Rogelio Marten drove up casually to a landscaping trailer parked at a Coral Gables home, then began a brief odyssey that included a scuffle and a slightly injured cop, police said. After a brief search, he was caught.
Now he’s facing charges that include burglary, armed robbery, and aggravated battery on a police officer.
“This is another example of what police officers face every day protecting the public,” said Coral Gables Interim Police Chief Ed Hudak.
According to police, Marten, 32, drove up to a home at 1250 Castile Ave. in a 2006 dark-colored Nissan Murano at noon Monday, got out, and stole two hand blowers that were in a truck there. The owner of the landscaping company confronted Marten. They struggled, and she was pushed to the ground.
But somehow she managed to grab the blowers from the back of Marten’s truck before he took off, police said. She called police and gave them a description of the vehicle.
A little more than two hours later, police noticed Marten near the 4400 block of Northwest Ninth Street. Police said he was in the act of trying to pawn some items he had stolen.
The officers moved in and attempted to take Marten into custody. He struck an officer and took off. The officer was treated at the scene.
Marten then fled east, police said, striking another vehicle then plowing into a tree. Cops chased him on foot, then used their Tasers when they caught up with him.
Marten has also been charged with fleeing and eluding, leaving the scene of a traffic accident and driving with a suspended license.
People concerned that Marten may be linked to other burglaries are urged to call Coral Gables police at 305-442-1600.