In the end, Riverside resident Douglas Martin wasn’t arrested for holding a woman against her will at his home. The posting on his Facebook page stating he had kidnapped a Korean woman turned out to be, according to Martin, part of a project from a creative writing class he was taking.
What the 38-year-old Martin couldn’t explain away, according to Riverside police, was the heroin residue all over a bathroom sink and drawers, pill bottles filled with cannabis and drug packaging materials.
Now Martin is in Cook County Jail, charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police were alerted to Martin’s Facebook posting on Oct. 16 at 1:25 p.m. by a Chicago man who had met Martin at a rehab center several years ago. Police visited Martin at his home in the 400 block of Uvedale Court and questioned him about the posting. Police said they received permission to search the home, during which they found evidence of drug activity in a downstairs bathroom, which was littered with cigarette butts, small plastic bags of the sort used to package heroin and other drug paraphernalia. They also reported recovering 14 capsules that tested positive for heroin and pill bottles filled with cannabis.
Martin allegedly admitted he at one time had a Korean girlfriend, but that he hadn’t been in contact with her in five years.
Police reportedly contacted the woman, who told them Martin continues to harass her via phone and email.
“Douglas Martin’s statement that his posting was part of a creative writing class for a school project is simply ridiculous,” said Police Chief Thomas Weitzel in a press release. “His Facebook posting was created to generate a reaction from his ex-girlfriend. However, a former acquaintance saw the posting first and contacted Riverside police.”