SUPERIOR — Andy Martinez, 46, of Superior was arrested for choking a 14-year-old boy with a cellphone charging cord on Aug. 23.

Martinez was arrested on Aug. 29 at his home in Superior and charged initially with aggravated assault-impeding breath and blood, also known as strangulation.

According to Pinal County Superior Court records, at 5 a.m. on Aug. 23, Martinez discovered the boy in his daughter’s bedroom.

“The defendant’s daughter had invited the victim into her room, through the window, at approximately 3 a.m.,” a Superior Police probable cause statement reads. “The defendant shouted at the victim, a 14-year-old boy, and wrapped a cellphone charger cord around his neck, pulling him off the bed, causing the victim to have difficulty breathing. The cord mark could still be seen on the victim’s neck later that evening when the report was filed.”

The police report stated that when law enforcement contacted Martinez at his residence he “described the same chain of events as the victim,” court records read.

Martinez was arraigned on the charge Friday morning in Pinal County Superior Court before Judge Lawrence Wharton. He is free on bond.


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

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