Martinez scheduled for preliminary hearing

The third person allegedly involved in a Hiawatha home invasion in May 2017 is scheduled for his preliminary hearing next week.

Oscar Martinez, 28, of Bern is scheduled  to appear in court at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 16. Martinez was arrested in February 2018 by the Brown County Sheriff’s Department on felony charges of aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and aggravated battery along with a misdemeanor count of criminal restraint.

These charges stem from a home invasion in Hiawatha on May 16, 2017. It is alleged that O. Martinez – along with co-defendants Edgar Martinez and Jazmene Hicks, both of Sabetha – 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.

Items taken from the scene included a pair of car keys, billfold and an RCA tablet.

O. Martinez is being held in the Brown County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

E. Martinez and Hicks were arrested for their involvement in the crime on May 19, 2017.

In November 2017, they both received their sentences — 56 months in prison for E. Martinez and 36 months supervised probation for Hicks.

Hicks was arrested on Wednesday, Feb. 28, after it was found that she violated the terms of her probation. She has been sentenced to 120 days in prison.

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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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