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Man flees cab fare, arrested for assault

By Brandon Evans | Published Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A Fort Worth man’s attempt to avoid paying a long-distance cab fare resulted in his arrest in Newark early Friday morning.

Jose Hector Martinez Jr., 28, took a cab ride from Fort Worth to Newark late Thursday night. He instructed the driver to let him off at the Newark Food Mart, at the intersection of Farm Roads 718 and 3433. Once the cab pulled over, Martinez told the driver he didn’t have any money, and he would have to wait for a friend to bring him some money to pay his fare.

“(Martinez) finally said he didn’t have any money and took off running,” said Captain Kevin Benton with Wise County Sheriff’s Office.

It was dark out, and Martinez managed to elude officers for a little while. But deputies, along with assistance from the Department of Public Safety, located him as he emerged from the woods near the intersection of Brown Street and Farm Road 718.

“About a half hour later deputies and a state trooper found him muddy and scratched up,” Benton said. “He’d been running through the woods.”

In addition to the theft charge, Martinez had an outstanding warrant from Tarrant County for assaulting a family member.

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