Tom Martino's greatest hits include an ambush of a Westword writer

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Tom Martino, the Troubleshooter, found himself in more trouble this weekend when he was arrested for assault and disturbing the peace in a domestic violence incident, and hauled off to the Denver jail (where this mug shot was snapped) while his wife, Holly, was taken to Denver Health. Martino has since bonded out and, in a statement posted on Facebook, said that alcohol "was a major catalyst" in the incident. But we have a suspicion that the Troubleshooter's temper may have lit the match here -- it's earned him Shmuck of the Week status before.

Here's the statement Martino posted after his release from jail -- but did not post on his KHOW Troubleshooter site (his show was already taking a holiday hiatus this week):

Holly and I remain deeply in love and committed to each other and to our family. The incident that happened Friday night was a foolish mistake. We were both drinking too much. We got into an argument that escalated over a struggle for a cell phone. We were both inadvertently injured and we were not trying to hurt each other.

My over-reaction was uncalled for. I am ashamed of my behavior. I should've walked away. I also believe alcohol was a major catalyst. We are dealing with our issues through professional Christian spiritual counseling, with mutual love and support. We advise anyone dealing with these struggles to seek help before there is an incident.

Speaking of incidents: Martino doesn't much like criticism, as we've discovered when we've posted stories critical of his business dealings, including his 2011 bankruptcy filing.

But our most classic Martino encounter came after we published a story in 2009 by Jared Jacang Maher about Martino's questionable involvement with a product named Efusjon . Martino came to the office to accost the reporter, and wound up putting our managing editor on film; he then set up Jacang Maher for an ambush -- but wound up mixing him up with writer/comic Adam Cayton-Holland, which resulted in this hilarious video.

Nobody knows the Troubleshooters we've seen....

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tsf810
tsf810

he is the original  "pimp in the box"  he will approve anything for a buck

kimmiscottmarsden
kimmiscottmarsden

Riiiiiight..if it was anybody else that punched a woman, it wouldn't be a headline..so let's just move on and pretend it didn't happen?  Some people should THINK before they comment.  He's an abuser and deserves to lose his "job". 

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 "While the vehicle was stopped at a unknown red light the victim opened the passenger door to get out of the vehicle. The suspect put his arm around the victim preventing her from exiting the vehicle. When the light turned green the suspect drove away and they continued arguing"


That's criminal KIDNAPPING !!  -- ipso facto.


Why does Tom Martini --- the smokin'-hot-wife beater --- get special, preferential treatment that an ordinary violent thug with a Hispanic surname would not?


maxplanck0
maxplanck0

A thug, a bore and a dolt who made his lucre by positioning himself a advocate for the mistreated consumer but instead turned himself into a self perpetuating money machine via his 'referral' network which was simply, "I'll stroke you for $$$" scheme. I'm not opposed to anybody making a legitimate buck but am repelled by those who misrepresent their true intents.

Mnizzle
Mnizzle

Martino-the-troublemaker - along with so-called "Lou from Littleton"

2 of the biggest jerks and phonies in Denver media.


Scott Adelmann
Scott Adelmann

A tom martino walked into a bar everyone says GET THE FUCK OUT!

Jim Zelenski
Jim Zelenski

Needs to get a new career where he's not in the public eye -

Jo Nadani
Jo Nadani

Tom Martino is a moron slug...

Jim Kelly
Jim Kelly

Westword is a free publication and makes no money from their Facebook page, Eric. Martino, on the other hand, is entirely for profit.

Jim Kelly
Jim Kelly

He's an asshole, selling his endorsements for money. I hope to see advertisers dropping him like a case of the clap. He can go fuck himself in that helicopter of his before it gets repossessed.

Sharon Cowling
Sharon Cowling

your big story is from 2009? good job, westword.

Jonah Fox
Jonah Fox

I'm not a fan of the guy, never have been, never will be. I find his "reporting" to be schmaltzy and often lowbrow... but isn't WestWord doing the same thing right now? The guy bonded out and is trying to correct things, and WW is responding by digging up things from his past to increase page views and Facebook shares. This while affair is all around crap. On both Tom and WestWord's part. Eesh.

Randy Schmuki
Randy Schmuki

So much for Tom Martino being so many peoples idol!

James McVaney
James McVaney

That is a stupid saying and a total logical fallacy.

Dereck Romero
Dereck Romero

Isn't he a Jehovah's Witness? Supposedly peaceful people.

zunigadonna
zunigadonna

I'm sure you'll be okay Tom Martino…after all, you live in Colorado, where scum abusers usually get a slap on the hand. "Justice for Bobbie" on Facebook

James Rule
James Rule

I would love to meet this asshole and spend some quality time with him.

Bob Lyons
Bob Lyons

From Troubleshooter to TroubleMaker--Merry Christmas Holly

MC Sammer
MC Sammer

I have worked for him...trust me when I say. Total dbag

Donna Neville
Donna Neville

Excuses Excuses!! www.facebook.com/justiceforbobbie. "Justice for Bobbie" on facebook

Loghome Finishing
Loghome Finishing

I'm sure his girl will feel better after a trip to the mall with all his cash

Curtis Johnson
Curtis Johnson

F Tom Martino. If you hit a woman, no matter how much she "may have pissed you off", or no matter how much you may have drank, you're a bitch. Period.

John Scruggs
John Scruggs

Time for this dimwitted creep to go down. Anything he endorses just lost its value and becomes a joke!

Pat Smith
Pat Smith

There's a lot to this story...I wonder how much will come to light.

Jason Christopher Scholz
Jason Christopher Scholz

He is such a D-bag I met him a few years ago and he thought he was the Christ. Bad Bad Dude

Deb Funk
Deb Funk

who really cares, if his profession was something else he would not even be in the headlines. move on to something more informative like the weather or something. just move on already.

Mane Rok
Mane Rok

Get him westword. Get him.

Bill Menezes
Bill Menezes

Guys who hit women never do it just once. Talk to a psychologist.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Martha Hughes ... after the impending divorce when he loses the rest of his $$.

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