Martinez accused of threatening to kill wife


Edgar Cruz-Martinez

Edgar Cruz-Martinez

A Port Isabel man is behind bars after allegedly threatening to kill his wife.

The Port Isabel Police Department was dispatched to the 600 block of South Shore Drive in reference to a disturbance on Saturday, April 20.

Officers arrived and found that a 15-year-old male ran into his neighbor’s house to hide from his father, who was identified as Edgar Jesus Cruz-Martinez.

The teen reportedly told officers that his father became angry when he found out that his mom was not home and thought that she was with another man. The son alleged that his father began to break lamps and glassware, took out two kitchen knives and threatened to kill his wife, according to police.

Authorities said the 15-year-old also told officers that he ran out of the residence and hid at his neighbor’s house for safety because he feared for his life.

Police further reported that the suspect fled the scene in a black pickup truck, traveling on South Shore Drive and Texas Highway 100 that eventually lead officers who attempted to pull the vehicle over in a pursuit.

The chase reportedly reached Bridge Street and Railroad until arriving back at the location on the 600 block of South Shore.

The suspect parked his vehicle and ran back inside the residence and barricaded himself for a short time, police said. Officers surrounded the house and Cruz-Martinez surrendered a short time later.

The suspect was arrested for terroristic threats, aggravated assault and evading; he was transported to the PIPD jail and booked.

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