In trouble: Local man arrested for throwing punches

SAN BENITO — A San Benito man has been arrested after police say he punched an elderly man.

Police were called Feb. 14 at 11:30 p.m. to the Wing Shack Bar and Grill on South Sam Houston where they made contact with a 67-year-old man and his wife.

The couple told police they were having dinner when they saw a friend identified as Raul Martinez, 39.

A conversation began and a comment was made that angered Martinez, police said.

The couple decided to leave the establishment to avoid further problems. Martinez followed them and began to physically assault the elderly man by repeatedly punching him in his face, police said.

He then fled the area.

Police said there was visible swelling and blood on the elderly man’s face.

The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment where police confirmed he suffered a fracture to his right orbital bone.

Martinez was later located at his home and arrested. He was arraigned on a first-degree felony for injury to an elderly or disabled person, with bond set at $25,000.

He was transported to Cameron County Detention Center. He has since been released.