Cary police arrest assault suspect after surrounding woods near I-40

rgallagher@newsobserver.comOctober 24, 2012 



— Police surrounded a wooded area off East Chatham Street near the Cary-Raleigh line for about two hours early Wednesday before persuading a man sought in an earlier domestic dispute to surrender.

The man, Douglas David Martin, 30, told police at one point that he had a gun, but he was not armed when he surrendered to Emergency Response Team (ERT) officers about 7:30 a.m., officials said, and they found no weapons in the area.

Police ringed the area that bordered Interstate 40 and East Chatham Street after they tracked Martin there.

ERT treats all such situations as possibly involving guns, town spokeswoman Susan Moran said, so some people heading to work before dawn saw officers with guns and helmets.

Police brought a negotiator to talk with Martin, and he surrendered peacefully.

The incident stemmed from an overnight call about a domestic dispute involving Martin and his ex-wife, Moran said.

Police said she was injured in the dispute but did not require hospitalization.

Martin faces charges of assault by strangulation, misdemeanor larceny, assault on a female, two counts of communicating threats and resisting a public officer.

He was being held Wednesday at the Wake County Detention Center without bail.

Police said Martin gave them a Cary address, but they did not believe that was correct. He was recently released from jail, they said, and apparently has no permanent address.

Gallagher 919-829-4572

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