Chaparral Park carjacking suspect arrested, booked in to Scottsdale jail

Reggi Martinez, 24, is currently being held on several felony charges to include Aggravated Assault of a Police Officer and Robbery. (photo by Scottsdale Police Department)

A 24-year-old man has been accused of aggravated assault on an officer and robbery after an alleged carjacking at Chaparral Park in Scottsdale on Dec. 18, police officials say.

The Scottsdale Police Department identified the suspect in the carjacking as Reggi Martinez. He is currently being held on several felony charges including aggravated assault on a police officer and robbery, police said in a Dec. 19 press release.

At approximately 7:50 p.m. on Dec. 18, Martinez approached a 28-year-old male victim walking in Chaparral Park, 8100 E. Chaparral Road, and demanded the victim’s keys, said police.

The victim turned over the keys and then attempted to run away. Martinez gave chase of the victim for a short distance but then stopped and made his way to the victim’s car.

Martinez was in the car as the first Scottsdale Police Officer arrived and was confronted, ordering Martinez to exit the car. The suspect ignored the commands, driving south towards the exit of the park, police said.

In the process of exiting the park, Martinez drove towards a second officer who was positioned at the park exit, according to police officials. The officer fired one shot at Martinez, striking the vehicle.

Martinez, who was not hit, continued out of the park and headed east on Chaparral Road, police say. Officers followed in pursuit as Martinez failed to yield and headed south on the Loop 101 freeway.

Martinez continued to flee and exited the Loop 101 at McDowell Road. He then went west on McDowell Road where he failed to stop for a red light at McDowell and Hayden Roads, and colliding with two vehicles in the intersection.

Martinez continued, traveling into Tempe where he lost control and crashed into desert landscaping at McKellips Road and College Avenue, according to police.

At that point, he was removed from the vehicle and placed under arrest, police say.

Martinez was treated at an area hospital for minor injuries as a result of the traffic collisions, and then booked into the Scottsdale Jail.

There were a total of four occupants in the two vehicles involved in the collision at Hayden and McDowell, and none received serious injuries, said police.

The officer involved in the shooting was wearing an on-body camera, but the system was not activated at the time of the incident.

The name of the officer, who has been with the Scottsdale Police Department for five years, is not being released at this time, police said. Per department policy he has been placed on administrative leave as the incident is investigated.

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