Eugene Martinez: Escaped sex offender caught after allegedly committing new crimes

Update: Earlier this month, we told you about the escape of convicted sex offender Eugene Martinez from Denver police headquarters; he'd been handcuffed to a bench but managed to slip his bonds. See our previous coverage below.

Now, Martinez has been taken into custody once again, but not before allegedly committing a new round of crimes, including sex assault, attempted assault and burglary.

Look below for the latest.

The break in the case came just after 10 a.m. on Saturday morning via a call from a 23-year-old woman who reported an incident on the 700 block of Marine Street in Boulder. The area is captured in this interactive graphic; if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."

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At about 3 a.m. on Saturday, according to information the woman provided to the Boulder Police Department, the woman awakened to find a man digging through her purse. He then split with her purse, her wallet and her cell phone.

But that wasn't the worst of it. The BPD reports that another resident of the home, a 22-year-old woman, shared with police her belief that the man "may have sexually assaulted her and her 21-year-old female friend," who was sleeping in the same room. She added that they may have left the door unlocked.

An hour or so later, the cops managed to track the stolen cell phone to what's described as a homeless encampment near 14th and Grandview. Here's an interactive graphic of that site:

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There, an officer contacted a man matching the description of the intruder provided by the women: a man in his forties with dark skin and baggy jeans. He reacted by splitting, but he was rounded up and taken into custody on the 1600 block of Arapahoe Avenue, but not before allegedly trying to assault the officer in question.

The man was later ID'd as Martinez.

At this writing, Martinez hasn't been fitted with a new batch of charges. But they'll likely be formalized soon, along with ones pertaining to his Denver flight.

Here's a larger look at Martinez's booking photo.

Continue for our previous coverage of Eugene Martinez, including photos and video. Original post, 5:59 a.m. October 10: How in the hell could a sex offender remove a pair of handcuffs and slip out of Denver police headquarters without any of the many, many cops who work there noticing?

That's only one of the questions surrounding the case of 48-year-old Eugene Martinez. But the most important mystery in the matter is undeniably, "Where is he?"

Multiple photos and details below.

Martinez's page on the Colorado Bureau of Investigation's convicted sex offender website features this old mug shot....

...and lists him as a multiple offender. His convictions include five counts of sexual assault on a child and an attempted sexual assault on a child beef from 1994 and second degree assault circa 1996. His last known address is listed as 1239 Amarillo Avenue in Pueblo; judging by this Google maps image, the location appears to be a residential motel. Martinez also pops up on another site, -- a name that doesn't really apply to him at this writing. Spotlighted is a different mug shot.... ...and an address of 2836 Wyandot Street in Denver, seen here: Whether Martinez had been living there recently is unknown right now, as are his whereabouts.

What happened? At around 12:18 p.m. yesterday, according to 9News, Martinez was cuffed to a bench in a room reserved for arrested sex offenders at the 13th and Cherokee police headquarters building seen here....

...when he managed to get loose of his bonds and walk through at least two doors to freedom.

He hasn't exactly turned over a new leaf. The DPD's most recent contact with Martinez involved an indecent-exposure allegation from April -- and given his history of molesting children, his recapture is a very high priority.

As for how he managed to get out of a building filled with law enforcers charged with preventing something like this from happening, the police department isn't sharing many details, reportedly due to the ongoing investigation. But procedures at HQ are under review.

The DPD describes Martinez as five-feet-five-inches in height and 120 pounds; he's got a tattoo on his chest "of a guitar with winds and the name 'Diane' on it." He sports a scar on his forehead. When he vanished, he was wearing a black zip-up hoodie and black jeans over a pair of blue sweat pants.

Anyone with information about Martinez is encouraged to phone Crime Stoppers, which is offering a reward of up to $2,000 in the case. The number to call is 720-913-STOP (7867).

Below, see a 9News report.

More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "Felix Trujillo gets another ten years for bizarre, deputy-aided jail escape."

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