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Man Convicted of Kidnapping Ex-Girlfriend at Gunpoint

Man Convicted of Kidnapping Ex-Girlfriend at Gunpoint

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RANCHO CUCAMONGA – A 24-year-old Riverside man was convicted this week of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend at gunpoint District Attorney officials said. Christopher Para Martinez was found guilty of one felony count of Criminal Threats, one felony count of Kidnapping, one felony count of Assault with a Firearm, and one felony count of Dissuading a Witness, with jurors finding true that the defendant personally used a firearm during the commission of the crime.

The defendant went to the Ontario home of the victim in June 2015, to pick up his belongings that were left at her home. When he arrived, the father of his ex-girlfriend opened the garage to let him in. Martinez, according to the father put a gun to his throat and threatened to kill him. Hours later, the defendant called the victim, asking her to meet him at a gas station. He told his ex-girlfriend to get into his vehicle so they can talk. She got inside and he told her that they were going for a ride.

The victim asked to be let out of the vehicle, but Martinez kept driving approximately 20 miles until he reached a desolate wooded area of Lytle Creek. He forced her out of the vehicle at gunpoint. “He marched her into a more secluded area away from the roadway and put the gun approximately a foot from her face and asked her who was going to die, her or her father?” said Deputy District Attorney Lisa Crane.

He turned the fun away from the victim and attempted to fire, but the gun misfired. They both got back into the vehicle, drove back to the gas station, and both got into the victim’s vehicle.  “Meanwhile, the defendant was calling his ex-girlfriend’s father, telling him he would never see his daughter again if he didn’t go to the police department and drop the charges from the earlier incident in the garage,” said Crane.

The father reported the incident to the police, telling them his daughter was being held captive by Martinez. Authorities were able to locate Martinez and the victim and were able to safely remove the victim from the car. The defendant was arrested without further incident. Martinez was found guilty by a jury and is scheduled for sentencing on January 13, 2017, at the Rancho Cucamonga Superior Court.

 

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  • Christopher-Martinez: Photo courtesy of San Bernardin county District Attorney
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