Officer Coleman Martin
Photo credit: Austin Police Department
AUSTIN, Texas — The Austin police officer believed to have faked his death and fled to Mexico was arrested Monday at DFW International Airport, officials said.
Coleman Martin, 29, has had a warrant out on the misdemeanor charge of filing a false alarm or report.
He was arrested by DFW Airport police after he was flagged by U.S. Customs and Border Protection trying to re-enter the country at 5:50 a.m., airport spokeswoman Cynthia Vega said.
He was transported to the Dallas County Jail and briefly held there until Austin police picked him up Monday afternoon, jail spokesman Melinda Urbina said.
Martin flew in from Colombia and was planing to return to Austin Bergstrom International Airport, Austin Chief Brian Manley said in a statement.
He will be placed on restricted duty pending investigation. Police did not say what Martin was doing in Colombia or why he came back to Texas.
“APD would like to thank everyone for their concerns expressed for Officer Martin’s safety,” Manley said. “I would like to personally thank APD’s Cold Case/Missing Persons Unit for their hard work, as well as Val Verde County Sheriff’s Office, National Parks Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife Division Game Wardens, U.S. Border Patrol, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Marshals.”
On April 26, Martin’s wife reported he was missing and had sent her a text of a photo of a suicide note where he said he intended to drown himself in a lake near the border.
His pickup was found near Lake Amistad on the border with Mexico the next day, along with a raft with his name, date of birth and supposed “date of death” on it.
A massive manhunt was launched, but police soon learned it was a rouse. A different woman later reported getting an email from Martin about staging his death.
The Austin Police Association has apologized to the half dozen agencies involved in the search for wasting resources.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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