A convicted felon with violent tendencies was arrested early Sunday at Motel 6 in Amherst after a Facebook Live stream raised fears.
Stevie Martinez, 28, of Watertown, Conn., broadcasted video of himself with a bulletproof vest, handcuffs, and a gun.
“I’m in Ohio, n——-,” he says in a 21-minute video laced with profanity and unintelligible slang. “I got my vest, I got my gun, I’m a bada— n——-, I got everything,” he adds later.
The footage starts with Martinez in a car and follows him inside a convenience store, where he buys an energy drink.
“What’s with the vest thing? Just curious?” asks a cashier.
“Homicide,” he responds. “Homicide detective.”
Amherst police arrested Martinez at 4:49 a.m. at Motel 6, where much of the live stream appears to have been recorded.
The video shows him in a motel room, dancing erratically and brandishing a silver pistol for the camera, cuffs slung over his shoulder while he sings.
Martinez raps his knuckles on the vest before removing it, then waves what appears to be pot in front of the camera, takes off his shirt, cocks the pistol, and poses, swaying back and forth.
He was charged with having weapons under disability, impersonating a police officer, inducing panic, and possession of drug abuse instruments.
A release from Amherst Det. Sgt. Mike Murphy said the weapon turned out to be a toy BB gun.
Martinez was taken to the Lorain County Jail to await arraignment Monday at Oberlin Municipal Court, where he entered not guilty pleas to the misdemeanor charges.
Connecticut court records show convictions for criminal mischief, threatening, assault, violating probation, and breach of peace.
According to his Facebook profile, Martinez is originally from Trinidad and Tobago. He has a following of 1,124 people on the social media site.
Another live video from Saturday — about an hour 15 minutes long — shows him with the same bulletproof vest and gun, playing with a holster and handcuffs.
Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-988-2801 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.