Police: Martino allegedly punched wife in face while waiting at stoplight

(Photo: Denver Police Department)

(Photo: Denver Police Department)

DENVER — Police have released a probable cause statement regarding the arrest of radio host and former FOX31 Denver contributor Tom Martino, saying the 60-year-old punched his wife in the face while waiting at a stoplight.

The statement suggests that Martino’s wife, Holly Martino, was the only witness to the assault, which reportedly began with an argument while the couple was sitting at a red light in the area of Auraria Parkway and I-25.

“While the vehicle was stopped at an unknown red light, the victim opened the passenger door to get out of the vehicle,” the statement reads. “The suspect put his arm around the victim, preventing her from exiting the vehicle.

“When the light turned green, the suspect drove away and they continued arguing. The suspect then struck the victim in the face once with a closed first, causing a bloody nose.”

Holly was transported to a nearby hospital after the incident, and Tom was in jail Saturday evening, charged with assault and disturbing the peace. He has since bailed out and issued a statement, saying alcohol had played a role in the altercation.

“Holly and I remain deeply in love and committed to each other and to our family,” Tom said in a statement. “The incident that happened Friday night was a foolish mistake. We were both drinking too much. We got into an argument that escalated over a struggle for a cell phone. We were both inadvertently injured and we were not trying to hurt each other.”

Also known as the “Troubleshooter,” Tom hosts a business-focused radio program on KHOW 630 AM. He previously contributed to FOX31 Denver before leaving the station in 2011.

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