Reader: Tom Martino is a thug, a bore and a dolt

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It was the hot topic at every holiday party: Tom "the Troubleshooter" Martino had been arrested by the Denver Police Department at his home in Columbine Valley in Arapahoe County on December 21, because of an altercation that had reportedly happened the night before on the Auraria Parkway that left his wife, Holly, with a bloody nose. After a 911 call from the Martino home early the next morning, officers responded, Holly was taken to the hospital -- and Martino was arrested for assault and disturbing the peace. But not a DUI -- even though Martino blamed alcohol as a "major catalyst" in a subsequent statement -- since the DPD did not see him at the scene of the alleged crime.

As the details spilled out, so have the comments. Says Maxplanck:

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.

For the record, here's DPD officer Daniel S. Marsh's report on the incident:

On 12-20-13 around 2315 hours, in the area of Auraria Pkway and I-25, the suspect, Martino, Thomas 09-4-53, was driving...with the victim, Martino, Holly...sitting in the right front passenger seat. The suspect and the victim began arguing. 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. The suspect then struck the victim in the face once with a closed fist causing a bloody nose. This disturbed the peace of the victim.

The suspect and victim are husband and wife and have been married for 9 years.

And here's the statement Martino posted explaining the situation:
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.

For more from our archives, read Patricia Calhoun's "What's in Store for Colorado on January 1?"

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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.


Popcone Magoo
Popcone Magoo

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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