Attempted kidnapping suspect spotted masturbating in Avila Beach

June 26, 2015
Jose Alfredo Martinez

Jose Alfredo Martinez

San Luis Obispo County Sherif’s deputies have arrested the man who allegedly tried to kidnap a woman on an Avila Beach hiking trail earlier this week. The man was also reportedly seen masturbating in a nearby parking lot.

Jose Alfredo Martinez, 41, grabbed a woman who was walking on the Avila Ridge Trail Monday afternoon and attempted to drag her into nearby bushes, according to the sheriff’s office. The woman broke free, ran off and reported the incident to authorities.

Martinez, a Santa Maria resident, managed to evade capture on Monday, even though sheriff’s deputies searched the area with the assistance of a California Highway Patro helicopter.

On Tuesday, three women from New York reported seeing a man openly masturbating about two yards away from them in the Pirate’s Cove parking lot. The incident occurred around 2 p.m., and the man matched the description of the attempted kidnapping suspect.

Investigators, though, did not find Martinez until the following day. A sheriff’s deputy spotted him on the nearby Shell Beach Bluff Trail around 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Martinez was shirtless and wearing baggy shorts at the time. He was arrested without incident and charged with attempted kidnapping.

Martinez also had a warrant for his arrest in Santa Barbara County for failing appear in court on a charge of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

The sheriff’s office is still investigating Martinez’s activities. Anyone who was hiking in the area at the time and saw Martinez or was approached by him is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 781-4550.

Martinez is currently in San Luis Obispo County Jail with his bail set at $100,000. The jail website lists Martinez as being 5 feet 5 inches tall and 160 pounds.


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44 Comments

  1. achillesheal says:

    He’s just hear to do the job that no Americans will do.

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    • obispan says:

      I disagree. There are many Americans willing and able to masturbate in public.

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  2. slophocles says:

    I don’t like the way law enforcement dishevels these SUSPECTS before they take their mugshots. I’d like to see a law where a man or woman is allowed a makeover before their photo is snapped. Look how guilty they made Mr. Martinez look in the court of public opinion! He doesn’t stand a chance. I think about those two poor homeless men from Morro Bay accused of stealing a sailboat, or was it a woman’s purse? – I don’t know, but they looked awful bad in their snapshots.

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    • justbeware says:

      OMG, are you serious? A makeover?
      Are you suggesting that on the was to jail they be taken to a hair salon, maybe drug rehab for a little detox, or that the taxpayers install these type of facilities at the jail?
      Maybe professional photographers should be hired too, so mug shots become glam shots?

      How do you know law enforcement dishevels these people? Do you think they keep them up for days to make them appear high as a kite too?

      There’s nothing glamorous about the lifestyle most of these people lead, sadly, what you see is what you get.

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      • CentralcoastRN says:

        Absolutely! He needs some sparkly gloves, some lip gloss, a little botox. We have a LOT of tax dollars just laying around, so why not?

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      • slophocles says:

        How would you feel if one night you were at a concert, or one day at one of the many lovely festivals we have here in our county, and you had to go pee but the line at the porta-potty was too long for you to wait, so you scooted over into the bushes and relieved yourself and a cop walked by, saw you, cuffed you, and in the scuffle, knocked you around a bit, threw you in some poison oak, gave you a black eye, and stuck you in front of a camera with your hair all atangle and your festival/concert attire muddied and soiled, next to the headline: “Justbeware Caught Urinating in a Public Place.” Cal Coast News, KSBY, and even the Tribune and Nude Times, would show that mugshot and people would look at you and say, “Yep, Justbeware looks just like the type of person that would Urinate in a Public Place” and you’d be guilty before proven innocent (though actually you’d be guilty if you had indeed peed) but you could probably get out of it if you could afford a good lawyer like Ilan Funke-Bilu, which you probably could if you could afford to attend concerts and wine and jazz festivals. So, yes, I am serious – a free makeover for all SUSPECTS about to go before the court of public opinion!

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  3. abigchocoholic says:

    After the “my bad” day he had 2 days ago, yesterday he thought he punish himself with a very public dishonorable discharge.

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  4. 805code4 says:

    Baaaaahahahahahahaha *pees a little* hahahahha

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    • slophocles says:

      805code4, you laugh just like givemeabrake.

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