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FARMINGTON — Nearly two months after being released from state prison — and after reportedly eluding police twice in the past month in car and foot chases — Farmington SWAT team members captured an Aztec man whose criminal history is peppered with violent-crime arrests and convictions.

William "Mad Dog" Martinez, 33, was apprehended early Thursday morning at the Travelodge hotel in Farmington. He was wanted on three felony warrants, which included charges of retaining and disposing of stolen property and tampering with evidence.

Officers were on the lookout for the multiple felon, whom they considered violent and dangerous, after he ran from law enforcement officers on June 28 and again Wednesday, San Juan County Sheriff's Lt. Brice Current said.

As a result of the June 28 pursuit, he was wanted for aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, resisting and evading law enforcement and driving on a suspended or revoked license.

At about 10:50 p.m. on June 28, Martinez was traveling in Farmington when an officer attempted to pull him over.

A short vehicle chase ensued, but Martinez was able to flee on foot and get out of the area before he was captured, Farmington Lt. Bruce Holiday said.

At one point during the pursuit, Martinez motioned to his waistband, leading officers to believe he might be carrying a firearm, Holiday said.

On Wednesday, a San Juan County Sheriff's deputy recognized Martinez driving on U.S. 64 in Bloomfield.


The deputy attempted to stop the man, who was not wearing a seat belt, but Martinez fled, Current said.

The deputy chased him, but eventually cut off the pursuit because of the dangerously high speeds, Current said.

Farmington SWAT team, K9, patrol officer and Gang Task Force members converged on the Travelodge at about 3 a.m. after the gang task force received information on Martinez's location.

Because of the man's violent history, Holiday said, the SWAT team was activated.

He was arrested without incident.

If Martinez is out on the streets committing violent crimes then "he's someone that needs to be back in the custody of the state," Holiday said.

Martinez has a lengthy criminal history, riddled with attempts to evade and escape from law enforcement.

Included in his history, which reaches back to his juvenile years, is a 1996 attempted murder conviction and a 2005 murder conviction that was adjudicated in McKinley County.

Information regarding the outcome of the 2005 murder charge was not immediately obtainable on Thursday.

On June 23, 2009, sheriff's deputies apprehended Martinez after he was found hiding under blankets at a residence on County Road 3000. He had been accused of stabbing Timothy Trujillo twice in the abdomen during a fight over a woman earlier that month, deputies reported.

Trujillo survived the stabbing.

Martinez was charged with aggravated battery and tampering with evidence for the stabbing, charges that prosecutors dismissed in February 2010, according to the state website

The same day, Martinez was sentenced to three years in prison on charges in unrelated cases. Those charges included possession of a controlled substance and aggravated fleeing. He was released sometime in April, Holiday said.

At the time Martinez was captured Wednesday, he was on probation for at least eight different offenses, Holiday said.

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