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Business owners in fear after Bronx neighborhood bakery owner is assaulted

Business owners along East 138th Street say they don't feel safe after the neighborhood bakery was robbed and the owner’s husband was assaulted.

News 12 Staff

Mar 3, 2022, 1:11 AM

Updated 841 days ago

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Business owners along East 138th Street say they don't feel safe after the neighborhood bakery was robbed and the owner’s husband was assaulted. 
Christopher Martinez, 18, was arrested on Friday after police say he walked into Valencia Bakery and hit the owner’s husband in the head with a cane and a heat gun after he recognized him from a previous incident. 
The owner, who didn’t want her face or name shared, says that while she feels uneasy, she won’t be scared out of business. 
She says she’s uneasy after Martinez was released from custody. 
"This particular individual him and his friends have been a menace to the neighboring businesses...There needs to be more patrol we need to feel safe, we're working,” she tells News 12. 
She said since they had seen the suspect’s pattern of behavior over the last few months, her husband decided to trap Martinez in the bakery until police arrived. 
Sources say that while he was beaten, he managed to get the gate down, barricading the two of them inside. 
"I was proud of everything my husband did, he was protecting the business,” she tells News 12. 
The owner says that after the incident happened at her bakery last week, she went door-to-door to the local businesses to let them know what happened. 
Many say they’re still scared. 
Police say Martinez is charged with felony assault for the bakery beating and with robbery for a Feb. 19 incident at a check-cashing store down the block. 
The Bronx District Attorney’s Office says that although Martinez was released. The case is being investigated. 


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