COURT UPDATES: Home Invasion

The second Sabetha resident allegedly involved in a home invasion in Hiawatha has plead no contest to the charges brought against him.

Edgar Martinez, 21, of Sabetha entered a plea of no contest on Tuesday, Oct. 24.

Martinez along with Jazmene Hicks, 23, of Sabetha – who has also entered a plea of no contest – will be sentenced on Monday, Nov. 6.

The duo has been charged with felony counts of robbery, burglary and aggravated battery, and misdemeanor criminal restraint.

Hicks and Martinez were arrested and charged after they were allegedly involved in a home invasion on Tuesday, May 16, at 121 Apache Street in Hiawatha. The pair allegedly broke into the home of Ray Atlakson, 30, where Atlakson reported he was battered and robbed, with his hands tied behind his back before the suspects fled the scene. Atlakson was taken to the Hiawatha Community Hospital by ambulance for the treatment of his injuries.

Martinez and Hicks were arrested on Friday, May 19, by the Hiawatha Police Department — with the assistance of the Kansas Highway Patrol, Sabetha Police Department and the Nemaha County Sheriff’s Office.

In addition to E. Martinez and Hicks, a third suspect — Oscar Martinez, 27, of Bern — is being sought on a warrant for aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and aggravated assault and criminal restraint. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of O. Martinez should contact Hiawatha Police Department at 785-742-2156.

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Heather Stewart is a reporter for The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2015. She specializes in court and sports reporting, as well as photography. Heather is a 2011 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in psychology. She lives in Sabetha with her husband.


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