By Claire Walla
Last Saturday, late at night while his children were asleep, Sabas Martinez, 39, of East Hampton reportedly snuck into the home of his former girlfriend, Noemi Sanchez, 40, of Squaw Road in Springs, and waited for her to return.
When she arrived home early in the morning on Sunday, February 13, Martinez shot Sanchez in the head with an air rifle, then assaulted her in her bedroom and stabbed her several times with a kitchen knife, say East Hampton Town Police.
According to a neighbor, Teresa Janota, Sanchez had called police a few days before the incident to get an order of protection against Martinez, her former long-time boyfriend and the father of her children.
Sanchez was reportedly able to break away from Martinez with the help of her three daughters, who are 11, 16 and 22-years old.
According to East Hampton Detective Chris Anderson, both Martinez and Sanchez are from Mexico, but have been living in the Springs area “for a number of years.”
On Sunday, Anderson added, police arrived on the scene around 1:30 a.m. after receiving “several” calls from within the residence.
Upon arrival, police report that the found Martinez in the kitchen with self-inflicted knife wounds, including cuts to his neck.
After a brief struggle with the bloodied man, who police say was holding the knife when they approached, Martinez was subdued and taken into custody. Martinez was first treated for his wounds at Southampton Hospital, then taken back to East Hampton, where he was arraigned at East Hampton Justice Court the next morning, Monday, February 14.
Martinez was remanded to Riverhead County Jail on Monday, February 14, where he is currently being held without bail. He has allegedly served time for prior felony convictions.
His case went before a grand jury on Wednesday, February 16. But, as of press time, there was no word on how the jury ruled.
Martinez has been charged with assault in the first degree, burglary in the first degree and two count of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree, all felonies, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, both misdemeanors.
Police say Sanchez was transported to Southampton Hospital before being transferred to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment related to her injuries. She was released on Tuesday, according to Janota.
Janota added that she had spoken with Sanchez via telephone on the morning of Wednesday, February 16. Sanchez and her children are currently staying at a residence in Sag Harbor while she recovers from her wounds.
“She’s doing good,” Janota said. “She’s trying to pull herself together. She’s a brave woman.”
While Janota said she couldn’t speak to the character of Sanchez’s ex-boyfriend because she said she didn’t know him, she had nothing but kind words for Sanchez.
“She’s a nice woman,” Janota noted. “She’s a good mother and she raised her children well.”