New Mexico Attorney General Announces Flash Mob Criminal Isaiah Martinez To Remain In Jail

Attorney General Hector Balderas

From the Office of the Attorney General:

ALBUQUERQUE — Attorney General Hector Balderas announces that serial shoplifter Isaiah Martinez will remain in jail as his criminal cases move forward.

District Court Judge Joseph Montano found that Martinez was a danger to the community and to the state’s economy. Judge Montano also found that there were no conditions of release that would ensure Martinez’s compliance with court orders because Martinez was already under conditions of release in two other cases with which he did not comply.

“I commend Judge Montano for keeping this dangerous defendant behind bars until trial,” Balderas said. “The defendant’s brazen acts of using a flash mob to commit crimes has wreaked terror on the community and is not acceptable.”

In October 2021, Martinez began boldly shoplifting thousands of dollars worth of designer sunglasses, even going so far as to strike a female security officer who attempted to thwart him as he committed the thefts.

Martinez was arrested March 3, 2022 and threw himself over a third-story balcony in an attempt to evade capture. Martinez is responsible for stealing nearly $60,000 worth of designer sunglasses and has been charged with 21 counts related to his brazen crime spree, as well as conspiracy and aggravated assault.

This case was investigated and prosecuted as part of the emerging Organized Retail Crime (ORC) Task Force. The investigation involved the New Mexico Office of the Attorney General and asset protection personnel from the retail community, and is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Ashley Schweizer.

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