Brother Tased In Shirtless Fight With Cops

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Two Washington County brothers were arrested Tuesday after police say one punched and kicked the other for hitting a woman. One of the brothers faces a six-figure bond.

Romeo Martinez, 29, faces charges of domestic battery, public intoxication, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He was released Tuesday from the Washington County Detention Center on $5,970 bond.

Ronnie Martinez, 28, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault, violating probation, resisting arrest, public intoxication and disorderly conduct. He remained Thursday in the Washington County Detention Center on $180,970 bond. His large bond is due to his pending charge of violating probation, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Fayetteville police responded to a disturbance call on Boxley Avenue on Tuesday at 1:13 a.m. When they arrived, officers saw a shirtless Romeo Martinez, of Canehill, beating his brother, who was lying on the ground, according to a preliminary report from the Washington County Prosecutor’s Office.

When an officer tried to arrest Romeo Martinez, the suspect refused to follow police commands and “fought for a short time” before the officer used a Taser on him, the preliminary report states.

Ronnie Martinez, of Springdale, was bleeding from his face and head. Romeo had blood on his boots, the report states.

Romeo Martinez was beating his brother because Ronnie Martinez allegedly hit a woman, police said.

Romeo Martinez has been convicted of domestic abuse and second degree forgery in the past. Ronnie Martinez has faced several charges over the last decade, including charges of domestic abuse and assaulting an officer.

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