California man Martin Martinez, 30, was arrested and charged with murder after he reportedly killed his girlfriend, infant daughter and three family members.
Martinez stands accused of murdering two women and three children between 6 months old and 6 years old, According to News 10 ABC.
Officers discovered the bodies on Saturday afternoon in the Nob Hill Court, California, home in the middle-class Village I subdivision, Heather Graves of the Modesto Police Department reported. Authorities had originally visited the home to request a security check after a friend had become worried when Dr. Amanda Crews, a 38-year-old victim, never showed up for a planned event.
Police confirmed that the women and children had been killed on Saturday but declined to offer any other details about the alleged murders.
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"I passed that house and I looked at it and it gave me that feeling that something was wrong. And I wish I would have rang the bell or knocked," Dipali Thacker, a neighbor, told News 10 ABC. "You never know what to expect."
"[Martinez] has had a past relationship with one of the victims and is the biological father [of] one of the deceased children," police said on Facebook. "No motive or cause of death will be released at this time."
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Martinez’s mother, Anna Brown Romero, and Crews’ two daughters, 6-year-old Elizabeth and 6-month-old Rachel, were also found dead inside the home, according to The Modesto Bee. The fifth victim is believed to be Martinez’s 5-year-old niece, though her name wasn’t released.
“It’s devastating,” Heather Graves, a member of the Modesto Police Department, said. “Not only to the families of the victims but to the neighbors here as well, and to our law enforcement community.”
This is not the first time that Martinez has been suspected of violence within the family. Last September, Martinez was home alone with Crews’ son Christopher when the boy suffered a head injury, according to the warrant. Martinez claimed that the two had been wrestling, though the injury was so bad that the boy had to be transported to Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera, California, where he died.
Last week, it was determined by a medical expert that Christopher’s death was a homicide, The Modesto Bee reported.
Martinez was arrested in the parking lot of the Westfield Oakridge shopping mall in San Jose on Sunday around 1 a.m. He is currently being held without bail in Santa Clara County’s Main Jail South Complex on a warrant that police obtained by a judge.
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