SANTA FE, N.M. — A Raton man who maintained federal agents were following him faces a federal charge for striking a mail carrier in the head with a brick last month, resulting in serious injuries for the postman that included severed vertebrae and paralysis of the left side of his body.
Cody Martinez, 29, of Raton, is charged with assaulting a federal employee. At a court hearing in Albuquerque Tuesday, he was ordered detained pending trial.
Martinez is accused of assaulting U.S. Postal Service mail carrier David Boyer as Boyer was making his rounds on Jan. 20.
According to a postal inspector’s criminal complaint, a woman who lives on Raton’s North Second Street said she heard noise outside and saw a man later identified as Martinez taking mail from her mailbox. Martinez then came into her yard and started yelling at her through a window, took off his jacket and picked up a brick. Martinez walked to Boyer, the mailman, on the other side of street and knocked him out with a blow to the head, said the witness, who called 911. Another resident saw a man waving a brick and then hit the mailman.
A responding Raton police officer found Martinez nearby. Before Martinez was asked about the assault on Boyer, he said, “I hit the mailman because the federal agents are following me. I beat the mailman with a brick because the federal agents are following me.” Near Martinez was a backpack and a red brick and Martinez told the officer, “That’s the brick I used to hit the mailman,” the criminal complaint says,
Boyer, interviewed the next day at Miners Colfax Medical Center, said he had been delivering mail when he heard a man screaming and yelling and thought the man was on the phone. When he realized the man was talking to him, Boyer walked away to return to his mail truck when he was hit on the back of the head. Boyer said he remembered falling uncontrollably and “smacking his face on the ground.” Boyer later was transferred to a Pueblo, Colo., hospital because of his head trauma and other injuries.
When the postal inspector tried to interview Martinez, he “yelled several obscenities and stated he would not deal with the government anymore.” Martinez faces up to 10 years in prison on the federal assault charge. His criminal record in state court includes trafficking a controlled substance and battery of a household member.