Temple man goes on bizarre crime spree

Bell County Jail
Friday, May 24, 2013 - 9:05am

A Temple man is still in custody after a reportedly committing a bizarre chain of crimes on Tuesday.

On Tuesday, Temple Police Officers were dispatched to two burglary of a habitation calls. One call was in the 1100 block of South 47th Street, and the other was in the 900 block of South 45th Street.

During the crime in the 1100 block of South 47th, police say a man, now identified as Martin Anthony Hernandez, 37, grabbed the victim(s), attempted to force them to enter their vehicle, and drive him to an unknown location. The victim resisted and Hernandez fled the scene.

Officers were advised of a criminal mischief in progress at Westside Drug Store, located at 1516 South 31st Street, within moments of the burglaries. The suspect’s description was provided, and it was similar to the description provided in the two burglary reports.

Officers were then informed that a male with the same description was at Pecan Plaza, located at 1401 South 31st Street, and he had jumped into an occupied vehicle. The suspect allegedly told the victim to drive and run red lights. The suspect did not injure the victim, but after rummaging through the vehicle and pulling on the steering wheel, he jumped out and ran south on 31st Street.

Police say Hernandez then ran to the Stratford House Inn, located at 1921 South 31st Street, entered the business, jumped over the counter, scared citizens, and then ran out the front door crossing 31st Street toward Scott & White Hospital.

As Hernandez ran towards Scott & White Hospital, he jumped into the bed of a slow moving pickup truck, went across the bed, and jumped out the other side. He then ran onto Scott & White property, located at 2401 South 31st Street, and ran towards the south tower entrance doors. Three Scott & White security officers were able to detain Hernandez, preventing him from entering the hospital facility, until officers arrived on scene.

The case was reviewed by the Bell County DA’s Office on Wednesday, and a complaint was issued by that office, charging Hernandez with the offense of burglary of a habitation with intent to commit other felony. Hernandez is being held in the Bell County Jail for this offense,  two other misdemeanor offenses, and a parole violation warrant.

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