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June 24, 2014

Jeffersonville passerby puts man in cuffs, then gets arrested

Gregory Wayne Martin jailed for confinement, intimidation

JEFFERSONVILLE — A Jeffersonville man was arrested moments after he called police to report that he had handcuffed a man who he thought had assaulted a woman.

Gregory Wayne Martin, 35, Flintlock Drive, who made the call to police, soon found himself in handcuffs, however, after Jeffersonville police arrived to the scene near Middle Road.

An officer responded to Flintock Drive and Hunter’s Trace about 1 a.m. Friday to find a 20-year-old man, who lives down the street from Martin, in handcuffs.

“[The handcuffed man] began to ask for help, yelling ‘That man,’ as he nodded toward Martin, ‘... pulled me out of the car at gunpoint and ordered me to the ground,’” according to the police report. “[The handcuffed man] then advised that the gun had a laser, then stated, ‘I thought he was going to kill me.’”

The man told police that Martin had ordered him out a vehicle where he sat with his girlfriend, a 20-year-old New Albany woman. He said that he thought Martin was a police officer. The man said that he and his girlfriend were parked at the intersection and that they had been in a verbal altercation.

Before police arrived, the woman had driven from the scene to get help at the nearby home of her boyfriend’s parents. Police then contacted the woman, and she returned to the scene “visibly shaken and scared,” police reported.

“[She] stated that [Martin] came out of nowhere and pointed his gun with a laser at [her boyfriend] and her,” according to the report.

She said Martin ordered her boyfriend out of the vehicle and onto the ground while pointing “the laser” at him the entire time.

Police later determined the weapon described was not a firearm, but a Taser.

While her boyfriend was on the ground, the woman yelled to him that she was leaving to get his mother.

“ ... this is when Martin reached into her car and attempted to grab her keys. [The woman] advised she threw the car into reverse and left the scene,” police reported.

She confirmed to police that there had been an argument between her and her boyfriend, but it was limited to a verbal exchange.

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While the JPD officer spoke with the woman, a second officer arrived and began speaking with Martin. It was reported that the Taser carried by Martin was also thought by one the officers to be a “glock handgun.”

Martin told police he had been walking his dogs when “he saw what he thought was a male hit a female,” police reported.

He then retrieved the Taser located in his father’s truck and ordered the man out of the vehicle and placed him in handcuffs.

Martin was then placed in custody, and police reported that, “It should be noted that Martin’s speech was slurred, and I could smell the odor of an alcoholic beverage on Martin’s breath.”

Martin has been charged with class C felony intimidation and class D felony criminal confinement. He is being held in the Clark County jail under a $15,000 full-cash bond. He has an initial appearance scheduled for Thursday, June 26.

In 2010, Martin was convicted in Floyd County with possession of marijuana and public intoxication.



 

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