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An Albuquerque, New Mexico man held up another man at gunpoint until police arrived following a hit-and-run. Police have identified the suspect as Henry Martinez, 33. Martinez was taken into custody and is facing charges for leaving the scene of a crash and driving with a revoked license.

Martinez, a mixed martial artist, is accused of striking a bicyclist on a nearby frontage road and fleeing the scene. He was stopped by the good Samaritan about a mile away on Interstate Highway I-25. The hit-and-run victim’s bicycle was still lodged under Martinez’s Ford Explorer when the armed citizen stopped him.

Witness Vern Hershberger captured the standoff on video. Authorities involved have not disclosed the identity of the armed citizen who stopped Martinez, nor have they disclosed the victim’s identity.

Local news from KRQE News 13 was first to arrive at the scene of the hit-and-run where paramedics were treating a man for his injuries. The Albuquerque police told KRQE that they expect the accident victim to recover completely.

The video shows Martinez begging the armed man not to shoot while the armed man holds him at gunpoint. The armed man is also on his phone throughout the video.

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Police haven’t said why the armed man confronted Martinez, how he stopped him or how he got Martinez out of his SUV. What happened to him after the arrest is also unknown. What we can see is that he was successful and that no one else was hurt in the process. Police have not filed charges against anyone involved besides Martinez.

In New Mexico, it is legal for a person to make a citizen’s arrest. Making a citizen’s arrest can be brave, but it can also be risky from a legal perspective. A person must believe that a felony-level crime has been committed and use “no more than reasonably necessary force” to make the arrest.

“So long as the arrestor had a reasonable subjective belief that such a crime had been committed,” explains 2nd Judicial District Court Judge Alan M. Malott, “the privilege could apply even if the belief was factually incorrect or the arrestee was later found innocent of the charge.”

If a person uses more force than necessary or breaks the law making the arrest “he may be liable for either civil damages, criminal consequences or both,” said Malott.”Conduct which violates our criminal statutes, such as assault, battery and false imprisonment may also result in liability for civil damages.”

Citizen’s arrest laws vary state by state.

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  • Mo Kahn October 2, 2016, 7:32 pm

    Altho it appears that his motives were good, the civilian opened up a can of worms for himself. Right or wrong, It is a violation of law to threaten another with a firearm. That means someone can sue! The cops on this case had the option to arrest the gun brandisher, and the purp has the right to sue. Not knowing the law is no excuse for creating a potentially deadly situation. What if the guy ran? If he shoots him in flight. He becomes the criminal. Even police officers know that the only justifiable excuse is if someone’s life is in immediate danger. In thes case, the hit & run driver was under treat for his life and had a justifiable right to defend himself using lethal force. If someone draws down on me, my response is to shoot first! And even if it is a hit & run, my USCCA lawyer would come to my rescue. If you are going to carry a weapon, you need to follow the laws or you become a poster child for the anti-gun lobby! This gun owner isn’t a hero. He is just another excuse for Trump to try and take our guns away! (Trump Law & Order BS)

    • Z October 8, 2016, 4:33 pm

      Did you even read the last three paragraphs of the article? The author clearly spelled out with quotes from a State of New Mexico District Court Judge the circumstances and rules pertaining to citizens arrest. Your jibberish has no bearing on the article.

  • BRASS October 1, 2016, 10:17 pm

    The media will try to hang the good samaritan for using a gun to effect a citizens arrest, more than they will the hit and run driver.

  • American DaddyOH September 30, 2016, 9:06 am

    I really would like to know the status of the driver at this point.

  • Dan September 30, 2016, 6:56 am

    Smarter is better… follow and lead police to area!

  • SuperG September 19, 2016, 6:43 pm

    So Martinez knew he’d hit the bicyclist, by telling the armed guy he didn’t mean to hit him, which will pretty much gives the DA an easy conviction. The most I would have done would be to follow the vehicle and call the cops, and remain on the line until they caught up. Too many things could have gone wrong by me playing cop.

    • Jdsmith September 30, 2016, 5:15 pm

      Following a vehicle until thay get caught could easily result in exchanging rounds. He is already running to not get caught.

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