Reader: Tom Martino is a thug, a bore and a dolt
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.And here's the statement Martino posted explaining the situation:
The suspect and victim are husband and wife and have been married for 9 years.
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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