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Man tackles runaway suspect for Avon police

AVON — A local man tackled a suspect fleeing from police and “subdued” him until police could arrive.

David Martinez, 26, was spotted by police in an Avon hotel, the third time in two weeks he had fled from police on foot.

When he saw police approaching him, Martinez bolted from the hotel and ran through the Windham construction property, with Avon Police Officer Tyler Churches running after him. A resident walking along the street saw Martinez running, wearing no shirt and denim pants, and then saw Churches running after him, shouting for Martinez to stop.

The resident, a 27-year-old man, decided he’d help Martinez obey the police officer’s orders. He did a football tackle and “subdued” Martinez for the few seconds until Churches could get there and handcuff the suspect, police said.

Police aren’t in the habit of asking residents to tackle suspects, said Lt. Greg Daly with the Avon Police Department, but in this case they were glad to have the help.

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“We were pretty impressed,” Daly said. “We would generally not request citizens to get involved. It resulted in the apprehension of Mr. Martinez, who had eluded police on two previous occasions.”

Unfortunately, the young man injured his shoulder in helping the police, Daly said.


Martinez had escaped police before — Avon police spent part of Sept. 10 searching for the 26-year-old suspect after he bolted and ran when he was confronted by an Avon police officer in the Avon Rec Center. They wanted to have a chat with Martinez because he has two arrest warrants and also bolted during the Labor Day weekend in Eagle when police contacted him.

Martinez remains in the Eagle County jail on charges of resisting arrest and violating a restraining order. Both charges carry a $1,500 bond.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and rwyrick@vail

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