Manhunt in progress for suspect in kidnapping, rape

by: KIRO 7 STAFF Updated:

KIRKLAND, Wash. - Detectives have identified a man wanted in the kidnapping and rape of his former girlfriend in Renton.

 Police said Luis A. Martinez should be considered armed and dangerous.

 The 25-year-old is described as being 6 feet tall, 185 pounds, with black hair and black eyes. He has tattoos on his neck that are visible from the front; a red star on the right front of his neck and the beginning of a scripted word on the left side of his neck. 

 Police have every available officer searching for Martinez.

 Authorities said the incident began when 28-year-old victim, Martinez’ former girlfriend, met him at a Renton restaurant Wednesday regarding some paperwork. 

 Police said Martinez had a few drinks before getting into the victim’s car.  While she was driving, Martinez pulled out a handgun, racked the slide, and then told her she would be spending the day with him, according to Renton police.

 Investigators said Martinez forced her to drive to several locations.  At one location, he pressed his gun into her side and sexually assaulted her. 

 When he drove into the parking lot of a Safeway store in Kirkland, she ran from him, went to the pharmacy in the back of the store and asked for help.

While the victim was getting help, Martinez used her debit card to withdraw several hundred dollars from her account at an ATM. 

 Once he realized that his former girlfriend had escaped, he left in her car, which he gassed up before disappearing.

 Kirkland police thought Martinez might still be in the store, but never found him.

 Sometime later, a witness reported that Martinez had left the victim’s vehicle in the parking lot of Westfield Southcenter Mall in Tukwila.  It was recovered by Tukwila police and processed for evidence.

 The victim told Kirkland police Martinez had a handgun and might be thinking about "suicide by cop."

 Police have probable cause to arrest Martinez on charges of kidnapping, rape and auto theft.

 Martinez was last seen with a handgun and should be considered armed and dangerous. 

 Detectives said he is known to stay in hotels using an assumed name, often travels by Metro bus, and usually hangs out in southeast or east King County.

  Anyone who sees Martinez or knows of his whereabouts is asked to call 911 immediately.

 Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Renton Police Department at 425-430-7500 and reference case #13-11400.

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