Car wash dispute ends in McAllen man allegedly threatening people with knife

Juan Miguel Martinez

A 31-year-old man allegedly threatened two individuals with a knife Friday after demanding $10 for washing a truck in the 200 block of West Ebony Avenue in McAllen, according to court documents.

Juan Miguel Martinez, of McAllen, then allegedly slashed the driver’s side tire of a car before walking home. When the officer arrived, one of the victims, an adult woman, told him Martinez was leaving with his brother in a black truck.

Police stopped the vehicle in the 300 block of North 21 Street and found Martinez in the passenger’s seat, bleeding from his hand, according to the report.

Martinez claimed the alleged male victim owed him money, which the man denied to police. The male victim insists he already paid Martinez and that he should leave.

“You better give me my $10.00 or else,” Martinez allegedly said while wielding a knife, according to the female victim’s account to police.

When Martinez noticed the female victim was calling police, he began leaving on foot but not before slashing the tire, the report states.

Police checked between the residence of the initial altercation and Martinez’s home for the knife, but couldn’t find the weapon. The officer indicated that he saw blood on Martinez’s porch.

Martinez was charged with making a terroristic threat, which is a class B misdemeanor. If convicted, Martinez could spend up to 180 days in jail and a maximum $2,000 fine.