Man reports being shot during robbery attempt at laundromat in Kenhorst
Updated On: Aug 02 2013 04:58:23 AM CDT
Reading Police say the victim of the laundromat shooting, a 53 year old man, was literally fighting for his life against a 18 year old robber. Fortunately he won the battle.
It was an attempted robbery turned shooting at the Wash Around the Clock laundromat in Kenhorst.
Police arrested Pablo Martinez Jr. in connection with the shooting.
Police say Martinez approached a customer doing his laundry wearing a mask and carrying an illegal gun. He demanded the victim's wallet and cell phone. But police say even after the victim complied it was not enough.
"When the suspect appeared angry that he did not get enough money from the wallet, he got closer to the victim and was pointing the gun even closer to the victim. At that, the victim responded by trying to knock the gun away with a wash basket," said Reading Police Sergeant John Solecki.
Martinez and the victim then got into a fight. Despite being shot in the head, the victim fought back for about 10 minutes. Martinez then fled and the victim drove himself to the hospital.
"Fortunately the wound did not cause a life threatening or serious injury to the victim because of the angle. Fortunately he was able to fight back and win that fight," said Solecki.
Sergeant Solecki says he cannot remember any problems at this laundromat in the past and it shocked community members as well.
"It freaks me out that somebody was shot next door," said Maguire.
"It is just really surreal," said area employee Ryan Venkler.
Police later arrested Martinez after he drove himself to Saint Joseph's hospital claiming he was assaulted in a park. Martinez was charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and robbery.
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