Crime

Francisco Ortiz Martinez of Phoenix Arrested for Raping His Wife

A Phoenix man arrested on Tuesday for raping his wife admitted to the act in a confrontation call, police say.

Francisco Ortiz Martinez, 53, grabbed his wife about 3 p.m. on August 25 and dragged her into the master bedroom of their Phoenix home, records state.

Covering her mouth so she couldn't scream, he forced her onto the bed, "ripped off her pants and underwear," and had sex with her against her will, records state. He wasn't drunk or on drugs at the time.

When he was done, she put her clothes on and ran out of the house. It's unclear when the woman contacted authorities, but she submitted to a sexual-assault examination and called her husband while police listened in.

During the call, Martinez admitted her account of the incident was correct. At 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, police went to the home and arrested Martinez, who reportedly made more admissions related to the assault.

Seems to us that it would have been difficult -- extremely so -- to make a case without those admissions, meaning it's a good thing he's honest.

He was booked into jail on suspicion of sexual assault and kidnapping, both Class 2 felonies. There's no indication he's been charged yet.

Martinez and his wife and lived at the home for the past five years, records show, and they've had prior domestic violence issues.

Family court records indicate they don't have children, and the wife filed for divorce about a month before the attack.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.