Martinez, 29, entered a home in Gold Canyon wearing a mask with a screen and a black outfit, pointed his gun at the couple that resided in it and told them to remain in one place. He would then disappear to different parts of the house looking for valuables and reappear to make sure they were complying with his orders. He used a foreign accent and he changed from polite to rude and threatening.
Home invasion is one of the worst forms of violence. It will not be tolerated in Pinal County, said James P. Walsh, Pinal County Attorney. My office and I will do our utmost to uphold the constitutionally protected sanctity of Pinal County residents homes.
In addition to the armed robbery and kidnapping convictions, Martinez was also convicted of trafficking stolen property, since he pawned jewelry he took during the January 2008 robbery. A serial number on a Rolex found in a pawn shop gave him away.
Kathryn Pierce of the Pinal County Attorneys Office prosecuted the case.
Martinez was found guilty of:
Armed Robbery, class 2 dangerous felony
Burglary 1st Degree, class 2 dangerous felony
Kidnapping, class 2 dangerous felony
Kidnapping, class 2dangerous felony
Trafficking Stolen Prop, class 3 felony
Theft, class 3 felony
A Sentencing will be scheduled later this month at the Superior Court in Florence Arizona.