Douglas Martin Arrested After Police Responding To Fake Kidnapping Tip On Facebook Find Heroin Instead
Police investigating a Facebook post about a woman being held captive in a Riverside home didn't find a kidnapping victim--but they did allegedly find 14 capsules filled with heroin and pill bottles containing marijuana.
Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel said in a statement that police received a phone call from an acquaintance of Douglas Martin, 38, of the 400 block of Uvedale Court in Riverside, expressing concern over a post on Martin's Facebook indicating that he was holding a Korean woman against her will in his home. Officers were dispatched, and Martin denied the kidnapping allegation and allowed police to search his home.
During their search, officers were unable to locate a kidnapping victim, but in a downstairs bathroom they found drug paraphernalia, small clear plastic bags known for packaging narcotics strewn about the floor, pill bottles filled with "a green, leafy substance" that field-tested positive for marijuana, and 14 capsules that tested positive for heroin, according to the release. The police report describes the bathroom as being covered with white powder residue and littered with empty capsules and over 100 cigarette butts, according to the release.
Martin, the son of William J. Martin, who served as chief prosecutor in the 1967 trial of mass murderer Richard Speck, allegedly told police that the Facebook post claiming he was holding a Korean female as a kidnap victim in his basement was part of a project for a creative writing class he is currently taking.
“Douglas Martin's statement that his posting was part of a creative writing class for a school project is simply ridiculous," Weitzel said in a statement. "His Facebook posting was created to generate a reaction from his ex-girlfriend. However, a former acquaintance saw the posting first and contacted Riverside Police. We found that, fortunately, a kidnapping had not occurred. In Martin's own statement to investigators, he admitted to have an 18-year drug addiction and attributed his Facebook posting as part of that addiction.”
Martin told police that he had lived with a Korean woman, his then-girlfriend in his Riverside home about five years ago, but that he'd had no contact with her since their relationship ended. Officers reached out to the woman, a Chicago resident, who said that Martin continues to harass her through phone calls and emails.
Martin was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.