A warrant was issued for the arrest of a Rolla man, after he allegedly made racist, menacing threats to an African American woman and her friends with a knife, according to court documents.
Travis L. Martin, age 27 of Rolla, was charged with the unlawful use of a weapon after being subdued by law enforcement.
On July 8, at approximately 12:35 a.m., an officer responded to Walmart for a report of a weapons violation, whereas, according to the probable cause statement, a knife had been exhibited to a female victim. Upon arrival, the officer was notified by dispatch that a male subject wearing a black shirt had ran toward Hibbet Sports.
According to the probable cause statement, the officer observed the subject, identified as Travis Martin, running from the east side of the building and then west across the north side of the building. The officer “illuminated Martin with [his] spotlight” while he was driving beside him and instructed him to stop.
The probable cause statement said Martin continued to run as the officer drove beside him, eventually hiding behind a dumpster on the northwest corner of the building. After the suspect ran from the officer several more times, changing direction at least four times, directing the officer eventually was able to subdue the suspect by flanking him with his patrol car, according to the probable cause statement.
The victim reported, according to the probable cause statement, that Martin had allegedly exhibited a “red razor-style knife” to her and stated he was “going to stab her and her black friends.” The victim told the officer Martin was approximately two feet away from her, holding the knife “in a threatening manner with his arm extended toward her.” the victim told the officer she did not know Martin prior to the confrontation, which arose from Martin making racial slurs to her and her friend in the parking lot.
The probable cause statement said Martin committed the crime of the unlawful use of a weapon, as well as resisting arrest.