Glendale PD catch roof-jumping burglary suspect

Posted at 12:00 PM, Feb 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-04 18:24:33-05

Glendale police have arrested a burglary suspect after a wild rooftop foot chase in the early morning hours of January 29.

Court documents show that a Glendale police officer was patrolling the area of 57th Avenue and Maryland around 3 a.m. when he saw a man later identified as 25-year-old Ruben Junior Martinez riding a bicycle with no reflector. 

When he tried to stop Martinez, he took off on his bike, into the yard of a business, then he got off the bike, grabbed 12-inch machete and started running through the neighborhood.

He jumped a wall and was hiding in a back yard behind some garbage cans when he was spotted by another officer, and the foot chase was on.

This time after climbing the wall, he got on a household rooftop, ran the length of the roof and jumped onto another rooftop.

He then jumped and crashed through the roof of a shed, but that didn't stop Martinez as he climbed onto another rooftop and into the backyard of another home.

This time he changed tactics and went into the home and in the bedroom of a sleeping 65-year-old woman.

He ran through the house, into the backyard, over the wall and into another backyard where he was confronted by officers, tasered and arrested.

Martinez was released from prison this past July on similar charges minus the dramatic foot chase.

He is now facing multiple counts of criminal trespassing, criminal damage and burglary.