Christopher Martinez (Booking Photo)
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.– A Riverside man was convicted Tuesday for kidnapping his ex-girlfriend at gunpoint and making criminal threats.
Christopher Para Martinez, 24, of Riverside, was found guilty by a jury 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.
In June 2015, the defendant went to the victim’s home in Ontario to retrieve his personal belongings.
According to Deputy District Attorney Lisa Crane, who prosecuted the case, the defendant was let into the garage alone by his ex-girlfriend’s father. During testimony, the father stated the defendant put a gun to his throat and threatened to kill him.
A few hours later, the defendant called the victim and convinced her to meet him at a nearby gas station. When the victim arrived, the defendant insisted that she get into his vehicle “just to talk.” Once inside the vehicle, Martinez told the victim, “We’re going for a ride.”
Over the victim’s objections, Martinez drove her approximately 20 miles to a wooded area in Lytle Creek and forced her from the car 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 Crane.
The defendant turned the gun away from his ex-girlfriend and attempted to fire a round, but the gun misfired.
They got back in the car, drove back to the gas station and switched into the victim’s car.
“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 went to the police station, told them his daughter was being held captive and Ontario Police mobilized. With the assistance of multiple agencies, law enforcement was able to track down Martinez and the victim. The victim was safely removed from the vehicle and the defendant was arrested.
Martinez is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 13 in Dept. R10 at the Rancho Cucamonga Superior Court.