A Sandy Springs man who was in training to join a volunteer program to help police in that city was arrested after police say he assaulted a man after an argument on the Silver Comet Trail, according to his arrest warrant.

Alden Adam Martinez, 51, allegedly got into an argument with another man on Sunday, and as that man was leaving the area on a bicycle, Martinez attacked him, knocking him off the bike, according to the warrant.

Martinez then allegedly jumped on top of the man, punching him several times and breaking his eye socket, the warrant states. Martinez also allegedly put his arm to the other man’s neck in such a way that the other man was not able to breathe, according to the warrant.

Martinez has been charged with aggravated assault-strangulation, aggravated battery and disorderly conduct, his warrant states. He was booked into the Cobb jail on Sunday and released the same day on a $30,000 bond, jail records show.

Last year, Martinez completed the Sandy Springs Citizen Police Academy and was undergoing additional training for the department’s Citizens on Patrol program, according to Sam Worsham, spokesperson for Sandy Springs police.

The Citizens on Patrol program sees volunteers helping the department by directing traffic at wreck scenes, work sites and public events and conducts checks on residences and businesses when their owners are out of town, according to the city of Sandy Springs’ website.

Worsham said Martinez has been removed from the training program.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect Alden Martinez’ correct status in the Sandy Springs Police Department’s training program.


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