Former APD Officer Found Dead in New Braunfels Hotel Room
(New Braunfels, TX) -- A former Austin Police Officer was found dead in a New Braunfels hotel room last week. Robert Craig Martin was a Sergeant with the Austin Police Department before two incidents where he was allegedly caught “huffing”, or inhaling the contents of aerosol canisters, in order to get high. The 1st incident took place in a Lowe’s parking lot in Kyle, the 2nd was at an apartment complex in Cedar Park in Austin, where the officer was allegedly found surrounded by 36 cans of aerosol computer cleaner.
New Braunfels Police Department officials confirmed that the 36-year old Martin checked in to a room at the Rodeway Inn on I-35 here in New Braunfels last week Wednesday, and hadn’t been heard from since. Officers attempted to make contact, and then forced their way into the room, where Martin was found dead. Police also confirmed that there were several aerosol spray cans found in his room. An autopsy has been ordered, but police say they believe his death was accidental, likely the result of huffing. **Photo from the Austin American Statesman
In other news from local police: Theft of property charges have been filed after the people who were leasing property in the 200 block of Loop 337 apparently took everything inside that business with them when they left…including the kitchen sink! The operators of a Goomba’s Pizzeria franchise in the location that formerly housed Speck’s Shrimp Shack (and before that TJ’s Burgers), were moving out of that location, and the owner of the building claims that they took a lot of items with them that were not theirs, including tables, chairs, booths, and kitchen equipment that did include a kitchen sink. The total estimated value of the items taken is reported at 26-thousand dollars, and police are investigating the incident.
Police are also investigating some violent attacks from over the weekend:
- Early Saturday morning police responded to a fight in progress at the Dardee Apartments in the 2-thousand block of Katy Street, where one man claimed to have been assaulted with a machete. Police responded to the scene for reports of a fight involving multiple male subjects. After breaking up the fight, officers did find one man who had a wound to his ear, which he said was the result of being attacked with a machete, but he refused to give further information, and also refused medical treatment, so no arrests were made.
- Elsewhere: 22-year old New Braunfels resident Robert Shawn Farbin is looking at felony level assault charges after he reportedly attacked his wife this weekend at their home in the 300 block of Placid Meadow around 5am Saturday. Neighbors heard a woman screaming and called police, who arrested Farbin, charging him with family violence assault, and a charge of impeding breathing for allegedly choking his wife using his hands. He was taken to the Comal County Jail where he remains on a 75-hundred dollar bond.
- Then on Sunday evening, around 6:30, two men were arrested following a disturbance in the 200 block of North Plum Avenue. One man reportedly displayed a knife, while another flashed a machete, and both men made threats to others at that residence. Police arrested 32-year old New Braunfels resident Felipe Jesus Cerritos for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. His bond was set at 20-thousand dollars and he remains in custody on that charge, and is also being held for immigration agents. 30-year old Alberto Aguado-Cerritos was also charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and for resisting arrest after he struggled with officers as they were handcuffing him. His bond has not been set, and he is also being held for ICE agents.
And our final law enforcement news note: There were more than the normal number of incidents reported over the weekend involving possession of marijuana, with 7 incidents in total, from locations along I-35, to the downtown area on San Antonio Street, to the Hwy 46 area, Huisache Avenue, and Katy Street. For comments by New Braunfels Police Lt. Mike Penshorn about the volume of those incidents, just click on the Audio Clip link below.