CrimeTracker 15: Man Arrested After Throwing Beer Bottle in Restaurant

Posted Tuesday, February 26, 2013 --- 2:25 p.m.

From the Madison Police Department:

Incident Type
Intoxicated Driver

Incident Date
02/25/2013 - 9:30 PM

244 W. Gilman St. (Los Gemelos restaurant)

Francisco M. Martinez, age 21, Madison
Suspect was arrested for 2nd Degree Reckless Endangering Safety. He was also cited for Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated and Operating After Suspension.

Female, age 44, Madison
Male, age 27, Madison
Female age 22, Madison

A downtown restaurant employee had her head down as she worked behind the front counter, figuring out a diner's bill. That was a good thing, because the flying beer bottle might have otherwise struck her directly in the face. The 44-year old said a stranger suddenly appeared at the doorway of the Los Gemelos restaurant around 9:30 p.m. last night. He said nothing, just hurled his beer bottle with a good deal of velocity. It shattered after striking the counter and a wall.

Two customers were standing a couple of feet away. Shards of glass flew into a 22-year old woman's hair, and the man next to her was picking pieces of glass out of his jacket when police arrived. The 27-year old told an officer the thrown bottle was not empty and beer had also splashed all over him. The 44-year old employee said she knew of no reason for the attack and thought it was likely a random act. Witnesses were able to provide police with a description of the suspect and his car. They also got his license plate number.

The black Volkswagen Jetta was pulled over around 11:15 p.m. in the 100 block of W. Gilman St. The intoxicated driver made conflicting statements, including one where he said someone had thrown a bottle at his car first. Officers found several empty beer bottles inside his car. They were the same brand as the bottle thrown inside the restaurant.

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