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Man charged after alleged hit-and-run involving ex-wife

Reyes Martinez faces charges for assault with a dangerous weapon and damage to property worth more than $1,000.

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WORTHINGTON — A summons has been issued for a Worthington man who allegedly rear-ended a vehicle while his ex-wife was inside. Roland Reyes Martinez, 26, is charged with one count of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and first-degree property damage, both felony-level offenses, for the late February incident.

The charges resulted from the Worthington Police Department's response to a local residence after reports of a vehicle hit and run. Upon arrival, the officer observed a pickup truck in the driveway of the residence that had rear-end damage to the driver-side tail light, bumper, tailgate and rear driver-side quarter panel.

The officer spoke with one of the victims, the owner of the truck. He stated he was giving his coworker — the second victim — a ride home from work. The two were parked in the second victim’s driveway when someone reportedly hit the first victim’s truck with their own vehicle.

According to the report, the second victim identified the driver of the car who hit them as her ex-husband, Reyes Martinez. She stated she had seen Reyes Martinez driving and believed he had hit the pickup on purpose.

Reyes Martinez stated he had gone to see the second victim at her home. When he got there, he observed the victims in the car together, and after speaking with the second victim, Reyes Martinez said he became upset. He then got back in his own vehicle and rear-ended the pickup truck before leaving, claiming he was angry and not thinking.

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If convicted, Reyes Martinez faces a maximum sentence of seven years in prison and/or a $14,000 fine, and no less than one year and one day on the assault charge. The property damage charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and/or a fine of $10,000. Reyes Martinez is scheduled to make his initial court appearance March 31.

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Emma McNamee joined The Globe team in October 2021 as a reporter covering Crime & Courts, Politics, and the City beats. Born and raised in Duluth, Minn., McNamee left her hometown to attend school in Chicago at Columbia College. She graduated in 2021 with a degree in Multimedia Journalism, with a concentration in News & Feature Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.
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