Ken Leighton 6 p.m., July 1
Escondido men accused of burglary with baseball bats
Antonio Amador and Brandon Martinez deny crime spree
Two young men from Escondido are due in court Wednesday, September 4, facing six felonies each, after arrest on suspicion of creating an overnight crime spree August 21, 2013.
It was a little after midnight when a woman on Kenora Place awoke to noises in her living room. “She looked down her hallway to see a suspect, his face covered, walking towards her carrying a baseball bat,” according to a police statement. “Another suspect was seen in the living room, also armed with a bat or similar weapon and in the process of disconnecting a television set.” The frightened woman woke her husband and the two strangers fled, according to police.
Just a few blocks away and a few moments later, a person was robbed of his bicycle. Escondido police began a manhunt but were unable to locate suspects near the first two locations.
It was before 2 a.m. when a woman four miles away, in the 3100 block of Sycamore Crest Place, watched two persons going through her neighborhood, trying to open doors of homes. When the two men approached her door, the woman and her brother “yelled at the suspects to leave,” according to police. This caused the scary strangers to go to a vehicle parked nearby and bring back baseball bats, which they used to smash out the windshield of the woman’s car.
“The suspects then drove from the area in a dark-colored, two-door Honda,” according to Escondido police. “The suspect descriptions provided by the witnesses matched the general descriptions from the two previous cases.”
About 2:30 a.m., another woman was awakened by noise in her home, three miles from the previous site.
“A female resident in the 2200 block of E. Lincoln Avenue woke to find two suspects in her home armed with baseball bats,” police reported. “She yelled out to her two male roommates, one an active duty Navy enlisted man and the other recently discharged from the Navy. All three residents confronted the suspects and a violent fight ensued. Although one of the servicemen and the female witness were injured, their injuries were minor. Neither victim required emergency medical treatment. Both suspects sustained significant injuries during the altercation and fled the scene of their crime. They managed to escape and were seen leaving in the same dark-colored Honda,” Escondido police reported.
Police officers were at the crime scenes when two young men arrived at Palomar Medical Center seeking treatment. Police went to the hospital and found Antonio Amador and Brandon Martinez both requesting help for “multiple contusions, lacerations and abrasions.”
“A dark-colored, two-door Honda was located in the parking lot of the hospital and determined to be the suspect’s vehicle,” police said.
Antonio Gabriel Amador, 18, and Brandon Douglas Martinez, 20, are held in lieu of more than $250,000 bail, each. Both men plead not-guilty to six felonies, including first degree burglaries of inhabited dwellings and armed robberies and assaults with a deadly weapon. There are previous criminal files for each man found in San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse.
On July 6, Antonio Gabriel Amador, 18, was accused of shoplifting and misdemeanor battery at the Westfield North County shopping mall (previously known as North County Fair). Ten days later Amador was accused of carrying a concealed knife, according to records. He paid a $2,500 premium to post $25,000 bond, and was released in mid-July. His home address is listed in the 1200 block of S. Juniper Street in Escondido.
When Brandon Douglas Martinez was 18 years old, in 2011, he was charged with making a criminal threat and using force upon a person named Travis. The teen pleaded guilty to attempting to dissuade a witness as a misdemeanor. The next year, Martinez was charged with entering a building to commit theft and giving false ID to a police officer. In that case, Martinez pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors: petty theft and possession of a concealed knife.
Records show that by July of 2013, Brandon Martinez had completed 8 hours of an “Anger Management Program” and 32 hours volunteer work. His most recent address was listed in the 1300 block of Wagon Glen in Escondido, California.
Amador and Martinez are due in court Wednesday, September 4, to set a date for prosecutors to present their evidence, in San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse.
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