Police arrested a suspected carjacker in Albuquerque who got a bloody beatdown during an apparent attempt to rob three football players fresh from practice.
Angelo Drew Martinez, 20, asked for a ride from the players around the Loma Linda Community Center football field the night of August 11, then pulled a gun on them and tried to carjack them, police said.
At the field, Martinez was “acting sketchy as if he was trying to get in,” said one of the players.
They agreed to give him a ride but said Martinez kept changing his mind about his destination.
At a stop in front of a house in Albuquerque, Martinez allegedly pulled out a gun and ordered them out of the car.
The players complied, but when they reportedly saw Martinez fumble with the gun, one of the players got back in the car and punched him in the face.
The rest of the players joined in the brawl, restraining Martinez until police arrived at the scene.
Authorities said the gun wasn’t real, but Martinez also was carrying a knife and a note reading: “Give me the keys to your wip (car) and a nobody get heart. I know where you live so don’t make me kill.”
In his mugshot taken on the night of his arrest, Martinez’s eyes were swollen shut, covered in black and purple bruises. Much of his face was disfigured with cuts and scrapes.
Martinez has been charged with four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and attempt to commit a felony, authorities said.
He was released from jail on August 17.
His criminal record includes past charges of auto theft and shoplifting.