Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
November 16, 2009
Susan Kang Schroeder
GANG MEMBER FACES TRIAL FOR ASSAULTING AND ROBBING MOTHER, DAUGHTER, AND GRANDMOTHER DURING HOME INVASION USING STOLEN KEY
FROM UNDER WELCOME MAT
WESTMINSTER – A Santa Ana criminal street gang member faces trial tomorrow for entering a home using a key stolen from under the welcome mat and robbing a mother, daughter, and grandmother at gunpoint after duct taping two to a chair and assaulting them with a firearm. Carlos Alberto Martinez, 26, Santa Ana, is charged with three felony counts of first degree robbery, two felony counts of false imprisonment by violence, and one felony count each of false imprisonment by violence of an elder, first degree residential burglary, aggravated assault, assault with a firearm, elder abuse, street terrorism, and sentencing enhancements and allegations for criminal street gang activity, causing great bodily injury, and the personal use of a firearm. He has a prior strike conviction from 2000 for robbery. Martinez faces a maximum sentence of three life terms in state prison if convicted. Opening statements are expected to begin tomorrow, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. in Department W-13, West Justice Center, Westminster.
At approximately 5:45 a.m. on Dec. 18, 2007, Martinez and an unidentified accomplice are accused entering a Santa Ana home using a key, which one of the defendants had stolen a few days prior after seeing Jane Doe #3, an 78-year-old grandmother, hide it under the front door mat. Wearing ski masks and armed with firearms, the defendants are accused of entering the kitchen and attacking Jane Doe #3 and her 54-year-old daughter, Jane Doe #1. Martinez and his accomplice are accused of duct taping the two victims to chairs by binding their wrists, ankles, bodies, and faces.
One of the defendants is accused of going into a bathroom, where 17-year-old Jane Doe #2 was showering. He is accused of ordering her at gunpoint to get out of the shower and forcing her into the kitchen, where her mother and grandmother were being held.
As the three victims screamed in terror, the two defendants are accused of repeatedly hitting Jane Doe #1 and Jane Doe #3 in the face with their firearms as they demanded cash and jewelry. Martinez and his accomplice are accused of stealing $64 in cash and $150 in jewelry items and then fleeing the scene on foot. A neighbor called 9-1-1 after hearing the victims screaming.
The victims were transported to the hospital to be treated for their injuries. Jane Doe #3 was hospitalized for several days and continues to suffer from chronic headaches and vision problems as a result of the attack. Evidence was collected from the scene of the crime, including DNA from an interior door handle.
In April 2008, Martinez was convicted in an unrelated gang case for street terrorism and the unlawful taking of a vehicle in Orange County. He was sentenced to four years in state prison. The defendant was ordered to submit his DNA as a result of the conviction.
In June 2008, the DNA collected from the home in Santa Ana was matched to Martinez’s DNA from his April 2008 conviction. The defendant was transported from state prison to Orange County to face charges.