St Paul City Council candidate arrested again

"He admitted to recently taking a fire arms course. Which required him to poses a firearm."

Edgar Linares
August 10, 2018 - 5:47 pm

St. Paul City council candidate David Martinez, 38, was taken into custody twice this week.

On Tuesday, Martinez was arrested for visiting the school his children attend after staff there notified police. Police say he was in violation of a protection order against him from his estranged wife, that says he “must stay a reasonable distance away” from the residence, “two city blocks or one quarter mile, in all directions, whichever distance is greater.” He was released the following day.

On Thursday, campus security spotted Martinez at Hamline University in St. Paul. St. Paul Police say Martinez was sitting at a picnic table and was later seen using a computer inside the school’s library. School security were aware of Martinez’s protection order and called St. Paul police who determined he was in geographical violation once again and arrested him.

“While being interviewed by an investigator for this violation he admitted to recently taking a firearms course, which required him to posess a firearm in order to complete the certification,” said Sgt. Mike Ernster.  “The officer deemed this to be a violation of the court order also and issued a second citation.”

However, the city attorney’s office determined there wasn’t enough evidence to charge Martinez for Thursday’s arrests and he was released.

On July 6, Martinez was banned from all St. Paul libraries following a scuffle. That same day he also was banned from Target Field for a year after getting into a confrontation with police.

On July 16, Martinez was arrested after allegedly placing semi-nude photos of his estranged wife on his campaign blog; he claimed his computer was hacked. In that case, Martinez is suspected of violating the state’s “revenge porn” law.

Martinez is running for St. Paul's Ward 4 council seat in Tuesday's Primary Election.