Manatee Herald Staff Report

Bradenton man threatens mass shooting

A 23-year-old Bradenton man was arrested on the morning of Aug. 15 after emailing a threat to shoot up a business that didn’t hire him as a dishwasher, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the arrest warrant, Martin Martinez applied for a dishwashing job at a local restaurant in late July. A few days after the interview, on Aug. 2, and receiving no response, Martinez grew impatient.

Deputies say Martinez sent an email to the interviewer, saying, “Next time do not waste my time with a Fucken 2 second interview either ya’ll hiring or not no one has the time for an interview like that, Cause when I end up shooting the place up everyone is gonna feel sorry for you guys.”

A check into Martinez’s work history showed that he had been fired from a previous job at a local fast food restaurant for, “anger issues,” according to the arrest warrant.

Martinez was booked into the Manatee County jail and released the same day after posting a $7,500 bond.

Hope Family Services employee arrested for theft

A former employee for Hope Family Services in Manatee County was arrested in Hillsborough County on Aug. 16 for attempting to make personal payments from a business account she still had access to, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Tangela Pyatt, 46, attempted to pay a $290 vehicle insurance bill and a $135 personal phone bill in April using the Home Family Services account, according to the arrest warrant.

Pyatt was booked into the Hillsborough County jail on the charge pending a court date in Manatee County.

‘Need for speed’ lands Bradenton man in jail with a felony

A 22-year-old Bradenton man is facing a felony fleeing to elude charge after spending the day at a racetrack and craving his own, “need for speed,” according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies say they attempted a traffic stop on John Fagley just before 10 p.m. on Aug. 13 because the passenger headlight was not working.

According to the arrest report, the stop was attempted near Ninth Street East and 56th Avenue East, but Fagley accelerated, “at a high rate of speed,” away from the deputies.

Due to the speed and reckless driving, deputies ended the pursuit but Fagley was already identified as the driver, deputies say.

Fagley was located a short time later at a vape shop and told deputies the only reason he fled from law enforcement was due to him spending the day at a race track and, “having the need for speed.”

Fagley was booked into the Manatee County jail and released on Aug. 15 after posting a $1,500 bond.

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