MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A man was charged with attempted murder after police say he cut the brake line on his ex-girlfriend’s car.
Wednesday, the woman said she got off work from a company near Shelby Drive and Hickory Hill Road and was heading home when she noticed her brake light was on, according to court documents.
She had a mechanic take a look at her car and that’s when she learned that her brake line had been cut.
Investigators obtained surveillance video from the woman’s employer. The video reportedly showed her ex-boyfriend Jamie Martinez tampering with her car while she was at work.
During questioning, Martinez reportedly admitted to cutting the line “just because,” but later recanted his statement saying he was drunk and didn’t know if he did it.
He was arrested and charged with attempted second-degree murder. He was later released on his own recognizance.
Amanda Russell, the clinical operations director at Kindred Place, is an advocate and said these type of situations are unfortunately more common than most people think. She said help is available despite the ongoing pandemic.
“Because we are mainly doing tele-health it is a little bit harder for people who are in violent relationships to get counseling right now because they might be at home with their perpetrator,” Russell said. “So, they might not have a safe place to do those private counseling sessions. Right now, we are allowing some people to come into the building for sessions, if they aren’t able to have a safe place to do the session or a good internet connection.”
Russell said people can get help during the pandemic. She said one in four women in America experience some kind of domestic violence and one in seven men do as well.
Often the most dangerous time is when a relationship just ended or someone is attempting to leave. She urged people to create a safety plan with a professional. Russell said a good place to start is at the Family Safety Center. Kindred Place offers different kinds of counseling as well.
“If you need shelter or if you need counseling or you need the financial help or legal help there are options out there,” Russell said.
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