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APACHE JUNCTION — Michael Martinez, 32, was arrested Jan. 27 after he tried to stab his landlord, police said.

An Apache Junction Police officer wrote, “Defendant and victim were verbally arguing about a tenant disagreement at the residence when defendant removed a kitchen knife from a drawer in the kitchen, grabbed the victim around her head/neck and held the kitchen knife to her body and ‘tried to stab’ the victim.”

The police report states that Martinez’s wife (or girlfriend as it was later stated in court records) intervened in the situation and managed to push him away from the landlord. The police report indicates the landlord was in great fear during the ordeal.

No one was injured but Martinez appeared to be under the influence of drugs, according to police, and he just kept “rambling about the incident.”

He was charged with aggravated assault, assault and disorderly conduct.

He was released on his own recognizance and is scheduled to appear in Superior Court on Feb. 14.


Jim Headley is a reporter covering breaking news, crime and justice around Pinal County. He can be reached at