Pennie Hart pulled into the lot to open her business for the day. As Hart parked her SUV, Martin approached her and pointed a handgun at her. He told her to get out of her car. Hart got out and ran into the business. Martin took the SUV and left northbound on Green River Rd. The female in the white car also left the area.
Hart called 911 and gave a description of her Lexus SUV and the plate number. A detective found Martin sitting in the SUV in the Sugar Mill Creek Apartment Complex a few minutes later. Uniformed officers arrived at the apartment complex and tried to arrest Martin. Martin refused to put his hands up where officers could see them and then put the SUV in gear. Martin then tried to flee the scene. Martin hit a parked car, but did not stop.
Martin was armed and dangerous and refused to surrender. An officer fired two rounds at the SUV's tires. One of the tires went flat as Martin continued to flee. Martin drove into a field next to the apartment complex and got stuck. He ran way from the SUV, but was caught at a nearby intersection. The handgun used in the carjacking was found in the SUV.
Martin was charged with:
- Armed Robbery B felony
- Carjacking with threat of force B felony
- Possession of gun by a Convicted Felon B felony
- Resisting Law Enforcement C felony
- Resisting Law Enforcement D felony
- Resisting Law Enforcement A misdemeanor
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia A misdemeanor
Police have not found the white car or the female that was with Martin when the incident began. Anyone with information on her or the car is asked to call EPD at 812-436-7979 or the WeTip Hotline.
EVANSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT - NIXLE
March 29, 2014