By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor
MOUNT VERNON - The message of 'See something, say something' apparently was taken to heart by an alert citizen who notified police Thursday of a man wanted out of Franklin County inside a car allegedly stolen from a Sandusky Street restaurant parking lot earlier this week. Officers responded around 5 p.m. to the Meadow Ridge apartments on Follin Avenue. MVPD Chief Roger Monroe says it was determined the suspect, Keith Johmar Martin, age 54, was inside an apartment at the complex rented out to someone else who was not there. Neighbors on Follin Avenue told police that they had seen him in the apartment earlier in the day.
When Martin would not come out of the apartment, the SWAT team, additional law enforcement, plus a K-9 unit from Danville were called to the scene. As a precaution residents of the nearby apartments were evacuated based on their concerns that Martin could have been armed and dangerous, based on his criminal history.
Keith Johmar Martin - Knox County Jail photo
Captain Scott McKnight says officers negotiatied with Martin from shortly after 8 p.m. until about 2 a.m. Friday. When they were not receiving any response from Martin SWAT entered the apartment and found him unconscious from an apparent opioid overdose in an upstairs bedroom. EMS crews revived Martin and transported him to Knox Communitiy Hospital. After treatment at the hospital, Martin was taken to the Knox County Jail. Captain McKnight says no one was injured during this incident and evacuated residents were allowed to go back to their homes.
County Jail records Friday evening indicate Martin is charged with aggravated burglary. A charge of grand theft has been dismissed. Additional charges may be filed.
Records from Franklin County indicate Martin has a long criminal history dating back to 1984 including charges for robbery, attempted robbbery, receiving stolen property, burglary, and theft.