- Date of Crime: 2006-06-28
- Location of crime:
- Sex: F
- Age: 18
Javier Guzman Martinez
- Sex: M
- Arrest Status: charged
- Nationality: Mexico
On June 28, 2006 an 18 year old woman from Tehuacana, TX, was run off a rural road near Coolidge, TX., kidnapped and then raped and beaten nearly to death by her abductors. The attackers left her for dead in a ditch by the side of a road about a mile south of Coolidge. Bleeding profusely, the girl made her way to a house a half-mile away where she awakened residents with a faint knock on the front door.
Dena Lincoln said the woman, covered in blood, came to her trailer door at about 4:30 a.m. "I will never, as long as I live, get that look that was on her face out of my mind," Lincoln said. "She kept saying, 'I'm going to die. I'm going to die.' I told her, 'No, honey, you are going to be all right. We are going to get you some help.'" Lincoln and her husband, both Coolidge volunteer firefighters, wrapped the woman in a blanket and treated her for shock.
"She spent more than two hours in hell," Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson said. The girl is “very, very fortunate to be a survivor.” She was flown by helicopter to Scott & White Hospital in Temple, where she was treated for numerous cuts and stab wounds, including an injury that endangered one eye.
Authorities said the two men approached the woman and her friends outside a Mexia video store that night and began talking to them. Wilson said the assaulted woman did not know the men. The men left but later followed the woman as she left the Mexia strip mall, about 40 miles east of Waco, where she was visiting friends. The woman told investigators she was driving at about 2:30 a.m. Wednesday on a state highway toward her home in a Limestone County town when a car rammed her car and forced her off the road. The woman said that the men forced her into their car, and then drove around rural county roads while they sexually assaulted, stabbed and beat her, Wilson said. The woman said the men left her about a mile south of Coolidge in a ditch, where she pretended to be dead until they left, Wilson said.
Investigators said they have identified three separate crime scenes related to the attack - the ditch where the woman had been left; the site on Highway 171 where her vehicle was abandoned; and another location where some of the victim’s clothing was found.
A tip from a Mexia resident led authorities to arrest Javier Guzman Martinez, 17, and Noel Darwin Hernandez, 22. Officers found Martinez at his Mexia residence. Wilson said Martinez confessed to the incident and told officers of Hernandez's involvement. Martinez was arrested in Mexia and Hernandez was arrested at a bus station in Waco, 45 minutes before he could board a bus bound for Mexico as he tried to leave the country.
The two men were charged with aggravated sexual assault and aggravated kidnapping and held on $1 million bonds. Wilson said both men are apparently in the United States illegally and will be held on immigration charges. Hernandez is from Honduras, and Martinez is from Mexico, Wilson said.
While in the Limestone County Jail, Javier Guzman Martinez, wrote a letter to his aunt Alicia Ramirez, that he has failed his family and wishes he could talk to his mother to ask forgiveness.
The last day Ramirez saw her nephew was June 27, when he stayed in her home. She said he slept on her couch occasionally but normally drifted in and out of several places. About noon, she heard a car honk outside. Ramirez said she knew who the driver was the second Martinez jumped up from the couch.
“El Salvatrucha,” she said, referring to Hernandez’s alleged nickname. The nickname evokes part of the name of a violent street gang, Mara Salvatrucha, better known as MS-13.
“Don’t go,” she told him. “You have to rest and go to work tomorrow.” She had warned him many times not to hang out with “El Salvatrucha,” she said. But he ignored his aunt. “I’m leaving, tía,” he said, patting his younger cousin on the head and disappearing out the door.
Ramirez says that the next time she saw her nephew was in a mug shot broadcast on TV news.
Martinez signed his letter with “Chilango 100%” — slang for “100 percent Mexico City native.” Next to it he wrote “Sur 13,” a reference to a gang originally from south Los Angeles, which has spread and become one of the most dangerous in the United States, according to Doran Belknap, who handles gang intelligence for McLennan County’s Juvenile Probation Department.
Sheriff Wilson has told the Tribune-Herald that officials are investigating whether the men have been involved in similar assaults. However, he has refused to discuss whether Martinez or Hernandez had a criminal history or were involved in gangs.
The victim isn’t mentioned in Martinez’s jailhouse letter to his aunt. He writes instead about receiving death threats and how he believes they are serious. He asks his family to find a way to get him out. “I don’t want to die here,” he said.
In September 2007, a Limestone County grand jury added attempted capital murder and aggravated robbery charges to the list of allegations against Javier Guzman Martinez and Noel Darwin Hernandez in their indictment for the June 28 attack. Martinez and Hernandez also face two additional counts of aggravated sexual assault stemming from the same incident. The two are being held in the Limestone County Jail with bail set at $4 million each.
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