Police arrest Grand Island man tied to school lockout

Suspect bailed out of moving vehicle
Grand Island police arrested Jose Martinez, suspected in over two dozen crimes.
Grand Island police arrested Jose Martinez, suspected in over two dozen crimes.(Hall County Jail)
Published: Sep. 15, 2020 at 4:55 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Grand Island police Tuesday arrested a man who jumped out of a moving vehicle while trying to get away.

Police arrested Jose Martinez, 33, Tuesday afternoon just after 1:00 p.m. After he jumped out of the vehicle, he was arrested after a short chase on foot. The car, which was stolen, ended up in a house yard near Eddy Street and Fonner Park road in central Grand Island.

Martinez was suspected of stealing a white Jeep Cherokee which was spotted Monday morning on a street near Gates Elementary school. When officers approached the car with guns drawn, the vehicle took off striking another car in the process. The incident led to a short lock-out at Gates school.

Police said Martinez was also involved in numerous other alleged incidents in which he fled from officers in a reckless manner endangering the public, the officers involved, and destroying property.

Following the foot pursuit and custody, Martinez was booked into the Hall County Jail on the following charges: four counts of Operating a Motor Vehicle to Avoid Arrest (Felony) during three different incidents, one count of Possession of Stolen Property (Felony), one count of Possession of a Controlled Substance Meth (Felony), one count of Tampering with Evidence (Felony), three counts of Willful Reckless Driving (Misdemeanor), four counts Driving During Revocation or Suspension 6th Offense (Misdemeanor), two counts of Obstructing a Police Officer (Misdemeanor), one count of Criminal Mischief (Misdemeanor), one count of leaving the scene of a property damage accident, one count of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (infraction), as well as Hall County Warrants for Fail to Appear, Flight to Avoid Arrest, Obstruction of a Police Officer, Revocation of Probation DUI, and Driving During Revocation. He also faces a Stop Sign Violation (Infraction).

In a prepared statement, police said they were anxious to arrest Martinez because, “his pattern of disregard for the safety of the public and officers constituted a continued threat to the safety of our community, and that our town is safer with him in custody.”

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