Fake cop indicted by grand jury

By Jason Hawk - jhawk@aimmediamidwest.com



A man who claimed to be a homicide detective and went on odd rants on Facebook Live has been indicted by a Lorain County grand jury.

Stevie Martinez, 28, of Connecticut, faces a fifth-degree felony count of drug possession and misdemeanor counts of possessing drug-related items and impersonating a peace officer or investigator following his arrest last month in Amherst.

At a July 20 arraignment, he pleaded not guilty and the case was assigned to common pleas judge Raymond Ewers. A court-appointed attorney will defend Martinez, who was deemed indigent.

Martinez is being held at the Lorain County Jail on $5,000 bond.

He was originally charged by Amherst police June 18 with drug and paraphernalia possession, inducing panic, having weapons under disability, and impersonating a police officer. The case, originally presented at Oberlin Municipal Court, was bound over to the grand jury for consideration.

The charges were the result of two bizarre Facebook videos made in June, which raised alarms.

They show Martinez wearing a bulletproof vest, showing off a realistic-looking pistol that later turned out to be a BB gun, and toying with handcuffs.

Much of the footage is nonsense as Martinez sings and rambles aimlessly to himself and an online audience. At one point, it shows Martinez enter a local convenience store and tells a clerk he is a homicide detective.

Later, at Motel 6 in Amherst, another video shows him dancing in front of the camera, brandishing the BB gun, and posing with the cuffs dangling over his shoulder.

Martinez has a history of convictions for criminal mischief, threatening, assault, violating probation, and breach of peace, according to Connecticut court records.

Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-988-2801 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.


By Jason Hawk