A Greenwood man is facing multiple charges, including kidnapping, after he allegedly held another man hostage in a hay field on Due West Road in Hodges.
According to a report from the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to Due West Road around 9:30 a.m. on Sunday after receiving a call about a hysterical Hispanic female walking around. When deputies arrived, they found the female curled up near a building at 524 Due West Road. They discovered that the female was actually a male and spoke very little English. The man was saying, “Bang! Bang!” and led deputies to a hayfield about one half mile from where he was discovered.
According to the report, deputies saw a small silver car sitting in the hay field near some hay bales. When they approached the vehicle, they saw a man, later identified as Carmelino Alfaro Martinez, 29, of 110 Gambrell St. in Greenwood, slumped over in the driver’s seat with the car running. Deputies observed a bulge at the man’s waistline and discovered a .22 caliber pistol. The man woke up and reached for the pistol as deputies were taking it. The man attempted to hide his hands before deputies removed him from the vehicle and handcuffed him.
According to the report, deputies contacted dispatch for a translator. The victim told deputies, through the translator, that Martinez had offered to give him a ride home from a party on New Market Street at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning. The victim told deputies that Martinez said he was not taking him home and drove through Abbeville before pulling into the hay field on Due West Road. The victim told deputies that Martinez told him he was going to show him “how to be a man.”
According to the report, the victim told deputies that Martinez fired the gun into the air several times before pointing the gun at him and saying, “I’ll kill you if you say anything.” The victim told deputies that he then got out of the car and Martinez began chasing, firing the gun at him approximately 14 times. The victim told deputies that he tried to call 911, but his phone was dead. The victim told deputies that Martinez got distracted around daybreak and he ran away.
Martinez is charged with attempted murder, kidnapping and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime.