SALINAS—Authorities with the Salinas Police Department were looking for 31-year-old Salinas resident Hector Luis Martinez for stabbing a man early Monday morning. Martinez remained on the run until he turned himself in to Paso Robles Police Monday night.
Early Sunday morning, Martinez unexpectedly arrived at his relative’s home on Capitol Street and was allowed to spend the night. For an unknown reason, Martinez stabbed a 47-year-old man three times.
“Our officers responded to the call of an attempted homicide/stabbing at the 100 block of Capitol Street,” Salinas Police Officer Miguel Cabrera reported.”When officers arrived they found the victim suffering from stab wounds to his chest and arms.”
The victim, who was not a relative of Martinez, suffered three stab wounds to the chest and upper torso. The victim was transported to a local hospital and then flown to a Bay Area hospital for treatment. His condition has been listed as serious but stable. Martinez fled the residence after the attack.
At the time, Salinas Police Officers believed that he was headed to Sacramento because he had family in the area. Salinas Police also had evidence that he may be driving a black older model BMW.
After being on the lam for some 18 hours, Martinez turned himself into the Paso Robles Police Department at 8 p.m. Monday evening. Detectives from the Salinas Police Department made the 100-mile drive to Paso Robles to pick up Martinez and bring him back to Salinas.
Martinez was booked into the Monterey County Jail on attempted murder charges.
The Salinas Police Department is still investigating this incident and is asking anyone with information to call the Salinas Police Department Investigation Unit at (831) 758-7226.
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