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March 31, 2017 Lt. Brian Campagna
Case Number: 17-1789
Date/Time: 03/31/17 @ 10:21 AM hours
Location: 3300 Old Soscol Way
Charges: 69 PC X 2 Counts Obstruct/ Resist Officer
243(b) PC Battery on a Peace Officer
600(a) PC Willfully Harm Peace Officer’s Dog
148(a)(1) PC Obstruct/ Resist Peace Officer
1203.2 PC X 2 Counts Violation of Probation
Two local arrest warrants
Suspect: Justin Martin 22 years old, Napa transient
On 03/31/17 at approximately 10:21 AM Napa Police Department Officers attempted to contact Justin Martin in the 600 block of River Glen Dr. Martin has been the source of numerous calls for service in the past two weeks regarding violations of a restraining order. The victim of the restraining order lives in the area. Martin had two local arrest warrants, one of which was for a felony violation. Martin was also on two separate counts of Napa County Probation.
Martin ran from Napa Police Officers and fled towards the Napa River. Officers caught up to Martin who physically resisted and assaulted the Officers. Martin was able to gain separation from the Officers and he fled into the water of the Napa River in attempt to evade capture. Additional Napa Police Officers responded and established a perimeter in the area. Napa County Sheriff’s Deputies, a CHP Helicopter and a Napa County Sheriff’s marine unit responded to assist in capturing Martin.
During the incident, a Napa County Sheriff’s K-9 was deployed on Martin while he was near the river bank. Martin physically assaulted the Sheriff’s K-9 and fled back into the Napa River. Once Martin got back onto land, Officers eventually lost sight of him due to the dense vegetation in the area. He was last seen in the area of a storm drain outlet along the west side of the Napa River bank.
Napa Police Officers placed a robot in the storm drain pipe system in attempt to locate Martin. While searching the storm drain system, Martin physically removed a storm drain grate and emerged from underground. It is estimated Martin traveled over 600 feet in a storm drain pipe.
Martin was seen by perimeter officers just after he came out of the storm drain system. Martin again ran from officers but he was physically detained and placed under arrest about 12:16 PM. Martin was medically treated at the scene and a local hospital. He was transported to the Napa County Department of Corrections and booked on the listed charges.
Two Napa Police Officers sustained minor injuries. The Officers were medically treated and returned to work.
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