Man Charged With Shooting in Berks County

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WEST READING, PA — Noah Martinez, age 26, was arrested by the West Reading Police Department after a shooting incident on Tuesday.

Authorities state that on June 7, 2022, at approximately 12:15 PM, the West Reading Police were dispatched to a possible drive-by shooting that occurred on or near the Buttonwood Street bridge.  Both the Reading City Police and West Reading Police Departments responded, arrived and began an initial investigation.  Reading City Policelocated the victim who was able to identify the suspect of the shooting; identified as Noah Martinez.

The police investigation revealed that Martinez and the victim entered into a verbal altercation at a business located in the 500 block of Penn Avenue.  During the verbal altercation, Martinez lifted his shirt to show a handgun to the victim and threatened to kill him.  The victim then left that business in his vehicle and Martinez followed the victim in his vehicle.  Martinez continued to follow the victim’s vehicle to the Buttonwood Street Bridge where he pulled up next to the victim’s vehicle, pulled out the handgun, and fired one shot from his vehicle toward the victim.  The shot missed and the victim was able to get away from Martinez and summon police.

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After the broadcast was put out for the vehicle, Shillington and Cumru Township Police Departments located Martinez still operating the vehicle and stopped it.  Martinez was detained and a search of the vehicle yielded a loaded handgun, ammunition, a holster and a spent shell casing from inside the vehicle.

Martinez was then charged with the following offences:

  • Aggravated Assault
  • Simple Assault
  • Recklessly Endangering Another Person

He has been arraigned before the District Justice and released from custody after posting a $75,000 bail

Information is subject to change at any time as additional details may emerge. Information, a criminal complaint, or an arrest is not a declaration of guilt. A suspect, arrestee, or defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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