Police Search for Home Invasion Suspect

By: Michael Gorsegner Email
By: Michael Gorsegner Email

February 7, 2006

Police continue the search for a man wanted in connection with a home invasion robbery that left one woman fighting for her life.

Today, the Louisa County Sheriff's office found the car Martin was believed to be driving at a fast food restaurant in Zion Crossroads. Authorities are continuing to search for the suspect while the victim's mother is searching for answers.

The wounds that Goochland County resident Missy Riley sustained after a home invasion robbery Monday night were serious. Riley is being treated at VCU Medical Center and has been through four surgeries already. Her mother, Jamie Ferguson says her daughter pleaded with the suspect to spare her her life.

"I've never been so scared in my life. I just kept begging please don't kill me, please don't kill me," she said.

Police believe this man, 45-year-old Irvin Martin, forced his way into Riley's home, took a golf club from her closet and beat her savagely fracturing her skull in several places. He then stole Riley's tax refund check and her car, leaving her for dead. Ferguson says her daughter always got mixed feelings around Martin. She says he would constantly ask about buying a horse from her that he had once owned.

"She says, 'Mom, when he says, 'Hi, I don't want to be rude, but he scares me,' Ferguson said."

Ferguson says while the police focus on trying to catch Martin, her focus turns to helping her daughter recover from the attack that nearly took her life.

Police say they believe Martin is armed and dangerous. He is believed to be somewhere in Goochland, Fluvanna or Louisa Counties. If you have any information, you are asked to call Crime Solvers.

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