Police: Saratoga woman followed home, escaped attack
SARATOGA SPRINGS City police arrested a local man on a felony attempted burglary charge and a slew of misdemeanor counts after he allegedly followed a woman back to her Beekman Street apartment and then tried to force his way in early Friday morning.
Pedro Perez-Martin, 22, was charged with felony attempted second-degree burglary following his arrest. He was also cited for misdemeanor counts of unlawful imprisonment, first-degree harassment, criminal possession of a forged instrument, fourth-degree stalking and third-degree menacing.
Saratoga Springs police Lt. Robert Jillson said the woman first noticed Perez-Martin was following her as she walked down Franklin Street. She said around the intersection with Grand Avenue, he grabbed onto her for no reason, and prevented her from continuing on her way.
“There’s nothing to lead us to believe that he knows her,” he said.
The woman was able to get away from Perez-Martin, but he followed her back to her residence and began banging on the door, police said. The woman waited until the banging stopped and tried to leave the home, only to find Perez-Martin still standing near her home.
Investigators said Perez-Martin then put his foot into the doorway to prevent the woman from closing her front door. She was able to force her way past him and then called police, who arrested Perez-Martin a short time later.
Jillson said Perez-Martin appeared to have been drinking, but said little to authorities. Whatever Perz-Martin’s thoughts were in approaching the woman, they don’t appear well-intentioned, Jillson said.
“It could have been a lot worse than it was,” he said.
Jillson said federal authorities are now trying to determine if Perez-Martin was in the country legally. His only identification was a thinly laminated card that appeared to be from Mexico.
“What we could tell was that it wasn’t issued by a government,” he said of the bogus ID.
Perez-Martin was arraigned and sent to the Saratoga County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail or $20,000 bond.