Man arrested after pointing gun at McDonald's employee, pistol whipping driver

RYAN MAYE HANDY Updated: November 29, 2011 at 12:00 am • Published: November 29, 2011

Colorado Springs police arrested a man after he allegedly pulled a handgun on a west-side McDonald’s employee, and then pistol-whipped and robbed another person Monday night.

Benjamin Martinez was causing trouble in the drive-thru lane of the McDonald’s at 3021 W. Colorado Ave. at 5:38 p.m. when he pulled a gun on an employee who came to investigate, police said.

Martinez drove away. Then, just before 9 p.m., he forced another driver in the 800 block of North Nevada Avenue to pull over, police said. Martinez pistol whipped the driver through the open car window and took the driver’s phone and wallet, according to police.

Police caught Martinez when he returned to the McDonald’s at about 10:40 p.m. An officer was heading to the restaurant to look at video surveillance of the earlier incident when he saw Martinez return.

"We don't know why he went back," said Colorado Springs police Sgt. Cari Graves.

Martinez was arrested and booked into the El Paso County jail on suspicion of felony menacing. Officers found a replica BB handgun in Martinez's car.

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