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Neighbors ask for man who caused 48-hour SWAT standoff to remain behind bars

People who say they have been held hostage by a violent neighbor for greater than two years are hoping to get some reduction in courtroom on Monday.

SAN ANTONIO — A man charged in reference to a latest 48-hour SWAT standoff in southeast San Antonio is due in courtroom Monday morning.

Some of his neighbors stated they are going to be there too, asking the decide to revoke the probation of 28-year-old Baldemar Martinez whereas he awaits trial. 

September 13, San Antonio Police had been referred to as to the Southcross Ranch subdivision for a neighborhood disturbance.

Neighbors on Diamondback Trail stated they do not know why Martinez turned irate, however they declare he fired photographs at their canine and their home.

Police stated the primary arriving officers on the scene heard photographs being fired, however Martinez had already retreated inside his home and refused to come out.

RELATED: New particulars revealed in 48 hour standoff on southeast aspect

Neighbor Donna Hicks stated the subsequent two days had been torturous, with police utilizing a loud speaker in an ill-fated try to badger Martinez into surrendering. 

“It was deafening. It wasn’t just loud, it was to the point that I still have ringing in my ears now. Everybody in my house was traumatized.” Hicks stated.   

“Between the sirens they were blaring for hours on end, screaming and yelling at him all night long, it was traumatizing,” Hicks stated.

Beyond the standoff, Hicks stated for greater than two years, Martinez has been terrorizing the neighborhood. 

Hicks has a stack of police experiences that chronicle the threats; 13 in 2021 and 6 to date this year, she stated.

“He has shot through my bathroom window while I was in the shower. He shot my truck. He’s shot my husband’s truck. He threw a brick and hit me in the face when I was leaving for work one day,” Hicks stated, including that even her pets have suffered.

“He has thrown chunks of metal at my dog to the point he cut a chunk out of my dog’s head and we had to treat it for six weeks,” Hicks stated.

Spending time outdoors, she stated, is solely not potential and she or he stated she and her husband don’t really feel secure inside their house both.

“We’ve had to move our bedroom into the living room to avoid the bullets,” Hicks stated, whereas stating a big sheet of tin that now covers the toilet window that’s riddled with bullet holes.

Hicks stated Martinez has an assortment of weapons, and whereas she claims that he usually shoots at neighbors with a pellet gun “He carries around a 9 millimeter in the front yard and we have seen him with a 22 caliber in the back yard, a long rifle,” Hicks stated.    

With regard to the listening to scheduled for Monday, Hicks stated, “I hope the judge and the assistant district attorney will hear our cries. We just want the same simple freedoms everybody else gets. Why can’t we live in peace?   Do something. Please!”

The chemical dependency counselor stated she is effectively conversant in individuals like Martinez, who are on probation.

“I counsel people who are on probation all the time and if they violate? They go away. That’s just the way it is supposed to work but this is his third major violation,” Hicks stated. “It’s safe to say that this is the most illogical situation I have ever seen in my entire life!  Ever!”

Hicks stated a number of neighbors have moved, however she can not afford to depart the house she owns and she or he stated there isn’t a assist accessible from the sufferer’s compensation fund. 

“They are forcing us to move but we have no means to move,” Hicks stated, including that as a substitute of taking efficient motion to cease Martinez, police have suggested her to take flight.

“They said, ‘Build a bigger fence or move. There’s your solution.’  I went ballistic when they told me that,” Hicks stated.

Hicks stated the neighbors have been speaking amongst themselves, hoping for a superb final result in courtroom, however they don’t seem to be optimistic.

“If the movement to revoke his probation shouldn’t be granted I believe your complete neighborhood goes to Austin to sit on the Governor’s doorstep.

The listening to is said to an incident in May 2020, when Martinez was concerned in one other neighborhood disturbance that resulted in a standoff with police that lasted a number of hours.

Then, he was charged with aggravated assault with a lethal weapon. He has been arrested and launched for violations of his probation a number of occasions however on-line courtroom data present he was nonetheless granted a $10,000 bond, even after the September incident.

Most not too long ago, he was charged with lethal conduct-firearm. His bond on that cost is $40,000.

A Justice of the Peace did set up particular situations for his launch, however Hicks and others stated Martinez has by no means abided by the phrases prior to now.

His situations now embrace: GPS monitoring, drug and alcohol testing, and orders prohibiting firearms and make contact with with victims.

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