ripped one of the officers’ shirts.

As Mr. Martinez was finally being placed in handcuffs, a large, hostile crowd had formed. Several people were calling the officers “pigs,” and saying that they did not know what they were doing. Police called for an ambulance to evaluate Mr. Martinez, who was transported to the hospital. At the hospital, officers searched Mr. Martinez and found multiple bags of cocaine, 2 cell phones, and approximately $250 in cash.

In addition to his warrants, Fendy Martinez is charged with Assault and Battery on a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest, Wanton Destruction of Property, and Possession of a Class B Substance with intent to Distribute. He will be arraigned in Worcester District Court on Tuesday May 30th.

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