On July 31, 2010 at around 6:10 p.m., Longview Officers responded to the Sunbelt Mobile Home Park at 1203 State Highway 31 South for a report of an attempted robbery.
Officers arrived and located the victim, Benito Martinez, who had been shot in the leg and was bleeding. Martinez told officers that he was parked in his driveway looking for something in his car when he was approached by three young males who demanded his wallet. Martinez refused to give them his wallet and was subsequently shot in the leg by one of the suspects. The suspects then fled the location and were last seen running eastbound, where they jumped a fence and ran towards the Autumnwood Apartments.
Martinez was transported by the Longview Fire Department/EMS to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The suspects are described as:
1) Black male, 15-16 years old, long black shorts, no shirt with a semi-automatic handgun
2) Black male, 15-16 years old.
3) Black male, 15-16 years old.
Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Gregg County Crime Stoppers at 903-236-STOP or online at www.greggcountycrimestoppers.com. A reward of up to $1000.00 will be paid for information leading to the arrest of the suspects.