Man arrested for punching hunter in face in Cleveland National Forest

Posted at 6:03 PM, Nov 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-15 21:03:24-05

JULIAN, Calif. (KGTV) – The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department arrested a man they say punched someone in the face near Julian after accusing him of trespassing.

Deputies say they became aware of a series of theft-related crimes on the 5600 block of Eagle Park Road in August.

The victims were outdoorsmen enjoying activities in the Cleveland National Forest. On November 6, Deputy Craig Rembold was contacted by a man who was hunting in the area on the 5th when he was accused of trespassing by a local land owner later identified as Frank Martinez, 54.

During the conversation, Martinez punched the man in the face, causing significant injuries to the victim. On November 15, deputies arrested Martinez during a traffic stopped. He was taken to jail for battery and firearm violations.

Martinez was arrested for battery and firearm violations. It’s unclear if he was involved in the series of thefts. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477 .