Brown-Waite Asks For Probe Of Crime-Spree Investigation. TAMPA - In the wake of multiple rapes, including the attacks of two Apollo Beach restaurant workers, U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite has called for a federal investigation of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. Rigoberto Moron Martinez was jailed in Hillsborough County on domestic battery charges and no valid drivers license and released Aug. 6, Click Here, in between a series of rapes and robberies that started in July and carried through August.
UPDATE August 27, 2008. Hillsborough sheriff's spokesman says he gave out bad information in rape case. TAMPA -- A spokesman for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office admitted today that he put out bad information in the case of the restaurant rapes. The primary suspect in the case is Rigoberto Martinez, who was arrested in Hillsborough County on Aug. 5 and then freed on bail before abducting and raping two women in Apollo Beach on Aug. 16, authorities said. By the time he was arrested in Hillsborough, police in St. Petersburg had identified him as a suspect in the rape at the Table restaurant there Aug. 3. For five days -- as recently as about 5 p.m. Tuesday -- Hillsborough sheriff's officials maintained that St. Petersburg police had not told them Martinez was a rape suspect before his arrest in Hillsborough. But spokesman J.D. Callaway said this morning that was incorrect. "That was my ignorance. I did find out later that we had been notified by St. Petersburg police that Rigoberto Martinez was a suspect in a rape," Callaway said. "It was my bad." Sheriff David Gee had also said Monday that his deputies didn't have that information. "He misspoke," Callaway said. "We had miscommunication here in our office."
Last week, MARTINEZ was charged with several sex crimes. He is believed to be an illegal immigrant, according to law enforcement, besides the State of Florida Felony charges see HERE Rigoberto Moron Martinez is on hold by ICE, Immigration Customs Enforcement, Div. of Homeland Security, this dirtbag is an illegal alien, his resident alien card is counterfeit.
Rigoberto Moron Martinez had been arrested twice before in Hillsborough County for driving with no valid drivers license and a domestic battery charge and yet on these two previous occasions it appears ICE did not get involved in checking his legal status in the USA, subsequently at least 3 women were abducted, tied up with duct tape and raped at gunpoint, two teenage victims were able to escape this mad man and his 2 pals, and this all happened in the months of July & August. Brown-Waite said she wants a review of the interactions between local law enforcement and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement. "Rep. Brown-Waite's demand for a federal investigation will focus on the interactions (or lack thereof) between Hillsborough County law enforcement and ICE surrounding the arrests and releases of alleged serial rapist and illegal immigrant Rigoberto Moron Martinez …," according to a Brown-Waite news release.
Brown-Waite said illegal immigrants who commit crimes should be removed from the United States. She states that several Florida women's lives "have been permanently scarred by these brutal rapes; events that could have been avoided if Hillsborough County had followed the law, reported this illegal immigrant to federal authorities and held him for trial and deportation. It is clear to me that we need a federal investigation of the events surrounding the arrest and release of this man, and if warranted, new leadership at the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office."
The sheriff's office responded with the following comment: "Congresswoman Brown-Waite may have been better served getting answers to her questions before attempting to gain political traction at the expense of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. While she awaits our response, perhaps this elected official can ask herself where she failed as a member of Congress to secure our borders and enact meaningful legislation on immigration issues."
Deputies don't have access to federal immigration records and have no way of verifying someone's immigration status, sheriff's spokesman J.D. Callaway said. However, deputies send lists of foreign-born inmates to immigration officials on a daily basis, he said. Investigators said Thursday that Martinez, 20, is responsible in the Aug. 15 attack at The Docks restaurant in Apollo Beach, as well as two attacks in July in Hillsborough County and an Aug. 3 sexual attack at a St. Petersburg restaurant. According to an arrest affidavit, Martinez and two other men approached a 24-year-old woman outside The Docks, a bar at 6520 U.S. 41 N, around 3:30 a.m Aug 16th and demanded her purse at gunpoint. Soon after, the second victim - a 31-year-old woman - exited the restaurant and the men forced both women into the 24-year-old's truck. They went for a drive and returned to the bar, where two of the men forced entry into the bar and stole $300 from the register. Back in the truck and hands bound with duct tape, the women were driven to an unknown location and raped. the affidavit shows. They were put back in the truck and driven to another location, where the 31-year-old woman was raped again. Deputies say they captured an ATM surveillance camera photo showing Martinez trying to withdraw money from one of the victim's bank accounts just moments after the attacks.
Jose Walle, 13, of Wimauma, and Vicente Reyes-Carbajal, 20, of Ruskin, (see this goon Vicente's arrest information Click Here), were involved in some of the incidents, investigators said. Before Martinez was charged with committing sex crimes, investigators with St. Petersburg's special investigative unit - who have jurisdiction statewide - decided to put Martinez under surveillance. Soon after, detectives arrested Martinez on a warrant accusing him of violating a domestic violence restraining order, (they had him in Jail on August 5th).
One reason for the Aug. 5 arrest was to obtain a DNA sample from Martinez to compare to DNA evidence collected after the St. Petersburg rape, St. Petersburg Police Department spokesman Bill Proffitt said. But Martinez was not immediately charged in the case. Around mid July, Martinez got a part-time job cleaning the kitchen at the "Table", a Latin-themed restaurant in downtown St. Petersburg. Joe Moledo, the manager, said Martinez lasted seven days. "I would find him in different places in the restaurant he had no business being," Moledo said. Martinez walked out upset, leaving the kitchen dirty, when he got his first paycheck. A week later, Martinez came to pick up $100 that was owed to him and one of the kitchen workers told the manager that Martinez had a gun in a holster. "Right away I wondered what would a guy like that be doing with a gun," Moledo said.
Around 3 a.m. Aug. 3, police said, Martinez and his two associates entered the restaurant through a back door when an employee opened it to take out the trash. They bound one employee with duct tape and Martinez raped another one, police said. They took a computer and about $2,000 in cash. The next day, Moledo said, he told St. Petersburg police his hunch about Martinez. He gave them a copy of the suspect's driver's license and Social Security card. (It is not clear where these documents came from; Col. Terry said Martinez may have had a fake resident alien card.) "I gave the police this guy on a silver platter on August 4th," Moledo said. "Who makes the decision?" . Then, at the Docks bar Saturday, August 16th, in Apollo Beach, two women were kidnapped, bound with duct tape, raped, threatened with death and left near Interstate 75.
"Unfortunately for the lives of the women raped by this illegal immigrant ringleader and his two accomplices, it appears that some area law enforcement officials may not have had the proper training and tools to work with ICE and federal officials," Brown-Waite wrote. "Hopefully, a federal investigation will identify the areas where Hillsborough County, St. Petersburg and ICE dropped the ball with identifying and deporting this man, and we can all work together to find ways to ensure that it won't happen again."
Brown-Waite, R-Brooksville, is seeking re-election to Florida's 5th Congressional District, which includes all of Hernando, Citrus and Sumter counties and parts of Pasco, Polk, Lake, Levy and Marion counties. She is a member of the Homeland Security Committee and has worked with local sheriffs to make sure they have training and resources to help identify illegal immigrants, according to the release.