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On 6/22/2016, Hot Springs Police Officers responded to the 200 Block of Stone Street in reference to Harassment.
Corporal Brown arrived on the scene and made contact with the victim, who was in the street in front of the residence. The victim stated to Cpl. Brown that the property owner identified as Thomas Martin, 51, of Hot Springs had allegedly made threats to kill the victim if he entered the property. The victim is a Code Enforcement Officer and was only trying to do his job. Cpl. Brown could not locate Mr. Martin at that time. Approximately thirty seconds later the victim informed Cpl. Brown that Mr. Martin was on his way back to the residence. Cpl. Brown saw a small green car at the intersection of Janette and Stone Streets.
The driver, later identified as Mr. Martin allegedly accelerated the vehicle to a high rate of speed and intentionally drove directly towards Cpl. Brown and the victim, as if he was going to run them over. Just a few feet from the officer and the victim, Mr. Martin abruptly turned his vehicle into his driveway. Mr. Martin quickly exited his vehicle allegedly yelling “I’m going to kill you.” Mr. Martin then allegedly ran around to the right side of his vehicle where he picked up a shovel head and continued to make threats to kill Cpl. Brown and the victim.
Corporal Brown drew his taser on Mr. Martin and ordered him to drop to the ground. After several failed commands, Cpl. Brown deployed his taser making full contact with Mr. Martin. Mr. Martin fell to the ground where he was then placed under arrest with the assistance of Hot Springs Police Department’s Sergeant Kizer.
At that time Hot Springs Police Officer Langford arrived on the scene. Mr. Martin allegedly continuously made threats to kill every officer on the scene. As other Code Enforcement Officers arrived, Mr. Martin allegedly continued to yell profanities and cursed every person there. Additionally, Mr. Martin allegedly stated that when he was released from jail he would hunt them down and kill each one of them.
Mr. Martin was evaluated by LifeNet and he was released from their medical care.
He was then transported to the Garland County Detention Center.
Mr. Martin is charged with Terroristic Threatening in the 1st Degree x4, Aggravated Assault x2, and Disorderly Conduct.
His bond is set at $10,000.00.