Intoxicated Man Tries to Set Himself on Fire

Nearby police officers save his life and prevent fire at gas
Morgan Hill – A man who was trying to set himself on fire was tackled by three Morgan Hill officers before he could douse himself with gasoline and possibly ignite a fire at a gas station, police said.

About 2:30am Monday, three Morgan Hill officers were taking their lunch break at Denny’s on Cochrane Road when they saw Victor Martinez, 29, arguing with a clerk at a gas pump at the Chevron gas station adjacent to the restaurant. 

Officer Kyle Christensen, acting Cpl. Rodney Krewson and Sgt. Mark Brazeal saw Martinez grab a fuel nozzle at the pump and hold it over his head. He had a lighter in his other hand, Morgan Hill police Cmdr. Joe Sampson said. The officers ran out of the restaurant and tackled Martinez as he was about to douse himself in gas. 

Martinez told police his friends kicked him out of the car for being irate and were on their way back to Salinas. Sampson said Martinez was extremely drunk and was held in the station’s drunk tank until he recovered. He was cited and released on suspicion of being drunk in public. 

Several other incidents, combined with an unusually large number of service calls, kept Morgan Hill Police on the move during both day and graveyard shifts this past weekend.

Sampson said Monday that officers were almost overwhelmed with calls for service and detectives were called in to work some cases. 

Friday night, officers responded at 11:55pm after paramedics reported a woman was having an anxiety attack as a response to her 7-year-old daughter telling her she was sexually molested by a live-in uncle. The woman, who was treated at her home by paramedics, told officers that the uncle and two other men had been involved in the incident. Milton Trujillo, 34, of Morgan Hill, and Abisain Aguilar, 40, of Morgan Hill, were arrested on suspicion of child molestation, Sampson said. Both men exposed themselves to the girl, and one of them pulled the girl’s pants down and fondled her, police said.

Sampson said there were three reports of child molestation during the weekend. One will likely be passed on to San Jose Police, he said, and one is under investigation.

Early Sunday morning, officers were called to a crash on Peak Avenue at Claremont Drive. Sampson said when they arrived at 5:26am they found Raymundo Cruz, 24, of Morgan Hill, wandering about. Cruz had starting drinking Saturday night, and was still impaired Sunday morning, police said. While driving northbound on Peak, his car crossed into the southbound lane and crashed into a car parked on the street. His vehicle bounced off that car and crashed into another, Sampson said. Cruz was cited and released on suspicion of driving under the influence.