Two would-be police officers have run-ins with the law
Published: Monday, December 3, 2012 at 1:09 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, December 3, 2012 at 2:51 p.m.
Two police academy recruits were arrested Saturday in connection with different offenses.
Johan Martinez, 24, of 3000 SW 35th Place, is an academy recruit from Orlando, Gainesville Police Department spokesman Officer Ben Tobias said. Martinez was arrested and charged around 4 a.m. with unarmed burglary and petty theft.
Robert Goodman, 25, of 4800 NE 70th Ave. in High Springs, is a recruit from a police academy in Ocala, Tobias said. He was charged with resisting arrest without violence around 2:30 a.m.
“It’s quite the anomaly to have a case involving the arrest for a police recruit,” Tobias said, “much less two in one night.”
According to an arrest report, Martinez and his ex-girlfriend got into an argument outside the woman’s apartment, and he beat on the door irate that she wouldn’t let him inside.
Martinez climbed onto the second-story awning up a lattice, the report said, and beat on the glass of the window, cracking it. Martinez opened the window, and the victim closed it and told him not to come in, the report said.
He opened the window again and entered while the victim screamed for him to leave. Martinez then followed the victim into the kitchen and took the victim’s house key off her key chain. The victim called police, the report said, and Martinez was found nearby in the apartment complex.
After his arrest, Martinez told police he entered the apartment because he wanted to show the victim she could not keep him out.
The second police recruit arrest of the night happened about an hour later. Police responded to College Park Apartments, 1900 NW Third Avenue, in reference to a report of men loudly destroying a fence in the area. When they arrived, a man told them the men responsible had fled into a nearby apartment when he called 911.
Officers went to the apartment, and a man named Mark Anthony Lee Jr., 22, came out. During the interview, Goodman came out and told Lee he didn’t have to talk to the police and should come inside, Tobias said. An officer grabbed Lee to keep him outside, and Goodman grabbed Lee’s shoulder to pull him in. Police subdued Lee, Tobias said, and tried to get Goodman out of the apartment. Goodman tried to shut the door in an officer’s face but was pulled outside and leg swept after he refused to sit down.
Both men were arrested, and Goodman told officers he was associated with the police academy in Ocala and had applied to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
Goodman’s bond was set at $2,000, and he was no longer in jail on Monday. Martinez also had been released by Monday afternoon.
Tobias said the actions of the men don’t represent the conduct of police officers.
“GPD is more than happy to weed out recruits like this,” he said. “If they can’t follow the law themselves, how do they expect to enforce it?”