Man indicted by Bowie County grand jury in car wash robbery


A Bowie County grand jury handed down a robbery indictment for an Oklahoma man accused of robbing the Texarkana car wash where he once worked.

Edward Martinez, 21, is accused of getting away April 4, 2015 from the Boomerang Car Wash with a little more than $3,200, according to a probable cause affidavit. Martinez allegedly placed an object to the back of the manager’s head at about 6:30 a.m.

The manager, believing the object pressing against him was a gun, opened the safe and handed over bank bags filled with cash. The robber attempted to tie the manager’s hands with plastic zip ties before taking off with the loot.

“(The manager) advised that the suspect’s voice sounded like an employee named Edward Martinez,” the affidavit states. “Martinez did not return to work nor did he call in since the robbery occurred.”

Martinez refused to return calls or respond to notes left on his door by investigators. On April 11, 2015, investigators caught Martinez at home in his apartment in a complex on Sowell Lane in Texarkana, Texas. When Martinez opened the door, officers smelled a strong odor of marijuana.

Martinez agreed to allow police to search his apartment. During the search, investigators found marijuana, Regions Bank zippered money bags with Boomerang written on them, and zip ties similar to the ones described by the car wash manager.

If found guilty of robbery, Martinez faces two to 20 years in prison.

Listen to police radio traffic of the robbery below.

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