Police have identified the man suspected of sexually assaulting his 28-year-old girlfriend and holding her against her will.
Renton police say there is probably cause to arrest Luis A. Martinez, a 25-year-old resident of Renton, for Kidnapping, Rape and Auto Theft.
Police say Martinez had met his girlfriend at a Renton restaurant Wednesday. Martinez had a few drinks before getting into his girlfriend’s car with her. Once the victim was driving, Martinez pulled out a handgun told her she would be spending the day with him. Martinez forced her to drive several locations; at one stop in Renton, he pressed the gun to her side and sexually assaulted her.
When Martinez stopped at a Safeway grocery store in Kirkland, the victim was able to get away and sought help from a store employee. The woman called 911 and told police her boyfriend had assaulted her and brought her against her will to the Kirkland store.
While she was making her escape, Martinez used the victim’s debit card to steal several hundred dollars from her account at an ATM. When he realized the victim had fled, he left in her beige Honda. That car was later found abandoned in Tukwila.
Martinez is described as being 6' tall, 185 pounds with black hair and black eyes. He has tattoos on his neck that are visible from the front; a red star on the right front of his neck and the beginning of a scripted word on the left side of his neck.
Martinez was last seen with a handgun and is considered armed and dangerous. He is known to stay in hotels (where he checks in under an assumed name), often travels by Metro bus, and usually hangs out in southeast or east King County. If you see Martinez or know of his whereabouts, please call 9-1-1 immediately.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Renton Police Department at 425-430-7500 and reference case #13-11400.