Pasco man charged in alleged assault

By Geoff Folsom, Tri-City HeraldSeptember 9, 2013 

A Pasco man remained jailed Monday after throwing a hammer at a police officer and hitting another officer with a chain, police said.

Police were called at 11 a.m. Friday to the Tri-City Union Gospel Mission after Diego Martinez-Martinez, 25, reportedly was trying to break into one of the mission's vans at 112 N. Second Ave., said Pasco Police Capt. Jim Raymond.

"He'd broken out a window and was inside trying to start the car when officers arrived," Raymond said.

Officers used a Taser on Martinez-Martinez and wrestled him to the ground after he threw the hammer, Raymond said. But he broke away and ran down an alley.

"The Taser was essentially not effective," he said

Martinez-Martinez hit another officer with a chain as they caught him, Raymond said. No officers were hurt, he said.

Andrew Porter, associate executive director at the mission, said he saw the officers trying to stop Martinez-Martinez.

"They pigpiled him and Tased him numerous times," Porter said. "You assume he was pretty amped up on something. They had a hard time getting him down."

Martinez-Martinez was arrested for felony second- and third-degree assault, as well as attempted vehicle theft, Raymond said. He said the suspect was shocked only once.

Jail records show Martinez-Martinez also is being held on an immigration hold.

The van is used by the mission for maintenance, Porter said. It had significant damage to its steering column, along with the broken window. But a local mechanic repaired the van at a reduced price.

Porter said he didn't think Martinez-Martinez used the mission shelter, but some people who stay and work there knew him.

"We don't normally see too much of that around here," Porter said. "I wasn't expecting the violence."

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