Bowling Green man arrested on kidnapping, strangulation charges

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A Bowling Green man is facing charges of kidnapping, assault and strangulation.

According to an arrest citation by Bowling Green police, Jackson Martin, 21, used force to keep a woman in an apartment and strangled and assaulted her while inside.

On Saturday, Nov. 19, the victim came to the Bowling Green Police Department and reported she had been assaulted.

The report states the victim told police Martin became “upset and angry while having an argument” before Martin’s friend got Martin to leave around 6 a.m. Police say the victim says she locked her doors, but Martin returned and entered through her bedroom window around 7 a.m. Saturday.

Police say the victim says she told Martin to leave, but he stayed in the residence, where the victim says Martin later yelled at her in the bathroom and pushed her into the shower when she attempted to leave the room. The report stated the victim said Martin would not let her leave.

The victim was eventually able to exit the bathroom and enter her bedroom, where the report says the victim told police Martin pushed his way in when she tried to lock the door. Police say the victim again said Martin would not let her leave and said he “was not done with her torture yet.”

The victim stated after this, Martin started asking her multiple questions, and when she did not answer, he pushed her onto the bed face first and wrapped a pillow around her head. The victim stated she could not breathe during this, and after Martin stopped, she stated he grabbed her to stop her from leaving through the window.

The report further stated the victim said to police Martin threatened to cut her with scissors she had picked up to “give her a little taste of her own medicine,” and she was able to get the scissors away from him and throw them. The victim stated she was not cut with any scissors, police say.

Police say the victim said Martin “picked her up and threw her,” injuring her foot. At this point, the victim told police she began to scream, and Martin covered her mouth and nose with his hand, which she said made her unable to breathe, according to police. The victim further stated she was able to remove Martin’s hand from her mouth.

The report says the victim was eventually able to escape by jumping out of a window.

Authorities questioned Martin at the Bowling Green Police Department, and police say he confessed to “keeping the victim inside her apartment and covering her face forcefully to keep her from screaming.”

In addition, the report stated the victim was able to record audio on her cell phone of the incident.

The report states that, in the audio captured on the woman’s phone, Martin says, “I made sure not to grab you hard. I’m smart about abusing women. I know how to do it right.”

Martin is also heard in the audio saying, “I am a devil, and I love it. Being evil is fun. I like to make people cry,” according to the report.

During Martin’s interview with police, the report states he told police he had fallen into the victim’s window “accidentally.” Martin said the victim told him to leave but eventually allowed him to stay and talk with her, the report states.

The report further states Martin said the victim attempted to leave the bedroom, and he grabbed her and asked her not to call the police. The report states Martin said the victim then punched him in the face and kicked and scratched him. Martin advised every time the victim hit him harder, he would push her harder, the report states.

Authorities say they asked Martin why he would not let the victim go, and he stated, “Well, I just, a part of me feels like I needed to fix that situation right now, and I didn’t think that problem would ever be solved if I just let her go,” according to the report.

Police say Martin said he put his hand over the victim’s mouth because he didn’t want to get into trouble.

The report states Martin said to police, “There have been times in the past where she’s told people that I punched her in the face, uh, tried to stab her with a knife, and I’ve never done anything like that. Okay. You know, I might’ve shoved her. I might have pushed her off of me. I might have grabbed her while she was running away, but I never tried to stab her with scissors. I never punched her in the face. I never smacked her in the face.”

Authorities informed Martin they had evidence in reference to the case, and it was telling “a different story” than what he was telling.

Martin was taken to the Warren County Detention Center, where he is being held on a $10,000 bond.

He is charged with kidnapping of an adult, first-degree strangulation, fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) – minor injury, third-degree terroristic threatening and first-degree criminal trespassing.