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Renton man sought in alleged kidnapping, sexual assault

Luis A. Martinez - Renton Police Department
Luis A. Martinez
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A 25-year-old Renton man is wanted in the alleged kidnapping and sexual assault of a Renton woman, 28, on Wednesday, according to the Renton Police Department.

In a news release, the Renton Police Department reported there was probable cause to arrest Luis A. Martinez for investigation of kidnapping, rape and auto theft.

Investigators are asking for the public's help in locating him.

The assault occurred in Renton, but Renton Police were contacted at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday by police officers in Kirkland, where the victim had managed to escape.

The victim was concerned for the safety of her two children, an infant and preschooler, who were at a daycare in Renton. They were picked up by relatives and taken to a safe location, according to the Renton news release.

This is how the news release explained the incident:

"The victim met the suspect, Luis A. Martinez, at a Renton restaurant yesterday regarding some paperwork. There Martinez had a few drinks before getting into the victim’s car with her. While the victim was driving, Martinez pulled out a handgun and racked the slide, then told her she would be spending the day with him. Martinez forced her to drive to several locations, and at one location pressed his gun into her side and sexually assaulted her.  When Martinez stopped at a grocery store in Kirkland, the victim was able to get away from him and sought assistance from a store employee.

"While the victim was getting help, Martinez used the victim’s debit card to withdraw several hundred dollars from her account at an ATM.  Once Martinez realized that the victim had escaped, he left in her car which he gassed up before disappearing."

The victim's car was later found in Tukwila and processed by Tukwila Police for evidence.

Martinez is described as 6 feet tall, weighing 185 pounds, with black hair and black eyes.  He has tattoos on his neck that are visible from the front; a red star on the right front of his neck and the beginning of a scripted word on the left side of his neck.

Martinez was last seen with a handgun and should be considered armed and dangerous, according to police.

He is known to stay in hotels, where he checks in under an assumed name, often travels by Metro bus, and usually hangs out in southeast or east King County, according to police.

Anyone who sees Martinez or knows of his whereabouts is asked to call 9-1-1 immediately.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Renton Police Department at 425-430-7500 and refer to case No. 13-11400.

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