Temple police say a youth robbed a victim at gunpoint and stole his car

Temple police say a youth robbed a victim at gunpoint and stole his car

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  • Money Talks 100th Episode | How much did things cost 100 years ago? Wrongfully Accused | Woman speaks out after being mistaken as Temple soup thrower in viral video. “Just to have, you know, your name and your profession tarnish like that and the matter of a day is just really scary,” said Amanda Martinez. TEMPLE, Texas — By now you’ve probably see the viral video of a woman throwing hot soup in a Temple restaurant employee’s face. It happened in early November and the Temple Police Department arrested 31-year-old Amanda Nicole Martinez on a charge of assault causing bodily injury for the act Nov. 17. But before the arrest happened, many different Amanda Martinezes were wrongfully accused of the act just because of their name.

  • The victim told police the minor, whose age wasn’t revealed, pointed a gun at him and struck him on the head, then took off with his vehicle and phone. Officers were able to locate the suspect in the 900 block of Avenue B shortly afterward, police said. The minor was detained and taken to the Bell County Juvenile Detention Center. Police ask that if anyone with information about this incident should call the Temple Police Department at 254-298-5500 or Bell County Crime Stoppers at 254-526-8477, where callers can report anonymously. Arby’s responds to reports of unauthorized charges at Temple restaurant. Jury finds three men guilty in Ahmaud Arbery’s death

Let’s set the record straight though: The woman 6 News talked to on Wednesday was not the Amanda Martinez accused of throwing soup in a woman’s face. This Amanda tells us she loves menudo. “I wouldn’t have thrown it, why would you waste that,” Martinez expressed. She’s a nurse in the Central Texas area, but her only tie to City of Temple is Temple College, where she went to school. This Amanda’s name, reputation and profession was tarnished when the soup throwing viral video got around. “In the beginning, of course I wanted to scream to everybody it wasn’t me,” Martinez told 6 News. Her bosses at Texas Oncology were the first to let her know what social media was criminalizing her for. That’s when the threats started from people all across the country. “How dare you, how could you do this, you’re a nurse, but it was shaming me or asking me to be fired or demanding me to be fired,” Martinez remembers the threats and comments she and her place of business received because of that video.

6 News didn’t release the name of the suspect, Amanda Martinez, until Temple Police had confirmed with us who the accused soup thrower was when she was arrested.

Texas Oncology tried to set people straight with a tweet but people still twisted the statement and didn’t want to believe it. “People that just want to be right and want to be the first ones to you know, connect dots and have the most views, have the most likes and it doesn’t matter who you damage along the way,” Martinez said. Martinez tells 6 News it wasn’t people coming after her name that bothered her most, it was those going after the career she worked so hard for. “For that to be associated that I did something terrible to someone was just really offending,” the nurse explained. “For people to be more cautious on what they see on social media, not to instantly believe it to be true and to do your own fact checking and research before you accuse someone of something,” Martinez said.

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