EPPD arrest 3 in Lower Valley hammer assault

EPPD: Rio Sage Garcia, Ralph Gonzales, Andrew Martinez
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 10:04am

Police have arrested three men in connection to last week's beating of a man with a metal hammer in the Lower Valley.

EPPD officials tell L4N that the assault happened in a parking lot along the 8600 block Adriana Court on September 10, shortly before 11p.m.

The department's Gang Investigations Unit was called out and they discovered that three alleged gang members, later identified as 21-year-old Andrew Martinez, 21-year-old Ralph Gonzales and 22-year-old Rio Sage Garcia, approached a vehicle with two people seated inside.

Investigators allege Martinez and Gonzales opened the passenger door to the vehicle and demanded that the victims surrender money and the car keys.

Officials say the suspects then began to assault the male who was seated inside.

Police say Martinez, armed with a metal hammer, struck the male victim several times in the head, while Gonzales punched the male victim. Officers add that the third suspect, Rio Garcia, opened the driver's side door and began to steal items from inside of the vehicle.

The items stolen included a cell phone, the vehicle keys and a wallet with cash. During the incident the suspects allegedly threatened to kill the female victim if she tried to escape.

Pebble Hills Patrol Officers located Gonzales and Martinez after receiving information which was relayed by Mission Valley Patrol and placed them under arrest.

Garcia was arrested on September 12, 2013.

All three men were booked into the El Paso County Detention Facility on charges of Engaging in Organized Criminal Activity - Aggravated Robbery.

Each suspect had a total bond of $450,000.00

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