Man accused of brutal rape caught after police chase

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis police say a violent rapist is now off the streets thanks to Shelby County’s Fugitive Apprehension Team.

Montavius Martin took deputies on a wild chase Tuesday, crashing his car on Goodlet before deputies chased him down on foot and captured him.

Now we know why he was a wanted man.

Before Martin was captured, police say he was terrorizing his ex-girlfriend.

A brutal rape is just one of the crimes he’s charged with.

“He has been caught and he has been captured,” said Chip Washington, the spokesperson for the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department. “Another dangerous individual is off the streets.”

The 45-year-old is accused of brutally raping his girlfriend and tormenting her after she broke up with him.

According to police reports, on May 1 when Martin’s girlfriend refused to have sex with him in a public park, he choked and raped her.

The alleged rape is so brutal, WREG cannot give all the details.

Then on May 13, police say he called her place of work so many times, her boss had to tell him to stop.

Martin is accused of telling her boss, “I will be up there to get you and I will destroy your business when you least expect it.”

Then on May 25, police say Martin showed up to the victim’s friend’s home and, when his ex was leaving, grabbed her, then stole her keys and car when she ran away.

“We had received information on where we thought he might be,” said Washington.

Deputies tracked Martin down Tuesday to American Way, but he refused to surrender to authorities. After a short chase, his car crashed.

Martin hit a car on Goodlett, injuring a man and pinning him in his car.

Martin’s SUV bounced off the man’s car and crashed into a fence.

Deputies caught Martin when he tried to run into a nearby apartment complex.

“The saving grace behind all this is he did get locked up. He is locked up now and with the number of various charges he is accused of, he may be incarcerated for a while.”

Martin faces 13 charges, including aggravated rape, evading arrest and robbery. His bond is set at $100,000